Pot au Feu Bistro

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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
55 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Too many not quite right details make Pot au Feu a thumbs down for me. Immediately when we walked in, the maitre d' asked if they could take my coat, and when I replied that I was a bit chilly and would keep it on, they told me, "Well, if you decide to take it off, you cannot put it on the back of your chair and you'll have to come back here and hang it up." Excuse me? I'm sixty years old and dine out at least twice a week, and no one has ever said that to me. Really rude (my "coat" was a cream lightweight cashmere cardigan, not a ski jacket, and I was dressed in heels and a silk blouse). When I got to the dining room, I saw numerous people in graphic T shirts, jeans, and sneakers, along with coats on the back of chairs. Just bizarre. The service was slow - if you're not going to the theatre, then it's back burner service because they want to get everyone else out on time. Our server was nice and apologised several times, but still. The poor people next to us were served their food before their even drinks arrived. Our entrees were very good - the salmon is excellent. Also, bread should just be placed on the tables, since the short handed waitstaff clearly do not have time to keep the water glasses filled and dole out bread by the slice.

m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, everything was first class. Pot au feu is my favorite restaurant in Providence. Robert Burke, owner and affable host, personally sees to one's comfort and enjoyment of the meal and ambience, and the wait staff is excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

TM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. The wine selection was terrific, absolutely delicious food, beautiful ambiance and exceptional service.

ML
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had another fabulous meal with perfect service.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If searching for a classic French cuisine experience in Providence, search no further. A cozy and romantic setting with exceptionally friendly service, one will find classic French cuisine including escargot, steak Frites, and creme brûlée. Enjoyed the Rhode Island twist to the traditional palette as the chef is one of the few certified to forage wild mushrooms in Rhode Island, making for a creamily exquisite mushroom soup that was seasonally done to perfection when we went in September. In sum, had a great and fun dinner with my wife and would certainly return. PS Wine choices are excellent, even if order just a glass.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect!

RM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had a nice meal. Unfortunately it seems as if this once upscale place is a little behind the times. Server was great. Enthusiastic and knew the menu. French onion soup was good but not exceptional. Filets were good but again not exceptional. As stated, this was an OK meal. Nothing worthy of complaint but nothing that would bring me back or make me feel anyone they had to make a point of going.

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious meal and jovial owner. I also enjoyed the 17 year old server (Beth?)'s humor. Unexpected and thoroughly entertaining.

The food was outstanding. We just wish the bread and condiments arrived at the beginning of dinner and we didn't have to remind our server half way through the meal. Will definitely return on a less busy night, and I have shared the positive experience with my colleagues.

JS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this new find for us. It’s difficult to find good French restaurants at a good value but we’ve finally found one. Many French spots also get too formal and stuffy but Pot au Feu is an approachable bistro for ever day dining or a date night. Will be back!

RP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place for good food and drinks.

LR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just like France, very enjoyable. Can’t wait to come back

GG
New England
58 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

You must be prepared for not only traditional French food, but the traditional, very slow-paced French dining experience. Our party of four seniors found it a bit interminable, despite the excellent food, sitting on uncomfortable chairs. Consequently, we decided to skip ordering dessert. We can highly recommend the schrod, the salmon, and if you enjoy an extremely rich version of Coquilles St. Jacques (which my stomach didn't) then that as well. Wines by the glass are a bit limited so we were forced to order a bottle of the Decoy Meritage which was pleasant and drinkable.

PY
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pot au Feu is our go to place in the city. We have celebrated many happy occasions here and are never disappointed. This visit was to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and it was perfect as usual.
New choices on the menu will keep us coming back for many more years.
Thank you

K
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was empty except for one other couple

BG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is exactly what you want in a French Bistro : ambiance service, excellent food, marvelous deserts, and French music playing in the background. Have always had a fantastic experience at this place. I love that one is not rushed...one can linger w/ wine while reviewing the menu, can take as long as one wants reading & re-reading menu because selection is difficult to make, one can relax and linger after eating over a brandy.

WH
El Paso
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Recommend this place

E
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. I highly recommend the wild mushroom soup—not only is it absolutely divine, but the chef’s background as Rhode Island’s sole certified wild mushroom hunter adds another layer to the dish. The citron mousse was also very delicious and fluffy in texture.

CR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. It’s like being in Paris. We will eat here again.

P
New England
40 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve gone to this restaurant for at least 30 years and We still get excited about the food. Wonderful wine selection. Onion soup is the best I’ve ever experienced. Salads are fresh and dressings are homemade. The poutine with truffle oil is savoy. My wife’s champignon quiche was cooked to Perfection. We always share the pot au chocolat for desert. Very decadent. Ask for Ruth. An amazing waitress with impeccable timing.

R
New England
121 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was good. I got the Cassoulet du Maison. Nice baked clay plate with sausage. The bread came very very late....not with the salad, not with the entree, but like 5 min after my entree was served. There were 2 young helpers that were inexperienced, that made service to be a bit lacking.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. I will definitely go there again!

H
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French bistro in the heart of providence. We ordered from the pre-theatre menu which included three courses. The pate appetizer and desert sampler were especially good and our entrees wonderfully prepared.
Would return again!

AT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food, gracious owner and staff. My husband and I went to Paris for our honeymoon and our evening was very reminiscent of that romantic city.

CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and wine selection is outstanding! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a tasty meal in a very pleasant environment.

TG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked the perfect spot for a "before theater" dinner. Restaurant was as good as remembered - a little piece of bistro France. Food and service very good and seating in a quiet corner, just as requested - perfect. We'll be back!

GD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was great and the food very good. We loved our experience.

SJ
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Pot au Feu, but it will not be my last! I had made a reservation for out-of-town visitors and we all had wonderful dishes - Coquille St. Jacques; crepe du jour avec champignons, soup a l'ognon, champignons avec cous-cous. The staff were very friendly and nice and the bartender made delicious cocktails. The atmosphere was cozy & inviting and it was also very clean.

d
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We had the Beef Bourguignon and it was very salty and completely ruined the dish. The desserts were not that great. I don't think I will be back.

D
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our favorite restaurant when we lived in Rhode Island 20 years ago -- and it was just as good when we returned for a visit this week. Wonderful food, terrific service in a very pretty bistro.

BJ
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. True French.

WD
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our pre-theater dinner at Pot au Feu Bistro. There is something very comforting about the restaurant, both because of its own character and also knowing that Julia Child was very fond of it. We very much enjoyed sharing the wild mushroom paté as a starter and then both chose the tasty salmon entrée accompanied by baked sweet potato and ratatouille. It was a nice way to begin our evening before walking the moderate distance to PPAC to see Hamilton. We also parked nearby the restaurant so avoided the congestion near the theater along with the higher prices for parking. It is a good restaurant for a special occasion dinner, such as pre-theater, or just a lovely dinner out. We both highly recommend it.

T
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to Pot au Feu. It will not be out last!!! We had a drink at the bar before we had dinner. The bartenders was a joy. Food and service were wonderful. Pot would be a great spot for a special occasion

VM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance. Pate was delicious. Wine selection was great.
Enjoyed the experience.

RS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very accommodating as due to traffic we were a little later than expected and wanted to sit at the bar and enjoy a couple of drinks before going to our table and having our meal. The bartender was very pleasant as was our waitress. Our meal was outstanding, we both opted to start with the Escargot a la Bourguignonne which were delicious and then started off with a salad with goat cheese, then we both had the Filet Mignon aux Champignons cooked to a perfect medium rare. Will definitely return.

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Hamilton tickets that night and arrived from Boston later than we would have liked. Nevertheless, we have a fabulous prix fix meal and thoroughly enjoyed every course and never felt rushed. We will be back!

C
New England
70 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True French cuisine and great American service.

FB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! We were a little disappointed the bread that was brought to our table was not a traditional French baguette: it looked and tasted like those found in most grocery stores. Also, we would suggest providing a smaller spoon for the dessert: the one we were given was too large and didn't get to the bottom of the small glass. A great experience overall, though, and we'll certainly be back!

AH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for the restaurant weeks menu and for our anniversary. The food was very good, but a little over salted. Service was very good. Value for the price was good for restaurant weeks. I had never been before and wanted to try it. I probably won't be back.

J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

m
Detroit
46 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice bistro that has been there for almost 50 years.
Consistently great
The owner spoke to us and was very engaging

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