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“too bad they are closing”
Review of Bistro St. Tropez

Bistro St. Tropez
Ranked #706 of 4,690 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: City Centre West
Cross street: 23rd Street
Transit: 1 block from 30th Street Station
Description: Chef Patrice Rames invites you to be our guest at Bistro St Tropez. As a Philadelphia staple, we've been serving traditional Bistro fare with innovative preparations amid a stylish setting for 27 years. Whether you join us a signature martini or sparkling peach sangria at the Hudson Bar or a romantic dinner for 2 with a beautiful view of the sunset, Bistro St. Tropez finds new ways to bring the style, ambiance and flavors of Provence to Philadelphia. Overlooking the Schuylkill River, 30th Street Station, Cira Center and the Art Museum, our 4th floor dining rooms present a unique location for any dining affair. Don't forget to ask about our special chef's tasting menus. Bon Appetit!
Reviewed 12 February 2016

a birthday dinner for a friend...set menu from restaurant week as this beloved restaurant is closing february end..good service, lovely decor, a view to sigh over...fresh salad, warm soup, delightful dessert...extensive wine and beer listing...go before it's too late!

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Reviewed 10 February 2016

Restaurant week is a good time to visit a restaurant you might have thought of going to before, but needed an extra boost to get there. Bistro St. Tropez captivated from the moment I read their offerings for the week. Menus and descriptions of the food can make or break one's decision to try a restaurant; in this case I was not disappointed in the least.

In fact, the dishes we tried on our visit demonstrated chef Patrice's adeptness at capturing French cuisine at its best: both classic and earthy at the same time. From the lovely bread bites accompanied by aglio ed olio, to the wonderful first courses of chicken liver pate (yummy#1) and escargot and mushrooms (yummy#2), to the entrees of pan-seared duck breast and divine cassoulet, finishing with a delicious banana tart and Valrhona chocolate mousse cake (which was light as feather), we couldn't have had a more satisfying meal.

Add to this wonderful repast impeccable service which was helpful yet unobtrusive and friendly, I can't wait for their resurrection at their new location in Manayunk sometime this spring.

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Reviewed 8 February 2016

We were introduced to this hidden gem, open since 1987, by my brother-in-law. He recommended it as a great option, especially with Restaurant Week prices. We all had the three course tasting menu. (Easily the best $35 and under meal I have eaten outside of France including Provence, even with the weak Euro.) It surpassed my expectations: the food was superb, the service attentive and the view great.
Among our party of four, two had scallops, a third the salmon, and the last lamb for the main course, though there were several other choices as well. All our entrees were excellent and each meal was sampled by and praised by at least two people. The view out across the Schuylkill River toward the 30th Street Station enjoyable on the snowy night.
The restaurant is located on the fourth floor at 2400 Market St., but the building is currently being rehabbed, so it will lose its current location at the end of February. However, until then, Bistro St. Tropez will offer its Restaurant Week menu and its reduced prices.
It is a little strange, walking through a deserted building to the fourth floor, but the night attendent gave us clear instructions and the route is well sign posted. When we arrived at the restaurant, it was like entering a speakeasy era night club, the atmosphere changed from construction to a hidden gem. All the tables were taken as far as we could see, but we, with our reservations, were seated immediately. When one table's guests left they were soon replaced by others, so I recommend having reservations or phoning to see what the situation is. Other reviews on another web site mentioned that Chef and Owner Patrice Rames now has plans to re-open in Manayunk, though we do not know the exact location or date. Hopefully, this will happen though downtown Philly will lose a great restaurant.

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Thank IndependentCouple
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

The Bistro is always serving great French inspired food by chef Patrice in a modern comfortable dining room and with very good service.
You can't go wrong dining here.

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1  Thank h2oworks2000
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

Restaurant week finally got me to Bistro St Tropez and our dinner was wonderful in every way. The menu is fantastic, especially the escargot appetizer and scallop entree. There are no better views in all of Philadelphia of the river, 30th street's lit up train station and skyline. Magnificent.
Andrew did had perfect job waiting on us, attentive but not overbearing and helpful with wine choices to accompany our three course meal. Desserts were very special and portions just right.
The restaurant week menu will continue until the end of February. Don't delay in going to Bistro St Tropez as the building is under new ownership and change is coming.

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Thank MCoolBreezeH
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