Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue
Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.petitrobertbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6178670600x
  • 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: 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, steak-frites 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!
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Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (33)great for outdoor dining (29)romantic (26)special occasion (24)notable wine list (13)good for groups (12)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (8)scenic view (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • WWWWAAYYYY TOO NOISEY
    Pamela
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We were a bit late for our reservation because the T was running very slow. Nevertheless we were greeted warmly. However because we were late we lost our outside table so had to eat indoor in the dining room...the noise level was such that you couldn't wait to leave. The stress level was also high so it was impossible to relax and to visit. If you could get then to feed you in the very quiet bar, or if there is a table outside this would be a great place. Inside, forget it. By the way the food was excellent and the service did their very best in a not so easy situation so I would rate them very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunchable locally
    moondoggy1962
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    stopped in for lunch. we both had tasty salads . bread was fresh. service attentive
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neiser
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were a party of 5 and everyone very much enjoyed the food. My only "complaint" which is low level is that the bowls/plates used were not user friendly. Had a great salad that was served in a high sided bowl which made eating it with a knife and fork a challenge. Same with the entree. BUT these are minor issues as the food was very good and I would recommend restaurant! And we'll return!
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  • disappointing
    marlbeth
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    While we loved sitting outside, we were disappointed with the food. The soup had not flavor, the salad was too heavily dressed, the steak was tough and tasteless.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South End - Great!!
    eater
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Came at recommendation of waiter from abe and louie's and were not disapointed - Our dinner with old friends couldn't have been bettter. Bar - great seleection - manhattan and lemon drop martinini's both done well. The Smoked salmon was great - The beef bourguignon was rich tender and made with care. The lamb fell off the bone. All the vegatables were cooked spot on and seasoned right. The salads were freash and generous. Lobster Bisque - wanted more - Desert eclair had great chocolate sauce and went fast. The mouse au chocolat was rich and satisfying. Service was attenttive, respectful and unhurried. Only disapointment was menu was different than the web sight - wanted duck and they didn't have it. Still great and will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good value for money
    da4diningVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Enjoyed a simple meal of salad and steak frites-- both good and reasonably priced given the location. Initially disappointed at the very limited list of wines by the glass, but the Bordeau suggested by my waitress was very good and also reasonably priced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have been to Petit Robert (Columbus Ave.) on numerous occasions, and find that it is consistently among the top French restaurants in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French bisto
    Silviait
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perfect to meet friends to talk, good size and different dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic, Intimate Dinner
    PrincessPVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My boyfriend and I dined at Petit Robert Bistro on Columbus for our anniversary, and we were not let down! The ambiance is very mellow, lights dimmed, and a great place for an intimate dinner for two or a small group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great french bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    we were there for my husband's birthday. we sat outside. the food was excellent.the staff was friendly and ready to do anything to make our evening wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Salads, Good Mains
    MathBob
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My wife and I both ordered salads to start and they were great: mine with beets and a nice dressing, hers with encrusted goat cheese. For main courses, she had the Coquille St Jacques; nicely presented, but the scallops were rather tough (overcooked). I had the steak frites with bernaise sauce; the sauce was excellent and the steak was tasty but very tough and gristly. Perhaps we chose unwisely for the main course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious, refined,yet approachable
    tazfood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Nice selections of food and wine. Great if you are looking for a French food fix, a nice refined menu in a very comfortable atmosphere, excellent service, and reasonable prices v. the quality. Great wine options that pair wonderfully with the menu. A hit for a romantic dinner, a fun time with friends, or even a treat for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    SmiffCakes
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Overall good experience. Fabulous French onion soup, good bluefish and yummy dessert. Can't complain!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic and wonderful
    Lakemama
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a really wonderful birthday celebration with delicious authentic French food and great service. Our waitress/sommelier was especially helpful with wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    Carlos
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The Manager is extremely rude, if you want to have a bad experience come to this place.
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  • Summer Nights
    Dj2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great outdoor dining that is part of the neighborhood community. Food was great and service was polite. This spot is great for a special day or evening where you want to just enjoy the food, drinks and surrounding. There is no rushing or pushing you out. The chocolate Souffle was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sally
    Salad
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Absolutely DELIGHFUL! I would definitely return to this restaurant. The service was superior and the good was delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love French Food?
    TorontoVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This south end restaurant offers quality french food with a contemporary flair. Great neighborhood restaurant as well as place to bring out of town visitors. Service was pleasant and knowledgeable. Small but lovely wine list with both French and American offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • +=
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was excellent. Restaurant was busy (Friday night) and too noisy for the six of us to comfortably have a conversation, a real drawback to us. Service was attentive, though food was slow to come out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love, love love this resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food is always excellent and presented well. Service is good but you never feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No A/C at lunchtime
    dfochilVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The French waitress told me that they don't turn on the a/c "until the sun comes around". The restaurant faces north. Maybe this is why it was basically deserted the day we had lunch there. Fortunately there's a handful of small tables in the shade on the sidewalk, and even more fortunately there was a breeze to offset the 80 degree temperature. However the restaurant itself was far too hot to sit inside.
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  • Magical
    Birthdaypal
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Between the amazing food, service, and ambiance I felt transported back to Paris.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The beef bourguignon was excellent and the Grand Marnier soufflé was delicate and delicious
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful relaxed brunch
    OBal
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Given how hard it is to get a brunch reservation anywhere in the South End on a weekend morning, I was surprised we were able to make a reservation the night before for a party of 6 at Petit Robert. The place was also empty when we got there at 11:30, so I got worried about the food. But then everything was so delicious! The coffee was high quality, omelettes were flavorful and not overcooked, and the eggs benedict was perfect. This is a hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic French dining experience
    Nessa
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    You just can't go wrong at the Petit Robert Bistro. If you want a delicious, authentic, French dining experience from "l'apperitif" to "le cafe", this is your place. Everything was cooked to perfection. The scallops were succulent, the pork was perfect and the lemon tart not too sweet, not too tart, just what it should be. I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average but good desserts
    pickyfoodperson
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was average, but the soufflé and lie flotant dessert amazing.... (if you like French desserts)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just fine
    jofiVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
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  • Delightful
    BostonguyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointment for brunch
    Allison
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    Jenn
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    EXCELLENT FRENCH MEAL, FOOD FRESH, weel prepared, interesting. We really enjoyed it.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect spot
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    for French food. Yuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite!
    TOLmusicVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1096 reviews are from the Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue reviews archive.
  • Feels Truly French
    GreatTaste
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    It feels very European,it's like a small piece of Paris in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When Paris is a bit too far to walk
    SimplySatisfied
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for any occasion
    Katya
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service was perfect. What else do you need?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent authentic french brunch
    jameslwu13
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night Before a Show
    MrFancyPants
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    OBRS
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic