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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (48)
Good for a Date (33)
Cozy (26)
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Authentic (26)
Special Occasion (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Romantic (23)
Great for Brunch (13)
Casual (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fun (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
People Watching (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Scenic View (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Healthy (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Swordfish came with hard peas. Sent the order back and 10 minutes later the dish cones back. Peas are still hard. The rest of my group had mediocre meals too

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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We go there often and the food and service is always excellent. It can be a little too noisy, particularly if you are close to a noisy table or there are a couple of loud groups there.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We always love this place. Great food. Good prices. Staff is French!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

As always a fun place wit friends or alone the staff make this alive great food space and food

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

As always we enjoyed the food and the experience at this South End Gem.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We ate outside and felt like we were back in Paris. Recommended to anyone who has lived in Paris and needs a meal and place to reminisce.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We have had the pleasure of eating here over the past six years, so expected a great meal. I selected this restaurant for this special occasion, but we're very disappointed. Lobster bisque lacked flavor and did not taste like a cream based soup. We even asked if it was a vegetable base - it was that far off the mark. A cheese plate had nice options, but was boring. The fish special was nicely done, but lacked flavor. The lobster risotto that came with the fish was the best part of the meal. Our server had no real response to our concerns. We left feeling like we would not eat here again.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We went there to celebrate a family birthday and it was awesome!! The food was incredible and the service was impeccable! We will definitely go back!!!! I highly recommend Petit Robert to anyone looking for great French bistro fare!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at Petit Robert Bistro on Friday evening. The weather was beautiful for dining outside on the sidewalk in the trendy South End. The food was great as was the service. Will definitely dine here again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We sat outside tonight. Beautiful evening. Excellent food and great service. Thank you!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

I wanted to give Petit high ratings, but the overall quality of food to cost ratio just wasn't there. It was very pleasant sitting outside and and our cocktails were very good and reasonable priced. The reason for the low rating was that the main dishes were just ok and not worth the $32 price tag for the Duck. The meal was not hot and I believe it must have been sitting out for a bit bc when my duck arrived the gravy they put on top was congealed - not to mention that the Duck was served with a gravy better applied to a Thanksgiving turkey vs traditional french cuisine. The vegetables we cold, undercooked, flavorless and unseasoned. The service was good at first, until the restaurant became more busy - and this is where I think Petit failed, not enough staff to promptly serve meals when ready or attend to patrons in a timely manner. Escargot was good, but I have had much better. I am going to give Petit another try, but if the experience is the same I will take my business elsewhere. I am recommending this restaurant only because I think it can do better, so I hope Petit makes some changes - and get rid of that gross gravy you put on the DUCK.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Loved the mussels; scrumptious garlic and pesto escargot; lobster bisque was outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

It is a fantastic neighbourhood restaurant with a friendly staff, great drink and good food. In the summer the patio is wonderful, nice view of a beautiful church and plenty of people watching. I highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Had a lovely Bastille Day lunch outside with a friend. We enjoyed a bottle of Sancerre, shared the burata and tomato to start (tomatoes were ice cold, which I don't personally like) but the buratta was delicious with the pesto and balsamic on the French bread. Onion soup and frites were great. My friend's Croque Madame looked good and none was leftover, so a good sign.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The food was really wonderful. Each course was enjoyed by all of my family. My kids, 13 and 17 ate new foods and thought each was well prepared and really tasty. I would definitely return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The place has a good ambiance; a little pricey for the food (kind of low average); service is ok. honestly I wouldn't recommend the place unless you're in the neighborhood (and that's stretching it)
- DON'T ORDER DUCK nor OYSTERS! beef, salmon... is better

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Terrific. Outside dining has a nice Parisian feel. Very simpatique....

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The croque monsieur and pommes frites were comparable to what you'd get at a Paris cafe or bistro. Service was great. We sat outside. Felt just like being at a Parisian cafe. Looking forward to going back there the next time I'm in Boston.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Food and service were great. Sat outside and felt like I was back in Paris just for a little while.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Amazing food! We split the French toast and each one of us had eggs Benedict and everything was delicious! Staff was attentive and courteous! We sat outside and I was pleasantly surprised with this place and it's very affordable! Highly recommended!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I really like it there never had a bad meal good service and atmosphere. They never rush you out very present place.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was less than mediocre. Snails' recipe is different and not up to par. I wish the food was better like it used to be in the kenmore square location.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Mediocre food and service. Steak frites were ok but the sword fish lacked taste and was awful according to both who tried it. We sat outside which was great but the service felt understaffed and frenetic.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We had a perfect meal. Service was attentive without hovering. We weren't rushed. Plenty of time to leisurely enjoy our meal. Food was outstanding. As was the wine.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Loved thus restaurant. We were meeting my daughter's (serious) boyfriend for the first time, and this was a very comfortable and lovely place to spend the evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Dead fly smoothed on my menu and over ripe tomatoes in my burrata salad. Pain au chocolate greasy and not flaky... the whole thing was meh. Probably won't go back...

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent as always

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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

We went for the special Burgundy evening, 5 course meal with wine paring. Very nice atmosphere and our sommelier was great. The food was excellent and the wines very nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Reliable, traditional French food, laid back atmosphere, very pleasant

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 12, 2017

I was seated at a nice table near the window immediately. However it took 15 mins for the waiter to ask if I was ready to order. That was the first time I knew who my waiter was as no one approached me prior to ask for a drink order or if I had any questions about the menu.
The bread arrived hot & fresh. I ordered the Escargot app and Seared Scallops with risotto for my entree'. Both came to me quickly & piping hot. Both were delicious! Scallops cooked perfectly! For wine I ordered the Sancerre. It was light, slightly effervescent, and very refreshing.
Overall it was very nice!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Very friendly service, incredible food, great ambience. Wonderful place for a date

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent dining experience in Boston South End. Waitress was knowledgeable regarding the menu, offering solid recommendations for hors d'oeuvres (smoked salmon), entrées (duck leg confit & seared duck breast, calf's liver with bacon and carmelized onions), and wines. We will return to this neighborhood bistro.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 6, 2017

The restaurant is exactly what a good bistro should be: the restaurant is attractive, the service is fine and the food is very high quality bistro food at a good value.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Traditional Bistro fare.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We had dinner here during a recent trip to Boston. We liked everything about the restaurant except the food. My husband had sole meunier which was absolutely tasteless and paired with an equally tasteless lemon risotto I had the coq au vin which was better, but still disappointing. It consisted of less than a quarter chicken -- one smallish leg/thigh and lots of noodles. The taste and sauce were quite good, but the portion seemed meager. On the positive side, we had an excellent inexpensive wine, really enjoyed the onion soup, and liked the bread. The service was lovely.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Since we were going to theatre, service was great! Food as delicious!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

I brought a small group of students for an authentic meal. Our waiter really accommodated us by speaking only French to us, which was a huge plus. Food was delicious and staff was patient and thoughtful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Second time back; this time with friends and did not disappoint. Does all the French bistro classics quite well and offers a range of creative alternatives too. Our group enjoyed the Coq au Vin and Foie de Veau a La Lyonnaise in the former category and swordfish and salmon in the latter. Great desserts too.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

it's a great little spot in the south end on columbus - food is terrific - with an eclectic mix of characters dining in the room - another feature the valet in a relatively modest $15 -

this little gem is definitely worth a try - pk

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wonderful as always. This is my favorite neighborhood place. The staff is so friendly and the food consistent. Great bartender.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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