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


Credit: 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.

Bibou is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday. They are BYOB and cash only, and after a recent review in the New York Times, reservations are strongly encouraged.


Chef Calmels menu is tightly honed, leaving only the most delicious items for diners to select. You’ll choose from a seasonally inspired menu of five starters and five entrees, with the occasional one-off specials added to the menu when the chef is particularly inspired.

The Entrees (first course) menu includes a seared foie gras, Scottish smoked salmon and a gorgeously layered terrine.

On the Plats Principaux (main course) menu, you’ll find pan-seared scallops that are perfectly cooked and a braised pig foot will make a pork lover go silent from delight (and carefully guard his plate to prevent poaching from fellow diners).


Bibou is housed in an intimate space that long-time diners will remember as the former home of Pif.

The space avoids the claustrophobia that many a small restaurant imposes, saved mostly by the big, bright front window and the sunny, lemon-colored walls. Decor is sparse but friendly. Happily, with food such as this, elaborate restaurant design is most unnecessary.

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