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Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue
Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.petitrobertbistro.com
  • Phone: (617) 867-0600
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Brunch Saturday/Sunday: 9am to 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jacky Robert
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Baby Shower, Brunch Rehearsal

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. Newton Street
  • Public Transit: Back Bay station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 7 days a week, $15
A word from Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue
With a casual atmosphere and a classic menu, Petit Robert Bistro feel like an authentic French bistro. Francophiles with a hankering for onion soup gratinee, beef bourguignon and apple tarte tatin need not break the bank, as the bistro keeps its prices modest. Those with a sweet tooth enjoy made-to-order souffle or a giant profiterole. Bon Appetit!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I found this restaurant to be just fine. The food was simple, French, but I found it to be lacking any punch to give it that four star rating --- particularly the bluefish I ordered, it seemed fairly bland and could have used some salt. The smoked salmon appetizer was good, I must say. I think the prices should be less than they are, I was pretty surprised when I saw entrée prices. This is closer to a $$$ restaurant --- not a $$ restaurant."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Made a last minute reservation with out of town friends for 8:15 pm on a saturday night and scored an outdoor table. The weather was spectacular and the South End view just great. We have been to Petit Robert a number of times but everything was just wondeful we had great servers and my wife and I ordered the bluefish parisienne, this fish can be risky for me but what a surprise it was just delicious. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been to the Petit Robert in Kenmore multiple time and have really enjoyed their brunch and dinner, however the same food at this SOUTH END location was not the same; the eggs Benedict were served cold, and when I had mine sent back, the plate came out hot, but the eggs were STILL cold. The french fries and the mimosas were great, but the main meal of the brunch was not appetizing, and I will not waste money on food at this location again. If you want to go to Petit Robert, go to the one in Kenmore, which is a lot better than the one in south end."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! Everything we ordered was lovely (we had the calamari, smoked salmon, gazpacho, coq au vin, and green curry). Fair warning: the menu changes sometimes, but the online menu might not be up-to-date. It doesn't really matter though, since the food is so good. I am usually a pretty fast eater, but found myself deliberately slowing down to savor the flavors. I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "for French food. Yuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "EXCELLENT FRENCH MEAL, FOOD FRESH, weel prepared, interesting. We really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Love the place. It has a nice French bistro atmosphere. Clarisse the hostess is very sweet, and inviting! Service is very attentive. Food id excellent. I order the foie gras all the time (very delicious, btw) before the city bans it. LOL!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It feels very European,it's like a small piece of Paris in Boston."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Petite Robert is a little piece of Paris in Boston. Even if you aren't into "French" food, you may enjoy Petite Robert, which is more like French comfort food (great wine, fresh vegetables, delicious and simple salads, and perfectly cooked meats.) Be prepared to take your time and enjoy--in order to have a real French experience. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I took a friend who needed to get a flight later in the afternoon to LA and this turned out to be the perfect place. It was a beautiful spring day, and we ate on the sidewalk. The sister of my friend, an exoburbanite, remarked that it reminded her of places she'd been in Europe. Service was swift and polite, food--quiche, onion soup, etc--was delicious, quickly service, and reasonably priced. I'm from the neighborhood and had the opportunity to choose among several local places. I chose Petit Robert and was very glad that I did. It fit perfectly in our plans with good food, a pleasant location, and overall a great experience."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the service was perfect. What else do you need? "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Was pleasantly surprised with how authentic PRB is! Was greeted by a hostess who was clearly French, and it looks like the place is run by a French family. We had an excellent croque madame and nutella crepe. Will definitely go back and try out more things on the menu!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Petit Robert has an open outdoor dining area where you can bring your dog, so we go despite the mediocre food and poor service. Last time we went, though, on Mother's Day for brunch, it was truly awful. We waited several minutes for water. We had to ask twice for them to bring us iced tea. The waitress was generally uninterested in speaking with us. But the most ridiculous part was when I ordered an omelette and asked if they could add spinach. The waitress said they couldn't take any special orders because they were so busy (the indoor section was half full) and I could get a side of spinach. I let it slide and ordered the side, which was just sautéed spinach. Then the bill came & they charged us $8 DOLLARS. We will NEVER be back. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Party of 5 who dined here before the Symphony. As to timing, we told the waiter of our plans and he.made sure to make everything happen for us. We started with drinks. The girls all had one of the specialty cocktails on the drink list, everyone of them came back with two thumbs up. On to apps. I had the herring. I had never tried herring before, only ever saw it in the grocery store in those jars with the suspect liquid. Anyway, I was feeling a little adventerous. It came wrapped in a light coating of pastry with a delicious mustard sauce on it and a side salad. An absolute winner. I never knew I liked herring. For the main course I had the special. It was a ribeye steak covered in Bordelaise. Words can't describe how good it was. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I've had dinner here several times, but this time I was disappointed. I had the duck (too coated in fat) and my wife the cod (too oily). Not bad, just unremarkable. General atmosphere is pleasant, though it got very noisy, and I had a seat with a fine view of people constantly going in and out of the bathroom - best to be by the window if you can manage it. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Great menu, happy folks, always eager to adapt or make adjustments to satisfy customers, my wife is french and have never being let down......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I have to be honest. A restaurant that refers to itself as a "French Bistro" should excel at Boeuf Bourguignon but that entrée was unfortunately very poor. The other entrees (3) were good but not exceptional. Street parking is impossible and the valet fee is $20.00. With so many excellent restaurants to choose from in Boston including the South End it is doubtful I will return anytime soon. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Our dining experience was awesome. We had reservations fir a table bit after enjoying a drink at the bar we decided to dine at the bar. The bar tender by night and pastry chef by day was so nice , helpful making wine decisions and well informed about the menu . Out fodd was delicious , I enjoyed the beet salad and a roasted cod entree my husband had the steak. We both had to have dessert, chocolate mouse and the lemon tart!!!!!!! We will be back fir another great meal and friendly atmosphere . "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have always liked Petit Robert and considered it a reliably good place to dine. My friend and I were disappointed this last visit. While the service was attentive and the drinks and wine were good, both the food and decor need improvement. The place overall looked a bit run down and the chairs are now quite rickety. The main courses we had were not up to par. My friend's salmon was undercooked and even when redone was not that great. My veal with mushroom sauce was not good at all: dry, unappealing veal, overly oily sauce. I will say the dessert, a chocolate and orange conconction, was good."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "From one of our very first trips to Boston we have loved this restaurant. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is perfect! Whenever we go to Boston, e make this one of our food destinations."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We found staff to be very accommodating and friendly. Service was very good and food was delightful. Definitely worth a visit and/or return trip."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "A welcoming place that looks great and has a nice feel to it with OK service and disappointing food. The pate, mussels coq au vin and boef bourgignon can all do with improvement."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Simply and nicely done! Brunch omelettes were nicely turned out and the prices were moderate"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "An enjoyable dinner before The Pops! Smith was a wonderful waiter filled with knowledge about French cuisine and beer!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Went to Petit Robert with an Open Table gift certificate. Food was very good, but the roast chicken was a little dry, and the veggie side dishes were the same for both entrees, and were entirely unimpressive. Portions OK but not particularly large, and beer list was good. Service was excellent though, and ambience was among the best in the city. Get the pate--delicious. Will be back."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Seating was 30 minutes after reservation time, and the first two items one of our party ordered were out, so the menu had to come out a few times before she could make a selection. Best to let the staff know what is out before they get to the table. We were probably a little short on patience since the delay was at the limit of what was ok."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We love Petite Robert. The food is always good, often excellent.The staff is friendly and accommodating. My husband loves calves liver. I don't. It is is not always on the menu. Once we went with friends and he commented sadly that calves liver wasn't on the menu. The waiter overheard and said, " Oh, we can make thet for you." Happy husband. We often share a profiterole for dessert. Delicious."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Petit Robert Bistro's new chef has maintained the established, informal French menu for the most part but has added interesting touches that reflect his experience in Italy and other parts of the world. The traditional dishes are comfortable old favorites. The new ones offer some pleasant surprises. The restaurant is a fixture in our neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Petit Robert Bistro is a small, friendly restaurant with excellent French food and a very nice wine list. It is a little expensive but not overpriced for the quality of the food. The staff is very attentive and the ambience is nice with white table cloths. It feels special but not snooty."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We came with friends for my birthday and were all pleased with our dinners. Two of us had steak pomme frites and two had a fish over ratatouille. I thought my steak was a little tough but my husband had no complaints. The other couple loved their fish dinners and would order them again. We shared a plate of macaron cookies that were interesting but doubt any of us would order it again for dessert."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "As a regular diner, I am concern about the deterioration of the quality as well as the choices. It used to be a reliable French bistrot; it is becoming more and more a fast food venue. The smoked salmon was extremely salty, the French onion soup was unremarkable, the patees were food market quality. The vegetables were cafeteria style and taste, the Coq au vin was from an abbreviated cookbook. The ile flottante was the best dish! Where are the Tripe Provencale, the sweetbreads and the other authentic French dishes. Even the veal liver was short chained! The noise was unbearable and we had to walk away to be able to converse."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food was fine and people pleasant. We made a reservation and still sat for 45 minutes waiting to be seated .I can understand a few minutes, but 45?"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "A perfect dining experience. Delicious food, great staff, not too noisy, not too expensive.... an ideal civilized grown up place. I will return again and again. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We were extremely disappointed, our first time there with friends who had been many times for lunch and they were also disappointed. The food was definitely not up to french cuisine, the coquille st. jacques, was nothing like a real one, the duck had to be returned as it was so rare and tasteless. Will not return."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "My first time at this location really enjoyed brunch."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I was very pleased with the service and the flexibility in being able to add two more people to our party at the last minute and how quickly we were seated. I was disappointed in the amount of hollandaise sauce on the Eggs Benedict; It was on the skimpy side. The French fries that were served were cold and greasy. Given the size of the space and the number of people served, I thought that playing music detracted from the ambiance rather than adding to it. I had been at the South End site on April 5th and had a fantastic meal and dining experience. Based on that experience, I organized a group of 8 of us from my Church to have Easter Brunch at the South End Petit Robert location. Ed"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I have always loved petit Robert, so invited friends from out of town for a special night. The kitchen took forever, and my entree was cold and uninspired in its presentation. The duck, which I had before, was primary fat rolled in sesame crust. I was sorry to see a good spot go so wrong. My friends were polite, but did not have the raves I got from my guest on prior trips. I will not risk this embarrassment again."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We went here recently before the BSO. We have been many times before. However, it had been more than a year since we had been. The menu has been upgraded, and the food is even better than before. Excellent French dishes, with fresh vegetables. Cocktail menu is also nice. The tables outside were full, but it would have been a nice place to sit and enjoy dinner."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Petit Robert bistro on Columbus Avenue. We've been to the one on Commonwealth Avenue in the past a few times and we liked it. The first thing we noticed when we got there to the Columbus Avenue restaurant was that the tables were all lined up right next to each other so you didn't have any privacy to speak to each other. The next thing we noticed was that it was only one special in the menu looks like it never changes. The wine was okay but overpriced for the quality of the wine. The service in the restaurant concentrates on movinorientationg people hovering around us trying to take our food before we were done, rather than asking if we needed anything."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I used to come here fairly regularly several years ago. On return the other night I was impressed that it looked even lovelier than I remember. Beautiful new color on the walls. Gorgeous white linen table settings. Perfect easy French night out. The food was pretty good, too. It'll now be my regular place again …. Lovely! Robert"
    Dined on 4/5/2014