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Permanently Closed - Petit Robert Bistro Needham

1505 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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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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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Cross street
Highland Avenue
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Parking details
Street and Town parking lot next to the restaurant
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Public transit
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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4.5  based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on July 24, 2017

Four of us were there on a Monday night. The restaurant was not busy but there was only one wait staff who also served as the hostess for us. Service, especially from the kitchen, was very slow. The food was quite good and overall the experience was okay. The issue seemed to be a lack of staff on duty.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

A wonderful stop for French cuisine. The escargot were excellent

vipFrenchy (New England)
3.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Good food, service was a bit messy at the beginning but overall great experience. A bit disappointed that as it was Bastille Day and it is a French restaurant that there was no celebration or decoration for the event.

vipMichy (New England)
3.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Much to like about your restaurant.. the food, welcoming service and relaxing ambiance. May I recommend candles and music?

vipVirginia (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

My friend and I go to the Bistro once a month together and are never disappointed. The restaurant serves authentic French Bistro food perfectly prepared. We highly recommend it.

vipLeonardR (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

We have been here previously. Very consistent high quality food and service.
Pricey however you do get what you pay for.
The only unusual (for me) thing was we wanted to order appetizers and then place the entree order after we finished the apps.
The waiter explained the chef has instructed the staff not to do that. The apps and entrees must be ordered together. Not a big issue, just unusual from my point of view.
Will return for what I am sure will be another excellent dinner.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on July 5, 2017

Waitress was rude and annoyed we were the only people in there.

vipCfw1 (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Petit Robert always comes through. In addition to succulent standard menu items that vary throughout the year there are always a few special dishes and wines to explore. The staff find the happy balance of professional yet warm service, and everyone keeps an eye on all of the tables. That not only improves responsiveness it also instills a feeling of teamwork, which is welcoming.
We had the trout almandine-perfection in brown butter with creamy potatoes and green beans and the monkfish special with mango relish. keep up the good work!

Foodie (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2017

We had an excellent lunch, each ordering an appetizer (salmon tarting, which came with a nice small salad, and the crispy poached eggs) and sharing them. The eggs in particular were unusual and delicious. The manager offered tastes of wines we were considering, and both of us were very pleased with our selections.
The restaurant is a bit pricey, and those with bigger appetites probably wouldn't be happy with just an appetizer, but it was perfect for us.

mmechoco (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent service and food. However manager was holding a meeting within hearing distance do dining area. Really didn't need to be hearing about rules for alcohol service while trying to catch up with friends. We should have been seated away from that area or the meeting should have been someplace else.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

PRB is awesome. Great for the whole family.

Boston (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

The food was just OK, but two orders leaning toward being overcooked. One order was served with cold potato and vegetables.

vipUlysses4 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

Well crafted dishes; decent if a bit overpriced wine list; caring service. A worthy suburban outpost. Having just spent a month in France, I would have to say "french inspired", but not quite the real thing. The technique is there-perhaps it is the different local ingredients. Skip the local tap water-which is highly chlorinated. Worth a few extra bucks for Evian.

vipZita (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

The Bistro has something for everyone ! The menu is varied: fush. Seafood. Lamb. Chicken. Vegetarian. Great desserts. Also offers daily specials. The servers are outstanding.

ChipJ (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

On Father's Day we really enjoyed our meal, from the cocktails to the desserts (see dessert photos below). The waiter was friendly and professional (although my soup order did get mixed up with another table - but the onion soup was also very good!). The couple at the table next to ours was having some sort of argument but you can't blame the restaurant for that. Classic French cuisine very well-prepared. It is somewhat upscale from what I usually think of as a bistro, and the prices reflect that.

Cissy (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2017

Their special tastings with wine pairings are not to be missed! Delicious food with well-matched wines.

AlBabyG (New England)
3.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

Food was pretty good but not outstanding; portions small and overpriced. Service was "chilly", snippy, if you will, and not logical.

If you're in Needham well, okay. Not worth a half hour drive from elsewhere.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

Our meals were excellent. Each of us had a different entree and all of them were perfectly cooked. This is a wonderful small French restaurant with superb service and food. I highly recommend it to everyone.

alstroemeria (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Exceptionally fine meal. We all loved our entrees: scallops (St. Jacques), lamb, and red snapper. Sauces and vegetables all excellent. The waiter was a somewhat rushed at first, but then slowed down to a more reasonable pace. Not cheap: $200 for 3 -- entrees, a soup, a salad, 4 glasses of wine, 1 dessert.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

Excellent authentic French food. Great service. Would recommend for small groups for work or fun.