Bec-Fin (Le)

★★★★☆
  • 1523 Walnut St

    Philadelphia, PA 19102

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  • 215-567-1000

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The description on the menu did not relate to the actual courses themselves. The octopus was extremely well cooked and seasoned. The stuffed quail was well cooked but loaded with excessive amounts of garlic. The "cheese course" included

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★★★★★

The description on the menu did not relate to the actual courses themselves. The octopus was extremely well cooked and seasoned. The stuffed quail was well cooked but loaded with excessive amounts of garlic. The "cheese course" included

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I have had to opportunity and the privilege to dine at Georges Perrier's Le Bec Fin since I was young. My family has been going to Le Bec for as long as I can remember. It started with my father's daily lunches there and it evolved into a family tradition. When I was little, I was always astounded by the physical appearance of Le Bec Fin. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary building with a posh looking door. However, when one steps inside, they are immediately overwhelmed by the elegant gold (it was originally red) of the main dining hall. The turbo is my favorite dish and I have to request it before I arrive because it is now off the dish, but the staff is very flexible and is able to arrange enough turbo for me and my friends to enjoy. The escargot is also marvelously prepared in an incredible butter-garlic sauce. Finally, each meal is never complete without the infamous desert cart! Chef Perrier has worked hard for his well deserved stars!

My only complaints? The cliental has changed quite a bit over the years. I used to be a weekly costumer and now I regrettably have not been to Le Bec in almost a year (although I am going in a few weeks). The last time I was there, the regulars had now been replaced with special occasion guests. The waitressing staff had completely turned over too (the old staff is now primarily working at Philadelphia's Water Works near Boat House Row). I miss the familiarity of the old Le Bec Fin; however, this place is still incredible. It would be a mistake to not visit!

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★★★★★

I have had to opportunity and the privilege to dine at Georges Perrier's Le Bec Fin since I was young. My family has been going to Le Bec for as long as I can remember. It started with my father's daily lunches there and it evolved into a family tradition. When I was little, I was always astounded by the physical appearance of Le Bec Fin. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary building with a posh looking door. However, when one steps inside, they are immediately overwhelmed by the elegant gold (it was originally red) of the main dining hall. The turbo is my favorite dish and I have to request it before I arrive because it is now off the dish, but the staff is very flexible and is able to arrange enough turbo for me and my friends to enjoy. The escargot is also marvelously prepared in an incredible butter-garlic sauce. Finally, each meal is never complete without the infamous desert cart! Chef Perrier has worked hard for his well deserved stars!

My only complaints? The cliental has changed quite a bit over the years. I used to be a weekly costumer and now I regrettably have not been to Le Bec in almost a year (although I am going in a few weeks). The last time I was there, the regulars had now been replaced with special occasion guests. The waitressing staff had completely turned over too (the old staff is now primarily working at Philadelphia's Water Works near Boat House Row). I miss the familiarity of the old Le Bec Fin; however, this place is still incredible. It would be a mistake to not visit!

Pros: Elegant Atmosphere, Delicious Food, Friendly Staff

Cons: The cliental has changed

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I had a great experience at Le Bec-Fin. I've always heard about it and the luxury it brings to those who could afford it. Aha - Restaurant week! A chance for us young working class! So my boyfriend & I decided to give it a try & got all dolled up. We had to push back our reservation an hour due to work, but they were very cordial & obliging on the phone.

SO, great experience, lovely & really nice place, BUT I wouldn't go there again, even if I could afford the $800 bottles of wine. Too stuffy in there & the place reaked of people who want "status." The food was good but not the best. The atmosphere was really elegant but not the most romantic place i've ever been to.

It was a nice break from the norm though, & I'm glad I got to try it out.

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★★★☆☆

I had a great experience at Le Bec-Fin. I've always heard about it and the luxury it brings to those who could afford it. Aha - Restaurant week! A chance for us young working class! So my boyfriend & I decided to give it a try & got all dolled up. We had to push back our reservation an hour due to work, but they were very cordial & obliging on the phone.

SO, great experience, lovely & really nice place, BUT I wouldn't go there again, even if I could afford the $800 bottles of wine. Too stuffy in there & the place reaked of people who want "status." The food was good but not the best. The atmosphere was really elegant but not the most romantic place i've ever been to.

It was a nice break from the norm though, & I'm glad I got to try it out.

Pros: Elegant, formal & friendly

Cons: Stale bread, unfilled water, It's a status thing.

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Having moved to Philadelphia recently we heard nothing but good things about Le Bec-Fin and how it was one of the top fine dining restaurant in the city. My husband and I decided to check it out on a Tuesday night in May 2009 for our 2 year wedding anniversary. I've dined at some of the best restaurants in the world such as The French Laundry, Benoit in Paris, and Grammercy Tavern (to name a few). I was severely disappointed with our experience at Le Bec-Fin across the board from the service to the presentation to the taste of the food itself.

I don't even know where to begin. From the moment we arrived, we decided to order a drink before we picked a wine from the wine list. The server mentioned they had wide selection of cocktails and some beers available. When we asked what type of beer they offered, he could not remember was completely thrown off by our question. We also felt pressured to make our wine list selection quickly. There was a lack of seasoning in all our entrees. My husband had the scallop dish as an appetizer. The shellfish was not cleaned properly since there was still sand in the broth. We opted for the cheese course and the server could not give us a clear explanation of the cheese's origins. The restaurant's only saving grace that evening was the selection of wines from the wine list and the dessert cart.

What happened here? Did I just go on an off night?

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★☆☆☆☆

Having moved to Philadelphia recently we heard nothing but good things about Le Bec-Fin and how it was one of the top fine dining restaurant in the city. My husband and I decided to check it out on a Tuesday night in May 2009 for our 2 year wedding anniversary. I've dined at some of the best restaurants in the world such as The French Laundry, Benoit in Paris, and Grammercy Tavern (to name a few). I was severely disappointed with our experience at Le Bec-Fin across the board from the service to the presentation to the taste of the food itself.

I don't even know where to begin. From the moment we arrived, we decided to order a drink before we picked a wine from the wine list. The server mentioned they had wide selection of cocktails and some beers available. When we asked what type of beer they offered, he could not remember was completely thrown off by our question. We also felt pressured to make our wine list selection quickly. There was a lack of seasoning in all our entrees. My husband had the scallop dish as an appetizer. The shellfish was not cleaned properly since there was still sand in the broth. We opted for the cheese course and the server could not give us a clear explanation of the cheese's origins. The restaurant's only saving grace that evening was the selection of wines from the wine list and the dessert cart.

What happened here? Did I just go on an off night?

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You are in Philadelphia - the best thing the city offers is dining experience. And of the restaurants, Le Bec Fin is the one most talked of. So go.
The service is what differentiates this place from all others. Sensible, sweet, suave - Impeccable. It's not in-your-face service, but the staff is very considerate. They know they're upscale and they are leisurely about it. It feels nice.
Food is great. The presentation beats the taste in my opinion, but that's not to say the taste is bad either - the presentation is just done really well.
The famed all you can eat dessert cart - truthfully, they are all very decadent but so rich that you can't and shouldn't eat too much. Again, go for the experience.
I have been to LBF once in a group of five and once with just one friend. The first time was with the group and we did the mini 4-course with wine pairing. The bill was $880 for the group, but for a dinner that lasted 2 1/2 hrs and is still fondly remembered, it was well worth it. The second time was great too, and even better because it was shorter but still sweet (much cheaper because it was during restaurant week )- for that review, see Le Bar Lyonnais.

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★★★★☆

You are in Philadelphia - the best thing the city offers is dining experience. And of the restaurants, Le Bec Fin is the one most talked of. So go.
The service is what differentiates this place from all others. Sensible, sweet, suave - Impeccable. It's not in-your-face service, but the staff is very considerate. They know they're upscale and they are leisurely about it. It feels nice.
Food is great. The presentation beats the taste in my opinion, but that's not to say the taste is bad either - the presentation is just done really well.
The famed all you can eat dessert cart - truthfully, they are all very decadent but so rich that you can't and shouldn't eat too much. Again, go for the experience.
I have been to LBF once in a group of five and once with just one friend. The first time was with the group and we did the mini 4-course with wine pairing. The bill was $880 for the group, but for a dinner that lasted 2 1/2 hrs and is still fondly remembered, it was well worth it. The second time was great too, and even better because it was shorter but still sweet (much cheaper because it was during restaurant week )- for that review, see Le Bar Lyonnais.

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After a long respite (10 years), we finally returned to Le Bec Fin for a special occasion. I have to say that the place still has a romantic ambiance with its beautiful decor and decadent menu, but the service is lacking even more than before. A place of such caliber needs a more professional staff, and service that is more skillful and polished. For example, one waiter kept referring to my husband as ?madame? the entire evening. At first we thought it was a simple mistake, but he was quite serious, not knowing the French word for sir.
On the other hand, the food was quite delicious, and of course the best thing on the menu was the crab cake. I read the criticisms from other reviewers that stated that this dish was sub-par, but keep in mind that this is not the ?Crab Shack?, and of course its dish would be prepared in a more refined way. As a result, there is not even a hint of breadcrumbs in this crab cake- it is succulent, moist and absolutely divine.
The clientele has changed a bit, and now consists of the ?special occasion? diners rather than the regulars. We counted six birthday candles in one hour of dining, and sat next to a table of vociferous mouth-breathers inappropriately dressed for the occasion. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful evening and I am glad that Philadelphia still has a restaurant like this. Dinner for two with a great bottle of wine was $800, a bit steep considering you would get better service at La Croix, but still a beautiful evening.

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★★★★☆

After a long respite (10 years), we finally returned to Le Bec Fin for a special occasion. I have to say that the place still has a romantic ambiance with its beautiful decor and decadent menu, but the service is lacking even more than before. A place of such caliber needs a more professional staff, and service that is more skillful and polished. For example, one waiter kept referring to my husband as ?madame? the entire evening. At first we thought it was a simple mistake, but he was quite serious, not knowing the French word for sir.
On the other hand, the food was quite delicious, and of course the best thing on the menu was the crab cake. I read the criticisms from other reviewers that stated that this dish was sub-par, but keep in mind that this is not the ?Crab Shack?, and of course its dish would be prepared in a more refined way. As a result, there is not even a hint of breadcrumbs in this crab cake- it is succulent, moist and absolutely divine.
The clientele has changed a bit, and now consists of the ?special occasion? diners rather than the regulars. We counted six birthday candles in one hour of dining, and sat next to a table of vociferous mouth-breathers inappropriately dressed for the occasion. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful evening and I am glad that Philadelphia still has a restaurant like this. Dinner for two with a great bottle of wine was $800, a bit steep considering you would get better service at La Croix, but still a beautiful evening.

Pros: Beautiful, romantic, great French cuisine

Cons: Service is friendly but very inexperienced and unpolished

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I'd heard such raves about Le Bec-Fin that I was really looking forward to dinner. What a letdown! The service was perfunctory - as though someone had told the servers what elements were important without explaining why. For instance, they were rigorous about making sure that all of the plate covers were removed simultaneously - even though they didn't have enough servers to do so for our table of ten, meaning that one server would lean over two people, practically resting on their shoulders. It was incredibly awkward. Also, bread was hard and cold, served with cold butter; water glasses weren't filled; just little things that should be basics for a five-star restaurant. Even the food was not terrific. In deciding between appetizers, I asked the waiter for a recommendation, and he talked up the crab cake as a specialty. Was he kidding? It tasted like every crab cake I've eaten everywhere - at least I think it did, but it was hard to tell since it was SWIMMING in sauce (and surrounded by overcooked green beans). Roasted chicken with hazelnut mashed potatoes was fine but nothing special. On the plus side, the wine list was outstanding and the dessert cart was very good. Overall, though, I can't imagine how this got a five-star rating.

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★★★☆☆

I'd heard such raves about Le Bec-Fin that I was really looking forward to dinner. What a letdown! The service was perfunctory - as though someone had told the servers what elements were important without explaining why. For instance, they were rigorous about making sure that all of the plate covers were removed simultaneously - even though they didn't have enough servers to do so for our table of ten, meaning that one server would lean over two people, practically resting on their shoulders. It was incredibly awkward. Also, bread was hard and cold, served with cold butter; water glasses weren't filled; just little things that should be basics for a five-star restaurant. Even the food was not terrific. In deciding between appetizers, I asked the waiter for a recommendation, and he talked up the crab cake as a specialty. Was he kidding? It tasted like every crab cake I've eaten everywhere - at least I think it did, but it was hard to tell since it was SWIMMING in sauce (and surrounded by overcooked green beans). Roasted chicken with hazelnut mashed potatoes was fine but nothing special. On the plus side, the wine list was outstanding and the dessert cart was very good. Overall, though, I can't imagine how this got a five-star rating.

Pros: Wine list, dessert cart, ambience

Cons: Service, majority of the food

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Le Bec-Fin was another five stars restaurant that I had the pleasure of trying. I ate there for a total of thee times. One of those times was for lunch since it is way less expensive than dinner. Just so you know they have pre-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. If you are lucky, Le Bec-Fin sometimes take part in Restaurant Week, but since their name is never on the list, you have to call them to find out. The food there is amazing. A simple salmon appertizer would somehow come out as the best salmon you have ever tasted. This place lives up to its reputation, and the service is impeccable.

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★★★★★

Le Bec-Fin was another five stars restaurant that I had the pleasure of trying. I ate there for a total of thee times. One of those times was for lunch since it is way less expensive than dinner. Just so you know they have pre-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. If you are lucky, Le Bec-Fin sometimes take part in Restaurant Week, but since their name is never on the list, you have to call them to find out. The food there is amazing. A simple salmon appertizer would somehow come out as the best salmon you have ever tasted. This place lives up to its reputation, and the service is impeccable.

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere

Cons: pricey

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I went for lunch with a couple of my friends. While the food was truly superb (I had the duck and my girlfriend has the lamb), I can't say the same for the service. Not that is was bad per se, but seemed a bit lackluster and unpolished. The waiters were more concerned with taking the silver tops off our plate then with making sure we had silverware to eat with. Waited for about 20 minutes for coffee. We were done with our desserts and still hadn't received our coffee. Maybe it was an off day. I will come back again though.

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★★★★☆

I went for lunch with a couple of my friends. While the food was truly superb (I had the duck and my girlfriend has the lamb), I can't say the same for the service. Not that is was bad per se, but seemed a bit lackluster and unpolished. The waiters were more concerned with taking the silver tops off our plate then with making sure we had silverware to eat with. Waited for about 20 minutes for coffee. We were done with our desserts and still hadn't received our coffee. Maybe it was an off day. I will come back again though.

Pros: Excellent food, amazing dessert cart

Cons: inattentive waiters

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Le Bec-Fin is truly an international gastronomical destination! You get what you pay for at this 5-star jewel.

It is certainly not priced to be an every day restaurant, but for special occasions (Anniversary, Birthday, Retirement) it is an ideal destination.

The service is superb, the ambiance is inviting and the food is simple, yet extravagant.

Try lunch at Le Bec-Fin for a wonderful experience at less than half the price ($54 vs. $138).

Either way, lunch or dinner, you get to experience the legendary dessert cart featuring an amazing array of delicious tarts, cakes and other spirited creations. You are welcome to sample as many desserts as you choose (they serve you enough for a couple bites of each), so save room and plan to try at least 4-5 of these rich and tasty treats.

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★★★★★

Le Bec-Fin is truly an international gastronomical destination! You get what you pay for at this 5-star jewel.

It is certainly not priced to be an every day restaurant, but for special occasions (Anniversary, Birthday, Retirement) it is an ideal destination.

The service is superb, the ambiance is inviting and the food is simple, yet extravagant.

Try lunch at Le Bec-Fin for a wonderful experience at less than half the price ($54 vs. $138).

Either way, lunch or dinner, you get to experience the legendary dessert cart featuring an amazing array of delicious tarts, cakes and other spirited creations. You are welcome to sample as many desserts as you choose (they serve you enough for a couple bites of each), so save room and plan to try at least 4-5 of these rich and tasty treats.

Pros: Service, Food

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It really depends on your previous dining experiences how you will feel about LeBec Fin. First, you will no doubt have excellent food and excellent service. I do feel indignified for saying this, but I just can't help but compare it to years back - I think the food and service was a little better (geez, when I read this, I sound like a snob and don't mean to). When we used to go, I would walk out and say "I can't wait until our next trip here", and now I don't think that as much. But I do love it still and especially the dessert cart - if you love dessert (and are there really people who don't?!), you must come here for the dessert cart alone. You get a tasting of whatever desserts you want to try (it's included in the price) and it's suberb. (I have to say that when we went for lunch a couple weeks ago, I was a little disappointed in the dessert cart - seemed to have a lot of the same desserts and not a variety. Bottom line - we still love it, just not as much as we used to.

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★★★★☆

It really depends on your previous dining experiences how you will feel about LeBec Fin. First, you will no doubt have excellent food and excellent service. I do feel indignified for saying this, but I just can't help but compare it to years back - I think the food and service was a little better (geez, when I read this, I sound like a snob and don't mean to). When we used to go, I would walk out and say "I can't wait until our next trip here", and now I don't think that as much. But I do love it still and especially the dessert cart - if you love dessert (and are there really people who don't?!), you must come here for the dessert cart alone. You get a tasting of whatever desserts you want to try (it's included in the price) and it's suberb. (I have to say that when we went for lunch a couple weeks ago, I was a little disappointed in the dessert cart - seemed to have a lot of the same desserts and not a variety. Bottom line - we still love it, just not as much as we used to.

Pros: Service, food, wine (although they did not have Chablis Premier Cru!)

Cons: No cons - just not as GREAT as it once was

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This is the finest french food I have had anywhere. The preparation and quality of food is marvelous. After having a day of stress we went here and they made us feel like Queens for a Day.

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★★★★★

This is the finest french food I have had anywhere. The preparation and quality of food is marvelous. After having a day of stress we went here and they made us feel like Queens for a Day.

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THis is the quintessential restaurant in Philadelphia for fine dining. After having a great day of fitness and some shopping my husband and I had dinner at Le Bec Fin and it was marvelous. The food is to die for and the staff is just great.

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★★★★★

THis is the quintessential restaurant in Philadelphia for fine dining. After having a great day of fitness and some shopping my husband and I had dinner at Le Bec Fin and it was marvelous. The food is to die for and the staff is just great.

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we love this restaurant. The portions could be larger and the prices are a bit steep,but the ambiance is worth it.
I would suggest this for anyone with a few extra dollars to spare.

PROS: great food,fine service
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★★★★☆

we love this restaurant. The portions could be larger and the prices are a bit steep,but the ambiance is worth it.
I would suggest this for anyone with a few extra dollars to spare.

PROS: great food,fine service
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LOVE THIS RESTAURANT. WE GO HERE SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR AND THE FOOD AND SERVCIE ARE JUST GREAT. THE PLACE IS PRICEY BUT IF YOU CAN AFFORD THE VERY BEST THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO. I ESPECIALLY ENJOY THEIR EXTENSIVE WIN LIST AND THE DESSERTS ARE UNREAL.

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LOVE THIS RESTAURANT. WE GO HERE SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR AND THE FOOD AND SERVCIE ARE JUST GREAT. THE PLACE IS PRICEY BUT IF YOU CAN AFFORD THE VERY BEST THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO. I ESPECIALLY ENJOY THEIR EXTENSIVE WIN LIST AND THE DESSERTS ARE UNREAL.

Pros: GREAT FOOD, GOOD SERVICE

Cons: PRICEY

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We had the best lunch. The dessert cart is fabulous. Loved the decor. My husband complained that the portions were too small. The service was flawless.

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★★★★★

We had the best lunch. The dessert cart is fabulous. Loved the decor. My husband complained that the portions were too small. The service was flawless.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Expensive, Parking

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Excellent food and service, but beware a possibly *very* unclassy attitude. A friend and I went to this restaurant to get dessert for takeout; we waited in the vestibule as suggested. A manager coming from the floor below was overheard by my friend to say, "What on earth are *they* doing here?" in a snooty tone, due to our casual dress. To this day, I find such a display shocking in the worst possible way. I do not dress formally to pick up a takeout order from an establishment. Establishments with class, of course, never make a person feel remotely unwelcome. I would say visit Le Bec Fin with slight caution. N.B. Of the many restaurants I have visited in Philadelphia, only at this restaurant and at its "sister" restaurant, Brasserie Perrier, have I ever encountered snootiness.

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★★★★☆

Excellent food and service, but beware a possibly *very* unclassy attitude. A friend and I went to this restaurant to get dessert for takeout; we waited in the vestibule as suggested. A manager coming from the floor below was overheard by my friend to say, "What on earth are *they* doing here?" in a snooty tone, due to our casual dress. To this day, I find such a display shocking in the worst possible way. I do not dress formally to pick up a takeout order from an establishment. Establishments with class, of course, never make a person feel remotely unwelcome. I would say visit Le Bec Fin with slight caution. N.B. Of the many restaurants I have visited in Philadelphia, only at this restaurant and at its "sister" restaurant, Brasserie Perrier, have I ever encountered snootiness.

Pros: food, wine, service

Cons: staff's lack of class, extremely expensive

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I went there this past Valentine's Day (which you should make your reservation at least a month in advance!) and the food was delicious! Had the 9 course meal and overall, thought the food was very unique but I could barely eat it all! The dinner lasted about 2.5 hours! Probably would not go there again b/c of the price (for 2 people plus champagne and tip = $600!) but would recommend to go here at least once in your lives!

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★★★★★

I went there this past Valentine's Day (which you should make your reservation at least a month in advance!) and the food was delicious! Had the 9 course meal and overall, thought the food was very unique but I could barely eat it all! The dinner lasted about 2.5 hours! Probably would not go there again b/c of the price (for 2 people plus champagne and tip = $600!) but would recommend to go here at least once in your lives!

Pros: Great service, Beautiful scenery, Great food

Cons: Very VERY expensive

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Four of us dined at Le Bec Fin. The portions were very small and I left there hungry. I ate an excessive amount of bread just to fill up.
The service was overly attentive to a fault. I could have had three excellent meals for the price of one meal at Le Bec Fin.

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★★☆☆☆

Four of us dined at Le Bec Fin. The portions were very small and I left there hungry. I ate an excessive amount of bread just to fill up.
The service was overly attentive to a fault. I could have had three excellent meals for the price of one meal at Le Bec Fin.

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I was taken to this restaurant and almost gasped at the prices! Thank goodness I wasn't paying. However, the ambience is graceful and elegant and the food if stupendous. FOr a great night out, Le Bec Fin is the place to be...

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★★★★★

I was taken to this restaurant and almost gasped at the prices! Thank goodness I wasn't paying. However, the ambience is graceful and elegant and the food if stupendous. FOr a great night out, Le Bec Fin is the place to be...

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This resturant is one of the most well known resturants in Philadelphia. They are well known for their delicious meals, fanastic deserts and the friendly servers. This place is a fancy returant serving top of the line food that is rather expensive. The staff is very friendly and the parking is convenient.

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★★★★★

This resturant is one of the most well known resturants in Philadelphia. They are well known for their delicious meals, fanastic deserts and the friendly servers. This place is a fancy returant serving top of the line food that is rather expensive. The staff is very friendly and the parking is convenient.

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Let me just said I have never had dinner here, but I had two of the best lunches ever. The tasting menu is incredible, but for a more fiscal fix do the $45 three course (app, entree, dessert which is as much as you want). The staff is at your beck and call to give you that "emperor of Rome" feeling I like to have when dining out.

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★★★★★

Let me just said I have never had dinner here, but I had two of the best lunches ever. The tasting menu is incredible, but for a more fiscal fix do the $45 three course (app, entree, dessert which is as much as you want). The staff is at your beck and call to give you that "emperor of Rome" feeling I like to have when dining out.

Pros: Regal setting, Food, Service

Cons: Price

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Le Bec FIn is consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the whole country and for good reason because the food is absolutely amazing but make sure you have a reservation for dinner (and make it in advance)! This is place is not cheap by any means (be prepared to drop some serious cash) but the dessert cart is all you can eat. The atmosphere is a little too pretentious for me.

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★★★★★

Le Bec FIn is consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the whole country and for good reason because the food is absolutely amazing but make sure you have a reservation for dinner (and make it in advance)! This is place is not cheap by any means (be prepared to drop some serious cash) but the dessert cart is all you can eat. The atmosphere is a little too pretentious for me.

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Le Bec Fin is either a great or an average restaurant, depending on your viewpoint. For those who conceive of French food in a way that no longer exists in France -- think a one-star Parisian restaurant in 1950 -- Le Bec Fin is the perfect place.
But for anyone else who has heard of nouvelle cuisine, this place -- like its decor -- is hyperbolic, over-hyped and over-creamed. Many have the simultaneous heaviness and over-contemplation that only a trained but dated chef could concoct.
The one standout though are the desserts, which enter on a majestic trolley. If you can, go only for dessert!

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★★★☆☆

Le Bec Fin is either a great or an average restaurant, depending on your viewpoint. For those who conceive of French food in a way that no longer exists in France -- think a one-star Parisian restaurant in 1950 -- Le Bec Fin is the perfect place.
But for anyone else who has heard of nouvelle cuisine, this place -- like its decor -- is hyperbolic, over-hyped and over-creamed. Many have the simultaneous heaviness and over-contemplation that only a trained but dated chef could concoct.
The one standout though are the desserts, which enter on a majestic trolley. If you can, go only for dessert!

Pros: professional service, dessert trolley

Cons: , stuffiness

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I try to get here at least twice a year and every time I literally float out of the building. The service is always impeccable and the place looks fantastic. The entrees are sublime and the desserts are as wonderful as they are plentiful. Furthermore the wine list is impressive with delineations made between appellations. It's a very civilized experience; one feels so pampered.

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★★★★★

I try to get here at least twice a year and every time I literally float out of the building. The service is always impeccable and the place looks fantastic. The entrees are sublime and the desserts are as wonderful as they are plentiful. Furthermore the wine list is impressive with delineations made between appellations. It's a very civilized experience; one feels so pampered.

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I was treated to lunch here by a friend and I was really blown away. Everything was absolutely perfect, from the ample, crusty rolls to the attentive yet not overbearing service--and, of course, the food! If you're ever going to have escargot, this is the place to savor it. Be prepared to sample as many desserts as your stomach can handle and leave on a real sugar rush!

Sure it's pricey but the lunch $45 three-course deal is actually not that bad. Just skip spending $15+ for a single glass of wine if you're on a budget (which was very good, but I'll pay that for a nice BOTTLE at home, thanks). If you really want to sample some of the best that Philly has to offer, you really have to go here at least once.

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★★★★★

I was treated to lunch here by a friend and I was really blown away. Everything was absolutely perfect, from the ample, crusty rolls to the attentive yet not overbearing service--and, of course, the food! If you're ever going to have escargot, this is the place to savor it. Be prepared to sample as many desserts as your stomach can handle and leave on a real sugar rush!

Sure it's pricey but the lunch $45 three-course deal is actually not that bad. Just skip spending $15+ for a single glass of wine if you're on a budget (which was very good, but I'll pay that for a nice BOTTLE at home, thanks). If you really want to sample some of the best that Philly has to offer, you really have to go here at least once.

Pros: food, atmosphere, service

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I had the whole night planned out and I wanted to do this right. I have been to many great restaurants like antoin's and comanders palace and wanted to add Le Bec to the list. I went out and bought my lady a dress and made sure that we were the best dressed couple there and really made the experience an event. The food was decadent, and I left very satisfied. The bill I would gladly pay again for such a fine dining experience. This place is an amusement park for the taste buds!

2
★★★★★

I had the whole night planned out and I wanted to do this right. I have been to many great restaurants like antoin's and comanders palace and wanted to add Le Bec to the list. I went out and bought my lady a dress and made sure that we were the best dressed couple there and really made the experience an event. The food was decadent, and I left very satisfied. The bill I would gladly pay again for such a fine dining experience. This place is an amusement park for the taste buds!

Pros: Food, Service, Wine

Cons: , The entry way, The entry way

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This has got to be the most overrated restaurant in history.The food here is good,not superior.The problem with this restaurant,as with most french restaurants,is that you could have a 9 course dinner,as i did,and still be hungry afterwards.Also,while some of the dishes were creative and stylish,it wasn't enough to overcome the outrageous prices Mr. Perrier charges for eating at his establishment.

1
★★★☆☆

This has got to be the most overrated restaurant in history.The food here is good,not superior.The problem with this restaurant,as with most french restaurants,is that you could have a 9 course dinner,as i did,and still be hungry afterwards.Also,while some of the dishes were creative and stylish,it wasn't enough to overcome the outrageous prices Mr. Perrier charges for eating at his establishment.

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The only, and I stress only, disappointment with Le Bec Fin comes later in the evening. As a recent Sex in the City episode highlighted with Charlotte's decadent multi-course meal at what , Le Bec Fin's superb food causes your mind to ignore reason, and physical sensations, and continue to eat to the point of gluttony.
My two times dining at Le Bec Fin are far too few in number and I look forward to many more meals there, even in spite of any discomfort my overeating there causes.

2
★★★★★

The only, and I stress only, disappointment with Le Bec Fin comes later in the evening. As a recent Sex in the City episode highlighted with Charlotte's decadent multi-course meal at what , Le Bec Fin's superb food causes your mind to ignore reason, and physical sensations, and continue to eat to the point of gluttony.
My two times dining at Le Bec Fin are far too few in number and I look forward to many more meals there, even in spite of any discomfort my overeating there causes.

Pros: service, lobster, ambience

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Celebrated my birthday last spring with a great dinner experience at Le Bec Fin. It wasn't just the food OR the service, but the combination of superb food AND service made the experience truly great. Dover sole was the best! The atmosphere wasn't that romantic b/c you feel like you lined up against the wall, but still nice.

Returned during the recent Restaurant Week. Not too impressed with the food b/c everything was too salty. Read in the paper that the Bar downstairs is continuing the 3-course dinner for $35 through October. I hope the quality of food does not suffer...

2
★★★★★

Celebrated my birthday last spring with a great dinner experience at Le Bec Fin. It wasn't just the food OR the service, but the combination of superb food AND service made the experience truly great. Dover sole was the best! The atmosphere wasn't that romantic b/c you feel like you lined up against the wall, but still nice.

Returned during the recent Restaurant Week. Not too impressed with the food b/c everything was too salty. Read in the paper that the Bar downstairs is continuing the 3-course dinner for $35 through October. I hope the quality of food does not suffer...

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it is always a supern experience at le bec fin. Bring plenty of $$$ for a gastronomic ride you wont forget.

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★★★★★

it is always a supern experience at le bec fin. Bring plenty of $$$ for a gastronomic ride you wont forget.

Pros: food, atmosphere, service

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It is by far the best in food, service and ambiance in the entire city!

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★★★★★

It is by far the best in food, service and ambiance in the entire city!

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Excellent food and the service was superb!!!! 99% of the deserts were out of this world. Next time I will order something exquisite on the menu

2
★★★★★

Excellent food and the service was superb!!!! 99% of the deserts were out of this world. Next time I will order something exquisite on the menu

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My wife and I enjoyed the total experience...our waiter not only spoke english but also french which truly enhanced our dinning

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★★★★★

My wife and I enjoyed the total experience...our waiter not only spoke english but also french which truly enhanced our dinning

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Le Bec-Fin is clearly among the top five French restaraunts in the country if not the world. Elegant and tasteful without being "over the top". A wine list that rivals any public venue in the world. The food and service? It doesn't get better than this. There is no justice if their star isn't returned. The best place I can think of to max out your credit card and your belt.

2
★★★★★

Le Bec-Fin is clearly among the top five French restaraunts in the country if not the world. Elegant and tasteful without being "over the top". A wine list that rivals any public venue in the world. The food and service? It doesn't get better than this. There is no justice if their star isn't returned. The best place I can think of to max out your credit card and your belt.

Pros: Reservation difficult, Wonderful menu, Spectacular wine list

Cons: Reservation difficult, Awful valet parking, It isn't next door

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I went to Le Bec yesterday for lunch because it was one of those things constantly on my to-do list. I read how Le Bec was promoted back to a 5 star rating this year after last year only getting 4 because of service...and in my mind, they shouldn't have re-gained that fifth. The waiters took about 15 minutes to bring us menus and our drinks came after our bread - I even had to remind the waiter about mine. I wouldn't recommend Le Bec to anyone - I have gotten better service at much less-expensive places. Yes, the food was good, but that's all I enjoyed.

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★★★☆☆

I went to Le Bec yesterday for lunch because it was one of those things constantly on my to-do list. I read how Le Bec was promoted back to a 5 star rating this year after last year only getting 4 because of service...and in my mind, they shouldn't have re-gained that fifth. The waiters took about 15 minutes to bring us menus and our drinks came after our bread - I even had to remind the waiter about mine. I wouldn't recommend Le Bec to anyone - I have gotten better service at much less-expensive places. Yes, the food was good, but that's all I enjoyed.

Pros: Dessert, Dessert, Dessert

Cons: Waiters, Service

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The highest standard of excellence is Le Bec Fin. This is still the best dining experience in the country, if not the world. The taste and presentation of each course is highly satisfying. I have ever been disappointed and have marveled at the consistency of this restaurant.

2
★★★★★

The highest standard of excellence is Le Bec Fin. This is still the best dining experience in the country, if not the world. The taste and presentation of each course is highly satisfying. I have ever been disappointed and have marveled at the consistency of this restaurant.

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I had lunch at Le Bec Fin recently. We did not have reservations so we were seated in the bar area in the basement. The selection was "bar food" but not what you would expect. We had the appetizer sampler, a main course and the desert sampler. The bartender/waitress recommended a merlot whith our meal which was perfect with our meal. The service was impeccible. Afterwards, I asked to see the main dining room, the hostess put her phone call on hold to escort me into the dining area. The attention to the customers is amazing. My only fault with the restaurant is the wine list needs updating. Otherwise, I strongly recommend Le Bec Fin.

2
★★★★★

I had lunch at Le Bec Fin recently. We did not have reservations so we were seated in the bar area in the basement. The selection was "bar food" but not what you would expect. We had the appetizer sampler, a main course and the desert sampler. The bartender/waitress recommended a merlot whith our meal which was perfect with our meal. The service was impeccible. Afterwards, I asked to see the main dining room, the hostess put her phone call on hold to escort me into the dining area. The attention to the customers is amazing. My only fault with the restaurant is the wine list needs updating. Otherwise, I strongly recommend Le Bec Fin.

Pros: service, staff

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I've been there twise, and I can't figure out what the big deal is. The experience was a bit blah for me. Servings are small and bland, not worth the $.

2
★★★★☆

I've been there twise, and I can't figure out what the big deal is. The experience was a bit blah for me. Servings are small and bland, not worth the $.

Pros: popular

Cons: rip off

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My French is horrible. Hopefully I got the title right. Never before in my life have I had an experience like dining with Chef Perrier at Le Bec Fin. This is French dining as it has been for generations and as it should remain. Multiple courses, cheese, wine, desserts, the sommelier, the wait staff - Nothing short of perfection.

2
★★★★★

My French is horrible. Hopefully I got the title right. Never before in my life have I had an experience like dining with Chef Perrier at Le Bec Fin. This is French dining as it has been for generations and as it should remain. Multiple courses, cheese, wine, desserts, the sommelier, the wait staff - Nothing short of perfection.

Pros: atmosphere, great location, Georges Perrier

Cons: expensive

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I have been really disappointed with the restaurant over and over again. Happen to go there with our clients and every single time something is unpleasant. Definitely not the perfect service they claim. During our last visit my guest asked for some grapes (which were placed on the cheese cart) and the waiter replied with a rude NO! They are only for display, but I can give you some figs As it turned my guest was allergic to them, but the waiter did not care for that. I would discourage anyone who plans to go there, it is absolutely not the best value for the money. Moreover for the amount of money they charge they sure can afford to have different glasses for red and white wine. Right now you get your wine served on the same glass, regardless of red or white.

2
★★★★☆

I have been really disappointed with the restaurant over and over again. Happen to go there with our clients and every single time something is unpleasant. Definitely not the perfect service they claim. During our last visit my guest asked for some grapes (which were placed on the cheese cart) and the waiter replied with a rude NO! They are only for display, but I can give you some figs As it turned my guest was allergic to them, but the waiter did not care for that. I would discourage anyone who plans to go there, it is absolutely not the best value for the money. Moreover for the amount of money they charge they sure can afford to have different glasses for red and white wine. Right now you get your wine served on the same glass, regardless of red or white.

Pros: good food

Cons: service, very noisy, not friendly

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The memory of my experience brings a smile to my face. The food was the best part of the event but the wait staff was a close second. I don't know alot about matching food and laddering wine but I do know how I feel when its performed correctly. The head waiter deflty assisted with my selections verbally and nonverbally. The press lobster was superb. The selections for the cheese and dessert courses were over the top. The top notch food and service were a catalyst for a great evening among friends.

2
★★★★★

The memory of my experience brings a smile to my face. The food was the best part of the event but the wait staff was a close second. I don't know alot about matching food and laddering wine but I do know how I feel when its performed correctly. The head waiter deflty assisted with my selections verbally and nonverbally. The press lobster was superb. The selections for the cheese and dessert courses were over the top. The top notch food and service were a catalyst for a great evening among friends.

Pros: Menu, Staff

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For more than 25 years Le Bec Fin has served as Philadelphia's link with the world-class dining scene. Chef and owner Georges Perrier is a staunch classicist, so don't don't expect raspberry vinegar. The food is not flawless; sometimes it is too heavy and convoluted; overall, though, dining here is a memorable experience. The regal room is too bright for me. Service is superb.

2
★★★★★

For more than 25 years Le Bec Fin has served as Philadelphia's link with the world-class dining scene. Chef and owner Georges Perrier is a staunch classicist, so don't don't expect raspberry vinegar. The food is not flawless; sometimes it is too heavy and convoluted; overall, though, dining here is a memorable experience. The regal room is too bright for me. Service is superb.

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awesoomee service. maybe a few too many waiters? they were everywhere. literally. the food was pretty good,...

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★★★★☆

awesoomee service. maybe a few too many waiters? they were everywhere. literally. the food was pretty good,...

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This resturant is one of the most well known resturants in Philadelphia. They are well known for their delicious meals, fanastic deserts and the friendly servers. This place is a fancy returant serving top of the line food that is rather

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★★★☆☆

This resturant is one of the most well known resturants in Philadelphia. They are well known for their delicious meals, fanastic deserts and the friendly servers. This place is a fancy returant serving top of the line food that is rather

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This place has one of the best electrical technicians. I was looking to get some electric work done in my apatment before the holidays and was short on my budget too. I was glad that I visites Barry Fisher. they are good at what they do

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★★★★☆

This place has one of the best electrical technicians. I was looking to get some electric work done in my apatment before the holidays and was short on my budget too. I was glad that I visites Barry Fisher. they are good at what they do

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Le Bec FIn is consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the whole country and for good reason because the food is absolutely amazing but make sure you have a reservation way in advance for dinner because it isusually very busy.

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★★★★☆

Le Bec FIn is consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the whole country and for good reason because the food is absolutely amazing but make sure you have a reservation way in advance for dinner because it isusually very busy.

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I finally got to go to Le Bec Fin, and I'm feeling ambivalent about it. As someone who's never been to a fine dining french restaurant before, I'm not sure if I'm the intended audience of this place. First, the food, while beautiful to

1
★★★☆☆

I finally got to go to Le Bec Fin, and I'm feeling ambivalent about it. As someone who's never been to a fine dining french restaurant before, I'm not sure if I'm the intended audience of this place. First, the food, while beautiful to

 

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