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  • A la Maison Bistro

    A French bistro BYOB right on the Main Line

    A la Maison Bistro is the place to go for French comfort food.

    Francophiles, take note: Ardmore’s A la Maison Bistro is offering up some tasty French dishes on the Main Line.

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  • Bibou

    A casual South Philly BYOB serving lovingly prepared, rustic French food

    Bibou

    The labor of love of husband-and-wife team Charlotte and Pierre Calmels (former executive chef at Le Bec-Fin), Bibou serves delicately prepared, rustic French bistro fare in a casual space in South Philadelphia.

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  • Bistrot La Minette

    An authentic French bistrot in the Queen Village neighborhood

    An authentic French bistrot in the Queen Village neighborhood

    Bistrot La Minette is the realization of Chef Peter Woolsey’s dream to bring the charm and good taste of a French bistrot to Philadelphia’s dynamic restaurant scene.

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  • Café Lutecia

    A charming neighborhood cafe a block off Fitler Square

    Cafe-goers choose this quaint, French-inspired nook for its substantial soup-and-sandwich combo, pleasant staff and sizable cups of coffee.

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  • Cafe L’Aube

    Crepe escape

    Whether you like your crepes sweet or savory, L’Aube (“the dawn”) will griddle their way into your Gallic heart. The coffee, which they roast themselves, doesn’t hurt either.

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  • Chez Colette

    A chic Parisian brasserie at the Sofitel

    Chez Colette

    Step into Chez Colette, a charming French brasserie on the first floor of the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel, and you might very well forget you’re not in Paris.

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  • Cochon

    Perfect for pork lovers

    French for “pig,” this one-room, open-kitchen BYOB is justly known for its hearty offerings, with an emphasis on the pork. Must-tries include bacon mashed potatoes, grilled spare ribs and, from the Sunday brunch menu, deep-fried oysters with bacon mayo.

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  • Creperie Beau Monde

    Sweet and savory Breton-style crepes

    Chic yet cozy, this corner bistro serves up crepes in endless savory or sweet combinations. Goat cheese salads, French onion soup and traditional ciders round out the menu.

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  • FringeArts

    Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The permanent home of FringeArts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Garces Trading Company

    The Iron Chef opens an all-in-one culinary destination and wine boutique

    Garces Trading Company

    Situated in a large space in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Garces Trading Company — a gourmet market and cafe — is the sixth Philadelphia restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces.

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  • L’Etage

    Dance (or laugh) the night away tucked inside this hidden-in-plain-sight cabaret

    This elegant second-floor lounge (upstairs from Creperie Beau Monde, see above) has a u-shaped bar, curtained booths and a petite dance floor that hosts both dancers and cabaret artists. DJs, improv companies, comedians and cross-dressing lounge acts are among the talents here.

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  • Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

    Enjoy a meal to remember at Lacroix, one of Philadelphia’s most distinguished restaurants

    Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

    Located on the second floor of The Rittenhouse, Lacroix features an elegant décor and a broad view of Rittenhouse Square

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  • Le Bec-Fin

    This classic spot in Philadelphia consistantly lives up to its impeccable reputation

    Le Bec-Fin

    NOW CLOSED: Famed restaurateur Georges Perrier introduced Philadelphians to fine French cuisine when he opened this upscale restaurant in the 1970s.

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  • Meritage

    Fusion fare complemented by a spectacular wine list

    Meritage features a fusion menu dotted with signature dishes, such as the local favorite Korean fried chicken. Two seating areas, a bar and a wine list praised by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast round out the dining experience.

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  • Noir

    South Philly meets French-Canada

    The chef at Noir is a Montreal native, which means he cranks out native specialties like poutine and smoked brisket in addition to upscale bar food.

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  • Parc

    Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris

    Parc on Rittenhouse Square

    With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.

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  • Rouge

    Rittenhouse Square’s original bistro-cafe

    Rouge

    The Rouge Burger alone will make you an instant devotee.

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  • The Pickled Heron

    A teeny BYOB fit for Francophiles

    This 50-seat bistro serves French-inspired dishes with local and seasonal products, and it’s BYOB to boot.

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