Best of Philly

Best French Restaurant

2014 BEST French Restaurant

Le Cheri

Pierre Calmels executes French dishes only seen on culinary-school exams (rabbit ballotine, pike quenelles) so delicately and artfully that they suddenly seem totally fresh and new. This kind of French cooking never gets old.

251 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-546-7700 | Website


2013 BEST French Restaurant

Bibou

1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Pierre Calmels doesnt just do right by the classics (escargots, terrines, veal sweetbreads); he shows how fresh contemporary French cooking can be. (Think shellfish bisque with pomegranate seeds, or seared foie gras with a lime-tanged plum chutney.) Meanwhile, his lovely wife, Charlotte, turns the dining room into a home away from home for Phillys French… Read more »

2011 BEST French Restaurant

Bibou

1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Whether you’re looking for the earthiest escargots, trotters stuffed with foie gras, or skate wing with rhubarb and watermelon radish, the flavors at Bibou are as big and Gallic as Gerard Depardieu. (And we mean that in the best possible way.) Read more »

2010 BEST French Restaurant

Bibou

1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA

There are BYOBs, and then there are restaurants serving four-star French fare in storefronts that just don’t have a liquor license, like Bibou. Pierre and Charlotte Calmels’s thimble-size Italian Market spot has earned raves locally and nationally (hello, Beard nomination!), and after tasting the bone marrow, escargots, or seasonal specials like melon soup with slivered… Read more »