Petite Jacqueline

4.6
1029 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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MA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met for a casual Sunday brunch. It was mid-January, so not very busy; our server was terrific and brought us delicious drinks as we perused the appealing menu. One of us had steak and eggs and pronounced them excellent; the others had crepes which were rich and wonderful. What a cheerful, light-filled spot!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CoD was perfect: fresh, light, Mediterranean flavors! So good!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner. The first time for both of us. Wait staff was pleasant and friendly. Food was amazing...

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GB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent but had reservations and still waited nearly an hour for our food. Worth going to for the food but must be willing to overlook the slow kitchen.

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G
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Sunday brunch! Food was great and the staff was outstanding. Our waiter was Ian and he made helpful suggestions and kept an eye on things without being intrusive.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of three for Saturday evening dinner agree that our experience was outstanding at Petite Jacqueline. Our server was professional, friendly, extremely knowledgeable about menu choices, prompt with coffee/drink refills - everything a good upscale server should be. Our dinners were also far above average fare - the boeuf bourguignon, the swordfish entree, and the roast half chicken were fully enjoyed. We skipped appetizers and salads in order to savour desserts. And they were all worth it! The prices are worth the experience.

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UR
New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed lunch prior to taking our daughters to the airport. Menu selections satisfied us all. Service was very attentive and friendly, with no rush, no hurry .
In all, a very relaxing dining experience.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was given the prime corner round table, and a gentle and infinitely attentive waiter for an early dinner on New Year’s Day. The grilled octopus was crossed off the specials board even before I could order it, with only two parties in the whole restaurant! That must have been the lunch special as well. I ordered the Prix Fixe menu rather than go with my gut desire to have Steak Frites. Later, after dinner, I wondered why the chef chose the specific components of the meal. Though they were delicious, they seemed an odd assortment: Green salad with Orange dressing, Black Rice, Swordfish, grilled Brussel sprouts, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, and Opera cake (white cake w/lemon curd, blood orange and grapefruit, and layers orange and chocolate ganache). So, I looked up food symbolism and discovered that every one of those ingredients were facets of protection, prosperity, and good luck...all blessings for a shiny new year. So glad I ordered the chef’s menu!

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite spots in Portland. Always great food and amazing service with good vegetarian options and great seafood. We spent New Year's Eve here and the prix fixe menu was perfect. Can't wait to return again soon.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Wow , they were so in the weed all nite . Bartender was running the door , bar and also in charge of the to-go orders and expo .
So sad this could be a great place ,
You need to regroup and figure out what’s next . This way you won’t be in business to much longer .
Telling your customers sorry at the end is not going to fixed it .
I’m a paying customer and I’m not going to pay with my $ your mistakes for been under staff.
You need to revised your wine service , open a bottle and live it for the customers to pour their own wine is not call service .

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m
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our third dinner at PJ and just as wonderful as the previous two. Great bartender, very correct dish preparation and such a fun spot

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TH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to Petite Jacqueline for brunch yesterday and were very pleased with our choice. This was our first visit, but definitely won't be our last. My husband's omelette and Bloody Mary (great horseradish flavor) were quite tasty and my mushroom and arugula quiche was absolutely delicious. We will definitely go back for dinner some evening.

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p
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The kitchen turns out well-crafted dishes (salade Lyonnaise, roast half-chicken, olive oil poached swordfish), but the portions are so gargantuan that I lost my appetite staring at the mountain of food, most of which I doggy-bagged home.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Nice date night spot!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. The foie gras is very good but it is not worthed for the price though because the piece is very very small. The swordfish meal was excellent and a worthed value

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YB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service& atmosphere made for one of the more memorable Christmas Eves for our family.

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PS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner. Great time. Wish we lived closer.

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M
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There is real satisfaction when you have the desire to lick your plate, which is how I felt.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waitstaff was great and knowledgeable food was prompt and delicious.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Went for brunch - Food and drinks were great. Ambience and view of city during holidays were beautiful. Menu is reasonably priced, was provided with table requested. Waitstaff could’ve been more attentive and charismatic - always seems to be slow service with brunch even without an overly busy restaurant. Overall, enjoy going to the restaurant for brunch/dinners - will continue to keep coming back!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious! I had the swordfish and my husband had the duck special. Creme brulee was perfect!

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was expecting more based on the reviews, & while this was good, there were no flavors that were memorable. There was one and only bathroom, therefore, a steady line, which was awkward by the entrance.

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GW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been here a couple of times...reliably good. This time two dishes were a bit saltier than we would like(the French Onion Soup and Salmon Crepes), but otherwise...creative dishes served with a smile and a professional attitude. Beautiful large windows and comfortable surroundings.

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RG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat and a lovely place for a celebration. Our server (tall young man with glasses who has been there every time I've been in the last couple of years) is awesome!

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t
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got excellent service on this quiet night. Food was superb as was the service. One cannot ask for more.

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J
London
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food at a great price! Highly recommend

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T
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, as always. Great setting. Love this place!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat in every way.

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PE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Seated right away, service was excellent without being ‘in your face’, food came out in a timely fashion.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had extra people join us half way through our dinner and they were very accommodating!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service beautiful area and great food

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AW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service

Fun place to meet a friend for lunch

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KA
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, welcoming bistro with just the right amount of service. Delicious prix fixe dinner paired with yummy wine. Couldn't have been a better experience on a frigid winter evening.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance located in the heart of the Old Port, tall windows with eclectic decor. I can always count on a good meal with great service.

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MM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bistro was charming, the food wonderful, and the service excellent. I will be back!

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RI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rarely leave reviews but felt the need to for this restaurant. This was one of the best meals I have ever had. I ate there the night before and the only thing on my mind all day was the butternut squash risotto.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing food, great service! Continues as one of our favorites in Portland!

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DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very good except that the pepper steak which I had ordered to be cookefrdoum rare was actually rare and though tasty enough, was hard to chew. Wine tasting was excellent and reasonably priced

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Bourginon was out of this world!

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MC
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently very good. Food/Service and festive

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