Colette

4.6
628 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Front and back garden patio available.

Colette blends the best of French culture to bring a dynamic dining experience to Porter Square. We strive to leave a lasting impression with our dramatic surroundings, smart wine list, warm and hospitable service, hand-crafted cocktails, and of course, a French inspired menu. Brunch, dinner, or cocktails - welcome to your new home!

We offer a range of small plates, hot and cold, which remix French classics - Mussels, Steak Frites, Salads, along with Cheese and Charcuterie boards and French desserts: Mousse au Chocolat, Crème Brûlée... Everything is made in house with love, we start from scratch everyday.

The star of our drink menu is definitely the wine, But we also serve beers, ciders and cocktails crafted by our mixologists.

We are located in the Porter Square Hotel in Cambridge.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 628 people are saying
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vipSamanthaB
New England
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were amazing! The wine selection was outstanding! We had a great time and will be back.

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AndrewB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a covid oasis. Amazing outdoor dining space, great food and great service. I never get chicken at restaurants, but do yourself a favor and get the chicken.

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MaryK
New England
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and it will definitely not be our last!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The waitstaff were great especially our primary server, Gia.

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DrLiv
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio, wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, and delightful menu-- such a lovely spot!

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David
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent place for great food and service! Delightful servers and staff with wonderful food. Highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic patio. Great cocktails!

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vipBobH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The steak frites was disappointing compared to two years ago, which was the reason my wife and I returned. The steak was an inferior cut of meat and overly salted, as were the fries. The wait staff was uninspired. The price/value coefficient poor and will not merit another visit.

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CambridgeConfidential
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I always enjoy coming to Colettes. It’s a great atmosphere everyone who works there is friendly and helpful. Got a chance to hang out with
friends I hadn’t seen in a long time and just enjoy some good food and company. They have a decent wine list and creative cocktails. We said inside because it was a rainy evening but no matter where you are at Colettes inside, on the patio or sitting at the bar it’s always pleasurable.

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BriyithB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cassie was such a great waitress, very attentive. The atmosphere was aesthetically pleasing and the drinks were strong!

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vipWhitneyVT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great but the prices were a little high. The steak tartare was flavorless.

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vipNadja
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The patio behind the restaurant (and away from traffic) is a wonderful outdoor setting. The appetizer "canard en croûte" is awesome and very generous, and the moules appetizer equally delicious. Other dishes such as the boneless chicken and the mushroom tagliatelle earned high praise. One person complained that the spiced tuna was too strong, the flavor too much like a salad dressing. All in all, a great place to unwind; ideal for friends and conversation.

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PuppyObsessed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to dine. The back patio is one of the nicest places in Cambridge and the drinks are excellent.

JK
vipJeffK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Given that this is a French-style bistro, it was astounding that the french fries we ordered to accompany our martinis were so long-out-of-fryer, nearly cold and limp.

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MarielleD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening, great patio and very friendly and professional staff.
Overall a wonderful evening.

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Bartholdi350
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service by Cassie. Also Velma was very good. Will return again. It was lovely to meet Filipi. The food was well prepared and delicious! Lovely interior design and outdoor seating.

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WendyG
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Charcuterie board excellent; needed more toast. Everything we had was delicious. Rose recommended was perfect. Loved the ambiance indoors; outdoor seating even better.

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Erin
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the garden and had the most incredible dinner!

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kristines
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent find! Limited menu, but all terrific. The French onion soup and chicken are to die for. Great, fun vibe as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went here on a date night and we had Matthew as our server. He gave great recommendations, and the overall service and ambiance was fabulous.

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious meal with an attentive but not intrusive waiter.
Already, we are planning a return, as the menu offers many tempting choices. Highly recommended for quality of food and service and lovely ambience.

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vipKathy
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and our waiter, Matthew, was outstanding!

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anne
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Drinks, wine also grear as was our shrimp cocktail- something one would imagine is not a big deal to mention but the shrimp were huge, absolutely clean, cold and perfect in every way. We had a great pasta dish. Our steak frites was okay but we’ve had better. The ambience in their outdoor dining garden was beautiful with great spacing between tables and nice strung lighting. Also happily no blasting music! The lack of music was so refreshing ! We were visiting from NY And enjoyed ourselves so much that we have already recommended Colette to friends who live locally. Thank you for a lovely evening out. My husband and I will return whenever we are next in Boston/Cambridge.

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DebraT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice local spot with excellent French onion soup

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TheresaM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was attentive. Would definitely return!

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vipMargaretG
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We had dinner in the back on a beautiful night - great atmosphere. Our server seemed to be pushing us quickly to order before we were ready. When the food came, it was not timed well and some of the food was seriously overcooked. We lingered over drinks and the staff seemed anxious to get us out - hovered over us. But when we asked for our check, they weren't too quick with it! Beautiful setting but otherwise not a great dining experience. We heard they had staffing issues - maybe will try again and hope for a better time.

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vipBabyGouda
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall good experience but it was a little concerning that waiters were masked but many of them were not covering their noses and mouths. Mouths only which we all know defeats the point. Nonetheless a lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

The food and service were fantastic. But with all of the windows and doors open for the outdoor patio, there was no air conditioning or air exchange indoors. It was 100 degrees inside at our table. So definitely sit outside!

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JJ1288
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambience is very cool. Food was pretty good. Service was pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One server came up to us awkwardly asking if “we wanted anything” to which we realized we hadn’t looked at the menu yet bc it was QR and we’d just been chatting.

From then on we were ignored by multiple staff who chose instead to sit down at the bar and chat with their bartender. We left after waiting about 10 minutes for someone to take our order (after we’d clearly put down our phones from looking at QR menu).

I have worked many years in this industry and there’s simply too much competition in a city like this to put up with bad service.

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LoisG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meals were terrific. We ordered the duck and stripped bass and each had tremendous flavors and presentation.

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vipallaz
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall it was ok , food was good , service was very slow .

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent!!

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Davisnest
New England
31 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Colette was a favorite neighborhood place before the pandemic hit. This was our first visit after having been vaccinated. We met friends and dined on Colette's back patio (quieter than in the front, which overlooks on Mass Ave.) We enjoyed the duck and steak entrees, along with a couple of sides--brussels sprouts and frites, but were too full for dessert. Service was a bit slow, likely because of the staff shortages plaguing many local establishments, but both friendly and attentive. We'll be back!

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JeremyC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Solid food and great environment.

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JayneL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

generally I love everything about Colette. This last dining experience was subpar due the the lack of attention from our waitress. She was far from friendly (even with encouragement) and took ages to attend to us.

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BenC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The big stuff (ambience of the patio, food quality and preparation) is great. Small stuff could be improved. Delicious bread but skimpy on the butter. We asked for more--never got it. Iced tea arrived, but no sweetener. Why should we have to ask: waiter should bring some or ask when he takes the order if sweetener will be needed. Bottom llne: we'll continue dining there.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious! Dessert was omg. Waitress was super nice. So happy to have such a great local option for an excellent meal

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was charming. The front entrance patio look like you were walking past a restaurant in Paris. When you entered you were immediately taken into a relaxing dining experience. We sat in the back patio under beautiful striped umbrellas and were mediately greeted by an incredible staff. You could tell that this was a place that had patrons visit frequently. Adults sharing a bottle of wine and friends talking over a cocktail. Honestly this was an incredible experience

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vippstraith
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Collette is a near miss. It is uncomfortably loud( a function of the construction materials as much as of the clientele) unnecessarily dark, and having to access the menu on one's cell phone is a gesture to being "cutting edge" that should be abandoned in favor of an actual paper menu of ten point type size or larger. (The paper menu was shamefully produced--"its not very pretty"--and it's type size so small as to make it unreadable) The wait staff were attentive but seemed new to their task , still learning. The food is good enough.

FAQs

Colette offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 576-2222.

Colette is rated 4.6 stars by 628 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.