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Le Bec-Fin, Philadelphia

1523 Walnut Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 567 1000's insider take:

Since 1970, chef and owner Georges Perrier has reigned supreme at this Philadelphia landmark near Rittenhouse Square. It was redesigned in 2002—"everything but the chandeliers," says Perrier—to convey the elegance of a 19th-century Parisian dining salon. The chef maintains his reputation with consistently top-drawer service, constant menu development, and immaculate execution. The crab cake with haricots verts is a signature dish (he's been making it for 37 years), and poached salmon served over blanched cucumber and fava beans with a strawberry sauce, demonstrates Perrier's deft ability to mix styles and ingredients. It's prix fixe-only and very pricey, but there's a less costly and equally worthwhile spin-off: Le Bar Lyonnais, a bistro on the first floor.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm and 5 to 10 pm.

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