Pierrot Bistrot Francais
Pierrot Bistrot Francais

Pierrot Bistrot Francais

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pierrotbistrot.com/
  • Phone: 6177258855x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anderson Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pierrot Bistrot Francais
Escape to Paris with authentic French food on the left bank of Cambridge Street on Beacon Hill. Intimate and cozy ambiance combines with friendly service. Classic dishes such as escargots, bouef bourguignon and lavander creme brulee are prepared to perfection and served with moderately priced wines by the glass or the caraffe, and the best French baguettes in town! Comfort food with a hint of sophistication in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of the city. Bon Appetit!
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Pierrot Bistrot Francais reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)romantic (20)special occasion (19)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Fun French Bistro
    4FriedChickens
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We wanted a light dinner on our visit to Boston. We found this great spot on Open Table just a few minute walk from The Liberty Hotel. Loved it! Great atmosphere. A large table next to us was all French speaking, so that tipped us off that we were in a good little spot for French bistro food. We weren't disappointed. We had classic French small plates and split an entree. Service was very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Surprising Gem
    Joseph
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Lovely restaurant with excellent food, the perfect Kir Royale & outstanding service from Veselina! (Sadly impossible to retain the French charm of the place with the large corner-location windows revealing more unsavory street traffic than desirable; could sheer French curtains help discourage the homeless from knocking on the windows and waiving?)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pierrot bistro Cafe
    Cricket
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had made reservations for 7 of us. Was accommodated for the time I wanted. When the evening came I increased our number to 8 and was easily accommodated. We all enjoyed our food and wine. It's small enough that the noise level remains comfortable. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unexpected find
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We found Pierrot Bistrot on OpenTable & booked a 5:30 table. We almost cancelled as it was closed when we arrived at 5:25 but I'm glad that we didn't. The food and service were excellent - especially for a place that we'd never heard of! I had the Coquilles Saint Jacques and was initially put off that it was served with white rice instead of the potato that was indicated by the menu, but the sauce was so good that I ended up not minding the rice. We also had the pork medallions which was a good size serving and tasty. Terrific chocolate mousse. My only real complaint was that is was VERY warm in the restaurant. When we first started eating our hot food, it was like sitting in an oven, but later it grew more comfortable. We'd do back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reminds us of Paris
    jimS
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My wife and I were engaged atop the Eiffel Tower. We loved the restaurants of Paris and this neighborhood gem reminded both of us of the Bistrots of that city. The food was delicious from the escargot to the wonderful desert soufflés that must be ordered at the time you order dinner. We have had both the Chocolate and the amaretto soufflés and would recommend BOTH. For a great Parisan experience in a great American city this restaurant is a must
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ReeseVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have had two good meals there prior to this one. The service was very, very slow. It will be a long time before we return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All a French restaurant should be
    FriedaFVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food, wine, bread and service! Transports you to Paris!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Lunch
    Jack
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Nice little French Bistro, convenient to MGH and area. Good variety, well served French standards. When the dining room is filled, could be a little crowded, but the day we were there it was not very busy and conversttion level was comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great go to restaurant
    DentomVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    friendly service and tasty food. also a great place to run into our neighbors
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food and Great Service
    OnaK
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    After participating in RW {(Restaurant Week (or whatever it is called now)} since it began, I have to say this is one of the better participating restaurants. The value is there, as entrees average $24, and RW is $28 for three courses. All three courses were delicious, and the service was top-notch. It not easy leaving this review because we wish to get reservations for future RWs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great flavor from common dishes
    FoodieWannabe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went here for Restaurant Week in Boston, as my girlfriend was in the mood for French cuisine. The special menu's contents consisted of seemingly ordinary items, but when it arrived on the plate it had extraordinary flavor. We ended up being very satisfied with our meal, as I had the grilled chicken breast with tomato and sage, and my girlfriend had the fish of the day, which turned out to be haddock. We also noticed an interesting Cirque de Soleil theme with the artwork and figurine collection on display, which was interesting as a backdrop.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but it depends what you order
    Marty
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I, personally, have always had a great meal here and I either have duck, lamb, or veal. My friend had scallops last night and she said they were mediocre at best. Another time, a friend had sea bass that wasn't good. Perhaps seafood is not their strength.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Pierrot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I loved this restaurant. I really wanted to try some good French food and this restaurant had amazing reviews and now I know why. The food is decadent and I ate everything (well, almost everything, couldn't finish dessert because I was stuffed!) I thought that the service was a little slow and we didn't order until about 20 minutes after we sat down because it seemed as if they were short on waitstaff. Our food came out the same time as a table that was seated next to us 10 minutes after we were. The waitress was super sweet so I thought it was fine, plus it was nice to enjoy the atmosphere with my boyfriend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine but nothing amazing
    Mainer20
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went here for DineOut Boston with some friends visiting from England. I had read bad reviews of the service but the one waitress was doing a great job considering she was alone serving 8+ tables. The salads were delicious, the entrees were pretty good, and the desserts were okay. For a somewhat expensive French restaurant I was expecting a little more.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    not sure why as we've dined here many times, but food was not as good as usual - artichoke soup non-descript - salmon was good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cozy place - good food
    annesjk
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    If you are in the mood for French food, delicately prepared, this restaurant is convenient to downtown Boston and a lovely place to spend a few hours. The service is unrushed but good. The haddock was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An old favorite
    elec97
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Consistently good. Simple, unpretentious decor, no bar, no music, no noise. Just good food, unhurried atmosphere, courteous and professional service -- the way every restaurant should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy ambience and easy location
    Aurora
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I went there for restaurant week menu, I had the soup du jour and house pate for appetizer, which were pretty good; For entree, we ordered the fish of the day (baked haddock) and beef burgundy, the beef burgundy was too salty that I have to drink a lot of water afterwards; For deesert, we had the poached pear ice cream and creme brulee, the pached pear ice cream was not that good, whereas the breme brulee was fine. Overall, I would give it a 7 out of 10 for food quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good service and food. My husband had beef medallions and I had the salmon. Both very good. Bread is wonderful and no problem with seconds. Wine list could be better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Parisian Dining on Beacon Hill
    Francophile527
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent cuisine, meticulously prepared. Healthy menu overall. Overall dining experience marred by the food server's brusque, superior attitude. I suspect the meal tax was incorrectly calculated on the bill. Also, actual hours of operation seem inconsistent with the restaurant's stated schedule. Inconsistency and surly service will cause this bistro to close in less than two years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why was it half empty?
    Dowliph
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and sons were looking for a nice dinner last Saturday evening and tried this place. We try and introduce different types of food to the boys and we had not dined at a French restaurant with them. The food was great including duck, lamb and salmon. The lobster bisqyue was full of lobster meat and the terrines different and full of flavor. We finished the meal with chocolate souffles. My question is why were there empty tables? A great meal at very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 100 reviews are from the Pierrot Bistrot Francais reviews archive.
  • Oui! Oui!
    Marie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This French bistro is just that - reminiscent of the small Restaurants found all over France. Especially notable were the salad with warm goat cheese - en croute - and the profitteroles. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Boston Must-Do
    Michaelfoodie
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Charming little place where we had lunch with our nephew and his girlfriend. Well-planned menu with amiable service. Even hat the opportunity to dust off my spoken French. Make arrangements for taxi if you need it. Restaurant is tucked away on a hidden little corner. Took us over an hour to get a cab on a busy day in the city.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, setting not as much
    richard
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Were seated promptly for 9:30 Saturday dinner reservation. Felt a bit rushed ordering due to 10:00 kitchen closing. Have not had same experience elsewhere in similar restaurants with kitchen closing only 1/2 hr after arrival. Food itself was terrific, which is reason enough to recommend Pierrot. List for wine by glass, not so much. Service was solid, but also a bit harried due to time pressure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    so delicious,especially the chocolate souffles.service was fabulous,very traditional french
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    DanK
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is my second visit to this restaurant. The first time for lunch and this second visit for dinner. Lunch was ok, but the restaurant was not crowded at that time. For dinner - they did not have our reservation (which was made and confirmed on Open Table!), they stuck 3 of us at a small table for 2 next to the entrance, it took forever for the waiter to take our drink orders and, the real capper, the food was mediocre at best. We ordered the duck, the Beef Bourguignon and the fish. All 3 dishes were overcooked. I would not go back to this restaurant. Poor service and food - what else is there?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    Edearl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a great meal, except for the fact that they wouldn't make a souffle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bon appetit!
    Luv2quiltndine
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Conveniently in our Beacon Hill neighborhood, this little gem delivered a delicious dinner. The music and camaraderie of the diners nearly transported us to Paris where we dined not so long ago. The service was perfect and unobtrusive. Go there!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Luisa
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Have been making a point to go to this restaurant every time we visit Boston. It has now been four years and always lok forward to it. We are from Canada. This weekend, once again we returned but unfortunately we were disappointed. We're not sure what it is but my husband and I walked out disappointed and decide not to return the next in Boston. Although the lobster bisque was delicious the steak and frites was very ordinary. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Choice on Beacon Hill
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Finally visited Pierrot for the first time after years of meaning to try it. We were there on a chilly Tuesday evening and didn't expect to see many others in the dining room, but were pleasantly surprised at how lively it was--not overly crowded but most definitely a respectable turnout. Everything we ordered was superb--from the pate appetizer to the onion soup to the perfectly-prepared boeuf Bourguignon. My dining companions were very happy with the duck breast and pork medallions as well. The bread was also worthy of mention--hearty and flavorful just as good French bread should be. Service was a bit aloof and detached, but efficient nonetheless, and did become a bit more personable as the evening went on. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy ambiance and good cuisine
    longswim
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Really pleased to find this neighborhood French bistro. Very good traditional French cuisine at a moderate price. Pleasant warm ambiance. The servers spoke French and were kind enough to put up with my broken French. Chef is from the south of France. I asked my server for a recommendation between 3 entrees. One of the entrees was the most expensive item on the menu - steak and frites. She could have upsold me. She didn't. She told me I could get steak anywhere and recommended the other two dishes. I like honest servers. I had the soup of the day & cassoulet. For dessert profiteroles. Will probably eat there again before I leave town.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Deserve The Best
    banssga
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I celebrated my birthday with my daughters and we had such a fabulous time, the food, cocktails and overall experience was off the chain!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hurry up, the kitchens closing!
    Sandi
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Made an OT red for 9:15 and were treated like we were keeping the kitchen open because it closes at 10 pm. Had to tell the waitress to chill out and slow down; she seemed pressured by the chef to take our order immediately. The waitress asked how my husband wanted his steak done, and she speculated medium -well?? We thought she said med- rare, so agreed. Steak came totally well done and since the kitchen was closed couldn't be remade. We got a free piece if dry crapppy chocolate cake as a consolation prize! The whole experience was stupid and rude!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time there, very enjoyable
    dmw010
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Everything was well-prepared and flavorful - all classic bistro fare. Steak frites, mussels, pate duo (daily special), salad with warm goat cheese tart, profiteroles for dessert. All good. Portion sizes were more than ample. We had very pleasant champagne cocktails, and a carafe of a quite nice Bordeaux. Service was fine, and I especially appreciated refills of the excellent bread without asking (few places bother). The room was, in fact, decorated with clown artwork, but it was not overwhelming, and I wouldn't have paid it any attention if I hadn't read about it in advance. We were seated immediately for our 7pm reservation on a Saturday night. The restaurant was empty when we arrived, which worried me, but it quickly filled to capacity.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful neighborhood find
    PeepsVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Great location steps away from Back Bay and Beacon Hill. Feels absolutely like a genuine French bistro. The food was excellent. This would be a five had the waiter been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service and amazing
    CJC13
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Amazing service and amazing food. The duck is delicious, and none of the dishes are too heavy/creamy. The servers are so helpful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Coquille Saint Jacques
    KittyVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This place never disappoints. A true French bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SHECKY
    Shecky
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Boeuf bourguignon was delicious. Creme brûlée excellent. Sat at the little round table by the window which was a bit busy due to proximity to the front door. Waiter "Kennedy" was great. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    OnaK
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We went for Restaurant Week. What a great deal for $28, and I thank the owner and chef for that. The apps, entrees, and desserts were delicious. Our server was super. She helped us with our menu decisions, was gracious and fun, and overall made the dining experience memorable, so much so that we are planning our future dinners with friends here. Thank you for a great night! We will be back. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    codefox421
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Visited as part of restaurant week. Great food, great service. Beef Burgundy was the best; I had the mushroom risotto, which I place second only by an infinitesimally small margin. A little noisy, but there was a large party present. Waitstaff discerned who spoke French and who didn't, and spoke either French or English as needed. English speakers still got a few French pronouns mixed in, but that is not to say their English was hard to understand; quite the opposite, in fact. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.