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
87 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (36)romantic (27)special occasion (22)great for outdoor dining (21)notable wine list (17)good for groups (10)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (7)scenic view (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • shadowVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Went for late lunch around 1:30. Restaurant was nearly empty. Only 2 other tables occupied. Only one wait person. Had to wait at least 10 min. for waiter to even come to the table. Finally, took our order and brought our drinks. We sat for at least another 20 min. with no food and no attempt by the waiter to let us know what was going on with our food. Finally asked why our food was taking so long; said he'd check but didn't come back to tell us what was going on. Asked again and he said food was being plated. Food delivered maybe after another 5-10 min. Never have experienced such poor service in a nearly empty restaurant. I had Nicoise salad and paid $5 extra for seared tuna and it was a minute piece of tuna that was tasteless.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The ladies next door
    beauregard
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were promptly seated (next to two elderly ladies enjoying their martinis!) We split a salad (perfect for a dinner salad). Wife had salmon, which she said was okay, but nothing to rave about (thus the 3 stars). I had the special.. beef bourgenoine(sp), which was excellent (4 stars). But the ladies at the next table (both into their 80's...) raved about the escargot and their split calves liver (and, of course, their great grandchild). Made for an entertaining and delightful evening. Close quarters for dining, but then it's a bistro. Incidentally, they have dining al fresco , weather permitting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommend with reservations
    Debbie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Nice menu and very tasty food. Accoustics are terrible and dining room is extremely noisy and makes it difficult to have a conversation. The space is quite cramped with tables too close together - the woman at the neighboring table hit me in the face twice with her scarf! Atmosphere is very French and French speaking waitstaff adds to this. Would recommend going at off hours unless one likes a more frenzied loud environment. The waiter was nice with Euro charm and professional, but instead of bringing my husband's soup out as an appetizer he brought it with the other main courses to be followed by his salad. This was odd and disappointing as my husband was hungry, tho not tragic - perhaps I should have repeated his request in French!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable
    BrooklineregularVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I come here routinely for pre-theater dinner. The food is excellent, service very good (and French), pleasant place to sit, staff accommodating. The traditional French food, e.g., coq au vin, is their forte.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy Saturday Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had a Saturday night pre-theater dinner at Petit Robert. Previously, had been on Sundays. Found that 1) the food was very good, 2) the noise level was too high for conversation at a table for 4, 3) the service was very non-attentive - the staff was overwhelmed with the number of diners. Our Sunday experiences have been much different - low - moderate noise levels, excellent and attentive service...and of course, excellent food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try it you'll like it
    Richard16
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I recently visited Petit Robert Bistro on a Friday evening with out-of-town friends, and we were blown away by the outstanding food and really attentive service. Our waiter was extremely helpful when we couldn't decide on what type of wine to order, and the support staff always ensured that water goblets were filled, all unobtrusively. They do cram an awful lot of people in a small space, but I wouldn't let that stop me from going back there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely delicious
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were staying in the neighborhood on vacation and Petit Robert Bistro was recommended to us. We got a reservation through OpenTable and we're lucky as it was Friday night and we were hungry. Excellent excellent service. Nice selection of half bottles of wine, which was just perfect for us, and food was great. We started with the mussels and bacon and cream, which were fantastic. Waiter brought us extra bread to sop up the broth. We ordered salmon and the mushroom risotto and enjoyed both very very much. Truly a leisurely evening with no pressure to move on and very attentive but not overbearing service. Only slight complaint is the loudness inside the tiny restaurant, but turned out fun to talk to those sitting right next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed....
    nolagal
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Two diners loved their meals, but the two of us that ordered Coq au Vin were very disappointed. It was bland and really not as good as what we could cook. Maybe it was missing an ingredient? Salad was excellent and one diner loved the Onion Soup. At least the ambience was good, no large & loud groups made it enjoyable to sit and relax with our friends. We'll go back since it's in the neighborhood but won't order the Coq au Vin!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet and cozy
    McMandels
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This place is the epitome of a French bistro, but I wish the food were a little better. The food was not bad, but it wasn't anything special either. Our party had the rotisserie chicken, which was ok, the Coq au Vin, which was decent but nothing to write home about, and the steak and fries, which was properly cooked but again nothing special. Probably the best thing to eat that night was my kids "French hot dog".
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Fading? Bistro
    debatecoach
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Le Petit Robert still has a lot to recommend it, but our visit on 10/12/14 was disappointing compared to previous ones. We arrived at 12:25 PM with a 12:30 reservation and were seated immediately. It took 35 minutes before a waiter even took a drink order, and it was nearly an hour before any food arrived. There was only a Sunday Brunch menu available (this was not mentioned on the website). Two of us had Moules Frites (one marniere and one curry), and they were excellent along with very good frites. The third person had Coq au Vin, which was on the greasy side and relatively flavorless. The bread was not up to par, essentially a roll that lacked a good crust and a soft inside. Le Petit Robert appears to be fading, at least at brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and food greatly diminished
    Sassy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Petit Robert used to be one of my favorite places to go to replicate the French Bistro experience. Cocktail and salad course (salade verte with goat cheese) was I argent, poulet roti was borderline dry with tasteless au jus. ) We lost our appetite waiting for the dessert so delayed was it. Service very mediocre because waitress yelled at us in order to be heard through the noise. my dining companion was very pleased with her saumon grille. The popularity of this bistro may have forced them to squeeze in a few too many tables-access was difficult which may account for the waitstaff failing to keep water glasses filled. Upon leaving, the maître d was profoundly apologetic and offered us a dessert on the house if we returned. Perhaps!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We love this place
    L02118VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We always bring friends and visitors here. Great cocktails, wine. Delicious food from apps to dessert. Lovely service. Authentic French. Our faves: the escargot, scallops, pork, giant profiterole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I live around the corner from their south end location and have been on several occasions since moving to the area last June. It's great for both groups (they're very accommodating) and dinner for two. I've yet to order something I didn't enjoy and they have a varied wine list. The servers are attentive without being intrusive and I've never felt rushed. It's also very reasonably priced. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
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