Petite Jacqueline
Petite Jacqueline

Petite Jacqueline

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitejacqueline.com/
  • Phone: 2075537044x
  • 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: 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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Petite Jacqueline reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (80)fit for foodies (76)great for outdoor dining (43)special occasion (37)romantic (30)great for brunch (29)notable wine list (24)great for lunch (23)good for groups (7)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Oldmaineguy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The sweetbreads were excellent if a bit scanty. The lotte was good, but not special. Nice house wine by the carafe. Excellent service and a bistro atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    bostontraveler48VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had enjoyed this restaurant last year but were quite disappointed on our recent visit. We were quickly seated but then it was ages before the waitress reappeared to take our drinks order. One drink was delivered but not the other, I had to snag a busboy. The meal finally arrived but my wife's steak was not cooked as requested. By then it was late and not worth asking for a re-do. Overall, not a good dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely diner outing!
    Catein
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Adorable outside and inside the restaurant. I liked the mixed crowd (younger and older), the attentive staff and the warm atmosphere. I enjoyed the food, the wine and the appropriate pricing. Lovely place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real French Cuisine
    Elliott
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A delightful dining experience! Great variety on the menu and everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific dinner
    murph
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The restaurant was recommended by our host at the inn on carleton. It was a wonderful way to end our day in Portland. Terrific food and friendly people
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbearable Noise level
    RedfranVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We dined at Petite Jacqueline on a Saturday night perhaps that was the problem. The restaurant was so crowded that the servers could not move. The noise level was unbearable. In fact we cut our dinner short just to escape. I ordered the chicken entre which was quite good but the serving was odd...2 very large pieces of chicken and three carrots. My husband had hanger steak which he deemed overly salty and dry. We were so disappointed by the entire experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing !!
    Letseat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We consider ourselves moderate foodies having dined in some of the best restaurants in Boston, NYC and Washington, D.C. . This was our first time to "PJ" and there will be no need to go again. We had the roasted chicken and the steak. My chicken was undercooked and flavorless... Unheard of in a French restaurant. My husbands steak was almost well done when he ordered rare and the escargot was dry... Where was the garlic ? The onion soup was average at best. It was a nice summer night in Portland unfortunately we can not say the same for our meal at "pjs".
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Amazing food and service. Petite Jacqueline is my favorite restaurant in Portland.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    FoodieJim
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    It was my second time here in two weeks and my third in two months. It's always satisfying. I got the fixed price meal,but that meant the food was chosen for me. I had the duck bacon,which was ok,but would rather have had cheese. The sauce for my fish was good,but I'd had other sauces here that I preferred. The pot de creme for dessert was delicious.I probably shouldn't have gotten the fixed price meal, but it was still certainly satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great service
    sullyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The service was spectacular. Every question was answered. Service was humorous prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palate playland
    DrBob
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I am no stranger to P.J. As a repeat customer I am never disappointed. Excellent food a reasonable prices. Great place to eat outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We wanted to enjoy outdoor dining during First Friday Art Walk and found it at Petite Jacqueline. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about both the wine list and the menu. He recommended two wines for me and brought tastes of both. He chose a remarkable dry rose. We shared a green salad and deviled eggs. Both were extremely tasty. I had "moules et frites" (mussels and fries) that was served with grilled toast. The mustard based sauce was delicious enough to soak up with toast and bread. My husband enjoyed steak frites. For desert I had blueberry tart, fresh and light. Eating outdoors during art walk was a special treat. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Portland. We have been there many times, and we ALWAYS enjoy the food, the size, casual atmosphere, everything! We like to go after visiting the Museum and often meet people there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still in my Top 3
    GinaZ
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Love this place. As usual waitstaff were attentive and at the ready. We got the seat we always get (window) and usually request. I had the Steak AuPoivre cooiked to perfection and the root veggies were delish. My husband got the Poisson du Jour (SeaBass). The salad is the one item we consistantly order each time we visit. My only critique was that the usual dressing they had for the salad, a champagne vinaigarette, was changed and while very good, not what I was hoping for. Still a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious lunch
    Slou
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went here for a special occasion lunch. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Would definitely eat at Petite Jacqueline again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Summer Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We lingered over our meal on a recent Tuesday night before a show at the State Theater. Sitting outside is a great way to experience the energy of the city. Our server was wonderful - PJ strikes a nice balance with formal service standards in a more casual setting. The food was amazing from our starters of foie gras and the onion/bacon tart, entrees of lobster for me and duck for my husband, a delightful 3-cheese course before dessert, and then a sublime eclair to finish the evening, all with perfectly paired wine, port, and cocktails. PJ continues to be a delight in this wonderful foodie city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch!
    SH207
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is one of my new favorite spots for brunch in my neighborhood. The coffee is great (both drip and espresso based drinks), the staff are friendly and helpful, and the food is excellent. I had the poutine this time (braised short ribs over fried potato cubes with melty cheese curds and a white gravy, served with a poached egg), and it was salty, lovely, had great flavor and texture. My friends had the veggie omelet special served with dressed greens, and the petit dejeuner - basic two egg breakfast, and the house salad with smoked salmon. We were all happy with our choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prix Fixe Fan
    MDR5
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a fantastic dinner. We both chose the pix fixe meal and it did not disappoint. Great meal and great value. Planning a return soon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Reasonable French Cuisine
    UlteemitVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our second visit to Petite Jacqueline. Each time we were passing through on our way north for vacation. My pan-seared haddock was delicious, fresh and flavorful. My wife's roast chicken was moist, tender and perfectly cooked. Side vegetables of sauteed asparagus and green beans were also delicious. The Sancere white wine complemented the dinner splendidly. We heartily recommend Petite Jacquelines!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Un vrai bistro
    cmole2
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A real French bistro in Portland, Maine? Mais oui! Petite Jacqueline has a classic menu, well-prepared. Service is relaxed and friendly and the small, well-chosen wine list is studded with regional gems.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Petite bistro, grande plaisir
    FishFan
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SFsteve
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun food
    berdieVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    lunch wasgreat prefer the dinner menu but it is always a pleasure to have lunch or dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great Portland restaurant
    NymaineVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Not in the busy old port..charming neighborhood quiet restaurant, great service delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty food, excellent service
    Lailak
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb meal and night out
    MaineJane
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Sunday evening
    Bear
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable
    Rupertpb
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bonne Cuisine
    BBR2VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic French Bistro Experience
    rangemeister
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent French bistro
    Resie
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed reunion lunch
    OldFriendslunch
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went with my childhood friends and lingered over a lovely lunch with outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always excellent
    CaptainJack
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Donuts
    BBR2VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paris in Portland
    StringsriderVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, relaxed restaurant
    moveablefeastface
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner
    Finzlover
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet