Petit Robert Central
Petit Robert Central

Petit Robert Central

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://petitrobertcentral.com/
  • Phone: 6177371777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen Hours:
    Monday - Thursday 11am -10pm
    Fridays 11am-11pm
    Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jacky Robert/Chef de cuisine: Eric Bogardus
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a variety of catering options. For a full listing of catering options and to view our Special Events Guide, please contact Danielle Tannous at Danielle@PetitRobertCentral.com or call 617.737.1777 (press 2 for the events line)
  • Entertainment: Going to the theatre or ballet? Stop by before or after and dine with us, we'd love to have you!
  • Special Events: We can accommodate your needs for 20-1,000 guests for any occasion by offering a variety of event packaging options & over 10,000 square feet in multiple private dining rooms. Our bar & lounge area features large HDTVs, comfortable seating & a relaxed atmosphere for up to 150 guests. Our dining room overlooks Boston’s Downtown Crossing & showcases high ceilings & a fresh color palette making for an incredibly welcoming environment for up to 255 guests. A conference room has been specially designed with the business lunch in mind featuring complimentary wireless internet, presentation screen & a variety of catering options for up to 30 guests.

    For more information & photographs of our space, please visit www.petitrobertcentral.com/functions or contact Danielle Tannous at Danielle@PetitRobertCentral.com or 617.737.1777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 34 Summer Street
  • Public Transit: We are located directly above the Downtown Crossing subway stop, which is on both the red and orange lines.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located in the 101 Arch Street Building in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, accessible via 34 Summer Street. Discounted parking is available at The Hyatt Regency Boston Parking Garage located at One Avenue de Lafayette. With our validation stamp, parking is $10 all night after 4 p.m.
A word from Petit Robert Central
Petit Robert Central is a neighborhood bistro where style and comfort co-exist. Located in the heart of Downtown Crossing, Petit Robert Central features classic French bistro by award-winning Chef Jacky Robert and interior design by HGTV’s Taniya Nayak. Petit Robert Central is the perfect place for a business lunch, corporate event, date night out or after-work cocktail.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Petit Robert Central reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (41)fit for foodies (34)good for groups (33)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (22)special occasion (19)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (9)hot spot (9)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good food. Average service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was very good and it has a great ambiance. Our waiter was very nice, but not very accessible and slow to fill water and check in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    When we arrived the bar was full but the dining room was almost empty. Our waitress seemed annoyed when we asked her to speak up for a person in our party who was hearing impaired. We ordered wine and hot tea. Our wine came out, but we had to ask twice for the tea. Our appetitzers - the tuna tartare and the french onion soup were great. However, the soup was delivered without a spoon and the wait staff could not be found. We ended up asking the hostess for a spoon. Our entrees were great but dessert was only okay (the sweet potato cheesecake was very disappointing but the chocolate mousse was great). In all, the food was not as good as the last visit here and the poor service really ruined it for my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatemup
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    nice spot for lunch. salads are solid. sandwiches better. my guest had one of the best reubens ever. my chicken schnitzel, which I love, seemed premade. the fries were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Entrees
    OldFavoriteVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We're pretty disappointed this time. Other than their famous onion soup, white-wine muzzles that are still excellent, the chicken was too salty and the thin pork chop was very average, though the scollop was very good. We sat next to the bar and it was VERY noisy until after 7:30 pm. If we go next time, we may as well join the bar and eat appetizers and desserts.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location and good food!
    Edwin
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Petit Robert Central has a great location and ambience with good service and good food that is reasonbly priced. I highly recommend it for lunch in the Downtown Crossing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely anniversary dinner
    Beachrose
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After scouring what Boston had to offer for an anniversary meal which can raise the stakes a bit, we decided on Petit Robert Central as its location was near our hotel and we had memories of eating in the location while we were dating. Our server was very nice and although some of the menu items were in transition to a fall menu, our meals were up to standard. Our dessert was on the house and included a miniature chocolate Eiffel Tower which brought back memories of a very recent trip to Paris. Perfect! Thanks Petit Robert for a wonderful anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, delicious but a bit loud
    TarzansgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Was taken here by an old friend for a reunion lunch and had a delicious salade nicoise with seared tuna. The salad was huge, a true meal-size, but the tuna was a dainty portion. I was peckish within 2 hours. But everything was delicious and nicely prepared. Scrupmtious bread basket and the butter was room temperature. One improvement: our waiter didn't know that an Arnold Palmer is half iced tea, half lemonade....I got a iced tea.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous evening out!
    sting0131
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is the third time that I have been to Petit Robert and every time has been a wonderful experience. The food is delicious and the service is friendly and efficient. Great location for a romantic night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food is excellent and consistent from visit to visit. Service was a little slow, but it was lunch time and so to an extent understandable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've Had Better Here
    BostonDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was a return trip; I've enjoyed this place in the past. Maybe I finally caught them on an off night, but I was disappointed by this visit. The waiter was fine (though he messed up an order, necessitating one of our guest's entrees to be sent back), but the bus-person was too attentive - ready to pounce whenever he thought anyone was done with a plate. Several times we had to tell him we weren't finished with that salad plate, fork, etc. Several of our entrees were room temperature at best. Flavorful, yes; but, clearly the dishes should have been much warmer. Even the desserts were still frozen. I know the chefs can not make desserts from scratch every night, but ample time should be designated for proper thawing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WinerDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food delicious as always! Bar scene was hopping, which made it very loud. Service was unusually inexperienced, which led to much confusion and unfortunately, poor service, but not rude, just not good. Sure it's just a one-time thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EROSS
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went for lunch and the food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Satsfaction
    Linda
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a gift card so we tried it out for our 17th wedding Anniversary and would definitely go back. The service was great, the portions were good. The presentation and taste of the food was excellent. They gave us a generous pouring of champagne when we sat down and the table was oval, which added a nice touch. The ambience was nice and they had a great bar. Try it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petit Robert
    Bostonfoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our main server did a good job but her ? assistant brought the asparagus long before the entree. We sent it back to stay warm. What was he thinking? The scallops were over cooked and dry. Then there was what was billed as foie gras. It really was a pate---nicely prepared but not what we were expecting. I wish I had followed my instinct and reserved L'Espalier where the food would have met my expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • buddy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    usually a great spot for nice lunch or after dinner food has always been good so I see this experience as a rogue exception not sure what happened that day but I will see it as an exception I will be happy to continue to dine at Petit Robert
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Disappointed
    jbisch
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Well the Foie Gras looked like cat food and was cold, like it came out of a can. The duck with wild rice was bland, and the scallops were cooked a little too well. The after work crowd was clearly present, noticeable by loud shouts, table banging, and clanking of glasses. While there is nothing wrong with this at a bar, it is not what I desire to be around when I am out to dinner. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a nice meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PattyA
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Was there recently for lunch and both the food and waitstaff could not have been better. Scrumptious escargots!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better service would go a long way
    beth5496
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our waiter was pretty much MIA until the end of the meal when he had fewer tables. My fellow diners were happy with their meals but my BLT came loaded with mayonnaise after I very loudly and clearly requested that my sandwich not have mayonnaise when I ordered it. I get it, these things happen. I wasn't thrilled with the waiter's attitude but I did appreciate how he brought out a small salad for me to munch on while my guests ate their properly prepared lunches. The salad thing was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Lunch, Fantastic Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Petit Robert Central is an attractive 2nd floor dining spot with high ceilings. With reservations for lunch, the 2 of us were seated at a roomy half-circle, upholstered booth. (Some parties of 2 were seated at smaller tables that were relatively close together; parties of 3 or 4 got the window tables.) Since we were flying home at 5 pm and would be skipping dinner, we ordered entrees. I had a perfectly cooked lemon sole, with crisp-tender asparagus & lovely potatoes, while my husband enjoyed fork-tender beef burgundy with lovely baby carrots. The portions were surprisingly large for the price, quality of ingredients, and preparation. Our server was efficient, helpful, and charming. The noise level might be high if bar fills up in p.m.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Staff and Manager
    TomL
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Manager Riccardo and his staff remain first class. While previous visits by me have been consistently high, this most recent experience was superb and even exceptional. I encountered a small problem by my own doing--nothing negative by the restaurant--and Riccardo and his staff went well beyond to help me solve the issue in a way that was dignified, professional, and classy. They really bailed me out of an awkward situation of my own doing. And they did so without casing any aspersions whatsoever. A strong endorsement and tip-of-the-cap to this great eatery with classy style and first rate management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for a Business Lunch
    Joel
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Perfect environment for a place to meet to discuss business.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out.
    Greattimes
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Reservations for 5:30. the flowers I ordered were on the table when we arrived. My girlfriend forgot her phone there and the staff called me to inform me that they had it safe at the hostess booth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner Before Theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had a fantasist Dinner in this French restaurant prior to Phantom of the Opera. Service and ffod were excellent. Located two blocks from the Boston Opera House and one block from a very convenient parking garage, it's an easy walk. As soon as we told the staff we were going to the theatre, they timed averything perfectly. We weren't rushed. It was very enjoyable and relaxing. And we were out in time to walk to the Opera House in plenty of time. Park at 33 Arch St. using Panda Parking Service (just $9)...walk a block to the restaurant at 101 Arch St...then two blocks to the Opera House. Convenient and delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 564 reviews are from the Petit Robert Central reviews archive.
  • Open Table Reservation missing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The restaurant was good but they didn't have my open table reservation. Luckily they were able to give me a table but it could have been an embarrassing moment with clients.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Honored our reservation request to have a quiet seating area; provided very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a place for me
    Notsocool
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I made a reservation for a special occasion. I took my daughter for her 20thg birthday and requested a birthday song from restaurant staff. No one even remembered, our waiter was slow and non attentive. Spent $ 103.00 dollars for nothing. Rustic Kitchen in Hingham would have been a better selection. Needless to say "won't go there again"
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch Rush
    AndreiaVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It was busier than the last time I had been there so it seems more office workers have discovered Central in Downtown Crossing. I guess they only have one hostess working during lunch as we were standing there for 5 minutes waiting to be seated with no one to greet us, not even a waiter who came by to drop off menus said hello or that someone will be right with you. My water glass was dirty so asked for that to be replaced. French bistros should always have perfect fries, but unfortunately my fries that came with my sandwich were limp. I was expecting crisp skinny fries that I've eaten here before with my steak frites so that was disappointing. Won't be going back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food and service terrific but bar noise overpowers everything. Waiters must read lips!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much noise ... not too French
    drandbo
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The bar is in no way separated acoustically from the dining space. This made for a noise level that made it impossible to have an enjoyable conversation. There were some mis-steps on the bistro menu. The kir we ordered had WAY too much cassis in the flute. Plus we did not order a Kir Royal we ordered a kir. The frites on the steak frites were thick cut ... not the small French style. The pea soup was tasty and the hanger steaks were done to perfection. The waiter brought bottles of the wine by the glass to the table and let us taste before confirming our order which was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice food, but too noisy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My companion and I had to shout at each other which made for a less-than-ideal dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Met 3 longtime friends for lunch; drinks, food and service were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice
    camcqu
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I have eaten here several times and always enjoyed my meal. I recommend it for a good lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick to lunch
    Shillbay
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I love Petit Robert Central for lunch but was very disappointed by dinner here. The combination of a noisy bar scene, several business goups having their obligatory outings, and very tired, underseasoned food made for a less-than stellar experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very accomodating and delicious!
    suchfun
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    There were seven in our party. We were dining with family from out of town whom we see rarely. We very much wanted to be able to converse with each other. Thanks to reviews we had read we asked for a quiet location away from the bar. We were given a separate room! Everyone was pleased with their meal too - from beef bourguignon, coq au vin, shrimp piperade, duck, to salmon ratatouille which won raves from the two who ordered it. The entrees were very filling so there is no need for salads for appetizers unless you are totally starving. We did manage a couple of desserts to share. The Opera Gateau was fabulous. The entrees were reasonably priced, but ordering wine and desserts can make for a pricey check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tres Bien!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were so pleased to have found this venue for our pre-ballet dining. The ambience is lovely. Our waiter Jeremy managed to serve all of his tables -ours & those around us - with skill. Merci Beaucoup
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TravelingDiner
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was ok, nothing special. Easy to get in. Best for lunch. Quiet.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Petit Robert Central
    SilkeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This is supposed to be a typical neighborhood bistro, of which there is a shortage in Boston. Although not in a neighborhood, it's an appealing option downtown. Its food and ambiance are fine, though it can be noisy. Its service is mixed... on Friday it was perfunctory. The food is also mixed... mussels with paprika were salty, not succulent, slightly overcooked. Steak tartar was good; onion soup standard, fish dish pretty good. The desserts are lavish, starring a portion of FIVE (5) splendid Macarons (could still be good with a portion of 3... and they're fabulous! Otherwise, it's gotten kind of pricey, $128. for two with just one glass of wine. I would either improve the food and service, or expect people to balk at a price over $100.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We enjoyed our recent meal here and have been here several times. This time, though, things were very noisy on a weeknight -- some office group had a function there, and both a side room and the bar area were jammed. Still, once we got to the restaurant area facing Summer Street, things were a bit calmer. Our meals were very good -- sole and scallop entrees were especially good. Dessert (mousse) was also tasty and satisfying. This is a great place to go in Downtown Crossing -- just know that, on some weeknights, afterwork crowds might make things noisy here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the place but it needs some...
    JMBE
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The place is amazing, with excellent food and a fantastic atmosphere but it does not cater for vegetarian/vegan people. I was going to order the vegetarian burger and the server informed me that egg was present in the burger. So I decided to check what was left for me to order and there was the salad, and the side dishes. The server told me that the grills and friers are used for both vegetables and meat/fish products. At that point I asked if I could order a just a baguette with vegetables inside and a side dish of asparagus. The server went ahead to ask the chef and the problem was solved. I love this place and it would be a PERFECT one, only if they would add a completely vegan option.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious YUMMY
    YumMee
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Four of us ate at Petit Robert Central since we wanted to be close to the Opera House to attend the Ballet. We enjoyed great service and food but felt a bit uncomfortable. It seems the AC was not turned on yet it was an unseasonably warm, muggy day. We later mentioned this to the manager and he said he would set out to please us. He did! Try the food at Petit Robert - you will be quite happy you did.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet