190 State St
Portland, ME 04101Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
- 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!
A word from Petite Jacqueline
Petite Jacqueline is a casual French bistro located in the heart of Portland's West End.Continued
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Petite Jacqueline reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since April 30, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (73)great for outdoor dining (42)special occasion (36)romantic (28)great for brunch (27)notable wine list (24)great for lunch (21)scenic view (6)good for groups (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
- OldmaineguyDined on 8/22/2014The 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:
- Disappointedbostontraveler48VIPDined on 8/18/2014We 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.
- Lovely diner outing!CateinDined on 8/16/2014Adorable 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Real French CuisineElliottDined on 8/14/2014A delightful dining experience! Great variety on the menu and everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- terrific dinnermurphDined on 8/10/2014The 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 peopleSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unbearable Noise levelRedfranVIPDined on 8/9/2014We 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.
- Disappointing !!LetseatDined on 8/8/2014We 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".
- AmazingOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/5/2014Amazing food and service. Petite Jacqueline is my favorite restaurant in Portland.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday dinnerFoodieJimDined on 8/4/2014It 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:
- Great servicesullyVIPDined on 8/3/2014The service was spectacular. Every question was answered. Service was humorous prompt and friendly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Palate playlandDrBobDined on 8/2/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding experienceJudiVIPDined on 8/1/2014We 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/30/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Still in my Top 3GinaZDined on 7/27/2014Love 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:
- Delicious lunchSlouDined on 7/24/2014Went here for a special occasion lunch. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Would definitely eat at Petite Jacqueline again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect Summer NightOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/22/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely brunch!SH207Dined on 7/20/2014This 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:
- Prix Fixe FanMDR5Dined on 7/12/2014My 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:
- Excellent Reasonable French CuisineUlteemitVIPDined on 7/11/2014This 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:
- Un vrai bistrocmole2Dined on 7/11/2014A 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:
- Petite bistro, grande plaisirFishFanDined on 7/10/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SFsteveDined on 7/10/2014Visiting 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 pmSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- fun foodberdieVIPDined on 7/9/2014lunch wasgreat prefer the dinner menu but it is always a pleasure to have lunch or dinnerSpecial Features:
- Another great Portland restaurantNymaineVIPDined on 7/7/2014Not in the busy old port..charming neighborhood quiet restaurant, great service delicious food.Special Features:
- Tasty food, excellent serviceLailakDined on 6/30/2014Really 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:
- PerfectOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/28/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb meal and night outMaineJaneDined on 6/17/2014Three 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Romantic Sunday eveningBearDined on 6/15/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/11/2014Even 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.
- MemorableRupertpbDined on 6/8/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bonne CuisineBBR2VIPDined on 6/7/2014As 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic French Bistro ExperiencerangemeisterDined on 6/5/2014Petite 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:
- Food and service were outstanding.OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 5/31/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent French bistroResieDined on 5/31/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Relaxed reunion lunchOldFriendslunchDined on 5/31/2014Went with my childhood friends and lingered over a lovely lunch with outstanding service.Special Features:
- Always excellentCaptainJackDined on 5/25/2014We 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 DonutsBBR2VIPDined on 5/25/2014We 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:
- Paris in PortlandStringsriderVIPDined on 5/23/2014Excellent 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely, relaxed restaurantmoveablefeastfaceDined on 5/20/2014I 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:
- Excellent dinnerFinzloverDined on 5/20/2014We 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: