Bistrot La Minette

4.7
2867 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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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 2867 People Are Saying
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OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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R
New York Area
10 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
1 review
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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OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've had incredible meals every time we've dined at Bistrot La Minette! The food, drinks and service are always exceptional!

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OT
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently creative, delicious dining items and excellent service with good judgment. Keep it up!

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P
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week was the perfect way to introduce to this cute little restaurant. Very tasty food!

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m
New York Area
269 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Philadelphia best French bistrot by far. And nicely during restaurant week, the whole menu is on offer, None of this two things only which you normally wouldn't want as some other folks do.

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P
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Staff friendly and helpful. Overall wonderful dining experience

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PG
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took advantage of Restaurant Week to try this restaurant. The food and service were excellent. We look forward to our next visit.

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AT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Bistrot La Minette has a great ambience. I was very excited to try the food because of the great reviews - however, I was a little disappointed in our dishes. The lam shank was not seasoned and the trout was on the salty side. The creme de pot was just sweet, nothing special. Service and ambience were on point, but I wouldn't recommend it based on the food.

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V
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good and I would definitely come back here again. We went for restaurant week and want to come back to try their regular menu. The service was also great and friendly.

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I
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food, the waiter was perfect
goo idea for house wines on half or full carafe

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week, and everything was delicious. I would highly recommend this place. Plus, the bartender can make a Damn fine sazerac!

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MP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My review is based off of dining at Bistrot La Minette during restaurant week. So I realize the service and kitchen may not be at their best. However, with that said my date and I ordered from the 3 course prefixed menu. The first course we ordered the foie gras and tartare. Both were good.

The problem was with the service and food of the main course. We ordered the lamb and rabbit. The our main course took a longer than expected time to come out. After waiting for a while we were asked what we had ordered as the order had not been put in correctly apparently. When the dishes came out, we were given lamb and duck. When we told the server that we did not order duck we were asked if we wouldn't mind eating it. We were pretty set on the rabbit so we sent the duck back. After however long it take to make a rabbit dish, it did finally come out. Both dishes were very dry and tough. The best part of the meal were the roasted root vegetables that came with the lamb.

In fairness, I had very high expectations for this restaurant as many of my friends had recommended it but unfortunately based on my dining experience, I would not recommend.

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KK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistrot La Minette was the perfect place for our date night. The service was outstanding; we never waited too long for the food. The restaurant in itself was both quaint and fancy – definitely made the night special!

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d
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food for restaurant week! Great place!

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BR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. La Mignette always delivers

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TA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice spot in south philly. Elegant French food and good wine list. Beautiful interior inside. Nice location. Only thing is sevice could have been a tiny bit better. Didn’t do a good job at explaining foods or taste of alcohol.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week reservation, chicken served a bit dry. Deserts not as good as expected. Value rating for restaurant week. Ambiance of backroom delightful, service was very good.

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ET
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the rabbit dish and house salad. Both were well made. House red was also quite quaffable. Service was friendly and genuine. Can't wait to go back.

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k
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and was not disappointed. Everything my boyfriend and I got was amazing. I highly recommend saving room for dessert as well.

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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as always as well as a wonderful menu. I have never had a bad meal or service at this restaurant over the past few years and will be back!

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My entree and my date’s entree were very salty. With less salt the entrees would have been excellent.

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TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place was definitely above and beyond our expectations. I have been to quite a few great restaurants in Philadelphia. Interestingly enough, I had never heard of this place. When my boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of Restaurant Week, we originally were looking at the restaurants we had already been to and knew we liked. This one was different, but my boyfriend was interested in the french cuisine. We took one look at the menu and thought it was definitely worth the try! Even though we live in the suburbs, and try not to venture to the city too much (because the traffic sucks), it was more than worth the travel! I plan on recommending this restaurant to many people!! Keep it up!

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e
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great the service was excellent and the food was outstanding I would definitely go there again.

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PB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t normally write reviews but Bistrot La Minette is worth it! I went with three other people and we all agreed our meals were excellent. The place is a cute little place on a quiet street that reminded me of some of the quaint cafes I visited while in Paris. The staff was very friendly and sociable and our waitress had great recommendations for us! We went during restaurant week in Philadelphia but I’m am already to go back again to enjoy a delicious meal. I highly recommend the escargot or fishermen’s style poached eggs with mussels as an appetizer! The lamb shanks and trout melted in your mouth. As for a dessert that’s the tough one cause we all loved the four different desserts we ordered so it would be hard to pick one but I would suggest saving room for some!

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JD
Philadelphia
184 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant, always excellent food and great service. Delicious escargot, fresh baked baguettes with salted butter, outstanding trout with brown butter, the lamb shank falls of the bone and the deserts just come of my favorites.

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