All four of us enjoyed our meals thoroughly. We've been to Colette many times and have never had a bad experience. Consistently great food! Chef Mark knows what he's doing. The food is delicious, and the presentation is amazing!
My husband did not like the lamb shank, but he never said anything about it until after we left the restaurant. He told me it was chewy and not soft at all. If he had complained to the kitchen, I'm sure they would have made it right.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was like a fine French
This was like a fine French restaurant from bygone days.
If you want fine dining they're few true spots in the Twin City area
that fit, this is one of them.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Easter Brunch was great for the 2 of us. The food was fresh and had a vary large selection, excellent. The dessert was plentiful. The chef tables were great! I did wish there were more selection of sushi. Restaurant did a great job of not overbooking, NO lines for food! Service was somewhat lacking- had to stack plates at table and water glasses went unfilled.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Easter Brunch at Colette
We visited Colette for Easter Brunch. The presentation and food selection were excellent. Food was delicious. We would recommend their special occasion brunch.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good service and the
Very good service and the food was delicious. Great spot for a conversation over our
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had to make a quick decision on dinner, our Mother was staying at a hotel near 100 and 494, and Collete popped up. We couldn't have more surprised, I don't know how we haven't heard of this sooner. The service and food was exceptional.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
good breakfast at L'Hotel Sofitel
We had a good breakfast for 4 for $100. The goat cheese omelets were excellent. Freshly baked bread. We had a very competent waitress.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
We were very excited to go to Colette for Mother's Day. It was our first time. The food was excellent. The variety was staggering!! The service was good. It did not feel crowded.
NOTE: Be sure your reservation is well before 1:00 or get dessert first. They stopped refilling the desserts at 1:30. When we went to get our dessert, the selection was down to about 6 items. When we arrived it was full of amazing desserts. This is my biggest issue with Mother's Day Brunch at any restaurant. We paid the same as everyone else--$54 per person, we should get the same selection. Also, they were starting to clean up the restaurant while we were still eating. It made us feel rushed to finish.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Mother's Day buffet was
The Mother's Day buffet was extraordinary. Perfect portion sizes made tasting a wide variety of foods easy, and generous servings of favorites (the lamb, the shrimp, the roast beef) was fabulous. My father also enjoyed all three varieties of salmon, and the extra touch of delivered flowers at the table (through Open Table's vendor) made the event special for Mom and Grandma.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day Brunch
First visit to Colette. We all enjoyed the Food and presentation immensely. There was an incredible variety of items, and the vegetarians in our group were also very happy with the choices they had. The dining room didn't feel crazed, and we could talk in normal tones. Our only complaint was the lack of service we received from our primary waiter. We had to ask for each refill of coffee, and he did not check in very often. Towards the end of our meal, the second server in our section started to help us, what a difference. She was attentive, answered our questions about the restaurant etc. She clearly enjoyed her job. We will return for their regular brunch and I think my mom has decided it's our new go to Mother's Day Restaurant.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A worry about seating
Even though we had reservations, my daughter and I were seated at one of the banquet seat tables, on the "curve". Because she went in a few minutes ahead of me, and was therefore already seated when I arrived, I said nothing about finding a more private or comfortable table. My daughter is of mixed race, and I apologize but, my first thought when I arrived was if we would have been given a more comfortable spot if I had gone in first.
The service was excellent, the food delicious, the waitress charming.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of my favorite spots!! I brought a group of friends and all of them were very impressed with food, service and dining experience in general. Our waitress was really thorough and even had the chef prepare a salad option that was not on the dinner menu per our request.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Place to Dine
This is consistently a great place to dine.......whether it is for lunch or dinner, a special occasion, or time with friends..........
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our meal -- this
We enjoyed our meal -- this is a regular brunch spot for us -- but service was a little slow this time. We also prefer the hash browns to the new type of potatoes and wish juice was still included with brunch.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
family brunch for 10
We were seated in the bar room in a large booth with an oval table for our 11am brunch. It was likely less crowded by then, but we were also secluded from the main dining room, which allowed conversation from one end of the table to the other---so very rare in any restaurant. This table helped make the entire brunch delightful.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorite places--we go regularly are are never disappointed.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Guaranteed to please every time. Food is terrific, service is friendly and attentive. Always a special treat.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A relaxing, enjoyable place
A relaxing, enjoyable place to dine - good food, pleasant atmosphere, great service! Overall very pleasnt dining experience.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bread Basket Upset
We have been going to Chez Collette for brunch for more years than I can remember. They used to serve their incredibly delicious baguettes, which were made on-site, with the meal for free, but in recent years started charging for a "bread basket". This bread was so delicious, the additional cost was not a deterrent. On our most recent visit, as with all others in the past, we ordered a bread basket. However, what we received this time was a basket of bread that was dense, flavorless, and barely edible. HUGE disappointment! I have purchased better tasting baguettes at the grocery store! When we questioned the waitress about this change to the bread, she stated that it came from France (really??), a vendor used by all Sofitel hotels.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server, Carlos, was friendly, helpful and a delightful server. He did an outstanding job and I would give him more than 5 stars. Absolutely the best.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had our 22 anniversary dinner here. Enjoyed the French cuisine. Great place for a special occasion.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was absolutely pleased with
I was absolutely pleased with the service and friendliness of the servers and staff. The food was friggin awesome and displayed and presented in an artistic manor. Prices were great too. . for the quality of service and food that was served. You guys sure know your stuff.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A spot to return to!
We were seated immediately, our server promptly provided us our beverage request and menu. The menu offered good
variety and they were flexible in modifying a selection as we requested., Delicious food and will look forward to a return visit.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent. Food was very good. Prices were right with a good wine list. Will go back!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the consistent food quality, real cloth tablecloths, excellent wait staff and the ambiance of the restaurant. Best eggs benedict in town we think!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
With small children, fancy dinners are hard to come by, so we tried this gem for a romantic lunch. Wonderful spot for a getaway in the middle of the day. Try their "taste of Paris" for a great tasting plate.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific French food and service
Consistently excellent service and French food. Many of your favorite French bistro items can be found on the menu. Bread is excellent. Like a trip to La France!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was good to dine here once
It was good to dine here once again after an absence of 30 years because of living elsewhere in the USA. I have never been disappointed. with any of the meals I have had here.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
When new management means better
Food is just as great; ambiance and service remain top notch... but it just seem to work better with the current management.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Colette Bar & Bistro
The careful attention to the menu, service and decor make this restaurant my favorite for both lunch and dinners. We are always welcomed and treated with a classy flair that makes dining here special. The serving sizes of my $26 prix fixe luncheon of onion soup, salad greens, scallops with white chocolate risotto and strawberry mousse dessert were just right and a great choice. I love the Hotel Sofitel's beautiful lounge outside the restaurant where you can wait for friends, have a drink or linger after your meal. Their gift shop also has some of the best cards and French-style ephemera at very reasonable prices.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent with thoughtful tones
Outstanding for a hotel complement. I visited for lunch and found the mix of food to be fresh, filling and enjoyable. Prices are about $20 per person for lunch which is fair given the quality and quantity of food given. Soft drink beverage size and refill frequency was disappointing.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service & delicious meal
Service was excellent. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive. He acknowledged our anniversary and provided two complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries. My wife and I loved how the staff was able to seclude us in a section with no other parties. The quiet and relaxed atmosphere was romantic and much appreciated.
Our meal was delicious, but unexciting. And, perhaps, we lack a proper appreciation for French style cuisine. The Famous French Onion soup was indeed one of the best I've tasted. Similar can be said for the Creme Brulee. The cheese plate was tasty, especially paired with champagne. Our entrees, Halibut with Lobster cake and Sea Scallops with chocolate risotto, were acceptable. Have to try the brunch some day.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there in the middle of the week so the restaurant was not very crowded. We had fabulous service. The wait staff answered any questions we had and even made a few suggestions. They were attentive without being hovering. The presentation of the meal was outstanding. I almost wanted to take a picture before starting to eat. I had their special beef dish and it so tender. The portion size was perfect. We were seated in a quieter part of the dining area so it was great for conversing. I will definitely go there again - soon.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a favorite
This restaurant is still reliably good. Food is delicious, service is attentive and almost formal which is a pleasant change. Colette could use redecorating. It feels a bit sterile - not cozy as I remember Paris bistros to be. All in all a very pleasant place to dine especially at lunch.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dishes, that you won't find easily in the USA. Great food, great service. There is a four-course sampler that will stuff you and give you a great variety of French dishes. Try it!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
always my favorite
I love coming to your resturant because of the servers, quietness and wonderful food. I have been there for group dinners because we are able to have a conversation with dinner. The atmosphere is so mellow and wonderful. Plus your food is always so perfect with flavor and presentation.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was good. I had A Taste Of Paris which includes appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert. The portions were small (2 scallops with a small scoop of risotto, 4 slices of tomato for the tomato salad, a small scoop of ahi tuna appetizer, and dessert in a shot glass). Overall, I left full and satisfied, but there were definitely no left overs and for two people - our bill was around $100. Good food but, a little pricey for what you get. I probably won't go there again because we hate that there is a dress code and feel that there are probably just as good french food restaurants in town that are either cheaper or don't have a dress code.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Bread, Good food and
Great Bread, Good food and really good service. Great drinks and bar.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Modern Traditional French
Food amazing. Service wonderful. Wine selection excellent. Atmosphere modern, elegant.
The only piece that was only slightly disappointing was that the online description of the Taste of France menu was not accurate. Online, you get more choices. In the restaurant, a couple items on that menu were "Chef's Choice" and while that's sometimes fun, it sometimes presents options one simply does not like ... like Blue Cheese, for example.
I suggest keeping the menu online accurate ... even it says "Chef's Choice", then there are no negative surprises.
Otherwise ... we will definitely go back, definitely recommend it (already have ... just this morning), definitely keep loving it!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
brunch before the play
My friends and I had brunch before we went to the Bloomington Civic Theatre. We told the waitress that we needed to be gone by a certain time and she delivered beautifully. No stress.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was a little worried about the food price and menu variety. Was I ever wrong. Excellent food at a reasonable price. Don't forget to stop at the bakery!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wanted to meet friends visiting from out of town for a family bfast before they headed to msp.
Food was great and ambience nicer than most of the other local choices.
Plus you can make a reservation!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Alway love the 'Taste of Paris'
Alway love the 'Taste of Paris' selection. Cannot go wrong with that, especially with the French onion soup.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been there several
We have been there several times for breakfast, it is wonderful. The menu has wonderful choices to pick from, different then your normal breakfast choices. It is very quiet, and the decor is wonderful. White table clothes, white cloth napkins, and white dishes. Wait staff if always wonderful, they make you feel special.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM