Petit Robert Bistro Needham
Petit Robert Bistro Needham

Petit Robert Bistro Needham

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.prbneedham.com/
  • Phone: 7815590532x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, French
  • Executive Chef: Jay Spencer, Proprietor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highland Avenue
  • Public Transit: Needham
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and Town parking lot next to the restaurant
A word from Petit Robert Bistro Needham
Petit Robert Bistro Needham serves lunch, brunch and dinner every day of the year, offering authentic and simple French specialties such as Croques, Soupe à l’Onion Gratinée, Mussels Marinière, Escargots, Homemade Patés, Coq-au-Vin, Beef Bourguignon and Steak Frites.

The ever changing, moderately priced menu showcases only the freshest and best seasonal dishes. We take pride in our made to order preparation of your meal using the finest meats, produce, and dairy from our New England and French suppliers.

Petit Robert Bistro Needham offers a full-service bar. Our wine list offers a varied selection in price and style with labels primarily from France and California. Additionally, our exciting cocktails and beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes.

The cozy ambiance, friendly service, and savory menu will transport you to an authentic French Bistro in Paris from a light lunch to a leisurely dinner. Bon Appetit!
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Petit Robert Bistro Needham reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (52)special occasion (44)romantic (29)great for outdoor dining (26)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (15)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • fern
    fernVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I have been to Petit Robert many times and always liked it very much. It's a lovely environment and the service is quite good. This time I would have to say my swordfish was overdone and had no seasoning so it was pretty ordinary. This must be a fluke, because all the other meals on other visits I have been terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merci Beaucoups!
    IgoeverywhereVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. South end hospitality and sparkling menu choices located in a suburban setting. The room is attractive. Our food was very European, meaning rationale portions of perfectly balanced flavors. The romaine with blue cheese salad is small and satisfying, arugula salad with a small ball of breaded goat cheese was again quite satisfying. Cod was perfectly done, and my scallops were buttery and soft, served in a nice sauce. We did order the Chocolate Soulfie which was... ah I cannot describe this in a family friendly post.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bestbistro
    ourspot
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have enjoyed lunch and dinner at the Bistro at least 4 times in these past few weeks. We have found the food beautifully prepared and served, and the help friendly and accommodating. It is our favorite spot for entertaining our family and friends. We shall be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but....
    6hungry
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    nothing to write home about. We thought it was a bit pricey for the quality. The casseoulet (a special the night we were there) was excellent; the duck and the beef bougninon were okay. Very noisy, made it hard to talk.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious in Needham
    happyandsatedVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As always, Petit Robert in Needham was delicious. Our waitress was very attentive on a very busy Friday evening. The restaurant had our table waiting which is always a delight. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could be better
    jkItalia
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Friday night, so we knew it would be busy. Had reservation, arrived on time...hostess was not at the desk station for 10 minutes or so. Seated 10 min after she returned. Very nice waitress, but overwhelmed with tasks. Long wait for service, before ordering and in between orders. Rather disappointing by-the-glass wine pours, more like half a small glass, for steep prices. Salads interesting, but greens seemed "tired". Entrees good, especially the sauces. This is a bistro experience, and you can expect a very noisy, even boisterous, crowd, at least on weekends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Picky
    pickyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Salads were fine. The lamb/sausage/duck cassoulet was delicious. However the pork chop was a little tough. Dessert parfait was very good We had a very very very long wait between salad & main course but the waiter gave us an extra pour of wine & we were busy talking. On any other night it would have been unacceptable. We arrived @ 7:30 & had no main course inti, after 9. Overall great place to go for a tasty bite of France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    dockateVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My husband and I were visiting the area for College weekend and took our daughter and her friend out to dinner. The evening was perfect from start to finish. Appetizers included delicious smoked salmon, Escargot and Lobster Bisque. The special entrée for the evening was fresh Halibut, which was prepared perfectly. Our college guests had the Steak Frites and declared it delicious. The waiter recommended a wine which pared perfectly with all the entrees and was reasonably priced. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    Cissy
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I was so happy that it was crowded -- on a Monday night! This was a celebration for my birthday, and as usual the food was delicious. I had the swordfish special, which was outstanding. We were all very happy members of the clean plate club.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not our usual experience.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Chocolate souffle "ran out" at 7:15. When we joked it was kind of early to run out of food the waitress became very cold and nonverbal. I've never been treated that way in a restaurant before and it was unpleasant. Also, the food wasn't as good as we remember. The duck was a little dry. Last 3 times we ate there we were raving about the food. This wasn't one of those times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely will return, often
    Nan162
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I are still both raving about our dinner here last Saturday. The atmosphere, quality of service, menu, quality of food prep, everything. He's the one who could opine about the menu, wine list, food nuances... I'm the good-looking one who just wants a delicious experience in a pleasant atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious lunch
    maureenm
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Met a friend for lunch. We both had the delicious salmon croissant. It came with a lovely side salad and fries. We will be back. It really is reasonable for lunch with a nice selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful little bistro
    nightout
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    a real French bistro in the heart of Needham. Delicious food, wonderful service, can't wait to return. Nice little bar as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Boston
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had had several really good dinners here...latest experience was disappointing...very noisy, steak was tough (steak frites dish), no good bread with mussels ...small things but just not up to previous visits
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kcchatelaine
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Loved the soup appetizer (cream of celery soup); could easily have made that, with a baguette and salad, the dinner. Very attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent first time visit!
    MartysmomVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    From the cordial greeting to the friendly farewell, Petit Robert Bistro delivered. Cannot say enough good things - charcuterie plate appetizer was the perfect portion and oh-so-delectable. Scallops in a cream mushroom sauce were nicely crisped on the outside and warm and soft in the middle - no mean feat, either! My partner felt his boneless chicken under a brick was some of the best chicken he'd ever had. Peach creme brulee was the perfect choice to end the evening-but a hard choice from a yummy list of offerings. Only downside was the hood not venting properly and the smell of grilled fish got quite strong, but that's a minor ding. Service was attentive and unobtrusive yet friendly. THe perfect choice. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good ambiance but food is average
    Average
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had dinner here the other night. The service was very good and the hostess was accommodating since we requested a change of table. However, the food was mixed. The ratatouille nicoise was delicious but the side of mushrooms were bland. My husband ordered the duck which for some reason to him didn't taste like duck breast. I ordered the melange de graines anciens which was tasteless on its own. It came with a red pepper coulis of which I requested more. The grain cake is boring by itself and needs to be surrounded by more flavorful things to make it interesting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We recently ate here with our 2 kids. Sadly, the best meal was our son's chicken fingers. Steak and lamb was under seasoned. The steak was also a bit tough. The beet salad was not good. The mussels were fine, as was the wine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • scubaman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Took family and parents for a birthday celebration. Lots of attention, special menu requests, all handled efficiently and professionally. Food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprise
    rlp1969
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What a great find! On a quick get away with my husband and search the internet for a place for dinner. We a great surprise! Food was great and will go back when in the area!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit was as good as the first!
    Handworkdoc
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were very impressed with this as a lovely restaurant, with excellent food and service, and in a nearby suburb, the first time we went. We returned for a second visit, hoping for the best, and the staff exceeded our expectations! Everything was beautifully prepared and presented, we had enough contact with the waitstaff, but not too much to talk, comfortably, and the evening was, once again, delightful. We will cheerfully become regulars at Petit Robert in Needham!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very impressed
    AiredaleVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have wanted to go for a while, kept having to cancel my reservations, and finally made it. Food was very good from beginning to end with really good cocktails and an impressive wine list. For a party of two with an appetizer, five cocktails, two entrees and a dessert it was surprising how inexpensive it was considering the quality of the food. Would recommend to family and friends and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good food
    TheSnark
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Petit Robert Bistro in Needham is consistently good and that's a great thing. With well-priced entrees, this is a restaurant that is worth going back to, again and again. Because the food eschews the pretense of haut cuisine and instead delivers more honest food. Service is always decent --best to go on a non-weekend night because it can get crowded. PRB is an excellent option in the suburbs that will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Calves liver and sweetbreads !
    Laika
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Petit Robert Bistro, and are always ready to take our visiting friends out dining there. I love calves ' liver and another of our party sweetbreads, and so we were in heaven. Only weird moment came when the "red ocean perch" was offered as a special. Never heard of that. Perch are freshwater fish and not red. Hmmm. Well live and learn . Or Google.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood place
    NLdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always enjoy going here. The food is tasty and well prepared, and we are always welcomed warmly. You can eat at the bar for a more casual experience or sit at a table. You can even eat outside beside the sidewalk.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very solid
    MedfieldJeff
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Classic French bistro fare done well. We were a party of 4 on a Friday night. Service was very good. The waiter had very good knowledge of the food AND the the wine list, helping pair the wines correctly. All dishes(Escargot, Mussels, Cod, Scallops, Duck, Cheese plate) were delicious. The wine, too. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden treasure
    Townie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Love Petit Robert Needham for lunch Great food, attentive wait staff, charming atmosphere, and about the same prove as the sandwich places in town. May favorite place in a town with lots of restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tiresome menu...
    MoseyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food is good here. The evening fish special was dry. No surprises. Some seasonal specialties would be welcome for a chNge. I appreciate the bistro offerings listed but some are clearly for a winter's night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    sportsbostVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Brunch was great. Getting together with old friends and the atmosphere on Sunday made the day perfect. Eggs, etc. were done perfectly and very hot( which everyone was thrilled with) the waiters were very attentive and if we had a question : he went to find out the correct answer. Thanks for a very relaxing and enjoyable brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience
    DroDineVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This cafe is a relaxed version of the formal Boston restaurant. I recommended it to friends and family, and look forward to returning to try more dishes. We were headed to a play and the waiter was great - he made sure that every course arrived with enough time for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid, but...
    Craig
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have always enjoyed the neighborhood feel, great service, and good food. Standards are high and reliable. Unfortunately the dessert standard has been dropped. Very sad to find the best tart tatain no longer on the menu, replaced by serviceable tart du jour, and the gateau very dried out. We will return, but not so enthusiastically.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timothy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We brought four senior friends and had a great dinner with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS
    SNOOKIEVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We always get a great meal here; never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic French Bistro
    PariseurVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I took a French woman who can be demanding about food. My Martini was perfect. We had very fresh oysters, we both had the special which was shrimp Provencale,the wine was lovely, the after dinner cheese was perfect, the service was flawless! A truly Gallic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love French food!
    EdconsultVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We weren't quite sure if our 6 year old grandson would survive but the children's menu was actually wonderful and he (and his dad) LOVED his chicken fingers! The others in the group of 9 had varying dishes some of which were amazing and others good to very good. The fabulous were the following; foie gras, trout special, duck, calf liver, oysters, onion soup, tomato soup special The good to very good were: escargots (very salty butter sauce), beet salad (very skimpy compared to the other salad at the table), steak had great flavor but was quite chewy, sweetbreads lacked flavor. The service was excellent for a group this size, and being a lover o French food I'd go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marty
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have always enjoyed a good dinner at Petit Robert Bistro. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is consistently great; we always have a tasty meal! I was so happy to see profiteroles back on the menu; even if it is just for the summer!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Jojaba
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great spot for a quick date night. Service, food and cocktails are always done just the way we like it. Definitely recommend for dinner. I have tried them for lunch and wasn't impressed but dinner is never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ooh la la
    MarshaKVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a lovely meal and evening. The duck was a winner. The pork chop and the salmon also quickly disappeared from plates. Good food, good wine, good company. What could be better ????
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need2GoMoreOften
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Dropped off the kids at a friends house and thoroughly enjoyed a nice night out! Would highly recommend. From the host, to the wait staff, to the manager, everybody was very attentive and friendly. Food was fabulous. I had the pork chops and wife had the scallops. Both great. Started off with foie gras (?) and lobster bisque. Delish! Would go again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet