Petite Jacqueline

4.7
878 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
Reviews from verified diners
878 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
76%
Very Good
18%
Good
5%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service with fondu to die for.

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New England
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JH
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AM
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MM
New England
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JM
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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JM
New England
3.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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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OT
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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CM
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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OT
New England
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New England
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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HD
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Milwaukee
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MR
New England
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New England
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with friends at Petite Jacqueline. The cocktails were creative and delicious, the wine options were very good, our meals from appetizers to desserts were fantastic and the service was knowledgeable, friendly and appropriately attentive. Highly recommended!

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New England
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here. Always a lovely delicious evening. Excellent food and excellent service. Love the ambiance. We were there with our 6year old. She had the fondue and of course fell in love. Oysters were fresh and cold and tasty. Everything was on point. Highly recommend.

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Milwaukee
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Nice ambiance for anniversary dinner. Highly recommend! Boef Bourguignon was outstanding. Highly recommend the small plates of broccoli and green beans.

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BL
New England
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I arrived early for our reservation but were seated immediately on a Tuesday just after the busy lunch period. Our views of the street definitely added to the bistro ambience. Our server (Richard) did an excellent job, being both professional and friendly. Our food was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Petite Jacqueline is my new favorite place for brunch, lunch, afternoon coffee, happy hour cocktails, dinner, and late dessert!

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j
New England
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Petite Jacqueline several times at their old location and once at the new location. It's always been first rate. Portland is home to the best restaurants on the East Coast, some are cutting edge chef driven restaurants such as Vinland and Bolster and Snow, and some are more traditional. Petite Jacqueline falls into the latter category, it's a classic French Bistro done suburbly. We had the beef bourguignon and the duck, both were delicious. I also had oysters. Maine is home to a lot of oyster farms so good oysters are commonplace. What distinguished the oysters at Petite Jacqueline was the champagne ice in combination with horseradish. They provide a choice of five accompaniments but I strongly recommend that you order the champagne ice and the horseradish and then put both on the oysters, the champagne ice cuts the horseradish with a sweet flavor which brings the oysters up to another level.

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New England
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an adorable place to have brunch. Food was outstanding and service was great. Would HIGLY recommend this place for brunch. Great food, drinks and atmosphere.

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New York Area
3.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants and we couldn't wait to return. Went on a Monday night. There was only 1 server for the entire restaurant. She did her best but food arrived cold since I am sure it was sitting there while she took orders and waited on other tables. We ordered the frites which are a specialty of the house. They were overcooked to the point of not eatable. We did complain to the bartender/mgr on duty and he comped us the frites and gave us a package of cookies for the road which was very much appreciated.
On a whole we were disappointed in our visit, but will give it another chance. Hopefully there will be more wait staff added and more attention paid to detail.

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LV
New England
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was probably my sixth dinner at Petite Jacqueline. Have always had a good meal and this time was no exception. I went with two colleagues from work. We shared two appetizers: a seasonal fiddle head dish with bacon (good) and a fried broccoli dish with pistachio (utterly divine, truly elevated). For a main course, I had the duck special which was expertly prepared medium rare, with a blueberry compote (may sound like a curios pairing, but it more than worked...was so delicious). The duck was accompanied by more broccoli and oyster mushrooms (yum!) and a mixed potato gratin (red and sweet potatoes intermixed). Okay, so the gratin was 'alright'...not the highlight of the dish. It was a cooler temp than the rest of the dish and I would've preferred mashers...but I'm nit picking here. The dish, overall was excellent. For dessert, I had their pot de creme, which was good. I preferred their creamier older version with sea salt, but the richness of the dark chocolate was nonetheless delightful. My colleagues also had the duck and the steak frites. All of us cleaned our plates and left on a culinary high. Oh, and we ordered a bottle of french red. Can't remember the varietal...it was silky smooth and paired well with the duck. I'll continue to revisit Petite Jacqueline. Truly one of the best French options in Portland and probably the most affordable. Great ambiance and service. Love Petite!!

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HM
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had reserved a table for Saturday night at 7:30 for our wedding anniversary. When we arrived, we were greeted and seated at perhaps the best table in the house, a table for four in the corner with great views of passersby on the street. Our server appeared promptly with menus and water, and offered congratulations on our anniversary. Very nice beginning. We ordered a rather expensive bottle of wine ($50), which, unfortunately, turned out to be rather mediocre. This was the beginning of a rather mediocre evening. We both ordered the plat du jour, duck breast. We like it done differently, so ordered one medium rare to medium and one medium rare to rare. When the dishes arrived, they were served to the wrong people. It took us several bites to realize this, at which point we exchanged plates. When the server returned to ask how everything was, I pointed out the error and received an apology. However, I did not expect such a thing to happen at a restaurant of the reputation of Petite Jacqueline. The duck was fine, but not with crispy skin as I think a great duck breast should be. The accompanying seared broccoli with oyster mushrooms was also rather mediocre and uninspired. The thing about the evening that rather turned us off, however, was not all of the above but the habit our server had of continuously referring to us as 'you two,' as in, 'How are you two doing?' Cute once, but tiring and a little patronizing after the 5th time. We were not interested in being considered some kind of darling little couple. We have dined dozens of times in France and always enjoyed great food and professional service. Petite Jacqueline might take a leaf from the old country book and, at least for their older clientele, pay a little more attention to professionalism.

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m
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely little bit of Paris in the heart of Portland. Beautiful view over the downtown scene. The place is a bit loud, but so are most good brasseries in France. Service is friendly with a twist of irony that keeps things interesting. I ordered mussels that were exquisitely fresh and flavorful. the crème brulée is reference standard. Highly recommended for those who long for a dash of the old country.

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OT
Cincinnati
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great start to the weekend. Food was exceptionally prepared and presented.

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LD
New England
3.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service - our server was Jess- was terrific. The ambience In the evening is lovely. I have had many great lunches here but don’t think I’ll try dinner again. Staff are very friendly and accommodating. But the food was hit or miss. Great steak frites, but mussels were over cooked and not just underwhelming but truly disappointing. Charcuterie plate was several slices of a single salami, toasted crackers and green beans. Was surprised that was so plain. No cheese, no nuts or mustards, etc. Fiddleheads were tasty, however. We are also wine lovers and a bit picky, admittedly. But for us the wine list is just not satisfactory. Out of two desserts we shared, one was lovely - a chocolate pots de crème that was divine. The blueberry pie was truly subpar.

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E
Oxford
4.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was nicely prepared and tasty. The food is French bistro style adapted to Portland. The menu is not extensive, but the options are good. It is quiet and the dinner was a very pleasant occasion.

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L
New England
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place. Food was excellent and the service was perfect. Need a French beer. Too many local options which are not good.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch with tasty cocktails!!

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New England
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner. All our usual favorites, foie gras, steak frite, moules frites and of course the pot au chocolat.

Love this place but sadly the pot au chocolat was not to the usual standard, perhaps this is because a rival restaurant is not doing something similar, Woodfords F&B. Now their chocolate pudding is AMAZING and you can get it with chilled whipped cream.

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OT
New England
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and staff! Had an amazing view all evening :)

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AG
New York Area
4.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food with the exception of the escargot which tasted like it was out of a can served in a watery butter/garlic solution (had to request crusty bread to accompany escargot). Service very good; very nice environment.

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CC
New York Area
2.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The ambiance is nice in that it's clean and quiet. The food is fine, but I wouldn't say special. The wine is terrible. Which seems unfortunate for a French restaurant. Tried many wines by the glass last time and this time and none were good. Wanting something nice we ordered the most expensive wine we could, a varietal that's generally a solid choice, and it too was terrible. So don't go here if you're a wine drinker.

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M
New England
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day dinner was great! Excellent house pinot noir, boeuf bourguignon, char.
Waiter was knowledgealbe, patient and attentive.

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New England
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day brunch was lovely and the service as always is excellent. Such a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. Food is beyond delicious every time and cocktails are always on point too!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At this point the staff can attest that I am addicted to this place. Best French restaurant in town, bar none. The staff is extraordinarily friendly, which is a major piece of the puzzle for me. I am so tired of high priced places who’s staff treat you like they are doing you a favor! Not so at Petite Jacqueline. Always warm and wonderful. When you go, be sure to end your meal with one of their delicious macaroons!

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