Bistrot La Minette

4.8
3498 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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vipSHG224
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Extraordinary service. Merci, Sebastian!

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Wendy
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice dinner. Ate outside which was lovely even if the street is all torn up due to a water main break. There was no thru traffic which was great! We will be back!

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vip4allseasons
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple, authentic, French bistro. Delicious. A neighborhood gem.

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cconforti
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful overall experience; from appetizers to dessert everything was delicious.

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BrianK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a wonderful meal in a comfortable, charming setting. We love coming to Bistrot La Minette.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The other couple we were with said it is the best French food they’ve had and they French food foodies.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was lovely and made you feel like you walked into a Cafe in France. Our waiter was exceptional, advising us on different dishes and giving a little back information about the dishes. The Miller Trout and the Rabbit were the favorites among the four of us. We ordered four different entrees and did a family style in the center of the table so we could each taste everything.
It is rare to get a trifecta meal experience but this was it…ambiance, service and food all 5 stars!!

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vipfooodeeee
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This is my third time going back, as always excellent service and delicious food. One of my favorite French restaurant

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vipRugbyCoach
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absofreakinglutely Amazing! As always!
Food beyond belief, Awesome server - Ariela
Tremendous cocktails! Sazerac and an excellent Calvados Sidecar!!!

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cowry
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a Birthday celebration. Will come back again.

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vipfoodie46
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Mediocre “ French” food. This place is highly overrated.

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SocietyHilldiner
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another unbelievably delicious meal! Our first meal back since the pandemic and it did not disappoint. Our only wish is that there were a few more appetizers on the menu....we would have ordered more if there was something else to order. That said, the trout was as good as ever and the wine superb. We loved it!

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EthanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Amazed me for how they cook the dishes. We ordered pork cheek and rabbit. Pork felt like melting in my mouth and rabbit was also tender. The appetizer special foie gras was also nice and not too fatty. Would like to come back again in the future.

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pascualc
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was delicious. Very nice chef Peter.

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RobertF
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary are special to us. We expect the best and received exactly that. Bistrot lived up and excelled our expectations. All aspects. Tough to park there but well worth it. We were from out of town but OpenTable found us the spot based on reviews and rating. Outstanding!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We ate outside
The construction and sewer pipes surrounded us

We still enjoyed the experience

Sebastian was awesome

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Maurice
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate outside and it was relatively quiet despite the revery from the next Block. Service was impeccable. Food tasted great, I had the snails & rabbit in a mustard sauce, while the other three had the Fois Gra special & rabbit liver which I got a taste of and it was smooth and delicious. Trout was the other entree and they loved it as well. My husband selected a perfect white to go with the fish & a wonderful rich red to go with the rabbit. Dessert was a raspberry in puff pastry and a chocolate pot de cream. This was our first time back since Covid and we throughly enjoyed every morsel! We have never had a bad meal here and look forward to coming back soon.

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vipCarol
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and a lovely evening to eat outside. The food was delicious and Margie, our waitress, was wonderful as well.

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vipMoi1
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the (perhaps) last warm days eating outside, with impeccable, caring and personable service (truly, a great server), remarkable food (we always love the food, especially the terrine of foie gras) and cocktails (kir royale with grapefuit is my favorite) and were delighted to enjoy a spectacular evening and support a restaurant that has been even more challenged than many (with the recent water main break)! Just a delightful place - always a pleasure!

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KatrinaRakowski
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here is a transformative experience. Truly exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! Best french food in the city!

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always loved Bistrot la Minette. Whenever I want to make a meal the major event of the evening, you are the first place Imthink of. The service is professional, yet warm. And the food is always wonderful. Thanks!

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dinolady
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite venues for consistently great food and service ..and now subtle pandemic adjustments that continue their tradition on a true French Bistrot!

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vipJeanneH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

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vipBill2
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sebastian was excellent

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, food, wait staff. Must try and must return! Rabbit dish was to die for.

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WineJoe
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! Excellent "skilled" service delivered by Josh and fellow servers. What a great restaurant!

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KathyS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food Outstanding service.

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Kyt777
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great restaurant, excellent service with delicious foods. I go there for any special occasions as well as just a casual date night. Foie gras and duck leg confit and the Mac & cheese are favorites there

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food, service, and atmosphere. Definitely a new favorite place!

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gourmande
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking advantage of Restaurant Week, my first visit to La Minette. Like a quick trip to Paris (except the service was more pleasant/better). Enjoy dining al fresco. Food was excellent--terrine de foie gras, lapin au moutarde (with yummy hand made pasta), macerated fruit to finish--delicious. Will definitely be back!

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XinH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, especially the snails and foie gras starters. The server Sebastian was quite courteous and helpful.

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SUS17
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Little rushed but everything was pretty good. Some plates were better than others but overall is a very romantic place for couples with interesting menu. Recommend.

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IsabelM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I will start saying that the food and ambiance were really good. The flavors and the quality and flavors of their food were superb,the kitchen service took care of every little detail and presentation/ambiance truly make you feel you we’re having a special dinning experience.
My biggest complaint is front of the house, especially the lady that was working on the 24th and 25th of September. I had made a reservation for 3 people when Center City Restaurant started for Saturday night. I called on Friday asking if they could accommodate one more, the lady was rude and rushed me off the phone saying they couldn’t. I called again on Saturday and pleaded to add the extra person and tried to reason that the table for 3 most likely could fit 4. Once again she was extremely rude and said no. So my friend cancelled since we couldn’t make it to 4. To my dismay and extreme frustration, not only the table could have accommodated 4 like I thought but the amount of available and empty tables were just too painful to watch. Knowing that after covid restaurants are trying to come back, can’t understand why she would turn that extra person down to just have empty tables, and kind of running what would have been a fun night with friends. I strongly encourage the restaurant to better coached that lady since it is a pity that she does not embrace the hard work the rest of the crew is doing and special place the bistro can be

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week. The food was fantastic and the service was terrific. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Me and my husband loved it ! Will certainly go back again.

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vipJfoodie
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

COUGHER seated next to us did NOT cover mouth!

Service DECreased by end of meal.

Food Quality DECreased compared to previous, salty fish.

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JeAn
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My companion and I tried La Minette during Restaurant Week. We dined outside on a Friday night and the experience was lovely. Our server was sweet and attentive without rushing. The food was delicious. Both the rabbit and duck were cooked perfectly with just the right amount of accompaniments. If you are driving, beware of road closures in a two block radius of 6th and Bainbridge due to a sink hole that occurred over the summer. Walking is no problem and there is still parking available very close by.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatest experience ever! A+ on service, food and atmosphere!

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vipSuzanne
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently a favorite

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OritE
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the appetizers and enjoyed the main dishes. Everything was prepared with care and served beautifully. A true French culinary experience.

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Bistrot La Minette is rated 4.8 stars by 3498 OpenTable diners.

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

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