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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (70)
Fit for Foodies (68)
Neighborhood Gem (67)
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Special Occasion (65)
Romantic (54)
Authentic (51)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Cozy (38)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Notable Wine List (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Worth the Drive (29)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Tasting Menu (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Casual (14)
Business Meals (12)
People Watching (12)
Seasonal (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Brunch (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Fun (9)
Healthy (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2012

Outstanding food and service "right in my backyard." I walked past the restaurant many times before I ever tried it because I knew nothing about it; never heard anyone talk about it, etc. Finally, I purchased a coupon which allowed me to try it at a bargain price, and I did that. It was a wonderful experience, and I've been back a few times since then.
The food is delicious; plating is a treat to the eyes; and the service is superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Food was excellent, service is slow in a nice paced way, you are not rushed and can throughly enjoy your meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Great food. Terrific management. Theyt relly make sure the experience is perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Romantic restaurant with GREAT service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Sat in small side room at long communal table. It got pretty loud at times. Plenty of room but seats uncomfortable. Food was very good.parking somewhat difficult. No valet.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2012

I felt transported to France. The decor and the servers uniforms were very French as was the menu, of course. The servers were very attentive but not hovering. The menu offered a wide varietyof choices and vegitarian options were offered. There was nothing common or mundane on the menu. It was more on the adventurous side. The food looked good and tasted delicious. We are definitely returning and hoping the weather will cooperate so that we can dine in the garden.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2012

The food was good, although some first courses were ridiculously small -- and I often find portions too large. Bread was outstanding. Menu was quite small, but sometimes that's good. Good to find frogs legs and rabbit plus lots of things one doesn't see too often here. Good try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2012

We had a great meal and our server was friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2012

The food and service were acceptable. Lamb and fish entrees were both unremarkable. We did enjoy the escargot appetizer and dessert. Out server was unable to answer simple questions about the wine and beer lists.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2012

We were truly impressed by our dining experience at Bistrot La Minette. They managed to bring a bit of real Paris to Philly. Bravo. To start, the drink selection was great, they had a good selection of french beers, liqour and wines. The food was exceptional, from the appetizers through the dessert,we wish we could've eaten more, but we didn't want to make cochons of ourselves. Last but not least, Thank you to the staff, for being professional and knowledgable. We would definetly go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2012

visited for our first wedding anniversary and had a lovely time. very attentive service. lamb and the chocolate pudding were particularly good. very authentic decor reminded us of our honeymoon in Loire Valley, France

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2012

wonderfully fun, romantic, intimate

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2012

What a wonderful spot - exceptional French bistro cuisine that is not what you will find at any place in town, in a charming setting with terrific service. No reservations about recommending this charming place. Menu highlights for me include grilled sardines, escargot in adorable individual pottery cups, anything with rabbit ( the man is a genius with things that are braised), frogs legs. You really can't go wrong. A special the other night of brandade was perfectly salty goodness.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2012

Went for dinner, a pichet of wine and a french movie in the courtyard, what a wonderful way to spend an evening in Philadelphia!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2012

The food is wonderful and the menu changes frequently so there are always new treats to savor. Our first choice because we are guaranteed an excellent meal. Have never been disappointed for dinner or brunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2012

WonderfuL!!!! LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2012

My classic French meal - 1)appetizer: a tiny zucchini (courgettes) omelette was light as a feather 2) entree: frog's legs - haven't had them in ages,nicely sauteed and 3) dessert: clafouti ( baked custard with cherries ) was excellent; a very good martini started me off, too.
I think the other three at my table got fish, and were disappointed at the blandness. ( need sauces?) So, I chose well!
I was glad to see they had a nice crowd ( a Friday)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2012

Terrific dinner and loved sitting outside in the courtyard for the movie.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 17, 2012

Wonderful,Relaxing,Delicious...Truly an oasis!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2012

Always a wonderful place with a delicious, unique menu. The appetizer with mussels and poached egg is one of my favorite things to get when I dine at La Minette.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2012

Everything, as usual, was wonderful. The restaurant differentiates its menu, providing interesting and different selections, but the results are never too far out or threatening, but always exciting and delicious. This place really has its act together; it clearly is one of the best small restaurants in Philadelphia.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 14, 2012

My Wife Dr. Maryann is a Vegetarian and was very delighted that 1 Vegetarian was among the 3 Main Courses for Bastille Day 4 Courses Dinner on July 14, 2012. Dr. Maryann travels to Paris, France and experiences difficulty to secure Vegetarian dishes. Dr. Maryann said that in her Travels to 48 Countries on 5 Continents, She will Rate " Bistrot La Minette " as # 1 and South Africa # 2 for Excellent Vegetarian Dishes. Her Husband Dr. Shamir was ALSO delighted with the 4 Courses Served, and the Service was Superb. Attendants Clothing were in Red, White and Blue colors. The only negative is the very limited parking and the narrow streets in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 13, 2012

We had the Bastille day prix fixe menu. Four courses, forty bucks. All excellent from soup through salad buffet to dessert. Our server Heather and maitre d Brad and all their staff made an excellent meal a superb experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2012

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful, romantic dinner for two at Bistrot la Minette to celebrate my birthday. Overall, it was a delicious, high-end dining experience in a very fun, casual environment. There was a special menu for Bastille Day, four courses for $40. Everything was fantastic, and the wait staff was super attentive and friendly. We sat outside in the adorable little patio and stayed after our meal to watch a French movie being played on an outdoor screen.

I would highly recommend Bistrot la Minette for a fun night out with friends or a date night. Definitely going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2012

We fell in love with BLM three years ago and have enjoyed many wonderful meals there ever since. However, last Friday's dinner, the special Bastille Day dinner, was the best yet. Peter seems to be getting even better. Both soups were superb. The main courses were also superb. But it was the twelve or fourteen choice second course buffet that set this evening apart. This was as good as it gets. Standing bravos to all at Bistrot La Minette for an extraordinary evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2012

This is our favorite neighborhood bistro, and while they've changed their menu, they still have wonderful French dishes we can't get anywhere else, for reasonable prices, including rabbit, frogs' legs, and snails. We ordered several things from the small plate menu to share, and will go back asap to try their new escargot with bone marrow appetizer! My apricot tart was particularly good, and they still serve their excellent house wine in an earthenware pitcher, just like in France. Great place to take out-of-town guests if you want to impress them without spending hundreds of dollars!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2012

Good, not great. It wasn't very crowded so the energy was low. Food was nothing special but the server was very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 10, 2012

We had a wonderful evening!! We celebrated 2 birthdays and couldn't have picked a better place to do so. The food was superb, the service attentive. We had a great party!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2012

Very good food, particularly the escargots and "faux filet" special which was a New York Strip. GREAT service. Tables were packed pretty close together, but added to the intimate feeling. Great decor.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2012

Food and service were terrific. Liked the ambiance very much. It was a bit warm but perhaps with the 90+ degree weather outside the AC just couldn't keep up. We would definitely go back for another special occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2012

This is a charming bistro in Philadelphia south of Independence Hall. The night I visited was very hot outside but nice and cool in the restaurant. My fish was well prepared and the French beer was a nice change from usual fare.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2012

The woman and I went for french movie night on a monday. If you sit in the back area outside there is a screen and a projector where a French movie is played. It was nice to relax in back and enjoy a film while dining. The food was delicious, I was really impressed by the ratatouille and the snails were fantastic. Our server could have been slightly more attentive but he was trying to juggle all the tables and get the projector working on time so it wasn't a big deal. He also tried very hard to serve us while not interfering with other guest's viewing of the film so +1 for that. All in all a nice experience and I'd definitely return. Also of note: fair beer prices.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2012

The garden out back is always wonderful, but so is the front patio -- and indoors is a lively recreation of a French bistro. Food consistently excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2012

It was a great meal. The service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2012

Food is divine. Try the rabbit leg and escarcot...very delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2012

food, service, ambiance wonderful - very special place!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2012

When we went there was a special 4 course menu prepare by the chef, so we both got that. All courses were excellent and featured things we would have never pocked by ourselves. Great way to experience new flavors. Our waitress was very nice and explained everything to us. We would definitely return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2012

We have been to Bistrot La Minette a number of times and have always had a wonderful experience. The wait staff has always been wonderful and the food has never disappointed us. We went for brunch with 6 people this past Sunday and had the complete opposite experience. There were only two other tables seated and it took us over 2 hours to order, get appetizers and then entrees. Service was non-existent and the food was quite disappointing. Unfortunately, I don't think we will be going back to what was once a favorite restaurant.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2012

Not sure why all the glowing hype. Food was competent but not wowing. I had the artichoke entree, and its blandness approached tastelessness. My wife's entree was good. Dessert was terrific. Banquette seating in the main room is nice, but parties are placed way to close to each other.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2012

Very good food,and the garden was quite lovely and very private.

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