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, 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:
Jacky Robert

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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4.5

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4.4

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4.4

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4.2

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2010

Very good food and very good value. We go there often since it is very convenient to where we live. Have taken many people from out of town and they have all enjoyed it. It is a place that we will continue to go to.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2010

A great neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food, moderate prices. On our latest visit, smoked herring appetizer, duck "sushi" and boeuf bourguignon (a special) were outstanding. Lamb shank with beans was fatty, gristly and not very good..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2010

Very mediocre. Have had better meals at the Kenmore location but don't think I will choose to go back anytime soon.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2010

My group of four very much enjoyed our dinner at Petit Robert Columbus Ave. It was a Saturday night and the place was very busy. Lots of energy, had to wait quite awhile for a table even with reservations, but it wasn't their fault the earlier customers weren't leaving the table! My skirt steak was excellent, not tough and cooked as ordered. (Frites were a little cold...) The other members of our group enjoyed their lamb shank, and short ribs. Petit Robert has an excellent wine list. We had a lovely Cote du Rhone for $34. Quite a enjoyable evening. the host and hostess were very kind and funny.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2010

Our evening began w/stress as the restaurant called to "warn" us that our confirmed reservation might not be honored because they had mistakenly booked another large party (we were 7) over the phone. They could not understand our upset and, in fact, acted as though they were doing us a favor by warning us! Since it was Sat night and we were 7 people, there was no time to find another reservation elsewhere (believe me, I tried), and since we were entertaining out of town guests, we were stuck. Our waitress was sweet and, despite long waits for items, tried to please us. The food was decent, especially for the prices. They get you on drinks and appetizers. Things turned out fine, but we will not return. No apologies for upset were offered.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2010

The haddock was perfect. Good pate. Friendly, efficient service. A little heavy handed on the balsamic dressing on the greens part of the otherwise good beats and goat cheese plate. Seating a bit cramped (chairs touching those of neighbors'.) I'd go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2010

An excellent experience. The service was outstanding. The pate plate was super delicious and moist. The escargot reminded me of my childhood with a garlic and pesto sauce. The rack of lamb was cooked perfectly as was the duck confit. Wonderful time with friends!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2010

I feel that they've slipped a little. Mainly, they are a bit inconsistent. However, the patio at the Columbus Ave. location is wonderful, and the food is never bad.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2010

The staff were attentive and friendly. The Alsatian food was better than I had in Alsace! The eating area is small so even though we had a reservation, we were not seated for 30-40 after our scheduled time. However, the manager provided complimentary pate for us as we waited and the wait was worth it. Come hungry!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2010

The food was excellent. The setting is lovely. It is a very comfortable, hip place to have dinner or lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2010

Staff attentive and genuinely interested in our satisfaction.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2010

Great french bistro food, warm and inviting atmosphere. Excellent menu at all levels including drink ad wine menus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2010

Authentic old fashioned French bistro. The waiter suggested a very good and reasonably priced Beaujolais grand cru with our lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2010

Overall a very pleasant expirience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2010

Lunch is a real bargain. The food is excellent and the price is right.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2010

It's one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants and fit for a special occasion. The food is always inventive and excellent, and the service first rate. The dining room gets a little over-heated at times.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2010

Excellent bistro style restaurant - loved the french touches and the great food

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2010

Petit Robert offers some hard-to-find French specialties, such as tripes Provencale, sweetbreads (though sweetbreads seemed to be missing from the menu Saturday evening), and excellent charcuterie, as well as more usual bistro fare such as steak frites, all done to perfection and at amazingly low prices, served in an atmosphere where you really feel you're at a neighborhood bistro in Paris. A wonderful find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2010

We come to the bistro before the Boston Symphony concert as it is within the walking distance. Every time we come, we have a total satisfaction in food.

We had oysters, beets salad, and grilled salmon. The main course comes with frech style creamy mushed potaoes and vegitables.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2010

Good, honest food at reasonable prices. Kinda like being at a bistro in Paris. Very enjoyable.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2010

Very disappointing to say the least. They couldn't find our reservation when we arrived which was pretty comical since the restaurant had called me that afternoon to confirm. The food was just ok. A friend ordered the lobster bisque which was served with zero lobster in it. I mean not even a piece and it was bland. Then we waited 1 hr and 15 minutes for our entrees after we specified we were on a time crunch to catch an 8pm show. Mind you the restaurant was empty as we had a 5.30 reservation and were one of the first parties to be sat. Where do I even begin about the service. Our waiter was non existent and had the personality of a napkin. Didn't even check on us once after our food came out. Save your time with this one. Not worth the trip

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2010

Very small space, tables are crowded close together.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2010

Great food, good selection, of wines in particular. Authentic Frenchies! All round a great evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2010

Excellent service and great food. The best quality price French Food in Boston.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 14, 2010

Overall a positive experience but far from spectacular. Food was good but not as outstanding as service. Bar pricey.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2010

Food and service were excellent. We were celebrating our 10th anniversary, and they made it special for us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2010

Noisy, 40 minutes wait after reservation to get my seat. Then offered noisy middle of restaurant bench after requesting romantic (ie quiet corner). I ended up at a bar table at the front door. I see no reason to return there since the food was average and service minimally attentive by uncertain assigned staff. In all a real flub

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2010

Duck was very dry. Service is good but wait staff is always rushing around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2010

Maybe you could expand the size but still be a small bistro. Live music would make it better.
Or you could add more seats to the bar. Overall I had a great dinning experience. This bistro is great and I think you should share it with more people.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2010

Food is good, very quaint and small restaurant. Wine list is great and cocktails are good, food is inconsistent in terms of portions, but flavor is always great

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2010

Always excellent food and service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2010

Great food, but way too loud, can't have any conversation and the service was mediocore best.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2010

food is bistro style - fresh and simple. Very tasty. They were very accommodating w/ my almost 4 year old.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2010

A little bit of Paris in the South End. Charming and low-key, feels authentic, not your run- of-the-mill high-priced (which it is not) bistro.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2010

A delightful restaurant. Wait staff was very attentive. The food was excellent and the wine reasonable. We will definitely be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2010

The prices were good but the food was average. Mind you, we had a simple lunch and ordered no dessert but a ham and cheese sandwich is a ham and cheese sandwich even if it's called a croque monsieur. The bread was excellent. The chicken crepe was very good, not great, and the small carrot salad was very good. Even though the restaurant was barely half full the volume was very loud. The service was pleasant. The hostess was pleasant and very French and gave us some macaroons as an after lunch treat. The place has a friendly and relaxed feel to it. Overall it was good dining experience but not great. I would suggest the diner try a more adventurous selection if they are searching for a great meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2010

Relaxed atmosphere, good food,excellent service, moderately priced. Definitely enjoyed it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2010

Everyone at Petite Robert is quick to greet you as you walk through the restaurant to your seat, but once there the waiters didn't seem to care too much whether we ordered or not. At last we got their attention, and things went well from there on. The decor is very plain and the ambiance simple but comfortable. It was not as cramped as some bistros tend to be, even though the tables are quite close. The food was excellent: basic bistro fare, but well prepared and delicious. Serving sizes were pretty large (super-sized for Americans, I guess) so that we couldn't quite finish the appetizers or the entrees. The dessert list was too good to pass up, though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2010

Food was very good but the staff was too busy to wait on us!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2010

Nice food, not ammaing, but at the price and with such a good selection, it is one of my favorite places. Love sitting outside!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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