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: (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: 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
94 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (42)romantic (32)special occasion (25)notable wine list (18)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • ATN42
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTED
    Zack
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
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  • Easter Brunch
    DisappointedfromJP
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Brunch
    EandJakeVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My first time at this location really enjoyed brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly disappointing
    OECD235
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
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  • excellent bistro
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too commercial
    Drbillg
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
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  • Birthday dinner
    Robesranger
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday. Everything was good, but the service was excellent. It made the special occasion actually feel special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even better!
    Robertissimo
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • early dinner late lunch
    ktcmomof4
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were a party of 7 eating at 4:00 and the service and food were excellent. We had hors d'oeuvre then dinner then dessert. Delicious and fancy desserts. They even put a candle on the birthday girl's dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magnifique!
    Veronique
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Like an afternoon in Paris! Went to the South End location, my favorite, for a late lunch. Was seated at a wonderful table near the window overlooking a wonderful mixture of old and new quaint buildings the South End is known for. Service was very friendly, and not rushed. We had a variety of appetizers: escargots, oysters, smoked salmon, pate, brie; all accompanied with their fresh baked baguettes, not to mention some French Champagne. Absolutely FABULOUS! For desert we had the Grand Marnier Souffle. Ended up staying until early evening, enjoying EVERY MINUTE! Would definitely recommend, especially for a romantic occasion!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Energetic and crowded
    KarenO
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My friend came back for the Beef Bourguignon and I ordered sea bass. It said it was seasoned with lemon and ginger. It was on a bed of chick peas and I noted no lemony flavor nor anything resembling ginger. It was ok. Good enough to almost finish a generous portion of fish. I did taste my friend's beef and it was very tasty. Noisy and crowded but I liked the energy. Didn't get a ton of attention from the waitress but she was pretty busy. all in all, I would go again but only if someone else wanted to try it. Meh.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Solid and reliable quality French bistro food. Though basic dishes, they are hearty and well balanced. Appetizers are abundant in quantity and quite inspired. Deserts were remarkable. Excellent atmosphere, though the physical environment is a little tired and could use renovation, including the access.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice French restaurant pre-theater
    Yesod
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    My wife and I greatly enjoyed our dining experience at Petit Robert prior to our short walk to the Huntington Theater. The Coquilles St. Jacques, preceded by Saumon Fume and the Salade Romaine, were all well-prepared and nicely presented, and the wine list, while not extensive, was sufficient for our purpose (we had a nice 2010 Pommard). Don't forget dessert (Chocolate Gateau Petit Robert).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mislead
    Deanschof
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A six forty five reservation made well in advance resulted in standing in a crowded space for 20 minutes waiting for our table which became available at 7:10. A hassled, but apologetic hostess assured us every few minutes that the party at "our table" were leaving any minute. Once seated the service was fine. The salads were quite good, the entrees disappointing; lamb tasteless, steak tough and tasteless , Brenaise sauce cold, with very little taste. French fries bland . Overall, unfortunate choice. Overpriced, underachieved. We will not return nor would we recommend this overhyped eatery.
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  • Total experience was delightful.
    hungryasabear
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Total experience was delightful. Downside was the noise level making conversation somewhat difficult at times. I can see that another restroom would be useful. Food/wine very good. Seems chic despite the fact that space is somewhat cramped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, weak service
    Sasanoa
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We really like Petite Robert, but Friday night was a bit disappointing. We arrived at 6, and let it be known we were going to a concert at 8. Our waiter took our drink order at maybe 10 past 6. We were served our drinks about 6:30, I think. He then took our order. Service was okay after that but timed such that we had no time to enjoy a dessert or even think about a cup of coffee. I am not sure what we could have done differently. We thought two hours was more than enough time and we did mention the start time of the concert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 5
    Dave
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We had a visitor from out of town. The restaurant was convenient to his hotel. I had been to this restaurant before, and knew about their quality and high standards. Our table was available when we arrived. The valet parking is a major benefit since parking is impossible in South End. The food was excellent. The service was excellent. I can only say good things about this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • split decision
    winegeekVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    A friend and I had dinner (again) at Petit Robert. His entree (pork shank) was fabulous. My chicken was dry and inedible. Wine list continues to underperform, in my opinion, and with prices 3x retail, it's hard to stomach.
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It took over an hour + to get our meals..Way to long to wait for lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Joke!
    NewtonResidentVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is NOT French food! My coq au vin was a leg with some sort of black stuff on top...it looked and tasted like it had been reheated about 20 times over...overcooked to the point it had absolutely no taste whatsoever! where is the red wine, or pearl onions, or lardons ??....embararassing. The texture reminded me of dog food! My daughter had the roast chicken which was dry and tasted old/reheated. The plating was far from appetizing or elegant. We had to wait over an hour to get our food and the waitstaff was not very friendly. The noise level was very loud given that the tables are so close together. Overall, the PITS!!!! Two huge thumbs down!
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  • not very good
    pete
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    beef bourguignon ingredients not close to Julia Child's. Sauce too sweet. Mushrooms & small onions not found. Buttered noodles that came with coq au vin had little taste - how do you ruin buttered noodles?
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  • (almost) Spring time in Paris!
    NotsoMuchVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Merci Beau coup! Went to Petit Robert Bistro for the 3rd or 4th time ... always forget how much it makes you feel you have been transported to France. Coq au Vin was amazing and the mussel and frites were a wonderful appetizer (to share!). We were so full after we ate we took a long walk around the south end and then returned for meringue cookies and espresso ... Bon Appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit the mark
    Dmstraw
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We got a tip from a friend about this restaurant. It happened to be only about 3 blocks from our hotel, so we tried it. We all enjoyed our food, having luckily gotten the best table in the house with our reservation. I ordered the beef burgundy, which was really tasty. The meat was tender when I cut it, but rather "chewy." The wine was great. Prices were very reasonable. Only problem was it got very loud by the time we left. Our reservation was at 6:45. The place was very busy, but the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happily we hit Petit Robert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Happily we hit Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Ave the opening day they began serving breakfast. It was wonderful. Such a welcoming neighborhood bistro with gracious service...even the chefs! And the breakfast was terrific. I love that each breakfast included lettuce lightly and deliciously dressed. Bravo! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Like Paris
    SouthboroughVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We had heard about Petite Robert and decided to try them out. The service and greeting team were very attentive and accommodating. All salads were fresh and just the right size and other appetizers were very good. Scallops ad chicken were delicious. It can be a little loud but later at night it is not problem. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu, new chef, SUCCESS!
    marydeVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Petit Robert has been reinvented. Always a neighborhood favorite, Petit has ratcheted up its game. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • I go as often as I can, sit
    Barbara
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I go as often as I can, sit at the bar and enjoy the wine and the food. It is a perfect neighborhood spot. The bread is divine and the service is always friendly and courteous. I will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunate combination of dishes
    GiulioVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We have been affectionate customers of Petit Robert for years, we go to France often and enjoy traditional french food. we were truly disappointed by the choice of dishes and by their poor quality this time. My wife had a pork belly dish with a black rice quinoa risotto that was overly rich and left much of the pork belly fat in the dish. Prior to that she had had a foie gras on top of beans which had the same problems and really the wrong combination. My roasted chicken dish was dry and accompanied by flavorless vegetables. Our friends were also served unappealing food that night, with the same accompaniment of flavorless vegetables. Mr. Robert should start understanding that the competition in the South End is fierce, times are changing.
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  • A very pleasant evening
    Fussy
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    I have been to Petit Robert Bistro many times. The food is always good and the service friendly and efficient. There is a good selection of moderately priced wines by the glass. My wife is especially fond of the roast chicken that is a generous portion providing her with lunch on a subsequent day. Our companion had the risotto that he enjoyed very much. When the restaurant isn't crowded, it is a perfect place for an intimate diinner and quiet conversation. The valet parking is a bit dicey, but given the location they do as well as can be expected.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petit Robert
    CoopwriteVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    This is a terrific French bistro style restaurant. The food is classic bistro style. The staff is at the top of its game. Our waitperson was from from Dijon; totally charming and very efficient. I've been to this restaurant multiple times and always enjoy the food, wine and ambiance. I recommend dining there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French at Le Petite Robert
    RichS
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Le Petite Robert is not trying to be anything other than an excellent French bistro, and that's exactly the way it should be. Beef tartare, wonderful selection of pate, roast chicken, duck, pork shank. Great attentive but unobtrusive service. Awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    Traute
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Petit Robert maintains its excellence. It's the next best thing to being in France. I appreciate their seasonally focused changing menu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • great neighborhood restaurant
    RogerAVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    a neat little restaurant in the south end. We have dined here on several occasions and have enjoyed each time. Very professional wait staff. The food was great and the presentation superior. Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little short of very good
    thoughts4food
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Service was outstanding and sensitive to our needs and schedule. Food in general was very good, but one dish was too salty (the risotto--but still very flavorful) and one was done medium+ when ordered medium rare (the duck--but still juicy and tender). portion size was good; food pricing was appropriate; wine pricing was on the high side for the selection; Desserts were large but some (the apple "pie") were enjoyed much more than others (the bread pudding); We will go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful little restaurant,
    dkdld
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    A wonderful little restaurant, food was excellent. Our waiter, Smith added an extra nice bonus to the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service? What service?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The service level was inattentive and poor. The entire meal was rushed and hurried for no reason, which was also true of other diners near our table. The hostess was not accommodating. An ok meal in a poorly conducted setting. This is a true, matter of fact review from a local resident.
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  • Parfait
    Foodie6VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    This restaurant has filled the void. I've been meaning to go here for years and I wish I'd gone sooner! Brunch was delicious and affordable, the service was lovely and well-paced, and the quiche was incroyable! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chilly
    Chris
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I sat at a table near a window in the dining room. We had a party of seven and everyone had to keep their winter coats on because it was so drafty and cold. Unsatisfactory!!!! Some electric heaters near the windows would have changed the experience. I will not frequent the restaurant again on a chilly night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect date spot!
    Melissa
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I've been to Petit Robert several times and I've never been disappointed. Each restaurant is situated in a cozy, intimate space with lots of character in the decor. The food is always outstanding without pretentious prices. The smoked salmon and foie gras are delicious, and the Coquilles St. Jacques I ate was mouth-watering. My friends were all satisfied with their meals of the duck confit and the boeuf bourginon. Definitely save room for dessert; the gateaux was outstanding, and the little chocolate Eiffel Tower is a nice touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.