Colette

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14 reviews
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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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Granted, it’s only February, but the wild mushroom vol au vent might be the best thing I’ve eaten this year. The cocktails are delicious and the wine options are on point. I had the half chicken which was perfectly cooked and delicious. My girlfriend had the steak frites which also smelled and tasted amazing.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine’s Day experience at Colette with my girlfriend. We ordered four appetizers and two entrees. The amount was just right for each dish, and was not that expensive overall. The scallops and mushrooms are fascinating. Also compliment to the House Burger as well. Definitely will visit again.

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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, but service could be improved. Since the restaurant just opened this could be expected, we will definitely return!

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DR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was beautifully presented - appetizer of mushrooms with puff pastry was earthy and tasty. The steak frite was ordered medium rare but weas more like medium - barely any pink - though it was very tender. Lobster risotto was mediocre - lobster tasted precooked and a little chewy. Had to send the first bottle of wine back ($40+) - I have almost never done that. It was not even drinkable if it were a $9 bottle.
However, the waiter was totally gracious about it and we ordered a $50+ bottle which was excellent. Which brings me to my final concern. The wines were all too expensive - unlike Europe where a good bottle can always be had for 20 Euros. They are buying wine at wholesale prices and probably trippling the price for something they oepn and put on the table.
Overall they are trying hard and it was the first 10 days of their operation. They probably will get better and I would try again.

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

The French cuisine at Colette is a great addition to the food scene on Mass Ave. The food, service, ambience were all terrific. And the people are just amazingly nice.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I had waited for this restaurant to open for months. The hostess was not friendly but our waitress from the park plaza in boston was phenomenal

The cocktails were superb but unfortunately the lobster risotto had lots of tiny shells in it

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic French comfort food. Comfortable seating and very nice decor. Reasonably priced. Will go there again.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has it all, location, charm, great service and delicious food. Gonna be a new regular!

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Too little food for the price, wines too pricey for the neighborhood

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DS
New England
31 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is an excellent new French restaurant in Porter Square. Our food was outstanding: charcuterie, brussels-kale salad, steak frites, roasted chicken, fresh bread, good quality French wines by the glass, and a lick-the-bowl-clean Nutella chocolate mousse with cookie chunks. Service was hit or miss -- drinks took a while to arrive, other customers' food arrived at our table -- but will improve with time. Everyone was friendly and trying their best. We will return!

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i
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Colette on their 2nd opening day and we were not disappointed. What a joy to find former Bistro Duet chef again!! Dining room is well decorated, warm ambiance. Service is very attentive. There is a selection of French dishes but not only. Very long wine list! Easy parking on Porter Square. Great experience, will definitely go again.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing! The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. Would highly recommend the lobster risotto!

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g
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ordered 3 appetizers: the duck, the mushroom and the mussels. Both the mushroom and the mussels were heavenly. Light, beautifully sauced and a joy not only to eat but to look at. The duck was ok but not at the same level. Lovely staff and ambience. Looking forward to going back in a few weeks.

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F
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For those who loved and miss Bistro Duet in Arlington, (Chef Cyrille Couet is back) go check out Colette at the Porter Square hotel.
Colette opened on Wednesday 2/6. The decor is fantastic and the food is great. Service by Alex was fabulous. We will be back. I encourage everyone to give it a try. Menu includes lots of small plates but also a choice of entrees for every taste. I would recommend the "Vol au vent" with mushroom ragout, (the sauce is spectacular) and the scallops. We also tasted the "ceviche" which was delicious and the "charcuterie" tray. Go and sample and enjoy...It is worth it!

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