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
73 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)fit for foodies (32)great for outdoor dining (29)romantic (27)special occasion (24)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (11)good for groups (8)scenic view (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Very yummy and very reasonably
    iliketoeatfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2008
    Very yummy and very reasonably priced. It was my second time and I will be returning again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was my third time there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    It was my third time there this year, and very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our waitress was extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Our waitress was extremely helpful with the items on the menu with which we were not familiar as we had not dined in many French restaurants previously. This immediately put us at ease. We did not feel rushed and were able to enjoy the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been regulars at Petit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    We've been regulars at Petit Robert (originally in Kenmore, now at the South End location) for a couple of years. Sadly Petit Robert seems to be a victim of their own success. Service is less personal, the restaurant is almost always full (and too loud), unavailable menu items (even early in the evening) and on this visit, a disagreeable waiter. He went so far to argue with us that the the pinot grigio that we ordered was the same as the pinot gris he tried to serve us. And I'm curious why there seems to be so much staff turnover - used to be a pretty consistent team of servers, now there are new faces (and no familiar faces except the owners and Sophie) every time we visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, I had a very nice
    Baloo
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Overall, I had a very nice dinning experience. What I didn't understand is why the 100 point from Open Table wsa not offered. Afterall, I booked the reservation on Open Table. If the restaurant is not offering the point, why did they joined Open Table?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Having eaten at Maison Robert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Having eaten at Maison Robert many times, I was interested in discovering if Petite Robert would be enjoyable. Good service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The cooking could have been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    The cooking could have been better executed with some dishes far better than others. The pate was delicious, deserts were fine (though too sweet for our tastes) however the entrees in some cases were overcooked but others were delicious. Overall, the food is fine however improvements could be made in terms of consistency. The worse part of the experience was our server. Our server was inattentive, unprofessional and generally seemed disinterested. We had to continually wait for and flag our server throughout the course of our meal. However, the server bringing our food was very attentive to detail and any of our other needs.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just like a bistro in Paris.
    Sherriff
    Dined on 4/14/2008
    Just like a bistro in Paris. Very comfortable, excellent food, friendly service. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1. Excellent menu! The selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    1. Excellent menu! The selection is great. The menu is really authentic French, from the terrines to the pork sausage to the strawberry soup. 2. Excellent food! I had the scallops with tomatoes and garlic butter sauce and they were superb. I also have had the soup du jour on two separate occassions and absolutely loved it. So fresh! 3. Excellent service! I appreciate the professionalism and warmness of the waitstaff. 4. Excellent ambiance! What a cozy, comfortable place. Finally, the value for the price is great and will keep me coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a repeat visit for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    This is a repeat visit for me for this restaurant. The quality was rxcellent. I brought family and friends from out of state and they raved about the meal. It is one of those rare gems in the city. On top of it, it was reasonably priced! I recommend it to anyone who asks me "where is a great cozy place to go in the city." Holly Jarek
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a wonderful resturant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    This is a wonderful resturant, we had a great time and a great meal. The service was truly outstanding. I went with my partner and another couple, and it was one of the best dinners out I have had in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Having visited many parts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Having visited many parts of France over the years, I must say that this restaurant is absolutely the best French bistro this side of the Atlantic!! A comfortable and friendly place with most authentic French menu. The home-made pate is to die for. I find myself returning at least twice a month and I'm never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A typical bistro with lively
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    A typical bistro with lively atmosphere and very good food with all of the bistro classics such as steak frites, calves liver and duck confit. A cozy place with exposed brick all around which makes for a very loud room. However, the food and ambience make up for that. The prices are very reasonable as well as the wine list with some interesting wines. Valet parking and full bar as well. I would recommend and would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We prefer the original petit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    We prefer the original petit robert bistro in Kenmore Square.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a wonderful little bistro.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    a wonderful little bistro. A great value and a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Petit Robert on Columbus continues
    mbview
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    Petit Robert on Columbus continues to be a reliable place for very good French food. That the wait-staff are native French-speakers adds to the ambiance. The Bisgtro is becomming better known and so more crowded and noisy. Glad they now take reservations. It's been our neighborhood favorite since it opened. And the "Denis" pear martini is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There was a lot of miscommunication
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    There was a lot of miscommunication with the server because she was french. I know that it makes it more authentic, but it was hard understanding her. The specials were written in tiny cursive on the board so we had difficulty deciphering it. In all, the food was okay, but tinier than I remembered when I went last month. The tripe barely covered the bottom of the bowl, and the foie gras this time around was a flop.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crowded and very noisy, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Crowded and very noisy, but great food. Our waiter seemed a bit confused at times and service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a delicious meal, served
    PhepsieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    We had a delicious meal, served at a good pace. We were not rushed out, but service was attentive. We could hear each other with no issues. The Tarte Tatin was as good as my memory of the same dessert at the former City Hall restaurant years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A neighborhood gem! I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    A neighborhood gem! I have been here only for brunch so far, but the food was great. Can't wait to go back to try out some of dinner menu. Non-pretentious, unlike other french bistros. Great value and creative dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, authentic french food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Great, authentic french food. Not ostentatious - just high quality, more traditional food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been here a few times.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    I have been here a few times. The food is always delicious and the service very reliable. Always trust your server if they recommend the special... I have not been disappointed with this decision thus far.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The service was great. We plan on bringing friends there in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I dine out frequently and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    I dine out frequently and had high hopes for our first visit to Petit Robert. However, the extremely slow service in getting started and wrapping up will likely influence our decision to return. When we walked in, there were two staff members in the front of the restaurant, neither of whom greeted us or told us someone would be with us. One waiter looked at us and then left the room. When we finally were seated, we sat with menus nearly 15 minutes without a drink order or a first visit from our waiter. When our waiter saw us, he said, "I'll be right with you." Then he proceeded to take orders, run checks, and serve other customers. When the food came, it was quick and tasty, but then we were stuck waiting for the check and doggie bags.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    This was my second time at Petit Robert. The food was good and overall the experience was solid. I found the service to be fair at best. In the middle of our entree the waiter informed us that the wine we selected was not available...we had order the wine during the firsr course. Also, the valet damaged our car. We are waiting on how that will be resolved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    The food was very good. I hated the Bordeaux by the glass. The ambiance was good, but the light was way too bright. Service was very good. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bluefish was great, as were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Bluefish was great, as were the lentil cakes. Side veggies (carrots, beans) we a little cold. Nice having those Belgian style beers on tap. Beet and goat cheese was great although the goat cheese was not very flavorful. Apple tart was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy. Waiters speak French.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Busy. Waiters speak French. Small, quite delicious portions. The valet parking is notoriously slow, which they admit. We had a delightful, romantic dinner for exceptional value.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lovely quiet dinner before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    A lovely quiet dinner before the theatre. jave recommended it to others. EWR
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've been to Petit Robert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    I've been to Petit Robert on Columbus a number of times. The food is good, and affordable, especially during lunch, which is a big draw for me. However, lunch service is slow, especially for people who might do a business lunch and then need to get back to the office. The last time I went for lunch, the restaurant's waitstaff appeared to be understaffed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It i one of thr BESt d eals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    It i one of thr BESt d eals in Boston. The bar drinks are great! The menu is short but tall on flavor and taste! The price can't be matched anywhere I know...shhhhh don't tell any more folks! Selfish in Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY affordable, extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    VERY affordable, extremely authentic French bistro, friendly staff. I'll definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy dining here.
    MikeSVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    We always enjoy dining here. Very "authentic" French fare, very reasonable prices, an enjoyable French wine list that we rarely get a chance to see, and in an atmosphere of a genuine French restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great meal. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    We had a great meal. The staff were terrific. The setting lovely. Thanks for a great evening. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    Sharon
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Petit Robert Bistro, with the most delicious, authentic French bistro specialties that we have found in Boston. The co-owner Loic was so pleasant and helpful, and our waiter was very nice too. We highly recommend it. Loic said they will have an outdoor patio in the spring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the back room was way too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    the back room was way too stuffy-no air. service started off badly- noone approached the table the waitress we did get was lovely- she was French, which added to the ambience. but appeared they were understaffed for the evening
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good French bistro food,
    phillyjoVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Very good French bistro food, with good size servings at very reasonable prices. Service was very pleasant and attentive - - much better than our experiences at Petit Robert's original location. One difficulty was that 3 of our menu choices were sold out, although it was fairly early in a Sunday brunch hour and the restaurant was not crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FOOD! I have eaten there
    Pdan
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    GREAT FOOD! I have eaten there twice and found it just as good the second time as the first.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While they get points for
    newtophilly
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    While they get points for effort, their vegetarian options were decidedly mediocre.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The noisy fellow diners made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    The noisy fellow diners made our meal less enjoyable than it might otherwise have been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic