Bistro 7

★★★★☆
  • 7 N 3rd St

    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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  • 215-931-1560

About Bistro 7

Hours
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Sun. 5:30pm - 10pm
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have wanted to eat at bistro 7 for a long time. finally did tonight but disappointed. food was okay, waiter not okay (not friendly at all) and interior design lacking. woman who cleared table and served dessert was charming. not worth

3
★★★★★

have wanted to eat at bistro 7 for a long time. finally did tonight but disappointed. food was okay, waiter not okay (not friendly at all) and interior design lacking. woman who cleared table and served dessert was charming. not worth

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I went there with 5 woman spanning 3 generations. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated immediately. We ordered 2 appetizers, a melt in your mouth gnocchi and a greens and apples salad with an amazing flavor. Three people ordered the bass, one the salmon, and I had the Burgundy And Rosemary-Braised all natural beef short ribs. It was hands down the best meal I have ever had at a restaurant. The side was not what is listed on the online menu but was a small (just right) portion of fried potatoes which allowed the beef to be the meal. When dinner was over there was not a trace of food on anyone's plate. 5 woman and no take home box. We were all well fed, not stuffed, and no room for the yummy looking desserts. A great shout out to the staff who were all friendly and helpful in making our selections. Next time I go to the city I will be going back to Bistro 7 for dinner!

2
★★★★★

I went there with 5 woman spanning 3 generations. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated immediately. We ordered 2 appetizers, a melt in your mouth gnocchi and a greens and apples salad with an amazing flavor. Three people ordered the bass, one the salmon, and I had the Burgundy And Rosemary-Braised all natural beef short ribs. It was hands down the best meal I have ever had at a restaurant. The side was not what is listed on the online menu but was a small (just right) portion of fried potatoes which allowed the beef to be the meal. When dinner was over there was not a trace of food on anyone's plate. 5 woman and no take home box. We were all well fed, not stuffed, and no room for the yummy looking desserts. A great shout out to the staff who were all friendly and helpful in making our selections. Next time I go to the city I will be going back to Bistro 7 for dinner!

Pros: Great food, great service, relaxed atmosphere!

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We had the best dinner ever last night. We arrived for our 8:00pm reservation a few minutes early, and heard three different parties come out, describing how wonderful their meals were. That certainly was a good sign. We started off with delicious gnocchi and escargot. I had the salmon with risotto while my boyfriend had the pork with butternut squash puree. Both entrees were fresh and scrumptious. For dessert, we shared the cup of chocolate creme and the coconut jasmine rice pudding which were both delectable. I would definitely go to Bistro 7 again and highly recommend this place to others! It only seats 45 people making it is great for smaller parties or dates.

2
★★★★★

We had the best dinner ever last night. We arrived for our 8:00pm reservation a few minutes early, and heard three different parties come out, describing how wonderful their meals were. That certainly was a good sign. We started off with delicious gnocchi and escargot. I had the salmon with risotto while my boyfriend had the pork with butternut squash puree. Both entrees were fresh and scrumptious. For dessert, we shared the cup of chocolate creme and the coconut jasmine rice pudding which were both delectable. I would definitely go to Bistro 7 again and highly recommend this place to others! It only seats 45 people making it is great for smaller parties or dates.

Pros: Fresh, local food.

Cons: Small place.

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Bistro 7 uses local, sustainable produce, fish, meats and poultry whenever possible. One can go to Bistro 7 eating little guilt free. The prices for Entrees are from $24 - $32 and the Entrees are well worth it.

Bistro serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday and Chef Michael is a great cook. Yummy!

I had the slow roasted Atlantic Salmon filet over Cassoulet-style white bean-fennel stew with mussels, chorizo, kalamata olives and baby arugula in a buttery saffron-Penod broth for $25.

-Al

4
★★★★☆

Bistro 7 uses local, sustainable produce, fish, meats and poultry whenever possible. One can go to Bistro 7 eating little guilt free. The prices for Entrees are from $24 - $32 and the Entrees are well worth it.

Bistro serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday and Chef Michael is a great cook. Yummy!

I had the slow roasted Atlantic Salmon filet over Cassoulet-style white bean-fennel stew with mussels, chorizo, kalamata olives and baby arugula in a buttery saffron-Penod broth for $25.

-Al

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Get there early and take a seat in the tiny bar area while waiting for your table. Sip a glass of wine and watch the chef and cooks prepare the various evening dishes in the small kitchen right in front of you. A gourmet delight !!

2
★★★★★

Get there early and take a seat in the tiny bar area while waiting for your table. Sip a glass of wine and watch the chef and cooks prepare the various evening dishes in the small kitchen right in front of you. A gourmet delight !!

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Went for dinner on Sat night and it was fabulous as usual. We were seated on time and the tables weren't too close. The ever changing menu selections as well as the chef's choice of seasonings guarantee variety and an interesting menu. Just make sure to save room for desert! The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. Definitely one of the top restaurants in Old City.

2
★★★★★

Went for dinner on Sat night and it was fabulous as usual. We were seated on time and the tables weren't too close. The ever changing menu selections as well as the chef's choice of seasonings guarantee variety and an interesting menu. Just make sure to save room for desert! The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. Definitely one of the top restaurants in Old City.

Pros: interesting menu, great staff

Cons: the front tables are chilly if it's cold outside

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This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The food is always of exceptional quality, the service is efficient and friendly, and the atmosphere is elegant but comfortable. Portions are huge, and the prices are unbelievable -- they could charge twice as much and it would still be an excellent value. The pate and the steak frites are especially good, but I have eaten here many times and never had a bad meal. My only hesitation in recommending it so highly is that I don't want it to get so popular that I can't get a table!

2
★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The food is always of exceptional quality, the service is efficient and friendly, and the atmosphere is elegant but comfortable. Portions are huge, and the prices are unbelievable -- they could charge twice as much and it would still be an excellent value. The pate and the steak frites are especially good, but I have eaten here many times and never had a bad meal. My only hesitation in recommending it so highly is that I don't want it to get so popular that I can't get a table!

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Somewhat disappointing experience for the price.
Service was attentive, decor nice and clean even if tables are tiny. Food delivery was achingly slow- perhaps because it was a weekend evening.
The food selection was interesting, with a nice range from simple to complex, and a bit busy dishes. We had 4 of the apps- all were well made and enjoyed. 3 of the 4 entrees were well received, although you should note that the "doneness" level was low- ie the medium steak frites was seared on the outside and translucent inside and the duck was similarly treated. Both were still enjoyed.
The fish entree was a mess- warm, yet ovecooked, snapper in a tomato-based broth that included pasta and mussels. Maybe I am being overly picky since everyone else enjoyed their meals more.
Or maybe Chloe was better, just around the corner, has bigger tables and somehow still costs less?

1
★★★☆☆

Somewhat disappointing experience for the price.
Service was attentive, decor nice and clean even if tables are tiny. Food delivery was achingly slow- perhaps because it was a weekend evening.
The food selection was interesting, with a nice range from simple to complex, and a bit busy dishes. We had 4 of the apps- all were well made and enjoyed. 3 of the 4 entrees were well received, although you should note that the "doneness" level was low- ie the medium steak frites was seared on the outside and translucent inside and the duck was similarly treated. Both were still enjoyed.
The fish entree was a mess- warm, yet ovecooked, snapper in a tomato-based broth that included pasta and mussels. Maybe I am being overly picky since everyone else enjoyed their meals more.
Or maybe Chloe was better, just around the corner, has bigger tables and somehow still costs less?

Pros: Still quite good

Cons: At $50 per head should be better

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Living in Old City we frequent many of the restaurants in the area. There were four of us at dinner and we were far from impressed with the meal. While the appetizers and desserts were excellent, only two of the entrees were palatable. In particular a stewed pork dish was inedible (and I eat ANYTHING) and the vegetable dish was loaded with Rosemary to the point that it tasted like you were eating the herb itself.

A butter lettuce salad started the night off well, and following the unsatisfying entree, a unique rice pudding dish saved the meal. According to their website they rotate their menu frequently so hopefully I caught the chef in a lapse of creativity.

The service was simple and friendly and unlike many BYOB's they accept credit cards.

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★☆☆☆☆

Living in Old City we frequent many of the restaurants in the area. There were four of us at dinner and we were far from impressed with the meal. While the appetizers and desserts were excellent, only two of the entrees were palatable. In particular a stewed pork dish was inedible (and I eat ANYTHING) and the vegetable dish was loaded with Rosemary to the point that it tasted like you were eating the herb itself.

A butter lettuce salad started the night off well, and following the unsatisfying entree, a unique rice pudding dish saved the meal. According to their website they rotate their menu frequently so hopefully I caught the chef in a lapse of creativity.

The service was simple and friendly and unlike many BYOB's they accept credit cards.

Pros: Appetizers and desserts

Cons: Entrees and fruit flies

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We had a delightful dinner at Bistro 7 after the theater on a weeknight. The service was impeccable- friendly and attentive but not intrusive-- and the food was excellent. I found the prices completely reasonable, I had a delicious fingerling potato omelet with creme fraiche and caviar and a beet terrine, my companion a duck breast with a mound of complex and flavorful lentils and perfectly cooked haricots verts. The food is enlivened with nice touches-- three kinds of beets in the terrine, touched with mint; an unusual flavor combination that works just fine. The olive oil for the bread, which is indeed fabulous, is flavored with fennel. The bill was less than $60, including tax and tip, which seemed more than reasonable. The restaurant offers a five-course tasting menu for $35 per person; we plan to return to try this.

2
★★★★☆

We had a delightful dinner at Bistro 7 after the theater on a weeknight. The service was impeccable- friendly and attentive but not intrusive-- and the food was excellent. I found the prices completely reasonable, I had a delicious fingerling potato omelet with creme fraiche and caviar and a beet terrine, my companion a duck breast with a mound of complex and flavorful lentils and perfectly cooked haricots verts. The food is enlivened with nice touches-- three kinds of beets in the terrine, touched with mint; an unusual flavor combination that works just fine. The olive oil for the bread, which is indeed fabulous, is flavored with fennel. The bill was less than $60, including tax and tip, which seemed more than reasonable. The restaurant offers a five-course tasting menu for $35 per person; we plan to return to try this.

Pros: Great service, fine food with highly personal touches from the chef

Cons: Very small restaurant, it could easily be overly crowded on a weekend

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Overlooking the one and only bathroom, I was seated to observe the rest room behavior of the other patrons. Perhaps a dissertation will follow. Also, I was seated to observe the dirty towels under the kitchen preparation table. Yes, the only bathroom and kitchen are right next to one another.

When I said something to the manager, he only told me they were making plenty of money and did not much care if I came back or not.

1
★★★☆☆

Overlooking the one and only bathroom, I was seated to observe the rest room behavior of the other patrons. Perhaps a dissertation will follow. Also, I was seated to observe the dirty towels under the kitchen preparation table. Yes, the only bathroom and kitchen are right next to one another.

When I said something to the manager, he only told me they were making plenty of money and did not much care if I came back or not.

Pros: Food okay at best

Cons: Snooty service

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As someone who eats out frequently, I usually don't take the time to write reviews. In fact, I have never taken the time to write one. However, I felt a compelling need to spread the word about this extreme disappointment of an establishment.

The prices at this place are out of sync with the quality of food. The atmosphere is cheesy for the price you pay. Cheap furnishings. Mix and match silverware which had to be changed due to encrusted food on my wife's fork and my knife. Give me a break! If you are going to charge $100 per couple for dinner as a BYOB, step it up a notch!

For great food at comparable prices in a genuinely classy atmosphere, head to FORK nearby...

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★☆☆☆☆

As someone who eats out frequently, I usually don't take the time to write reviews. In fact, I have never taken the time to write one. However, I felt a compelling need to spread the word about this extreme disappointment of an establishment.

The prices at this place are out of sync with the quality of food. The atmosphere is cheesy for the price you pay. Cheap furnishings. Mix and match silverware which had to be changed due to encrusted food on my wife's fork and my knife. Give me a break! If you are going to charge $100 per couple for dinner as a BYOB, step it up a notch!

For great food at comparable prices in a genuinely classy atmosphere, head to FORK nearby...

Pros: Service was decent

Cons: Everything else

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Absolutely amazing entrees. I thought the salad, tho generous, was a little bland. The best bread ever. But you only get one piece at a time and sort of have to look longingly at the waitress to get another. (Well, actually, she walked around and refilled dishes; but it felt like i was begging. ) The place is cozy-- i.e., tiny-- but it's not noisy, at least not when it's only 1/2 full. And I appreciate the cloth tablecloth and napkins; made it feel sophisticated. But they could use SOMETHING on that big empy wall. So all that being said, I get to my major gripe: for a local-like neighborhood spot, and a BYOB at that, I was surprised when the tab for two came to $104 incl tip. He had an app, I had the salad, we both had entress and split a dessert. Oh yeah, I had a cup of coffee. Is it just me, or does that seem a little high? I eat out regularly and I'm just having a hard time with this. If we'd each had a glass of wine, I could have seen it coming. But we brought our own. Maybe there's a corkage fee and I missed it on the tab. I'll go back, but it won't be a place I'll go to weekly. Sorry, I can't afford that.

2
★★★★☆

Absolutely amazing entrees. I thought the salad, tho generous, was a little bland. The best bread ever. But you only get one piece at a time and sort of have to look longingly at the waitress to get another. (Well, actually, she walked around and refilled dishes; but it felt like i was begging. ) The place is cozy-- i.e., tiny-- but it's not noisy, at least not when it's only 1/2 full. And I appreciate the cloth tablecloth and napkins; made it feel sophisticated. But they could use SOMETHING on that big empy wall. So all that being said, I get to my major gripe: for a local-like neighborhood spot, and a BYOB at that, I was surprised when the tab for two came to $104 incl tip. He had an app, I had the salad, we both had entress and split a dessert. Oh yeah, I had a cup of coffee. Is it just me, or does that seem a little high? I eat out regularly and I'm just having a hard time with this. If we'd each had a glass of wine, I could have seen it coming. But we brought our own. Maybe there's a corkage fee and I missed it on the tab. I'll go back, but it won't be a place I'll go to weekly. Sorry, I can't afford that.

Pros: food, service

Cons: cost

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I had a salad for my first course, with toasted nuts, and fugi apples. It was very nice the nuts were like little crunchy christmas trees and the apples gave it a cruncy sweet taste, it all came together very nicely. For my main course I had the Salmon with lobster mashed potatoes and fresh spinach. The mashed Potatoes had huge peices of lobster which made them very buttery and sweet! The best thing however was the coconut jasmin rice pudding!!!! I can easily say that this was the best rice pudding I have ever had! The atmosphere was very quaint and cosy like a european cafe. The service was very prompt and friendly! I would most certainly go back here!

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★★★★★

I had a salad for my first course, with toasted nuts, and fugi apples. It was very nice the nuts were like little crunchy christmas trees and the apples gave it a cruncy sweet taste, it all came together very nicely. For my main course I had the Salmon with lobster mashed potatoes and fresh spinach. The mashed Potatoes had huge peices of lobster which made them very buttery and sweet! The best thing however was the coconut jasmin rice pudding!!!! I can easily say that this was the best rice pudding I have ever had! The atmosphere was very quaint and cosy like a european cafe. The service was very prompt and friendly! I would most certainly go back here!

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere, 2 thumbs up!!!

Cons: no con

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A disappointment through and through -- hugely overpriced for bland food and severly mediocre service.
I'd possibly return if paid.

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★☆☆☆☆

A disappointment through and through -- hugely overpriced for bland food and severly mediocre service.
I'd possibly return if paid.

Pros: good location

Cons: taste, abience, service, value

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Bistro 7 is a "must" stop for us when we return to Philly. The ambience in this little restuarant is warm and lively with friendly helpful service. But the food is the drawing caard for us. We've been there several times and have always been delighted with the changing menu. We're expecially fond of the sampler plates that are sometime offered. When you visit make sure to save room for dessert. Hard to pick a favorite there!
We leave feeling that we've gotten a great value. I guess the highest endorsement is that we recommend it to friends and business associates in the area.

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★★★★★

Bistro 7 is a "must" stop for us when we return to Philly. The ambience in this little restuarant is warm and lively with friendly helpful service. But the food is the drawing caard for us. We've been there several times and have always been delighted with the changing menu. We're expecially fond of the sampler plates that are sometime offered. When you visit make sure to save room for dessert. Hard to pick a favorite there!
We leave feeling that we've gotten a great value. I guess the highest endorsement is that we recommend it to friends and business associates in the area.

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Bistro 7 is a unpretentious and low key restaurant that offers ever changing menu options. The food is always fantastic. My wife and I have been there several times for dinner (both for romantic dinners alone and with friends) and always try something new. The service is attentive and friendly. The desserts are amazing!

2
★★★★★

Bistro 7 is a unpretentious and low key restaurant that offers ever changing menu options. The food is always fantastic. My wife and I have been there several times for dinner (both for romantic dinners alone and with friends) and always try something new. The service is attentive and friendly. The desserts are amazing!

Pros: The food and the atmosphere

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Once you try this place, you'll realize you need to come back and try everything on the menu. The food is great, and the service is very friendly without being intrusive. Treat yourself to a great night at Bistro7, you won't regret it!!

2
★★★★★

Once you try this place, you'll realize you need to come back and try everything on the menu. The food is great, and the service is very friendly without being intrusive. Treat yourself to a great night at Bistro7, you won't regret it!!

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I became aware of Bistro 7 through a friend who insisted I go there with her a few months ago. I have since become a regular. It is truly refreshing dining experience in Olde City because the kitchen and floor staffs are more interested in serving up great food and service than dishing out "attitude" and "a scene". I have not been disappointed in my nearly dozen trips there - and I have had everything from a roasted chicken to skate to scallops to lamb potpie. The menu is as fresh as the ingredients. Also, try the cheese tray for dessert!

1
★★★☆☆

I became aware of Bistro 7 through a friend who insisted I go there with her a few months ago. I have since become a regular. It is truly refreshing dining experience in Olde City because the kitchen and floor staffs are more interested in serving up great food and service than dishing out "attitude" and "a scene". I have not been disappointed in my nearly dozen trips there - and I have had everything from a roasted chicken to skate to scallops to lamb potpie. The menu is as fresh as the ingredients. Also, try the cheese tray for dessert!

Pros: Food-food-food

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My only regret about Bistro 7 is that I don't get there more often! Salads are a definate must, and the gnocci is literally one of the best meals I have ever had. Desserts are always the perfect ending to a great meal and friendly service. LOVE IT!

2
★★★★★

My only regret about Bistro 7 is that I don't get there more often! Salads are a definate must, and the gnocci is literally one of the best meals I have ever had. Desserts are always the perfect ending to a great meal and friendly service. LOVE IT!

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Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to Bistro 7 for dinner thinking that a 5:30 reservation would leave us plenty of time to attend an 8:00 symphony performance. Little did we know what sort of horrible and unsatisfying 3 hour ordeal lay before us. We started with appetizers. I had the gnocchi that the restaurant is known for and my boyfriend had the wild mushroom crespelle. His was admittedly tasty while the gnocchi left much to be desired. The butternut squash was well seasoned and delicious but the gnocchi themselves were nothing to write home about. All these flavours, however, were slightly offset by the occasional burned nut whose taste lingered in the mouth more than the squash. What seemed like ages later (maybe an hour) we finally received our entrees. My boyfriend had the steak with thin, crispy shoe-string fries. This dish was well prepared, however, my salmon cassoulet was beyond bad. The salmon did not taste like very high quality meat and tasted old. A cassoulet is supposed to be a slow-cooked bean stew, but was unfortunately not cooked long enough as many of the beans were still hard. I don?t think the shellfish was properly cleaned as I almost broke my tooth on what appeared to be sand or some other material. The sauce that it was cooked in could be described as dirty sea-water with just a hint of lemon. If I?m going to pay $120 for a meal, I expect something that is at least edible.

1
★★★☆☆

Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to Bistro 7 for dinner thinking that a 5:30 reservation would leave us plenty of time to attend an 8:00 symphony performance. Little did we know what sort of horrible and unsatisfying 3 hour ordeal lay before us. We started with appetizers. I had the gnocchi that the restaurant is known for and my boyfriend had the wild mushroom crespelle. His was admittedly tasty while the gnocchi left much to be desired. The butternut squash was well seasoned and delicious but the gnocchi themselves were nothing to write home about. All these flavours, however, were slightly offset by the occasional burned nut whose taste lingered in the mouth more than the squash. What seemed like ages later (maybe an hour) we finally received our entrees. My boyfriend had the steak with thin, crispy shoe-string fries. This dish was well prepared, however, my salmon cassoulet was beyond bad. The salmon did not taste like very high quality meat and tasted old. A cassoulet is supposed to be a slow-cooked bean stew, but was unfortunately not cooked long enough as many of the beans were still hard. I don?t think the shellfish was properly cleaned as I almost broke my tooth on what appeared to be sand or some other material. The sauce that it was cooked in could be described as dirty sea-water with just a hint of lemon. If I?m going to pay $120 for a meal, I expect something that is at least edible.

Pros: nothing

Cons: Food

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I love this restaurant! the food is great and the service is attentive and consistent. During the week expect to have a nice long leisurely meal and on the weekends expect a great crowd but the host is always able to squeeze you in. You can also sit at the bar and watch the chef and kitchen staff work-
This place is a great date place, good for post-theatre, a great place to take family and friends. Try the gnocchi!

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★★★★★

I love this restaurant! the food is great and the service is attentive and consistent. During the week expect to have a nice long leisurely meal and on the weekends expect a great crowd but the host is always able to squeeze you in. You can also sit at the bar and watch the chef and kitchen staff work-
This place is a great date place, good for post-theatre, a great place to take family and friends. Try the gnocchi!

Pros: great food, great service, great decor

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Chef uses fresh seasonal ingredients and wonderful creativity. My favorite place to eat is at the bar where you face the chef as he prepares your meal. Reasonably priced and friendly staff!

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★★★★★

Chef uses fresh seasonal ingredients and wonderful creativity. My favorite place to eat is at the bar where you face the chef as he prepares your meal. Reasonably priced and friendly staff!

Pros: food

Cons: small might be tough to get in on weekend

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My friends and I, a party of six, ate at Bistro 7 last night. Every single dish was amazing -- delicately constructed and delicious. The carmelized onion/apple/sweet potato tart with the pork tenderloin was fabulous -- so good I was reluctant to share. The asparagus flan appetizer tasted of fresh asparagus with each bite. The malted chocolate creme dessert was creamy and chocolatey, right down to the last spponful. With six appetizers, six entrees and six desserts, we couldn't make up our minds which one was the best . We are pretty fussy restaurant patrons, and good cooks to boot, and we have never had food as good as this.

2
★★★★★

My friends and I, a party of six, ate at Bistro 7 last night. Every single dish was amazing -- delicately constructed and delicious. The carmelized onion/apple/sweet potato tart with the pork tenderloin was fabulous -- so good I was reluctant to share. The asparagus flan appetizer tasted of fresh asparagus with each bite. The malted chocolate creme dessert was creamy and chocolatey, right down to the last spponful. With six appetizers, six entrees and six desserts, we couldn't make up our minds which one was the best . We are pretty fussy restaurant patrons, and good cooks to boot, and we have never had food as good as this.

Pros: Food and quiet tamosphere.

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Bistro 7 is hands down the best restaurant in Old City, and is on my list of the top 5 restaurants in Philadelphia. Everything on the menu is excellent, and the menu changes to incorporate delicious, locally-grown foods that are in season. I live in Old City so this makes me very happy and very lucky. My favorites are the Gnocchi, the Duck, and the Rice Pudding for dessert. I could have that for every meal, but everything else I try is always amazing. Bistro 7 is a great place for date, a casual dinner with friends, or brunch with the Sunday paper. The service is great and the staff are extremely friendly.

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★★★★★

Bistro 7 is hands down the best restaurant in Old City, and is on my list of the top 5 restaurants in Philadelphia. Everything on the menu is excellent, and the menu changes to incorporate delicious, locally-grown foods that are in season. I live in Old City so this makes me very happy and very lucky. My favorites are the Gnocchi, the Duck, and the Rice Pudding for dessert. I could have that for every meal, but everything else I try is always amazing. Bistro 7 is a great place for date, a casual dinner with friends, or brunch with the Sunday paper. The service is great and the staff are extremely friendly.

Pros: Great Space, Fresh, Local Food, Exciting Menu

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I ate here for my first time on a recent Saturday night. More than anything what I liked about this place was the sensibility. It was "all about the food", and not about creating a "scene". I had the terrine of red and golden beets served with a blue cheese I believe, and some baby greens. I then had their chicken with fingerling potatoes, mushrooms and brussel sprouts followed by a chocolate pot de creme served with fresh whipped cream and a beautiful butter cookie on the side, along with some wonderful robust coffee. They also served me a complimentary rice pudding to try. Everything I ate here from beginning to end was incredible. This place clearly cares deeply about providing their diners with a wonderful meal and dining experience, and they succeeded tremendously!

2
★★★★★

I ate here for my first time on a recent Saturday night. More than anything what I liked about this place was the sensibility. It was "all about the food", and not about creating a "scene". I had the terrine of red and golden beets served with a blue cheese I believe, and some baby greens. I then had their chicken with fingerling potatoes, mushrooms and brussel sprouts followed by a chocolate pot de creme served with fresh whipped cream and a beautiful butter cookie on the side, along with some wonderful robust coffee. They also served me a complimentary rice pudding to try. Everything I ate here from beginning to end was incredible. This place clearly cares deeply about providing their diners with a wonderful meal and dining experience, and they succeeded tremendously!

Pros: ambiance, food qualitytaste, service

Cons: byob

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Without the smug pretension so evident at a few other BYOs that tout themselves as serving locally grown fare, Bistro 7 is quietly cooking and serving some of the best meals in Philadelphia. From the sublime tuna tartare appetizer to the homemade gnochi (puffy and packed with flavor without being overfilling) our first courses were memorable without being fussy. The duck entree was delicious and flavorful and the scallops were hands-down the best I've tried in this City. Desserts are simple but incredibly satisfying--the rice pudding is not to be missed. On top of all of this, Bistro 7 clearly recognizes that without the right service, good food is wasted. The servers were attentive without being fussy, the timing of the meal well-paced. In sum, Bistro 7 is everything a good BYO should be and a much welcome addition to Philly's BYO scene.

2
★★★★★

Without the smug pretension so evident at a few other BYOs that tout themselves as serving locally grown fare, Bistro 7 is quietly cooking and serving some of the best meals in Philadelphia. From the sublime tuna tartare appetizer to the homemade gnochi (puffy and packed with flavor without being overfilling) our first courses were memorable without being fussy. The duck entree was delicious and flavorful and the scallops were hands-down the best I've tried in this City. Desserts are simple but incredibly satisfying--the rice pudding is not to be missed. On top of all of this, Bistro 7 clearly recognizes that without the right service, good food is wasted. The servers were attentive without being fussy, the timing of the meal well-paced. In sum, Bistro 7 is everything a good BYO should be and a much welcome addition to Philly's BYO scene.

Pros: Menu Changes Weekly, Quality Ingredients, Service

Cons: No Lunch, No State Store nearby

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Eh.... nothing was special about this place. I've eaten this food before, but the execution has always been better. Our service was the best part of the night, they were all very nice and helpful. One reason we found this out was because my dining partner had to send her entree back because it was inedible. She ordered the monkfish and was served about 4 square inches of fish in a broth that had clearly spoiled. The chicken that replaced it was bland and dry, though the polenta it came with was interesting. My duck was chewy and a tad undercooked and the rice it came with was tough but tasty enough. In all, the prices were too high given the quality of the meal. I left 70 bucks poorer and bored. Find yourself something more interesting and tasty to eat somewhere else, this place is a disappointing snooze.

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★★★☆☆

Eh.... nothing was special about this place. I've eaten this food before, but the execution has always been better. Our service was the best part of the night, they were all very nice and helpful. One reason we found this out was because my dining partner had to send her entree back because it was inedible. She ordered the monkfish and was served about 4 square inches of fish in a broth that had clearly spoiled. The chicken that replaced it was bland and dry, though the polenta it came with was interesting. My duck was chewy and a tad undercooked and the rice it came with was tough but tasty enough. In all, the prices were too high given the quality of the meal. I left 70 bucks poorer and bored. Find yourself something more interesting and tasty to eat somewhere else, this place is a disappointing snooze.

Pros: service, BYOB

Cons: food execution, atmosphere, prices

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Appetizers:The gnocchi were slightly doughy(as opposed to the lighter-than-air ones popping up around town), and the flavor was slightly bland. The shrimp fritters had a touch of exciting heat, but the presentation left something to be desired and the accompanying salad could have used a contrasting texture(crunch perhaps?). The scallop entree was delicious, the cauli-potato puree excellent. The five spice duck was a disappointment-the red jasmine rice was a little more than al dente, making it difficult to enjoy. One side of the duck had a heavy anise flavor that overpowered the overall flavor. Dessert-big disappointment. We ordered the "apple crisp with maple creme anglaise". The apples were bland, the topping was more a crumble (biscuit topping" than a crisp-texture and taste were uninspiring;couldn't taste the maple in the creme anglaise. Overall, would not return anytime soon as quality of the food did not justify the prices.

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★★★☆☆

Appetizers:The gnocchi were slightly doughy(as opposed to the lighter-than-air ones popping up around town), and the flavor was slightly bland. The shrimp fritters had a touch of exciting heat, but the presentation left something to be desired and the accompanying salad could have used a contrasting texture(crunch perhaps?). The scallop entree was delicious, the cauli-potato puree excellent. The five spice duck was a disappointment-the red jasmine rice was a little more than al dente, making it difficult to enjoy. One side of the duck had a heavy anise flavor that overpowered the overall flavor. Dessert-big disappointment. We ordered the "apple crisp with maple creme anglaise". The apples were bland, the topping was more a crumble (biscuit topping" than a crisp-texture and taste were uninspiring;couldn't taste the maple in the creme anglaise. Overall, would not return anytime soon as quality of the food did not justify the prices.

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I've dined at Bistro7 several times now and I leave satisfied and happy on each occasion! The service is great and best of all, the food is delicious! Bistro7 adds another enjoyable BYO to the community and I look forward to dining there again! Thanks, Mike!

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★★★★★

I've dined at Bistro7 several times now and I leave satisfied and happy on each occasion! The service is great and best of all, the food is delicious! Bistro7 adds another enjoyable BYO to the community and I look forward to dining there again! Thanks, Mike!

Pros: Great Service, Great Food

Cons: Parking

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Step inside this fava bean-green storefront and you'll find chef-owner Michael O'Halloran waging a quiet, one-man revolution to deliver farm-fresh cuisine with a stylish, creative touch. He presents a weekly changing menu that might…

 

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