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Le Bec-Fin

Le Bec-Fin
Le Bec-Fin entrance on Walnut Street
Restaurant information
Established 1970
Closed 2013
Current owner(s) closed
Food type French
City Philadelphia
State Pennsylvania

Le Bec-Fin was a Mobil Travel Guide traditionally awarded it five stars. Although Perrier announced in July 2010 that he planned to close the restaurant in spring 2011,[1] he waited until February 2012 to sell Le Bec-Fin to one of its former managers, Nicolas Fanucci, who re-opened Le Bec-Fin in June 2012.[2] The restaurant closed again in June 2013.


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Perrier trained at La Pyramide in Vienne, France. He moved to the USA on November 17, 1967, at the age of 21, and started working in Philadelphia in the late 1960s. After its opening in 1970 at 1312 Spruce St. (Perrier was 23), Le Bec-Fin soon established a reputation as Philadelphia's finest restaurant with Perrier's Galette de Crabe and Quenelles de Brochet as signature highlights. By 1981, Le Bec-Fin was known as the leader of the "Philadelphia restaurant revolution". The restaurant moved to its current location on Walnut St. in 1983. Esquire described it as the best French restaurant in America and a 1994 Condé Nast reader's poll ranked it as the best restaurant in the country.[3]

The Le Bec-Fin signature

  • Le Bec-Fin Restaurant
  • "Putting Le Bec Fin to the test"Food and Wine July 2005 retrieved December 18, 2005
  • Le Bec-Fin 2 Part Video Series at The Classic Wines Minute

External links

  1. ^ Klein, Michael (July 23, 2010). "Le Bec-Fin to Close". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  2. ^ Klein, Michael (May 2, 2012). "Le Bec-Fin's Reopening". Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ Mariani, John (September 2003). "The Best French Restaurant in America". Esquire 120 (3). p. 62. 
  4. ^ "Resolutely sticking to French tradition". The Dominion Post. February 3, 1998. 
  5. ^ Klein, Michael (April 4, 2008). "Georges Perrier lightens up Le Bec-Fin". Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on May 26, 2010. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  6. ^ LaBan, Craig (January 3, 2009). "Brasserie Perrier is gone". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  7. ^ Klein, May 2, 2012.
  8. ^ Adams, Sam (April 23, 2015). "Perrier in limelight again, and loving it". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
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See also

Le Bec Fin closed after dinner service on June 15, 2013.[9] The space then housed Chef Justin Bogle's progressive American restaurant Avance, which closed October 11, 2014 after 10 months.[10]

Upon hearing of the restaurant's closure, filmmaker Erika Frankel began making a documentary on Perrier and his restaurant. Entitled 'King Georges', the film premiered in April 2015 at a film festival.[8]

Although he denied it at first, Georges Perrier put the building up for sale in 2010. During a dinner at the restaurant several months later, however, he announced that he would keep the restaurant open indefinitely. Prompted by an unfavorable review, Perrier announced his retirement in February 2012 and sold Le Bec-Fin to one of its former managers, Nicolas Fanucci, who re-opened the restaurant in June 2012 after remodeling and making minor adjustments. Master chef Walter Abrams, formerly of the restaurant French Laundry, led the kitchen, stressing locally-grown ingredients and fresh produce.[7]

In January 2009, the French government awarded Perrier the Legion d'Honneur.[6]

On April 4, 2008 Le Bec-Fin gave up its 5 star rating in favor of a more relaxed atmosphere. This loss dropped the number of American 5 star restaurants to 16. The change to a more relaxed atmosphere includes à la carte dining as opposed to a fixed price menu with strict seating schedule.[5]

Perrier made extensive changes to the restaurant after the Mobil Travel Guide reduced it to four star status in the 2001 Mobil Travel Guide. The interior was remodeled, the wine list expanded, and Perrier relinquished command of his restaurant to the head chef. Said Perrier to his staff, "Change everything but the chandeliers." In the 2003 guide, the fifth star was restored.

The wine list favored selections from the borders of France and some standouts from the new world. [4]

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