Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

4.5
1830 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
With a casual atmosphere and a classic menu, Petit Robert Bistro feel like an authentic French bistro. Francophiles with a hankering for onion soup gratinee, steak-frites and apple tarte tatin need not break the bank, as the bistro keeps its prices modest. Those with a sweet tooth enjoy made-to-order souffle or a giant profiterole. Bon Appetit!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Bistro, Traditional French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 867-0600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Loic LeGarrec
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W. Newton Street
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Parking details
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. $15
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Public transit
Back Bay station, Prudential
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Special events & promotions
Baby Shower, Brunch Rehearsal
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1830 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were thrilled to find a fine place for lunch on a Monday. The meal was superb (steak frites and salmon, delicious cheese plate, and divine ile flottante dessert) with friendly waiter who spoke French to us at our request given we’re French speaking novices who wanted tonoractice speaking, very comfortable seating, and overall a perfect atmosphere. We’d definitely go back.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inviting spot with varied menu and interesting wine list. The wait staff is wonderful and attentive. The Google menu and the restaurants website differ in price-go to the website. We'll be back!!

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SR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance.

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OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and lovely service. Very charming venue - comfortable and gracious. Not rushed, servers were not hovering trying to refill your water glass, but available and prompt. Great dinner. We'll be back!

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service- I felt like the whole team was taking care of us, and it was quiet enough that we could have a good conversation. What more can you want?

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continued Perfection! Julian as always enhanced the experience tenfold with his professionalism, suggestions, and warmth. Best original French food in Boston with a twist. Calm, inviting. Cheers. -Dave and Larry

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JP
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal as always

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l
New England
51 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petit Robert is always excellent. The chef is terrific and caters to special requests.

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L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice brunch with excellent service. My wife and I had French Toast and a Parisienne Omelet with a side of bacon and both were tasty and plentiful. We stayed at the Colonnade hotel and it was only a 7 minute walk into the south end. Next time we stay in Boston we’ll be back for brunch. Highly recommend this bistro.

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AS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice ambience- a bit noisy but it was Saturday night. Food was very good, if we lived in the neighborhood we would go often!

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MB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely little bistro with excellent food and service. Brunch was delicious. So pleasant to find simple French classics on a menu, really well prepared (escargot, pate, etc.) Charming restaurant.

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U
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food with attentive waitstaff and yummy balanced wine list.
Great value

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v
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for French food. My family was visiting and they travel to France every year so I wanted to pick something authentic. Everything was really good, nothing too interesting- very safe French menu.

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AM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Unbearably noisy. Average food. Horrible service. Server was unfriendly.

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JY
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place, good food. Good spot before show or symphony

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SW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love French bistro food this is a gem. Consistently great food and good service. Great neighborhood vibe and good for both a special occasion and a more casual dinner.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great night

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AG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Petit Robert Bistro to get as close as we could to a Parisian experience. Service, food, ambiance were wonderful. Will go back for special occasions, as it is expensive for us.

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BP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My wife and I were very disappointed by our meal. We had been expecting good French cuisine, but the reality was mediocre. And I have never in my life before had to send two bottles of the same wine back - it must've been a bad batch.

Regrettably, we can't recommend the bistro to others.

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W
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood joint. Cute. Quaint. Good food. Looks to have lots of regulars.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Brunch is a must if you are ever in the area!

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TO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed siting outside on Saturday afternoon and watching the people go by. I had french toast which was delicious. Others at the table had a hamburger and eggs benedict. Everyone loved it and we will definitely be going back again. The drinks are a little expensive but very tasty. The Kir Royal peach and the Kir Royal Raspberry were great.

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YY
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been to Petit Robert on multiple occasions. The maitre'd was extremely understanding and amenable, as we were caught in much traffic on the Mass Pike and arrived late for our appointment (we called in twice to keep them informed). Given that as a result we were on a bit of a tight timeline, we greatly appreciated the quick service. Food was classic bistro style and delicious. We went with a couple of classics--Steak Frites and Coq au Vin--and were not disappointed. The side of Brussels sprouts was fantastic. We will return, on time, and enjoy a longer stay and certainly a dessert. Thank you!

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MF
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I would recommend you do appetizers and dessert only. Neither of us liked our main course. I did not care for my coq qu vin and I tasted my friend's steak and was not impressed. Fries are nothing beyond mediocre. Fries are supposed to be a strong point for a French restaurant. Took forever to get my friend her DIet Coke. They delivered coffee without cream. Took forever to get that. They should have closed this one and kept the other Petit Robert open. Major screw up there.

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L
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside and enjoyed the evening! Definitely don’t sit outdoors if you’re not a dog fan, it’s very popular with the dog owners for dining :-) The pork loin was cooked perfectly and the French onion soup was delicious!

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S
Minneapolis
82 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really nice meals all around for our small group of 3. Service was quick and attentive, wine selection excellent, and room was quiet as most diners were outside on a nice evening.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pan fried cod. Nice wine. Excellent, personable service.

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g
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and food. Would recommend the cheese plate appetizer and the burrata. The risotto is also amazing. Kale side dish was a bit salty. We ordered every dessert on the menu and can safely say there were killer. Giant profiterole was the best of those.

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JH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

way too noisy, something the owners could easily control for. diminishes the 'dining experience.'

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

French food that won't break the budget. Nice, fun place. Parking is a challenge but call ahead to see if valet is on duty.

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A
New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had great difficuly parking the car without valet service.

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EP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

I ordered steak & egg for brunch. The steak was cold and slightly chewy. The poach egg is average. Cappuccino is good. Service is excellent.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

First waiter was weird. Second waiter (first waiter left?) Was amazing and made our night.

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T
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointing food; pleasant place.

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good location very good atmosphere, the Foods are Great and fresh, it Smells perfect. The Service is averaged

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JP
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal, great service

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable unrushed sidewalk cafe dinner
Meal, preparation and flavors were spot on

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O
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We sat outside, so I can't comment on the noise level inside. Wine by the glass selection was fine. Boeuf Bourguignonne fell apart nicely on my fork and was very tasty.

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JF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice quiet dinner. Friendly staff. Food was tasty. All French menu and wine list which gives it that authentic feel. Will return to explore other items.

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e
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite place to dine.

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