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Cafe Lift

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428 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-3616
+1 215-922-3031
09:00 - 15:00
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Your table will be so crowded with food, you'll be groaning when you push away, because you don't have enough room to eat their delectable challah French toast or their savory eggs. The wait staff are the epitome of grunge hipster and very attentive. It's cash only and BYOA so grab a flute if you're branching on a Saturday.

Thank Mohana R
Stockholm, Sverige
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75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The cafe is a pretty nice place (although a bit dark and stuffy) with good vibes and a mixed crowd, but the food was just ok. There weren't many vegetarian options but I got some toast and then a waffle. The dishes are not super huge and I actually got hungry again pretty soon after we left. Took some time... More 

Thank karolina_x
New York, NY
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Visiting Philadelphia again and met a friend for brunch at Cafe Lift. Excellent once again. Breakfast burrito was large and beautifully done. My special tostada was a great mix of flavors, well balanced with over easy eggs that were cooked with properly runny yolks. And friend and I were meeting for first time in a while. We were given a... More 

Thank NYC_wanderer
San Antonio, Texas
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here for breakfast during our stay in Philadelphia. The food was terrific! My wife got blueberry pancakes with eggs and I got French toast with fresh fruit (blueberries, bananas, strawberries) Service was lagging but was acknowledged by the manager and we were accommodated for our wait. Great food and daily specials.

Thank David B
New Jersey
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We had tried this once before for brunch, and it had been pretty good. Our recent visit leads me to write this review with some cautions. If you've looked at their website, you know there are long waits and it is cash only. That open kitchen makes for a very hot room on a hot day outside, so this might... More 

Thank Mollysslave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

45 minute wait, but knew that going in.....you must try the Cubana sandwich....pork, ham, feta +....fabulous.....had some of the Nutella and banana wrap/crepe....the frittata was also awesome....will return if the occasion arises......

Thank Bill W
New York City, New York
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97 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Dined solo, so I could only sample the lemon ricotta pancakes and spicy fennel sausage. I love lemon ricotta pancakes and usually order them whenever I see them on a menu. The version at Cafe Lift were good, but not great. Not enough strawberries and the pancakes were lacking that awesome texture that makes ricotta pancakes so friggin good. I... More 

Thank Edward Y
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We discovered this little gem while in town for the Democratic National Convention, and we liked it so much we had brunch/lunch there twice. It's fast and efficient, always important for weekday dining. And the setting has a cool industrial vibe. But the food is the real star here. I had the BLAT sandwich both times because it was that... More 

Thank margot l
St. Petersburg, Florida
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156 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Yes, we went two mornings in a row. We had different plates each day and loved it all. The cannoli French toast on challah is out of this world. The breakfast burrito was stuffed full. The potatoes are delicious. The bacon is thick and perfectly crispy. The eggs were cooked exactly how I like them. The eggs Benedict was great.... More 

Thank Kayla G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

The food is absolutely delicious! It's a bit off the beaten path, but well worth it when you get there. We went for breakfast, and there was so much food in the plate we couldn't eat it all.....but it was so good! Even the coffer was delicious! We got there right at 10 a.m. on a Saturday and there was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 428 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-3616
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-922-3031

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?