Bibou

4.9
1393 reviews
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French
Bibou is a small French Byob located in Bella Vista. Chef Pierre Calmels offers a set menu 7-course for $115/guest. Please advise of dietary restrictions upon reservation.
Due to the excessive amount of "no-show" reservations, we now require credit card information to guarantee. We will charge $50 per guest in case of "no show" or late cancellation/decrease in party size. (after 12pm the day of your reservation)
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a memorable meal! The food was excellent; we enjoyed the service and anything about the evening.

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is a little gastronomy jewel in Philadelphia.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated mine and my twin’s birthday there with our mom. 5 stars all around the only “problem” which you have anytime you go to south philly

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

Portions were way too tiny for $230/couple!

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k
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great restaurant for a special dining evening. Food (tasting menu) was first class. Service was impeccable. Management came to the table appropriately and warmly. Outside of the location, it was a very impressive and distinctive experience.

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LW
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Bibou is consistently excellent -- from the canapes to the dessert and everything in between. It is is classic French based on very fresh seasonal ingredients. Our meal started with a tasty, chilled fresh pea soup and finished with a beautiful rhubarb souffle. The service was well-paced, friendly and professional. Chef Pierre Calmels emerged from the kitchen to visit with us at the end of the meal. A visit to Bibou makes any occasion a special occasion.

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RC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just outstanding. Our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite when we are in the city!!!

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KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and wonderful food. Enjoyed meeting the chef/owner and learning about the dishes. BYOB makes it affordable. We’ll be back!

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G
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tasting menu was creative and well structured. We enjoyed it immensely. I especially loved the fois gras.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. The service even better! I took my fiance to celebrate his birthday and it was perfect.

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IS
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bibou continues to be one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. While some patrons do not like tasting menus we relish them. When a chef like Pierre wants to make a meal for us, we just sit back and enjoy!

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 5th trip to Bibou and it did not disappoint! Chef Pierre's culinary skills are reason enough to visit Philadelphia and our last visit was for just that. Between his cooking and my cellar, it's a fantastic evening!

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!

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YK
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! One of the best meals that I have ever had. Beautiful presentation, quality ingredients and relaxing ambience. This is definitely a highlight of the Philly food scene.

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l
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Bibou to celebrate a special birthday. All four of us are foodies and enjoy this type of dining experience. Although there was no one dish that blew our socks off, we were impressed with the inventiveness, presentation and overall uniqueness. The braised neck of lamb was divine!

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I
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dishes beautifully prepared by chef! It was art and devotion all in one unforgettable experience!

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r
Philadelphia
107 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been looking forward to “dining” leisurely in a top notch restaurant. Bibou was definitely the place. The ambiance, service and quiet decor were superb. We were served seven excellent courses with something to”amuse” ourselves in the beginning of the meal. The foie gras was marvelous as was the lamb and rabbit. Loved the local cheese and dessert. Bread was continually served throughout the meal and it was delicious. They now take credit cards and are on Open Table but be prepared to pay a lot - $115pp - but it was well worth the experience. Remember to bring wine. This is a BYOB restaurant and we brought two bottles of bordeaux

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AG
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding meal by any standard. We have eaten with Pierre since the beginning of the first Bibou. He just gets better and better.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly special, amazing food, incredible service, save for a super special occasion and give it three wonderful hours, oh and BYOB.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Menu was amazingly creative and absolutely delicious. The menu here changes every week as the chef continues to innovate and does not repeat old menus. This week was a fantastic menu involving two preparations of Wagyu beef - one in burgundy the other simply seared, a translucent dream of a duck consommé, a playful and rich plate of crayfish, chicken mousse and morel mushrooms, and a roulade of smoked bluefish surrounding a beet and pike purée. Next week’s menu is going to be completely different. Ingredients are seasonal and creative. Service is warm and engaging without being fussy. Completely relaxing and convivial atmosphere with the most amazing food! The chef comes to visit each table after the meal and is a lovely person. Approaching their 10 year anniversary this team is firing on all cylinders. This is likely the best restaurant in Philadelphia.

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J
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible as always!

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T
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bibou was an incredible dining experience. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. Chef Pierre and his team are wonderful!

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t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! We will be back!

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D
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Needless to say but I love BIBOU! Great space, great food and since I can't go to Lyon everyday I go to BIBOU occasionally. We will return and recommend it to others.

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MN
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I have had in the US! My husband is a foodie who likes to go hunting for Michelin starred restaurants all over the world and this meal was perfection. The sole with bone-in with a sauce diable, a pea purée and fiddleheads was perfectly balanced, the foie gras with the hazelnut emulsion and date and arabica glazes and a sautéed green tomato was the best we’ve ever eaten, as were the lapin and the white chocolate souffle! But throughout the eight course meal, the portions were just right as were the flavors. A true gem in South Philly, not to be missed! As it is BYOB, we had taken a bottle of Vosne Romanee and the Burgundy was just the right wine to pair with this tasting menu.

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FF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bibou. We were celebrating a birthday. Never disappointed! Book early. We sat at the counter and thorough enjoyed the evening.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I’m sure it’s superb, just not my style

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best birthday dinner. Everything was a beautiful and delicious surprise!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really wonderful, as always. Our favorite restaurant in the city and with good reason. The service is top-notch- professional but always welcoming and gracious. There is an understated grace and ease to every aspect of this restaurant. Chef Calmels is a gentleman and a culinary artist whose menu is always on point. His cooking is is unpretentious, yet delicious. A real balance of character, flavor and deceptive complexity in every bite. Magnificent!

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Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experience in Philadelphia, and while it's a lot of money $115/pp before tax/tip, it's a BYO, portion-size is reasonable, and you get out for much less than most of its (few) competitors. It's traditional French though not excessively heavy or heavily reliant on sauces. Just great, refined, fresh and varied flavors. Staff has been there forever, so it's familiar and consistent, and I've never had a bad bite.

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C
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate and cozy, this spot is a fine dining gem without the pretentiousness or fuss.

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FG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful reasonably priced food from an inventive and gregarious chef. The whole staff was friendly welcoming and most important, excited about the food they were presenting. A delight!

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Washington DC
367 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Positively spectacular. Many courses that are just the right amount and served on plates that are right temp for the food. We were almost speechless and it is a BYOB restaurant. A+ all the way!

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YL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to dine at Bibou. The meal was well composed and thoughtfully flavored. The staff affable and attentive, but not overwhelming. The Chef graciously stops by the table to say hello and chats briefly. It really was a fantastic experience. A wonderful evening.

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FD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town with a long time friend for the Flower Show. We wanted a special place for dinner following the show.

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B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I ever had

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s
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Lovely experience

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DM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Bibou delivered again with an outstanding meal. Everything was perfect. Can’t wait to come back again!!

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