Great neighborhood BYO. Went with 3 others, I was wowed but other reviews were mixed. Worst review from anyone was "just pretty-good". I had the amazing cheese plate, followed by a great pork chop special with cider-jus sauce and a fig stuffing. Others started with the shrimp en brochette, which disappointed as they were not actually in pasrty! Entres were the moroccan lamb stew (very good), the tuna nicoise (extremely well prepared), and the apricot chicken (I liked it, others were less enthused). Prices were reasonable and their bread was incredible. The only down side was the waiter, who's accent was so thick it was very discouraging to ask him questions. All in all, a great neighborhood BYO, at least in my eyes.
Great BYO!. In my wife & I's current goal of checking out all the new (and old) BYOs in Philly, we stumbled on La Boheme. We ate on a Monday night and had no problem walking in w/o a reservation. The service is top-notch which is always important in whether a new restaurants warrents a return visit. The food, however, is the real reason for this review because it was fantastic. My price fixed meal (a bargain at $30) was good from start to finish. I chose the mussels and out came a huge bowl of the best ones I've had in a long time. My entree was steak frites which was cooked perfectly. I ended the meal with a sublime creme brulee. My wife had the halibut special with truffled gnocchi which was absolutely delicious. Being a BYO, our check (with generous tip) came to under $70. A+!
A Must Try!. I agree that the place is a bit cramped and feels like a huge party stuffed into someone's small dining room, but for that exact same reason it is a great, 'homey' experience. I loved the food as well...the escargot was good and I also enjoyed the moroccan lamb stew. Presentation was impressive with interesting authentic pots. The wait staff, even though the place was totally filled, was very attentive and helpful, as well as totally friendly. I'm definitely going back!!!!
none. I have only been once so far, but I was really impressed - and that after frequenting similar places in several major cities. The prix fixe is a particular find, and everything I had was wonderful from the beginning of the meal to the end. I don't understand another reviewer's complaints about it being 'overhyped.' Been to Old City lately? This was just great food without a lot of club/foodie-scene-making nonsense.
a good night. la boheme was a quick fix for me and a few freinds one night when we were going to see the orchestra. It turned out to be a very nice place with a pre fixe menu for 30 dollars and a regular menu with fairy priced entres. I allways love the feel of a byob just something very freindly about it, homey and authentic. My monkfish was a little dry and the lamb stew that two others had did not look too good, but the boulliabaise that was served up looked very apealing, the creme brule I finished my meal with was a treat it was very good, and a really big serving. I woudl say a good place to try, but it's a hit or miss kinda deal. I do want to go back to try the duck liver pate, my apetizer was the escargot which I do recomend.
Pick your spot.... My only complaint about this place is that it's very cramped. Some tables are just inches apart, and this could do some serious damage to intimate conversations. Given a good "spot" or indifference to proximity of others, I really like this place. The decor is cozy, and the food has been quite good on multiple visits. Excellent Venison Osso Bucco, Shrimp & Crab Galette, and Arugula & Goat Cheese salad satisfied the palate on one visit...
TYPICAL OVERRATED PHILLY BYOB. C'mon people--I'm so tired of going to these overly hyped little one-room "intimate" restaurants...do you miss the ambiance of a noisy grade-school cafeteria? Do you enjoy sitting less than a foot away from the tables around you? How does a place like this fall into the "romantic BYOB" category? Someone explain this to me please. The food was oh-so-average, but the entree's sure did look pretty (sarcasm here). Why is it that people think that presentation can overrule taste buds? Don't go.
Great neighborhood bistro. It's hard not to become a regular at this wonderful restaurant. The staff is extremely friendly and will make you feel at home. The food is consistently excellent and the prices are very reasonable.
I would return. Liked the place but my veal was a little underdone for me. A little too chewy. The salad was good but felt it needed a little more flavor. Dessert of excellent. Service was pretty good.
Neighborhood goodie. What a treat - if interested in delicious french food at reasonable prices, this is it. Arugula/Goat cheese salad was great, Mussels in wine were delicious and very tender (better than a Belgian beer house 5 blocks west); Filet was cooked perfectly. Atmosphere is quaint, good service. Great date place - make sure to not miss desserts!
nice place, mediocre food. I had heard a lot of good things, but they didn't live up to expectations. The place overall was descent but nothing too memorable.
escargopt. The most classic french neighborhood restaurant style in town. I have lived in Paris several times and this little bistro is a true representaltion.
Excellent Affordable Food. Excellent food with seasonally changing menu. Intimate atmosphere with knowledgable staff. Amazing opera cake. Great place for a date.
Fabulous. Not-to-be-missed escargots, incredible lamb tajine, the biggest and cheapest wine list in the world - the perfect meal. Limited (but good) sandwich-style menu for lunch, but it really shines at night.
North-African influence. The boring classics are there in case you want them (steamed mussels, baked salmon etc). But in my case, one of the things I miss the most about Paris is the Maroccan food, so I was very pleased with the north african twist the chef puts on traditional dishes. We had the spicy escargots, lamb with prunes and safran mashed potatoes, and ginger-crusted seared ahi tuna. All were delicious, and although the prices are a little high for our student budget, the food lovers we are thought is was worth it.