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Petite Jacqueline
Petite Jacqueline

Petite Jacqueline Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitejacqueline.com
  • Email: lizbistroj@gmail.com
  • Phone: (207) 553-7044
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Steve Corry
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater! We can meet your catering needs from family-style take out to fully-staffed events. Please contact us at 207.553.7044 for more details.
  • Entertainment: "Happy Hour" is Monday through Saturday, from 11:30am - 6pm, at our bar. 1/2 price glasses of wine and draft beers!

    "Dinner and a Movie" the first Sunday night of each month, resuming on Sunday, November 3. See our website for more information: www.petitejacqueline.com.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us for a special Beaujolais Nouveau release dinner on Sunday, November 24th! We will be offering a 3-course tasting menu, optional wine pairings, and FREE beaujolais nouveau! Reservations recommended.

    We will be OPEN for Christmas Eve this year. Join us!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Petite Jacqueline
Petite Jacqueline is a casual French bistro located in the heart of Portland's West End.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "An absolutely spot on bistro experience. From seating to coffee everything was thoughtful, delicious, and smooth."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Yes, it was! Having tried many restaurants looking for quality food, prepared by a real chef, with delicious taste and presentation, pleasant atmosphere, nice table setting and pleasant service, we found another in the burbs! We were seated before scheduled time! Appreciated the ambience and the clientele, fine food and serenity. Will return for sure....and highly recommend. My husband is a restauranteur and chef as well...it takes a great deal to satisfy him, and he was pleased. He had a perfectly seared and tender veal chop, I had the seafood special...so tasty and beautifully presented, and our daughter a pasta seafood dinner...with the pasta truly being made in house! All delicious...with nice imported wine and beer suggestions, too."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I took a very important client here-, our server knew to leave us alone but always returned at just the right moment Very astute of here Food and service perfect as I always experience there My table near the window(which I requested) is drafty BUT without me asking they blocked draft with a rolled up blanket Just peefecr"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "After hearing a number of positive comments we finally got to dine here for our Son's Birthday. What an enjoyable meal - everything worked beautifully and we will be back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "A friend recommended this for our night out in Portland. Worked our way around teh whole menu, from oysters to charcuterie to duck to sole meuniere. Traditional French done really well in a hip, casual environment. Prices were very fair and service was great. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "In our annual birthday celebration, my best friend and I look for restaurants which have delicious food, great wine, a place where we can catch up, and are a bit different than the norm. Petite Jacqueline filled all these requirements and more! Our waiter was wonderful; attentive, kind, and informative with a sense of humor....."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great food and service but was very rushed this time"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Pates,bone marrow,french baguette,chaudree,etc,felt like home.Just one little detail:Iwould have preferred a more exciting choice of french cheeses for dessert like camembert instead of brie ,roquefort instead of emmenthal.I know you have to cater to the "afraid of any smells"american crowds but french cuisine is all about bouquet,fragrances ,aromas and smells.I have to say that I really enjoyed my visit(it was my son birthday).Our waitress was very friendly and prfofessional .Thank you for a delightful evening. Pierrette Inzerillo.Frnch"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I felt like I had been transported to Paris, without the plane trip. Delicious food, good service from knowledgeable wait staff, nice atmosphere. I would definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I enjoyed a flavorful filling meal at Petite during Restaurant Week. The service was as spectacular as the food. This is certainly a little gem of a spot. Highly recommend to all!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Petite Jacqueline was a real find for us. We were in Portland for 2 days and wanted to eat well while we were here and Petite Jacqueline was the best out of a lot of good dining experiences in town. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was really outstanding. They just did simple things but did them really well. Roast bone marrow with toast for an appetiser was superb. For mains the steak frites was great- would have been perfect with a little jus or garlic butter or something, and the beef bourgiugnon was the best I have ever had. It was just so good, I can`t say enough about it. Desserts, too, were great though we were getting a little full by then!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "My husband's caesar salad featured these delicious croutons. We discovered they were not the expected toasted bread chunks but nuggets of deliciousness, a great surprise, I'm glad they were not described as it does not sound appealing, just very yummy, don't be afraid! Our fish stew was so light and flavorful. Our dessert of flourless, gooey chocolate with a vanilla bean sauce was so warm and wonderful. We did not feel overfed at the end of this meal, just satisfied and happy. We enjoyed everything the toasty, warm french bread arrives at the table in a paper bag with herbed butter, perfect for a winter meal."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Great local place! Food is always interesting and well prepared. There is a good range of choices as to size and cost."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "One of my favorite spots in town, there's nothing about PJ that I don't love. Just great bistro fare, strong wine list, and great atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This past Valentine's Day (2014) was the first visit to Petite Jacqueline for me and my wife. The restaurant featured a special 3-course fixed price menu for Valentine's Day. The food was very good, but the preparations were less adventurous than their standard menu. My wife had a braised short rib which was excellent. I had a french choudree which was good, but a bit bland. The portions were small, particularly for the prices. Overall, we had a really nice meal, but for the price we paid, Portland has better to offer. We'll try Petite Jacqueline again sometime to try their standard menu, but our first visit was not outstanding."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "While the snow blanketed Portland, we escaped it for a little while in an extrordinary dining experience called Petite Jacqueline. We arrive early to a almost empty place. Quickly, this became full and energized. Closing your eyes, it was easy to imagine yourself in a bistro in Paris, albeit with the occasional, " This is wicked good..."."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love petite Jacqueline. The food is consistently good. They often have a special prix fixe dinner that is excellent and their plat de jour is great. Wine selection is good and service excellent"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The food was fresh and made with attention to detail. It offers something different for a change. Would definately return. Small so need to book open table."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "A true Portland gem -- Food is top notch, ambience lovely, service perfect, great bar!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This was a last minute decision and it surpassed our expectation. Service, Food quality and taste with its exquisite presentation exceeded by far our hopes for a quite and romantic evening celebrating a dear birthday. Most definitely will be our spot from now on for dinner celebrating an event or just to enjoy a wonderful quite and romantic dinner. Ed & Pauline"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Great place for brunch, but be mindful of getting reservation. Energetic, but exactly appropriate for a bistro brunch scene."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Relaxed atmosphere, knowledgable wait staff, great menu and food."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "My daughter picked this restaurant to celebrate her birthday. The restaurant is beautiful, although the tables a bit small. I was disappointed only in the amount of cheese you get when you order from the meat & cheese menu, a one ounce portion of a tasty Gruyere for $5 when I could get a half a pound at my local cheese monger. The Friday night dinner special of Duck served over a bed of homemade fresh sauerkraut was fantastic. The entrees are priced reasonably, $14 to $30. The creme brulee dessert was tasty and refreshing with a nice hint of vanilla notes. Waitress we had was extremely helpful with the menu, titled in French, and was very knowledgeable to help us make fantastic selections on our first visit."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "this little gem is a perfect, and almost authentic, French bistro; from wide napkins, friendly service, and superb food. a real treat in Portland."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Great service, food, would recommend to anyone who wants authentic French cuisine"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Petite Jac was a wonderful place to dine with our kids for lunch. Our meatatarian loved the gourmet burger - one of the best we have ever eaten; my husband had the pot au feu with generous piece of monkfish and delicious veggies in a saffron infused broth. The gnocchi was wonderful too - very buttery with al dente winter vegetables. It was a perfect Sat lunch with our family."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Love brunch at Petite Jacqueline! Food is amazing. Drinks are perfect. Wait staff is attentive and fun. It is nice to be able to make a reservation and not to have to wait in line. I would go here every weekend if I could."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Petite Jacqueline is a cozy bistro with excellent food and outstanding service. It's one of the best in Portland, which is saying a great deal, since Portland has become such a foodie town. The sweetbreads and clams dish was truly outstanding, as was the foie gras appetizer. The frites are terrific. I highly recommend Petite Jacqueline!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Just what we were looking for in Portland. Classic bistro menu beautifully served. Only problem: Oysters not shucked beautifully."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Love this restaurant. We had Steak Frites and the Boeuf Bourguignon and they were both wonderful. The staff could not have been nicer or more professional. Fell in love with the restaurant all over again!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "During the winter, it gets very cold in the front by the windows. We returned because of the new chef, but found the food dissapointing, as previously. No longer on our regular rotation. Too bad, because we love the location."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "What a wonderful evening! Service was genteel and non obtrusive but right on the spot. Everyone in the restaurant was smiling. Food was exemplary and ambience perfect. Great wine list. Reminded us of a visit to Paris......."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Paid more for lunch than ever. Probably the two glasses of wine I had."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We have been here several times. Atmosphere is casual and friendly. Food is well prepared, if a bit salty for some tastes. Menu is limited, but well considered, with nice local options."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Went for New Year's Day brunch/lunch. Three of us had egg brunch-y items; one had steak frites; I had "chef's choice" fromage & charcuterie plate. All delicius and, except for soggy frites, well-cooked. Service was cheerful but a bit sketchy - perhaps servers were still recuperating from New Year's Eve and it was tricky for them to avoid stepping on baby sleeping in carrier on floor at next table. We had one screwed-up main course, random coffee/tea delivery, mistake on bill (discovered after we left). My main complaint was noise - high ceilings, hard surfaces, and close tables made conversation difficult. I'd go again but without an elderly guest and maybe at an off-hour to avoid noise and have better service."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "My fiancee and I made plans for dinner New Years day eve. What started out as dinner for 2, turned into our inviting our au pair to join us. After a quick call to inform them that we would like to add a third to our reservation, we were met with a 'no problem. see you soon'. Our meals were wonderful, the simple green salad with champaign vinegarette continue to bring me back again and again, and the waitstaff very friendly and appear genuinely happy to be there. The beef bourguignon never fails to delight my man, and our guest and I enjoyed the steak frites and gray sole. Will continue to visit this establishment so long as they continue to 'do what they do best!'"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Had frittes with fantastic sauce and great mushrooms...I enjoyed the whole meal. Our server was helpful and nice. The portions were great; not too big, but filing enough. When we arrived, they put us by a window. It was a really cold night and I requested another table. They moved us with no trouble and pleasantly. Nice atmosphere and size."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I recently took a friend to Petite Jacqueline for her birthday dinner. The atmosphere was warm and cozy. Although the restaurant was nearly full, it was pleasantly quiet and we were able to converse easily. Our waiter was helpful and friendly, and most importantly, our meals were well-prepared and delicious from start to finish. C'est bon!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "I always enjoy returning to Petite Jacqueline. On this snowy weeknight, my friend and were one of only four parties inside, so we had plenty of attention from the wait staff, and were even able to amiably chat with other diners. The food was, as always, excellent: a rich, robust French onion soup; a creamy flavorful turnip soup; melt in your mouth foie gras; flavorful roasted vegetables; and crisp, herbed fritted, drizzled with mild aioli. I noted a scenic view because even though Petite Jacquline sits at a busy downtown intersection, if you're there between Thanksgiving weekend and Valentine's Day, you'll be treated to one of Portland's spectacularly beautiful holiday light installations in the trees across the street. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "My wife and I had our first experoence and it was a very pleasnat one. Three other family members joined and the service was very personable and efficient. French fries are awesome and their menu offers nice variety. Top!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013