Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

4.7
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2119 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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O
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super. We really enjoyed the food. Very atmospheric.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent - mindful but unobtrusive. Food was also excellent. Great place to have a great meal with great conversation. Fairly pricy but worth it.

RG
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and atmosphere. been there a few times

J
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ans service, as always

CC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Having enjoyed living in France, we were delighted to find a restaurant that espoused the same standards of food, service and congeniality in Boston. The situatuation - looking out the window across a broad avenue at a very appealing corner - makes one feel part of the neighborhood.

DB
New England
35 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service was good. The tables are a little close together but my dinner was allowed to be intimate and the appetizers and entrees were all excellent / enjoyable.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t disappointed yet!

JT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have dinned at Petit Robert Bistro many times over the past several years. The food is very good and the atmosphere is quite pleasant. This past Saturday (after the New Year's holiday), the restaurant was jammed packed at 7 PM. We had to wait to be seated. The table service was a bit slow that night.

MK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came abit early to a early reservation but no problem. Impressed that bistro nearly full despite early hr.
Very authentic french food. Excellent escargot snd beef bourgeon. Service very pleasant. Definitely go again.

BS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just plain very good. They do what they say and do it well. Thank you.

m
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate! The staff is warm, friendly and knowledgeable. The duck was done to perfection and the best part was it was not noisy and one could actually carry on a conversation. So happy to have discovered this sweet restaurant.

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Petit Robert Bistro often, for both lunch and dinner, inside and on the patio. The food is great, and the service unfailingly charming. So we have begun enjoying our New Year’s Eve supper here. This bistro never disappoints!

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Petit Robert Bistro. Had an early dinner on New Year’s Eve that was perfect! Will definitely be returning.

OT
New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to brunch place! Has the best eggs Benedict ever!

JS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After seeing a movie on Christmas Day we had a lovely, romantic dinner at Petite Robert Bistro. We shared a nice salad with bib lettuce and toasted goat cheese (split for us in the kitchen) as a starter. I ordered the Coquilles Saint Jacque, which was a delicious, perfectly prepared entrée. The kitchen graciously deleted the potatoes and substituted mixed vegetables per my request. My husband loves the liver and onions entrée and orders that every time we dine at Petite Robert. My husband stuck with water, but I had a glass of the French Pinot Noir, which did not over power my entrée. The waitress was very accommodating, as was everyone at the restaurant. Petite Robert Bistro is a romantic European style neighborhood restaurant that exudes warmth and charm in a casual atmosphere. You can dress up or be casual and never feel out of place. My husband and I dine here often, both for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and often bring guests, who are always charmed.

EN
New England
50 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Classic bistro fare with classic bistro ambiance. We fought over every slice of meat and pate on the charcuterie. One of our party ordered the kale salad, and when it arrived was guilted into sharing it with another of our party, while a third ordered his own. Mussels from the starter menu proved a satisfying dinner for one. The steak frittes and duck breast were rated "excellent" from two other diners, while a third enjoyed the risotto. The specialty cocktails were also a big hit.

BL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christmas Day brunch was leisurely and lovely. Food was very good, and the staff were very attentive. Bravi tutti.

OT
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always this wonderful Bistro did not disappoint. The food is delicious, the ambiance cozy and friendly, and the setting perfect

s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wanted to get back to Petit Robert Bistro as I had never been disappointed and so happy the charm is still there! Sea scollops were the best I have had anywhere in a long time. We were 7 diners and all menu options from liver to beef were on the mark. The servers are attentive and it is a local gem!

S
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. Loved it and will be back.

L
New England
35 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

When we finally got someone to serve us, he did a good job.
My mean was good, while my friend’s meal wasn’t good.

DD
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here It never disappoints! The food is delicious.

g
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful brunch!

MW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in this neighbood since 2006 and this is our go to place for a casual meal that is consistently good. The service is wonderful and they always treat you like family. Great atmosphere and feels like a local French restaurant

C
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have liked the choose of Lunch menu also as brunch is limited. Was good though.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was okay. The service was very good; the waitstaff was attentive and kind. The atmosphere was nice, and the drinks were good. That being said, it was a bit unimpressive, overall.

FOOD: The food was fine, but didn't warrant the prices. The charcuterie special was a bunch of cold cuts plopped onto a board. Taste was fine, but presentation was poor. The risotto was bland. The steak frites was fine, but forgettable. It looked like something from The 99. The steak was overly salted. The frites were on-point, but the vegetables seemed like they came from a frozen bag (my wife also kept hearing the microwave being used, so this wouldn't surprise me). For the price, I had been hoping for something a little more thoughtfully put together and memorable. Perhaps my expectations were too high.

ATMOSPHERE: Atmosphere was cozy. It was quiet when we first arrived (early for dinner), but filled in nicely and wasn't too loud. I did regret my decision to ask for a window seat, when a police officer decided to tow a car out front and kept his lights blaring into the restaurant for 40 minutes until the tow was complete (not the restaurant's fault, but something to note). The big complaint here was the seating. The chairs have no cushion, so after an hour of hard wooden seats, we were sore.

SERVICE: Service was excellent and truly saved the meal. The waitstaff was kind and courteous, and attentive to us, even being the furthest table away. Service was prompt.

OVERALL: In all, it was okay, but didn't live up to expectations based on the other reviews here and the price point they've positioned themselves at. While not entirely disappointed, we weren't overly impressed, either. I wouldn't seek it out to go back, honestly.

CP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

There was barely anyone in there for brunch on a Saturday morning. The quality of the food was fine, I had eggs Benedict. Was around $21 with tip which I think is ok for eggs benny and a coffee but it should be superb quality, which it wasn't. Waiter was fine but kind of awkward. It was mostly so awkward because legit we were the only ones in there.

SS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love it. Go there

M
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thisis my favorite restaurant. Consistently great

L
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
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 on December 10, 2019
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.

f
New England
131 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a delicious dinner here! Food and service were both very good! Smoked salmon appetizer was delicious, but needed more bread. Then we thoroughly enjoyed the coq au vin and beef bourguignon! We were seated at the far end of the dining room, which was nice as it was quieter than being in the center. We'll definitely return!!!

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
15 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