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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!
Portland, ME 04101
Hours of Operation:
Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 2:30
Weekdays, 11 to 2:30
Only At our Bar and Patio
5 to 6:30
Every Night, 5 to close
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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.
Petite Jacqueline Ratings and Reviews
I really dislike post-meal email requests for reviews - it just clogs up my email. Everytime you go out and do anything - whether it be going to restaurants, going to a doctor, going to a store, everyone hits you up with a subsequent email request for comments. It is a really stupid marketing idea and makes me feel negative about the place to which I had gone.
We were driving through Portland on a Sunday morning and we were looking for a spot to have breakfast/brunch. Petite Jacqueline was one of the few restaurants that took reservations (there were five of us so that was key). The meal and ambiance well exceeded our expectations. The ambiance was great - very sunny and clean space with a cute french bistro flair. Our waitress (forgot to get her name) was awesome - very attentive but not overbearing and always made sure our coffee mugs were full! Most of us wanted something from the menu slightly adjusted and there was no problem accommodating our requests. The french onion soup was one of the best I have ever had (including the one that I make!). The crepes were amazing - something for everyone (from meat to veggies to sweet ones). The Eggs Benedict was also great, both with the lobster and without. Each dish was served with a simple, lightly dressed salad, which was delicious. We can't wait to come back to Portland and stop in at Petite Jacqueline for dinner (talk about comfort food!).
Such a cute spot! Love the French music in the background. We ordered the duck liver appetizer, I had the chicken entree and my husband had the burger. All were well above average and everything was very reasonably priced considering what were delivered! We enjoyed the special dessert as well. The restaurant was quiet and the service was well above par. Highly recommended!
Had a fabulous real authentic French bistro meal tonight at Petite Jacqueline. This is a sweet little place with large windows, marble tabletops, and great staff and service.
We both started with the frisée salad which was a generous portion of fresh greens, lardons, and egg. We’ve had this dish many places, primarily in New York, but this one excelled over any we’ve had elsewhere.
The mussels, were a large portion that was hard to finish even though they were delicious. The onion soup was authentic and good.
There’s a small but good wine list, all appropriate matches to the food.
This was a winner meal.
Went once for hubby's birthday plus had been to old spot years ago, first evening lovely. Went again next night just because we liked it so much, and again, absolutely lovely except the cassoulet was very salty. I had had it the night before and it was absolutely perfect so I recommended it to my husband. So with that said, you know they make things individually and on the spot. We mentioned it and the server was very nice about it and took it just the way it was meant, just as a comment so that they would know in the kitchen. They even took it off the bill. Things like that happen at a place where food is cooked individually and not in mass quantities and everything else, appetizers (french onion soup and duck terrine amazing), salads fabulous (lyonnaise the best we've ever had anywhere!), chicken entree and mussels all absolutely delightful. Dessert offering impressive .. their pot du creme melts in your mouth. I would have given it 5 stars in all categories except for the salty cassoulet ... again, stuff like that happens every so often. We've now been there 3 times and my hubby and I agree that this is one of the best little French bistros we've eaten at, and we travel and eat out a lot! This is a must visit and try if you love truly authentic bistro food in a quaint setting and like excellent service.
Service, ambiance and French Onion Soup were great, but please tell me how a French Bistro runs out of Quiche Lorraine just as they opened for lunch ?? Because no one wanted to come in early and make a few FRESH ones I suspect.
Crepe was dry and skimpy on fillings. Salads were very good and the prices here are extremely reasonable.
Like most restaurants in Portland, there is no parking.
All in all, petite Jacqueline did not disappoint. I had escargots to start and Beef Burgandy as a main course. The Beef was delicious with a deeply flavored sauce and nicely braised beef and vegetables. The escargot had a flavorful garlickly crumb topping, although the snails themselves could have used ore flavor, a strong marinade perhaps. I will go back to Petite Jacqueline to try some of the other dishes they offer.
I’ll start with the ending, it was our 15th anniversary and they gifted us 5 chocolate truffles with our receipt as a gift for our anniversary. The food was outstanding! I would recommend this restaurant over and over again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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