Bistrot La Minette

4.7
3092 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
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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WL
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
60 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
38 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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NP
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable evening with friends. Lots of leisurely conversation with good and unobtrusive service. Chef accommodated special dietary needs of one person in our party. BLM continues to be a favorite of ours.

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d
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite Philly restaurants. Always outstanding. Friendly efficient service, excellent food, casual yet elegant atmosphere.

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A
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether for a casual dinner or special event, bistro la minette never disappoints. Our meal was exquisite from the amazing foie gras to the trout and lamb to the tarte citron the food was delicious. The wine list and drink selection top notch. Our server Jenna M was perfectly in tune with the right pace for our meal and even noted our son’s birthday in a special way. We look forward to our next meal. We view the bistro as our little piece of France in Philadelphia.

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

Onr of the best restaurants in Philly. Always a delight

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f
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant in the city and it's feels authentically French.

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OT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistrot LaMinette is a fine restaurant in general.
However their special dinners are exceptional values. This was my fourth.
The Bordeaux menu with three outstanding courses and another that was merely good was a real treat.
Only $35 for the meal was a bargain and fifteen dollars for four wine pairings is extraordinary.
I’ll try to keep them a secret.

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T
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Always well done!!!

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. This our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The service is always attentive but not intrusive. Our server Cornelia was wonderful.

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M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at the restaurant. It won't be our last. It was Saturday, and busy, but our server was attentive and helpful. My husband and I split the asparagus salad, and it proved to be ample. I had the salmon entree, he the duck, and we were both thought our entrees memorable. Bread is made at the restaurant and is delicious. We decided to try a pichet of wine, and it was really very good!

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TN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is great, service is excellent, we went for brunch and had a great deal

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CL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming French Bistro with wonderful food. The trout was delicious. The wine recommendations were excellent. We will return, soon I hope.

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j
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Escargot was delicious as well as the lamb.
Topped off with a great desert. Would definitely recommend !!!
Can't wait to go back!

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m
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Mixed feelings about our experience. The good: we were seated almost immediately for our 7:15 reservation on a Saturday night even though the place was crowded. The house wine my wife ordered was excellent as was my gin martini. The server was overwhelmed but she did not show it during the entire meal. All our dishes were well prepared. I especially liked the salads verte which reminded me of the salad my grandmother would serve in Basel when we visited. The dressing was extremely authentic to the Alsace region she came from. The desert was excellent, made in house.

The cons: The tables are extremely close together and I got to enjoy an oversized derrière in my face while the two adjacent tables were turned over. One especially threatened to overturn our wine glasses. My entree of lamb shank was served refrigerator cold and by the time it was returned to me my wife was finished with her meal. My cocktail was not served until I was almost finished with my salad. The waitress said the bar was backed up but we were seated in a spot where we could see it sitting on the end of the bar during my entire salad course. The bread is baked in-house but we didn’t get a chance to enjoy any until we had to ask during the main course.

There are some places you eat and would never consider giving them a second chance after a poor experience. This is not one of them. I think our meal, with the exception of the rumps not on the menu, was not the norm. I would definitely consider giving them another chance when we return to Phil.

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Th ambience in the restaurant is great. The servers were polite and professional. The flammekeuche is a good starter and can be shared.

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best escargot. Food is consistently good. Have been coming here for years and will continue to do so. Consider the Pichet of wine. You can’t beat the price and it’s a pretty good quality

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DO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always Great - Love the atmosphere, Service and Food

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CR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at this Queen Village neighborhood bistro. We had a superb foie gras salad and Miller's Trout with the freshest green beans this side of Paris. Perfect spring dinner.

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KK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend had made my birthday reservation here in advance since this is our favorite place to eat for special occasions. The food is always delicious and the service is always top notch. Upon making the reservation, he had put in the request for the little table in the front so we could be away from the larger groups and make it more romantic, and we actually got a confirmation that they were able to reserve it for us when they confirmed the reservation the day before. Upon arriving the next day, the restaurant was completely empty and all tables unoccupied...except for that table. Somehow they let the one group who came in sit there and it was really awkward at first since they’d obviously made a mistake. Our dinner was still delicious and really special as the staff gave us free glasses of wine and our waiter comped our dessert as a sweet gesture (though it obviously wasn’t his fault). They did a really good job of making things right. We are definitely looking forward to coming back for another special occasion in the near future.

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DG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Service outstanding. Food very good and imaginative. Fairly priced.

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BA
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. We especially enjoyed the mussels with egg, Swiss chard croquettes, the short ribs, and the monkfish. The ambiance was wonderful as well. 10/10!

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JM
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Had poached eggs with mussels in a creamy tarragon sauce, duck confit, charcuterie plate and escargot. Yummy one and all. We almost always do the Prix Fixe choice - ap, main and desert for $25. GREAT value.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu has significantly improved, with an added swiss chard appetizer that are small fritters and delicious. The entrees were all wonderful. The manager is terrific and hospitable. Thanks for a great night!

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistrot la Minette had wonderful French vibes, the bread and butter is amazing, and I ordered rabbit - a 5 star dish, in my opinion. Service was fantastic, our waitress was attentive and our meal was prepared quickly. The decor tied up the experience into one I won’t forget. I can’t wait to try another of their seasonal menus.

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AL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They have a good happy hour! Scallops to die for and tartare very good,!

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HD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a place that is on my recommendation list and must go back list. Service was impeccable. Attentive but not overly so. Food was beautifully prepared with many layers of flavor. We enjoyed the French table wines presented in crocks - which made having wine with dinner a nice value. They attempt to create a visit to a Parisian Bistro and succeed in all respects. I can't wait to go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistrot la Minette is our favorite restaurant. The staff is friendly and professional, the food is consistently good and the atmosphere is that of a charming French bistrot.

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AG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, but menu doesn't seem to change. Seating is tight but the great French food always overrides all the downs.

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RG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite!... and happily always some seasonal additions to menu. Always special.

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BM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is fantastic and the food is even better than that. We will keep coming back until we try everything on the menu and many more times after that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. The food is sublime. Great services!!

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