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Petite Jacqueline

4.7
826 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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Cuisines
French
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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!

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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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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Milk
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 826 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I had a very enjoyable evening celebrating our Wedding Anniversary at Petite Jacqueline. Soon as we were seated, our waiter Jake, graciously provided us with two free glasses of perfectly chilled sparkling Chenin Blanc. Got the evening off to a great start. We both ordered the duck entree and paired it with a bottle of full-bodied French Red wine. It was a great combination as the duck was tender and flavorsome, and enhanced even further the taste of the delicious wine. The Occasion was made even better by Jake our knowledgeable waiter who was attentive but not obtrusive and made the meal flow seamlessly from start to finish. When dining here again we will definitely put in a request to be seated at one of Jake's tables. Jake to our minds is an asset to the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

First visit to the new location. More comfortable than the old, while retaining top notch food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Second time around, food wasn't as good as the first, when I stuck to the tried-and-true French classics -- Pate de Canard, Steak-frites. Second time, started with some lovely Maine oysters -- not hard to come by in Portland! -- Then a Spring Risotto special that was, sadly, lacking in any personality whatsoever. No broth flavoring or herbs to counter its blandness; no cheese; rather nondescript veggies on top. Green salad was lovely -- very fresh, great vinaigrette. I will go back, but stick to the staples. Both times, service was friendly and efficient, if a little unskilled and informal.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was good but could have been better. The host was very nice and accommodating. The waitress left much to be desired.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Delicious food...attentive service....reasonably priced...classic French bistro

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Gorgeous space, especially in the morning when the sun is shining through the big windows! Cocktails were delicious and service was attentive, chipper, and knowledgeable about the menu. Majority of the breakfast options were crepes. Other options included traditional French breakfast items.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Mike, the GM is wonderful taking care of all guests! Thank you, Mike and Russell too.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Good food ,nice spot in the old port,comfy feel, waitress was very good at her job .

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We love coming here! The food is absolutely amazing and we always feel comfortable and relaxed. Even though it isn’t a “kid” restaurant, our kids love the food there and the staff is always so welcoming. We look forward to returning again soon.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was the best meal we had while visiting Portland. Highly recommend! Will definitely be going back next time we are in Maine!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great meal and French atmosphere combined with a varied menu and a busy bar scene makes this an excellent choice in the Old Port. Efficient and knowledgeable waitstaff, pricey wines so stay with the carafe of house wine and you can't go wrong! Parking is difficult in this area so plan accordingly.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Just a quick Sunday night dinner with a classic steak frites that was perfectly cooked medium rare (ask for the aioli on the side for the frites....) - The red Bordeaux is quite good for the price - Service was great and I really like the decor and the large windows. Nice dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Petite Jacqueline has very good food, Service, however, is a bit slow because there is not enough wait staff. Every time we needed to order something we had to summon the waiter who was busy serving other tables.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My new favorite restaurant in Portland, Maine. The food was very fresh and exquisitely prepared. Our server was very polite and attentive. I will be returning to try othe menu items.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My son and I loved it here! I had been to the previous location in Longfellow Square, but never quite warmed up to it. But I really liked it at this location. I got there early for my reservation but they seated me and I was able to have a drink while I waited for my son. We sat by the window, which was great for people watching. And, oh yes, I am a fondue afficianado, and the fondue definitely made the grade. Not many places serve fondue anymore and this was excellent. My son is a vegetarian and he was very pleased with his choices. And we were able to get tiny desserts, just a hint of a sweet. A very nice place with excellent food, I recommend it highly.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great meal, always a good choice!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Went for anniversary dinner. The food & service was excellent; the setting was cozy & romantic; & decent prices for the food, which was delicious! Would recommend & come again!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This was our second time and sat at the bar by choice. Great food, great service and everyone is so friendly

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were celebrating our 35th anniversary and asked for a quite table. We were seated in a lovely corner window seat. Great dining experience and would recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was just lovely. Good service. Excellent food. Small and quiet. Great experience. Salmon crepes and French onion soup were yummy.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

What a great French meal! Our first visit and first meal in Portland-- We were delighted with the food and impressed with the wine selection. We will definitely recommend and be back.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We went for a romantic french dinner and we not disappointed. We love the duck liver, the escargot and the deviled eggs for a delightful starter. We sipped one of their signature cocktails the M. Smith while we waited for our dinner of boeuf bourguignon & steak frites accompanied by a delicious Bordeaux and a Pinot Noir. The topper of course is always desert with Pot de Creme and strong coffee. The waitstaff was very nice and not too obtrusive and the ambience was reminiscent of a Paris patisserie. I highly recommend as the prices are on Point with Portland’s burgeoning restaurant scene.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing food, drinks, and setting. Great time

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

As a french person, I initially had my doubts and was pretty skeptical about what I would encounter..however, both my french friend and I were greatly surprised and pleased with the food and the entire experience. Everything was very flavorful, refined, and authentic! The prices, although a bit on the expensive side, were reasonable for the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

La Petite Jacqueline has moved into the old port & a larger space in the old Squire . They were very accommodating and we had wonderful seats . It was also restaurant week so they had great specials but we dined from the regular menu . I had the onion soup which was spectacular followed by duck confit cassoulet which was to die for , my wife & daughter had fried cauliflower & crepe dishes with smoked salmon & Ham & gruyere with pot de creme for dessert with expresso & a nite cap of absinthe , couldn’t ask for a better ending to the meal

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We were delighted. The food was excellent, and service was good.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

It was my birthday and I love French food! Parsnip soup, coq au vin and salted citrus creme brûlée! It was to die for and very special. The bartender made the best Manhattan ever. I celebrated with my three beautiful daughters.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

As a fan of petite JACQUELINE this meal was disappointing. I ordered the roasted chicken and literally couldn’t cut the leg section nor chew it. I sent the dish back and to management’s credit they didn’t charge for it and were apologetic. Still, it left a void in the meal. I will certainly return to the restaurant as I’ve had many excellent meals there. I’ll just avoid the chicken.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner. We especially appreciated the small plates and getting to try a variety of items. The deviled eggs were fantastic!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

great spot in heart of Old Port. Charm and interesting menu. Not overpriced. Great service

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I had crepes in Paris last summer, and the crepe I had for lunch exceeded the taste of my Parisian experience. Delicious!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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