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About Bistrot La Minette

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.

623 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Bainbridge

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 925-8000

Website:
http://www.bistrotlaminette.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Peter Woolsey / Kenneth Bush

Additional:
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

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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Details
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

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Bistrot La Minette Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (69)
Fit for Foodies (61)
Romantic (57)
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Neighborhood Gem (56)
Authentic (55)
Cozy (49)
Special Occasion (46)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Worth the Drive (37)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Notable Wine List (27)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Tasting Menu (16)
Seasonal (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Casual (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Business Meals (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (7)
Happy Hour (6)
People Watching (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Terrific place, great food and attentive service. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Bistrot La Minette is wonderful. I booked for Valentine’s Day and I unfortunately have one major problem. I could not find the Valentine’s Day menu posted anywhere online. I went in with the assumption that they would offer their tasting menu. They were not. We ended up getting the lobster dish and the filet which were both wonderful. We ended our meal with the caramel tart which was pretty good. Who reads this? The restaurant, OpenTable staff, or OpenTable users? I just realized “Tell us about your experience” might not mean a public review. Does OpenTable Staff read this? The meal was pretty good tho.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Awesome it’s our favorite restaurant in Philly can’t wait to go back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

We went for Valentines Day and the restaurant rose to the occasion. Our server was very helpful and the room was lovely. I chose this restaurant because they have cassoulet, a favorite dish of my husband, and he really liked it. So, lovely evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely ambience, exceptional food from appetizer to dessert. Too many restaurants have waitstaffs that are "amateur hour." We've eaten at many fine restaurants here and abroad and this waitstaff was up there with the best. Able to answer all questions about the menu in depth. Very, very attentive and they are constantly looking around to see if anyone requires something regardless if it is their table or not.
From walking in the door to ending the evening, everything was first class. Did I mention that the food was wonderful and creative.
It's become one of our favorites. Very highly recommended.
Bravo!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The overall review score dropped significantly over the course of the evening. Even though we made our reservation several days in advance, we were in a table right next to the front door, where a long line of queued diners stood waiting for their seats for most of out meal. The service attended to us as soon as we sat down to get drinks and appetizers, but dropped off almost immediately after. We had to ask the bus staff or hostess to get our server for almost all service after the appetizers : to order dinner, order dessert, get the check, and pick up our payment after getting the check.

With how frustrating the service was, almost all of the food was excellent. I forget everything we had - definitely the rabbit, scallops, soup, and escargot. The only thing that was subpar was the tarte, which was both small and the pastry tasted mass produced.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Truly authentic French food. Don’t be fooled by anyone else... The owner incorporates every dish and wine from France through multiple trips to and from a year. From the crockery the snails are in, to each wine... everything is from France.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I was happy to return to this cozy bistro on a cold night. It was especially great with the service as attentive as one would hope for and the over all mean was delicious, as always. I love how consistent this restaurant is. I highly recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I've been to Bistrot la Minette a few times. The food is consistently fantastic. There was only one time when we had a waitress who seemed unhappy and was not attentive. Otherwise, service is usually very friendly and food comes at a relaxed pace, but not too relexed--I'm pretty impatient when waiting for food but it normally comes before I get annoyed, and is always worth whetever wait there was. I have some dietary restrictions, but the chef is very accommodating! I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything when I am presented with a beautifully prepared, delicious dish that doesn't feel like many components have been substituted. Also, never skip dessert here!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We had a delicious meal on a quiet Tuesday evening. The Boucher à la Reine, the beet salad, the trout meunière, and the raspberry mille-feuilles were all excellent, and the service was friendly and attentive. We'll be back.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I previewed other reviews before going, and they were all excellent. Upon going, we were NOT disappointed. My Oeuf de la Pecheur was the highlight with the tarragon cream sauce. I could have eaten three of these and died happy!! The interior noise was at a minimum since we dined early (6:30) on a Monday. Very happy - and plan to return!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This is French at it’s best,as close to Paris as you can get

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Enjoyed our meal on Saturday night. Two guest at our table had the lapin and raved about it. The veal stew was also a hit. Don't pass on desserts. All choices were excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I have heard great things about this restaurant from several friends and am delighted that we finally went. Our server was delightful and the food was excellent. I was a bit surprised that it was not very crowded on a Thur eve but it was a great experience and we will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Lilly, our guide on tonight's journey back to France was exceptional. The only way to compliment exceptional food and wine is with exceptional service, all of which we received tonight!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went here for my 27th birthday. The manager Brett went above and beyond to make sure my father and I were happy with our meals and our service. He made my birthday extra special by bringing my father and I free wine and made a plate that said “happy birthday” on it. The food of course was outstanding as well. This was my 4th time coming here and every time I come it gets better and better. I will be back again soon!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very gracious service!
The food was of very good quality, pleasant setting, feels like a Parisian bistro.
But service was a bit slow( Saturday night)...
But my husband was disappointed that steak frites wasn't on the menu!...

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had eaten here a while ago during Restaurant Week. Food was fabulous then and tonight's meal matched, if not EXCEEDED our previous meal!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was a charming establishment. I loved the ambiance. And the food was amazing! I will definitely be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was exceptional. Pork cheek was to die for, escargot perfectly cooked. The dessert left much to be desired but the exceptional service made up for it. Would definitely come back for another dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was amazing! Enough said.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Second time we ate at this restaurant, and it was amazing! We went during restaurant week and the menu had great options. We will definitely be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Everything was perfect. The food is amazing. Beef tartare, mushroom soup and rabbit especially delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We found the food to be uniquely delicious with prompt service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We've been there with my wife and it taste like we were back in France. The services was great and the food was really good especially the cassoulet de Toulouse

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

As frequent dinewrs at La Minette, we were very disappointed in the Restaurant Week dinner. As this is a chance to convert new clients into regulars, the meal did not put La Minette in its best light. The menu seemed to reduce the quality in order to meet the $35 price level. The rabbit was well below par when compared to rabbit dishes we have enjoyed in the past. We spoke with the couple at an adjacent table, first time diners, who will not return after their meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

French decor & Cozy atmosphere. Some close seating but private tables are available. Good handcrafted drinks. Excellent service, very attentive. Delicious food. I'd highly recommend. oh, a $ 15.00 corkage fee if you want to BYOB.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The snails were incredible. Surprisingly, the desserts were only OK. We were there for restaurant week. Ask for the back room....it's smaller and quieter.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This was a terrific dinner. It was restaurant week, which often means less value. But Bistro La Minette knocked it out of the park! The Bef Tartar was perfect as was the Trout Meuniere. My friends had the Cassoulet which they said was perfect. To make it even better, the service was impeccable and relaxed, which amazed us as the restaurant was completely full and they were turning away walk-ins. This was a great evening and we will be back soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Loved the food, the service, the pacing, everything. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Everything was savory from the rabbit, duck, the confit and down to the desserts. For how crowded it was you really didn’t hear the conversations of the people near you.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My husband and I dined at Bistrot La Minette during restaurant week. We will definitely be returning!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I realized I actually was at Bistrot La Minette when it first opened in 2008. I cannot believe I did not return since. Overall it was an outstanding dining experience. Very friendly staff, not overly polite or awkward, food was really excellent and the atmosphere and decor is quite beautiful - the pictures display it - the long bankquette seating is dramatic & warm and social but at the same time intimate. Even the bathrooms are attractive. Beautiful place, it reminds me of a little bit of Le Polidor in Paris.

Je n'ai pas pris des photos :(

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We were there for restaurant week and found that overall it was a very good restaurant that we will visit again. The cocktails were nicely prepared. Our appetizers of Foie Gras and Beef Tartare were delicious. The dinners were true french bistro type entrees. The pork cheeks were served in a very hearty wine sauce with mushrooms, bacon and brussel sprouts. The simply prepared butter and lemon trout with haricot verts and potatoes was equally as good. We selected the cheese plate and raspberry puff pastry for dessert. The cheese plate was just okay. The puff pastry was cooked to a very deep brown crisp and uneatable. This was mentioned to the waiter who just ignored the comment and looked at the uneaten dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful service and food. Would certainly dine with again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Last Friday night the manager of La Minette made our visit special and we thank him for it! We enjoyed sharing our meals. Our appetizers of escargot serve in small miniature ceramic cups & a steak tartare were tasty. We dip the bread into the remaining escargot juices, hmm. Our entrees were rabbit with a mild taste of chicken and fettuccine-like pasta and a trout with slices of potatoes and both were both delicious. Our final delight was the eleven layer joconde cake with chocolate icing and caramelized puff pastry with cream and raspberries. Both were delightful but not being a chocolate lover, I thought the pastry won out. We weren't disappointed and will be back!

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