Bistrot La Minette

4.9
3379 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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vipjanek
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Philadelphia!!

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vipJacquespaille
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, authentic French cuisine.

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Momtofive
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistrot La Minette is such a great restaurant. I was so excited to get back there this past weekend. Of course, it did not disappoint. I had the most wonderful trout and my husband had coq au vin. Both were absolutely perfect. Philadelphia is blessed to have such a fabulous French bistro.

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vipPhilabeemer
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

So glad to have them back. Great French food as always.

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vipDisapointed
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Used to love going there, but was very disapointed at the limited choice of food. Being on a diet also, could hardly find anything to eat. Prices were exaggerated and for a French bistro the deserts were not reflective of a good French restaurant.

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JanaW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our experience and look forward to returning.

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vipDelish
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad they have re-opened. Our favorite Philly restaurant. Always perfect - food, cocktails, wine, service

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vipHope
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! So happy it’s finally open again! They called us while we were on our way in and were able to accommodate us inside due to rain.

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AnnaP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing in every way! Our favorite place for years!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy they are open again. As always service was great, delicious food and wine. Welcome back to Peter and his staff.

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vipPhillythropist
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of all the restaurants I have missed during the pandemic, this is the one I missed most. It was SO wonderful to be back in the dining room of Minette—just as lovely, lively, and welcoming as ever. We had all our favorites, staring with œuf du pêcheur and quenelles, served by some of our favorite servers anywhere in the world. So grateful Minette is back!!!

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Lexi
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Due to Covid restrictions, we ate on the patio at Bistrot La Minette. Although the patio is right next to the sidewalk, there was still an intimate ambiance and the umbrellas offered great sun /rain coverage. We chose from the outdoor dining summer 2020 prix fixe menu. As a vegetarian, there were enough tasty options for me. I loved the cold cucumber soup and summer tarte. My partner had the escargot and scallops. He loved the seafood, but noted that the mashed potatoes were a little salty for his taste (I thought they were perfect). The service was great and they were very respectful of the Covid guidelines. We will definitely be returning once it's safe to eat indoors again - or maybe sooner if there's a new menu for fall outdoor dining. :)

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vipAnthony
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining during the pandemic we were seated outside in the front of the restaurant at one of 3 tables available for outdoor dining (2 four- top, 1 two-top). The food was outstanding and service was on point. Dinner was a Pre Fixe menu and an excellent value.

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Mcdime
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best of the best in Philly!

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Sarvaturi
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was set up wonderful for safe outdoor dining.We were presented with sanitizer at our arrival.menu was from our phone.Richard was a wonderful server as usual.Answered all questions and accomodated any special requests that were possible.Best dining in all Bella Vista. Recommend to anyone who enquires with confidence. Happy patrons Sal and Carol.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just us and one other two-top outside. Friendly and attentive service. Would have liked to have had the foie gras terrine but the pan seared foie gras was nice and the steak and lamb mains were great with excellent vegetables. Took the dessert home and it was just as good the next night.

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vipSD67
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro La Minette is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. The measures they have undertaken to ensure safety during the COVID-19 outbreak are superior . I have no reservations at all about dining here. The food continues to be exceptional and service outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful safe experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pandemic Dinning done Right...Steak was cooked perfectly and tasted even better, Scallops also cooked perfectly and the shaved garlic was so good with the steak. It was 96 degrees and I almost wanted to cancel but so glad we went because it was a wonderful time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have been many time to bistrot Minette. It’s always a must stop when we come from New York. The rabbit was great as well as the assiette du pêcheur.

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MeganH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Bistrot La Minette for a special occasion in the midst of social distancing and outdoor dining requirements. We loved the delicious prix fixe menu and tasty cocktails, and enjoyed our server's upbeat and fun demeanor. We also deeply appreciated the sanitation/COVID-19 protocols that the entire team put into place. Great experience. We will definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. The beef tartar was even better than I remembered. I miss the fuller pre-covid menu but am delighted to be able to dine at one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants.

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DianaG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as usual. This was our first time venturing out when restrictions lifted. Never disappoints! Great Food and drinks! Will be back soon!

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mizzlisabee
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bistro and were very excited to be able to dine there again. Thank you Bistro, for opening for outdoor dining. We took a 415 reservation, and ate on the patio in a light rain, and loved every second of it! Same excellence, same quality as always. It was our first time to eat out since the pandemic, and it meant a great deal. We wish you continued success and prosperity. You have a special place in our hearts.

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TherezM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is outstanding and the perfect place during quarantine. I've been to Paris twice and this was the most authentic restaurant that I've been to in the US. We sat outside and it felt very safe. Our waiter was attentive and the food was fantastic - you must get the snails & the trout. They are currently doing a prefix menu for $39/person and the value is great as you get SO much food! If this restaurant were in NYC the price would be $70/person. I can't recommend this place enough!

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vipToons
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro has gone above and beyond what we imagined would be the precautions restaurants would take for COVID. Our meal was delicious and we felt very “safe” from the threat of COVID transfer from our server and other diners. Bistro is handling phase yellow with the utmost caution without it interfering in the delivery of a wonderful meal and experience.

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Oboeman
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside on the porch because of COVID 19. We had a private niche, which suited our party of four perfectly. The mask rules were made clear--we could take off our mask while at the table, but if the waiter approached, we had to don them immediately. Our waiter, whom we've met before (and I wish I new his name) is a real pro, and he ensured that everything was perfect. The food, as always, was gourmet all the way. And we had a lovely white wine from Languedoc. All it all, a great meal out after many months of quarantine.

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vipDrGM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent and true to form recipes which are amazingly delicious

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vipmonkeyfrog
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with friends right before all restaurants were shut down, so the place was only about 2/3 full on a Saturday night. Service was impeccable, and everybody at our table thought the food was excellent. Our out-of-town friends were very impressed, and will certainly come back here when they are in town again (when coronavirus is over and we can all be normal again!)

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Queenie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food delicious, service outstanding. This was a strange night, as the fear of the Coronavirus , many people chose to stay home. Happy we did not,

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vipPhillybuzi
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistrot La Minette has been one of my favorite restaurants for many years. Excellence and consistency are the two qualities that make the place so special. The servers are outstanding!

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vipRugbyCoach
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with an awesome server!
Lily (our server) could not have been sweeter, or more knowledgeable
Really great way to spend a Saturday afternoon !!!

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Lucylen
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was here on November and food was so much better! I was dissapointed witt the Trout that i ordered( second time i had this here) , and the Salmon that my husband ordered. The trout didnt taste buttery or any hints of lemon. It was bland. I love it so much when I had it on Nov 23, 2019... The servicio was Exceptional!

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vipPhilabeemer
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the true neighborhood gems - amazing French food at incredibly affordable prices, accompanied by impeccable and friendly service. If you live anywhere within walking distance, this should be your go to restaurant, and if you're within 25 miles, this is totally worth the drive.

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vipladyl
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love these themed and prix fixed dinners,although I would go any how. Food is always imaginative,fresh and artfully plated. Service is always attentive and knowledgeable.

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vipNadrad314
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The server was gracious on our pronunciation of the French names. I liked everything except my main course, which were the spare ribs. Quite salty, and not too much flavor. I cannot remember the names of the dishes I did like, but one was the raw salmon. Excellent!! The desserts were quite good, too. Staff very nice and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of Philadelphia’s best restaurants. It is such a nice experience from beginning to end every time. The food is delicious.

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vipSally
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful French Bistro, authentic in every way
Love eating here, a great dining experience!

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GitGoFast
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food although not authentic French was absolutely wonderful. Our waiter was knowledgeable and in fact made a great wine recommendation.

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MalloryG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a great French restaurant in the city and we found it! We enjoyed their restaurant week menu so we tried multiple great options. The duck was spectacular, rabbit delicious, and escargot excellent! If you are looking for authentic French food and wine, this is the place.

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Bistrot La Minette is rated 4.9 stars by 3379 OpenTable diners.

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