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1009 S 8th St Philadelphia, PA 19147
1009 South 8th StreetUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19147
$$$French Restaurant, BistroToday Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 5:30 – 9:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 9:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 9:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 9:00 pmSunday Closed
French BYOB in South Philadelphia - cash only!
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Family-run, cash-only spot featuring a rotating menu of inventive French fare & a BYOB policy.- Google
"Foie gras was tasty, although I was hoping it'd be smoother and more buttery."
"Best french food in the city and such warm and welcoming owners!"
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Brad Cantor
2 weeks ago
Second time there. The foie was perfect, and the cold squash and shrimp soup was unforgettable. I wish the portions were a bit bigger, but thats knit picking. I left pleasently stuffed. I am really critical when it comes to fancy french food but this place kills it.
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David Liang
a year ago
Food: 3 Decor: 3 Service: 4 Came here for their Sunday $45 4-course prix fixe after snagging a reservation 3 weeks in advance. It's hard to find parking in the area, but I managed to finally find a spot in the parking lot next door after circling around for 15 min. 1. Consomme ~Pretty good. 2. Foie gras with grilled apricot ~Pretty good. Foie gras was tasty, although I was hoping it'd be smoother and more buttery. 3. Sea bass ~Delicious. Easily the best course of the night. Bass was cooked perfectly, and the broth was quite good. Side veggies were decent. 4. Frozen souffle ~Okay. More like frozen ice cream (can't remember the dessert I'm thinking of). 5. Macaroons and cookies ~Mediocre. A bit too sweet, and I only had a bite of each. Service was good, although it was odd when the server came back and told me there was only 1 bass left and asked me to switch to another fish. Luckily, another server came by and said that I could have the bass.
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Fikke Kambong
a year ago
A tiny little BYOB place in south Philly with huge flavors and great service. The Chef sure knows what he's cooking. I went there with few friends (8 people) after several attempts to secure a reservation and it was worth the wait. The menu changes almost weekly so if they are offering the Guinea hen, go for it. The desert also fantastic.
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Gary Book
2 years ago
French excellence in Philly. They channel Paul Bocuse and take you on a enchanting journey to french perfection. Mon Dieu. The BYOB makes this place the greatest deal, parking next door & paradise inside. It feels like a bistro with friendly service but delivers like Le Bec-Fin. After an exquisite meal you are warmly greeted by the maestro, Chef Pierre Calmels, veteran of Daniel & Le Bec-Fin himself. Merci Beaucoup were my words to the Chef.
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Lorie Anzalone
2 months ago
Such a small place but a lot of customers! This place offers everything you would want to be on a menu and food was very good. The place is pretty costy but you get the BYO so that was pretty nice. Food was really good except that it would have been even better if the escargot was made with a butter base instead of a brown sauce and peas. The filet mignon was good and as well as the veal. The banana takin was too sweet but the caramel ice cream was good. Only con was that the server has a terrible accent and when recommending the specialties of the day, he was hesitating and sighing in between which made me felt a little discomfort. Overall, this place was good and the chef even came out to speak to certain tables which was welcoming.
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William Cody
2 years ago
A last minute 530 pm reservation for Sunday evening in the middle of the afternoon. Easy access to the restaurant from exit 20 off 95S making travel from NJ convenient. Parked next door(free 2 hour parking) a few steps from the front door. Prompt efficient service. The chef, Pierre , came out to meet us before dessert and discuss the menu. French bagettes are baked fresh daily on premises. Spectacular unique meal!! First visit of many
Sai Pharamaceutical
2 years ago
This is the most over-rated restaurant I have ever been to... We had heard rave reviews of this place. I went here with two colleagues of mine, we had a reservation at 9. It was weekday and we had booked 3 weeks in advance, but still could not get a table before 9. We reached there at 8:50 and were asked to wait outside for 15 minutes. When we knocked the door again at 9:05, we were told to wait for another 15 minutes. It was finally at 9:40 that we were allowed to enter the restaurant. It was a small room bustling with customers leaving very little space for moving. The atmosphere was suffocating. Although am not a fan of french food, but neither do I despise it. But the food here is far below average and definitely does not corresponds to the rosy reviews which we had read before. The only good thing about this place is that the chef personally shake hands with every customer, as if trying to compensate for the limitations this place has to offer. I wonder how Zagat gave it a 29! I could have ate a far satisfying meal at a cosier place and at more convenient timings, at half the rate. Not at all recommended.
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Kristina Bevenour
3 years ago
Amazing! My husband and I have been here a several times over the past few years, but this time was our best experience. The frogs' legs, and frois grois two ways (pan seared & creme brulee) were incredible. I had the Saint-Jacques scallops and that entree was one of the best plates I've ever had at any restaurant.


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