Colette

4.3
93 reviews
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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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LE
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Reading about the restaurant in the Globe and looking at the menu, especially of the small plates, my foodie friend visiting from VT and I were eager to try it. Sadly, while the oysters and the shrimp cocktail were tasty, the rest of our choices, aside from the mushroom vol au vent, were disappointing. The fava bean "stew" was OK but the flavors of the sauce on my "Nicoise Canneloni Codq au Vin were too pronounced, i.e., overpowering. The chicken filling was underwhelming. The beignets for dessert, while light and flavorful, were nothing to write home about. And the noise--energetic is a polite way to describe a noisy irritating atmosphere. Of course, dining out these days seems as much to be about being "trendy" and being part of a party-like atmosphere. And has has been noted frequently elsewhere, designed to get tables to turn over quickly! The best part of our evening was our charming, friendly, and attentive waiter; other wait staff was also efficient and friendly. If only the rest of the evening had risen to this level--the restaurant is in a great location and the design is definitely appealing but the food has a way to go to warrant another visit from us.

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MR
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sat at the bar- great cocktails and wine, friendly service and food was excellent- simple and fresh- exactly what we were looking for. This could quickly become a frequent neighborhood stop and/or date night for us. Loved the decor. Great addition to the area.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall happy with our dining experience. Very good food, cool/Parisian atmosphere. Extremely loud, which didn’t bother us but may others. Service was a bit spotty - twice my husband had to re-order a drink that never came. Cocktails were OK; wine was better. Otherwise love the addition to Porter Square and would return.

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AC
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this little neighborhood gem that has popped up in the Porter Square Hotel. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a Parisian Bistro - with decor that is both opulent and welcoming at the same time. The food is absolutely divine. Although I had been there for brunch before, this was my first time having dinner in the restaurant. Each dish was cooked to perfection. Some key dishes that stand out are the braised leeks and boudin, the pan seared scallops, and the nicoise cannelloni coq au vin. The braised leeks were perfectly cooked with the boudin accompaniment offering the right touch of savory flavor and offering added texture to the dish. The canelloni coq au vin was delicious - the sauce was perfection, covering the two light and air canelloni. And, finally, the scallops were perfectly cooked and the celery puree was a divine addition to cut through the richness of the juicy scallops. The wine list is also an eclectic mix of mainly French bottles. There were 4 of us at dinner and we shared all of the dishes, as well as 2 bottles of wine, and it came out to roughly $60/per person. A total steal for being transported to France in the middle of Porter Square!

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B
New England
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

First of all, we were there early (unable to make a 4PM reservation), sat at the bar and had a problem ordering a drink, then were led to a table. It is a very large restaurant, and there were only three tables occupied. Nonetheless, we had trouble getting the waiter to take our order. The music was very loud, but they did lower it when asked. The menu was identical to the menu at Frenchies in the South End down to the print type. The food was just okay, but the service, etc. made it an unfortunate experience. Sorry.

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AG
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, interesting mix of options on the menu (I esp like the cheese & charcuterie boards) & attentive service.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Chris and Antoine and the entire crew! My new favorite place!

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and drink very good. Pretty noisy for conversation.

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A
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Colette has won our hearts. It was a Saturday night and they were PACKED--new restaurant, lots of complex orders, etc. So, they forgot one of our orders. And they comped it. AND, they sent us a substantial appetizer so that the person who was without her order would not go hungry. They were apologetic and charming about it. Good business, and they will have our return business for a long time to come.

Now, the food. Excellent salmon and scallops. My pork chop ( brined and tender) came with a side of gratineé potatoes which were not too gooey, but very flavorful. A beet hummus was excellent, and the bread was fresh. Our favorite desserts were the crême brulee and the bananas tatin ( and I don't even like bananas). Drinks were well-made and good-sized.

Next time, we might go for breakfast, or to have appetizers at the lovely bar area.
Thank you, Colette!

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CW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The vibe is fun and loud, and the service is excellent. But the menu is American rather than French, the food is only fair, and the wine is incredibly overpriced. Bread is served with salted(!) butter. Appetizers include your normal soups and salads. Entrees are uninspiring (chicken breast, hamburger, pork chop, steak, pasta, risotto). If you want quintessentially French dishes (coq au vin, cassoulet, choucroute, beef bourguignon, salad nicoise, duck confit, etc.), you'll have to go elsewhere.

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NS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good for brunch date with your friends, especially if you like to take pictures. Food and service is ok nothing special about.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing drinks, ambience, food and staff! Love the decor, it's so chic and feminine with a touch of class. My BFF and I went for brunch and stayed until it was almost time for dinner! Will definitely be going back!

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SC
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service but the ambiance is very tame

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fancy fun atmosphere, delicious & adorable food!

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PA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Délicieux et charmant! Loic et un hôte génial, tout le personnel sont amical (et le café est excellent).

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with a very pleasant ambiance. Food was good (brunch) and service very friendly. We will return for sure to try the rest of the menu.

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C
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. We place in Cambridge. Only problem is that the place is VERY LOUD! Food was outstanding. Service delightful. .

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ES
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Excellent mushroom appetizer! Pretty good food otherwise if also a bit pricey.

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R
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and atmosphere were excellent. The staff was extremely attentive. I had a glass of wine since this is a wine bistro and a French restaurant but found the amount of wine in the glass about half of what I expected. Other than that, it was a lovely evening.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, more menu choices would be great!

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PR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s a great new addition but Porter Sq eating options. But expensive for the offerings $17 glass of wine ?
Food was overly rich in use cream and butter. A little old fashioned French.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we loved the food and service
We will return on our next trip to Boston

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LJ
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Energetic and exotic vibe to the restaurant. French onion soup was well loved, while the kale salad was not so much (needs a little elevation). The grilled pork chop was divine, as were the mussels! The wine menu has some lovely, well priced picks. We will return! Je vous remercie!

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l
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a nice birthday celebration for my daughter at this restaurant. We had a lovely round booth for 5. There were beautiful flowers in a vase just behind us. We all love french food and were pleased to find old favorites--steak frites, French onion soup, cheese board--along with new items--fried cauliflower, vegetarian pasta option for my spouse. We ordered all these as well as some delicious desserts--creme brulee, beignets, and madeleines. The restaurant was also kind enough to bring an eclair with a candle for my daughter. The staff was trying very hard but it was clear the restaurant is still fairly new and we had the sense they were tripping over each other a bit--some coordination would help between the waiters and the people who fill water, bring food, etc. All in all, it was a terrific dining experience in a convenient location and beautiful setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun space, the food was excellent.

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MM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting Colette. We arrived at 7pm on a Sat. night. The place was packed - sparkling with energy and vibrance. We had a spectacular meal, fantastic service, and a great table in the center of it all. We could not have enjoyed ourselves more. This is a new and welcome gem to the 'hood!

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m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overpromised and underdelivered. The service was poor. Clearly staff is untrained. The food was underwhelming and not really the French fare they promised.

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only issue was seating. Had requested a booth in reservation, but was seated at table. However, manager quickly resolved issue and found a seating arrangement that worked great! Food and service were great for the rest of the evening!

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LM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, delicious food and attentive service. We brought our kids and they had high chairs but it’s not a place that caters towards kids, which is fine and was not expected. We have been waiting for this local spot to open and it exceeded expectations. It will be great for adult nights out for drinks and dinner. I’m already planning a trip back with friends, and we’ll probably come back again with the kids- French fries were a big hit. The French onion soup was the best I’ve had outside France!

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n
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Disappointing. Food was reasonably good, not expensive for many items. Ambiance not so good. Colette's doesn't feel at all like a Paris Bistro (we live there half the year)--also very noisy (on a Friday night anyway), not very attractive. Probably would not go back. Does not compare well to, for example, La Voile.

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N
New England
49 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around! Late lunch of shared salmon, mixed kale salad, fries, choc. mousse, crème brûlée, raspberry cocktail all excellent, service attentive and personable, & seating comfortable and not too close together. Definitely will return!

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EJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and service are wonderful. While the small plates are tasty, portion size is tiny and often not enough to share.

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KW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Colette is quickly becoming a staple for my girlfriend and I. We had been going more late-night for a cocktail (espresso martinis are fantastic) and they have a good whiskey selection which we both appreciate. I recently got a promotion and wanted to try the porterhouse with a nice red wine and I was not disappointed. I used to be a steak chef at a steak and wine bar up in Burlington, Vt and the porterhouse was cooked flawlessly. The wine was a perfect match in flavors as well.

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NY
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Cute little restaurant with good food, and great character. Service-wise, it was standard. Not bad, but the servers were quicker to deal with the older and larger groups rather than the younger couples--standard, and I can't/don't blame them.

It's a good date-night spot, and a solid addition to Porter Sq. area.

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B
New England
36 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere is perfect for a quiet dinner. Drinks excellent and food very good. Service was good too - I'll definitely be back.

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EJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered several delicious small plates and had wonderful wine and scrumptious dessert. Especially loved the ambiance and service. Plan to return.

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CP
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We enjoy Colette's sister restaurant Frenchie in Boston South End very much. We were hoping to find Colette as luscious since it is a new restaurant in our neighborhood--walking distance. My hope is that Colette evolves into as lovely a place as Frenchie. Not there yet!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I was really looking forward to brunch at Colette. The decor was absolutely beautiful and I appreciated the attention to detail.

The service left a little to be desired. Dishes began to pile up on our small table and we ended up with a small stack by the end of the meal. After repeating our orders several times my boyfriend still got the wrong order and we had to wait a while longer. When the food did arrive, it was rather sloppily presented. I would have liked to see a little more thought than just a bunch of things thrown into a slice of bread. But it tasted good, and the cappuccino and bloody mart were excellent.

I’d like to try Colette again for dinner - the service and presentation may be a bit better then, though I do understand they’re probably still working out kinks after just opening. It was an overall pleasant experience and I’ll come back again.

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LR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our dinner at Colette - the food, drinks and ambiance. We loved the fried cauliflower fleurette, the kale and brussel sprouts salad, and lobster risotto. The French fries were a guilty pleasure! For dessert, the chocolate mousse and beignet were amazing with espresso. The Midnight in Paris cocktail is delicious, and we enjoyed a bottle of Pouilly Fume as well. The decor is beautiful, and the service attentive and helpful. This is a great addition to Porter Square.
Congratulations Chef Cyrille on this fabulous new restaurant!

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SN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurent in term of food, service and decoration. The restaurent was really loud.

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