Bistrot La Minette

4.9
3565 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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ShannCR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rob was excellent. Food was incredible (especially the endive salad)!

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ErinG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely think to go out for French cuisine, but I'm so glad I saw that Bistrot La Minette was an option for Restaurant Week. The ambience is very romantic and the staff were exceptionally attentive and kind. My husband and I enjoyed a couple of delicious cocktails and then chose off the Restaurant Week Menu, which was honestly the same as their regular menu but with more affordable pricing for all 3 courses. Their wine menu is wonderful, though a little pricey for a single glass. (It's pretty infrequent that specialty cocktails are less expensive than a glass, but our drinks were $12 and the wine we had was $14.) Overall, I had a wonderful time and will gladly return for date nights in the future.

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musicman9292
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ariella was fantastic and inviting and provided great recommendations. We came for restaurant week. The food was excellent! A nice primer for French cuisine. I would recommend the butternut squash soup and the pork cheeks entree.

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SHAHRANS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The decor and atmosphere was nice and what I expected. However, the food was just ok. We needed salt and pepper for our lapine and it was dry. The serving of foie gras was pitiful. The service from our waiter was fair. Additionally, I took care to review both menus on their website as I knew it was restaurant week. I was disappointed to learn that the website menu had not been updated. Part of the reason for the reservation was based on what I read. Overall, was not enticed for a return visit.

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GoodEating
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is wonderful. Why? Because they were a great restaurant years ago, and they did the best thing a business could do: they DID NOT CHANGE. Bistro La Minette does not follow fads, does not try to be "hip", and does not try to get in on "trends". They just have great food, a quiet ambience, and perfect service, year after year. We've loved this place for a long time, and like it just the way it is. Yes, you should eat here!

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MichaelC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I spent my two-year anniversary and loved all of it. Service was the best I've experienced at a restaurant. Our server Ariella knew the menu like the back of her palm and answered any question/offered suggestions before we even could even think of it. She was attentive but not invasive, she was friendly but still professional. The atmosphere was lovely.

The service helped us celebrate our anniversary with a little commemoration which I didn't even ask for, they did this on their own accord, that was really nice. The food was phenomenal and the portions were just right.

My partner had the burgundy escargot, lapin rôti à la moutarde (with truffle on the side), and raspberry mille-feuille. All of it was great.

I had the œuf du pêcheur, joues de porc (with truffle on the side), and crème brulée. All of that was great as well.

They offer baguettes and some salted butter while you wait and even this was worth coming back for. Everything tasted made in-house, fresh, authentic, and made with skill, care, and craft. I would love to come back here and celebrate another occasion! They helped make the night perfect.

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CrystalF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my 16 yr old son for a mother/son date. We were both interested in trying escargot along with some authentic French cuisine. We were not disappointed.
We did the restaurant week 3 course special. We started with the escargot and endive salad. Entrees were the trout and rabbit. Dessert was creme brulee, which was the best I have had in a very long time. Will definitely go back in the future for special occassions.

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JanC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Well made mostly traditional French.
The staff was excellent. All questions answered completely and any recommendations made were spot on accurate.
They worked as a team that moved seamlessly from table to table. Each as if they had been there the whole time.

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vipBrendaGH20
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the most amazing dinner during restaurant week. Our waiter Sebastian was attentive and offered great suggestions for our meals. I listened and had the fisherman’s poached egg with mussels and the coq au vin. Omg so delicious. The restaurant is cute and comfortable. The staff is super friendly and lovely. I can’t wait to go back!!

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MICHAEL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time eating here and it was fantastic! The server was great! She answered all of our questions and she was very knowledgeable of the menu. Her recommendations were fantastic.

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MaryG
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Bistrot La Minette in honor of Restaurant Week. Lovely French bistro low-level ambiance and cuisine on a frigid Philadelphia evening. All Covid-19 protocols were respected by the staff and we were seated in a cozy corner not too close to other patrons. Our server Lily was attentive and professional. My companion and I stuck with the $40.00 Restaurant Week menu and were not disappointed; many selections to choose from (truite a la meuniere and coq au vin being our delicious choices). Being addicted to Netflix's "Emily in Paris," Bistrot La Minette was the perfect ending to a day of bingeing a French-centric program. Oh-la-la and Vive La France!

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RFH6
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week. Wonderful menu choices. Dinner was delicious. Service was excellent. Just a wonderful wonderful restaurant. So happy it’s in our neighborhood and we can go often.

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vipphilmumzee
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and peasant service. Would recommend for pleasant casual evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Bistrot La Monetate for the first time because of restaurant week and it was totally worth the 1.5 hr drive from the suburbs through heavy traffic. Because it’s such an ordeal to come in to the city we really try to choose restaurants carefully, and we were completely satisfied. Food was delicious, service excellent, and ambience was fantastic. They sat us in the back room that is often reserved for private parties. A bonus was that we found on street parking just 2 blocks away. We will definitely come back again and recommend our friends to try it out!

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NicoleS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must have!! Absolutely amazing food, service and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week enabled us to try three courses and stay in a decent price range (including drinks). Amazing food and great time!!

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vipDivepam
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracious and friendly service, the food was outstanding, the pacing was perfect - we never felt rushed. I cannot believe in all my years of living in Philadelphia that we have not dined here - we will surely be back, but we thrilled that Restaurant Week gave us the opportunity to try it out.

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vipRickU
London
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great French food and wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We had been there many time before and always had the best experience. This time we came with a couple of friend . They came with us because our recommended.First they set up the table for us on the corner next to the coat hanger ,next to the window and cold, which I understand maybe during restaurant week they were busy . Ours waiter ( his name is Chris) seen unhappy took our order , I think he was tired because it was a busy night . We was enjoy our company and food until dessert came.My friend notice something moving on the plate of her cake that she was eating. When I ask Chris and ask him if he see it, he wiped the plate by his finger and said “ I think it’s a bug “ and walk away . We was shock and upset when he did that . We didn’t order a live bug for dessert. Please aware check on your plate closer before eating there . Hope we took the video or pictures before he wiped the bug away

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RussN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reminds me of actually being in France. Consistently excellent food, service, and ambiance makes this one of my favorite date night spots.

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vipChetInNJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week with a very extensive menu for $40. Martini glasses are small as are most drinks. The place is Bistro style and the banquette's are fun. Enjoyed the escargot and the Lapin.....delish!
Service was very attentive too!

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Amanda
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, the foie is a must! Great service, cute little place.

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JinseokL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited during the Philadelphia restaurant week. It was over-performing and nice restaurant. I liked all the foods served and the distance between tables was decent as well.

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MeghanH
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our dining experience! We loved the atmosphere, ambiance, service and especially the food! Exactly what I was hoping for and more! Highly recommend.

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vipSD67
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite go to places for a wonderful meal

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Merle
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an incredible meal, as always!! Wonderful service, delicious food, and lovely music.

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will
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. I had seared foie gras appetizer and rabbit main plate . My wife had the trout. Creme brûlée was dessert. This is the third time we’ve been here and is one of my favorite restaurants in Phila

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Joey
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning, classic, warm. Hidden gem tucked in between south and bainbridge. Walked into beautiful high ceilings and a space furnished with rich materials. A warm & open ambiance enhanced by a coat check greeting. We were sat at long velvet-upholstered banquette in the front room. Due to covid every other table was seated which created intimacy at ours and a quieter than normal atmosphere. Food was classic, elegant. Escargot were served individually in tiny hot ceramic bowls. Enough for two. Rabbit was tender and moist and served with fresh pasta. Mille feuille was crispy, sweet, salty, and tart. Will be back!

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Lisas
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We choose the “Diner De Noel” (with the wine pairing and fois add on). It was exquisite from start to finish. Our waiter Roderick was attentive, knowledgeable and just a delight. A truly memorable evening.

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MJAF
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Bistro is always good

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Mikey
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely fantastic french bistro food. Wonderful staff. We had a divine meal (the holiday special Noel dinner), and had a great time.

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JacquelineT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is like taking a very fast trip to France. The ambiance is authentic and the food is absolutely amazing. Try the muscles - surprising and memorable. All dishes are executed to laser sharp perfection and the house wine is excellent. One of the best French restaurants I have ever been to and will be going back many times.

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vipRolandW
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This may have been one of the best Noël dinners I've had at La Minette and I've gone annually for at least 7 years. The amuse was a delightful salmon mousse followed by the de rigeur oysters on the half-shell, simply complemented with a small dot of horseradish whipped cream. One oyster was worth the price of admission. The porcini-artichoke bisque, blessed with parsley oil and a slice of black truffle was luscious and refined. It could have been a little bit hotter to offer me that sense of nurture I want from any "hot" soup, but the flavor was sport-on. (I like to tuck into soup like donning a sweater.) The small claw and side of Lobster was cooked to perfection as were the haricots-verts, and the Sauce Americaine wasn't too salty. I've had it in the past when it was far too saline, but this was fine and the discernible touch of vanilla in it was elegant. The Trou-Normande of apple sorbet in chilled calvados was the perfect northern French palate cleanser. And the quail with chestnut stuffing was the best quail I've ever had. The body was boned and the flavor was beyond delicious. The pommes-puree was rich in flavor and velvety in texture, just how I like it, and the gravy was divine. Were I less of a gentleman, I'd have licked the plate. The wine pairings were perfect. And the Bouche de Noel for dessert was scrumptious. (And of course, their signature baguette and butter is always enough to make a Frenchman burst into tears.) My two servers were attentive, friendly and efficient, the first of whom was the sommelier for the event. I told him that his choices were superb. Go! It's entirely worth it!

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vipmonkeyfrog
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the Christmas prix fixed 5-course meal. Each course was so good, it was hard to decide which we liked best. Perhaps it was the lobster course, made with small Eutopean langoustine, sweeter and more tender than american lobster. Yum, I could eat them every day! The slight disappointment was the over-processed potatoes. I know this is the current way many fine restaurants do potatoes, but I find a loss of taste associated with the loss of texture. Additionally, to me it tastes like pasty baby food - No thank you to that.
The amount of food was just right. We left sated but did manage to finish everything. All in all, a wonderful evening.

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vipDelish
Philadelphia
93 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous s always. The special Christmas/holiday dinner was superb! I love their special menus.

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RecentCustomerjohnson
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily top 3 restaurants in Philadelphia. Best & most authentic French cuisine by far. Perfect ambience/ noise, cozy setting but not cramped. This is a must for any special occasion or those who appreciate exquisite food and dining experience

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BobZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Christmas Eve

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JosephC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolutely amazing experience. The food was perfect, the ambiance was amazing, the staff was spectacular! It felt magical! It was well worth the price!

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vipAnna
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Everything was wonderful. The boeuf bourginon was meltingly good.

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