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Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244
+1 315-475-5154
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“quiche” (6 reviews)
“salad” (14 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hours
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Loved the variety on the menu and had a hard time deciding what to order. Finally landed on the stuffed pepper which was excellent, but a small portion. The rest of our party had quiche, sandwich and burger - all very good. Definitely a good...More

Thank Hippely
Reviewed 25 March 2018

I was there for lunch with a co worker and I had the French dip. Pretty good but the Aus jus had no flavor. Hot colored water. the sandwich it's self was Ok not sure I would order it again. My co worker had the...More

Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We have been to Phoebes for a graduation luncheon for my oldest son graduating from Syracuse. I am now visiting my younger one and we are staying at the Genesee Grand hotel. A nice hotel with nice amenities. We decided to order local from the...More

Thank frankdaddy
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Great place for a pre Syracuse stage dinner (make a reservation ). While waiting for friends we asked bartender about recommendations. He gave good suggestions that we went with. We did the half order of the stuffed pepper and the half order of the salmon....More

Thank Jeremy B
Reviewed 4 March 2018

It is quaint little place and we sat on the enclosed porch. Emily was our server and she was pleasant, welcoming and helpful with food choices. Husb and I both had the penne, he with shrimp, me with chicken. Lovely! Vodka martinis finished it all...More

Thank LyndaH666
Reviewed 4 March 2018

We had lunch here before attending a show at Syracuse Stage. Everything was okay, but nothing was especially good or noteworthy in a positive way. We had the French onion soup and it was tasty and nicely prepared except for one thing: it wasn't hot....More

Thank Joe H
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Stopped here for a bite after basketball game. Was not disappointed. Nice bar...Nice menu.....Delicious food and drink

Thank William F
ph5154, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thank you for stopping in. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again soon:)

Reviewed 29 December 2017

Hadn't been here for many years, but first place I considered for our family of 9 for dinner after Syracuse Stage matinee. No disappointments ! Our server was fantastic, drinks were great, decent wines offered, a number of us loved the espresso martini. Salads and...More

Thank Willisdds
Phoebe's R, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2017

We are so delighted to hear about your Family Christmas celebration! Thank you for choosing Phoebe's for your special gathering. Glad to hear that everyone enjoyed their visit and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon....More

Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

We have frequented this restaurant every time we have visited Syracuse over the past few years and it was always great. Not anymore! We should have guessed that something was up when we walked towards the restaurant and could see that it was empty on...More

Thank atti2ud
Phoebe's R, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

Dear Atti2ud, I am glad to hear that you have visited us several times on your travels to Syracuse and thoroughly enjoyed your visit to then. Thus your reason for returning last week. I am saddened to hear that your most recent experience was not...More

Reviewed 29 November 2017

My friend and I sat at the bar and had a great conversation with the bartender while she juggled drink orders and serving us fools. We both took her recommendation for the open faced Ruben sandwich with fries. Very tasty and service was fast. Good...More

Thank DMthePM
Phoebe's R, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! And thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon!

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Questions & Answers
19 March 2017|
Response from JudyFromUpstateNY | Reviewed this property |
Yes - I use the parking garage behind (south of) the building. There is also a lot just south of Phoebe's but I like the garage.
23 March 2016|
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Response from AdventureBear | Reviewed this property |
yes they posted a special menu for Easter; it won't let me post the URL, but if you go to their website they have a special menu for the day, 11:30-3.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
  • Phone Number: +1 315-475-5154
  • E-mail
Originally known as Phoebe's Garden Cafe, the restaurant has a long and colorful history in Syracuse. Local lore claims that the building was originally a brothel, and Phoebe was its madam. The tin ceiling above the bar is original to the building and the name still honors Phoebe, but much has changed since those early days. William Eberhardt opened Phoebe's Garden Cafe in December of 1976 with a bistro style menu and an ornately carved wood bar.The atmosphere was rich with red brick walls, and deep green upholstery, all surrounded by lush green plants. The large atrium dining room was added in 1985, increasing seating and opening up the entire restaurant with a sunny new skylight. In the summer of 2004, Phoebe's experienced a refreshing makeover with a bright new look in the atrium dining room with fresh paint, new upholstery, and artwork. The bar and cafe areas were softened with cool linen window treatments and warm shades of burgundy and cream.The coffee lounge also opened that year, and it became an instant hit with the surrounding university and business crowd. Those changes also warranted a new name to reflect the updated attitude and ambiance: Phoebe's Restaurant and Coffee Lounge. Classic elements of Phoebe's remain untouched-the French onion soup and enticing creme brulee. The lunch and dinner menu changes seasonally and includes many locally-sourced ingredients. Looking for more of a quick bite on the go? The Coffee Lounge serves as a take-out window for breakfast sandwiches, lunch, and dinner, in addition to all of the made-to-order coffee and espresso drinks. The Lounge also has its own seating area and free wireless internet capabilities. Phoebe's old world charm is right at home in a revitalized area of the city. Located on the Connective Corridor on East Genesee Street across from Syracuse Stage and near Syracuse University, Phoebe's is a favorite stop for theater goers. Phoebe's also offers private dining facilities with custom menus to suit. We invite you to join us-and make Phoebe's your new favorite place.
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