About Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue

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!

480 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Bistro, Traditional French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm (11:00pm weekends)
Brunch Saturday/Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Cross Street:
W. Newton Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 867-0600

Website:
http://www.petitrobertbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. $15

Public Transit:
Back Bay station, Prudential

Executive Chef:
Loic LeGarrec

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Baby Shower, Brunch Rehearsal

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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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Petit Robert Bistro Columbus Avenue Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (46)
Good for a Date (36)
Authentic (31)
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Special Occasion (30)
Cozy (28)
Romantic (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Great for Brunch (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Casual (15)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Fun (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
People Watching (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was wonderful. Great place to go for Christmas Eve dinner. A tradition for us.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

As always, excellent meal, good service!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is a good neighborhood spot that is always quite lively. The Onion soup is quite good as are the profiteral and creme brule deserts. The service is friendly and prompt but not at all overbearing and the prices are reasonable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Fantastic service as ever. The bar was lively and the food was excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Had not been there in a while. We forgot how good the food was and how nice the environment. We’ll be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Quant bistro with a nice view of the skyline. We dined after a Holiday Pops performance and the walk was reasonable. Good french classics, leisurely pace.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We were headed to symphony hall for a concert.Our table was ready as scheduled, Our server Bruno, was exceptional !!! WE highly recommend !!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our family goes here for birthdays and other celebrations. It never disappoints.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I go here at least once at this time of year. Menu does not change, though there are daily specials. Food is very authentic and excellent. Service is attentive but not overly. I love the beef bourguinon and coq au vin. My partner had escargots, which we said were excellent, though she would have preferred less spinach. Apple tarte tatin was spectacular - sorry I did not take a photo.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I had lunch with a friend at Petit Robert Bistro. I love the location in the South End. The restaurant really feels French the way it's laid out with the entrance and dining rooms. The food was excellent. A number of other guests coming in seemed to be regulars and were recognized accordingly by the restaurant staff. The atmosphere was quiet. I already recommended the bistro to three people at work today and will absolutely plan to eat there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Fantastic! Friendly and efficient servers, nice menu, perfectly timed service of courses and food was delicious. Salads were fresh and perfectly dressed. Beef was tender, perfectly cooked and delicious. Vegetables were fresh and perfectly cooked and seasoned.

A great, cozy restaurant with outstanding service and cuisine!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This is truly the very best and most authentic French food in Boston. Just outstanding. Intimate Bistro style dining room, tremendously professional and attentive service. We will be there as often as we can. Very highly recommend.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very nice ambience and decor but food was just ok. Would steer away from the pate, poor presentation and accompaniments. Cod was well flavored but either was under the warmer too long or overcooked. Waiter was very pleasant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Absolutely outstanding dinner and excellent staff!! I will definitely be back!! BRAVO!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always like PR, come back often

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

First time and it was fabulous! Can't wait to go back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food prepared by well-trained servers. On a Saturday night it was noisy and the seating was tight.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It was the perfect menu in the perfect location.
The service was attentive but not obnoxious .

Delicious food.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful experience. Great bistro food at reasonable prices.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious and our waiter was very nice and attentive. There is also a gorgeous view of the prudential. It was an overall really good experience. I do wish I had known how noisy it would be and how causal the setting is. The prices don't really reflect the casual ambience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Loved the coq au vin. perfect for a chilly night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We came for the Thanksgiving fixed price special. Food was very good, and the service was excellent-prompt, unobtrusive, but always there when needed. A very relaxing meal. This is our 2nd year to do this.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

After a terrible experience at their Needham location we were hoping for a better dining experience in Boston. Unfortunately that was not the case. Deafening noise in the restaurant limits your own conversation, terrible service accompanied by no French baguette, bland escargots, “ok” swordfish and totally dry, dense not fresh tasting bouef Bourguignonne really left us with a “bad taste”. Nothing French here. Sorry.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was very good and fresh. The ambiance was cozy. The service was excellent.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent French food at an affordable price. The rack of lamb was extremely tender and tasty and a huge portion!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Overall we were disappointed with our Evening. The food was marginal Or our expectation might have been set too high. This was our first visit. The Escargo did not have enough seasoning and should have been served in its shell.The portions were small and it was the first time we left with room to spare.[ We are Not Large sized people ] Our waiter was OK.but we felt a little rushed. The spacing on seating was tight. I must admit that we had been in France two weeks ago and this might have Prejudiced our review. However we eat out a lot and host Gourmet meals for friends and Family.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nice ambience. Authentic French cuisine, well prepared. Welcoming and attentive service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent brunch and service. Eggs Benedict n fries were to die for. Cocktails we excellent as well.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food, but the restaurant is noisy We had shout to hear each other

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wonderful -- and valet parking especially appreciated in a neighborhood with very limited parking options

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was a disappointment. The lamb rack was so thin it could only be cooked well done. The vegetable melange just a wet jumble of vegetables. Unattractive plate of food.
Will not be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fantastic French bistro in the hood that over 10 years has never disappointed. Great value and a piece of Paris in Boston. Great service with local patina. We recommend this to all or friends. Ee live just 200 yards from the restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have been to the Columbus Avenue location many times. It never fails. The food is excellent, as is the service and the ambiance.
We used to also enjoy the location I Kenmore Square. We miss that location.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was very good. There was only one waiter and most other diners were outside but he did a good job .

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Fantastic French food!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We often choose Petit Robert Bistro before Symphony Hall events. This restaurant has French cuisine that is consistently delicious, an excellent and reasonable wine list, subtle but rich desserts and friendly and thoughtful serving staff who do treat you like family. We recommend it to all of our friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

One of the best restaurants we have found near enough to Symphony Hall for an easy walk to/from a performance. The coq au vin was superb in a rich dark sauce, cooked to perfection. The wine selections were very nice and service hospitable and prompt.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Lovely ambiance. Unfortunately the experience was marred by the main course arriving at the table cold, with a thick skin on the Béarnaise sauce. I think this place has potential. Everyone in the establishment went out of their way to be charming and pleasant.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great brunch. Service was excellent. Eggs Benedict was good (but eggs were a bit cold). French fries were amazing. Our waiter was attentive and charming. Would go back and try dinner next time.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First time here for brunch. Restaurant was empty on the day of the regatta. We caught them at opening so it is not fair to pick on the fact that service was scant. My suggestion is that you show up at noon for brunch. Maybe the service and food staff get into gear at that point. Will go back and give another chance before writing a more informed review.

Tags: People Watching, Organic, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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