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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, 9 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
We had a lovely time. The only reason I rated food a 4 was because there was a slight glitch on my husband's steak order. Just a little too rare. BUT they took care of it quickly and without issues. When they realized it was our anniversary (I had clicked that in my OT reservation, so maybe they get a ping to that effect) -- they brought us dessert on the house. Every person on the staff was delightful, from manager to servers (and clearly,the kitchen folks). PJ is my definite new favorite (and has wowed some visiting pals, as well).
We actually stopped here twice in one day. The first time we were looking for coffee and pastries. The eclairs were excellent. Later we returned for dinner. The service was excellent and the food delicious. I would highly recommend. Very reminiscent of a Paris bistro.
Great good and great service. Excellent bistro français. Escargots, moules et autres, tout était délicieux. Le service est sympa et sans prétention. Restaurant avec une belle fenestration, ce qui permet une belle vue sur les rues du vieux Portland. Idéal pour un tête-à-tête romantique.
So far the best restaurant I have tried in Portland since I moved here a month ago. Took my mom there for a very emotional special gathering. Thanks for a wonderful dining experience. The ambiance was superb, so was the food. The manager and host was fabulous, even remembered the name on the reservation, attention to detail makes this restaurant stand out. The view to Regency Hotel's park is great too.
Consistently excellent combination of elegant and casual. We always feel equally comfortable dining in jeans or a suit there. Extremely knowledgeable wait staff. Kitchen produces courses without excessive wait but not rushed. Beer and wine selections thoughtfully chosen. We have ordered many varied items from menu without disappointment yet.
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