Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

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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 2073 People Are Saying
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RR
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
2 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
27 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
1 review
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
38 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. :)

D
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious friendly neighborhoody as always. A go to fave

P
New England
49 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was really lovely. The meals were perfect, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and all restaurant staff were friendly. I recommend to family, friends, and colleagues without hesitation.

F
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful classic French bistro

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was my second time dining here

p
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

nice atmosphere. Excellent starters. Clave's liver way overdone. Coq au vin lacked deep wine-y flavor, overly smoked with bacon. Only the menu (and some wait staff) reminded me of France.

JL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal at one of our favorite restaurants.

B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Cute restaurant, food pretty good. But for lunch on a Friday it was quite understaffed. Staff friendly, however. I'd go back.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

TF
New England
100 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

First time dining here for brunch/lunch with my spouse and my friend. Waiter was slow to order, food a bit late to come. Menu options are limited. Portion size to value is low. May not come again.

JP
New England
84 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great service

BC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’d made a reservation on Open Table, got there 20 minutes early and they were able to seat us right away. Everything was well done!!

S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great food at an affordable price point. I will definitely visit again

JJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside--some noise from local children riding scooters, but great atmosphere at dusk, and food was delicious with wide choice (but perhaps a bit too much bacon for those keeping kosher). Service pleasant.

AG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice dinner. Felt a bit rushed and the room was a bit stuffy but overall enjoyed the dinner.

HM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant - they are always welcoming and we ALWAYS have great food.

SC
New England
32 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little bistro that I would recommend.
Very good value too