Pot au Feu Bistro

4.8
887 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 887 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time having dinner at pot au feu… the mushroom soup is spectacular.

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larryg
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Wine

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Bill
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place, great atmosphere. Very expensive.
Filet Mignon was very tasty. Wish they had better Bourbon choices.

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vipTomN
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit, and it was exceptionally good. Server was wonderful, and owner was very personable. My only disappointment was that they did not have their featured dish, but it's a reason to return. The food we had was EXCELLENT.

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EdithA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. I will definitely recommend the Pot Au Feu.

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EKCH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hadn't been here since start of COVID and found it to be as delightful as I remembered. Food, ambience, service, COVID precautions all first rate. Menu as varied and quintes-sentially French as always. Very nice wine selection.

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ProvidenceDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Food was meh.....filet was overdone. For the price, we expected a much better meal. Server was great and owner was very personable, but overall was disappointed with the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Argentina
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was prepared beautifully and tasted exquisite. The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. The only downside was the noise and the temperature. It was very warm and we had a hard time hearing each other at the table. Even so, it would not keep us from returning again. Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience

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Jefprov108
New England
30 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. No complaints…

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AllenC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening with attentive personal service. Delicious offerings. Wide variety. A must try in Providence.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! A hidden gem.

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EdwardN
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Stop asking me. I don't care.

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vipChloe
New England
62 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Love what they did with the cute glass door petitions between tables. Made a nice cozy dining area and really cuts down on the noise level. The food is always amazing. Had escargot and the duck.

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BarryC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great space will go back will recommend

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vipMickey93
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and atmosphere. Our favorite restaurant now

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vipAmazing
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined there last night for my 11th anniversary with my wife nd another couple. The service and food was absolutely beautiful and delicious. We had a very nice table as we disappeared into our dining experience. What a wonderful evening and thank you Bob for speaking with us. Hats off!

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Snoopy
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely amazing. The new look is WOW! Service is still excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience at this wonderful place is special every time! The attention to detail and quality is unmatched. Bob and his team provide a spectacular dining experience that makes you want to return again and again!

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Marsh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The was delicious and the service was excellent. The decor was beautiful. It felt like we were in Paris in our own private room.

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vipBernadettaP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Pot au Feu exceeded our expectations, again. The food, the service, and the ambiance were exceptional. Having a server who is knowledgeable with food allergies takes all the stress out of dining out. Thank you so much! We cannot wait to return.

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EmilyF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will definitely go back! Server was excellent and gave great recommendations, food was amazing! Owner, Bob, checked in and warmly welcomed us. Loved the whole experience! Highly recommend!

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ErinF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Food was done with care, delicious!

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vipMarianneS
New England
29 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful spot for a date night. We have been there a few times and it NEVER disappoints! Escargot was fantastic and fragrant. Steak Frites was tasty and cooked to perfection. The Beef Bourgogne was absolutely amazing. And let’s not forget dessert: the creme brûlée and citron mousse were fantastic. Owner is friendly and always there to greet and check. It’s a true treasure! Our server, Hilary, was great!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing anniversary dinner. Service was exceptional. Food was out of this world. Reminded me a lot of restaurants I. France.

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lauraD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date: May 2021: Authentic French food/cousine at realistic prices and generous serving sizes. Not one mouthful was anything less than amazing. Highlights are blue fish pate, escargot, duck breast and scallops baked is a wondrous combination of sour cream and the smokiness of bacon. And last, but certainly not least, is the Creme Brulee, which is so silky and just sweet enough to make you want it to last forever. The basement dinning room is cozy, charming, intimate and very comfortable. The service is very attentive without being interruptive and the owner conveyed a warm welcome by visiting each table briefly. We will be back many times. Truly a most beautiful dinning experience!

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vipChrisF
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had w wonderful dinner. The food was excellent and service was very good. Can’t wait to go back!

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FoodSnob
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In this new world, as we hopefully near the end of the pandemic - I realized this past Saturday night that I could not have been in a safer restaurant. As I went to open the door to introduce a friend to a spectacular restaurant I've been patronizing for decades, I saw it... anti-microbial tape on the door. I wasn't even in the restaurant, and Bob Burke had thoughtfully began protecting his guests with some pricey, and fancy tape to make us safe. Thanks Bob, for taking restaurant safety to the next highest level!

The service.... as always ... friendly and familiar.

The food... was spectacular. We began with the mushroom soup, accompanied with the warm French bread, and salad... wonderful. Our entrees were Boeuf Bourguignon and Coquille St. Jacques, and we finished with Crème Brulee. Everything was perfect.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the take home portion of my entrée reheated beautifully. I got to revisit the perfect taste of the prior evening in my lunch!!!

When we choose to patronize a restaurant, we are supporting a cause. I am comfortable saying that Pot au Feu is the safest restaurant in Rhode Island, and the food is spectacular.

My guest, who is new to RI, and has listened to me rave about "The Pot" for months during the lockdown... was very impressed.

Enjoy!

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Sandra
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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Aidan
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was truly a special night. The food was delicious and the service was attentive and excellent. I will be back for sure!!

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vipNormaM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attention to detail is impeccable. Bob Burke has a gem with this restaurant and ensures that each guest feels at home.

MO
MarieO
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I was disappointed. The bouillabaisse wasn't as savory as I've had in other places. I really didn't care for the vegetable tartine and I am a big lover of pate's generally. Our waitress was attentive and I/we enjoyed the interaction with the owner (?) or manager. But, after reading the history, and going there for the first time on a special birthday meal, I really thought it did not live up to the reviews.

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rozannegates
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Everyone has an off night and unfortunately the night that we were at this restaurant, it was very off. This restaurant had come highly recommended so we were shocked by the low level of food and service. The place is beautiful and very romantic but the food is dreadful except for the bread. The Cote du Rhone wine was also very good. This was unfortunately the worst French restaurant I have ever been to and I have been to many. It was as if the chef was angry about having to be in the kitchen that night. The "salad" consisted of a few pieces of mesclun thrown onto a little flat plate (I do this better at home). The ratatouille that was served alongside my fish was tasteless and the baked potato was cold and hard. The fish was dreadful. If you go to this restaurant, the mushroom soup was OK, the ambience is fantastic, but be very aware that beyond that you are forewarned.

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Harmony
New England
27 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our new find in Providence. Excellent ambiance, friendly staff, and delicious food. Overall, had a great experience and highly recommend the restaurant. Will definitely go back.

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vipNatalieS
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of food for the price! I would go back for the crepes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining in a restaurant since March 2020! Felt safe and great!

MB
vipMarisaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from start to finish. It was a wonderful dining experience!

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MrVasco
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classiest restaurant in Providence with a caring owner, caring staff, and great food!

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Janice
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, great food, ambience and service. Highly recommend.

RM
RobM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Outstanding food and outstanding service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! It was good to come back to one of my favorite restaurants!

FAQs

Pot au Feu Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 273-8953.

Pot au Feu Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 887 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.