Bistrot La Minette

4.8
3517 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
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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vipPentimento
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back at this restaurant. Like seeing a friend again.
Escargots, truffle tagliatelle, chicken, pork cheeks and short ribs. All excellent. Mille feuille for dessert.

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MarkP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Bistrot La Minette and the experience was exceptional, as before. Ariella was our server and she did a phenomenal job with suggestions and wine pairings. We had tagliatelle with truffles and pork belly confite for starters. My wife ordered the special, skate wing, and I had the pork cheek. It was all very, very delicious.

The desserts were excellent and I highly recommend the Mille Feuille aux Framboises. Incredible ending to our meal.

The restaurant was at 50% capacity due to Covid restrictions, but that did not deter the staff from fulfilling their destiny. The food was fresh and tasty. The ambiance is typical French bistro, with marble and iron cafe tables and tin ceiling.

Highest recommendation (run, don't walk).

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Pamela
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came back for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. The seared foie gras is always a favorite and one of the few restaurants in Philadelphia where you can consistently find it. And the rabbit in mustard sauce was too die for! The cocktails are always unique and perfectly prepared. Parking, unfortunately, is an issue but we take Uber from Bucks County. It adds another $120 to the evening but we’ll worth it in our opinion.

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vipThomasR
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bistro in the French mode; a more modest menu but really well done on those offerings. Would have liked one filet option for one of the party.

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gourmande
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely evening at La Minette after a concert, although dining outdoors is a bit chilly (even with the heat lamps). Foie gras and truffles are a wonderful holiday indulgence, boeff bourginon will keep you warm.

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Cadguy
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to see the restaurant recovered from the broken water main at the corner. We came for a birthday and our first real dining experience since COVID started. It was awesome.

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RachelC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a friend for a special dinner to celebrate the release of the new Beaujolais vintage. A perfectly thought-out meal with simple ingredients done expertly. Wines complemented and amplified the food. A fantastic value for four courses and three different wines. Continues to remain the best French food in Philly.

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vipRugbyCoach
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as Always!
Natasha, our server, was lovely 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th anniversary dinner at our favorite place. Escargot and beef Bourginon and a Cote du Rhône. Superb as usual. Stellar service as well

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GaryB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server ( Arielle?) was fantastic….crisp service all night. Food was outstanding, chefs were extremely flexible in preparing gluten free meals. Ambience and total experience was exceptional….looking forward to returning.

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StevenL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my friend to Bistro la Minet for his birthday. We'd both been wanting to try the place for some time so this seemed like a good occasion. The decor was quite comfortable and felt like being in Europe. The drinks list was especially interesting since they have pastis, something I hadn't had outside of France. Our server Ariella, was very friendly and knowledgeable about both drinks and food and helped guide us to the rabbit and beef bourguignon with a side of Brussels sprouts grilled in duck fat. She ended the night by presenting my friend with "Happy Birthday" written on a plate in chocolate syrup - birthday candle included! The whole experience was very nice and I'm sure I'll find myself back there again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a little slice of Paris, and our absolute favorite restaurant in Philadelphia! The seared foie gras is literally life changing, but every dish was impeccable; from the olive tapenade amuse-bouche to the fresh made butter, every detail was perfect. I cannot recommend Bistro enough.

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Flanneur
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best, French-style bistro in Philadelphia. There are others - very good ones - but none taste or feel as much like Paris as La Minette does.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, is all I can say. The food was delicious, our server, Arianna, was fantastic and they made my wife and I's 5 year wedding anniversary dinner feel very special. 💯% would recommend and will be returning!

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RobinA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific! We loved our waitress who made great suggestions. The drinks were yummy and the wine list was well curated. I’m not a vegetarian but got the beet gnocchi which was in a buttery, citrusy sauce with a nice crumbled cheese. My husband got the rabbit which was served in a classic French mustard sauce which he thought was delicious. My son got the pork cheeks and his friend got beef bourguignon and they loved them. We’ll definitely go back.

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James
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, even better service, really great quality from the restaurant and the whole staff was so helpful and responsive. I don’t know a better place I would recommend

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MatthewD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and meal- service was fantastic

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vipflowtops
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taste buds taken back to France in the 90’s

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MarkM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant in Queen Village that will take you back to Paris 😊

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Cheryl
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro never disappoints! Delicious food and lovely servers. And the bread!!! OMG!

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vipGourmet
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the Bistro.

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AnnD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistrot has been a favorite of ours for years, and its and our absence during the Covid shut-down didn't in any way change our minds. Food is out of this world. Service is well-timed but not invasive. The restaurant decor is wonderfully French. It's difficult to beat if you want a perfect dinner and night out.

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SheilaF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

So looked forward to returning to a favorite post-Covid and was very disappointed. Won’t be back. Ugh!

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IanC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite French restaurants in the city. Great wine and cognac selections as well. Some of the best service in the city as well, and the staff truly value the restaurant and the customers experience. I can never speak more highly of this restaurant!

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vipSHG224
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Extraordinary service. Merci, Sebastian!

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Wendy
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice dinner. Ate outside which was lovely even if the street is all torn up due to a water main break. There was no thru traffic which was great! We will be back!

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vip4allseasons
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple, authentic, French bistro. Delicious. A neighborhood gem.

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cconforti
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful overall experience; from appetizers to dessert everything was delicious.

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BrianK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a wonderful meal in a comfortable, charming setting. We love coming to Bistrot La Minette.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The other couple we were with said it is the best French food they’ve had and they French food foodies.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was lovely and made you feel like you walked into a Cafe in France. Our waiter was exceptional, advising us on different dishes and giving a little back information about the dishes. The Miller Trout and the Rabbit were the favorites among the four of us. We ordered four different entrees and did a family style in the center of the table so we could each taste everything.
It is rare to get a trifecta meal experience but this was it…ambiance, service and food all 5 stars!!

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vipfooodeeee
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This is my third time going back, as always excellent service and delicious food. One of my favorite French restaurant

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vipRugbyCoach
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absofreakinglutely Amazing! As always!
Food beyond belief, Awesome server - Ariela
Tremendous cocktails! Sazerac and an excellent Calvados Sidecar!!!

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cowry
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a Birthday celebration. Will come back again.

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vipfoodie46
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Mediocre “ French” food. This place is highly overrated.

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vipSocietyHilldiner
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another unbelievably delicious meal! Our first meal back since the pandemic and it did not disappoint. Our only wish is that there were a few more appetizers on the menu....we would have ordered more if there was something else to order. That said, the trout was as good as ever and the wine superb. We loved it!

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EthanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Amazed me for how they cook the dishes. We ordered pork cheek and rabbit. Pork felt like melting in my mouth and rabbit was also tender. The appetizer special foie gras was also nice and not too fatty. Would like to come back again in the future.

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pascualc
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was delicious. Very nice chef Peter.

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RobertF
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary are special to us. We expect the best and received exactly that. Bistrot lived up and excelled our expectations. All aspects. Tough to park there but well worth it. We were from out of town but OpenTable found us the spot based on reviews and rating. Outstanding!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We ate outside
The construction and sewer pipes surrounded us

We still enjoyed the experience

Sebastian was awesome

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Maurice
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate outside and it was relatively quiet despite the revery from the next Block. Service was impeccable. Food tasted great, I had the snails & rabbit in a mustard sauce, while the other three had the Fois Gra special & rabbit liver which I got a taste of and it was smooth and delicious. Trout was the other entree and they loved it as well. My husband selected a perfect white to go with the fish & a wonderful rich red to go with the rabbit. Dessert was a raspberry in puff pastry and a chocolate pot de cream. This was our first time back since Covid and we throughly enjoyed every morsel! We have never had a bad meal here and look forward to coming back soon.

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Bistrot La Minette is rated 4.8 stars by 3517 OpenTable diners.

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