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About Pot au Feu

A favorite of Julia Child - Pot au Feu is so much more than a restaurant... Established in 1972, our cozy Bistro is the oldest French Bistro in America. Pot au Feu kicked off the Providence Restaurant Renaissance being the first to offer something other than “steak, spaghetti and chow mien”.
Located in the Historic Downtown we are just minutes from all the hotels and convention center.

44 Custom House Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

Cross Street:
Weybosset Street - 1 block from the Historic Arcade

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 273-8953

Website:
http://www.potaufeuri.com/

Entertainment:
Pot au Feu hosts an invitation only Jazz and Opera Dinner series.
Send to events@potaufeuri.com to receive invitations.

Executive Chef:
Chef Keith Kolinsky

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Pot au Feu Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (21)
Special Occasion (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Cozy (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Casual (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was delicious and the ambiance was on point! Unfortunately we waited 25 minutes to get our first drinks at our table. That wait carries through for the rest of the meal. We waited for everything. It was a 3 hour trip.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Second time dining at this restaurant, and I always enjoy the atmosphere. Staff is very attentive. Prices are a bit on the higher side, but for French food that's to be expected. Location has a great atmosphere without feeling too upscale.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Pot au Feu, as always, was superlative. Bob Burke has it down to a science. He greets everyone at their table. There’s an excellent wine selection

Have the Chocolate Torte. It is the best there is.

We’ve been dining here for years and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Pot au Feu was our date night before a PPAC show - pretty much perfect place for that! Nice quiet ambience, attentive service and great food,....best bread we've had in a restaurant in recent years, with a very good wine list of mostly French wines. Wish we could have stayed longer. We'll be back when we're not in a rush to make the show time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Husband's birthday choice. Overall, disappointing. We looked over the menu on their web site only to be told by our server, that it is old and out of date. Most of the entrees listed, they no longer make. They had 1 piece of quiche left from the day before, and even though they had been open for half an hour already, there was no fresh quiche. Our table was super wobbly and made it difficult to eat the soup. We both noticed a marked decrease in the amount of grated cheese on the french onion soup.
Server was pleasant, and not overly attentive seeing as we were the only diners at the time. However, she was server, bartender, phone answerer and a couple of other jobs as well.
Chef did accommodate 2 special food requests for me, so I am thankful for that.
When I made the reservation on open table it specifically asked if it was a special occasion, and I did state birthday. NOTHING was done/offered/acknowledged.
Overall, there are too many other places to go for a celebration, and doubt we will be back anytime soon.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall excellent dining experience, as usual. The menu contains classic French bistro items, and the preparations have been consistently great for decades. This is a casual, French bistro, with a charming look and feel; one of the grand old restaurants of Providence. The server was a bit inattentive, but that's the only negative.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Terrific service and setting
We made bad food choices; should have stayed traditional French. Our fault.
Staff very accommodating as always

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fabulous cuisine!! Best quiche I’ve ever had. Superb executive chef!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

For 35 years we have never once been disappointed with the warm reception ,quiet ambience and French favorites. If Julia Child loved it.... it’s good enough for us!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was excellent and would go again and recommend it to others. The only small complaint was we had to wait quite awhile to be seated and we did make reservations. Once we were seated the service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My OpenTable reservation was for 6 people; however, one couple had to cancel. We arrived a few minutes prior to our reservation and the maitre d' happily and quickly accommodated our change. Server was friendly, professional, attentive, and knowledgeable. Food was served in a timely manner, with enough time to enjoy our wine between courses. We had four courses within 2.5 hours, and never felt rushed or neglected. Great atmosphere. Not critical to this review, the complementary salad is just spring mix, there were a few bottles of wine on the list that are no longer carried, and the duck had a tad too much sauce for my liking. I would return.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Was disappointed in the end. After being one of the regular places that we would go, it really dropped the ball. Onion soup was still spectacular but our pricey entrees were just barely OK to the point of almost returning them to the kitchen. Salmon dish had a cold sauce smother a hot piece of fish. Accompanying vegetables were tasteless and unappetizing, with the tiny sweet potato over cooked.
The whole experience put a damper on the whole evening.

With so many other great choices in Providence, this is no longer in the running.

Sad.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Again. Another fabulous meal. Exceptional service unbelievable French cuisine always wanting to want more. Romantic atmosphere and great price point. Owner is very hospitable and will give you a little bit of Providence history

Great place for special occasion as well as just a romantic dinner. Small and not overly noisy so you can have great conversation

Can’t wait to go back again

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The restaurant was lovely and we had great service. We were a bit disappointed with the food though. The soup was salty and my daughter's fish had a strange soft texture. They had amazing bread and great desert though.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We were visiting Providence for the weekend. We had booked Pot au Feu online before we left home. We are certainly happy we did. The restaurant is lovely. It is very cozy, with brick walls and lace curtains....just as you would find in Paris. The food was great, the service was excellent, and the owner was charming. He visits every table to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. We would definitely return.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I was initially concerned that the last seating was at 9pm which is when we arrived, and that they might rush us through our meal. This was not the case. The staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding. This restaurant is worth the drive to Providence, we will be returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Pros: We've been a fan of this restaurant for years. 3 of the 4 of us had a very good meal. They were also very accommodating as we took our time at the bar having a pre-dinner drink.

Disappointed - they ran out of Quiche, which is a menu staple (and don't you just make more if you run out?!) - and waitress' response to my question of what's good other than the quiche for vegetarians was "we don't get many vegetarians here". Guess that's why .....

Service was slow. Overall not as good as it used to be.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Dinner was the perfect ending to a wonderful day of bicycling with new/old work friends. We went on a limb & invited a business partner to bicycle, eat, & waterfire. Pot au Feu was so comfortable that we talked about everything under the sun for 3 1/2 hours. We almost missed waterfire. Food was excellent and the recommended wine impressed our wine knowledgeable friends. Thank You.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service was very slow and hostess deleted my reservation. Dinner reservation was at 7. Wine arrived at 745, meal arrived at 9pm.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

First time, it won't be the last time. Very good service, staff were very friendly. Food was excellent, we had a seafood, beef and duck dish and all 3 were outstanding. Will definitely be back!!!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Staff owner included makes the dinning experience a wonderful night out..

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Your chef is outstanding, favorite entrees never disapoint, service is exemplary from the wait staff, busing and bar, my wife and i love the ambience, the brick walls and the wine bottles adorning the side shelves, it reminds us of our last night in Paris dining at a Latin Quarter bistro in a building 300 years old. wELL DONE!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Have been to Pot Au Feu many times, never disappointed. Great ambience, great food, next best thing to Paris.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This must be the most charming bistro in existence. From the moment we descended the steps from street level, everything was just perfect. The lovely young woman who provided service was personable, knowledgeable, friendly and just as nice as she could be. Under other circumstances we'd have been tempted to ask her to join us for dinner!!! We felt as though we had a friend looking after us.

Notice I haven't yet commented on the food. I need a superlative that exceeds extraordinary. Everything was wonderful...from our appetizers to our desert, from the wine to our coffee.

We will be back...perhaps many times! Providence is the perfect place to meet friends and family from Boston. We came from New London...an hour drive but the best 60 minutes I have ever spent.

Bravo and thank you!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food was terrific and my wife and I had a great night out. We got a nice, romantic table, and the service was excellent. The food was fantastic, and so was the wine. The "fresh out of the oven" bread was terrific. I'm sure we'll eat there again.

The place is a bit pricey. This is worth noting. Entres can run $34. Also, I prefer a bit more light. It was very hard to read the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The owner was very gracious and told us all about the restaurant's ties to Julia Child. The menu is almost a time capsule of French cuisine from the 1960s. I like that food, so this is in no way a criticism. We started with the snails. There was a light touch to the garlic, which we liked. Our party of four had the cassoulet (superb), the duck times two (great), and the beef burgundy. The latter bordered on too intense. I enjoyed it but only ate half. All of the portions were very generous. The wine list is decent and obviously French. We finished with sorbet and chocolate mousse for dessert. At $250 with tip this is not (for us) an everyday dinner but it was a treat. Second time there. I will come back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Fantastic! That sums up our experience. Excellent French food, nice atmosphere, and so forth. The restaurant is a bit small so if there's a crowd, be ready to rub elbows with your neighboring table. If that doesn't bother you (and it doesn't bother me), then you are in for a real treat as this is the best French food this side of the Atlantic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The Bistro at Pot au Feu is a lovely space for a meal. The bar is creative, the menu is faithfully French and the service is friendly and attentive. Try it for yourself.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food and service were fabulous. It was just. Stand noisy because it was so busy it that's a tribute to the success of the restaurant. Felt a little crowded because there were so many tables and they were very close to each other.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We came for restaurant week and everything was great from the service to food. Will be coming back!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Delicious food, great abeyance and welcoming service.

Food is well executed classic French. Service makes you feel like a dinner party at good friends house. Restaurant was packed but we never felt rushed. Was a fantastic date night!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Excellent food!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Amazing French cuisine with an equally Parisian atmosphere

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Pot au Feu is a Rhode Island treasure! We had not been there for a while and realized that we had missed it so went during Restaurant Week. We had made a reservation so were quickly seated. We chose from the Restaurant Week menu and enjoyed each course. The house recipe chicken paté was delicious as were our different filled crêpes main courses and both dessert choices. The service was just right and the owner, Bob Burke, greeted and chatted with all of us diners. It reminded us of the many small bistros we have enjoyed in France where the owners are always on site doing something and mixing with their customers. When we left we decided to go back soon since it was such a lovely experience. I asked and discovered that this year it is celebrating 45 years in business in downtown Providence which is very impressive! No wonder Julia Child always enjoyed her visits there!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Just outstanding French food. Everything was skillfully prepared and the wait staff was superb and well trained (which is hard to find now-a-days.) A memorable meal!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

My friends and I went here for restaurant week. We didnt have a great experience. The service was extremely slow. There was only 1 waitress for the whole restaurant and one server. Nevertheless, the ambiance is romantic and food was ok.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2017

It was an amazing experience from the time that we entered the restaurant. We had a reservation at 5:30 and arrived 10 min early so we sat at the bar for a drink. The bartender was amazing and had me try two wines to see which I would prefer. We were sat at a corner table and had the restaurant to ourselves for a while. The waitress was phenomenal in timing our app, dinner and dessert that we didn't feel rushed. When we got up to leave we were shocked that three hours had passed. We will be back again!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food and service was great! The Beef Bourguignon was amazing. The scalloped potatoes were decadent! Julia would be proud! I only wish they would leave bread for the tables instead of waiting for the basket of bread to be brought around (which took a while) - although it was warm bread!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Went during restaurant week because the menu looked appealing. It was the worst meal any of us have had, hands down (among a group on 10!). The shrimp in the seafood crepes were clearly previously frozen, the bread they passed out (which wasn't given to us until all the meals had arrived, and was what most of us ate as our dinners because most of the food was so unappetizing) was clearly store bought. It was just terrible, all around. We were all so disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I have been several times both for restaurant weeks and not. Our experience Friday night was less than stellar. The meal service was incredibly slow and I don't mean the progression of the meal I mean you could tell our food sat in the window for long periods before making it to us. Tables seated with other wait staff who sat after us had their food before. When we asked to order an additional dessert fully knowing we would pay for it additional the waitress was annoyed. The owner is usually in the restaurant and walking around but I didn't see him so I am not sure if that had something to do with it. Wasn't my finest experience there was vastly disappointed

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