Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

4.6
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2089 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

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thisis my favorite restaurant. Consistently great

L
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a corner table near the window. Our server approached quickly and asked about drinks. The selection of wines by the glass was very good. There are many choices of apps and entrees and certainly enough to satisfy most diners. We shared a delicious burrata and a salad with grilled asparagus. The ingredients were fresh and nicely presented. The timing was excellent with dinners arriving with enough time between courses. We had scallops that were melt in your mouth and the classic beef bourguignon. The meat was tender, juicy, and nicely seasoned. The accompanying vegetables were seasoned as well and served al dente. We ordered a latte and cappuccino and dessert. Our drinks came quickly and by the time dessert arrived my latte was cool. I asked our server to redo the latte and he quickly came back with a new cup. The whole experience was outstanding from the beginning to end. We will return the next time we are in Boston.

HM
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I would say this is more of a $$$ than a $$. The food was just OK.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were excellent. My business colleague and I had a most enjoyable dinner and the pleasure of a three-hour conversation without ever feeling pressured to leave.

d
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Charming setting, but very noisy. Food good but disappointing. Even classics like beef bourguignon and coq au vin were surprisingly average, the beef not tender at all. Service good to very good. Also interesting that for a busy, two-room restaurant, they had only ONE restroom!

DM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was great service food was delish

A
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Warm space, friendly, delicious...a must go to whenever I’m in Boston.

CG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! We love eating at your restaurant! Wish we lived closer than an 8 hour drive. The ratatouille is outstanding. The salmon too

S
New England
87 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ambience , service was excellent . Very pleased to know they had their usual menu as none of us like turkey dinner . The food and the menu options were excellent we had oysters s great vegan soup salmon and steak with great fries . The fresh and hot bread was also excellent

HT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is bisected by the entrance to the apartments above- the restaurant entrance is to the right of that. Once inside, the space is split between bar and dining room. Both were quiet but not empty at lunchtime. Classic white table linens and attentive but not hovering service complimented a terrific Parisian omelette and short rib Croque Monsieur that were shared. Both were accompanied by delicious frites! I'll be back...

OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent
Three of us had liver and onions and bacon
Yum
Favorite thing when we go there
Nice evening

p
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great service, nice food and ambiance. Quiet enough to facilitate a conversation (a rarity nowadays).

GB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place, awesome food, outstanding service and made my service dog feel welcome. This will become a staple in our dining out experience

BF
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had dinner at Petit Robert Bistro and it was a wonderful evening. The food was excellent, the service was crisp, and the space is warm and welcoming. We both other the Pre Fixe Beaujolais Nouveau tasting menu for $45. From appetizers to dessert, we shared everything and had a lovely evening.

SM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Classic French bistro with reliably good classic dishes.

L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is gem! Highly recommend.

RR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Petit Robert Bistro! We’ve been for brunch and dinner and I can’t say enough about how wonderful the food and staff are! Such a wonderful French find. Merci!

f
New England
39 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

reliable, yummy brunch. Authentic food and a good pastry chef

CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went for a birthday brunch celebration. Really everything was wonderful. The food was good, not outstanding but delicious and I would go back for more. It’s authentic French food, the service was nice and timely. Can only recommend!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve gone to Petit Robert a number of times over several years when I visit Boston, so my thoughts should be understood in that context. This is a very nice neighborhood place to go for dinner. I wish it was in my own neighborhood. The food is not cutting edge; it’s “comfort food” French. Very good for coq au vin and the like. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their dinners and we could hear each other speaking at the table. They have a bar, but not a full bar - meaning you can’t pick your liquor brand if you want a cocktail. Minus a star for that. The wait staff is very attentive and personable.

ED
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hit and miss tonight. Excellent lemon sole and Coquilles St. Jacques. Very good foie gras appetizer, onion soup and green salads. Not so good coq au vin and beef bourginion.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and ambience! Waitstaff was excellent and even called a cab for us. I would definitely return and recommend highly😜

A
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent wine list

T
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delightful neighborhood restaurant that very successfully recreates the ambience of a Parisian cafe. In summer months, the outdoor patio is outstanding but now the weather has cooled off one is confined to the rather stodgy interior. The food is very good indeed: we had the Beef Tartare followed by a Mushroom Risotto and Steak Frites. All dishes were well flavored although the presentation of the Tartare was a little amateurish. If it were a bit cheaper, I would unreservedly recommend this restaurant. In contrast to a lot of other South End French restaurants that are quite bad (looking at you Frenchie!) at least you can be assured of a good meal here even if the price is rather steep.

G
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a good choice, don’t regret it. Everything was wonderful .

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent. We waited a long time but the hostess offered to come dessert. We had coffee and tea instead.,

JF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere, delicious food and great service! Would definitely go again.

MN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ignored and we were the only ones there. Foot was basic at best. Overpriced. Depressing on a beautiful Sunday.

MT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my mom here for a weekend visit to the city and she was obsessed (as was I!) The restaurant itself is quaint but lively. The service is great- they really balance leaving you alone to enjoy the food and conversation of the table while also checking in. We could enjoy a delicious charcuterie board without feeling rushed to order entrees. All the food especially the dessert- chocolate mousee and tarte tatin, was incredible. My mom raved about all night and the next day!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Slight delay to be seated, mediocre risotto (white, bland rice and mushrooms were nowhere to be found?), very crowded and tight. Two who ordered steak frites were happy with it. Good location.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Reliably excellent. We’ve been dining there for a decade at least. Menu is great

GC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great find. Would go again! Busy early evening...we booked for 6.30 and it was fairly crowded, but good service all the same.

BS
New England
40 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We booked dinner before a show at the Huntington. Curtain was 7:30 so we were at the restaurant quite early. The food was excellent, but the service was sloppy. Water glasses not filled, no bread or fork for my husband’s cheese plate. Nevertheless, we will give it a second shot.

JM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful cozy atmosphere and delicious food. The service is excellent

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local place great food service was great I can't wait to back next time I'm in Boston

LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stumbled upon this local gem while visiting from out of town. Would return in a heartbeat!

f
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of four celebrating a work achievement over lunch on a Friday. The waiter did a great job of letting us enjoy our conversation but got us focused on the order and the meal unfolded at a natural pace. Our table had two order the moules frites, plus the kale salade au saumon and an omelette Parisienne. Judging by the clean plates all around, the food was a bit hit. About a half dozen different parties (some on business, most with friends), all seemed to be having a similar experience. Never disappoints!

MN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food from top to bottom. The staff is warm and friendly and the venue has a welcoming and relaxed vibe. The pace of dining is extremely relaxed. I would have liked my entree a lot sooner because I overindulged on the delicious bread. This is my fault not the restaurant’s. Who can control themselves when everything is so delicious ?!!

GG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, best food in the area

EA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Favorite Place to eat. Love the Eggs Benedict. :)