1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910739.948896 -75.160280
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City East
Dark, boisterous, Parisian-style bistro. Robust and rich fare - don't come for a light meal. Good for lunch or a few rounds at the bar.
Disappointing fare – After going through walnut street we(5) had the urge for a late lunch and stopped by Caribu cafe. The atmosphere was promising and we decided to lunch on the bar menu ( we were told they were between lunch and dinner. Turn out we were in the culinary twilight zone. After placeing the order we waited and waited and finally waited some more. After waiting for 35 minutes we inquired on oir meal. It'll be right out we were told. Considering we were the only ones in the placewe believed. We waited another 10 minutes and finally got our meal. And what a let down. The ceaser salad had 50% croutons. The fries were clumped together - an obvious result of careless defrosting. I even found wilted lettuce in my salad. All in all it would have probably fared better at Boston market or mcdonalds. This was a major disappointment that we will not make agin.
Disappointing All Around – This was a very bad dining experience from start to finish.
I was in a group of 8 from out of town. Not only did Caribou mishandle our reservations--bumping us from 8:30 to 9:00--they then made us wait until nearly 10:00 to be seated.
The two young bartenders made up for this by ignoring our attempts to get a drink; they seemed to have little to do but did it very slowly and deliberately, almost as if they wanted to avoid helping us. The second we were joined by an attractive young woman, however, they rushed to get her a wine list. It was like getting helped by two high school kids with an attitude.
When we were finally seated, the food turned out to be quite regrettable. I had a piece of salmon that was sub-par, and made even worse by being drenched in onion soup; my dining-mates didn't finish their appetizers or entrees. To make things worse, the waiter declined to give us separate checks, and then left our bill to another wait person without telling her.
I'd give this place a pass--the food was as bad as the service, and both were quite poor.
what a lovely place for brunch! – You can't go wrong with a mimosa from this place, fresh squeezed OJ and delish champagne! YUM! they make a killer bloody mary as well, heavy on the horseradish...in the BEST way. the atmosphere is lovely, it truly is reminiscent of meals had in europe. the escargot is delicious and the quiche may be the best i've ever had, perfectly fluffy. i would recommend caribou to any lover of brunch. i look forward to tasting their dinner menu someday soon!
First time lucky? – I have been to Caribou Cafe three times. The first time, I went in the afternoon with a friend of mine and we enjoyed an exquisite bowl of escargots and a fine salad. It's was a lovely experience overall. The second time (a couple of years later), however, I went in the evening, was treated very rudely, the food was cold and not even mine -- it was the wrong order! I understand bad days, so I tried again, this time with a group of friends. I recommended the escargots. I'm quite sure we said, "bowl," yet the waiter brought a skimpy dish of six -- he knew we were sharing. He became irritated in manner when we took our time (fifteen minutes to order -- this is a group). When the entrees came out, the food was fine. It was by no means bad, but not what I would expect from a restaurant of that calibre either. Bussers kepts asking if we had finished, and we felt rushed. We weren't particularly noisy, we didn't come just before closing, so I'm completely baffled by the experience.
GREAT PLACE ALL AROUND! – Went there on a Friday night! It was a great experience! Comfortable atmosphere, really nice manager, friendly bartender and waitress! The food was cooked to our liking perfectly and was really good! I would highly recommend this place, I will definitely be going back!
Will not return – I went to Caribou Cafe specifically for a nice steak dinner and left extremely disappointed. When we arrived, the waitress misheard my order, and when I corrected her, she was rude and told me I hadn't spoken clearly enough. While we were given bread plates, there was no bread offered before the meal. My date and I sat with our drinks for over a half hour with nothing else. When the food finally came, the busser brought it to the table and left before I realized it was not the right dish. The waitress never returned to ask if the food was alright. After 10 minutes of waiting, we were able to flag a busser and asked him to get our waitress. A different waitress came back to the table and confirmed that the wrong sauce was used, and she offered to get the correct sauce. Our original waitress returned with the correct sauce and an explanation about how the dish was in fact correct, and I was mistaken. By this time my food was cold. She checked back 5 minutes later to make sure I was satisfied. My date and I became utterly dehydrated because she never offered to refill our drinks and no one refilled our water glasses. The second waitress cleared the table, brought the bill, and took care of the check. The original waitress never returned to thank us for dining.
I will absolutely not return to this restaurant. I paid for a cold steak with the wrong sauce, no bread, and no water refills.
Service is so awful you'll regret taking anyone there – If you want to see your co-worker or date be insulted- take 'em to Caribou. The food and decor is great- but I'm telling you- you'll regret spending a dime there- even if the dime isn't yours!
first time at Caribou - we'll be back! – After visiting Paris a few weeks ago my wife and daughter tried Caribou for the first time over the weekend. The decor and atmosphere made us feel as if we were still there. The first thing we ordered was escargot which, strangely enough, we had a difficult time finding while in Paris. This version actually bettered what we had sampled on our trip (though not up to Pif quality - the best we've had). Thus encouraged, we went on to order onion soup (on the bland side), a salmon caesar salad (excellent - a wonderful blend of flavors, some of which could have overpowered) and onglet w/ frites (again, excellent. the steak was cooked to perfection and had excellent taste. the frites were very good). While I was happy with my Kronenbourg (as always) my wife had a couple of weak glasses of wine. This seems to be an area they could improve. Notably, we had a waiter who was attentive and friendly and interacted wonderfully with our 8 year old. We'll be back.
Rude Servers – I have wanted to try Caribou Cafe for a while so i went last Sunday with my brunch mate. The food is what you can get at other French/ Fusion restaurants (I had a mushroom soup and a crape my friend had a Quiche and spinach salad with baked cheese and toast). The servers kept bring the wrong food to my friend, the head waiter would spot the mistake and took the plate away from my friend and DON'T EVEN APOLOGIZE! the worst thing is they do it repeatedly and don't even had the courtesy to say sorry. they just walked away with the plate and be intrusive the whole time when they were serving us. THEY ARE RUDE THE WHOLE TIME WHEN WE WERE THEIR! IT RUINED MY SUNDAY BRUNCH! It's not worth going, the food is not that good to have to put up with this trashy service.
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