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Pot au Feu
Pot au Feu

Pot au Feu Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.potaufeuri.com
  • Email: bob@potaufeuri.com
  • Phone: (401) 273-8953
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Closed Sunday.

    Email to bob@potaufeuri.com to receive special offers and invitations to special events like wine tastings, cooking classes, jazz night and celebrations like Bastille Day and Beaujolais Nouveau.

    Check our Menu - www.potaufeuri.com.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jack Paschke
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Pot au Feu hosts an invitation only Jazz and Opera Dinner series.
    Send to events@potaufeuri.com to receive invitations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Weybosset Street - 1 block from the Historic Arcade
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Pot au Feu
A favorite of Julia Child - Pot au Feu is so much more than a restaurant... Established in 1972, our cozy Bistro is the oldest French Bistro in America. Pot au Feu kicked off the Providence Restaurant Renaissance being the first to offer something other than “steak, spaghetti and chow mien”.
Located in the Historic Downtown we are just minutes from all the hotels and convention center. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to this restaurant several times in past years. My favorite dish has always been the onion soup. It seems to be different now. It is not as good as it has been in the past. It is no longer the supreme standard. I was there as a party of three. The entrees were very good, but, as like the soup, they were not blow you away good, certainly not worthy of the outrageous prices. Honestly, I have had equally good, and better, entrees at other restaurants that cost a lot less. The service was great, however, the food did not justify the cost. I regret that I will not be going back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The menu selections are very interesting, distinctly traditional French dishes. But the quality isn't quite what it used to be. The salad greens were limp (and less interesting than previously); the duck a l'orange sauce was unusually thick and sticky; the cassoulet was dried out; but the lamb shank was delicious, tender and succulent, and the blue fish pate appetizer was excellent; also, the wine-by-the-glass selections were very good. Service was fairly good, but we didn't receive exactly what we ordered (wrong potatoes). The bread was fresh and warm and we were frequently offered more! The desserts were quite good. Ambience, lamb, and wine were the best part. We'll go back, but no longer the old favorite."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Good food, great ambiance, great little bar, absolutely exceptional service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall we had a lovely experience here and french food is very very good! This was my second time back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had dinner here the first time with a friend on Saturday night. I really liked the cozy atmosphere. I'd never eaten at a true French restaurant before so I was a little unsure if I would like it, but the menu had plenty of options. The food was excellent and the servers attentive and friendly. You should plan to have a leisurely evening (in the European style) as the entree took quite a while, but it was so comfortable we hardly noticed. I'd recommend it to anyone, even if you don't know whether you like French food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A definite when looking for a special place to enjoy a great night out. The atmosphere couldn't be friendlier and the uniqueness of the menu and quality is outstanding. All the little things are done well....Highly recommend"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "love this place for its cozy romantic atmosphere and usually good food...was a little disappointed this time though. One of us had the duck which was delicious...it came with a choice of French fries, couscous or potato...I opted for couscous and was so surprised to see a thimble full on the plate along with 4 pieces of vegetables...couscous isn't that expensive and for an over 30 dollar meal, there should have been more on the plate along with a few more vegetables. we also had the "special" which was a white bean,duck, pork dish and the waiter kept telling me it was a lot of white beans, which I like. unfortunately it was MOSTLY bread crumbs in butter. so disappointing, again, over 30. for the meal."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This was our second dining experience @ Pot au Feu. This time was to celebrate our 27yr wedding anniversary. We wanted a special dining experience and we got it. The food was expertly prepared. I had the Marceilles mixed seafood platter and my wife a stuffed chicken breast entree. We have a particular disdain for restaurant food which is overly salty. Pot au Feu did not dissappoint there. My only gripe was that I felt the glass of win we ordered with dinner was a bit short on quantity- though the chardonnay was excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had a delightful dinner Saturday night at Pot au Feu. The dinner entree we selected were tasty and well presented. The escargot was too rich for me though. The restaurant ambience was inviting. The service was attentive and friendly. It was nice of the owner to greet and chat with the diners at each table. A wonderful place for special ccasions. we will be sure to recommend the restaurant to our friends and hope to return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This place is fantastic! Food was phenomenal, service attentive and atmosphere was perfect. Only negative was the enthusiastic 4-top at the next table. The owner came by every table and we had a great conversation. Will definitely be coming back"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A friend from Providence who attended a summer camp with my brother thirty years ago and I met at Pot au Feu. I had come up from Connecticut to attend the Providence French festival at the near-by Cable Car Cinema. In spite of limited time, Pot au feu served us a delightful meal and got us out in time for the film, Queen of Montreuil. The crepes were very good, my duck was the best I have ever had, superb! But our experience with Pot-au-feu was not over. In delight at the dinner I managed to leave the restaurant without my winter cap and gloves. The following day I emailed the owner, who set the articles aside and handed them back to me the following Saturday."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I surprised my girlfriend with a trip to this lovely restaurant as a belated Valentine's Day dinner. The staff was kind and attentive to us, even with a small rowdy group next to us, providing bread when it ran low and keeping our glasses full. The food was fantastic, definitely worth a return visit. Definitely made up for me being unable to celebrate on actual Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Excellent food, and attentive unpretentious service."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere and delicious entrees. The appetizers were excellent. The owner was very attentive."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I don't give outstanding ratings very often but Pot au Feu was very, very good on Valentine's Evening. The duck was very large, tasty, and expertly made. My wife's crepes stuffed with chicken, spinach, and mushrooms were also yummy. The place had the feel of a real Bistro with mostly tables for couples. I suppose that was because it was Valentine's Eve. The wine selection was substantial and we enjoyed a robust B & G Chateauneuf du Pape. Altogether, it was a lovely evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've been going to Pot au Feu across its many iterations over the years, and have always loved it. The ambiance - in a tastefully designed space complete with wine bottles everywhere - makes it feel very much like eating in a bistro in France. And the food follows suit, tasting just like Savoyard cuisine across the pond."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Fabulous night at Pot Au Feu! Food was out of this world and it was a very romantic setting to spend with the love of my life! The staff was great. The evening ended with creme brûlée that was to die for!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to the restaurant on Valentine's Day, which is also our anniversary. We have been there a many of times and knew what to expect. It was obvious that extra tables had been placed in the restaurant to handle the demand and it was packed. We were placed at a little table set off from the entrance by a folding screen and right in the aisle which put us off a bit, but, surprisingly, no one bumped into us once. You could feel the draft from the door and it was a bit noisy. Beyond that, everything was exactly as we had expected. The food was amazing and the service was more than adequate considering the crowd. To top it all off, Mr. Burke filled a special meal request for my wife, a dish they have not served at the restaurant in years."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We booked this restaurant for Valentine's Day which maybe the reason we had a bad experience. The restaurant promotes that it is the oldest French Bristro but there are now a number of excellent French restaurants in Providence, this I did not think was one of them. The menu seems dated and more suited to American's who are unfamiliar with French cuisine. The blue fish pate was tasty but the hard bread unnecessary to go with it. The filet was ordered medium but came rare. The mushroom demi glace was too heavy and more like a gravy, the broccoli rabe had a funny taste. My date ordered the swordfish which was a small thin piece and looked a bit over done but he said it was fine. The dill potatoes were hunks of deep fried potato."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A basement bistro with a long history of fine management and wonderful food continues to be a real treat. A must for all lovers of fine fun food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went on Valentine's Day last week and the experience was nothing shy of perfect. The food was great, the service was good and the restaurant was wonderful. The hostess was very polite when we had called saying we were going to be 25 minutes late for our reservation due to traffic on Atwells. The hostess assured us it was no problem and directed us through Providence on a quicker route. We arrived and the noisy but quaint dining room was filled to the brim with Valentine's Day reservations. We were sat immediately and every was great from there on out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Enjoyable meal. We patronize pot au feu occasionally, would go more often if it were not so pricey. We like to linger and enjoy multiple courses...like in France. Only criticism, my boeuf bourgonone had no vegetables. No carrots or onions...and no mushrooms...unlike in France."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We went with two other couples and had an excellent time. The food is outstanding and the comfortable cozy setting makes for a great evening. This consistently provides great food. Can't wait until our next visit!!!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "What could be a more perfect way to warm yourself up after a cold week than the have a hearty but delicate meal at a fine restaurant in a romantic atmosphere? Pot au Feu is the perfect answer to this. We stumbled upon it quite by accident but would highly recommend it to any one. I was concerned about other people saying the device was slow but we weren't in a hurry so made the booking anyway. Our service was excellent. No one tried to hurry us but our food arrived in a timely manner. The wine list is excellent. Lots of interesting choices and the server was very knowledgable about the wine list which is all too rare."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is my second time at pot au feu. If this review were purely based on food it would get much better ratings because honestly the food has been great both times! The escargot was great as was the quiche special and the stuffed chicken. I have yet to have any room for dessert because I usually finish everything on my plate! This is part though because the wait is so long!! It took an hour and half to get entrees on a very dead week night. The service overall is appalling, and this is not just a waitstaff review because our server was lovely. But Pot au Feu seems like a place which could care less if it were a restaurant. It gives you the feel of an intrusive house guest that they are hoping not to impress too much so you won't return"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We had an early reservation before the theatre in an empty restaurant - not sure how it took almost two hours and we still had to hurry the waitress for the check."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy our nights out for dinner on the weekends and Pot au Feu never disappoints. The service is attentive and friendly, the food is classic French, and always excellent. The owner is always there and drops by the table to chat and make sure all is well. I love the sunk-in lower level with the brick walls and soft lighting, it's a very comfortable dining environment. We will be back soon enough, and we can't wait."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "When one thinks of eating out in Providence, this place is almost one of the last, since PVD has a plethora of Italian restaurants. We decided to check out this place on a snowy Saturday and we had a wonderful time! The servers were great and attentive. The host came by a few times to check on us! The food was great and reasonably priced. The only complaint is that the restaurant could be a little cramped and loud, but I think that adds to the charming factor of French restaurants."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I always love going back to Pot Au Feu. Any place that was a favorite of Julia Child has to be good, right? It always is. The owner is always present. The service is always great. The food is always fantastic. One of my favorites as well!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. We were a group of 6 and the only issue was that dinner took us three hours."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Dined with two friends for Restaurant Week. We enjoyed our food very much. One person in the party has a food allergy, which the server was happy to assist with/accommodate as needed. Will definitely return! Just a note, though, that this restaurant is slow-paced with courses, so it won't be a place where you can get in and out quickly! However, if you have the time, the food is worth the wait!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "The food was ok at best. Could have been better experience if the server that sat us had given us a more appropriate table for a couple. Would not recommend to a guy looking for a romantic dinner or someone looking for really good french food. If you are staying in the area and not really that particular and decide to give it a try...INSIST you don't get table 49. Take care."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "some items we have had in the past were no longer gluten-free, so that was a slight disappointment. But overall, still a restaurant we love. the food we did get was great as always. Will continue to recommend Pot au Feu for sure. But hope they go back to using corn starch or something else gluten free in the sauces."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Perfect place for new years eve dinner! Super wine list, and coffee listing. My son and I enjoyed delicious entrees and desserts that were served by superior servers, who made it extra special!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Beautiful romantic little bistro with amazing food!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Very nice restaurant.Tables way to close to each other..."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "First timers but will definitely return. Food and service was outstanding. Dining room was very intimate but slightly cold."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The food was excellent. We both had the French onion soup to start. It was seasoned perfectly and was served at the perfect temperature. The scrod and swordfish were both cooked to perfection. The swordfish is the best that I have had to date. It was not dry, but it was cooked all the way through so it was not mushy in the center. We had the Pot au Chocolate for dessert. It was very rich. Two people could share one if you are just looking for something sweet after your meal. The service was impeccable. We never had an empty water glass or wine glass (until we chose to). Freshly baked, hot bread is served and the waitress delivers it to the table piece by piece as soon as you finish the piece you have. I will return."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Fiancee had been here with her mom as a child and requested we go. I held off for about a year, but finally gave in. From the second you walk it you note that it's a welcoming atmosphere, the Owner introduced himself and wished us a happy evening. Besides all the small stuff... the food was wonderful. The french onion soup was real good. Blue fish pate' was real real good. Entrees were perfect and desert was the cherry on top (literally). I wouldn't recommend for a casual dinner, but if you are comfortable with treating yourself and spending between 70-150 bucks depending on getting wine,desert, apps... please go. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Hadn't been here it quite some time. Made reservations prior to a show. Wait staff very aware of our timeline and did everything to make the experience wonderful but have us out in time for the show. Forgot how good the food was, I had the duck and wife had the lamb shank. Will come back !!"
    Dined on 12/4/2013