Pot au Feu Bistro

4.6
589 reviews
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French
A favorite of Julia Child - Pot au Feu Bistro is so much more than a restaurant... Established in 1972, our cozy Bistro is the oldest French Bistro in America. Pot au Feu Bistro kicked off the Providence Restaurant Renaissance being the first to offer something other than “steak, spaghetti and chow mien”.
Located in the Historic Downtown we are just minutes from all the hotels and convention center.
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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with spectacular food and great chats with the owner!

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EM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We REALLY enjoyed our meal. Will make the trek back (an hour's drive) soon.

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KS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was absolutely amazing! Went for restaurant week and was blown away by how great each course was. The dessert sampler was to die for. Sometimes restaurant week menus can leave a lot to be desired, but this one was definitely not the case. 10/10 would recommend!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to this spot. Comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff, and amazing food.

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JO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Authentic French cuisine, great flavors and options to explore new foods! Always have a great meal here.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant graciously accommodated for timing of after dinner show at the Ppac. All dinners were excellent including the dessert.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent (as usual) and the "bistro" atmosphere was terrific.

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T
New England
64 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

The food is pretty good and authentic French bistro. The atmosphere is very cool and cozy. The service is so-so

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RM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! One of our favorite places! Great wine selection!

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We had dinner at Pot au Feu Bistro with a group of four on Saturday night and were very unhappy with our meal. Two people ordered the steak frites and both were completely over cooked. The beef bourguignon was also not very good. The waitress and staff were nice but I thought the food could have been much better.

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the gracious host, Mister Burke knows how to run a restaurant and Treat his customers like family. Truly a gem in downtown Providence.

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ST
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food service and Ambiance whether it's a quiet night or a very busy night like it was Saturday they always meet our expectations

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My son was visiting from college

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T
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Pot Au Feu. Ambiance and service are impeccable. Food can be inconsistent. Chef was heavy handed with Beef burgeon gravy and lamb shank wasn’t as meaty as in the past. However, very tasty and well worth the visit.

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S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had amazing food here. Service was excellent too!

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BO
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant had a great romantic vibe to it. Food was good overall.

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m
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We returned after a 25 year hiatus to have an absolutely authentic French bistro dinner in a cozy subterranean space. The food was fabulous (foie gras grilled on croissant, an interpretation of poutine, killer crime brûlée) and each dish was perfectly prepared and professionally plated and served. Ruth, our waitress, was the ultimate professional. They wine list is very good and fairly priced but the by the glass program needs work
Overall a perfect spot for an intimate dinner.

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MR
New England
48 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very authentic French restaurant with extensive menu and tasty food. Nice atmosphere. Our waitress was very nice but a bit too persistent in rushing us to order upon arrival despite many open tables so no one waiting for ours. She then repeatedly reminded us that our food was coming out next but we were not trying to hurry so we were all a bit confused. Food was well prepared and tasted good but not as described on menu. Stuffed skin-on chicken thighs were actually stuffed boneless chicken breasts; shellfish stew with no mention of fish other than described as prepared in fish stock was primarily made up of a piece of fish with very few pieces of shellfish. All however tasty.

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P
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brother in laws birthday and our 3rd Beaujolais night. Bob Burke was the entertainment. His knowledge of wine and Rhode Island is astounding. Group songs and Claude Duboeuf gifts are excellent. Coq au Vin with roasted potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower with sauce were most excellent paired with Beaujolais and a new Rose Beaujolais. Waitress actually stopped at the end of the evening and apologized for bumping my chair a few times while serving. Everyone working at the restaurant really cares about your experience.

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BG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, friendly atmosphere with outstanding food and service.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!

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e
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sometimes it is hard to find a restaurant that combines a warm, comfortable atmosphere with outstanding food and excellent wine selection. This restaurant did not disappoint. The portions were very generous and prepared like you might expect at a small bistro in the French countryside. I had the Coq au Vin and my wife had the scrod. Both were wonderful! It really is a cozy little place. We will be back.

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p
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Husband's favorite. went for his birthday. French onion soup is ALWAYS amazing. Quiche, unfortunately had a dry/burnt crust, but hubby devoured his steak. Room is VERY dark and hard to see menu. Tables are very close together and you cannot help but bump into other diners.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was celebrating the life of a loved one who had passed away. They would’ve loved the restaurant! It was a great experience.

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JA
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always terrific bistro French fare, in a warm cozy setting.

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Comforting French food and a quaint ambience. We had an enjoyable experience.

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CM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was an evening for my wife’s birthday and it was great. Excellent menu, excellent martinis, and an excellent wine list.
We would recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic spot for fine dining.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend who lives on Groton was excited to share this place with me - and it didn't disappoint. The service was great, and the mushroom pate was wonderful. My seafood bouillabaisse was a bit on the "fishy" side in terms of taste, but all the surrounding parts, including the wine, were great. I loved the ambiance!

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JK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went for my wife Bday and was disappointed for the first time at this restaurant. Have been a number of times for special occasions. This trip we were placed at a small table and the space between us and the next table was minimal. Food here has always been outstanding but this trip was a disappointment. French Onion Soup, noteworthy here, was lukewarm. Greens called a salad were paultry. Beef Bourgogne, usually a memorable delight served overdone. The last course, the Creme Brule was great but at $14 for a pudding is rather steep. The service was polite and professional. I guess we will have to search for another restaurant for our special occasions.

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P
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best onion soup period. French bread floating and topped with lots of cheese served piping hot.

Wife and I went for a light dinner. Onion soup, bread, and salad. We split the poutine. The fries are bathed in a light truffle gravy and the fillet on the top can be cut with a fork. Bob has a great wine selection by the glass. I recommend the Bordeaux with this meal it was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. Traditional French food and great atmosphere

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TH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal at port au feu.
Very nice bistro.

Try their “port au feu aux fruit de mer” as it is fantastic!

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DT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, authentic, authentic! Imagine that you are at a small, friendly place in the French countryside. Close your eyes, make a wish - and you are there at Pot au Feu.

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Classic French food done as it should be. Pot au Feu itself is a classic.

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TE
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had the Steak Frites and found the meat to be very tough. I had a hard time cutting the meat with a sharp knife. The mushroom soup was excellent.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the owner Bob Burke makes you feel special

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RM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! One of our favorite places!

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Cozy atmosphere, fantastic French food.

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OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual nothing but the highest compliments. It’s a shame that it’s somewhat forgotten in this age of hipster restaurants. The new restaurants in Providence cannot hold a candle to this place. Where else does the owner personally stop by every table to talk and ensure that everything is up to your expectations?

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AB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten there several times and it does not disappoint. Even though tables are close it is very quiet and private. Staff very knowledgeable with menu and wine list. Owner visits every table not just to ask how the food is, but wants to know you. Can’t wait to go again

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