Pot au Feu
Pot au Feu

Pot au Feu

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.potaufeuri.com/
  • Phone: 401-273-8953x
  • 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: Comfort Food, Contemporary French
  • 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.
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Pot au Feu reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (25)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (21)notable wine list (15)neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (5)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Not what it used to be
    like2dine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wanted to celebrate a special occasion with some friends who had never been there before. The menu selection was very nice. The service was "dis-jointed"...due to a private party upstairs. We ordered 3 soups for an appetizer and only 2 were brought out...our server had time to help two other patrons take numerous pictures of themselves... All salads were served with blue cheese when one should have been without. The entrées were good, however the potatoes served with the dill were rather over - cooked and the dill "sauce" was nothing special. Again, for the price of the entrée, everything should have been prepared to order. Will pay the price for fresh quality. Not many people there - should have been a clue! We won't be back.
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  • A great Providence dining "must"!
    Foodwinefun
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, wine, service, ambiance & overall dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding.
    GlennColassi
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The best value for fine dining I have ever experienced. Each bite was like a symphony of superior taste and indulgence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pot au Feu
    secondseatingdiners
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Having been Pot au Feu before my wife and I chose this restaurant for our wedding anniversary. We truly enjoy the atmosphere and superb service and food. We have dined here before in larger parties and just by ourselves and have never been disappointed. We look forward to dinning at Pot au Feu again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mimi
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Pot auFeu is a top-notch authentic French Bistro .Not only is the menu appropriate,intriguing and descriptive but the open kitchen is evocative of France, that is, miraculous food created by a chef who gets fabulous results in a small kitchen. The granite and brick walls add to the decor .It is remarkable.We arrived early to have cocktails at the bar and had the good luck to find the owner himself filling in while the bartender on duty was picking up food for bar-dining patrons.The owner spent considerable time with us there and in the dining room.-a delightful touch along with our lovely French server who was wonderful. The wine list is as impressive. Leave room for dessert. Awesome Creme Brulet and Pot au Chocolate-Intense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • START TO A GREAT NIGHT
    yelly
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    great food and great service love that place. THE FOOD WAS PERFECT, GREAT COOKS,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in Providence
    cssdine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I have been dining at Pot au Feu for over ten years. The food is consistently excellent authentic French cuisine, they have a nice wine list, and very attentive service. Poulet Farci du Jour, Boeuf Bourguignon and the Saumon Citron are all great choices. The overall experience is about as close as you can get to an authentic French bistro here in Providence!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Would def recommend
    Foodcritic2
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved the menu. Food was excellent! Clean. Open kitchen. Love that!!! Small and quaint yet roomy enough to feel as though your not on top of your neighbor. Had the steak fritas and chocolate crepe! Both very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant surprise
    EastcoastFoods
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went to Pot au Feu during restaurant week. I've heard mixed things about it so I figured that with their prices (a bit on the expensive side) restaurant week is a great way to try it out. The food was outstanding for the most part. The salad is "meh" - just a handful of greens and they give you the dressing on the side. However, the soup and the entrees were phenomenal. We got the steak au poivre and the salmon which wasn't on the restaurant week menu but they were out of sole so they substituted. The citrus mousse was very nice as well. The fruit crepe was a bit too chewy but was overall ok. The ambience is great, typical French. The music was lovely and it's just a very nice restaurant for an intimate date or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alicegray
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food is good. I like the menu and the service it never seems too noise. I like the feel of the place. It is always nice when we go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Riding on their Reputation?
    zonker
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Julia Childs raved about Pot au Feu when she was alive. I have had a couple of outstanding meals there, but this wasn't one of them. My Pate Maison was superb. My companion's carrot ginger soup was too thick, and garnished with stringy bits of leek that were like straw -- inedible. Our Steak Frites were difficult to cut -- not sure if it was the cut of meat (unidentifiable) or the steak knives. Frites were excellent, but a French restaurant SHOULD be able to do a decent French fry! Dessert was an OK, very firm chocolate concoction with old whipped cream on top, served in a small coffee cup. We ordered from their prix fixe menu, since this was Restaurant Week in Providence. They were out of one of the items on the menu!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The staff couldn't be nicer. They knew their food and wine and made excellent recommendations. Food came to the table hot, appealing and it was delicious. I will go back to try other food choices that I couldn't try on this visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience
    SmakelijkEten
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went to Pot au Feu to celebrate birthdays for 2 people in the group. The food was excellent and our waitress added to the experience (excellent recommendations for wines and desserts). An added bonus is that we were able to talk to each other without yelling over the background noise. There was lovely jazz/French music, but it was kept quite low and didn't interfere with conversations. We will definitely make plans to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Excellent as it was 20 years ago! French classics that my children are now enjoying.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Quite Perfect
    Billyboy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The very best aspect my dinner was the waiting staff. Don't misunderstand, the food was very good--especially the Coquille and the lemon mouse. Vegetable were also nicely done. All in all, a very good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience.
    misty
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was amazing. Really impressed that owner took the time to visit our table to find out if we had a pleasant dining experience. You never see that anymore. Waitress extremely knowledgeable regarding food and wine. Our special occasion will be a memorable one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    My fiance and I ate at Pot a Feu for his birthday. The restaurant itself is beautiful, the table set up was very romantic and intimate. The server was absolutely wonderful and gracious, and the food was amazing! The only downfall was noise level, but this was only because after 15 minutes of us being the only party (Tues at 7pm) a group of 7 or so came in who was a bit loud but of course that's out of the restaurants control. I especially loved the specials from France section of the menu. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30 Years of history with Pot au Feu
    Romantic
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wife and I both started coming here with other partners years ago, and were delighted to find out that each other loved the restaurant. It is one of our "Special" night out spots. If you love French Cuisine and a small romantic place is of your liking.. Pot au Feu. This visit makes at least our 40th visit between us in the last 30 years. We both had the same thing to eat. Snail appetizer was not as impressive as usual, a bit bland. Beef Bourguignon was wonderful, perfectly cooked and flavorful. The bread which is served in a basket to all tables as it comes out of the oven is so delicious. Our server Madeline was the best wait staff we have ever had at this restaurant. She was lovely, witty, engaging and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 107 reviews are from the Pot au Feu reviews archive.
  • Great Romantic Spot
    FANTASTIC
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I had booked a reservation for my boyfriends' birthday and it was perfect. we were seated right away and the food and wine were amazing. We stared with the escargot because well, wen in France. It was deliciously buttery and not overwhelmingly garlicky. I had the duck which was probably one of the best things I've ever eyes, while my boyfriend got the perfectly cooked salmon. for dessert we got the chocolate crepe. Overall the wait staff was very pleasant. The only issue, which really want that terrible, was the parking. we didn't have any cash so we had to go to the garage and use out credit cards. Overall a fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent pre-show restaurant
    Lane
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I ate dinner here before a show at the PPAC. Our waitress asked if we had plans and accommodated our schedule to ensure we could enjoy our dinner and not be late. The food was excellent - we ordered the boulabaise and stuffed chicken of the day (which was brie and pear). I would definitely come back here next time I'm seeing a show in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classic French
    rettsgram
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Pot au Feu offers a slice of France right in the middle of Providence. The menu features a crepe of the day, along with a daily quiche and also other French specialties like Pot au Feu, or Steak Frites. Our meal came with a fresh green salad with mustard vinaigrette which was fresh and tangy and my entree, Coquille St Jacques, featured beautifully cooked large scallops and a few equally large shrimp bathed on a lovely cream sauce. Alongside this was fresh asparagus and potatoes . Overall a nice sized serving, nice presentation, good service and an excellent opportunity to visit France right in New England.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always before a show
    mmark
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    e have been eatingnat pot au feu fo over 20 years. We always gobefore a show at thr P P A C the food is alwys excellent ad a any frenh restaurant a very good wine list. its an epensive dinner but you do get what you pay for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alicegray
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We have enjoyed eating at pot au fue for many years It is always delicious the service is good and it has a wonderful feeling of being away and in a good spot . I really like it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • Good food, too pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was delicious, but certainly not worth the price. Any meal we had should have topped off in the mid $20 range. Overpriced much like a designer label.
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Mrsnuch
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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  • Good, but used to be better.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy atmosphere, attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • A definite when looking for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic french food
    Tammy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great ambiance,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Good food, great ambiance, great little bar, absolutely exceptional service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love this place for its cozy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful French bistro
    Andrew
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint French
    CoupleofSmiths
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pot au feu & a film festival
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere and delicious food
    Wfearley
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very nice atmosphere and delicious entrees. The appetizers were excellent. The owner was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Chris
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Excellent food, and attentive unpretentious service.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Evening
    Rayian
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place and consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still outstanding!
    RIdiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.