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About Pot au Feu Bistro
A favorite of Julia Child - Pot au Feu Bistro is so much more than a restaurant... Established in 1972, our cozy Bistro is the oldest French Bistro in America. Pot au Feu Bistro 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.
Providence, RI 02903
French, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Weybosset Street - 1 block from the Historic Arcade
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Pot au Feu Bistro hosts an invitation only Jazz and Opera Dinner series.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive invitations.
Chef Keith Kolinsky
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Pot au Feu Bistro Ratings and Reviews
This is the first time I go out of a restaurant being sad. This restaurant pretends to make French food but the two entrées we got had nothing to do with French food. I have the feeling that someone lied to me to sell me for a pretty high price the worst crêpes I ever tasted in my life and an entree that was supposed to be a cassoulet but taste everything except a cassoulet. Yes this restaurant made me sad.
Amazing Valentine's dinner! Pot Au Feu is great for any occasion not just special ones. Our server (Heather) was absolutely amazing, she even spoke French! She knew the menu like the back of her hand and ensured no stone was left unturned regarding service. Although we have been to Pot Au Feu on previous occasions we went with Heather's recommendations of Coquilles St. Jacques et Crevettes Lorraine and Caneton Framboise... Both were absolutely amazing! Two orders of Soupe a l'Oignon as an appetizer, a couple dirty martinis, and dessert made for a perfect dining experience. Pot Au Feu is always perfection and when you have such an attentive server as Heather it is extra special! Merci beaucoup!
While staying one night in Providence, Rhode Island, and having just come back from Paris, we were excited to look up French restaurants in Providence and saw this restaurant advertised as the old French restaurant in the city. Well.. I would more appropiately call it "French style" - the crepes are not really like in France, and noone in the restaurant including the owner is French. The food was heavy and not very tasty, and the wine was definitely overpriced.
I was at Pot Au Feu last January when in Providence for a meeting. It was a remarkable dining experience then as now, a year later when I was back in Providence again. Food was outstanding - great French dishes and friendly and cozy ambience. Nothing negative to report. It was "Taste of Providence" time again as it was on my first visit last year. Price for the Taste dinner was reasonable given the quality and perfect portion sizes. The special menu offered a nice variety of options and one could also order from the regular menu, if desired. Timing of appetizer, entree and dessert delivery was perfect. Very pleasant and friendly service including greetings and nice chat with the owner, Bob, whom we met last year.
all in all - a wonderful dining experience and worth an overnight visit to Providence if, like me, you aren't lucky enough to live close by.
Made a reservation and we still had to wait over 15mins for a table to open up. VERY slow paced meal so it’s not ideal if you’re on a time crunch or have a show to go to after dinner. (I would also suggest to not be starving upon arrival because the food took a while to be served) I would recommend this restaurant as the food was delicious and the atmosphere was very romantic/ cozy. Food was a little pricey for what I am used to so I would consider this a fancy date night type of place. I had the ginger martini and I can’t wait to have another soon. Overall, good experience and I will return!
My wife and I enjoyed an evening out and chose this restaurant and ate from their “restaurant week” menu. The service was excellent and ambiance enjoyable. The food was okay. I very much enjoyed the dessert and appetizer (Pate Maison), yet the entree (Boeuf a la Bourguignon)I didn’t find to my taste. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting to try French cuisine.
I was very excited to go to this restaurant as I love French food. I looked at the menu before going. They offer many classic dishes and culinary classes. My expectations were high. Unfortunately this restaurant had me fall flat to my feet. The food was tasteless and not well prepared. There attempts to lower costs were quite obvious to me (many potatoes hidden underneath my seafood). I’d like to believe they were having a bad day. That I’m unsure of. What I do know is when I pay over $150.00 for two, I at least want my pallet tickled if not pleased. Disappointing
We went to pot au feu for new year's eve dinner. It was unusually loud in the restaurant. Stand out dishes are the escargot and the creme brulee, which is one of the must exquisite desserts in providence. A very nice touch that the owner was there and personally checked on us to ensure everything was wonderful. If you like ginger, try the Five Gs cocktail!
Went to Pot au Feu and was not disappointed. We have been many times and as always it was terrific. We started our meal with Escargot and oysters that were superb. For dinner I had the Duck and my wife and the twin beef tenderloins. Both were fantastic. We complimented dinner with a great bottle of Chateau Neuf de Pape. Just a wonderful place for a great dinner and fantastic service.
The owner Bob Burke is engaging and works hard to ensure your dining experience is wonderful.
Lovely location for a holiday get together. Traditional French cuisine with cozy bistro ambiance. Upon arrival we were asked if we there for pre-show dining. We appreciate that our server thoughtfully gave us plenty of time to catch up with friends. Food was lovely and portions were large enough. As a result none of us had room for any of the decadent desserts, but the coffee was freshly made and delicious. Certainly a gem for those who enjoy traditional French food.
Pot au Feu is always amazing. Authentic French cuisine at it's best. The filet was cooked to a perfect medium rare and my cassoulet was so rustic and flavorful that it made me feel like I was eating in a French country cottage. As usual, Bob stopped by the table to make sure everything was perfect. It was Bob, thank you. We will be returning for our next spacial occasion.
The entire experience, from the moment we walked in and were greeted w/ a bonsoir - until we left w/ a merci, was fantastic!
The bartender was personable without being intrusive, the waitress was personable, knowledgeable and efficient without us ever having to ask for anything...she was on top of everything without hovering. The food was fantastic, the ambiance perfect, and all the help ( whether our waitress or not) were knowledgeable and professional. We were made to feel welcome, as if it was someone's home and not the usual stuffy and snobbishness of NYC French restaurants! Will keep going back.
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