Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

4.6
1888 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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
42 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
25 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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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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New England
8 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
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LC
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Want to feel like you're in a Parisian cafe? This is the place. Great French cuisine - amazing sauces and unique menu items - things you'd only find in an authentic French restaurant. Good wine options! Service was friendly and not intrusive.

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third Christmas Eve here. Our new tradition and it hasn’t disappointed. Great service! Food was hot and delicious.

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JW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch on Christmas Eve, and we couldn't have chosen a better spot. The welcome was warm, and the food was delicious. So great to have such a comforting spot in the neighborhood. I think we just started our new holiday tradition.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We (me, my wife and fifteen-year-old twins) went to Petit Robert Bistro before the Holiday Pops concert, so we had a relatively early reservation. Since we live in the ‘burbs we were taking a chance... Just before leaving for the restaurant, I looked up a few negative reviews on Yelp so I was a little nervous, but the host and wait staff were charming and helpful; the food was excellent; the valet parking was very accommodating. We found it to be a lovely place. The clientele was a mix of older and younger people, some in nice dress, some casual; a few families with young kids (all well-behaved).

We had the mussels (excellent - lovely sauce), a special salad (I forget which, but delicious), two of the special fish entrees (swordfish and bacon-wrapped monkfish) and a scallop entree. All were delicious. Our server suggested “One Giant Profiterole” as dessert, and we went with his suggestion. It was worth it!

As one (negative) reviewer noted, they brought glasses of wine without showing the bottle; I didn’t find that unnerving — the wine prices were standard for restaurant wine and it was tasty and appropriate.

The service was prompt but unhurried; everyone was attentive, professional and concerned that we enjoyed our meal. It cost less than I expected, and was a very worthwhile adventure.

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WD
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious meal in a lovely setting. Compared to two years ago when I was last there, prices are up and portions are smaller. Not the value it once was.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Do not recommend if on limited time. We sat for 45 minutes waiting for the soup of the day.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff are very attentive and kind, food is really good, and the general vibe is relaxed. The duck in particular was fantastic and would recommend to all.

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HG
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious food and perfect cocktails right near Symphony Hall. Great portions size and very friendly staff. Highly recommend!

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WS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently delivers better than anticipated . Treat yourself

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b
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very crowded and noisy. Tables really close together. Food was OK. Desserts were best.

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DD
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It never disappoints. A keeper

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

See you soon

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DK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was excellent and the service very good. The noise level was excessive. Maybe sitting in another section would be less noisy.

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IR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a family (adults and grown kids) favourite, especially since we are in the neighbourhood. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is lovely. Lately, I would say our food experience has been rather mixed. On Sunday one of my sons and I had the steak frites. We both know what cuts are traditional, so we have context. A good steak is not tough, no matter the cut. More challenging cuts get marinated and seasoned. Our steaks were definitely tough - I did not enjoy mine enough to eat more than half of it. My other son had the steak tartare, and he enjoyed it, but said it was extremely salty - so much so that he had four large glasses of water when he got home. The other member of our group had the scallops, and said they, too - while tasty - were also very salty. I am putting this in a review in the hope that the folks who run it will pay attention, because we want to keep coming back!!

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RD
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely brunch. The ambience makes you feel like you are in Paris. Many patrons were speaking French around us. The crepes were delicious and our server was attentive but allowed us to take our time.

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JL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Boston!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely! From environment to the food, it only got cold because they sat us near the door.

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LD
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service if you order all at once, with great (smallish) French onion soup and fresh salads.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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KK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always -- a great evening. The food, the drink, the staff, the neighborhood atmosphere. It works.

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