Petite Jacqueline
Petite Jacqueline

Petite Jacqueline

  • 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: 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Petite Jacqueline reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (68)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (36)romantic (29)great for lunch (19)notable wine list (18)great for outdoor dining (15)great for brunch (15)hot spot (10)good for groups (7)scenic view (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Excellent!
    davemac616
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Based on some other reviews I was a bit hesitant, but Petite Jacqueline exceeded all my expectations. Got a reservation pretty easily. Noise level was not too bad. Wine list pricing was reasonable. Overall it was an expensive dinner but well worth it. I'll definitely be back here next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch ar Petite Jaqueline
    lunchwithhubby
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The service was excellent without being overbearing. The onion soup was very good---to the last drop. We ate a light lunch of the Duck Rillette--interesting and my husband had oysters on the half shell which were delicious. It was pricey, but good and very relaxed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch late fall
    Inkycat
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We've had dinner here once and decided to try it for brunch. We weren't disappointed. We had the patisserie plate: warm pumpkin beignets with caramel dipping sauce, a homemade raised sugar donut and a slice of blackberry tart. Along with that we had the home cured gravlax and lots of coffee. The restaurant looks out on Longfellow Square, a section of old red brick Portland. Very appealing on a bright November morning. We'll certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JillyVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Great for lunch as it is much quieter than at dinner. Food is great st both times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for special occasions
    gastrogirl
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I brought a good friend here for her birthday. The food was excellent, we had an amazing tarte flambe, and equally amazing boeuf bourguignon. The server was friendly and helpful with the menu and the food was well timed. The restaurant is on the small side and reservations go quickly (we went on a Saturday evening) so planning ahead is key. They also have a nice bar although I do not know if they serve food at the bar. Overall the experience was very good and I would definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another pleasant evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is bistro food and atmosphere. The atmosphere is bustling, a bit noisy, but upbeat. We started with the flavorful carrot soup, followed by a tarte flambe split between us, with its thick layer of deliciously caramelized onions and smoky lardons on a thin crust. The steak frite was perfectly prepared and delicious, while the seared duck breast was cooked just right but somewhat one dimensional in flavor. The roasted fall vegetables were a good accompaniment. The pot du creme and creme brûlée were both delicious for dessert. Service was efficient and attentive. With a large carafe of the decent house wine, the final bill for two was under $150, so a good value for the quality of food received, especially in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restuarant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Before the dinner menu, which is available after 5:00pm, a limited bistro menu is served. We arrived very early/too early for our 5:00 dinner reservation. Restaurants use this break between lunch and dinner to prepare, so when we entered the restaurant at 4:15, we asked if they didn't mind if we took our table and waited until the kitchen was ready to serve dinner. The staff was happy to accommodate. We ordered a bottle of flat water. Soon after we were told that the kitchen was ready. Knock out dinner. La mer, salades, soupes, plats and dessert were wonderful. We loved the location, window front and street view. What we had...local oysters, simple salad, onion soup, Steak Frites, Poulet Rotis, Boeuf Bourguignon and Creme Brulee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful French Bistro Dinning
    Ajax449VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Who knew you could get such wonderful quality outside of France. Wonderful French dinning experience at Petite Jacqueline! Would highly recommend. Merci to the chef and staff for a lovely experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    PortlandVox
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was delicious. I had the prefix menu of salad, chicken and chocolate dessert. Everything was nicely platted and very tasty. Server was attentive and helpful. She had an answer for every question about the menu. Seating felt a little cramped but navigatable. The French baguette with herb infused butter was lovely. Fall had just arrived and we were seated in the front half of the restaurant. Here, you felt a blast of cold when the front door was opened. Nothing the traditional doorway curtain won't solve. Noise level increased as the dinner went on and seats filled up. High ceilings with no sound buffer make it hard to hear or be heard, especially for older patrons. But the food is wonderful and worth it. I will dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable!!!
    Happydiners
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our first time. Can't wait to go back. Great service. Wonderful food. Enjoyed the cozy atmosphere! Some areas seemed drafty but the waiter quickly responded to our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekend visitor
    Weekend11visitor
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Too much distraction outside the window overlooking Longfellow Square. The presentation of our plates; the flavor and tradition of our selections, having recently been in France was good. Our waiter was exceptional, and offered advice. French cuisine, with North American adjustments. Well worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite spot!
    pbmaritimer
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have dined at Petite Jacqueline twice before and really like it. We have it on the must do list each time we travel to Portland. We were not disappointed. Food, service and atmosphere is first rate. The duck was the best ever! It surpassed some of the duck meals in France!!! Enjoyed the charcuterie offerings as well as the mains and our server was pleasant, efficient and helpful! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tamarra Egan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was excellent although the portions were a bit small. The ambiance was wonderful. The service was OK, but our waitress seemed like she was in a bad mood. I would go back the next time I visit Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Rate Bistro
    StringsriderVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    If you are looking for a casual bistro with consistently first rate food and friendly, unpretentious service, this is your place. Whether you want a relatively quick bite before a show at One Longfellow across the street or a liesurely casual dinner, this is your place. It is our go to choice in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Brunch!
    CarinVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were in Portland for the weekend, enjoying all the dining options. Petite Jacqueline surpassed our expectations for brunch. There is outdoor seating, but it was a bit cool, so we enjoyed the Parisian Bistro feel inside. Beautifully high ceilings with great, antique pictures were enjoyable while waiting for our food. We started with an order of donuts, which were absolutely delicious! They were warm, flaky on the outside, with a scrumptious glaze. The omlette of the day had short rib and mushrooms, with a petite salad verte. The hash was unsurpassed by any, specifically with it's mornay sauce. Petite Jacqueline is an absolute must, when you are in Portland!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything on the menu is excellent, my favorite is the poulet rotis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful French comfort food
    Suzanne
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at Petite Jacqueline while visiting Portland. The boeuf bourguignonne was outstanding and the eclairs we had for dessert were the best I've eaten in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love classic french
    tpet
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It's comfort food. Great steak frites and classic items on menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Food in Portland
    rotorouda
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Every morsel was sublime. The two salads we tried were both unusual, fresh and distinctive, especially the Lyonnnaise salad, consisting of frisee lettuce topped with a soft-boiled egg. The entrees were cooked to perfection--we ordered the grilled fish of the day and the hanger steak and both were great, with wonderful sides of green beans and yams that were cooked plainly, not smothered in sweet sauces like you find elsewhere. Service was impeccable. There is no better meal in this city, I suspect. The only negative is that the restaurant is very noisy and not a great atmosphere, seems more like a quick in and out spot. But the food will make you want to linger. We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a lovely lunch at Petite Jaqueline. The service was excellent and the food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun atmosphere, food disappointing
    Mimirod
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Enjoyed the bright airy feel to the space and waitress was pleasant and accommodating. But food was much better on my first visit last year. Salad was tasty, and my husband liked the braised beef, but my fish was so heavily salted that i could not eat it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded expectations all around
    RilletteToDieFor
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This truly is a gem - felt like we were back in Paris with the foods that are classic French and utterly delicious. The chaucuterie platter was excellent - the rabbit rillette was to "die for". Only the sole, as part of the prix fixe, was too salty for the dish but all else was exquisite. Will certainly return - more rabbit rillette, please, for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Knock your socks off brunch!
    SoPoFoodExplorerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We have had dinner numerous times at Petite Jacqueline, with varying experiences. The Sunday brunch was special. Excellent food perfectly prepared. And outstanding coffee! We will go back this weekend and take guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Underwhelmed
    luvtoeatout
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our latest experience was less than impressive, and we eat out on a regular basis. The hanger steak was the worst we've ever had - undercooked and dry, when ordering medium well. The portions were relatively small, for the price. Onion soup was just "ok". Service was only fair, rushed and disorganized. Will likely not visit again, given many other superior choices in the area.
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  • Paris in Portland
    Disappointing
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Understated, cozy, delicious, charming...perfect little bistro that hit all the right notes. The butternut pasta was scrumptious! It's my new favorite place in Portland.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eatinginCarmelVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Getting better and better, food excellent, attention to detail, friendly service. Lovely spot for a summer or winter meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Emmajack
    EmmaJack
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Everything was fantastic... They recovered with flair after the lobster appetizer was served with some uncooked pieces of lobster. Sometimes you feel weird sending something back but the waitress made the situation comfortable. A new appetizer was brought over immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poguecat01
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A very special place, fab food, great service,nice wine list. I highly recommend this beautiful place, understated dining room, very comfortable, but elegant as well!! I think children should be left with a sitter though since this is a fine dining experience. Can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    couplafoodlovers
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Every course was fresh, balanced, and beautifully plated, and the service was friendly, efficient, and warm. The starters were lovely. I had a bowl of tomato soup that tasted like the garden. My husband had a beautiful salad of fresh tomatoes. He is a self-proclaimed "burger snob", and has announced a new top burger on his favorites list (he woke up the next morning in cheerful reverie regarding said burger). I devoured the perfect combination of vegetables, flavors and textures which accompanied my delicious steak au poivre. We shared five types of cheese for dessert and were impressed with the variety and quality of items presented. An eclair, brought to a nearby beach at sunset, was a delicious finale to the perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Want to return for dinner
    ChrisSt88
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Went early for lunch so understandably menu was limited. Enjoyed what I had, as did everyone else at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal!
    Amelia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a delicious meal at Petite Jacqueline! We brought our teenage daughters and even they enjoyed the food! We loved the cheese plate appetizer and everyone loved the steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall