Louie Louie Bistro Bar

4.5
893 reviews
$30 and under
French American
Located in University City, Louie Louie is an American bistro with a French inspired menu offering seasonal, ingredient-inspired dishes based on a classical combination of flavors. House-made pastries and an extensive beverage program highlighting wines by the glass and bottle as well as seasonal specialty cocktails and craft beers add to the dining experience. The décor pays homage to Art Nouveau and European cafes with a touch of the 1970s. Traditional wood tones, reclaimed subway tiles, tried and true black and white marble stones as flooring and wainscoting and blue and buttery leathers, fabrics and patterns bring color and graphic identities to the space. The Lounge offers custom lux seating, perfect for gathering with friends for cocktails and snacks. Outdoor seating reminiscent of French cafes is the ideal spot for dining and people watching.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 893 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipDougR
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a large party at a late reservation time. The exact number and time changed more than once, and then extra guests showed up. Throughout it all, they were nothing but accommodating, flexible and professional. Everyone had a great meal and a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really fun experience here! The food was great, the staff were very kind and friendly, and we loved the decor of the place.

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vipLetty
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Service and excellent cocktails. It has a great ambiance and food is delicious! Justin our waiter gave great recommendations.

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Todd
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great place. Positive experience. Definitely recommend.

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BenJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was great the server was amazing and honestly will be coming back here more often

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vipRayM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience5

A beautiful-looking French bistro restaurant. But, as they say, looks are not everything. The place seemed to be unheated (January in Philly!) but the real culprits were the prices and quality of its "French" fare. If you don't choose a sandwich, prices for LUNCH plates average $30. And if you do choose a sandwich, it is decidedly non-French and average tasting. Advice to owners: do a new lunch menu that is French inspired and prices that won' remind people of Le Bec Fin.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Keaton did a wonderful job of making sure we were enjoying our evening. The food was great and the atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Server was great and so was support staff aka host & or management . Had the brunch special Sirloin , waffles and a poached egg. It was amazing , ended the meal with chocolate cake cuz Issa must .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was amazing, as always. I’ve been to Louie Louie about five times now. The service is always good but on the last night it was very hard to find my server. I asked for the check and it took nearly twenty minutes to come. The environment and decor was wonderful as always but the music was very loud and on top of all the people there it was very hard to hear. Definitely for a more energetic type of affair. It was hard to hear my date. We started with the brioche and it was amazing. It was the perfect size and the butter and tomatoes really went well with the bread, overall a 10/10. The lobster was equally as spectacular.the truffle fries never miss and paired with the sriracha Mayo it was heaven. The value for the food is good I think. Nothing was overly pricey in my opinion. And at the end of our meal we had the crime brûlée. Soft and creamy as usual with fruit to adorn it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We made this our first stop for NYE and they did not disappoint. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Our waiter Zach ROCKED. He was full of energy, dealt with our picky friend well and was a sweetheart. The drinks were strong, food amazing. The restaurant itself is a vibe. 10/10 recommend.

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LisetteL
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A lovely brasserie in University City.
The open space is a modern take on a Parisienne brasserie, but filled with light and high ceilings. Prices reflect the ambience.

The menu is filled with items that have thoughtful flavors. The PEO mussels were a winner.

More share-ables might improve the menu a bit, but definitely worth a try.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Our waiter did an excellent job and the food was as delish.

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KrisS
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

The Parisian bistro setting, complete with banquettes, bronze light fixtures, and aged subway tiles, is transporting. Sadly, the food doesn't live up to the surroundings.

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JaynayJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whites cosmo is so delicious and I can’t wait to go back for another. I’m excited to have a spot that knows how to prepare a medium burger. Loved the food and the ambience is divine.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. 2nd time being there, but first time for brunch. Cocktails were delicious. Waitress was knowledgeable of menu. Staff was great and food was even better

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vipLisaZ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere!

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cc123
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

French dip needed salt. Meat was chewy. Pate could’ve done with fewer random accompaniments.

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Kris
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and our waiter Zach was outstanding . Overall it was a wonderful experience.

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DarylC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was very nice.

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StevenN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brasserie. Felt like we were actually in Paris. The food was amazing and the service was on point. Can't go wrong with any of the cocktails on the menu.

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PatriciaR
Denver
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Too noisy, couldn’t have conversation. Didn’t have house wine available so offered next brand which was $20 a glass! ( without letting us know the cost). Desserts were VERY small portions for $10-13. Coffee did not come until we finished our very small desserts. Food was mediocre at best and overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot! Love the bistro feel. Nice bar. Off lobby of The Inn at Penn (lobby cool retro feel place to hang out; velvet sofas, fireplace). Must try the money bread breakfast app! Omelet delicious.

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vipKevinO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything else was great except uneven service. The server was great until our appetizers were done. The entrees were brought to the table by the kitchen staff. The server didn't check on us again post-apps till we were completely done (at least 30 min). Early on in the entrees, we had no drinks nor water left. Would have ordered another round of drinks for the table, but alas.

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DrewL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience3

We waited for our enters for an hour after appetizers. We did not have a chance to eat because we had an event to attend. They comped us for the entrees and gave us a gift card for $25.

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vipburbanite
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice French Bistro feel and delicious fish entrees. Excellent service by manager, waitstaff and others.
Definitely would return.

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LeaS
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The space is beautiful, our server was fantastic, drinks and food were delicious and we had a great time.

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Katie
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was wonderful and the service was impeccable! I would recommend to anyone, especially if you’re looking for a cute place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary!

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Navy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

horrific service. no attention to basic service. luke warm coffee served 20 min after ordering coffee. no one checked to refill coffee or water for the table. 2 monkey breads ordered as appetizers at the same time but 2nd plate brought out 15 minutes later. fries served with burgers were cold. 2 people had to send it back. the check did not reflect changes made in the order.

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vipGloria
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Louie Louie has improved since the pandemic closure. The decor remains the same -- very attractive. Sort of Paris 1910 bistro. What has changed is the service and the menu. The service was always friendly but incredibly hit-or-miss. Now the servers are still friendly but they are alert to what the diners' needs. They listen, and they check back to make sure things are ok. The menu was reasonably long (bistro-style) but it now offers quite a range, including some modestly priced options, such as a wonderful quiche with side salad. Tables are well spaced. Also, the volume of the music was lowered when requested.

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KentS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kelly our server was helpful with drinks and menus items. Explaining her favorites and suggesting certain items. It was our first time there, my son's second time. Reproducible good food, fun lively place to have lunch. Really enjoyed the time spent here.

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RogerM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for a casual dinner when tired to eating in today's fast food world. Nice environment, good food and great service. Nice to sit down to a casual dinner and relax from a busy day.

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vipfoodie469
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

4 out of 5 of us LOVED our meal. One did not. The striped bass and the roasted pear salad were outstanding. The duck got mixed reviews. Lovely setting, decent wine list by the glass.

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MaiteM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Amazing everything! First time and definitely won’t be my last

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MildredC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best kept secret of University city! This spot does not disappoint!

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LillyL
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Was very pleased with the server Alex. The food was very good a little seasoning was warranted. As for clearing the appetizer plates before entree was a disappointment. The main course arrived and another server (not main person Alex) just stood over us with our entrees as we began to clear the app plates. Not his fault several servers/busboys walked and glanced at our table and proceeded to carry on with empty hands. The lack of clean cutlery between courses was also nonexistent. Some noice reduction could help. All in all not a bad experience just a couple tweaks would elevate the experience.

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NAERO
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to reconnect

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing vibe - beautiful atmosphere

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BeeP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Came here for a HH celebration and the service was not great. We had to move our seats twice due to a mix up and learned that because we were there for HH, we would not receive wait service? Ordered food and drinks and had to keep getting up to retrieve our orders. Not the best experience.

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kathrinem
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Will never return. Escargots were too enveloped w cheese. Eggplant parm was dry; eggplant cut too thinly to taste and mainly breaded with no tomatoes or moisture to be found.

Mussels, every single one, wrought with sand. Not one thing forgiven by the arrogant manager. Jazz, our server, was okay, but not once asked us for another drink. We slipped cash to her on the side…not to be shared with others. She GLADLY accepted

Our first visit was spectacular compared to this. There was nothing French or gourmet about this meal.

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vipruthy215
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved everything there from the food to the ambiance. Starting off with oysters set the tone for the dinner since it was probably the best oysters I’ve ever had. The onion soup gratinee was delicious that we could’ve had more. I had the duck leg confit and it was cooked perfectly. My date had the salmon and he cleaned the plate. I can’t wait to go back with more friends!

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You can order delivery directly from Louie Louie Bistro Bar using the Order Online button. Louie Louie Bistro Bar also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 805-8585.

Louie Louie Bistro Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 893 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.