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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.

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

Cuisines:
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 Bistro 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 Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

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4.5

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4.0

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85% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (32)
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Quiet Conversation (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine’s Day dinner. Super packed. Didn’t get seated till 8:30 for an 8:00 reservation. Tables are on too of one another. The food is amazing though and that is the reason to go.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Staff seemed to not be properly trained. Was good but a little stuffy atmosphere. Impressed there is one chef (though not french) who cooks for entire restaurant!

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Always a wonderful dining experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went early, not quit the gem I was expecting. Food was ok and service about the same

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·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent Beef Bourguignon; very special treat not to be missed:pot au chocolat for desert

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was amazing as always! One of my favorite restaurants in Providence

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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

You find things that you can only get a few other places, if that. A pate appetizer, beef bourginion that was so rich in flavor and the bread were great. Eating around 5:45 and no crowd to deal with.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Happy Hour, Organic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Recipes were dated. Food was cold, veggies were not freshly cooked but looked, felt and tasted like they'd been on a steam table for hours. The food, in general, was not fresh.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Love the food, the variety. Outstanding bread, authentic French cuisine. One of my fave restaurants in Providence.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent place for a romantic meal or just to go with family. Staff and owner ensure that you are enjoying yourself and meal. Best French style experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was not of the same quality as it was the first time we went there a few weeks back

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Exquisite. Excellent wine. Terrific atmosphere. My first time dining here. The duck confit and the creme brûlée. Best I’ve ever had.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of our favorites, food is outstanding, the reception on arrival simply makes us feel like family.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always good food and last visit on New Years Eve did not disappoint!! Attentive staff and timely service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The renowned creme brulee was less than mediocre. Soupy and very over priced

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our meal was excellent! Staff was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Ambience was wonderful and wine was delicious. I'd highly recommend a visit.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Everything is delicious here. This is my favorite restaurant in New England. And, just sayin', the salad dressing is fabulous. So, truly, is everything. Enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Bob Burke is always the perfect host. Still my favorite and best restaurant in the state.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing classic french dining try the poutine.... or the crepes.. the duck is out of this world.. you cannot go wrong..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love the fine French cuisine and warm cozy ambiance...will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Love Pot Au Feu! One of my top 5 faves in PVD. Love the Cassouletand the bluefish pâte

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Dinner was excellent. Bob Burke was as cordial and welcoming as ever. My wife and I always enjoy dining at Pot au Feu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

LOVE Pot Au Feu, especially pre-theater...warm cozy atmosphere, first class service, excellent 5 star French cuisine!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Went to Pot au Feu for our wedding anniversary and was very pleased, it never disappoints. Food, service and ambiance made for a delightful experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Pot Au Feu continues to provide unsurpassed French cuisine in its cozy dining space. No surprise how long Pot Au Feu has been the top French restaurant in RI! Our waiter’s suggestions were all spot on. True 5 Star ⭐️!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have been to Pot Au Feu many times and each time have had excellent service and meals. We like to go there on special occasions as the atmosphere is cozy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·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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