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Petite Jacqueline

795 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Romantic (32)
  • Special Occasion (29)
  • Good for a Date (28)
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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Hours of operation
Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 2:30

Weekdays, 11 to 2:30

Happy Hour:
Only At our Bar and Patio
5 to 6:30

Every Night, 5 to close

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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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
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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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 795 People Are Saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 3 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.

Pegh (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 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!

DavidR (New England)
5.0  Dined 7 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

DavidM (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 7 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!

JosephP (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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.

LizV (New England)
5.0  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 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.

ReadingGirl (New York Area)
5.0  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.

sunshinegirl (New England)
4.0  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!