Bistrot La Minette

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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.
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DD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Need to improve the selection of Belgium beers. You used to have LaRousse and many other hard to find ones. The current list is adequate, but uninspiring to go with such an excellent menu.

The Financier aux Múres was divine.

L
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my go to places for a great meal or special occasion. The food and service are always great!

JR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious. just delicious. can't go wrong! price was reasonable for the dinner. we had baguette (with real french butter), lotte au pommeau de normandie, saumon au croûte, cassoulet, financier aux mûres, and pot de crème.

ME
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was impeccable. Waitress was very friendly and attentive

I
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious and authentic French Bistro food. Fun, casual vibe. Great service.

MA
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to spend time with friends or family and enjoy delicious French dishes. Great neighborhood restaurant with the right prices. Wonderful bistrot decor

HL
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

So great to eat something other than Italian in Philly. All our 4 apps and one entree were amazing. Service did slow a bit when crowd grew, overall very nice meal.

DH
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to take a special someone for a special date. Service and food are over the top good

l
Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love this place,so quaint and off the beaten path(somewhat) I love the themed dinners as I get to try different regional foods in France. This was no exception but,for all the times I have been here, service was pretty slow. I did add an extra person and called ahead so was pushed back to an earlier time but sat for quite awhile in between courses.All told tho' everything was excellent and of course would go back for next "region"

H
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ! always is!
My most favorite place to eat in the entire world!
And I’ve been around!

BH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Rest room was out of hand soap at 5.30 pm on Sunday, sign says for employees to wash hands...lol
A little more explanation of menu options, such as the 5 course sampling menu would be good, didn't see it on menu until neighboring table ordered. Should be Informed of items that are not available that evening prior to ordering them.
Mussels in tarragon cream sauce and the rabbit in mustard were good, pork cheeks were a bit overcooked. I'll go back, but some attention to details needs to be addressed by the Mgnt.

k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was lovely. I'm not big on French food but I would definitely go back. My dish was delightful and my husband loved his entree and appetizer.

j
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant. The waiter really knew his business, the ambient was very nice and very authentic, the food was amazing and very authentic as well.

CB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and pleasant service! Very cozy, relaxed vibe with a bit of French flare. My wife and I truly enjoyed the unique experience!

k
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unsurprisingly, this romantic, airy French bistro was a popular choice for couples celebrating Valentines Day. The staff and kitchen did a wonderful job of keeping things moving in an efficient but warm manner on a very busy night. The service was attentive and the food delicious!

p
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Worth the trip!

r
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had an early Valentines dinner - Bistrot la Minerte serves up some of the best French food I’ve had outside of Paris. Would highly recommend!

BK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food And service !

SQ
Philadelphia
563 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I like this place because it is attractive, cozy, and not loud. I have dined here many times and always loved the food. The escargots were excellent as usual. We each had an egg dish and each thought our dish had too much sauce and was not very tasty. The poached pear was ok, not great. The service was a bit lackadaisical. I still would go back because usually I have a wonderful experience.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, especially for value. Had Chefs Tasting Menu + Wine Pairing. Loved every course and pairing. Food Runner explanations of courses could have been VASTLY more thorough. Felt bad for the table beside the waiter at the end of the night doing side-work (cleaning and clanging silverware) directly beside their table.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go I’m reminded why we return so frequently. As far as service, there isn’t a better place in Philly. Camillia is a STAR server and a serious delight. The food is impeccable, the pork cheek this time was a stunner. The fisherman’s poached egg is my death row meal!!!!

JA
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good with great service in a very comfortable environment.

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to Sunday brunch before a show, delicious food, (love their freshly baked bread and butter). Feels very French for Philly. Always love dining here.

i
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and extremely attentive staff. Would definitely recommend. Perfect date night

NF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was great and a good value at $50.

P
Baltimore
129 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four sixty-somethings really enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant. The servers were very professional. I wish all restaurants could have their servers trained by these guys. Polite, informative, efficient and did not call us "guys". Ambience was comfortable, e,g, tables were spaced adequately and we could hear ourselves converse without shouting. Food, including three fish entrees and one vegetarian entree were excellent, as were the shaved vegetable salads. We will be sure to come back the next time we are in Phila.

H
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife didn't enjoy her dinner. She started with a beet salad which was mainly chunks of beet and unrecognizable pieces of goat cheese. The menu described them as being "warmed" actually they were breaded and deep fried, so there was a relatively hard crust surrounding them, and there was relatively little goat cheese in them. The she entered upon a main dish that was salmon "en croute." She chose it because she likes spinach, and the dish came with spinach and mushrooms. The was a paper thin line of spinach on one side of the salmon, and an equally thin line of mushrooms of the other side of the salmon. My meal was much better. I started with the Salade Verte (which was bibb lettuce, thoroughly treated with an appropriate amount of dressing, and I continued with the Boeuf Bourguignon which were both excellent. We both agreed that if we hadn't have eaten there many times before and had excellent meals. we would never return, but return we will. One problem we had was that we were seated at a banquet, and both of us are hard of hearing, The noise level in the restaurant was such that we could communicate. If we go there in the future, I will call the restaurant in advance and enter a request for a table that we have sat in before (there is a good table that round table near the door that is out of the way - if we can't get that then we won't eat there again).

JK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed food, ambiance and service. A perfect evening out.

FF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit and both times the experience was outstanding. I brought different people with me each time and hands down everyone can't wait to go back. The staff is attentive but not overbearing; knowledgeable about the menu and ready to serve. We enjoyed one of the specialty cocktails and the paired our meals with a carafe of wine. We were not disappointed with either. We shared an special first course of fois gras and a second first course of mussels paired with a poached egg over a slice of warm french bread. Both were well presented and delicious. My companion went with the trout for the main course and I opted for another special of the evening - duck confit. Again we shared plates. The sauces and vegetables that each were served with highlighted the protein and were excellent. Dessert was a must, of course. We tried our waiter's favorite which was a napoleon like tower with custard creme and rasberries and the second choice was an almost cake with goat cheese spread and blackberries. Both were delicious. My dinner companion and I agreed that this was the best meal that we have eaten out in quite awhile. This place is definitely on my radar for future visits. And I definitely mean "visits" plural. The place was full of other diners who all appeared to be enjoying their meals equally as much. Despite the place being filled, we never felt rushed whether deciding on our first choices, while eating, or enjoying our desserts. If you want to feel like you have been dropped into the middle of France for the evening, you need to plan to visit this gem on 6th Street.

HE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good. The environment was warm and nice. The service has a lot of room to improve. The waters and waitress were just "doing" their job. No effort to make guests feel welcome or comfortable. We asked for some extra bread. It took a long wait and another reminder to get them. Wine was not impressing.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and it was fantastic!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Dined here as a part of Restaurant Week and was surprised there was still a good variety of options to choose from. Food was excellent and fresh. Butternut squash soup was delicious. Mac and cheese appetizer was good, but nothing to write home about. Both the duck and chicken entrees were moist and well seasoned. Cocktails were very strong if that's your thing. Service from the hostesses and wait staff was friendly, but somewhat dispirited (probably due to how busy they were). Difficult to have a conversation as the main dining area was bustling with other customers. Overall, had a lovely evening and would highly recommend giving them a try.

KL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was amazing- tables are extremely close- felt like we were dining with everyone around us. I could barely here the person I was dining with- thankfully the food was worth it!

B
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely feeling Parisian-feel bistro. The food is very good and the atmosphere is tops. Great for a night out in Philly

A
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

I decided to take my best friend for the restaurant week and she wanted to go to a french restaurant.the place was really nice and the server at first i felt like she was really rude.we got the wine it was good the problem started with the food.the food was horrible.the pasta i had was really really salty and cold and the meat had no seasoning whatsoever.i came hungry and i left hungry.i was looking forward to going there but i really regret it. It was a waste of money

T
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistrot is always a pleasure, and even on Restaurant Week, they cut no corners. The Foie Gras, house made, we were told, was superlative, the rabbit in mustard sauce was generous in its portion, and our chosen wine, a sauvignon blanc just perfect. A special evening at a cheap price!

MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week. Excellent food. Especially recommend the escargots. Also enjoyed a delightful cocktail recommended by the bartender while we waited for our table (we got there early for our reservation).

MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. We all ordered different things so we could try each other’s.
The rabbit fell off the bone it was so moist and the trout was delicious.
We were there restaurant week and expected the portions to be smaller but they were not.
Our server was very good attentive, knew the dishes and cocktails and had a nice sense of humor
The only bad thing is we were at the first table and being a cold night it was a bit chilly every time the door opened even with the curtain there to block the draft.

M
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to La Minette for Restaurant Week, because we are always happy have a reason to eat there. Their Restaurant Week meals are as good as eating there at other times. Everything was delicious, but the appetizer of poached egg and mussels in a cream sauce makes my day!

SJ
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French three-course meal during Restaurant Week. My favorite course was the perfectly and beautifully prepared Ouef de Pêcheur.

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