Colette

4.6
592 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 592 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JayneL
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite. Wonderful ambiance on back patio with plants, flowers, umbrellas, and twinkling white lights. Felt like we were in French countryside. Will definitely be back!

JW
vipJamesW
New England
85 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, creative, tasty, fresh, well concepted. Ambience of the outdoor terrace was superb - beautiful landscaping and bordering a quiet side street. For once we could talk with ease and actually not need to shout at one another. Service was helpful, on point, and friendly. A real winner.

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vipPetrI
New England
35 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good upscale cousine. A bit pricey, but that how it goes these days. Wine list needs a few more reasonably-priced items (nearly all wines sold at this point are more than $50 a bottle).

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SuziT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Colette's has a wonderful atmosphere and tasty food. They also offer outdoor tables in front and in back, which are perfect for summer weather and easing back into dining.

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NicholasP
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was good and service was prompt enough
(2 courses + coffee = 80 minutes) but a little impersonal.

There were a lot of people there, and we had a table near the bar
so the noise level was quite high. Ambience OK but nothing special.

But I though there was value for money here. The food was as good as
other Cambridge high-end places and substantially cheaper.

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vipDBEE
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening outside. Food and service are great. The tuna crudo appetizer is a must!

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JOSEPHK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

A total disappointment. To start with the place was very poorly designed with totally uncomfortable seating arrangements. The tables were so small and they were probably designed for just drinks. Chairs were very uncomfortable. Very poor noise control, loud music playing in the background. The appetizer “duck confit mushroom” was nothing like the description, just ordinary mushrooms and it was very hard to find the duck confit, more like a mush. The food, tough steak frites and boring tuna, was just ordinary and over priced. The desert was terrible, white chocolate bread pudding. Tasted like it was sitting around from before the pandemic. They even forgot the white chocolate, too. Also, I miss a real paper menu. One had to use ones phone to order. What do they think they are in a train station, or fast food location. Typical Cambridge waitress who doesn’t seem like she enjoyed her job. All in all I would give the dinner experience an overall average rating (and that’s being really nice). Do people only go there to drink? After all they call themselves a wine bar. They should forget about the food and just serve drinks. Or maybe some peanuts!

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vipDoug
New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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CStrat
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

No problems receiving our bar reservation . Staff was efficient, food came out amazingly fast. Our only quibble, hence the 4 stars was that they ran out of the wine we wanted to try with dinner. The bartender allowed us to try 3 other wines by the glass but we didn’t really care for any of them . We will try again some other time as we realize this can happen. All in all would recommend.

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KarenR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. Wines by the glass excellent. Food was prepared beautifully. The wait staff and hostess were very friendly and polite.
Would definitely recommend to anyone staying in the area.
Will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio seating out back was just lovely. Nice surroundings, the food was great and the service was excellent!

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vipMarjoryB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dining on a beautiful, outdoor patio. A great summer treat.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food excellent as always. Homemade past superb. Service not up to its usual standards but everyone has an off night now and then

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LizA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience …. Great food, excellent t service. Love the back patio!

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AlleyCat
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was an amazing French man who made us feel like we were dining on a patio in France. Excellent service! :chefs-kiss:

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Snickerdoodle
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A summer evening dinner with a friend at Colette was a wonderful way to celebrate the freedom to eat out together after a long 15 months of COVID. The host who greeted us was welcoming and efficiently worked her way through three couples ahead of us before showing us to our table in the back patio. We started with appetizers--French onion soup and the duck confit with mushrooms, both delicious and generous portions--they ordered entrees we knew would provide us with delicious leftovers--the tagliatelle and the crispy half chicken with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. There were several other items on the menu that beckoned but we had no regrets about our choices. The service was also quite good. We'll be back!

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2ndhelpings
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely outdoor setting, great food and excellent service.

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vipRebeccaR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio in back is a delightful setting. Wait staff were sweet and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I had a similar experience to some of the other reviewers. The apps came out before the drinks and then took forever for our entrees to come (about 45 minutes). I thought the food was only okay. The other disappointing thing was that the pictures show a beautiful patio outback and they put us in the front which was far less pretty and loud from the traffic on the street. Overall pretty disappointing experience. I would not come back to this restaurant.

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KathleenK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the tuna crude, duck confit and brussel sprouts as starters. The sprouts were amazing. The chicken was by far the best entree we ordered but the pasta dish was also very good. We sat indoors, but the outdoor seating looks very comfortable as well. The wait staff was excellent. Very enjoyable.

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finny
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Colette for a celebratory dinner (there were four of us). We sat on the gorgeous patio under a large umbrella, which came in handy when it started raining; it kept us dry and comfortable. Everything was delicious and the staff were all lovely and professional (and masked, which was good and also made me feel weird about not being masked, but that's my own stuff and they are doing a great job). Can't wait to go back!

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AnnieM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So happy to be out. Great atmosphere! Food was delish (except some mussels were undercooked) and wine was amazing!! A lovely lovely evening!!

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Matt
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

An excellent experience overall! Indoor seating area was very warm, it seemed like AC was turned on halfway through the meal. Delicious food and wonderful service.

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vipGiovannaFinziContini
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great winelist
excellent in every way

PJ
vipPapaJoe
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing night out. Wine and food...AWESOME

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LPperson
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here - everything is lovely. Excellent fabric and texture filled atmosphere and lighting, no blaring music, attentive servers, exquisite food. Ordered a fantastic bottle of rose and after dinner cappuccinos - will always go back!

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BethK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors, which was lovely, and a lot easier to hear than indoors. The food has improved, in my opinion. I used to find it a bit rich, but now it is lighter and delicious! Service was outstanding. A great choice for a nice dinner out!

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JayR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food spectacular and not overpriced .
The wait staff always very accommodating . The hostess could have dressed better than jeans and sneakers; since the hostess is your first impression. She had no style or flair for a French bistro.

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SuziT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Colette’s is a charming bistro with great atmosphere, attentive service staff, and yummy food. We chose it for our first restaurant meal since the pandemic and are glad we did.

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french75
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience and friendly staff members! Both food and drinks were on point.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They just reopened and it was a lovely meal!

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vipAnabellaG
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service superb!

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viphard2plz
New England
64 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, fresh, flavorful, responsible portions, and superb staff

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JenD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places. So glad they’re open again.

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Rick
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Way too loud. Had to practically yell to be heard. Hard floor, hard walls, glass - nothing to absorb some of the sound. Really liked the food and service and will not return for indoor dining.

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IanG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting on the back terrace for an excellent meal after my son's graduation. Weather was perfect, food was well prepared, and the service was excellent (which from former restaurant professionals is a rare complement).

FAQs

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

Colette is rated 4.6 stars by 592 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.