Petit Robert Bistro Needham
Petit Robert Bistro Needham

Petit Robert Bistro Needham

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.prbneedham.com/
  • Phone: 7815590532x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, French
  • Executive Chef: Jay Spencer, Proprietor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Petit Robert Bistro Needham can accommodate your needs for 12-150 guests for any occasion by offering a variety of event packaging options. Our bar and dining areas feature comfortable seating and a relaxed atmosphere for up to 100 guests.

    We are perfect for:
    -Cocktail Receptions
    -Business Meetings
    -Private Dining
    -Corporate Functions
    -Special Events
    -Rehearsal Dinners
    -Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

    Typical Menu Options
    -Buffet Service
    -Seated Service
    -Beverage Options

    PLAN YOUR EVENT
    Please let us know some general information and any additional details so we can reply with details. We look forward to working with you! Email info@prbneedham.com
  • Private Party Contact: Jay Spencer 781-559-0532x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highland Avenue
  • Public Transit: Needham
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and Town parking lot next to the restaurant
A word from Petit Robert Bistro Needham
Petit Robert Bistro Needham serves lunch, brunch and dinner every day of the year, offering authentic and simple French specialties such as Croques, Soupe à l’Onion Gratinée, Mussels Marinière, Escargots, Homemade Patés, Coq-au-Vin, Beef Bourguignon and Steak Frites.

The ever changing, moderately priced menu showcases only the freshest and best seasonal dishes. We take pride in our made to order preparation of your meal using the finest meats, produce, and dairy from our New England and French suppliers.

Petit Robert Bistro Needham offers a full-service bar. Our wine list offers a varied selection in price and style with labels primarily from France and California. Additionally, our exciting cocktails and beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes.

The cozy ambiance, friendly service, and savory menu will transport you to an authentic French Bistro in Paris from a light lunch to a leisurely dinner. Bon Appetit!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Petit Robert Bistro Needham reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (52)special occasion (46)great for outdoor dining (40)great for lunch (26)romantic (25)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (14)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • thrilled that PetitRobert
    GreattimeVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2008
    thrilled that PetitRobert has made it to the suburbs. Our second time there in two weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Petit Robert is a welcome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/27/2008
    Petit Robert is a welcome addition to the Needham area. We were thrilled to hear their 3rd location would be opening up in the neighborhood and it surpassed our expectations with it's delicious food and energetic atmosphere. We've been back twice in the same week because it was just that good, and you can't beat the prices. The steak frites, U10 scallops, and Coq au Vin were all superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early in this locations life.
    CJDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2008
    Early in this locations life. Food overall good to very good. Onion soup a bit flat, more beef stock. Wine list very approachable and affordable. Setting is good, second generation resturant space. The table we had wobbled on a slate floor, not good but minor in overall experience. But manager should check tables nightly before opening, this isn't a pizza palace. staff appeared to be brought in from 2 existing locations to train local talent, in a few months we shall see how local talent learned. Very worthy of a return trip in a month or so to see if they can hold and improve on initial opening. A good resturant with potential to be very good, or better.......
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant dining experience.
    FatfoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2008
    Very pleasant dining experience. French bistro restaurant with standard French dishes, but well prepared classics such as onion soup, coq au vin, etc. Good, reasonably priced wine list, and excellent dessert souffle'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have not been to the other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/25/2008
    We have not been to the other locations of this restaurant, so I can only speak to this one. We have now eaten here twice. We think it has potential, and would definitely give it another try. However, the wine list leaves much to be desired. The dishes are typical French, but vary in appeal. Many were light on flavor, or over-cooked. Perhaps the kitchen staff is still getting used to their surroundings/equipment. We have noticed that in Needham (where there has been a bit of a restaurant boom in the last 5 years), many new establishments require several months to get it together. After the rough initial period, most have turned out to be excellent. We are hopeful that this will also happen with Petit Robert.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, with sizeable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2008
    Excellent food, with sizeable servings. Very accommodating service. A wonderful menu with lots of great choices. This is not a good place for anyone watching their waistline or their cholesterol. For anyone else, enjoy the heavy, tasty, inventive French food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed the food very much,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 12/24/2008
    Enjoyed the food very much, although the side dishes were room temprature, at best. Consistent with comments from others, we found the service to be sub-standard. Had to ask for bread, had to ask for a spoon for soup.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although on our Open Table
    YummyWahVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2008
    Although on our Open Table reservation we had requested a table in the back or in the separate room away from the front door (which makes it cool and drafty), the hostess didn't seem to know about the request. Other than that, the food was terrific and the service was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The latest hit in the "petit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/23/2008
    The latest hit in the "petit Robert" line...service a bit shaky...but it seems they are still working the kinks out. Hope their next location will be in Westwood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good, but the
    Gwenforman
    Dined on 12/23/2008
    The food was good, but the service was horrible. The hot food arrived lukewarm and the bread pudding was cold and hard. There was not enough waitstaff, although the waistaff that was there was friendly and working hard. I heard this was a good restautant and wanted to check it out before booking a special birthday dinner. Based on this experience we booked the dinner elsewhere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food but the service
    YummyWahVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2008
    Excellent food but the service was slow and inattentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food for very good value.
    TheStewardVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2008
    Great food for very good value. Same menu as the Kenmore location, but so much more convenient. Modern, attractive ambiance. This space has seen quite a few restaurants over the past few years. I think we finally have a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good start for this Boston
    RedcapVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2008
    Good start for this Boston Classic. Staff is more secure now and much better with the menu explaination than a few weeks ago. Nice to have a reasonable priced French restaurant in the suburbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/18/2008
    The food and service were very good, the tables are rather tightly packed and the noise level was very high. Not the best for conversation. This was my second visit in the last week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We have been fans of the Kenmore
    LovetapasVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2008
    We have been fans of the Kenmore site since it opened and have dined there often. So we were thrilled to have a Petit closer to home. But our dinner was a great disappointment. We and our guests found the service extremely slow and inexperienced, the food terribly bland and thrown on the plates, and our front table placement freezing because of the lack of a vestibule. We know you can do better - but I don't think we'll want to try again, at least for a while. It was a very unpleasant experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and a real
    EatOutALotVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2008
    Excellent food and a real bistro - with great value. As a bistro it has tables close together so not as intimate as others, but it's not trying to be that. Makes for a warm, alive feel that works well. Attractive decor. Wonderful wine selection. Service was brisk and attentive; our waiter was efficient if not warm, while the waitress at the next table was very friendly and pleasant. Options at lunch for full dinner menu or lunch and brunch dishes (croque monsieur, eggs, soups, salads and sandwiches, etc.) -- makes it a great lunch spot for many occasions and appetites. We had the quenelles and cucumber-shrimp salad and a croque madame -- all top notch. We plan to dine here often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant decor,lots of mirrors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 12/16/2008
    Pleasant decor,lots of mirrors to enhance the long narrow restaurant. Majority of the seating is banquet style,tables are close to each other, limiting conversations. Noise level high in narrow confining space. Good quality food,excellent variety of selections. If sitting at the front of the restaurant, difficult to view the black board specials. Some of the waitstaff are more descriptive of the specials than others. Wine selections reasonably priced. Our group ordered delicious, escargots, assorted pates and mussels. The main course entrees were tasty, however, the vegetable selections leaves much to be desired. All 3 courses had the same uninventive julienne carrots with onions and mash potatoes. Service could stand improvement.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was a disastrous night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2008
    This was a disastrous night. Our waitperson was truly negligent. She didn't bring us our first round of drinks until after we had reminded her twice AND asked another waitperson to get them for her. This happened with nearly every course... and it was a theme across all the tables around us. We had a miserable time and we were there for two hours! I was so excited to try Petit Robert at its new location. Such a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is my second time going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/14/2008
    This is my second time going to this restaurant. Although it is very good, the service does not meet up to the Boston locations. Both times we were seated right away, but had lengthy waits before anyone came to help us. It may be that it is still a very new restaurant. We will be back, but hope that the service improves a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were not seated until 90
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    We were not seated until 90 minutes after our original reservation time. Despite being assured by the host as we were seated that we would be gettng the "VIP" treatment, service was slow and inattentive. This was a birthday celebration, but they forget to do anything special. This new location needs improvement in service. Until then, we will stick to the South End location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As a veteran eater of the
    MoseyVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    As a veteran eater of the Kenmore location, we were very excited to have our own Petit Robert in town. And we were not disappointed. The place was bustling - we had a two minute wait for our table. I had my favorite meal - trio of pates and steak and frites. They translated well from Boston!! My husband had the onion soup - a perfect start for a cold night. He then had the sole - which he felt was okay - along with mashed potatoes. A nice Muscadet wine and coffee - all for $75.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowded, cramped and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    Crowded, cramped and very noisy early on a Saturday night. Cold blasts of air entered the dining area every time the door opened (some diners were putting on their coats). The food was mixed - good bread and French onion soup, but lamb shank was a bit dry, the skirt steak was tough and cooked well rather than medium as requested. French fries were cold. The pots of water for tea were lukewarm - so cool that the tea wouldn't brew. Our waitperson did deduct the tea from the bill. Desserts were OK, but nothing special. Will probably not try again until the weather warms, and only on a week night. We have dined several times at the sister restaurant in Kenmore Square, where the food and ambiance have always been excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great. The tables
    NewtonResident
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    The food was great. The tables were extremely close to one another, but noise wasn't bad due to the shape of the room and buffers built strategically to break the right side into separate areas. Still, the closeness affects the ambiance. My wife and I each ordered a soup and an hors d'oeuvre and shared a salad and a desert (no main course for either of us), and there was more than enough food. I highly recommend the profiteroles. The green beans pureed into the potato/greenbean/leek soup was a novelty for me, and the green bean flavor complemented the potatos.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is very similar to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/12/2008
    Food is very similar to the other Petit Robert Bistro locations. Large portions and well prepared French classics. I am definitely a fan of this type of restaurant, casual, but classy fare. The service was ok but could have been a bit better. Our waitress was friendly and prompt but never refilled our wine or water glasses. When she opened the wine, she promptly put the cork and cork screw in her apron pocket. We did not get to examine or smell it. Not that any of this is a big issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real find. This is a new
    RonJohnsVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2008
    A real find. This is a new branch of the tried & true Petit Robert Bistro of the South End & Kenmore Square, a scion on Maison Robert. Good location & great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant is relatively
    TheRoseVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2008
    The restaurant is relatively new so I understand that it will likely improve. The ambiance was fine, the service quite good, and the menu was interesting. However, the food did not meet any of our expectations. Lamb shank, which the waiter described as having the meat falling right off the bone, actually had to be wrestled with to cut the meat from the bone. The salmon was acceptable as was the accompanying hollandaise saucs (with which they were rather stingy), but neither was outstanding. The other two dishes were also acceptable but not notable. For the money, I would at this point, rather go down the street about 50 yards to the nearby Not Your Average Joe's or travel a few yards further to Fava.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first visit to
    SnowkingVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2008
    This was our first visit to this new restaurant which occupies the space of 2 other restaurants that did not make it. If our dinner was an example of what Petit Robert can do, it will make it. Everyone in our dinner party enjoyed his/her meal, the service was excellent, the staff friendly and the ambiance was very comfortable. We'll definately go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good, not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2008
    The food was good, not great. It sounded like a good menu, so maybe I ordered wrong. The carrot/tomato soup of the day was very bland, with too much cream. The atmosphere is very nice, but a bit noisy, which I don't mind. The main problem was the service which was lacking and unprofessional. There were three of us and they got all three meals wrong. There were no apologies. A couple of the staff walked through the restaurant while eating. It appears the staff needs a little more training/supervision. I'll definitely give it another try.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our second trip to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/6/2008
    This was our second trip to the recently opened Petit Robert Needham. Long a fan of the cozy Kenmore Square Petit Robert, we enthusiastically visited the Needham spot hoping to discover a new gem closer to home. We were not disappointed. The soul was light and sweet, accompanied by mashed potatoes and a garnish of vegetables; the green salad with panko crusted goat cheese is delicious. My husband enjoyed the lamb shank. The restaurant needs to figure out the reservation timing better so the wait is less, and they need to plan better so they don't run out of certain dishes on Saturday night, but in general the dining is a delight, the service very pleasant and helpful, and the ambience authentically French bistro. We'll be back! We'll
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food great service, like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/6/2008
    good food great service, like lots of neighborhood bistros in France
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Petit Robert in Needham is
    Cfw1VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2008
    Petit Robert in Needham is off to a great start. Each dish was delectable and nicely presented. It is far better than one might expect from a bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been to one of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/6/2008
    We have been to one of the other Boston locations several times, and were pleased to find the same menu and quality of food at the new Needham restaurant. While the service was good, we had to wait a while after we were initially seated before anyone came to help us. After that, all staff was very attentive and helpful. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A welcome addition to Needham.
    JKChicagoVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2008
    A welcome addition to Needham. Real foie gras (not paté), attentive service, great bistro food. No longer need to go downtown or even to Brookline to get a wonderful French bistro experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had an 8 o'clock reservation
    Samuel
    Dined on 12/5/2008
    We had an 8 o'clock reservation and when we arrived the hostess told us our table was being set up. 20 minutes later she had to be reminded that we were still waiting. Had she told us there would be a delay we could have had a drink at the bar. We ended up waiting 40 minutes after our reservation to even be served a cocktail.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This new addition to Needham
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2008
    This new addition to Needham brings another great dining experience to town. The food, service and reasonable price point made it a wonderful choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I liked the food; the service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/3/2008
    I liked the food; the service, though, was mediocre. The waiter who brought out the salad, couldn't find our table; we had to yell out for him. When he brought the salad, he neither smiled nor apologized. He also forgot to offer us fresh-ground pepper... Meanwhile, venison with blueberries was really, really good and so was the poached salmon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Considering that they just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/3/2008
    Considering that they just opened, the restaurant was far more efficient than they thought. We started with the lobster mac and cheese, which was a hefty portion and very rich. I had the mussels, which needed salt, but were overall pretty good. I also had a side of the garlicky spinach. The portion size could have been better. My friend had the very delicious steak frite. To top everything off, we each had a tasty dessert. I had the mousse and frankly if there is one thing I know about, it is mousse. This one didn't disappoint! My friend (who loves bread pudding) marvelled at the white chocolate bread pudding. Good food. Good ambiance. Absolutely would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally a French Bistro in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/2/2008
    Finally a French Bistro in the the western burbs. Service great even though open only a week. All dishes were praised. Wine list had nice selections. Will definitely return and pass the word
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had reserved a table for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2008
    I had reserved a table for 6 of us two weeks in advance of our Wednesday evening out. I found out less than 48 hours before our reserved time via e-mail that the restaurant was, in fact, not even open! I had fortunately driven by there about a week prior to and made alternative plans, so all was not lost personally. But when I twice called the main bistro in town, I was told that "we should be open by Wednesday." So I have no idea how the food is since there is, as of yet, no open restaurant to go to! Perhaps OpenTable (whom I'm a big fan of) should make sure a restaurant is actually open before posting a listing for it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet