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Petite Jacqueline

4.7
843 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, 10 to 2:30

Lunch:
Weekdays, 11 to 2:30

Happy Hour:
Only At our Bar and Patio
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. 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 843 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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2.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Happened upon this place while we were in Portland. What a great find. Loved it, hope to go back soon. Excellent, food, wonderful wait staff, everything about it was perfect.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We've been to PJ a few times. Where our drive is from NH we don't get to visit as often as we'd like. On this occasion we were having an early Mother’s Day celebration. We arrived a little early and were able to be seated quickly. Even though it had been about two months since our last trip, our server remembered us and suggested we move to a larger table in a corner. We started with some bubbly; they have a nice (small) selection of champagnes by the glass. As we sipped, we decided to share something new. They had no problem with our ordering as we progressed through the meal. Normally we come for brunch so we eat lighter, they have a lovely house salad and quiche; this time we had a special salad to start, Julie then had the soup of the day (a hearty bean soup) and I had what I would call a lobster benedict (with spinach). Everything was excellent. They actually were quite busy for late morning but our server Jericha was excellent. She was attentive and the food and beverage came at a nice pace but we weren't rushed and we didn’t have to wait. Not a thing was missing from food, wine and service. We highly recommend PJ and will be back as soon as we can arrange the trip. Thank you,

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Nice but not great

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fabulous food! The service wasn’t great very very slow. Forgot our cocktails more than once.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Very nice dinner and had a good vibe. Recommend the beef borgiounion

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We were stopping in Portland on our way home from a week in Montreal and Quebec. Our dinner at Petite Jaqueline was the best French meal of the trip! Can't say we were surprised, as we had eaten at the old location in Longfellow Square. New spot lacks a bit of the old restaurant's charm, but very nice — and with the big windows, would be great for brunch or lunch.

Only negative — an irregular but recurring loud thumping sound that our waitress could not identify. The manager thought it might be made by overenthusiastic shutting of the front door, which indeed was the case — that should be fixed.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Crepe and croque madame were both delicious! Definitely a great brunch spot!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Consistent quality of food, staff and ambiance. One of my favorite restaurants in Portland.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This was the first time I visited their new location. It was elegantly appointed, had large windows for people watching, helpful waitstaff,and great menu. Deserts were outstanding. A one of a kind for Portland.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We enjoyed the flavors and ambience of Paris in Portland for Sunday brunch. Our choices of Lyonnaise salad and Croque Madame were authentic with a twist. Great ambience and friendly service. With so many restaurant choices in Portland, we were glad we found Petit Josephine.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This is a sweet little place perfect for date night.
Food: Our appetizers were just okay, shrimp cocktail a bit large and rubbery, cheese with honey and spinach salad lacked a bit of flavor as well. Our main dishes; I had the burger- it was incredible! and my husband had steak frites, very tastey but he seemed underwhelmed. Portion sizes were perfect. Service was excellent.
Lovely little wine and dessert selection.
I would try it again.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My wife and I had a very enjoyable evening celebrating our Wedding Anniversary at Petite Jacqueline. Soon as we were seated, our waiter Jake, graciously provided us with two free glasses of perfectly chilled sparkling Chenin Blanc. Got the evening off to a great start. We both ordered the duck entree and paired it with a bottle of full-bodied French Red wine. It was a great combination as the duck was tender and flavorsome, and enhanced even further the taste of the delicious wine. The Occasion was made even better by Jake our knowledgeable waiter who was attentive but not obtrusive and made the meal flow seamlessly from start to finish. When dining here again we will definitely put in a request to be seated at one of Jake's tables. Jake to our minds is an asset to the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

First visit to the new location. More comfortable than the old, while retaining top notch food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Second time around, food wasn't as good as the first, when I stuck to the tried-and-true French classics -- Pate de Canard, Steak-frites. Second time, started with some lovely Maine oysters -- not hard to come by in Portland! -- Then a Spring Risotto special that was, sadly, lacking in any personality whatsoever. No broth flavoring or herbs to counter its blandness; no cheese; rather nondescript veggies on top. Green salad was lovely -- very fresh, great vinaigrette. I will go back, but stick to the staples. Both times, service was friendly and efficient, if a little unskilled and informal.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was good but could have been better. The host was very nice and accommodating. The waitress left much to be desired.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Delicious food...attentive service....reasonably priced...classic French bistro

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Gorgeous space, especially in the morning when the sun is shining through the big windows! Cocktails were delicious and service was attentive, chipper, and knowledgeable about the menu. Majority of the breakfast options were crepes. Other options included traditional French breakfast items.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Mike, the GM is wonderful taking care of all guests! Thank you, Mike and Russell too.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Good food ,nice spot in the old port,comfy feel, waitress was very good at her job .

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We love coming here! The food is absolutely amazing and we always feel comfortable and relaxed. Even though it isn’t a “kid” restaurant, our kids love the food there and the staff is always so welcoming. We look forward to returning again soon.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was the best meal we had while visiting Portland. Highly recommend! Will definitely be going back next time we are in Maine!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great meal and French atmosphere combined with a varied menu and a busy bar scene makes this an excellent choice in the Old Port. Efficient and knowledgeable waitstaff, pricey wines so stay with the carafe of house wine and you can't go wrong! Parking is difficult in this area so plan accordingly.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Just a quick Sunday night dinner with a classic steak frites that was perfectly cooked medium rare (ask for the aioli on the side for the frites....) - The red Bordeaux is quite good for the price - Service was great and I really like the decor and the large windows. Nice dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Petite Jacqueline has very good food, Service, however, is a bit slow because there is not enough wait staff. Every time we needed to order something we had to summon the waiter who was busy serving other tables.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My new favorite restaurant in Portland, Maine. The food was very fresh and exquisitely prepared. Our server was very polite and attentive. I will be returning to try othe menu items.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My son and I loved it here! I had been to the previous location in Longfellow Square, but never quite warmed up to it. But I really liked it at this location. I got there early for my reservation but they seated me and I was able to have a drink while I waited for my son. We sat by the window, which was great for people watching. And, oh yes, I am a fondue afficianado, and the fondue definitely made the grade. Not many places serve fondue anymore and this was excellent. My son is a vegetarian and he was very pleased with his choices. And we were able to get tiny desserts, just a hint of a sweet. A very nice place with excellent food, I recommend it highly.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great meal, always a good choice!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Went for anniversary dinner. The food & service was excellent; the setting was cozy & romantic; & decent prices for the food, which was delicious! Would recommend & come again!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This was our second time and sat at the bar by choice. Great food, great service and everyone is so friendly

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were celebrating our 35th anniversary and asked for a quite table. We were seated in a lovely corner window seat. Great dining experience and would recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was just lovely. Good service. Excellent food. Small and quiet. Great experience. Salmon crepes and French onion soup were yummy.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

What a great French meal! Our first visit and first meal in Portland-- We were delighted with the food and impressed with the wine selection. We will definitely recommend and be back.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We went for a romantic french dinner and we not disappointed. We love the duck liver, the escargot and the deviled eggs for a delightful starter. We sipped one of their signature cocktails the M. Smith while we waited for our dinner of boeuf bourguignon & steak frites accompanied by a delicious Bordeaux and a Pinot Noir. The topper of course is always desert with Pot de Creme and strong coffee. The waitstaff was very nice and not too obtrusive and the ambience was reminiscent of a Paris patisserie. I highly recommend as the prices are on Point with Portland’s burgeoning restaurant scene.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing food, drinks, and setting. Great time

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