Bistrot La Minette

4.8
3467 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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vipTomS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Restaurant Week menu- good food and service- felt transported to Paris.

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vipLobster
Philadelphia
144 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Restaurant Week dinner. Mostly everything from regular menu. Tables spaced nicely-not crammed together. Greatly appreciated!

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Becca
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We went during restaurant week and it was our first tome dining in. The waitress was amazing and had great recommendations . She knew every detail of the menu! We were impressed. I had the rabbit as my main course and mussels/poached egg toast for my appetizer. Ended with a puff pastry dessert that was delicious and light as well! Definitely will come back to try more.

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GoodCook
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegance in service, presentation, and flavor--all at a reasonable price. Who could ask for anthing more?

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vipPamS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, the service was exceptional - cannot wait to go back and try something else!

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CyndyK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like being in Paris! Charming decor, love the waiters in their long red aprons. Our waiter, Sebastian, was delightful, attentive and helpful with suggestions. The duck was amazing, my daughter loved her rabbit and the crepe brûlée was divine. Thank you for a most wonderful dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside during restaurant week. Both three course selections were well executed and red/white wines by the glass excellent. Only negative was loud motorcycles buzzing down streets but not restaurant’s fault. Nearby South Street, meh.

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Kareema
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a great time! Our waiter was very attentive & the food was delicious! I loved the Gnocchis de betteraves and my husband loved the Confit de Canard. We will dine there again! Thank you!

KD
KatiaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed this experience very much for restaurant week. The restaurant was absolutely packed yet the service was good! We were seated in a side room with butterfly art, it was quiet and intimate in there - nice to be away from the main dining room. Sebastian, our waiter, was attentive, kind, and knowledgeable about the menu. The foie gras and escargot were excellent. Flavorful, yet the quality of ingredients shined through beautifully. The rabbit and duck, also excellent! The house sorbets and ice cream, and the creme puff pastry were amazing. Drinks were great. No complaints from neither my husband nor myself!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great place, Great staff and awesome food.

Cocktails were awesome. Good drinks.
Rabbit and Trout for the main course were amazing !!

House Rose was not great for us.
Other than that - loved the place snd would highly recommend it!

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CraigH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very French reminded me of when I lived in Paris.

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RobertC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Horrible airflow. Got a table near the open kitchen, was super hot, bordering on uncomfortable.

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vipLive2eat
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beet gnocchi was amazing. And our server was perfect.

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JordanF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and takes you outside of Philadelphia! Went during restaurant week but would go back again outside of that time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a consistently wonderful French dining experience. Great specials (chilled cantaloupe soup, foie gras) supplement a solid array of French classics. Service was prompt, warm and very professional. Wine list was well curated and reasonable for the quality. Just a solid wonderful neighborhood place or worthy destination dining.

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AdamK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, romantic, authentic French bistro. Feels like you’re walking into a bistro in Paris, from the traditional yellow colouring to the small elegant bar. Food is excellent too. And great selection of cocktails, digestifs, kir royale, and other classic drinks. Service was also wonderful- friendly and knowledgeable

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JoannaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good but the portions were much larger than the waiter suggested. Also, I found the menu too limited. A few more choices would have been welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood Bistro with the most accommodating staff. They were helpful with libations and the food is spot on. You would think you are in Paris. You can also witness the great sinkhole of Bainbridge. It’s a new Philadelphia must see✌️

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eagereater
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an anniversary dinner, and my wife and I could not have had a better dinner experience. Beautiful ambience, delicious food, excellent service, and a special anniversary touch with our dessert. Highly recommend.

JC
JudithC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience, most especially the fabulous food was perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, my only regular repeat place in Philadelphia

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BritinBucks
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I was very disappointed. I have been a loyal customer of Bistrot La Minette since 2009 - shortly after they opened. I know that times are tough now for all restaurants for staffing, but over an hour to get appetizers is beyond. After about 45 minutes, and we didn't complain, knowing of staffing problems, our waiter came to the table, vaguely apologized and said that his computer had crashed when he put in the order (duh! does he think we were born yesterday!) and that our appetizers would be out in 5 minutes. A good 15 minutes later they arrived. The food was good as usual, although the pork roast for one guest looked incredibly dry and had probably been sitting under the warming lights for a long time. Again, the guest said it was fine but it was clear that it was very dry. Not worth complaining because who knew how long it would take to get more! The rabbit was excellent as always but I wish they would give a little more of the excellent sauce. For my money their Mille Feuilles are the best anywhere for dessert.

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vipDave
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and fantastic service as always!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipPointeTox
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice for a French Bistro experience. Consistent and wonderful for years!

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viptravellingperson
Baton Rouge
34 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had the pleasure of dining at numerous French restaurants here and abroad. This was an exceptional experience! The ambience set the tone for the meal. The presentation and taste of the escargot was both singular and delightful. The entree and dessert matched that beginning to perfection. The service was under stated but top notch professional. A must for our next visit to Philadelphia and should be on every visitors list.

JC
vipJCox
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, great service and romantic ambiance make this restaurant a ‘must go again’. This was our second time in more than a year… we have been missing out! Salad Verte and the duck were superb… also the pork loin stuffed with figs! Go and enjoy a little piece of Paris!

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MichaelC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. BLM is truly at the top of their game. Been coming here since they opened over 10 years ago and this was the best meal I’ve had - and the bar was pretty high already. The cantaloupe soup was simply stunning. The fig stuffed pork exceptionally done. Kudos to Chef.

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vipTapper
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I consider Bistrot La Minette one of the real gems of Philadelphia dining. Outstanding French food in a bistro atmosphere, Edith Piaf plays in the background, the service is attentive, and the wine list has outstanding choices at extremely fair prices by restaurant standards. I look forward to every single visit. If you are really lucky, Richard will be your waiter when you go.

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JamesO
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners, everything and everyone were absolutely spectacular. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the portion sizes were perfect. Not to mention, our waitress was super attentive and friendly. I would definitely recommend this place!

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vipPhillythropist
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding! Tonight, the use of bettraves in the gnocchi dish and summer salad was brilliant!

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vipPhilabeemer
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood treasure. This restaurant is what I tell people about when they ask what is good in Queen Village.

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DrNap
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a wonderful experience, start to finish. The only downside was a guest two tables away who was so loud, we could hardly hear our own conversation.

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BrianD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to dine here again! Food and service were outstanding as always!

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vipMarkM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal one of my all time favorites in the city!

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DocSnow
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TL/DR- DINE HERE. This was my first visit. I miss Paris and was traveling to Philly so I did some research and was lucky enough to find La Minette. We were greeted warmly at the door by our waiter, Richard, who was delightful all evening. Every recommendation he made from apps to wine to dessert was spot on. Perfect service. The food was everything I hoped it would be and more. Foie gras, chilled melon soup, lobster salad, fisherman's eggs and mille-feuille were amazing. Sounds cliche, but truly was like stepping into a Parisian bistro. Prices are appropriate for the quality and experience. Serving sizes are accurate for European food- this isn't a Hoss's, people. Pacing of dinner was excellent. Ditch the conglomerate on Rittenhouse and come here! You won't be sorry.

RC
vipRyanC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and drinks. Warm and thoughtful service

JC
JudithC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had truly amazing snails, very very good cocktails pork and chicken platters

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vipBosch
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very classy place with terrific food and drink. The waiter was charming, kind and helpful. The cook is obviously fantastic.

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Bistrot La Minette is rated 4.8 stars by 3467 OpenTable diners.

Bistrot La Minette does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://bistrotlaminette.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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