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Academic Bistro - Drexel University

The Academic Bistro is the centerpiece of Drexel's Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, and Food Science programs. Students taking courses in hospitality management and culinary arts utilize the Academic Bistro to rehearse the skills that will prepare them for a successful career in hospitality and fine dining.



During the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, the restaurant is open to the public on the days service courses are running, providing a delicious meal that demonstrates the students' creativity, planning, and preparation of food applying the front and back of the house expertise that they are receiving in the program.



Students prepare all meals from scratch, from bread to dessert, using the freshest, highest quality ingredients. No two meals are the same and are guided by the rule of thumb that all must be delicious and visually appealing.
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38 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
(38 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 38 reviews
5 stars
(27)
4 stars
(8)
3 stars
(3)
2 stars
(0)
1 star
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Food 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Service 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Ambiance 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Noise Level
1.6 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4.8 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.8 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • great for lunch(20)
  • good for groups(13)
  • fit for foodies(12)
  • neighborhood gem(6)
  • scenic view(6)
  • kid-friendly(4)
Academic Bistro - Drexel University Reviews List
Review 1 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 3/11/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/11/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/11/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 2 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/10/2016
 2014
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Review 3 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/11/2016
 2014
Dined on 3/11/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/11/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 4 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 3/04/2016
 2011
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Review 5 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2015
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Review 6 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 2/26/2016
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Review 7 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

From a Culinary Student

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/22/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/22/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Coming from a near by culinary school, I felt that this dining experience surpassed my expectations. The added courses and small bite really made my night that much better."
Dined on 2/22/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 8 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/11/2016
 2008
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Review 9 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/18/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/18/2016
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/18/2016
 2013
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 10 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/18/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/18/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/18/2016
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Delicious

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Dined on 2/18/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/18/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"I enjoyed all the delicious food. The only con for me would be the dessert option. There was only one option for dessert and I couldn't eat it even though there was a variety of that dessert. I was allergic to an ingredient in the dessert, luckily there was a Gelato substitution given to me ."
Dined on 2/18/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 12 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/15/2016
 2013
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Review 13 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/18/2016
 2000
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Review 14 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great student run restaurant!

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Dined on 2/15/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/15/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We really enjoyed everything about our dinner! One course was better than the next. Such a great value."
Dined on 2/15/2016
 2014
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 15 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/12/2016
 2011
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Review 16 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/11/2016
 2008
Dined on 2/11/2016
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/11/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/11/2016
 2000
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Review 18 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

The Academic Bistro is a fantastic opportunity!

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Dined on 2/01/2016
 2006
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2006
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 19 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
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Review 20 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2008
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 22 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 23 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/28/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2015
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Review 24 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/05/2015
 2011
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Review 25 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 11/05/2015
 2015
Dined on 11/05/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/05/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 26 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/29/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I've only ever eaten here for lunch; however, the food has always been delicious and the staff very professional. I had the key lime tart with avocado ice cream for dessert. I didn't know what to expect at first, but the combination of the 2 flavors was amazing!"
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 27 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 6/03/2015
 2012
Dined on 6/03/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great food, the students are working their hardest, but service was messy and frazzled (some spills, not being seated soon, miscommunication between staff, etc).
Again, amazing food, kind staff, and unbelievable deal on lunch! Cash only, unfortunately."
Dined on 6/03/2015
 2012
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Review 28 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

rea

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/20/2015
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 29 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/29/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 30 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/29/2015
 2011
Dined on 4/29/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/29/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, scenic view, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 31 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Academic Bistro NEVER DISAPPOINTS.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Under the exceptional leadership of Mrs. Kristina Burke, the students have demonstrated genuine and upscale customer service.
The three-course Italian lunch, menu created by Chef Ziccardi, was an amazing Italian cuisine journey. First course: Zuppa di Pesce, fresh fish soup with tender dumplings.
Second course: Cannelloni, flavorful cannelloni with tomato sauce and fresh basil on top
third course; Olive oil cake. beautiful, dense and rich olive oil cake with fresh made whipped cream and sliced seasonal fruits
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Dined on 1/30/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 32 for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Delicious Lunch!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Food was excellent. The fish was cooked precisely, as was the quinoa. The desserts (chocolate bread pudding, apple tart, and lemon grass ice cream) were spectacular!"
Dined on 12/04/2014
 2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Based on the average of (6) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
5 out of 6 recommend this product
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
1.8 / 3
Moderate