About Petit Robert Bistro Needham

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!

45 Chapel Street
Needham, MA 02492
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Highland Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 559-0532

Website:
http://www.prbneedham.com/

Parking Details:
Street and Town parking lot next to the restaurant

Public Transit:
Needham

Executive Chef:
Jay Spencer, Proprietor

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.

Private Party Contact:
Jay Spencer: (844) 661-8004

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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Petit Robert Bistro Needham Ratings and Reviews

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80% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for a Date (14)
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Casual (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Business Meals (6)
Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

We love Petit Robert, and have been fans for years. So sorry to see them closing their doors, but I will be right there, at the "Press", and where & whenever else Jay desires to open another full scale restaurant.

You have 'til mid Dec to discover this authentic French gem before they consolidate their energies at the French Press, if you haven't already been. Loads of good memories and meals!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Absolute perfection, an authentic French bistro experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

All four of us enjoyed the food and the service. Since we all have been to France, the food was a great reminder of the food there. We would all return for any occasion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great place to meet friends or have a business meeting. The menu has a wide variety of items that would please any palate. The Bistro offers a special each day. The desserts are divine. Delicious cocktails. The servers are excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Petit Bistro never disappoints. The food is so delicious! The servers are excellent. There’s always a special offered. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. The staff is so gracious. Great cocktails.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic service and great menu! Really enjoyed our night. The menu has a nice array of choices. I had the steak frites and frites were amazing while the steak was good./ok. My husband had the duck which was prepared very nicely but the sauce was underwhelming.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

the dinner was good but the lighting was way too bright . . .price was expensive all around. .. .I won't be going back any time soon but it was okay

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is my favorite local restaurant. The food is delicious and the staff is very competent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The Petit Bistro has a great menu. It has something for every palate. The food is excellent ! The service is outstanding. Good drinks. Delicious desserts. We highly recommend it it's worth the drive.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food and service were very good. We would definitely go back again. Lots of appealing items on the menu.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We took a leap of faith and decided we wanted to eat French - not many places exist that are as authentic. Very impressed and will definitely go again as there are at least 4 dishes we wanted to try. Waitress friendly and attentive - we didn't have time for dessert (unfortunately). A place to linger and enjoy the food - as is true of real French bistros. We love France

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

My husband an I were celebrating my birthday. I ordered the rack of lamb and the waiter asked how would you like it? I replied pink inside given each chef has a slightly different opinion what is medium rare. He gave me a dirty look with no reply and asked my husband what he wanted. It came out brown ... well done. My mashed potatoes were way over the top with truffle taste. It also came with a side of braised mushrooms that tasted burnt. In fact I wasn't sure what it was. I left very disappointed and felt like we wasted our money. We were one of three tables. Should have known when we walked in. I rated fair to be fair as my husband liked his Cordon Blu dish. Crème Brule had a smooth egg custard with no vanilla flavor. Again just fair.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was attentive once we ordered, but very pestering to force us to order. Duck was overdone; ris de veau was not up to par. Wine list was fine and dessert, which one companion ordered, looked good.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Petit Robert Bistro in Needham is a gem of a restaurant - every time we have gone we have had a fantastic meal and service. Jay Spencer is brilliant in the kitchen. It is a must go to place for dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We go to Petit Robert about 3-4 times a year and always enjoy it. Tables for two are very small, but otherwise no real complaints. Food is good and appropriate for a bistro meal. We always leave there feeling that we have been well treated and had good food.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The food was not as good as the South End. Good atmosphere and the staff was good.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Hadn't been in a while. Menu has expanded nicely. Service was OK. Friendly but hard to get their attention and not attentive (distracted). Food wasn't bad but does not warrant the prices charged. IN this price range there are many better places. Also, presentation was not great. Curious.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We have dined there often....and as usual, always excellent food and service

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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Waiter was surely, special snapper was terrible - end piece and completely brown. Chicken entre very ordinary. Salmon appetizer was small and also quite brown. Very poor experience. This is the second time - we won't go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2017

It was great! We love Paris so it definitely brought us back. A bit pricey with a bottle of wine but food was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Very disappointed! We went to this restaurant once a while but this time is very disappointed about the food. My husband ordered the daily special dish, swordfish, the portion is so tiny and fishy which costed$31 for main dish. While we were eating, we saw the family sat next to us ordered same dishes as us, their fishes portions are over doubles than us. Meanwhile, my dish, french fries tasted was old and over cooked, but the other table theirs looked fresh and you could tell from the color. Anyway, the restaurant is very poor for quality control. If you are unlucky like us, you will feel the same as well.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent menu, attentive personable staff, pleasant intimate setting.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We loved it. Very French and very authentic. This was our first time there and we will definety return with friends.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

The service was slow despite few people in the restaurant and as is often the case in summer, way too cold. The food was good though. No complaints there.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were a party of 4 and all of us enjoyed the food we ordered: Salmon, scallops duck and trout. All were flavorfully prepared. The wait staff were friendly and helpful

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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Charming, food well-prepared and well-presented. Over-airconditioned on this particular night, but they were quite amenable to turning it down.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This restaurant is notable for the food. It is authentic French cuisine. The quality of both the food and the service is far greater than would be expected in a neighborhood place - more reminiscent of a big city gem. From the appetizers through the main course to the desserts the food is high quality and excellently prepared. Hot foods are really hot and are served as soon as they leave the stove. My escargots needed to cool off before I could risk burning my mouth.
I had dined here before, but my daughter had not and she was impressed. The portions are large, but not excessively so, and our meals were excellent from start to finish. The service is as good as the food. This is not a glamorous place, but the prices are moderate for the quality of the food and service. We will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Food was good (typical French). We were the only customers on a Thursday lunch hour so the wait staff was very eager for us to eat and move on.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We have been there before and have never had a bad experience. From the hostess who seated us, to our server, to the food, everything was top notch. My wife had trout and I had steak frites and all was superb. We look forward to returning.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

As always...excellent food and service... (we've been there a couple dozen times)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Petit Robert has become a standby. The food and service are consistently good and it's one of our favorite places to take visiting friends.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

This restaurant never fails to be close to perfection in food and service. It is always a terrific experience!

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

A wonderful stop for French cuisine. The escargot were excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·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.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·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.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Healthy
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