Bistrot La Minette

4.8
2801 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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Bistrot La Minette is the realization of Chef Peter Woolsey's dream that began a decade ago during his earliest days studying in France: to create a restaurant that would share his love of the authentic bistrot experience with his fellow Philadelphians.Chef Peter pays great respect to the traditional dishes that he creates and honors the classical French methods required to achieve unparalleled bistrot cuisine. Both savory and pastry menus are ever evolving to reflect the seasons, the availability of the best ingredients and the inspiration of the chef. They are drawn from the various regions of France and the multitude of delicacies that each has to offer. The service is both efficient and warm, rooted in a foundation of hospitality and caring for our guests.
Our goal is for Bistrot La Minette to be accessible to all guests that enjoy superb food and wine, and the company of their companions: hoping to evoke their best memories-or dreams-of traditional French bistrot dining.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday 5:30pm - 10:30 pm; Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday - 11:00am to 2:00pm

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Phone number
(215) 925-8000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Woolsey / Kenneth Bush
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bainbridge
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Parking details
There is a lot on Bainbridge St between 5th and 6th St, another on Bainbridge and Passyunk Ave, and another on 7th St between South and Bainbridge

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Special events & promotions
Keep an eye out for our special regional food and wine dinners. Every month Bistrot La Minette will choose a different region to celebrate. Each dinner is $35 for 4 courses. An optional $15 wine pairing is also available.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Wed 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM
Thu 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:15PM
Fri 5:30PM - 5:30PM 9:15PM - 10:15PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 10:00PM - 10:15PM

What 2801 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We went for the seasonal tomato dinner with wine pairings. Each of the four tomato courses were outstanding, delicious, unique and special!!! I can't say that I have ever had those exact flavors combined before. Was truly a treat, portions not to big to overwhelm but definitely enough to sate and nicely priced too. Can't wait to try their next special menu. Their regular menu is delicious as well.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Classic French food prepared perfectly. We came in near the end of the evening, and had some of the best food we had had in a long time. Save room for some dessert, they’re out of this world!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I took a friend to celebrate her birthday. The service was excellent. We were too full for dessert, so our waitress brought us each a complimentary glass of champagne and a chocolate! Wonderful French food!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I dined here with some friends to celebrate a special birthday. This restaurant did NOT disappoint! For people who love French cuisine, everything on the menu was dynamite. We did a tasting menu and, since there were 4 of us, were able to experience basically the entire menu. Highly recommend for any foodie out there -- go check it out!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Extremely attentive service, great creative chef who is always willing to adapt dishes to accommodate preferences. A perfect place for a celebration or a business meal.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Needed a last minute spot on a rainy night. Hadn’t been in a while and tried it out. Very good classic French cuisine. Best bread. The Oeuf de Pecher was great as was the rabbit. The foie gras was decadent and delicious. The steak is always awesome. I did not enjoy the custard cake. It was just ok. Not my thing. My husband lived the pot de creme caramel. It was very creamy and delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Outstanding find in Philly, best meal had
in a very long time

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Second time here for a special date night. The food is outstanding (and I’m a former chef specializing in French cuisine). Every course was exceptional. Highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Very nice experience. Great service, food and ambience. Always a treat.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Overall excellent experience. Authentically French - felt like we were transported to our favorite small neighborhood in Paris. The service was the best we've experienced in a long time - we had a couple food allergies at the table and our server went through every single dish on the menu to describe how they could make it gluten and/or dairy free. Our waitress even brought out little gluten and dairy free appetizers on the house knowing that 2 at our table couldn't eat the delicious bread. Those little things go a long way. Food was superb and great wine list - we will be back!

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2018

The food was decent, we were surprised that being a French bistro they do not carry fries on their menu and asked the waitress, whose answers were both condescending and idiotic. Quote "we will never have fries here because it is NOT a French food" after clarifying that actually I was French born she changed her tune to " we do not have a deep fryer"
overall not a keeper

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

BLM transports you to Paris upon entering. The mustard walls, red banquette, vintage photos, and marble tabletops do the trick. The open kitchen wafts a clue of what's to come, and the lively chatter from the other diners sets an energetic tone. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. Presented with complimentary gougeres over cocktails, nice touch. Garlicky escargots served in individual clay bakers are always outstanding. The mussels with poached egg is a treat. The trout, ratatouille, mac and cheese...could eat here every day.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

One of my favorite restaurant everything about it is special, as close to being in a Paris bistro as you can get.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Always superb! Happy hour is the best in town. Authentic French yet surprising. Lovely decor and the bread which is baked in house is sublime

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food was very good, especially the $25 price fixe brunch. The duck confit and escargot was really good, trout was amazing. Service could have been faster, we were there for more than 2 hours. Food took a while to come out, even though it was relatively empty for brunch, but the food and price was good enough to come back.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

I have been to bistro laminette several times and have never been disappointed. Exquisite service and food. Always an exceptional dining experience. Go for the leg of lamb and the pot de caramel.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We are sightseeing on Philly and booked dinner on Monday night from favorable reviews on TripAdvisor. When we arrived we found that the owner was hosting a party. The adults were at one table and the young children were at a separate table. As the evening progressed, so did the noise level from the children’s table. In addition, the kitchen had to cater to the bosses guests first, so the customers had to wait their turn. The entire experience was less than satisfactory. If the owner wants to entertain his family and friends, he should close the restaurant and not subject customers to his entertaining.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Wonderful food. Very attentive staff. Great ambience. Had a wonderful time. Looking forward to our next dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great food, great service. .never a problem

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We love Bistro LaMinette. This was our first time at a "special dinner" which was for Bastille Day. A little more informal, service wise, by necessity given the menu. A nice time, good food, wonderful ambiance. A nice time on a late Sunday afternoon.
My favorite Philadelphia restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The Bastille day dinner was a wonderful experience. Service was very smooth for such a crowded event and the kitchen did a great job keeping up. Perfét!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Kept waiting for 1/2 hour. I had asked for a later reservation but was told no. Fixed menu was good. Bartender was great but waitress had a chip on her shoulder. Ordered Mille de fleus(spelling) which is to have FLAKY layers. Mine were like cardboard. Chocolate dessert that friends had was delicious

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We dine at Bistro La Minette about 10 evenings a year. The four of us try to get together for the monthly specials. Not once have we been disappointed. The food is always delicious, beautifully prepared and of course, very authentic French fare. Last night our service was uncharacteristically offbeat not so much that we needed to complain.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This was for the annual Bastille Day celebration pre-fixe dinner they offer every year. It was a wonderful experience.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We were looking for an authentic French Bistro experience and were very pleased. The service was outstanding and menu creative and mimicked our experience in Provence. The outside seating which we love was a bit tight but we were alerted to this beforehand. I was hoping for a backyard garden type of setting but all in all it was fun to people watch out front. Outstanding menu items were the salmon mousse, beef tartare, trout meuniere and the strawberry sorbet.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Amazing Happy Hour? White glove and Friendly service! Excellent appetizer menu for Happy Hour, from the Tomato/Burrata Salad to escargot - fabulous! Loved every minute.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

From the very first taste to the very last morsel, EVERYTHING we had at Bistro La Minette was fabulous! We love this restaurant. They NEVER let us done for an amazing meal. If you have not gone there yet, don't waste any time. You will not regret it!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Wonderful, as usual! Would not expect anything less!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Great classic
French Bistro

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We have been there many times, a favorite! Went this time to treat our daughter and her boyfriend for her 23rd birthday. She loved it. Best escargot in town. Trout is delish, good desserts too.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food, friendly service, but 30minutes wait between 2nd course & entree course. Cozy, noisier atmosphere, on long banquette. Would not recommend for romantic evening & intimate conversation. Plus side: Food was absolutely outstanding. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Very good french bistro experience. The rabbit is very authentic.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Fantastic food and service Very Enjoyable

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We are regulars here. It's been our go-to for any important family occasion for quite some time. This past Sunday was my husband's birthday, so we were back.

The happy news is that the food is better than ever - beautifully prepared, exquisitely flavorful - out of the park delicious, and wonderfully presented.

However - they're definitely having some hiccups on the service end - they lost a long-time general manager recently, and it shows. Seemed like no one was running the store on Sunday - from not being greeted when we arrived, lost/late drink orders, and some general confusion, led to not having the warm, well cared for experience we've always had and recommended to others.

I hope they can figure it out - would be a shame for the kitchen to be turning out such splendor to already annoyed patrons.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My girlfriend and I researved a table for a late dinner, and we couldnt be more pleased! The staff was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Very knowledgeable, curtiuos, and had impeccable timing. The food is the best we have had. The rabbit is rich and light. The duck breast has a flavour that lingers for minutes. We will definatly return, next time for brunch. I highly recomend dining here.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Bistrot La Minette has been consistently excellent. In ambience, food and service, it's like going to Paris. It's not foo-foo in any sense. The prices are surprisingly reasonable, meaning not cheap but not sky-high. If you like french cuisine and are looking for a special place that you will enjoy and long-remember, this is it.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

My wife and I and our friend had a wonderful evening. The food and service were exceptional!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Been coming here for years for traditional French fare. They never disappoint.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

I didn't think I really liked french food but am not disabused from that notion. I love it ! I was enticed by their Night at Provence for $40 3 course dinner. Just $5 more than Restaurant week but a lot better now that I have done both. The escargot dipped in that amazing bread-- " OOo la la" as the french would say. The service was excellent, ambiance nice and almost best part, after the food itself is that we could speak and hear each other comfortably. I would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

My mom came to town.

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