About Phoebe's

Quality Since 1976



Originally known as Phoebe's Garden Café, 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 crème brulee, for example, but other menu items change seasonally. Looking for more of a quick bite on the go? The Coffee Lounge serves as a take-out window, 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 and students. We invite you to join us—and make Phoebe's your new favorite place.

Coffee Lounge

Coffee lounge hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm, Sundays closed.

We offer fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and gourmet coffee drinks. Our coffee window also serves as a take-out counter for those looking for a bite to eat on the go. Enjoy quick items such as home-made soups, muffins, giant cookies or choose from or full lunch or dinner menu. Keep in mind that our lunch and dinner items are all made to order and may take more time.

The coffee lounge has tables for studying, Complimentary WiFi, a couch area for chatting with friends and oversized chairs to relax in while sipping your favorite cocktail.

Phoebe's friendly staff can prepare you a variety of gourmet coffee drinks: House Blend of regular and decaf coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, chai tea, herbal tea, hot cocoa, Monin flavors (vanilla, sugar free vanilla, caramel & hazelnut and more)

Purchase our sleek travel mug for only $12 and enjoy $1.50 coffee refills anytime you visit.

Take advantage of our coffee club card. Purchase 10 coffee drinks and receive your next one for FREE. (one card person, one stamp per visit, cannot be combined with other offers)

In addition to our gourmet coffee drinks we also offer a wide variety Harney & Son's Teas.


Our house blend of fresh roasted beans are from Recess Coffee.

Recess Coffee has been Westcott’s local coffee roaster since 2007, making them a staple of the Syracuse, NY community. Located in the heart of the Westcott Neighborhood, Recess has been a hub for students, scholars, artists, musicians, families, and everyone in between. They source all of their fairly traded beans direct from farms with missions of sustainability and ethical practices. We have chosen Recess Coffee because they care about the global environment and the community of farmers, families, and entrepreneurs who provide them with great, quality beans.


Phoebe’s has catered a variety of events from an office party to a grand wedding on the lake. We have catered events at some of Syracuse Area’s finest venues such as the Everson Museum, Frog Pond, Emerson Park, Thorden Park, Onondaga Park, Anyelas Vineyard, the Landmark Theater, as well as many of Syracuse’s businesses.

We are happy to design a menu that will suit your tastes and budget. We are able to not only supply you with the food and beverage for your function, but also professional wait staff, onsite chefs and bartenders.

Here at Phoebe's we want to make your experience as pleasant as possible. We can handle all of your catering needs for your event, from obtaining an off premise NYS Liquor License as well as assist with the ordering of your rental glass ware, plate ware, flatware, etc.. Being of part of many off site catering events, we know the right questions to ask so that your event goes smoothly.

If you are looking to use Phoebe's Restaurant for your catering needs we do require a deposit down when the final date is settled. The deposit will vary depending on the size of your party, and the amount of product and staff needed. In many cases, we do require a minimum food and beverage purchase of $1,000.  8% NYS sales tax and 20 % gratuity will be added to the final bill. However if you are a smaller party, or require less needs we don’t want you to feel left out of the Phoebe's experience, we do offer menu items that are available for pick up.


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