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About Petite Jacqueline

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!

46 Market St.
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Saturday and Sunday, 9 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!

Cross Street:
Milk

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 553-7044

Website:
http://www.bistropj.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Nick Renzi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Petite Jacqueline invites you to join us in celebrating Christmas Eve! We'll be open for brunch from 9-2 and dinner from 4:30 to 8:30, with a list of special holiday plats and pastries in a warm and festive setting ❄️ We look forward to having you - it's sure to be a fun night!

Petite Jacqueline Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Authentic (27)
Special Occasion (27)
Romantic (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Cozy (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Casual (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Fun (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Lunch (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Business Meals (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Healthy (8)
People Watching (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Scenic View (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a lovely dinner with a friend. Excellent service—friendly but not too pushy. Food was great, wine selection excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

While still a fine establishment, it was a little off last night. that still makes it better than many places. The wait staff were excellent, but the main course and especially the dessert did not meet the usual standard.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Spectacular! Wonderful ambiance and attentive staff. Absolutely delicious as always.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Wonderful service and food. Best French Restaurant in town.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Best discovery of 20 years visiting Portland! The Price Fixe dinner was superb-so much so we returned for lunch the following day! Then we asked the chef to package the boefe bourguignon for us to bring home for dinner the following day before we left town. It was out of this world! Great staff, great chef, great vibe.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

the service was great and the beef bourguignon was delicious and authentic...reminiscent of my trip to france.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We recently had a fantastic brunch at Petite Jacqueline. When we arrived, our table wasn't ready because a prior party had not yet finished. We waited for a while, then the host set us up at a different table, which was fine, and comped us scones to start and macarons to finish. Not needed, but very much appreciated. The food is reasonably priced and right on point. They do classic bistro French as it should be done. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This place was so sweet! It had a genuine French vibe without having a seemingly complicated menu. The food options were creative and absolutely delicious. Also, bonus points go out to the fresh ground coffee I had right when I ordered it. I was so pleased to see the coffee freshly ground and brewed to order.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and service. I wish the still served pastries at brunch. Everyone other Customer I heard, myself included asked for croissants and they no longer serve them. That was my only complaint. The salad I had was on par! Looove the simple green salad!

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Outstanding!! Will go again! Service was perfect, food delicious and enjoyed the 1/2 carafe of house wine. They have a price fix meal, different every night, great value and tasty!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food at Petite Jacqueline is lovely, authentic in a non-pretentious way, the menu is exactly what you hope for when you go for French bistro - good classics, done well.
The one place they fall apart is the service. The manager was lovely, but the bartender was hopelessly out of his depth - disorganized and inept. Our waitress hadn't tried anything on the menu and wasn't very informed on the (very good, but short) wine list either.
We asked for bread (twice), before our waitress acknowledged that she hadn't thought to ask if the kitchen had any more after our first request. She couldn't recommend the escargot (she hadn't had it and thought snails were 'gross'), didn't know what the Cassoulet was (it was only a few weeks on the menu), and couldn't say if the Beef bourguignon was good or not. You should at least know the menu if you've been there for 8 months.
Because we were seated late (our reservation was for 8:45pm, we were seated at 9:15pm), our dinner went past 10pm. Clearly the kitchen was eager to close and the waitstaff eager to leave. The doors were left open on a 20 degree night at 10:05pm, making the dining room frigidly cold. When we had the temerity to order dessert, our waitress disappeared for 25 minutes, leaving us in the chill while she went out for a cigarette, and then dropped the check "for our convenience" as she dropped the dessert.
If you want your diners out before 10pm on a Saturday night, don't take reservations after 8:30, and don't seat anyone after 9pm. But if you're going to do those things, then don't make your guests feel unwelcome. The menu isn't as expensive as some places in Portland, but the food and service (especially the service) were better at places that charge more. It may be French food, but not even the French are that rude.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We travel to France often. I am a huge fan of French cuisine. I was greatly disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food and a lovely atmosphere! We felt like we were in Paris again! The fish in paper dish was perfect. If we lived in Portland we would be regular customers. Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Really great bistro

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

French bistro food, well prepared and top quality ingredients. Excellent service and nice informal atmosphere. Steak frites perfect as was shrimp cocktail and comté cheese plate appetizer.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I think Petit Jacqueline is a gem in Portland. There ate so many restaurants in a tiny space it can be overwhelming. This was my first visit to Portland. I ate at East End, Fore Street and Chez Jacqueline. I think Chez Jacqueline had the most warm and personable service. The manager just came back from Alsace he knows his Alsatian wines. He recommended one that wasnt on the menu! The food is fresh, delicious and the service is attentive and friendly without being overbearing and intrusive.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My wife and I enjoy the food and atmosphere at Petite Jacqueline and this visit was no different. When I booked the reservation on Open Table I added a note that it was my wife's birthday. The host and our waitress both said happy birthday and we were seated at a wonderful corner window table. It is this sort of attention to detail that puts this restaurant a cut above many of the others in Portland. Great food can be had many places in Portland, but great service and attention to customer service details cannot. For couples that don't have unlimited money for eating out and parents with children going on a date night, you want to make sure that an evening out is special.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good service. Seated at the corner table with great people-watching view. Would go back

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Other than the crepes which were leaden and dry, this was a great meal and a fine evening. Service was good, though it took awhile for our entrees to arrive, and the salads were superb.
Pot de creme for dessert was outstanding -- not too sweet!

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Chose Petit Jacqueline as it is across the street from the Portland Regency Hotel where my wife and I reserved a room after a borrowing day on the road and a tire blowout. The Restaurant was great and good good - Lobster Crepe for my wife and Steak Frittes for me - and reasonably good wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The chicken with potato puree was very good, but it was the beef bourguignon that was OFF THE CHARTS excellent!! We had a prompt and friendly server as well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Unpretentious French bistro food in an energetic and engaging atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food. Bistro ambiance. Loved the kale salad and moules.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Love the new location in Old Port-lovely French Bistro feel. Fish perfectly prepared with flavorable and light sauces. House wines still decilious and a bargain. Friendly and efficient server but should have known more about ingredients in specials. Very nice bar with knowledgeable and friendly bartender.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My girlfriend and I really loved our dining experience for celebrating our anniversary at Petit Jacqueline. Our server was very friendly, but still casual at the same time, and he knew the menu very well. As soon as we sat down, and the server mentioned that the duck special only had 1 left, we immediately ordered. He also very willingly took multiple pictures of us and was happy to make our experience the best it could possibly be.

In terms of food, we also really enjoyed the plates that we ordered. The french onion soup was very flavorful and covered with melted cheese and softened croutons, perfect for the cool night weather in Portland. We also split the duck (mentioned above), which was very tender and delicious, as well as the burger, which was out of this world. When ordering the burger, I didn't expect that much from something as simple as a burger, but the meat was some of the best I've ever had, and the cheese was perfectly melted.

We also split a bottle of the Guigal, Cote du Rhone, which was very good. Although I'm not a wine specialist, the selection of wines varied enough in style and price.

Last but not least, we split a chocolate macaroon, which was small, sweet, and very delicious. Although I thought I was too full for dessert, I also ordered the bowl of homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream. As a mint chip lover, I could tell this was homemade and fresh because of the strong mint flavor, probably the mintiest I've ever had (in a good way).

Overall, a great experience for a date or special occasion, and I would highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding food in an intimate, romantic and beautiful setting. Wonderful service that was on top of everything, yet unobtrusive.

So many wonderful choices on the menu to keep us coming back.

In a town full of many wonderful options, Petite Jacqueline is one of our favorites.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Didn't realize it was brunch instead of lunch- what a fantastic surprise!!!!!! So yummy as always. Coffee and cappuccino were perfect, crepes were so delicious. Great waiter opened the drapes so we could view the world and people-watch. Drove over an hour just for a spur of the moment lunch and were so well rewarded. THANK YOU!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Amazing steak frites! And French 75 was delish.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Anniversary dinner. Staff made it special. Food was outstanding.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Both our meals, which included oysters, a salad, a ratatouille entree, and roasted chicken, along with champagne and wine, were memorable--well prepared and well served. Excellent food and attentive service in a comfortable setting. Would gladly recommend Petite Jacqueline to others. Vegetarian options are especially noteworthy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

One of our very favorite restaurants in Portland. Looking forward to the next time!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The reviews of this restaurant are quite variable but the average ratings are high. I am having trouble understanding positive reviews. At our meal the onion soup was inedible. My wife blurted our as it arrived “mushy mess.” Too much soft bread that disintegrated and too much cheese. Not enough soup. The pate was small with 7 thin pieces of dried baguette the quantity and quality of which was ok. But how about some cornichons? My wife’s lobster crepe had four or five pieces of tasty lobster but the crepe was the color and thickness of shoe leather. My fish in a paper bag had both highs and lows. Highs were the buerre blanc sauce on the side, the fish albeit it a bit too salty, and the small slices of one fingerling potato. Lows were the excessive capers and saltiness. There are so many better choices in the port area!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Dined for breakfast/brunch. Came only to have the lobster crepe. Informed by server 15 minutes after ordering that they were out of lobster and the delivery had not arrived yet. Definitely a breakdown in communication between the kitchen and the servers. Someone should have relayed that the dish was 86'd since they had been open for about 45 minutes or so.
Servers were very apologetic and made other suggestions. They were able to make the frisee salad in a crepe which was good...but it wasn't lobster.
View from windows of restaurant is great to people watch. Dining room is attractive and I can see that for dinner the place is probably a fun place to dine.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner experience at Petite Jacqueline. Everything was outstanding from the service to the food and the atmosphere. The pri fix dinner was superb as were the cocktails. Loved the Fish in Paper as well as the Chocolate Pot de Creme. Tempted to go back tonight too!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We were fortunate to be in Portland on a night that the restaurant was offering a Tastes of Alsace food/wine pairing. The restaurant itself is charming. The Old Port area has so much character. The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows on the street, with soaring ceilings that combine with a smaller footprint to make it feel ,oddly, both cozy and spacious. The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. The first course was a very tasty flat tart with lardons, red onions, and creme fraiche. The savory tart was nicely paired with a sparkling wine. Second course was perfectly cooked coq au Riesling, and dessert was a green grape tart. Delightful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Petit Jacqueline is one of my favorites in Portland. Despite a smallish menu, there is a selection to satisfy every taste and all dishes are well prepared. The wait staff is friendly and attentive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Delicious. Service, food and atmosphere were all terrific. Previous reviews and scores are spot on. I would definitely go back. Our party of three had a wide range of dishes and everything was wonderfully prepared.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We are New Yorkers through-and-through, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in Portland, Maine. I was nervous because Petite J wasn't on the hipster list. But it turned out to be a gem - the kind of place you go back to again and again. I mentioned when I booked this reservation that it was a special occasion, and WOW did they make it special. Complimentary wine, complimentary dessert and amazingly delicious French bistro meal - fit for New York City foodies. We thank you Petite Jacqueline for making our 25th anniversary even more memorable!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We were passing through the area on a trip and saw info about Petite Jacqueline online. Perusing the menu, bouillabaisse caught the attention of both of us. Perfect! We made reservations and showed up at the appointed time. We were greeted, served our wine, and given the menu. No bouillabaisse! We mentioned our disappointment to our waiter Jake. He said that they had just changed to their fall menu the day before. Darn! Jake saw our disappointment and asked to wait a moment, that he'd be right back. He came back with the good news that the chef had the ingredients and would make the dish for us. We were delighted! The evening was superb. The dish we wanted expertly prepared, a personable and professional waiter, and a cozy ambiance --what else could a diner want!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Love the new location. Bistro ambiance makes it very enjoyable. Service was super, knowledgeable and friendly. Casual or special occasion dinning. I enjoy the menu options... Most certainly a "go to" kind of restaurant. Will try the brunch and lunch menu soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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