Petite Jacqueline

4.5
997 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 997 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service beautiful area and great food

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AW
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service

Fun place to meet a friend for lunch

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KA
New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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j
Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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OT
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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BH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely time at Petite Jacqueline at the weekend. We had been once before to its old location and had a great meal but the new (er) restaurant is bigger and has a good buzz. It was busy the whole evening and we had a little wait for our table - I was glad I had made a reservation well in advance of our visit. I had a cocktail and the prix fixe and my husband the boeuf bourguignon. The food and drinks were very good. I would definitely go back on another trip to Portland.

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K
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, delicious food, highly recommend!

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PA
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Petite Jacqueline, we had heard so much about it and to be honest were a little disappointed. I'd like to give it a second try so I'll be back, maybe try some of their more traditional French dishes this time. The selection we made was good but not particularly impressive, and rather similar to what seem to be in vogue in many Portland restaurants, i.e. some creative dishes that look good in the plate but don't do much for the palate.

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EB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Ordered the chicken and it was undercooked. Other than that it is a great place for a date

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S
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
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 on November 17, 2018
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
13 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
11 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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