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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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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

I’m sad that The Bistro closed. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

My daughter and I have always wanted to try this local restaurant and finally had the opportunity. We were not disappointed. Food and and service were great.
Sad to hear that Petit Robert has now closed. My daughter and I will still visit the “French Press” across the street. Hope that the owner (Jay) decides to open another restaurant in the future.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

They could not find our reservation. I had my confirmation number -- good thing. Our table for two was right by the kitchen --servers often knocked into my husband's chair. Our waiter was brusk at first and then became quite rude when I asked for bread. "You don't have to ask for bread -- we bring that. And you don't have to ask for a dessert menu. We'll bring that too when it's time." It was quite a shock! The martini was tiny, the food was good, the evening ruined for me by the waiter's rudeness. We won't go back.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Great cocktails. The menu has something for everyone. The salads are very good.

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We were looking for some real french food so we were really disappointed. It is just American food with french names. The server was also a bit pompous.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

The food was delicious (escargots, safran mussels, beef bourguignon and lamb) and service outstanding.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We're very sad that Jay is closing the restaurant, but wish him the best of luck!!

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

So sad that it's closing in two weeks... Food has always been excellent! And I and many friends enjoyed their lunch offerings (but that ended a few months ago).

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolute perfection, an authentic French bistro experience.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined on October 10, 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent menu, attentive personable staff, pleasant intimate setting.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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