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Permanently Closed - Petit Robert Bistro Needham

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1505 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Petit Robert Bistro Needham serves lunch, brunch and dinner every day of the year, offering authentic and simple French specialties such as Croques, Soupe à l’Onion Gratinée, Mussels Marinière, Escargots, Homemade Patés, Coq-au-Vin, Beef Bourguignon and Steak Frites.

The ever changing, moderately priced menu showcases only the freshest and best seasonal dishes. We take pride in our made to order preparation of your meal using the finest meats, produce, and dairy from our New England and French suppliers.

Petit Robert Bistro Needham offers a full-service bar. Our wine list offers a varied selection in price and style with labels primarily from France and California. Additionally, our exciting cocktails and beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes.

The cozy ambiance, friendly service, and savory menu will transport you to an authentic French Bistro in Paris from a light lunch to a leisurely dinner. Bon Appetit!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(781) 559-0532
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jay Spencer, Proprietor
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Private party facilities
Petit Robert Bistro Needham can accommodate your needs for 12-90 guests for any occasion by offering a variety of event packaging options. Our bar and dining areas feature comfortable seating and a relaxed atmosphere.
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Private party contact
Jay Spencer: (844) 661-8004
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highland Avenue
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Parking details
Street and Town parking lot next to the restaurant
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Needham
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
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4.0Dined on April 2, 2010

A terrific quality lunch at the bar watching an opening Sox game, with fine service. This is not pub fare folks. Petit Robert is one of those few spots which, although quite reasonable, allow you to have a comfortable top notch lunch. For those who need to eat quickly (I didn't,) there is also a wonderful express lunch menu, which is far too reasonable. I have already returned to this restaurant as I write this review somewhat belatedly.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2010

Although the concept is lovely, the execution has been going down since restaurant first opened. SOme ofhte dishes continue to be very good, while others are exceedingly lack luster, or worse.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2010

Sitting in Petit Robert, one can imagine being in a very nice neighborhood restaurant in New York. If it were there, it would be jammed. This is a wonderful resource. Food, service, atmosphere and a small bar are all excellent. They pull off a French feeling pretty successfully. What keeps you coming back are the reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2010

We were surprised that we had not heard of this Needham location of Petit Robert until very recently. Given the notoriety of the Executive Chef, we had to give it a try, although Needham is not the direction we typically would head toward for a fine French meal. Well, we were very wrong and in for a major treat. Our meat and fish appetizers and entree's were first class in every respect. The ambiance is quite nice with a clean up to date bistro-style. The seats are a reasonable distance from each other. The Maitre, and the waitperson were extremely professional, courteous and attentive to our needs. As I write this review somewhat belatedly, I have already returned to this great find on 2 occasions, both for lunch and a superb dinner.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2010

Food was very good. Service left a lot to be desired!! Waiters reaching across you to deliveer food, guessing who ordered what, slow to take orders and deliver water

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Yet another example of how much suburban dining choices have improved!!

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2010

The food was trying too hard, and the menu limited. We opted for the "restaurant week" three course dinner menu. It was value enough but, the service was somewhat lacking and choices unexciting. The waiter was either stopping by to ask irritating questions, or was forgetting to bring half of my meal. My husband had finished one course before I had everything and could start mine. My main course (swordfish) was nice but, my husband had the lamb stew which looked like he had been given the scrapings from the pot. There were only 5 small pieces of lamb on the plate. The dessert was also fairly uninteresting - bit of an after thought.

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2010

I cannot recommend this restaurant, there were too many flaws. Food not properly coordinated, 2 salads delivered to table, other 2 people got their salads 5 minutes later. Same thing happened with entrees. Noise level unbearable, we screamed our conversation until the restaurant was almost empty after 9 PM. The food was decent, nothing to rave about.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2010

Food was average, service extremely slow and noise level impossible.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2010

Food was great - service was a little slow - but it was a Saturday nite and our order I think got a little lost - server was very apologetic and other than that service was excellent!

Would definately go back!

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2010

Took over an hour to get entrees on a slow Tuesday night. Exhausting.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2010

We were disappointed in the food. While good, food was not excellent. Quenelle appetizer was excellent, but entre of short ribs poor.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2010

This was my second visit to the restaurant. The first time I was very impressed. This time it was a slower night and I felt somewhat neglected by our server. We waited considerable time for bread and later to get the check. The food was good but not exceptional. The beef short ribs were tasty but the presentation was average. The sole was delicate and well seasoned.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2010

My first visit to Petit Robert but definitely not my last. Having recently visited Paris for the first time, this was such a treat, reminding me how much I love French food and culture.

Our server was charming, witty and extremely attentive, in a quiet and refined way.

All three of us had wonderful apps (pate, quenelles, and brains) and delicious main courses (short ribs, duck, and cod).

Wonderful desserts (tarte brulee and chocolate cake).

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2010

Ambiance and service was very good. Food is acceptable, but not 5 star or even 4 for that matter. Trout Almondine was acceptable and that was all. All I really tasted was butter. Trout was over cooked. Would not order it again. Don't feel I would break my neck coming back another time.

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2010

Service was very erratic. Sometimes good, sometimes comical. They started by bringing both of us the soup first course my wife had ordered. They took them both away and after a long wait the proper orders arrived. However, my pan seared foi gras was still cold in the center and barely pan seared at all. The main course and desserts were enjoyable but not nearly as well executed as the price charged. It would be a passable bistro at bistro prices, but not at haut cuisine prices.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2010

The atmosphere is very nice and the quiche is very good. The server was pleasant--he took our order and a young woman delivered our plates. He seemed to forget about us, so we reminded him to bring our check. I would definitely return for lunch.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2010

Food was fair. Service was friendly but scarce. Meals were not cooked at the same time - steak hot, duck cold, and they forgot to serve the potato with the short rib. The steak was great, the short rib was OK and the duck was overcooked.

For the money I will go somewhere else.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2010

Went for lunch and enjoyed it. The food fairly large portions and a bit on the heavy side but good.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2010

perhaps due to demand from Valentine's day before our visit the next evening, several items on the menu were "all gone".

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2010

Food was excellent! We had the calf brains, escargot, lamb shank and scallops! Everything was delicious! We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2010

We made Valentine's Day reservations here because the Kenmore Sq. and South End shops were booked up. Parking was a breeze, which is a nice change from downtown! Very busy when we arrived but we were seated promptly. The braised beef short rib and lamb shank entrees were excellent. Service was very good. The room feels authentic.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2010

Sophisticated urban bistro atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2010

The tables were crammed together - not romantic for Valentine's Day - we were essentailly rubbng shoulders with the couples at the next table.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2010

This place was a very pleasant surprise. The food and service were very good.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2010

Food was delicious. Service was very bad including dropping our name from computer once we checked in turning our 7:30 reservation into an 8:15 seating which required our repeatedly asking for status while new arrivals with later reservation times were seated. We had to ask for bread twice when others around us received it without asking when they were seated. We had to ask repeatedly for a knife to eat our dinner. Our waiter disappeared for long periods of time. One dinner was served without the side dish which was never received despite repeated statements that it would arrive any second. I could go on but bottom line the food was outstanding and the staff seemed overwhelmed leading to very poor service.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2010

The food was excellent -- from the bread to the dessert, all was of very good quality and well prepared. We really enjoyed it.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2010

The duck was dry and tastess overcooked. The sauce that accompanied the dish was a concentrated wine stock that was seperate and did not infuse the duck confit with flavor. The braised cabbage was old tasting The ambience and service was good.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2010

Very delicious food, hospitable and careful service. Very well priced, classic French meals.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2010

Generally enjoyed the atmosphere and would return. Food was overall good and presented well.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2010

Very enjoyable, but some comments for the chef.

Basic green salad with vinaigrette had lettuce that really should have been cool or cold (crisp), not room temp.

I had calves liver and the onions were WAY TOO salty. My companion had duck confit which was overly greasy.
The oyster appetizer was very good, as was the ratatouille.

But, a very nice place and Christain the waiter is TOPS.

We will definitely visit again knowing esp about the salt issue.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2010

The restaurant was very nice and is definitely a hot spot. The food is very good and they cared a lot about presentation. We enjoyed the ambiance and conversations with people from the adjacent tables. The server was helpful and very energetic and bubbly.

Make reservations early or you my have a problem getting in.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2010

A very lovely dinner. The staff was fairly attentive. Would certainly return. Steak Fritte was fabulous!

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2010

Waited 50 minutes to get seated despite a reservation. Service was then slow. They were very busy. Food was very good and I will go back, but would want to be assured won't be overbooked when I call again.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2010

6 of us enjoyed the good food and intimate ambiance!! It's a bit noisy, but any popular bistro should be!!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2010

Great place, terrific service, fun menu, good value and great food. A little noisy, but c'est la vie on a Saturday evening.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2010

fantastic experience, overall!!! I took my 70 yr old (food snob) mom there for her birthday - they accomodated my request for a special birthday presentation of dessert (special bonus). Service 5+ stars. Food 5+ stars. Authentic French cuisine. Sophisticated menu & atmosphere. Loves it. Mom was delighted from beginning to end....and she is hard to please! :)

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2010

Interesting wide-ranging menu. Very smooth service.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2010

Food was fantastic. Although my husband thought the pepper overpowered the vension. My only complaint was that our main course arrived before we had finished our appetizers. Our waiter was very good, and recommended an excellent, and inexpensive, wine.

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2010

The pate plate is authentic and delicious. Simple things like the steamed mussels always deliver. The bread is excellent. But I have been twice and the two desserts I had were both improperly prepared. The chocolate souffle was undercooked and soupy in the middle. The pot du chocolate had a creamy layer, but was soupy and unset underneath.

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