Colette

4.4
222 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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. Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, or cocktails - welcome to your new home!

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

The star of our drink menu is definitely the wine, more than 30 references by the glass! But we also serve beers, ciders and cocktails crafted by our mixologists.

We are located in the Porter Square Hotel in Cambridge.
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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is stellar, we went for my birthday and it was a great celebration dinner!

r
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was terrible! This is so sad, as I’ve been going to Colettes since it opened. It has gone way down.

MR
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a charming place! Relaxed yet attentive service, soft decor and just a lovely experience. I had a chicken breast that was perfectly cooked with a delicious mashed potato and spinach. Definitely will go again.

TL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and décor. Food was great and deserts even better.

JC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming new restaurant in Porter Square, a welcome sophisticated addition to our area!

B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely from start to finish!!

RK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Loved the food and decor. Service could be better. Waiters were super confused.

FF
New England
60 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday celebration; just the two of us. Colette’s was beyond perfect! Outdoor seating, engaging waiter and other servers, magnificent flavors. The coq au vin cannelloni et exquis!
Scallops, fried cauliflower, lamb are expertly and delicately prepared. We will return.

DD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, we are definitely coming back!

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic and tasty. Decor and ambiance very French. Crime brûlée is a must have

IM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

On the positive side, the food was quite good, and the ceviche was a particular favorite.

On the negative, the service was quite confused and uncomfortable. The waiter handed us menus and then asked us if we were ready to order about 10 seconds later, before my wife had even had a chance to open hers. Each course came out before we had finished the current one, suggesting that maybe the front and the back of the house aren't really communicating with each other.

It felt as though we were being hurried to leave, extremely odd when about 10 of ~40 tables were occupied.

Overall, the food shows promise, but the front of the house seems to be way off the mark at the moment. Hopefully they'll straighten things out.

b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have eaten at Colette twice and each time has been fabulous. The portions are just the right amount, the presentation of food is wonderful and the service outstanding. We ate outside this time and enjoyed the ambiance. It is one of our favorites in Cambridge and the prices are reasonable too.

RB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Colette is a delightful addition to the restaurant scene in North Cambridge. The food was great, the wine selection was good, the oysters were fresh and delicious. Overall a fantastic dining experience.

CN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Sat on the sidewalk patio in the evening and it was very comfortable. Food was quite good, not extraordinary.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a romantic dinner date

HM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like this restaurant it is a really french style cooking and decoration! J'adore!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific. Brings heightened ambiance to Porter Square

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were expecting great food but were disappointed. The service was attentive and despite some mistakes in the order, quickly corrected the mistakes. They were very nice to bring out a happy Birthday dessert plate for my friend.
The mixed charcuterie plate was very good but the sliced duck salad had very fatty duck and not much flavor .
The mussels entree was cold with a light cream broth . My wife who usually loves garlic broth mussels could not eat the dish.
My $31 lobster fettuccine had rubbery lobster , overcooked fettuccine noodles, and light somewhat tasteless cream sauce with peas and something I can’t remember.
Our friends crime brûlée was a lighter than usual consistency -maybe deliberate by chef. Birthday boy liked the lighter touch.
Nice wine list had a good Prosecco.
Overall $225 for 4 ? I would not go back - there are better French food restaurants in Boston.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place by accident and enjoyed our experience so much that we’ve been back. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is fun. We’ve been with our kids (10 and 12) and the waitstaff has been very kind to them.

JH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fab date night. Will come again and bring friends!

D
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Colette is a delightful addition to Porter Square! Had a light dinner with a friend—we each had an appetizer (seared scallops and cannelloni coq au vin), split an order of roasted vegetables, and shared dessert (Breton cake with strawberries). Everything was extremely well executed and tasty, and the dessert was simply to die for! Can’t wait to go back!

DG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is good and the cheese selection is great

R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Colette on Bastile Day weekend and were truly impressed. The new hotel in Porter Square is a very cool spot, and the restaurant is near perfect. You don't feel like you're in Porter but instead in some sleek urban neighborhood. The staff is fabulous - and French - and the food is an interesting blend of traditional and experimental. Will definitely go back and go back often!

JP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seemed to be trying too hard, from the typewriter to the chairs to the drinks program seemed to lack confidence in their food which was great

SB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous and delicious meal on the patio. The service was great, my only wish is that the servers knew a bit more about each dish. When we asked about some of the ingredients (specifically a black cracker-like thing atop the ceviche dish) they didn't know what it was. Other than that, will definitely be coming back. Love the decor in the space and the patio is fantastic.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very high class, French-inspired atmosphere. Our waiter was eccentric, kind, and professional. He suggested an amazing bottle of white wine that wasn’t the most expensive on the menu, much appreciated for a young-adult couple. Small dinner portions, but the quality of ingredients makes it worth the price. Got a half-dozen clams as an app, which were so fresh. Lobster fettuccine for my entree. Could have used more lobster but the pasta tasted homemade and the saffron cream sauce was so tasty. The truffle fries were also incredible and quite truffle-y.

AC
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love going to this gem in Porter Square. The food is always spot on and you can’t beat the little outside nook for taking in the rays - it almost makes you feel like you are in Paris. They have some fantastic wines both by the glass & bottle. Try it - vite! Vite!

RO
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great croissant. Drinks not especially great. Service was good in that they were overstaffed but the staff was not particularly attentive. I wonder how they would be when they get more crowded. Overall though great food, good service, meh drinks, great ambiance.

B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, service was great, decaf coffee was terrible. But then again, it almost always is.

HH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, nice atmosphere and attentive service.

A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for brunch, romantic or group dinner! Amazing staff and food. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Transported us to Paris. What more can be said?

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a wonderful evening.The service is perfect as usual it’s a lot of kindness and very professional .
The food was amazing and very good. Thanks to the Chef.
We really enjoyed Colette.

Christine and Alain

OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful. Another table was complaining about something for 15 minutes and he came back over to our table cool and collected and with a smile.

j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

pleasant food and ambience. on the first night of the terrace being open, the servers appeared to be overwhelmed. will definitely go back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious dinner out on the patio. Service was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend Colette!

MN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was not as good as last meal. Chicken was way too salty. Not enough of a portion of veggies. Desert was meh! It’s convenient so I’ll try it 1 more time.

W
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We waited a long time for our food, but the food was very very good, as was the service. We could hardly hear each other talk -- very loud, on a Friday night. One in our party had been to the resto at lunch and said that it was much quieter then.

VV
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Colette has great decor and food! We would have appreciated some background music but other than that it was great!

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