Petite Jacqueline

4.6
901 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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, 9 to 2:30

Lunch:
Weekdays, 11 to 2:30

Le Gouter / Afternoon Snack
Everyday, 2:30 to 5

Happy Hour:
Only At our Bar and Patio
5 to 6:30

Dinner:
Every Night, 5 to close

Closed for Dinner Service Friday June 29th

Open from 9am to close for brunch, happy hour, and dinner on the Fourth of July!

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. 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 6. 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 901 People Are Saying
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4.7
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It’s exactly what you want a French restaurant to be. The ambiance is airy but the food is so fantastic. The simple salad is perfection. The scallop entree was generous and beyond. Scallops so rarely have flavor and this was bursting with flavor. The black rice I could live on forever. The cocktail I had made me happy and breezy. I would drive the two hour trip anytime just to eat here. You’re lucky if you get a meal here.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

You can always count on Petite Jacqueline. Great brunch. Gracious service -- if anything ever goes wrong (served iced coffee with lemon instead of iced tea), they bend over backwards to make it right and then some. Love the selection of crepes. Unfortunately, the duck confit crepe was "out", but we'll be back!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a lovely meal on Saturday night! The apps and desserts and cocktails were fantastic! Mussels were delicious. Salmon entree was very good but didn't blow me away as much as all of the other food. Such wonderful ambiance. Loved the music and the decor. Very nice waiter. All in all a wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

First time there in two years and it's even better than I remembered. Took out of town guests there and had a terrific meal! The ghost was exceptionally accommodating as we had to call twice to update him on one of our party's snail crawl up the turnpike, but he was so very helpful. The bartender was a gem and my French 75 was one of the best ever. You wouldn't believe how bad this simple cocktail can be!

We loved it and I will not be waiting two years to return!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This is a jewel, sitting right in plain site in the middle of the Old Port. Make reservations to guarantee a table in the small dining room or walk in and be warmly welcomed to a seat at the bar (a great place when dining solo). Start with a cocktail, share exquisite small plates, enjoy flavorful entrees, smile over a dessert and after dinner drinks. Enjoy any of these experiences on its own — or treat yourself to a leisurely long meal. The service is top notch and the food is outside-of-the-box extraordinary!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excellent food, service & atmosphere.....Delish & very fresh shrimp cocktail & risotto.....sweet ending of caramel crème brulee.....view of bride & groom pics across at the Regency & lots of sidewalk traffic, so window corner table was entertaining & best seat in the house! Waitress, bartender & servers knew their menu items well & were very accommodating....my 1st time here, but certainly not my last..... Thank you for a very pleasant evening :)

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I love this restaurant! The menu is authentic and unique; I’ve never been disappointed yet...my fourth visit! The staff are friendly and attentive. I will be going back often.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I would have given the restaurant 5 stars. The only reason I gave a 4 star review was because it was a hot night and the air conditioning was weak. Other than that, the service was EXCELLENT, the food was EXCELLENT and the seating/table/table space was EXCELLENT. I have recommended Petite Jaqueline to a couple friends and will continue to recommend it. The pot de crème was the best desert I have ever eaten. The cherry at the bottom of the creamy, smooth chocolate pudding was a total surprise. SUPERLATIVE experience!!!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Very nice overall with a great location in downtown Portland. Cocktails were outstanding as well as the entrees. Amother great option for fine dining in Portland.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The food was wonderful, The house wine is the best deal in town. Great martini. My only complaint is that we were there on a hot night and the AC didn't seem to be working well. Could have been that it was an unusually hot night. That had no effect on our meal. The waitstaff is attentive but no in your face. Great place to go. I will be back!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Still the best burger in town. We were in hurry so chose something quick—but seating, food and ambiance were superb.

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Nice place, both dishes the meat was over cooked. When it was served it appeared like it was sitting under the heat lamp for a while. Great and Friendly service though and great people watching from a cozy place.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

A must-go when in portland. Such a beautiful spot. Excellent food and service. Best ambiance in the city. We went for brunch and can’t wait to go back for dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Located in a beautiful part of town, friendly service, great food and drinks. Went in for brunch because of the dinner we had the night before.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We've been going to PJ's since they were at their previous location, and we've always loved it. The food is amazing, the service is wonderful. It's our favorite, and we've often recommended to others.

Having said that, there are two things I'd point out. It seems the menu might be shrinking over the years. Not just substitutions, which is fine, but fewer entrees in total. The serving size of these has shrunk as well.

Also, and this isn't just perception, the charcuterie/cheese plates continue to shrink. There was a time when it would serve as a suitable app for two, with cheeses, meats, and pickles, but it seemed each time we visited, there was less there. This past visit, I actually said to my date that we should just skip it. Instead we opted for a cheese plate to share... when it arrived, it was a single triangular slice of cheese (perhaps 3 inches long, and an 1/8 inch thick), three halved grapes, three dabs of a sauce, and 6 crostini, each about the size of a thumbprint, and about as thick as a coin. This was only $7, but it's a disappointment compared to what we used to expect.

We hope these are not signs that our favorite restaurant is in financial trouble. We love the place, and will continue to return, unless the trend continues to the point that it's no longer what it was.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We like the restaurant. We call it an "adult restaurant" Not too noisy, good atmosphere and very good food. A great place to go for a nice evening out.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Food was excellent as was the service. We had to attend a performance of the opera, and our waiter kept track of the time for us and kept updating us on how much time we have left, which was very helpful and appreciated.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We basically loved everything we ordered. Our waitress was exceptional and personable. We loved the cocktail with the Lillet. The fried broccoli was AMAZING. I made fun of my husband for ordering the burger, but he was right to do it. SO GOOD. French Onion Soup also a standout. Wonderful ambiance. We were just in Portland for the night, and I'm so glad we chose to come to Petite Jacqueline. It was a real highlight of the trip.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We stayed in Portland for 2 nights just so we could eat at Petite Jacqueline! Even chose our hotel, the Regency , because of its proximity to this restaurant. If you want to feel like you are in Paris, just step in the doors of Petite Jacqueline any time: for lunch, brunch, happy hour or dinner! At happy hour you can have a delicious glass of chardonnay for $3 or an apertif of Pastis for $5 accompanied by oysters (half price) or the best herbed olives or a crepe. We tried the smoked salmon crepe, the mussels, the oysters, the pris fixe menu with simple greens, atlantic char, and the most delicious pot au chocolate you ever had! Great wine list and choice of aperitif. Prices are very reasonable and the service excellent. Nice background music and everyone makes you feel special and at home. Will return soon!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Up in Maine for our yearly vacation and happened upon this restaurant. Could not have been more pleased with the food and service. Will absolutely return.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Everything is right with this restaurant - excellent food, attentive service and a good vibe. Would recommend without hesitation.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Sunday brunch, and make reservations if you go before noon. Crepes. And a very good Pinot Blanc, very good. Great bar, great French onion soup (!) good service. Small place, small plates, terrific Pom frites.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Fine dining at its finest. Matt called to confirm my reservation that day, and showed us to an outdoor patio upon request when we arrived. We enjoyed a flawless dinner - the best steak and oysters we have ever had - on a quiet side street in Portland. Our server, Jacob, was knowledgeable and friendly, and there when needed without being intrusive. Best dining experience we have ever had!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Amazing service with fondu to die for.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Old Port. Best service in town and wonderful food.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

French food executed extremely well. Service was attentive. Definately worth a visit when in Portland

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Petit Jacqueline delivers on its promise at every turn. The fact that we showed up 30 minutes before our reservation was no issue for the polite staff. Our table was ready. A soft, friendly ambiance permeates the environment. Our waitress was present without being intrusive. Every piece of food on the plate delivered in taste and quality. The wine was superb. Petit Jacqueline takes one on a journey that must have been created by Miss Jacqueline in the 19th century Paris. Thank you for an overall pleasant experience. A repeated visit to Portland requires one to experience a meal at Petit Jacqueline.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

A modern take on a traditional French bistro made perfect with local ingredients. I could eat here once a week. Fabulous service too.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Excellent food and wine choices with a nice view of a small city square while dining. One problem (not included in the overall rating, but in the ambiance): we visited during an unusual heat wave, and the air conditioning was not at all sufficient for a comfortable meal. The food and service were impeccable, however.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We made a reservation for 6:30 on the 4th of July, planning to enjoy dinner before going to the fireworks. When we arrived we were advised that they would be closing early (probably around 8), we were fine with that, but unfortunately through the course of dinner we felt a bit rushed and it was clear that they were trying to get out of there by 8. We started with cocktails and a cheese and salami. When the cheese arrived, it didn't have the accompanying garnishes (olives, capers, lemon) so we had to send it back. They were out of the plat du jour by that time, and also didn't have the duck crepe which I planned to order. I ordered the risotto instead and it was good with english peas and carrot. My husband had the char which he loved. As our plates were cleared, we were not even offered dessert. So while we always love the atmosphere and people watching from the windows, we were disappointed with the evenings service/rush.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Love this place

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We had small plates and shared a fondue with a bottle of wine. The small plates were all excellent. The fondue was a bit thin. The server was upbeat and made the meal a delight. We go there often and are very pleased with them.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Free service was outstanding, food was great and perfect evening ambiance. 10/10!!!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Outstanding meal and service! The fondue was OUT OF THIS WORLD! We also enjoyed the seared duck breast special and the beef bourginon. The chocolate cherry pot de creme was surprisingly salty but scrumptious!

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The acoustics were terrible. It was difficult to have a conversation. For that reason, I would not recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

I set up the reservation and noted that my friend will be getting married so it was a pre-wedding “celebration.” The waitress greeted herself and congratulated my friend on getting married! We wanted to celebrate with drinks but also just found out she is newly pregnant so the bartender so nicely made us mock tails. We got the fondue, deviled eggs and mussels and it was so yummy and filling! The restaurant was very open and bright from the windows it was such a great ambiance overall on this dreary day.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

I loved this restaurant. Quiet, pretty, delicious, imaginative food though also traditionally French, completely charming young waiter. Already planning to bring my mother when she next comes to visit.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

What a find! Centrally located in Old Port area. Really good crepes, nice salads, wines, and desserts. Service was prompt and attentive. What more can you ask for?

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Wow, exceeded my expectations! The best moules (mussels) I have ever tasted.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The restaurant was great what I find as annoying is that after I went to the restaurant for my reservation thru open table i received an email saying that this restaurant is not eligible for the normal points on open table
This is something that you should have told us before we were sitting at the restaurant
The restaurant is very good and I would have gone anyway
However I look at the timing on this notice by open table was a bit of bait and switch

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