Cafe Lift

Breakfast Spot and Coffee Shop$$$$
North Philadelphia, Philadelphia
82 Tips and reviews
  • French toast
  • brunch food
  • cannoli french toast
  • huevos rancheros
  • pancakes
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  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HuMarch 27
    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
    prepare to wait a long time to get seated and then wait even longer to get your food
  • I Love Food G.
    I Love Food GuyFebruary 25
    Cannoli French Toast
  • Gabriel E.
    Gabriel EvansFebruary 9
    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
  • I Love Food G.
    I Love Food GuyDecember 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.
  • halalbite
    halalbiteSeptember 1, 2014
    Best Brunch place in Philly
  • halalbite
    halalbiteAugust 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
    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!
  • Elly M.
    Elly MorientesMay 4, 2014
    Always get the French toast; it's delicious!
  • 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
    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
    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.
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