Petite Jacqueline

4.5
982 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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 2:30

Lunch:
Weekdays, 11 to 2:30

Happy Hour:
Only At our Bar and Patio
Monday through Friday, 5 to 6:30

Dinner:
Every Night, 5 to close

Reservations suggested!
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Phone number
(207) 553-7044
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nick Renzi
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Catering
We are happy to meet your catering needs, from family-style take out to fully-staffed events. Please contact us at 207.553.7044 for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Milk
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Parking details
Street parking in the Old Port is plentiful, but please make sure to read signage displaying rules and time limits. All street parking is free after six in the evening, and all day Sundays and Holidays. There are also nearby parking garages on Pearl, Fore, and Exchange Streets.
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Special events & promotions
Our Happy Hour runs from 5 to 630. Enjoy $3 house wine, $4 local beer, and $5 well cocktails at the bar. We look forward to seeing you!

Follow us on facebook and instagram for updates on other special events, like our Beaujolais Supper in the autumn, or patio specials during the summer.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 982 People Are Saying
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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love this restaurant - everything about it is just wonderful!

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SH
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All was great!

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TL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, great food and people working at the establishment.

We will let our friends know of this wonderful spot.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch with amazing food!

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AK
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good. The cracker on my soup was over done. All I could taste was burned cracker. I simply plucked it out, and enjoyed my soup.

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L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but brunch menu was small. A little over priced.

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VO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Great service and food, well worth it.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere and service

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DF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Cute little place. Both had onion soup. NOT an onion to be found. Salty. Salty salty . Little cheese. Yuck. Had Beef Bourguion salty thick sauce. Four thin pieces of meat Were tender.
Too many places to try. Wouldn't return.

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TC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant experiences my wife and I have had in years. From our table, to the food, the atmosphere, to the wine, I couldn't of scripted it better. Can't wait to go again.

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HD
New England
77 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Bad weekend lunch...terrible service. Not only was the service horribly inattentive but the usually good food was plated like it came out of a cafeteria. Quiche was a dry thin slice that didn’t appear to be freshly cut (looked warmed over) and was plopped in a large plate with a few leaves of green. Plate was too big and presentation was unappealing. Dinner is usually good but something goes awry in the daytime.

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

The food was great! I had the mussels and it was one of the best presentations I've experienced. My husband had the salmon and raved.

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G
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always feel relaxed within minutes of arriving at Petit Jacqueline. The ambiance is perfect - soft French music, seating comfortable and uncrowded and lovely decor. Unfortunately, this time the food was not outstanding - I had the deviled eggs and smoke salmon crepe and neither was dazzling. I expect more from PJ! The wine was fabulous - great bottle of Sancerre!

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JN
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food at a bistro setting in downtown Portland. Floor-to-ceiling windows make for great people-watching, assuming you can tear yourself away from the food! We came for brunch and then came back late in the day to warm up on an unseasonably cold fall day. The fondue and Irish Coffee were just the thing. We are big fans of PJ's sister restaurant, 555; glad we had a chance to check this one out and confirm it is similarly outstanding.

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g
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I took my parents here for their wedding anniversary. We had a lovely meal. My only qualms were that the restaurant was a bit noisy, and my dad is hard of hearing. The menu was not extensive, but everything was delicious. The portions were odd--reasonable for some dishes, and huge for others. The appetizers we had were delicious. The desserts were fine, but not amazing.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

All in all everything was good and pleasant. The four thin sloces of french bread with our appetisers was pitiful and surprising. I do understand that it can be waistful to bring generous amounts of bread in todays world but one could ask if patrons want bread or not. Anyhow we were all sadly surprised.

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SR
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance. Feels very French. Authentic "french" attention to details.

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JT
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect little gem of an authentic French bistro with a wonderful menu of classic french items as well as farm to table, delicious plates.

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j
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hustle and bustling place. The menu was full of delicious choices. I have to be gluten free and was very happy. I had the duck, which was fabulous. All the wines are French origin. Will visit again, the next time we are in Portland.

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U
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was really unimpressed. In particular, the mussels were awful—small, overcooked, rubbery and drenched in a heavy sauce.

Very pricey place for not very good food.

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CG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had scallops which were well and for dessert Creme Brûlée done in a shallow dish with wonderful flavor

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B
Cheshire
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good simple food and good service. Really liked the vibe of the place

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OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good

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J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, friendly server....no complaints! Would definitely recommend.

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SC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem! The food and service were absolutely wonderful. I've had onion soup all over France and this may have been the best I have ever had.

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KL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Where
else to sample fine French fare than Portland Maine!!Scallops were perfection. Steak frites and onion soup also very good. This owner did his grandmother proud.

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DD
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent.

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j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, authentic French bistro - really hits the right notes. Great service, all was just terrific.

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KM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful and delicious Sunday evening dinner. Service was attentive but not overwhelming; food was exactly as we wanted it; cocktails and wine were good value. Dessert was the perfect ending.

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EF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Warm welcome and friendly, knowledgeable And capable service. The food was wonderful. Melt in your mouth steak au poivre, buttery salmon with a tangy spiced sauce, large tender scallops - all special and memorable. Highly recommended.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely anniversary brunch, our server was terrific. Thank you!

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OT
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, atmosphere and staff

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NM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Salmon was excellent! Broccolini was very, very salty and rather tough and "uncuttable" with the table knife and fork. Too noisy and we were forced to really raise our voices to be heard at our table, which I think everyone was forced to do all over the restaurant. I'm thinking of trying lunch at some point to see if it's quieter and free of the Saturday night celebratory crowd. As I said, the salmon was really great and that leads me to believe that lunch might be wonderful.

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant more than a dozen times. Service was horrible. I ordered a bottle of wine ($50). She brought the wrong wine which was a $100 bottle. She tried to open it without showing the label. Food was not prepared as requested. Server never checked to see if things were ok. This server has ruined our interest in returning.

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CC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, love the atmosphere, the service and the special attention paid to our raclette order.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the atmosphere was just what we were looking for to celebrate our first dinner out as a married couple. I greatly enjoyed the carrot salad and the risotto. My husband loved the French onion soup and the scallops. Fantastic cocktail menu as well. Thanks!

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p
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had dinner with 4 of us. Everyone’s dinner was very good except mine. I ordered “smoked salmon in a crepe. It turned out to be hot. To me when it says “ smoked salmon” it means nice thin cut cold salmon. It should say hot smoked salmon. Big disappointment. Could not eat it. One person sent back Onion soup for more melted cheese on top ,then it was delicious. It is a very good menu. Can not wait until they have sweetbreads.

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KM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Have.benn here often and hav always enjoyed it but this latest experience was a disappointment.
Service was very slow and food was just okay.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place. We had the fixed price 3 course special, a great value for really well prepared food.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening out! Food was awesome. And, I had called ahead to ask about gluten free options since I have celiac. Very accommodating. Mussels were yummy as was the risotto. (Wish they had GF bread to soak up the garlic butter.) When I called I mentioned it was our anniversary. We were delighted with corner table and complimentary sparkling wine. Very nice touch. Thank you!

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