Cafe Lift

Breakfast Spot and Coffee Shop$$$$
North Philadelphia, Philadelphia
83 Tips and reviews
  • French toast
  • brunch food
  • huevos rancheros
  • pancakes
  • frittatas
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  • Lou C.
    This place has great food and service. We were here a holiday weekend and lucked out with small crowds. They know how to do brunch. Huevos Rancheros and Italian baked egg. Sent from heaven.
  • Mai
    MaiJanuary 15
    The lemon ricotta pancakes are a solid pick 💯
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HMarch 27, 2016
    French toast special!! Cannoli french toast was a bit too much but was very unique, so you should give it a try. Split it with someone because half of the dish will make you full.
  • Ayanna M.
    Ayanna MarieMarch 18, 2016
    prepare to wait a long time to get seated and then wait even longer to get your food
  • RC
    RCFebruary 25, 2016
    Cannoli French Toast
  • Gabriel E.
    Gabriel EvansFebruary 9, 2016
    Long lines on weekends. Make sure if you want a table to come at least 45 minutes early to put your name down.
  • Amol K.
    Amol KNovember 25, 2015
    Frittata is great!
  • David B.
    David BouchardNovember 25, 2015
    They have some very interesting Italian-inspired breakfast food here.
  • N ~.
    N ~October 11, 2015
    The french toast are delicious. They are sweet and amazingly prepared.
  • Molly H.
    Molly HemphillSeptember 19, 2015
    I always get the lemon ricotta pancakes and if I don't I wish I had! But, I also recommend the bfast burrito and huevos rancheros.
  • John H.
    John HallahanSeptember 19, 2015
  • J M.
    J MAugust 29, 2015
    If you like lift you'll like mixto
  • Jennifer
    JenniferApril 7, 2015
    French toast special was incredible!! Very large portion- I had to take half to go!
  • Anna R.
    Anna RApril 4, 2015
    Great place for brunch with pals. No reservations so you will have to wait but worth it.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgJanuary 24, 2015
    Cannoli French toast forever
  • RC
    RCDecember 28, 2014
    Everything is seriously good here. Get a lemon pancake on the side of whatever you order. Bonus: they serve Rival Bros Coffee.
  • Melania S.
    Melania SpagnoliDecember 9, 2014
    This place is awesome. You can aldo bring your own wine and drink it there! The eggs benedict and the ricotta pancakes are delicious!
  • Chris R.
    Chris Ross 💾💩November 23, 2014
    Gotta try that French toast if you brought your appetite.
  • Oyinkansola A.
    Oyinkansola AyobiojoNovember 11, 2014
    Amazing amazing!! The lemon ricotta pancakes were everything. My mushroom omelette was great. Cafe Lift is high on my brunch list, def a must.
  • Liz L.
    Liz LangerNovember 9, 2014
    Homemade hot sauce is perfectly tangy with a pleasant kick. Service was great. Calamari, garbanzo bean and red sauce egg bake special was unique and scrumptious on so many levels.
  • David
    DavidOctober 11, 2014
    If you don't eat Huevos here, you are devoid of soul. On a more serious note, the breakfast burrito ain't bad.
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn MarsOctober 4, 2014
    Oh my! The French Toast with cannoli cream was out of this world! And the coffee was good even for Seattle standards.
  • JD
    JDSeptember 14, 2014
    Everything was delicious and service was with a smile. Definitely coming back.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MateoSeptember 13, 2014
    Why would you not order Cannoli French Toast.
  • thefarahdiaries
    thefarahdiariesSeptember 1, 2014
    Best Brunch place in Philly
  • thefarahdiaries
    thefarahdiariesAugust 31, 2014
    Best huevos rancheros hands down...get it with scrambled eggs. If ur vegetarian or muslim/Jew get it without pork.
  • Mina L.
    Mina LeeAugust 26, 2014
    AMAZING sweet tooth brunch options!!! And so many coffee/cafe beverages to choose from! Love this spot when I'm rolling out of bed and need a quick and filling brunch.
  • Sara C.
    Sara ChristAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The French toast is amazing!
  • Dan S.
    Dan ScanlonAugust 9, 2014
    Get the French toast. The huevos rancheros aren't as authentic mad everyone claims.
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    Interesting grilled sandwiches and homemade desserts highlight this Loft District gem. Read more
  • Kards
    KardsJuly 27, 2014
    The food is bland and I am sick of these CASH ONLY establishments. I feel like I am in another country
  • Kishan K.
    Kishan KumarJuly 5, 2014
    One of the best brunch spots in Philly.. it's a hidden gem.. try the Cannoli French toast and the Ricotta pancakes !! For all you health nuts , try the kale salad. It's a BYPB.
  • Nick
    NickMay 26, 2014
    Food was decent! French toast special was to simple. 40 mins for order! So if you don't mind the ticket time, grab a cup of coffee & hopefully you still have a server as pleasant as Anna was. #enjoy
  • Lorence R.
    Lorence RMay 25, 2014
    Be prepared for a 30-45 minute wait on busy days. Not good for when you're hungry.
  • Sid M.
    Sid MupMay 10, 2014
    Awesome Brunch!
  • Davneet K.
    Davneet KohliApril 19, 2014
    This place does not take credit cards!
  • Emma C.
    Emma CourtApril 4, 2014
    Amazing food and atmosphere. Get the mushroom frittata- zero regrets
  • Dom
    DomJanuary 26, 2014
    It is amazing. The french toast is THE BEST IN PHILLY. CASH ONLY! There is an atm inside.
  • Lora B.
    Lora BachmanNovember 24, 2013
    Please get bigger cups for water
  • Shirley Y.
    Shirley YoungSeptember 27, 2013
    Lemon ricotta pancakes rocks! The coffee is served fresh and strong! A plus!
  • Neeraj J.
    Neeraj JassalSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is amazing. Best brunch in Philly!
  • Rick K.
    Rick KSeptember 2, 2013
    It was a bit of a wait but I really enjoyed the food and the beautiful coffee.
  • Jayne Y.
    Jayne YangAugust 4, 2013
    Delicious breakfast choices, ask for their hot sauce...that stuff should be sold in bottles!
  • Pg T.
    Pg Taylor-MosleyJuly 20, 2013
  • Mike E.
    Mike EyreJuly 9, 2013
    Don't miss the homemade hot sauce. To die for!
  • Jen R.
    Jen RombaJuly 6, 2013
    Great food - highly recommend the Eggs Benedict. Really decent prices though its cash only.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew C.June 30, 2013
    Cash only. Food only average, cool people and cool place.
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PMay 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cafe mocha!
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WeissMay 12, 2013
    Huevos rancheros and chocolate pancakes were incredible! My boyfriend got one of the crepes and it seemed to be mostly filled with scrambled eggs, not as impressive. Better to stick with the favorites
  • jen f.
    jen fortiniMay 6, 2013
    cash only! ATM inside
  • jen f.
    jen fortiniMay 6, 2013
    awesome brunch. BYOB. they do not seat parties until everyone is present.
  • Aileen T.
    Aileen TseApril 23, 2013
    huevos rancheros. nuff said
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 27, 2013
    The Euro-style menu here includes panini, frittatas and crespelle, including the irresistible Nutty Monkey with bananas and Nutella.
  • Hector C.
    Hector CastroMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stuffed French Toast is among one of the best I've had in the city.
  • Gary R.
    Gary ReedFebruary 17, 2013
    Great French toast. Parking can be an issue. Park close to Broad Street and walk
  • Amna G.
    Amna GhummanJanuary 30, 2013
    Great service! Delicious food! Best brunch place in Philly! Mushroom frittata is deliciously cheesy with the sweetest caramelized onions and salty mushrooms! Cannoli French toast is heaven on earth!
  • Kitty C.
    Kitty ChingJanuary 18, 2013
    Cute little brunch spot...I'd go back!
  • My N.
    My NguyenNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The lox and bagels with everything on it is very refreshing, but you cant go wrong with their Marguerita pizza.
  • Matt
    MattNovember 11, 2012
    Best brunch I have ever had hands down! The canoli French toast is incredible!
    Upvoted Jun 3
  • Sam .
    Sam August 4, 2012
    Best huevos rancheros I've had in awhile.
  • Patricia P.
    Patricia PereiraJune 24, 2012
    The french toast is great w/mimosas..They don't validate their specials so don't count on any check in deals!!!
  • Patricia G.
    Patricia GillettJune 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast burrito rocks. Hubby has much love for the turkey panini with granny smith apples and caramelized onions. Good sized portions of well made comfort food at reasonable prices.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyFebruary 28, 2012
    Brunch favorites include the banana and chocolate hazelnut crespelle and the pesto and tomato frittata with thick home fries.
  • Christine M.
    Christine MarinoFebruary 22, 2012
  • Kara K.
    Kara KronenwetterJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If they have a long wait, put your name in and let them know you're going to prohibition (after noon only) and grab a bloody Mary or mimosa. Lift will call the bar when your next on the list!
  • Milo A.
    Milo ArtNovember 12, 2011
    The host is such a cutie
  • Phil S.
    Phil SeniorOctober 25, 2011
    Ask for hot cocoa with whipped cream. Hint: You get ICE CREAM!
  • Ling X.
    Ling XuOctober 22, 2011
    Pumpkin cannoli French toast
  • Alana F.
    Alana FerraioloSeptember 30, 2011
    Best margarita pizza on this earth!
  • Meg B.
    Meg BarrettSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
  • Kat H.
    Kat HJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the spinach salad with chicken. Nomnomnom.
  • Rosemary I.
    Rosemary IvosevichJune 9, 2011
    Hands down my favorite brunch spot in Philadelphia. I agree with the below comments about the huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. Their french toast with fresh fruit piled on top is to die for!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BachhuberMay 1, 2011
    Share a plate with someone because they're fucking huge.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MaceApril 26, 2011
    The eggs florentine special with crab should definitely become a menu mainstay!
  • Alison T.
    Alison TApril 3, 2011
    BYO - bring a bottle of bubbly for mimosas!
  • Teasha K.
    Teasha KinderMarch 6, 2011
    They now take credit cards and have an ATM
  • Morris L.
    Morris LowitzDecember 28, 2010
    Huevos rancheros best in citu
  • Jesse C.
    Jesse CornellDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Huevos rancheros are some of the best in the city. The house made hot sauce is liquid crack.
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great brunch spot with delicious, generously sized portions. Bring cash though, they do not take credit cards.
  • Christian M.
    Christian MarkleySeptember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the green tea latte with soy, good stuff (it's not on the board, but tell 'em I sent ya (wink)).
  • Jed S.
    Jed SingerAugust 21, 2010
    The spinach salad is awesome, but ask them to go easy on the dressing
  • BJ M.
    BJ McCormickAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Crab bisque is off the charts.
  • Sol Y.
    Sol YoungMarch 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the breakfast burrito or huevos rancheros for lunch. You won't be disappointed.
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