Petite Jacqueline

4.6
1083 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Petite Jacqueline is a bustling bistro located in Portland's historic Old Port, providing wholesome, classic French fare in an inviting and lively setting. Our delicious and approachable food easily pairs with the unique wine and cocktail list at an affordable price. Sante!
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DD
New England
39 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in a sweet setting. Very good service.

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LD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cod Provencal and Duck au Poivre entrees were outstanding as was the friendly, efficient service. This was our first time at Petite Jacqueline and we will definitely return.

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H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. The food and service was excellent! Will go again.

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G
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Can always count on good choices and good preparation. Nice to be able to hear your companions in a pleasant atmosphere. All good!

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I should first say, I reserve 5 stars for just a few restaurants. Our server Kristy was very attentive and personable. The space is quaint café stylish which fits with the vibe. My husband and I shared several plates. Next time we will definitely advance order the raclette. If you haven't, you should absolutely order the fondue to share. I love the open large windows. As I've referred to, we will be back for sure.

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SL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a school day off so I brought my granddaughter up to Portland to visit my son and his girlfriend. We visited for lunch. The food was wonderful and plentiful. Ryan H was our server and he was great. We'll definitely visit again for dinner soon.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had the best table in the house. We could have been clearer with the staff about our timing so things were a bit slow. There were things on the menu that were really world class—like the fried broccoli but my steak was a bit dry and over cooked. The beet risotto was really nice. So overall good food but a bit inconsistent.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious birthday dinner with my Mom and sister. Atmosphere is energetic and food is delicious!

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SK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We downsized to a party of 2 rather than 4, with several hours notice. PJ was totally accommodating. We were there during Restaurant Week, and loved the 3 course option with wine pairings (very generous half glass with each course). We each chose different dishes from this list and then shared a bit. All the dishes were equally good. I particularly loved the pot de creme (chocolate with orange marmelade) for dessert. Our waiter was cheerful and attentive. All in all, a wonderful evening.

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NT
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We liked everything about Petite Jacqueline, but I would particularly like to commend the service by Ryan. Even though it was a busy Saturday night, he answered our questions and graciously returned a glass of wine that tasted off. He was a terrific server. And no, this is not written by Ryan's mother!

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GD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We visited Petite Jacqueline during Portland Restaurant Week and had the special discounted menu at lunch. Although it's a lovely restaurant conveniently located downtown, the food was disappointing. The crepe, pork cubes with butternut squash and brie, was dry and very bland. The accompanying small salad consisted of a few lightly dressed greens that barely fit on the plate. Perhaps the standard menu offers tastier choices, but with so many good restaurants in Portland we won't be back.

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v
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pre fixe menu for restaurant week - cassoulet was very disappointing, but salad was great as was dessert. Love the French feeling.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ambience...modern, cute and French. Great crepes. Friendliest service. Perfect for birthday brunch with the parents.

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VM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Portland restaurants for years. Petite never disappoints-any meal, any entree-you can’t go wrong.

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EQ
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came before a show, and our waitress was very careful to keep the food coming so that we could be finished on time. The food was really good, the atmosphere friendly, and we had an enjoyable evening with our friends.

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R
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent dinner, from the restaurant week menu. Both the pork shoulder and duck cassoulet were delicious, as were the brussels sprouts. The pot de creme is always good although we both prefer it without the orange on the bottom (just that yummy chocolate please!). Our server was excellent. He made sure we had plenty of time to get to our show but we didn't feel rushed. We've always had a nice meal here and this was as good as always and an especially good value due to the restaurant week deal.

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LR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dinner combined with attentive wait staff who genuinely wanted us to enjoy ourselves provided us with a memorable evening. Thank you.

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C
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous!!! Nice wine selection. Delicious

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L
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this place for an impromptu lunch or brunch. My experiences have been great for these meals and looking forward to trying it for dinner soon.

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MV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night celebrating my husband’s birthday. Our server was fantastic and the food was delicious!!

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable dinner and a warm and cozy ambiance. The food and drink were well made and delicious.

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place. The decor, menu, ambience and service. Had a terrific dinner with old friends there and we couldn’t have found a better spot.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect little French feel

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PW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance!

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JR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our Valentines observance, since we cannot drive at night. It was very nice.
The food was excellent, and the value perfect.
It was very full, and we had to wait, despite having reserved.
Nonetheless, the service was quite good, given that they seemed a bit shorthanded,
given the crowd.
The space is tight, and the noise level a bit much.
We would recommend it, and we will return, but perhaps a half hour or so later in the
brunch schedule, and ask for a table away from the entrance and kitchen door.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

So disappointing! Nothing like the original restaurant. The décor is fabulous but the food was horrible. We were there for Sunday brunch and luckily had made a reservation b/c it was crowded. And noisy. My quiche was tasty but made with cut up slices of deli ham (not bacon) and the crust looked as if it came out of one of those dreadful store-bought crusts in a foil pan. My salad was spring greens that were tired, too warm and limp and dripping-drenched in a creamy dressing. I couldn't eat but two bites. Husband ordered two eggs over easy and was served two eggs sunny side up and basically raw though he liked the homemade sausage. His home fries were soggy - not crisp at all - and the "bearnaise" sauce was nothing resembling béarnaise. Not even Hollandaise. It was a weird white look-alike with a tang from some mystery ingredient they must have substituted. He scraped it off as best he could. Other than the décor, there was absolutely nothing French about this restaurant.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a wonderful experience and the food was delightful!

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DW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The perfect restaurant for a nice evening. The waiter was incredibly friendly and knowledgable, terrific ambience, and a great value for what you get. Would 100% recommend the fondue.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentine's

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your greeted with a large smile at the door . The staff also greets you with a smile and serves you like royalty. Great place to eat while walking or visiting Portland.

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HR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was prompt, food was good. Lots of choices on the menu and we will be back to order things that looked yummy and were too full to order. The only weird rule they have is that for happy hour if you sit at the bar, the oysters are half price, but if you sit at a table they are full price. In our case, a matter of being 3 feet away. However, the waiter made it good because we asked.

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LM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter R.C. was wonderful and made the very nice lunch even better

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dirty vodka martini ever. Food is always great as are the wait staff and ambiance.

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable atmosphere, good service, food was good not sensational and not abundant

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raclette was great!

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TE
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding, very good food. Casual atmosphere not “stuffy” whatsoever. Highly recommend

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PM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner -- great food, excellent service. On of our favorite places in Portland.

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JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Will be back. It takes me to another place and time.

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