Petite Jacqueline

4.5
935 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
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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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 935 People Are Saying
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DD
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Duck Breast was disappointing. Do classic don’t do a spin on a classic

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SB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Petite Jacqueline. The food, service, atmosphere is just wonderful and so French!!

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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always on our short list when staying in Portland!

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IB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We booked a table for 8 o’clock, the restaurant was busy but most of the tables were already eating. After being seated we were left for 30 minutes with not a word from any staff members including the lady that seated us. The tables next to us were all being served or checked on and we were ignored. I tried to catch the attention of one of the waiters and was ignored. My partner and I got up and left, as we were going out the door the staff began bickering about who’s table it was to serve. Very disappointing as the food looked lovely and the prices were good.

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S
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful in every respect. Waiter Kyle was wonderful and knew the menu. He was aware of our gluten allergy as soon as we sat down. Food was excellent. All in all a fun experience.

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L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was my 4th visit and the first three were very good/wonderful. This time is was lunch. I ordered the crepes thinking this was a specialty and they would be delicious. Turned out my crepe was dry and browned which made it dry. Very disappointing. The banana-rum pot au creme did make me leave feeling happy. Will definitely go back and skip the crepes.

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JD
Western NC
44 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here an a Tuesday night with a 7:30 reservation and were seated promptly. Restaurant is lovely and the food was very good. Green bean almandine and roasted peppers apps were excellent as was the chicken main dish and the hamburger. Only complaint was when we ordered the mains at 7:40 we were told the chicken would take a half hour and it arrived at 8:30. Too long a wait when restaurant was less than full. Would have given it 5 stars otherwise.

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TF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Have been to Petit Jacqueline at least 5 or 6 times. The food is always great. Not too adventurous but very well executed. We really enjoy the restaurant for date nights when we can have a nicely paced meal and catch up on conversation. The service on our most recent visit was not quite up to our prior experience but it was a minor issue. We caught the end of summer season which is time where we often avoid going downtown and the crowd was a little more boisterous than we typically find mid week.

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The beer list is most limited and does not contain any light nor domestic brands. Poor with respect to the bar offerings.

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OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

For a restaurant marketing itself as a French place this was a big disappointment. Crepe was a thin pancake and undercooked. Also cafe at lait wasn’t on the menu but props to the waiter who asked and made one. Won’t go back as there are too many other really good places to eat in Old Port/Portland

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GP
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to get a table for two at the last minute, and we were very glad that we did. The Duck special (Saturday night) was AMAZING. We should have shared entrees as there was no room for the desserts, which all seemed that they might be amazing. The servers were fun and attentive as well.

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MD
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff, menu and food, in a romantic setting with a good wine list and after dinner drinks.

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SN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

It was a very hot day and the ac was broken but we were not told until we were part way through our meal.

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RF
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb!
Best Onion Soup on the planet!
Outstanding all around!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, per usual. We love the ambiance. Cocktails & wine were delicious, the food was all prepared very well. Portions are always on the small side for us but we’re active people with small kids—we probably need to be fed more than average! Good reason to get dessert (which was great).

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JH
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

One of our go-to places with friends -- usually enjoy the food, atmosphere, and service. Disappointed mostly in service this time: Inattentive waiter. Couldn't get his attention, had to go to bar for a drink, asked maitre d' to get waiter to refresh ice tea. Finally got attention at end of meal with 4 of us waving. Waiter acted like ice tea had not been requested . . . and on and on. Food was ho-hum this time. Ham & gruyere crêpe dry with one piece of lunchmeat-ish ham. Pesto chicken crêpe soggy with way too much pesto. Chicken salad sandwich had hugely thick pieces of over-oiled bread and not much chicken salad.

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CA
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit Portland once a year and always return to Petite Jacqueline for a dinner out. It never disappoints. It has changed locations but the vibe is the same. Reliably interesting food anchored by old favorites that still are hard to resist.

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LV
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My friend and I dined at Petite; was her first visit. I've been > 6 times at this point. I've never had a bad meal. This time, we shared our starters: Fried Broccoli with Pistachios and Deviled Eggs, both very good dishes. My main course was the salmon, served with yummy tomatoes and a peach chutney. Salmon was cooked perfectly medium rare. Further, the dish was perfectly seasoned...really an impressive dish. My friend had the risotto. I tasted...it was delicious. My sauvignon blanc was forgettable...but really...for the price, service, food quality, and atmosphere, Petite Jacqueline is tough to beat. This spot remains one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. My friend ordered a red ale beer from a brewery in Paris...it was divine. I will continue to frequent Petite. Love this restaurant.

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e
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was ok. Menu was short not many options. Service was great.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend showed up 45 mins late and we stayed into their meeting/prep time but the servers were very very patient!

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RT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Takes reservations so no surprise waits. Service was excellent. Food took a little long to arrive but it extended our chat time. Food very good.

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DA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never hurried, always simply delicious French country cuisine. Don't worry about the continental-type stiff atmosphere....you won't find that here. One of us will generally find the prix fixe three course meal, reasonably price. The other will get scallops, or boeff bourguigon, duck confit (I could go on...). Great hand-crafted cocktails (manhattan fans....try a boulvardierre....you will like it) with a salad greens that we split. Half carafe of house wine over dinner...and we linger. Cap it off with the chocolate/raspberry peau de crème....!!!! (slurp!) OMG good! The grand finale to a fine orchestral piece!

The bites all seem small as they come your way. Somehow we leave very happy and very stuffed!

Nice walk in the Old Port afterwards, maybe catch a band down at Lobster Co..... Guaranteed evening of fun! A bientot!

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TN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve always been pleased with this restaurant. Great menu but would love to see frogs legs and escargot sometime

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JO
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, great food. Our waiter was RC and he was very attentive and made us feel welcome right away. He gave us other dining suggestions as did the Manager. Excellent on all accounts

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TC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit at this new location. We like the new space somewhat better than the old. The new chairs were a vast improvement over the old metal ones, which I (as an overweight older person) found very uncomfortable. The new ones are just fine!

Our server brought out champagne when we arrived, for the special occasion we had mentioned on the reservation. A very nice touch!

The food was well prepared and well presented, not to mention delicious.

This was one of our favorite local spots, at the old location. The new place is even better!

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BM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed rhe food and atmosphere. My husband is fussy about his oysters and mussles, and said both were excellent. Loved my salmon. Great food for a reasonable price in upscale atmosphere.

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r
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, a recommend. Took too long to get our food was our only negative comment.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambiance, food, service. Very reasonably priced.
Definitely a Portland gem!!

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All i need to say about my experience at Petit Jacqueline can be summed up in one word....."Spectacular".

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AB
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely little spot right in the action of downtown Portland. Our waiters were very friendly and the menu had plenty of yummy options. The mussels were served in a delish broth and the scallops with black rice were cooked perfectly. We loved the intimate yet lively atmosphere and well-prepared dishes.

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JN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 10th anniversary and they helped us celebrate with a complimentary glass of champagne!! My husband was afraid it was going to be small portions and instead we left stuffed and super happy! Everything we had was delicious especially the fondue and the muscles!! Please go and enjoy!! Can’t wait to go back!!

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KA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely ambiance, terrific (& helpful) server. A+

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RR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JH
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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LI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great, especially the cherry gelatin & chocolate mousse dessert. The service, however, was a bit spacey and she added a large tip to my colleague’s corporate card, which he discovered the next day and did not appreciate.

Overall, a very good meal - just not as good as my previous experiences, mostly hampered by the service.

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JG
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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k
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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j
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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