Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

4.6
1908 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!

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Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:45PM
Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:45PM

What 1908 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

“French” restaurants in the U.S. —often — are not at all French. But Petit Robert is really French. French was being spoken at several tables; we had the sense that this was a home-away-from-home ... the restaurant is small and beautiful, and tables for two are not on top of one another, so it’s the best kind of cozy. The food was wonderful: frisée salad and onion soup, boeuf bourgignon and foie de veau and mousse au chocolat... great bottle of Cahors and coffees... terrific and non-obtrusive waitstaff, decent prices (you will see what I mean if you compare these prices to other places in Boston). Lovely experience.

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

Great meal. They never disappoint. Where most restaurants in Boston aren't worth it, Petit Robert is excellent.

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

Delicious food and great service. Love the atmosphere

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JM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Valentines dinner- excellent service and staff - delicious food. Great atmosphere- love the balloons!!!
Thank you!!!

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JF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well prepared food. Overall a good place to have a quality meal.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Flavorful and cooked perfectly. Great service. Lovely cozy atmosphere.

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the prices reasonable. Very charming little spot.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect Sunday afternoon date. Brunch and cocktails were so delicious and the service was exceptional. We were seated in a cozy window spot and had the most wonderful time.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre food and service. We (two of us) ordered one appetizer and two entrees to share. We got the appetizer in a timely manner. Literally two minutes later-- we had taken only a bite each of the foie gras appetizer-- the entrees arrived. There was hardly space on the table to even fit all of the dishes and we were left deciding whether to finish the appetizer and let our entrees get cold, or forfeit the appetizer completely. We ended up delving into the entrees and realized they were pretty mediocre. Also noteworthy that the space can get pretty crowded and noisy.

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B
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, service great and the a,Bianca was like a Paris bistro. Unfortunately it was very noisy and there was a birthday party with 12 very noisy participants who didn't seem to have any consideration for others in the cramped restaurant space.

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AH
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the brunch and it was amazing. It blew me away with its atmosphere and the food for brunch. Would love to come back for dinner. Highly recommended.

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R
New England
409 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal before a concert at Jordan Hall.

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DW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner before a concert at Jordan Hall. Highly recommend

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RG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My college roommate was in town for San Francisco, and asked for a restaurant with a "neighborhoody Boston feeling" I am lucky to have Petit Robert in my neighborhood, and it totally delivered. Extraordinary food and the ambiance is squarely at the intersection of elegant and quirky. It was a huge hit.

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VM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is a favorite place of ours when we are in Boston. Unsurprisingly, the food was of high quality and the ambience very pleasant. Our one criticism is the service, which was on the slow side and rather indifferent.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, delicious French cuisine. No bad choices in entrees. Appetizers options could be revised.

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g
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cozy place with nice atmosphere, very good food and great service. French menu and great choice of wines. Absolutely recommended!

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SL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very consistent. Only complaint is that it gets a little loud.

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CI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My second time dining here. It was just as I remembered! The food was delicious, and it reminded me of little neighborhood restaurants you experience in Paris. Very enjoyable.

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m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Boston, for sure. The food is excellent. Escargots always delicious and many other items on the menu. I highly recommend it.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again, Petit Robert delivers. Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were all the time very polite and friendly. The food was very tasty and regarding the selection of French wines I highly recommend the red wines (Pinot noire and bordeaux.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner before the BSO concert! Great food and value!

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JP
New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, excellent service

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d
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend was celebrating her birthday and wanted to go to a charming, small South End restaurant with ambience and a delicious menu. I immediately thought of Petit Robert Bistro. I requested a table for four by the windows and they accommodated that. I love that restaurant! Always a go-to for us.

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TK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great date night experience. If you are looking for a nice romantic spot with great wine and tasty dessert, then I would highly recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

C’est manifique!

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J
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came for brunch. The place was not crowded so fairly quiet. The food was delivered promptly and was quite good. Pricing was reasonable. We'll definitely go again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good quality meal. We come here when going to Symphony Hall.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall a good experience. The food was good not great. Relaxed atmosphere and not loud at 8 pm on a Friday night. Salads were very good as was desert.

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our annual celebration of New Year’s Eve—an early supper at Petit Robert. It was perfect, and we’ll return on December 31, 2019 to do it again! (And many more times before then!)

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New England
48 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Great food.

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LP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. The restaurant is in a great spot in the South End. Everything about it was perfect.

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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Well worth a visit , tasty food , very proffesional service , cosy and warm .

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BB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

PR Bistro has been a go-to place for years to bring out-of-town guests. Our experience has always been a welcoming, cheerful vibe, really good food, professional, but friendly service. Evenings there have been special and fun. This last time (maybe the last time?) wasn't that at all. No welcome. Grumpy valet. Professional but cold server. And the two who ordered the roast chicken said it was very dry. Wondered if PRB is winding down. There was no élan.

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding starters and authentic food. Yum! The escargot and boeuf tartare were exceptional.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb service. I wish I could eat here every day. Happy New Year!

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RR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I started a Christmas tradition about 5 years ago by having Christmas dinner at Petit Robert. There aren't many restaurants open on Christmas Day except the hotels and Chinese places so Petit Robert has become our go to place. We have never been disappointed with the food, the service or the overall ambiance of this restaurant. One thing we really appreciated was that although they have a special Christmas Day menu the entire regular menu is also available and you can mix your choices from either one. I choose the Seafood Risotto with Grilled Sea Scallops from the Christmas menu but also had the Escargot from the regular menu. Both were excellent. We shared a piece of their excellent Tart Tatin served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. We dine at Petit Robert at other times of the year but Christmas dinner always fees special at this restaurant.

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RW
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there on Christmas morning at 11:30 for the first time. Had a table for 2 right by the window with a view of the church across the street. Enjoyed holiday drinks, escargots and delicious crepes. Very attentive service and cozy ambiance . Will definitely go there again.

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TC
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always beautifully done. Outstanding staff and food!
Thank you.

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