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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, 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!

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.

Petite Jacqueline Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

99% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (32)
Good for a Date (30)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Authentic (23)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Bar Seating (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cozy (15)
Casual (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Business Meals (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Scenic View (7)
People Watching (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Petite Jacqueline is an excellent choice for a French Bistro. The food is always excellent. Noise level could be softer and the ambiance could be a little nicer, BUT the quality of the food is excellent. I would definitely recommend going to this restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Fairly small restaurant so the noise level is pretty low. We had the fondue which was excellent. Wanting to keep with the French theme we had escargot, another winner, and the duck crepe and salmon crepe. The salmon crepe was a bit too salty for our taste. The duck crepe was right on. Finished the meal off with macaroons. Yummy!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Special Valentine’s Day menu and wine pairing option were a real treat. Food was excellently prepared and presented; a truely flavorful delight. Wine choices were delicious. Our first visit will keep us coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

A great place to spend your Valentine’s Day dinner with your partner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

We were greeted by name without even asking. I asked if perhaps we'd made a scene the last time were there but no, we must come here too often. The Valentines Day three course prix fixe menu was wonderful and the wine pairings were great ant at $12 a great value.

We'll be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

An excellent spot in the heart of the Old Port, with authentic French cuisine, romantic atmosphere, and superb service. Ideal for a date, anniversary, or to expand your palate with their exceptional array of fine food and drink.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

wonderful small resto in old port of portland. fun, lively and engaging barback and management really cares, we waited a little while for our entrees and they comp'd our affagato for dessert. classy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Love Petite Jacqueline, even moreso at this location than when it was at State and Congress. The food is outstanding/authentic French at an affordable price. The location in the old port is a gold mine. The atmosphere is like a Parisian Cafe. The music fits the decor...truly lovely. I've been on multiple occasions, but this most recent visit was for a business meal...we were interviewing someone for a job. There were four of us. We selected Petite Jacqueline, because it was one of the only good Portland restaurants open on a Monday night. We had fondue as a shared appetizer (note: this was my first time having fondue, and it was very good, served with cubed baguette, sausage, cherry tomatoes, and diced apple). My main course was their half chicken dish...very comfort food...roasted chicken with mashers, gravy and carrots...lovely. My colleagues had the cassoulet and special (tri-tip with fries featuring aioli and cheese...kind of like a poutine presentation). Both of my colleagues raved about their dishes...one of my colleagues is from Montreal and she said the cassoulet was authentic and outstanding. Our interviewee had their vegetarian ravioli main course and loved it. For dessert we had their affogato, pot de creme, and creme brule. All of the desserts were, again, outstanding. Our wines were sauvignon blanc, blanc de blanc, syrah, and malbec. All good accompaniments to our dishes. Will continue to visit Petite Jacqueline. On other occasions, I've enjoyed their mussels and their artic char. Five stars.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I'm in my happy place when I'm at PJ. I love the food. I love the ambiance. And the staff is lovely.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Got the last reservation on a Saturday night and we were thrilled!
The staff treated us like we were their first guests!
Duck and Artic Char Papilotte were featured and delicious! Maine doesn't have many French Restaurants, so if you love authentic French food, you should go!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great service and atmosphere, my "French Attitude Burger" was cooked to perfection, and our entire table loved their meals.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Had date night with my husband and its definetly one of the best restaurants we've been to in Portland! FONDUE was amazing and our meals were just as great! We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Started the meal with nice inventive cocktails. We both had Salads Lyonaise - delicious. They held the last cassoulet for us - thankfully!! It was an original take on an old favorite of ours. We split it. Also could get a half carafe of wine, which isn't that common these days. Waitress was a bit overwhelmed with an unexpected theatre rush, but was so gracious to us that we didn't mind at all. She and the bartender were both terrific hosts.

Had a great dinner and such a relaxing time. We will definitely go back again. Portland has great food and here is another example.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2018

This was my first visit to Petite Jacqueline since they relocated to the Old Port. It was a wonderful experience. The larger dining room made for very comfortable seating compared to their older quaint but tiny space. The service was very good, but could have been a little bit warmer and more engaged. The food is as wonderful as I remember from the old space. It was a cold night and I had the cassoulet for my entrée. It was superb. And the foie gras appetizer was also wonderful. With apps, salad and entrée, we had no room for dessert, but we vowed to go back for coffe and pot de crème sometime in the near future.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great dining experience, menu is just right, but would like just a couple more desert options. Customer service is the best in Portland, friendly from start to finish.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

superb food and service. quite moderately priced for the quality

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

A gem with exceptional food, service, and atmosphere.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was excellent here. The only significant let down was the waitress who was inattentive and seemed to be going through the motions.

My wife and I would certainly dine here again but we would request a different waitress.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

Best,

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!).

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Had a wonderful meal. The service was attentive and friendly. The menu was on point and the cocktails were well made. Great restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We had dinner for 4 people at a beautiful spot in the corner by the big windows. I loved my dinner entree which was a beef special with a deep fried brie. It was cooked to perfection and quite flavorful. The greens salad was kind of bland. Our sever was quite attentive which was nice. My one complaint about the service is that I wished she had asked us ahead of time if we wanted separate tabs (one for each couple). Otherwise it was a great overall dining experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Petite Jacqueline on Christmas Eve and the service was awesome. Thanks you

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent brunch! Loved the quiche!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I love this place. A true favorite! It is the best place to have a special lunch or dinner with a friend or a love. But I think I’d be just as happy here at the bar with a good book.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

As always a perfect evening. My wife and I were celebrating a very special occasion and they took such great care of us. The foie gras was amazing as always! I would highly recommend to any and all.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

A hint of Paris in Portland! I will be dreaming of the quiche lorraine for a long time. And the service was friendly and fun!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Prefect night for a girl who misses Paris! Ravioli was amazing. Fresh oysters. Good house wine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Everything our party of four had was amazing. Cheese-great Wine- great Meal- spectacular.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Had an excellent meal before the Symphony Christmas concert. Warm atmosphere. Great food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 14, 2017

As always Pj's didn't disappoint. It was a cold night but inside it was warm and welcoming. Great service and the best steak frites anywhere this side of Paris.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Petit Jacqueline is one of my favorites in Portland. The food is well prepared and the staff is friendly and helpful. The daily dinner is always good and the albeit small charcuterie/cheese menu has very tasty items.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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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