Bistrot La Minette

4.7
2895 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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.
Additional
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 2895 People Are Saying
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DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints! Food is amazing and service is always attentive. Highly recommended in regard to authentic French food.

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W
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the special Cheese Wheel meal. Great adventure. Terrific evening.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like Bistrot La Minette and we were pleased to introduce this restaurant to our friends.

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DB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Bistrot in the heart of Philly.
Attentive service, we’ll prepared and presented food. Great wine options.

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H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been there many times before - in fact it is one of our favorite Philadelphia restaurants, so most times when we spend a night in Philadelphia we plan to eat there. Once (when we travelled to Philly to get our global traveller passes) we stayed midweek. Monday to Thursday they feature a family dinner before 6:30pm (google "bistrot la minette family menu" to find more information). They also offer it all evening on Sunday. It is - at the time of writing - only $25/person. We had assumed that the portions would be on the small side, but there was more food than the two of us could eat.

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W
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good, but feeling a bit dated and needs a better attention to the creativity in preparation of the food. Seasoning is somewhat bland and a little off for french cooking.
Not as good as it used to be.

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L
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was superb although a bit too quick between courses. Highly recommend.

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MB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Believe this is our 4th trip there and everyone has been special. I had the Duck which was spectacular, I have had the trout ,the best I ever had. Everyone loved theirs. Very French yet modern, Service was perfect.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here straight from finishing the Philly Half Marathon. I was a mess and still in my running clothes. The staff was fantastic and super attentive. I love any place that keeps coffee refills coming without having to ask every time. The food was great and the prix fixe lunch was a killer deal. I’ve been here for dinner which was great but their brunch is just as good.

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B
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at this hidden gem for the first time during Restaurant Week, and found all four courses to be a good bargain and very delicious. Wondering whether the quality would hold up, we returned a few weeks later. Again, all the dishes were excellent. This is classic French cuisine at its very best -- not easy to find in Philadelphia. The service was perfect: not obtrusive, just there when you needed it. And the atmosphere was cozy and friendly. We will definitely return!

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RF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The meal was perfectly acceptable, but not nearly as exceptional as we had been led to believe based on recommendation from friends. Service was very nice and attentive, and the ambience very bistrot-like in terms of decor and background music.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Long wait for everything. Snails were good and that’s about it. Serving time was excruciatingly long.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Find was phenomenal and the lunch prix fix was well worth the value

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DO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you like French food, this is very good.

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j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will be back.

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JO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

LONG WAITING FOR MAIN COURSE!
We enjoyed dinner, except for such long waiting 45 minutes!

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HS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The trout muniere was fabulous - the appetizers (mussels with egg over top in particular) outstanding. Great food, nice wait staff, good desserts. We love this restaurant, it's by far our favorite.

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LW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love it here. The food is exceptional, the drinks are delicious. While this is a romantic place be prepared to chat with table neighbors. The seating is close together and on more than one occasion conversations intertwined. It’s hard not to hear your neighbors or them you. This visit we met a man who ordered a dish he had there 6 years ago. 6 years and he came back remembering that dish. There are not many places that can leave that kind of impression.

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is like going to a Bistrot in France. The staff is warm and attentive, and the atmosphere reminds me of Paris. We’ve eaten here many times and have never had a meal that was disappointing.

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d
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're a Francophile like me, this is the place for a delightful dining experience. From the bread and butter through to dessert, my sister and I enjoyed a truly delicious meal, with graceful presentations, attentive service and, yes, French crooners on the sound system. I will definitely return!

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L
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

A bit disappointing. Beautiful gougere which were ice cold. My husband's mushrooms in puff pastry, mushrooms wonderful but puff pastry tough. Rabbit was delicious but my husband had to send back his duck which was unchewable and full of gristle. Server brought him rabbit for which we were not charged.

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience here! Cordelia was a fantastic server! The food was simple and refined. My European mother was so in love with the ambience! She said it felt like home.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tables much too close together.

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R
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been any better. Food, service and ambiance were all outstanding.

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OT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is divine! Perfection! So civilized! The ambiance, the food and the service are wonderful! Had a delish lunch. Always a favorite and we will definitely be back!

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H
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love this pretty and authentic French bistro in Queen Village.The squash and lardon soup was deliciously warming, and left plenty of room for another course. My husband opted for the perfectly cooked duck breast and I chose the salad Lyonnaise. While the duck breast was a big hit, I was disappointed that the salad lacked the traditional poached egg, but substituted a semi-soft/hard boiled egg which didn’t add the silky texture that I expected.Happily, our cocktails were prepared perfectly, the apple tart was excellent and the service was efficient and friendly. We will return!

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything went smoothly and tasted great except for some grains of sand in one of my escargot. It was a speedbump in an otherwise perfect meal. It took several bites of cheese and sips of wine to remove the sand, but in the end an exquisite experience. Our multi-lingual waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable about the entire menu and many of the wines.

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L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place- consistently good. Our waitress, Virginia was very helpful and patient when deciding our entrees! You can’t go wrong here but we had the escargot, chicken liver parfait, trout and lamb shank. The escargot is the real deal you might as well be France....

I almost forgot: a perfect vesper, great wine list, creamy coffee ice cream too!

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went back to Bistrot La Minette after not having been for a few years (since moving further away). We used to go on dates there when we first met. It was as good as its ever been.

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EB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was very good, food was good. Ambiance was so so.

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's pricey, but worth every penny. Skate, chicken, trout done to perfection. Appetizers and desserts to match. AND they make a mean DRY Manhattan. It really is Paris in Philadelphia.

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R
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was beautifully presented and smelled so amazing that we just started eating everything right away before I could take pics like I usually do! Beef tartare, rabbit fa,ling off the bone tender and (amazing sauce and noodles), cassoulet were all wonderful with the tarte tatin being the crowning glory with its flaky pastry and cooked but still crisp apples and not too sweet rich caramelized sauce! Incredible! #droolworthy #gaygourmands

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

For a place we'd never been to before, it was wonderful, a treat! One of us had the chicken entree, the other had trout meuniere. Both were very satisfying. I'd had trout prepared like that at Parc on Rittenhouse Square, but this was superior - generous portion, beautifully cooked. Decor was very nice, background music was also. Our first course, soup and escargot were each as good as we've ever had. Our waitperson, Cornelia, was super nice and attentive!

Myself, I like menus with many choices, so I hope they'll expand theirs.

We will be back, and recommend it to others.

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HW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for Restaurant Week. Was very impressed and will come again.

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PK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined during restaurant week and had a delightful dinner on the outside terrace.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This place is a true gem. I have eaten at Bibou and LaCroix both terrific with a bit more creativity and a matching much higher cost. First time here for restaurant week menu and will absolutely return. Everything was spot on from very attentive but not overbearing service to solid and generously sized classic French renditions. Favorites were the beef tartar and terrine as apps and the rabbit and trout mains. Bread accompaniment was very good as it should be in a bistro and the house pinot was a great value and a welcome option. Deserts ( caramel pot, verrine de peche, chocolate mouse and mille freuille aux framboisees) while good were not our favorite. We may do the cheese platter or sorbets next time. Atmosphere was perfect as well. Overall a solid 4-5 star recommenation and a terrific value.Btw their happy hour also looks amazing.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal for restaurant week, hands down. You MUST get the Pecheur, the mussel egg toast. Our server Virgina was spectacular! Friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. Will be back.

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s
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome, delicious, friendly, attentive, unique and fun

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JH
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our monthly dinner with friends at Bistro La Minette. We try to go every special event they hold and this meal was for restaurant week. The selection was diverse and generous. Three courses of the finest French food anywhere. We all agreed it was delicious, every bit. Bistro La Minette never disappoints us. Rather, we are repeatedly thrilled right down to the French atmosphere including French music.

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B
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here a number of times. Delicious always, but especially great as it was restaurant week.The selections were our favorites from their regular menu. Great deal, very well serviced. Loved it as usual.

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