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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Overall Rating

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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

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for a Date (26)
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Pre/post Theatre (19)
Special Occasion (18)
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Fit for Foodies (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Romantic (13)
Casual (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
People Watching (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fun (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Scenic View (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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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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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Graduation dinner

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Consistently good food and service. One of my neighborhood favorites.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Sat outside on a beautiful spring/summer evening soaking up a fun atmosphere. We went to the symphony after dinner. Just a short walk away.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food and ambience was authentic French. Delicious and reasonably priced. Went for dinner and it was raining but their outdoor seating looked like it would be great in better weather!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Always a treat to go to France for dinner. Petit Robert is the next best thing. Traditional offerings, friendly staff, neighborhood vibe. It's the local bistro transported to Boston.

Tags: Cozy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The place is comfortable and inviting. I thought the food was good, but not great. The wait staff was very accommodating as my wife wanted to mix the meat, risotto, and vegetables between two of the specials. No problem at all.

I enjoyed the onion soup. My daughter said that the lobster bisque was "OK." My response to the beef Bourguignon was similar. It was good, but not great.

But service seemed to lag as our original waiter must have found something better to do with his time. We waited a while for the entree; that is understandable. But waiting for dessert seems like an inexcusable lapse. And when we asked about it, we were "told" that it was "coming." Sorry for asking.

The creme brulee seemed to lack much spark. Texture was fine, but not much flavor. The chocolate mousse was quite good.

The drinks were well done. I quite enjoyed the Tequila Sanguine.

We will be back. The overall effect and value have solid appeal.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Best eggs benedict ever. Amazing food !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

This is a restaurant we had been meaning to try and it did not disappoint. Starting with a delicious strawberry mojito, I also had the burrata salad as an appetizer. It was delicious! For my meal I had the duck leg, served with red cabbage and a mix of perfectly cooked vegetables. The service was slow, which I would have loved in terms of a relaxing meal if we didn't have theatre tickets, but we were out with time to spare anyway . I definitely recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2017

This used to be a favorite spot for a casual post-work dinner. Maybe it's not fair to judge from one attempted dinner, but I don't plan to return for a while.

On this occasion, it was amateur hour for the wait staff. Besides my table, only two others were occupied. Those parties had started before us. When my friend and I came in we were seated promptly, but after that we could not get anyone's attention to order cocktails, despite the presence of at least four servers.

Before we could order our drinks, one of the waiters spilled wine all over the party at an adjacent table. Pandemonium ensued. As that was calming down, we were able to place our drink order.

Then we watched the post-spill complications and waited, waited, waited for our drinks. We decided to leave. We told the waiter we were leaving, but would have our cocktails at the bar. There, the cocktails sat in their shakers full of ice and unpoured. We sat at the bar when the barman had to go and find martini glasses finally reaching into a steaming dishwasher for clean glassware.

At the site of our rapidly diluting cocktail in their shakers heading for hot-from-the-dishwasher glasses, we apologized and left the premises.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

PRB is always great!!! The Foie Gras is the best in town. I also had the octopus which was tender and very delicious!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

As always prestine service, waiters don't rush you to finish your meal and meal was fantastic

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The restaurant offers a cozy ambiance reminding of french bistrot, as promised. Food is typical of french bistrot and good quality. Wine list is adequate. Service is nice and friendly. The decor again follows the expectation of a bistrot. In summary, it delivers what it promises, a nice ambiance and excellent french bistrot cuisine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner here very much. The food was excellent and there were good choices for wine by the glass. Staff was very friendly and made us feel very comfortable. We prefer small intimate local neighbor restaurants and this fit the bill.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

I dined here for brunch with a girlfriend and was very pleased! The food was delicious, the venue was adorable and the service was great! I will be returning with my partner very soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Staff not friendly, not attentive. Ordered their bread basket which they brought to table. Had to than get up to ask for butter and some plates for the bread and muffins. Had to ask for coffee refill twice and water refill. It was not busy at the time. I do not expect service professionals to hover over customers but I do expect them to at least act like they care about their customer rather than act like a robot.

Poor management training.

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 (Naples)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We compare it, fairly or unfairly, to ma maison, where the former owner works. Service was. It quite as good although the food was very good. The desserts were incredible. We like the fact they also serve lunch in a lovely setting.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This is the first time we visited this location. The food was spectacular and we each enjoyed our meals. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

the food was tremendous - and the atmosphere "blendy" and by that i mean everyone was doing their own thing - perfectly blending in with the scene

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The occasion was dinner with my son. He had the swordfish, I had the coq au vin. Both were excellent. My appetizer, the soup of the day lacked flavor; his was the beets and they were to his liking. All in all, a pleasant evening and lovely dinner.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 19, 2017

I made a point of informing the restaurant that it was a 60th birthday celebration. We are visitors from Australia and were looking for a special venue for our special occasion. We felt rushed and the waiters showed little class in the way they served. There was no mention of our special occasion and we felt unwelcomed and rushed from the start. The food was quite ordinary and our final bill expensive. The soup came out cool and we had to ask for it to be reheated. We asked for the dessert menu, but while we were deciding, the other waiter put the bill on the table. Then we felt a little upset that we were being rushed out the door.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Love Petit Robert. Wish I could eat there every night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Really disappointing dining experience. Had the scallop risotto, and while the scallops were delicious, the risotto was certainly not up to scratch. Bland and of the wrong consistency. My partner had Coq au vin which was also not as good as one would expect for a French restaurant. Good service and nice ambience, but the food will not entice me back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Six years had passed since I'd last visited Le Petit Robert when I dined there on Saturday night -- but only because it had been six years since we went there to celebrate my daughter's graduation from a college nearby. During her four long years of higher education, this charming bistro on Columbus Ave. had served as our No. 1 destination for dining out, marking any and all special occasions, and otherwise enjoying life to the fullest. I cannot imagine being in Boston and bothering to eat anywhere else. Everything on the menu is delicious and delightfully (and authentically) French, from the escargots, lobster bisque and trio of pates served with dijon moutardes and petites cornichons to the coq au vin, steak frites and other classic bistro fare. As for dessert, good luck choosing between the profiterole (my personal favorite), mousse au chocolat and tarte tatin. I wish I had another child to send to college if only to provide an excuse to drive up regularly for my Petit Robert fix. And btw, the prices (unlike tuition rates) remain extremely reasonable for what you get -- a true taste of France relatively close to home.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Food was excellent, service was very, very good. From Maison Robert of the 70s and 80s to Le Petit Robert Bistro of this century, JackIe (who has now moved on) & Luic, it's so nice you've brought back authentic French dining in Boston (and serving the burbs)! Estaban, you do a great job managing the restaurant and thank you for making my dad's 85th such a special celebration. It's possible he will be coming a couple of times a month because he loved it so much – especially the onion soup and liver and onions.

Perhaps you could add sound panels on the ceiling or some sort of sound absorbing materials to the walls – only complaint is the excessive noise.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Very nice restaurant although a bit pricey for the meal that you get.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 10, 2017

It was a beautiful evening, and I was entertaining a client from the west coast...and thought an al fresco dinner in the South End might be nice. As I had eaten here years ago, I was excited to learn that their outdoor patio area was open. Listen, I know that every establishment can have an "off" night. This must have been theirs. After seated, it took some time for anyone to acknowledge us. After going inside to see if a server had been assigned to us, the waiter arrived shortly thereafter. We ordered a bottle of wine to start. Fifteen minutes later, when it hadn't arrived, I once again went inside to see what the story was. The server then notified me that this particular wine was sold out. At that time, we ordered a different wine, and an appetizer. Fifteen minutes later, the appetizer came out, (delivered by a different server) but still no wine. When I inquired about the wine again, this server told us that they were sold out of our selection - to which I replied that I was aware. A replacement bottle arrived shortly thereafter. Not a good start. Things improved marginally from there, but the food quality and the presentation simply wasn't as it good as it once was (or at least, how I remembered it). As I'm considered by my client to be somewhat of a foodie, all I could do was apologize for my restaurant choice, and tell her that it must be under new management (remember the days of Maison Robert?). I may give it another try at some point hoping this was a one-off experience.

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