Bibou

4.9
1375 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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AG
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
29 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
14 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
5 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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OT
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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D
Philadelphia
76 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
12 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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D
Washington DC
360 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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l
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They take credit cards. 115 tasting menu and we got 1 shaved truffle that was added to the steak, bill was 384 with tax. 5:45 reservation seated immediately, and we're done by 8:15. Parking lot next door was free and chairs were comfortable. Now on to food... It was just ok nothing to rare about at all. Now I can only attest to the 7 courses served that night( weekly menu changes) but having 7 different courses and all were nothing to write home about. Rather bland and boring combos. I would not go back, just too expensive and too many other places to try. Having been to Laurel this place honestly was a big disappointment. I do have to say the souffle was amazing, that's the only thing that was worth it. Also note they did come around with bread about 3 times, the same bread but again just bread , nothing special about it but take it bc you need to to fill yourself up since the portions are so small. For instance Laurel serves bread but it's so special and delicious! It's just not even on the same level. I would recommend them to lower the prices since it's not on the same level as other places

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s
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bibou with friends. The food was thoughtfully prepared, but we enjoyed some other dishes a bit more at prior meals there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was delicious 7course tasting french menu. It was cute little place where chef also came to the table to greet you!

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AG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an exceptionally meal. The service is above and beyond. Everyone is polite, professional, personable and fabulous. The food was amazing. The music was delightful and the pacing of the meal was just perfect.

Truly a meal I will cherish and remember for quite some time.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bibou never fails to impress. It is the setting for so many special occasions in our lives.

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KO
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Everything about this restaurant is top notch. Not cheap but well worth the cost.

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JW
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the BEST!! No one can compare with the food, creativity, service, and atmosphere. It is just fantastic!!

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J
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it even as we entered the restaurant. Intimate restaurant. Very friendly person welcomed us and truly made us feel welcome. The chef came out at the end of the meal to visit with each table. Utterly fantastic food. I thought the price was incredibly reasonable considering the quality of the food. Everyone in the restaurant seemed happy. I usually like to try new restaurants when I visit a city, but I would definitely want to return.

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R
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu we tasted was astounding in its sophistication and presentation. From the triple-play amuse-bouche to the chocolate soufflé, everything was unique, delicious, and beautiful. The service was impeccable, but always discreet, never obtrusive. The wines recommended by the restaurant for this tasting went beautifully with every dish - if you go, make sure to check the sommelier's suggestions. Chef Calmels always comes out to greet every table prior to departure, which we thought was a very civilized gesture. The kitchen also was very accommodating with a pre-dinner request for special treatment of one of the offerings (not a fan of Parmesan cheese), and the risotto with truffles was none the worse for it. One could not ask for a more perfect dining experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I had heard about Bibou for a while and decided to try it out on his birthday. It exceeded all expectations and was just the right portion size. We were very pleased with all the dishes and will definitely be back.

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DM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful restaurant. We have come back several time and will continue to do so. Try sitting at the bar for a change of pace, it's a lot of fun. Cheers

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j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've ever had and incredible service!

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A
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder, fixed price, tasting menu; every item was incredible

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't believe I waited this long to come to the restaurant but I had. Generally when you go to restaurants with this reputation you are somewhat disappointed. I was not. It wasn't perfect but for 9 courses, it was very close.

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IS
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bibou continues to be one of the best tasting menus anywhere. The chef has an outstanding staff in both front and back of the house. Tasting menus are not for everyone but if you are willing to let the chef and the wait staff amaze you, you are in for the meal of a lifetime.

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c
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time at Bibou and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The service and presentation really enhances the fabulousness of the food. A big shout out to Jeffrey who was so engaging and friendly (and who helped us name our new dog) and to all of the other servers who really make you feel like royalty. But let us not leave out the best part which is the food itself, every bite is scrumptious, the flavors delight. Kudos to the Chef who is also charming and engaging. This is my favorite dining experience! Thanks again to Bibou for making us feel so special!

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BL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Chef Pierre and his team made us feel welcome and at home!

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RW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you can't be in a Paris bistro, this is the place to eat. Excellent sensual dining experience.

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