6/12/2012 10:31:00 AM

Le Bec-Fin Reopens on Walnut Street

Walnut Street regains luster today, as Le Bec-Fin comes triumphantly back to life. After closing for a brief, three-month hiatus, the restaurant that first put Philadelphia on the dining map will reopen its doors under new ownership. Frenchman Nicolas Fanucci - a former Le Bec-Fin manager under founder George Perrier - gave up his post overseeing Napa Valley’s tops-in-the-nation French Laundry to take over the storied white-tableclother, sending it through a renovation that restored and updated both menu and decor. Read on to find out more about the new chef, the food (hint: it’s prix fixe only), the wine program and the new layout.


  1. Maybe this will be my excuse to go down to Philadelphia later this month and see the Barnes Collection in its new habitat. But not for dinner, I'm afraid. You have to own one of JDR's original Pennsylvania oil wells to put out $150 pp. Nor do I want eight gourmet courses. Blue Hill at Stone Barns is $108 for five, Jean-Georges in NYC is $98. Le Bec Fin was always very pricey even for NYC, but I'm afraid it's not in the cards anymore.

  2. Attended LBF on its opening night and tasted the $150pp 8 course. Excellent wine list, attentive staff, but the dining experience was a little too formal for my liking. I understand LBF had a 2 star rating previously and thought food would be great given the all star cast from French Laundry, but was somewhat disappointed. All the dishes were well presented but taste was ordinary. The fish dish was excellent, dessert were good, but many others were too salty, I think I went through a liter of water by myself plus wine. Food service was a little slow, perhaps more practice is needed. Dining room looks good though.

    Good luck to the team.

  3. We went to the opening reception and I have to say after extensive conversations with the executive chef and the sommelier we have our doubts. We will try the $55 lunch before committing to the $150 per person dinner. What was formerly the Bar Lyonnais reminds me of a meeting room in the Hotel Dupont in Washington, DC during its seedier days. Did they really pay a decorator for this? Frankly, I think LBF is over. The competition in Philadelphia is tough now and if you are going to charge top dollar you have to deliver over the top in every area.