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Bistrot La Minette

4.6
2719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Authentic
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday 5:30pm - 10:30 pm; Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday - 11:00am to 2:00pm

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(215) 925-8000
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Woolsey / Kenneth Bush
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bainbridge
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Parking details
There is a lot on Bainbridge St between 5th and 6th St, another on Bainbridge and Passyunk Ave, and another on 7th St between South and Bainbridge

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Special events & promotions
Keep an eye out for our special regional food and wine dinners. Every month Bistrot La Minette will choose a different region to celebrate. Each dinner is $35 for 4 courses. An optional $15 wine pairing is also available.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Wed 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM
Thu 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:15PM
Fri 5:30PM - 5:30PM 9:15PM - 10:15PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 10:00PM - 10:15PM

What 2719 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 17 hours ago

Best Bistro French meal in Philadelphia

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This meal was by far the closest i have experienced to true french dining while not being in France. My family and i ate the family-style meal, a spring green salad with an exquisite dressing, the roast chicken with lemon creme sauce and the chocolate mousse cake. The ambiance was picturesque and the service was similar to what you would expect in France, allowing you to relish your food.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delightful, delicious, romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

An overall pleasant dining experience!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Loved the food but maybe the chef can consider making dishes less salty?

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Had the feeling of a Parisian bistro. Delicious food and love the BYOB!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Birthday dinner

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Did the chef’s tasting menu with the wine pairing. So good and the two of use got different entrees and different second courses so we got the try more things. All 5 courses were delicious! Most places go down hill after a few years. This place keeps getting better! Would recommend to anyone!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Enjoyed the evening. Look forward to going back. A neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had a great time at catching up with a friend I see once a year.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service was very accommodating - served us selections from the kitchen and brought out a special plate with truffles to celebrate our anniversary. Wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My mushroom soup and beef bourguignon were delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food - best Lyonnaise salad outside of France

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My wife and I had a very nice meal. There were many nice, traditional French items on the menu. The food was well prepared. The wine list was adequate but heavily french oriented.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a lovely Easter brunch - great food - sunny Parisian vibe. And well priced too!
Would love the recipe for the vinaigrette on the bright salad topped with an egg - brown butter almonds on the trout was delicious, herbed omelette was fresh! Lovely French wine.
And thank you for honoring an Open Table Gift Card - now that we've tried this little bistro we'll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We did the tasting menu and were completely blown away! Turned an impromptu date into an unforgettable night.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Tartare and veal terrific, house red a great choice at a good price, less enthusiastic about the Alsatian flatberead. Service competent and very patient with our party of four, who had a lot of talking to do before we got around to ordering. The little cheese balls were tasty.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Dinner with 2 young kids, celebrating wife's birthday. Every one had a great time. Servers were attentive. Food was great, one of the best French restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

One of my favorite local spots just take visiting friends

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Perfect as usual. This time we got the family style dinner, and it was not just excellent food, but a terrific price:$25 per person for 3 courses. Had one of us gotten this meal a la carte, it would have been close to double the price. There is a limited choice if yo go this route, but if what is offered appeals, this is the way to go. And as always, it's nice to have a place where you can have a conversation and hear each other without yelling!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Neighborhood gem that is worth regular visits. Always enjoy the menu and excellent cocktails. Best rabbit in town. Corkage fee a bit steep.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Bistrot la Minette is truly a special place. The food is simply extraordinary, the service attentive yet unobtrusive, and the atmosphere cozy. We happened to be celebrating a special occasion as a couple, and found everything very romantic, but it would be just as appropriate for a small group of friends or family to enjoy a wonderful meal. Standouts included the perfectly roasted chicken and the light and tangy beet salad. Go! You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We are always so happy to come here. The food is perfect. Top notch everytime. It's always a hit with the children. It's like being in a time capsule for us and travel back to France a couple of decades ago. Peter and Peggy created a gem. Merci !

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Well prepared tasty food and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We were a high maintenance group, very well taken care of by our waiter.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Wonderful, cozy neighborhood restaurant with a classic French bistro feel. Great food, menu full of traditional French cuisine and also some creative desserts. Good spot for a date

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Another beautiful meal at Bistro. This place glows. We did the tasting menu and everyone was thrilled. We are a tough bunch to please but the combination of food, service and ambiance here never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Did not get the complimentary desert with candle for my wife’s birthday as told. But did get some complimentary sweets.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Loved the cozy vibe and the French cuisine was authentic.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Love this place

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We've had many excellent meals at Bistro La Minette, but the 2 dishes honoring the late Paul Bocuse were just remarkable. We added some seared Foie in between courses and it was a truly memorable meal.

I highly recommend signing up for their mailing list as the specials that are run what seems like monthly, including the Bocuse dishes, are things that you want to know about!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very nice French home-cooking-style meal, with interesting wine list. A good place to go for classic French specialties like Blanquette de Veau, Boeuf Bourguignon or Bouché à la Reine.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Best escargot in the city! Great service & delicious food. Make the trip for brunch !

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The last time we went , we ordered the truffled chicken prepared the Paul Bocuse way. It was superb, and everything else we had was also excellent. We had orchestra tickets, so had to be out by 7 pm. Even though we were late in getting there, the staff made sure everything was served quickly, yet without it being rushed, so we enjoyed both an excellent and relaxed meal, and were able to easily get to the performance on time. A lovely start to a perfect evening!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Wonderful birthday celebration— chicken with Cremini mushrooms was incredible!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

LaMinette is an authentic French Bistro located within walking distance to Center City. The space is narrow and the tables are close together. My family had dinner on a Sunday night when family style 3 course pre fixe is $25. We ordered a arugla/ beet salad, roasted chicken and mousse cake. We ordered escargot to share. A carafe of house Pinot noir was $23. Food was above average, service attentive, and priced very reasonably.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I love this place. Go for special occasion or a date night. Food and service is fantastic!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Let me just preface this review by saying I’m not a huge French food fan. But my husband and I wanted to branch out and friends had recommended this place in the past. The restaurant itself is very charming and the atmosphere was lively. Our wait staff was cool but professional. I started with the beet salad, which was tasty but not very creative. Sweet beets on a small bed of mixed greens. For entrees, I ordered the scallop dish and my husband the beef Bourguinon. The scallops were served in a very tart sauce along with mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and a vegetable unknown to me. It was very small and extremely sour. So that, coupled with the very tart sauce, made for an extremely nauseating dish. I tasted the beef entree and it was tasty, but nothing exquisite. We had hoped the desserts would make up for the meal. My husband was sent the wrong dessert and what I ordered was not what was described on the menu. Perhaps the evening was just full of poor choices but I doubt we will be back.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent service and quality crafted, well-presented and very tasty food.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was great! Waitress was a little inattentive but overall a wonderful experience.

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