Bistrot La Minette

4.7
3123 reviews
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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.

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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

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was the second time we came for Bastille Day and the prix fixe menu. Sadly, they ran out of one of the three entrees, the salmon, and the substitute was to serve larger portions of the side dishes. Drinks took a long time and came in the middle of the first course. We brought friends and had talked up this fun annual treat of a dinner and walked away a bit sad about the experience we had tonight.

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m
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went on Sunday for the Bastille Day celebration, so it's not the same as a normal day. FYI - I judged the noise level as low because we were sitting outside on the patio and the noise there is less than inside (although even the inside is moderate). The restaurant was very crowded because of Bastille Day, and in spite of that the service was excellent, as always. The meal was not the usual superb quality, but still highly recommended. Because they were serving all day long, from noon to 9 pm for a large crowd, it's not the same as on a normal day. First, the soup offering, vichysoisse, was excellent. The second course consisted of one's choice of a number of salads, pates, and similar cold side dishes - again, all excellent, and a great diversity of foods. The main course was the least interesting and the least well done: a choice of one of 3 (well, by the time we arrived, there was only a choice of one of 2) - either chicken or pork chop. Both were a bit dry and not as tender as I would usually expect (but not terrible, either). Dessert was excellent. There was way too much to eat, so we ended up taking some of the main courses and a dessert home. All in all, a good deal for $45 per person. I would come gain. This is not the sort of meal to expect to be superb, but just very good. I would certainly go to next year's Bastille Day dinner again - but perhaps come earlier.

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r
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

As always Bastille Day was a festive experience. The food was up to its usual excellent standard, with the exception of the bread that is overly salted. The pichets of wine are a good value. The waiter was a bit standoffish and inattentive, but otherwise satisfactory.

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal and whole dining experience was excellent. The Bastille Day menu was delicious and reasonably priced. I especially enjoyed the buffet second course with the beautiful assortment of salads, pates, terrines and vegetables. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this event.

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BM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A truly enjoyable dinner. Our server was friendly and her suggestions were right on. The risotto was excellent. As were the fritters. I look forward to My next visit

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DM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our Anniversary and we enjoyed the tasting menu. The food and service was outstanding

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AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite French Cuisine including ones in France. None of the dishes disappointed.

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BF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, wonderful! I might have convinced myself I was in Paris. Loved everything about this lovely bistro.

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S
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite restaurant. One of the best in Philly in my opinion. As authentic a French bistro as one could find.

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T
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Always love this restaurant but the other night was disappointing. Prixe fixes dinner was to be shoulder steak which is not what we ordered but some other cut. My friend sent hers backk French onion soup had to be sent back. Cheese on top wasn’t melted. Management took the charge for my friends dinner off. But this is one of my favorites and the meal should have been better

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AS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal!

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

highly recommend the tasting memu. every dish is amazing, and the service is very good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was amazing...foie gras appetizer special was out of this world. Girlfriends chicken was very very good as well. I’m nitpicking just a hair but the short rib was good but really nothing to write home about

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SM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Service were superb. Wine list could be broader.

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F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Mediocre at best, food had no flavor at all. The names of the dishes and the food did not match. If you want a decent meal it is fine. If you want a good French meal, probably not the place.

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OT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is our favorite local restaurant. It feels like an authentic French Bistrot with dishes that are bistrot classics -- delicious soups, salade verte, trout with almonds, perfectly cooked chicken dishes -- just a few from a menu that evolves with the seasonal arrivals.

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N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants of all time! Our visit the other night was to celebrate a special occasion and the service and food could not have been better. We’ll be back soon.

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JC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are a lot of great restaurants in Philly but I always go back to this place. It has a relaxed vibe, excellent food and cocktails, and great service.

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p
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going to Bistro La Minette for 10 years . I can say that they have never placed anything in front of me that was not fantastic . The small bar turns out great drinks and the wine list is top notch . The entire restaurant starts to smell great as soon as the kitchen gets going . I could live on baguettes , escargot and french wine and the rest of the menu and specials are phenomenal .

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e
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant. Feels like we're in Paris. The food is always excellently prepared, and the staff is always friendly. We were there most recently for a special Provence-themed dinner. It was wonderful.

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DZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Although we have been to Bistrot La Minette many times, the other night's experience was
a most unpleasant experience. So much so, that it will be a very long time before we book
a table there again. In fact, I have convinced one of my colleagues, who was planning a
dinner there to change their plans.

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CD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

This is one of our favorite restaurants but the service was so bad this evening when we were entertaining French visitors that it failed us on this occasion.

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D
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for the four course price fixed dinner with wine pairings for each course. Except for the vegetable soup which was a bit bland, the food was excellent, particularly the apricot tart dessert. And the wines were lovely. Great value at $50 per person. Excellent service too. I’d definitely recommend.

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W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistrot La Minette recreates a Paris restaurant, in its decor, menu, and service. We chose the "chef's choice" option with accompanying wine flight and were VERY satisfied with our 5-course meal. The dishes were delicious and the chef was clever enough to give us choices at several points (my husband got a salmon entrée; I the fisherman's special; he got the rabbit main course, I the daube de boeuf; we also had different desserts). Our server was very attentive, answering our questions re: foods and drink. The wines included in the flight were not big names, but served their function very well.

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This charming restaurant has an authentic French flair in atmosphere, and wonderful French food in the classic style. My go-to for escargots, trout and fabulous desserts!

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GA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arranged to get together with another couple here and sat outside on a beautiful morning to enjoy lunch/brunch. When choosing drinks an adventurous friend decided to try absinthe. Our very personable and helpful server, Claudelia, advised on the ritual pouring thru the sugar lump, a highlight before the meal.

We (4 of us) enjoyed everything from escargot, soup, poached eggs with mussels, trout almandine, tart au citron and Mille feuille with huge framboise.

The beautiful presentation and sumptuous flavors, served outdoors in a quiet setting, was perfection.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, real, French cuisine. Each dish was so thoughtfully executed and delicious! Still thinking about the balance of flavors. Perfect date night spot!

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N
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic French food ! Fabulous atmosphere, service and food!

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DN
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent. Authentic French dining with a serviceable French and California wine list.

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AS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thé three of us celebrated a birthday and it was special. Our friend received a platter at the end of our delicious dinner with three delicious chocolates and the words « happy birthday » in chocolate on a small plate. When it arrived, most of the other guests around us all sang the birthday song!

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l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed 3 'entrees' (appetizers) - the pate, salad verde, escargots (note portions are large). The pate was buttery smooth on the restaurant's french bread (not the toast it came with) - I would go back to have just the pate, over an over again. The duck leg was superb. I would also go back just for that. The special was a faux filet (NY strip) and was very good, but nothing special. We intend to go again. The cost was very reasonable for the excellence of the food.

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N
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most wonderful dining experiences we have had in Philadelphia and a very long time. Be atmosphere, food, and customer service was excellent. Prices are reasonable especially for the quality of food. The restaurant was a perfect spot for our anniversary and we plan to go back in the future

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JB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went there for our 40th wedding anniversary, always spectacular!

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WL
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really satisfying from beginning to end. The decor country French, the feel cozy w/ the kitchen exposed and in the background, and the cocktails and food were absolutely on point. In particular, the escargot, confit duck leg, and lemon tart were incredible. Thank you for the great dinner! We will be back!

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Nice European feel to the place. Seemed welcoming. Not a lot of cozy areas to sit... It was a Tuesday and there were lots of open tables. We sat immediately next to the open kitchen in the back. I would not recommend this to anyone. You could see the chef from the shoulders up, and hear the chatter in the kitchen. With the place almost empty it must have been obvious to the cooks we were only a few feet away. We made the reservations and they also knew it was a special day we were celebrating. The waiter was conscious of this, yet the cooks seemed in their own world, and were cursing and saying things not meant for the guests to hear...

I think they would be better served, (no pun) if they walled off the kitchen. Besides the old adage of not wanting to know what happens in the kitchen, I could have had a better evening celebrating without HEARING the profanity in the kitchen.

Other than the lack of decorum from the kitchen help the experience was average... Not exciting enough to return unless there were no other choices for the evening... and like many places in Philly $10 for a small glass of cheap wine is always disappointing... I was hoping for better.

We raised the issue with the waiter about the language from the kitchen. Not sure if anything was said to the cook, but they did comp us a dessert... Thoughtful...

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J
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great dining experience; food was excellent/ Expensive but worth it.

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M
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here many times. ALWAYS excellent. Certainly one of the top 5 restaurants in Philadelphia - and the least expensive of the top 5.

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J
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to La Minette for about a year because we were bored with it. We were delightfully surprised with our dinner on Friday night. The chef had taken advantage of seasonal offerings with a wonderful cold pea soup. The Duck confit was delicious as was my husband’s risotto which also had seasonal vegetables. delicious lemon tart with a berry sorbet for dessert. We had a very nice dry Riesling but our waiter was not very knowledgeable about the wine list. We won’t wait so long to return to La Minette.

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CL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, great,perfect cocktail and great service. We had a lovely anniversary.

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m
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food. Some restaurants have well prepared food, but it doesn't vary from month to month or year to year. What we like is that Bistrot La Minette does creative new twists on the standard fare - for example, the salmon this time was 'en croute'; the melt-im-your-mouth duck was done with different and interesting accompaniments, the entrees (appetizers in American-speak) were creative and very tasty. A place we keep coming back to, over and over again (in spite of the difficulty parking)

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