Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue
Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.petitrobertbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6178670600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Brunch Saturday/Sunday: 9am to 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jacky Robert
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Baby Shower, Brunch Rehearsal

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. Newton Street
  • Public Transit: Back Bay station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 7 days a week, $15
A word from Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue
With a casual atmosphere and a classic menu, Petit Robert Bistro feel like an authentic French bistro. Francophiles with a hankering for onion soup gratinee, steak-frites and apple tarte tatin need not break the bank, as the bistro keeps its prices modest. Those with a sweet tooth enjoy made-to-order souffle or a giant profiterole. Bon Appetit!
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Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (30)great for outdoor dining (28)romantic (25)special occasion (24)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (10)good for groups (8)scenic view (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Quiet boîte
    LebevoVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Simply and nicely done! Brunch omelettes were nicely turned out and the prices were moderate
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience and great meal
    WaylandguyVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We found staff to be very accommodating and friendly. Service was very good and food was delightful. Definitely worth a visit and/or return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MF
    Dinerdelight
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    An enjoyable dinner before The Pops! Smith was a wonderful waiter filled with knowledge about French cuisine and beer!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy little place
    backbayfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Went to Petit Robert with an Open Table gift certificate. Food was very good, but the roast chicken was a little dry, and the veggie side dishes were the same for both entrees, and were entirely unimpressive. Portions OK but not particularly large, and beer list was good. Service was excellent though, and ambience was among the best in the city. Get the pate--delicious. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very late
    JPAmy
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Seating was 30 minutes after reservation time, and the first two items one of our party ordered were out, so the menu had to come out a few times before she could make a selection. Best to let the staff know what is out before they get to the table. We were probably a little short on patience since the delay was at the limit of what was ok.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite neighborhood restaurant
    Bostonian
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We love Petite Robert. The food is always good, often excellent.The staff is friendly and accommodating. My husband loves calves liver. I don't. It is is not always on the menu. Once we went with friends and he commented sadly that calves liver wasn't on the menu. The waiter overheard and said, " Oh, we can make thet for you." Happy husband. We often share a profiterole for dessert. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent French food
    FoodWineLover
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Petit Robert Bistro is a small, friendly restaurant with excellent French food and a very nice wine list. It is a little expensive but not overpriced for the quality of the food. The staff is very attentive and the ambience is nice with white table cloths. It feels special but not snooty.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Bistro
    three4dinner
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Petit Robert Bistro's new chef has maintained the established, informal French menu for the most part but has added interesting touches that reflect his experience in Italy and other parts of the world. The traditional dishes are comfortable old favorites. The new ones offer some pleasant surprises. The restaurant is a fixture in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservation?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was fine and people pleasant. We made a reservation and still sat for 45 minutes waiting to be seated .I can understand a few minutes, but 45?
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  • Return to your strengths!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    As a regular diner, I am concern about the deterioration of the quality as well as the choices. It used to be a reliable French bistrot; it is becoming more and more a fast food venue. The smoked salmon was extremely salty, the French onion soup was unremarkable, the patees were food market quality. The vegetables were cafeteria style and taste, the Coq au vin was from an abbreviated cookbook. The ile flottante was the best dish! Where are the Tripe Provencale, the sweetbreads and the other authentic French dishes. Even the veal liver was short chained! The noise was unbearable and we had to walk away to be able to converse.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very enjoyable dinner
    southshorefoodie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We came with friends for my birthday and were all pleased with our dinners. Two of us had steak pomme frites and two had a fish over ratatouille. I thought my steak was a little tough but my husband had no complaints. The other couple loved their fish dinners and would order them again. We shared a plate of macaron cookies that were interesting but doubt any of us would order it again for dessert.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ATN42
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    A perfect dining experience. Delicious food, great staff, not too noisy, not too expensive.... an ideal civilized grown up place. I will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTED
    Zack
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We were extremely disappointed, our first time there with friends who had been many times for lunch and they were also disappointed. The food was definitely not up to french cuisine, the coquille st. jacques, was nothing like a real one, the duck had to be returned as it was so rare and tasteless. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    DisappointedfromJP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I was very pleased with the service and the flexibility in being able to add two more people to our party at the last minute and how quickly we were seated. I was disappointed in the amount of hollandaise sauce on the Eggs Benedict; It was on the skimpy side. The French fries that were served were cold and greasy. Given the size of the space and the number of people served, I thought that playing music detracted from the ambiance rather than adding to it. I had been at the South End site on April 5th and had a fantastic meal and dining experience. Based on that experience, I organized a group of 8 of us from my Church to have Easter Brunch at the South End Petit Robert location. Ed
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Brunch
    EandJakeVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My first time at this location really enjoyed brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly disappointing
    OECD235
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I have always loved petit Robert, so invited friends from out of town for a special night. The kitchen took forever, and my entree was cold and uninspired in its presentation. The duck, which I had before, was primary fat rolled in sesame crust. I was sorry to see a good spot go so wrong. My friends were polite, but did not have the raves I got from my guest on prior trips. I will not risk this embarrassment again.
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  • excellent bistro
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We went here recently before the BSO. We have been many times before. However, it had been more than a year since we had been. The menu has been upgraded, and the food is even better than before. Excellent French dishes, with fresh vegetables. Cocktail menu is also nice. The tables outside were full, but it would have been a nice place to sit and enjoy dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too commercial
    Drbillg
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My wife and I went to Petit Robert bistro on Columbus Avenue. We've been to the one on Commonwealth Avenue in the past a few times and we liked it. The first thing we noticed when we got there to the Columbus Avenue restaurant was that the tables were all lined up right next to each other so you didn't have any privacy to speak to each other. The next thing we noticed was that it was only one special in the menu looks like it never changes. The wine was okay but overpriced for the quality of the wine. The service in the restaurant concentrates on movinorientationg people hovering around us trying to take our food before we were done, rather than asking if we needed anything.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    Robesranger
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday. Everything was good, but the service was excellent. It made the special occasion actually feel special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even better!
    Robertissimo
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I used to come here fairly regularly several years ago. On return the other night I was impressed that it looked even lovelier than I remember. Beautiful new color on the walls. Gorgeous white linen table settings. Perfect easy French night out. The food was pretty good, too. It'll now be my regular place again …. Lovely! Robert
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • early dinner late lunch
    ktcmomof4
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were a party of 7 eating at 4:00 and the service and food were excellent. We had hors d'oeuvre then dinner then dessert. Delicious and fancy desserts. They even put a candle on the birthday girl's dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magnifique!
    Veronique
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Like an afternoon in Paris! Went to the South End location, my favorite, for a late lunch. Was seated at a wonderful table near the window overlooking a wonderful mixture of old and new quaint buildings the South End is known for. Service was very friendly, and not rushed. We had a variety of appetizers: escargots, oysters, smoked salmon, pate, brie; all accompanied with their fresh baked baguettes, not to mention some French Champagne. Absolutely FABULOUS! For desert we had the Grand Marnier Souffle. Ended up staying until early evening, enjoying EVERY MINUTE! Would definitely recommend, especially for a romantic occasion!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Energetic and crowded
    KarenO
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My friend came back for the Beef Bourguignon and I ordered sea bass. It said it was seasoned with lemon and ginger. It was on a bed of chick peas and I noted no lemony flavor nor anything resembling ginger. It was ok. Good enough to almost finish a generous portion of fish. I did taste my friend's beef and it was very tasty. Noisy and crowded but I liked the energy. Didn't get a ton of attention from the waitress but she was pretty busy. all in all, I would go again but only if someone else wanted to try it. Meh.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Solid and reliable quality French bistro food. Though basic dishes, they are hearty and well balanced. Appetizers are abundant in quantity and quite inspired. Deserts were remarkable. Excellent atmosphere, though the physical environment is a little tired and could use renovation, including the access.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice French restaurant pre-theater
    Yesod
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    My wife and I greatly enjoyed our dining experience at Petit Robert prior to our short walk to the Huntington Theater. The Coquilles St. Jacques, preceded by Saumon Fume and the Salade Romaine, were all well-prepared and nicely presented, and the wine list, while not extensive, was sufficient for our purpose (we had a nice 2010 Pommard). Don't forget dessert (Chocolate Gateau Petit Robert).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mislead
    Deanschof
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A six forty five reservation made well in advance resulted in standing in a crowded space for 20 minutes waiting for our table which became available at 7:10. A hassled, but apologetic hostess assured us every few minutes that the party at "our table" were leaving any minute. Once seated the service was fine. The salads were quite good, the entrees disappointing; lamb tasteless, steak tough and tasteless , Brenaise sauce cold, with very little taste. French fries bland . Overall, unfortunate choice. Overpriced, underachieved. We will not return nor would we recommend this overhyped eatery.
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  • Total experience was delightful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Total experience was delightful. Downside was the noise level making conversation somewhat difficult at times. I can see that another restroom would be useful. Food/wine very good. Seems chic despite the fact that space is somewhat cramped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, weak service
    Sasanoa
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We really like Petite Robert, but Friday night was a bit disappointing. We arrived at 6, and let it be known we were going to a concert at 8. Our waiter took our drink order at maybe 10 past 6. We were served our drinks about 6:30, I think. He then took our order. Service was okay after that but timed such that we had no time to enjoy a dessert or even think about a cup of coffee. I am not sure what we could have done differently. We thought two hours was more than enough time and we did mention the start time of the concert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 5
    Dave
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We had a visitor from out of town. The restaurant was convenient to his hotel. I had been to this restaurant before, and knew about their quality and high standards. Our table was available when we arrived. The valet parking is a major benefit since parking is impossible in South End. The food was excellent. The service was excellent. I can only say good things about this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • split decision
    winegeekVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    A friend and I had dinner (again) at Petit Robert. His entree (pork shank) was fabulous. My chicken was dry and inedible. Wine list continues to underperform, in my opinion, and with prices 3x retail, it's hard to stomach.
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  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It took over an hour + to get our meals..Way to long to wait for lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Joke!
    NewtonResidentVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is NOT French food! My coq au vin was a leg with some sort of black stuff on top...it looked and tasted like it had been reheated about 20 times over...overcooked to the point it had absolutely no taste whatsoever! where is the red wine, or pearl onions, or lardons ??....embararassing. The texture reminded me of dog food! My daughter had the roast chicken which was dry and tasted old/reheated. The plating was far from appetizing or elegant. We had to wait over an hour to get our food and the waitstaff was not very friendly. The noise level was very loud given that the tables are so close together. Overall, the PITS!!!! Two huge thumbs down!
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  • not very good
    pete
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    beef bourguignon ingredients not close to Julia Child's. Sauce too sweet. Mushrooms & small onions not found. Buttered noodles that came with coq au vin had little taste - how do you ruin buttered noodles?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • (almost) Spring time in Paris!
    NotsoMuchVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Merci Beau coup! Went to Petit Robert Bistro for the 3rd or 4th time ... always forget how much it makes you feel you have been transported to France. Coq au Vin was amazing and the mussel and frites were a wonderful appetizer (to share!). We were so full after we ate we took a long walk around the south end and then returned for meringue cookies and espresso ... Bon Appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit the mark
    Dmstraw
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We got a tip from a friend about this restaurant. It happened to be only about 3 blocks from our hotel, so we tried it. We all enjoyed our food, having luckily gotten the best table in the house with our reservation. I ordered the beef burgundy, which was really tasty. The meat was tender when I cut it, but rather "chewy." The wine was great. Prices were very reasonable. Only problem was it got very loud by the time we left. Our reservation was at 6:45. The place was very busy, but the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happily we hit Petit Robert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Happily we hit Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Ave the opening day they began serving breakfast. It was wonderful. Such a welcoming neighborhood bistro with gracious service...even the chefs! And the breakfast was terrific. I love that each breakfast included lettuce lightly and deliciously dressed. Bravo! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Like Paris
    SouthboroughVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We had heard about Petite Robert and decided to try them out. The service and greeting team were very attentive and accommodating. All salads were fresh and just the right size and other appetizers were very good. Scallops ad chicken were delicious. It can be a little loud but later at night it is not problem. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu, new chef, SUCCESS!
    maryde
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Petit Robert has been reinvented. Always a neighborhood favorite, Petit has ratcheted up its game. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I go as often as I can, sit
    Barbara
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I go as often as I can, sit at the bar and enjoy the wine and the food. It is a perfect neighborhood spot. The bread is divine and the service is always friendly and courteous. I will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunate combination of dishes
    GiulioVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We have been affectionate customers of Petit Robert for years, we go to France often and enjoy traditional french food. we were truly disappointed by the choice of dishes and by their poor quality this time. My wife had a pork belly dish with a black rice quinoa risotto that was overly rich and left much of the pork belly fat in the dish. Prior to that she had had a foie gras on top of beans which had the same problems and really the wrong combination. My roasted chicken dish was dry and accompanied by flavorless vegetables. Our friends were also served unappealing food that night, with the same accompaniment of flavorless vegetables. Mr. Robert should start understanding that the competition in the South End is fierce, times are changing.
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