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Petite Jacqueline
Petite Jacqueline

Petite Jacqueline Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitejacqueline.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Visiting the Portland area had dinner here one evening enjoyed so much that we went back the following evening to have dinner. Only issue is finding parking on the city streets - bring your quarters, dimes and nickels for the parking meters - metered parking ends at 6 pm"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I love this little place! The ambience is as close to that of a French bistro as one can achieve in Portland, Maine. The food is consistently wonderful -- the braised pork ribs I consumed Thursday eve were fall-off-the-bone tender and succulent. I have also enjoyed the rabbit, the Wednesday plat du jour; the steak frites; the poulet roti and many other dishes. They also serve roasted marrow bones, as well as traditional French escargot, fresh oysters. The bar mixes a mean martini, including a tasty summertime martini, the French Blonde, made with vodka, Lillet and grapefruit juice. (One caveat: the metal bar stools are not comfortable; I'm told new bar seats are on order.) A bistro for touts les jours!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "lunch wasgreat prefer the dinner menu but it is always a pleasure to have lunch or dinner"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Not in the busy old port..charming neighborhood quiet restaurant, great service delicious food."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Really nice bistro, high ceilings, bright and nice outdoor seating although the street is a bit traffic noisy. Great service and very friendly staff, the food is super."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The team at Jacqueline is eager to please and accommodate your every need. The food is fresh, well prepared and finely served. You'll find a wine that matches your meal at prices that are not outrageous. If you're luck you'll have a saxophone serenade you from the square across the street. Solid choice for Portland!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Three of us celebrated a friend's birthday on a Tuesday evening at PJ. The menu offerings were all tempting and the execution of the service and the food was superb. I had the moules dijonnaise -- mouth watering. A friend had the steak frites -- the fries, she declared, were the best she had ever had. The desserts -- eclairs and caramel pot de creme -- were delicate in texture and intense in flavor. The server recommended a hearty Rose wine that complemented the meal beautifully."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The Oysters were the best we've had in Portland. The bread was a little old but the herb butter made up for it. We really enjoyed the steak au poive and the salad was terrific. We love french food and this meal did not disappoint. Can't wait to go back and try more entrees and perhaps their brunch."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Even though we had reservations, the haughty hostess barely acknowledeged us. The restaurant was not busy, but it took nearly 15 minutes before we had menus or water. Once the waiter came, he was attentive. My dining companion enjoyed the special--rabbit. My skirt steak was dry, tough, and lukewarm. In my opinion, this restaurant is overrated and over priced. The coffee was the highlight of the meal. Don't waste your time or money. There are many superior options in Portland."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had a delightful early dinner of various appetizers and martinis. The food was awesome and the service was great. A real find for this occasional Portland visitor (and former resident)"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Petite J. does an excellent job of replicating an old-style French Bistro. Ambiance, menu and food preparation were all in line with what was widely available in France not too many years ago. The service, of course, was far friendlier. This is not a place where you should expect innovation or creativity, but simply the joy of eating Gallic comfort food. Definitely worth a visit."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "As always the food was excellent but the service was off. Waiter brought wrong wine to table, then wrong vintage, third time the charm. Did not get to order main until after we had finished the charcuterie plate, timing was terrible. The food is so good, we'll be back and normally the service is spot on too."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is wonderful. The food was outstanding, and the service very prompt and friendly. It was noisy, but reminded us of bustling restaurants in France with a lively neighborhood feel. Would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our recent dinner at PJs. We have had other wonderful meals there and would highly recommend it. Great food and service. The chicken was truly the best in Portland, just as our waitress described it! Fixed price menu is a good value. Only disappointment is that they no longer have the Pot de Crème au Chocolat but the Crème Brulee is delicious."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went with my childhood friends and lingered over a lovely lunch with outstanding service."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We visit Petite Jacqueline after church most Sundays. Sometimes we bring friends. They and us are always very pleased with the menu, the service, and of course the food. Once or twice we tried other places, but we quickly returned to Petite Jacqueline, as they are the best."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We met a friend here for brunch and had a very enjoyable time and great food. The brioche donuts are good enough to convert anyone to the ways of flour and yeast."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Excellent bistro fare in a casual setting. Perfectly prepared traditional French dishes, knowledgeable friendly staff. Not inexpensive, but excellent value. Worth multiple visits, so you can enjoy the entire menu."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I arrived almost half an hour early and was seated at a very good table immediately. The waitstaff was excellent, helpful, and genuine. The meal was very good. I had been once before and perhaps liked what I ordered the first time a bit better, but the food was flawlessly prepared. It's a unique bistro and everyone seemed to be having a good time/good meal. Very nice people and a delicious menu."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We just had dinner at Petit Jacqueline, again, and, as always, thoroughly enjoyed it. The cheese plate was divine, the gravlox excellent, and my sea bass was cooked to perfection. My husband had mussels, which were also excellent. The atmosphere, service and food are outstanding. This is the offspring of the Five Fifty-Five restaurant, but I would be hard pressed to choose between the two. Both are my favorites for dining in Portland. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service extremely attentive. We will recommend to friends and will certainly return. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Visiting Portland for the weekend and had several people recommend Petite Jacqueline. So glad they did! It's a lovely space with enormous windows looking onto Lafayette Square. The hostess was exceptionally accommodating when we asked about moving tables. The services was pleasant, unpretentious, attentive and knowledgable. And the food couldn't have been better - fresh ingredients, perfectly prepared - done in the best French bistro tradition with a slight twist now and then. I think it was the best duck I have ever had!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great food and imaginative menu. Comfortable setting with very good service. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my mother in law here for mothers day brunch. We enjoyed every part of our dining experience. The decor was lovely, the food delicious and the bellinis were just as the waiter described; dry with pure fruit puree. We cant wait to return to this amazing restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The ball was dropped on the staffing level for Mother's Day brunch! Normally brunch is fantastic at P.J but on Mother's Day I was very surprised and disappointed by the server:table ratio. Our server did the best he could but clearly was in the weeds. The food/ambiance suffered... Not sure if we would return for a special occasion "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was delicious, especially the warm doughnuts! Bloody Mary's yummy and service excellent. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have eaten here since before they officially opened a few years back. New chef, but same great quality. How lucky we are to have such an outstanding restaurant within walking distance (as it eliminates those expensive trips to France). The Mother's Day brunch was great and we will be returning for dinner in the near future."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had high expectations for this place. We went on Mother's Day. I don't like giving poor reviews so I'll make this short. I think this place is probably better than it seemed on that day, but some of the eggs were cold and the service was lacking as to appear almost negligent. Although the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived, we didn't get menus until 15 minutes after sitting. The hash dish was excellent and I can imagine that dinner would be tasty, but we were generally underwhelmed. It seemed like they were underprepared for the rush that comes with a popular brunch day."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our second time here and the food was and continues to be superb. An excellent French Bistro with a competent wine list of French values, along with splits and by the glass. The foie gras torchon was expertly prepared, one of the best versions of escargot that I have had, I have never had a better roast chicken and the plate of French style gnocchi was extremely tasty. The charcuterie and fromage board is not to be bypassed. Makes me wish that I lived in Portland."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Enjoyed our girls lunch during restaurant week. Small, but great menu!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great pre-game dinner. Menu varied from exquisite Burger to scallops & steak. We'll be back. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was my 4th time at this restaurant and it's been great every time. The wine list is great and the food is delicious. I've been here with my daughter and my husband. We've never been disappointed. The service is excellent. They go out of their way to make sure you're happy. We enjoy visiting Portland and always stop at Petite Jacqueline."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "I was looking for a novel brunch- beyond eggs and hash browns. This was delicious, took us out of our normal comfort zone and felt very special because of it. We expected the fresh cooked donuts to be small- they were not- and out of this world. My son loved the duck egg. Can't wait to go back and have a table on the sidewalk- with a mimosa pitcher."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went early before the church service. We were seated promptly and the service was very good. The daily special was a duck eggs with asparagus and sausage which was lovely and the croque Madame was excellent too. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "boeuf bourguignon was AMAZING, loved it. Reasonable prices .. check it out!! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "In a foodie town, it is often hard to name a favorite, but Petite Jaqueline is mine. This is my go-to destination for sharing a lovely French meal with the most special people in my life...and they do not disappoint. I have had many great meals here; I usually focus on seafood entrees...however the cassoulet is to die for."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A delightful find. Quiet, great food, imaginative menu. Totally pleasant after trying the snooty big names in town."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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