Pot au Feu Bistro

4.6
907 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 907 people are saying
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vipValerieS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary and wanted to go to a romantic French restaurant. Pot au Feu was the perfect place. Such cozy unique place. Of course we had to try the famous Julia Childs " Boeuf bourguignon". Outstanding dish!!

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MelissaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! The French onion soup was delicious!

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EmilyS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was perfect.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. Every dish was outstanding. The duck in particular was superb.

DM
DominiqueM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoy pot au feu. Always try to get there when in town.

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JamesA
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good French bistro comfort food. A warm, familiar place in Providence.

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vipSKDK
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with great food, executed perfectly. Loved the mushroom soup and the crepe de jour. Service was outstanding. We will return.

JM
JulM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful meal here. Service is great, food is great and ambiance is awesome. The 5Gs martini is amazing and the owner always comes over to say hi.

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vipSophiaH
New England
269 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice historic ambiance, food was very good and service attentive., We've been there before and will definitely return.

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vipBear15
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall a positive dining experience. Only qualm was the cramped seating we were given.

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vipCatmum
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Providence College Family weekend.
It was a lovey evening.

Thank you for a memorable evening.

JD
JennaD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time we have been there. The food was excellent and the portions were pretty generous for an upscale restaurant. Bob Burke was a great host and made his way around to every table. Will definitely come back

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JimL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

For the 1st time in 20 years, I was very disappointed the lack of vegan meals. The pot au feu vegetables were quite watery, and lacked creativity. Server, Antigone, was exceptional. Crem bruelle, at$15 was ok, but overpriced.
I will come back as restaurant is my favorite in all of Providence

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MARTINF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

It feels that Pot au Feu is struggling a little to get past the Covid issues that many restaurants are having to deal with. They have certainly put in place more than the usual precautions by turning each table into it’s own private dining area with wooden partitions and air purifiers. The food and service, unfortunately, let down the whole dining experience.

They have kept to their original menu, however, the subtlety of tastes that was once a staple descriptor of theirs, appears to have gone. Clumsy and overwhelming use of key flavors appears to be the norm. The Beef Bourguignon was incredibly heavy, and dry, the Coquilles St. Jacques, was one dimensional and a little bland because of that, even the Foie Gras was best described as ‘Meh!’ The desserts, however, were phenomenal – and we tried four different ones

Service was rushed and not up to previous levels of professionalism and there was a definite feeling of trying to turn the tables as quickly as possible. Due to shortages in staffing from Covid, this was not unexpected to be honest.

Will we make the hour-long journey again to dine at Pot au Feu? Yes. But perhaps I might wait 4 or 5 months and see how they have settled down and trust that things have changed and they are back where they used to be.

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Kokomo
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious spot! Can’t go wrong with a classic French bistro menu. Whenever we go we always feel inspired to go to France. A must try for any Francophile!

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JenniferA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing and special. We highly recommend making this a stop on your bucket list!

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PattiY
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal, top notch service and an overall perfect evening.

I highly recommend Pot Au Feu

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jssm
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I have not been here in 20 years, but returned because I remember how much I liked it when we were there for an anniversary. This was another anniversary for us so I thought it would be romantic - it was.

The food for the most part was good. I had the special steak-mushroom crepes and they were disappointing. The steak was overcooked and big chunks. Overall it was just ok. Everything else tasted great.

The server seemed to have a lot on her plate for the night and forgot a few times. Due to restaurants being short staffed at this time I will overlook this.

All in all the night was a happy one.

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

Celebrating a new job

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent traditional French food!

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VPDe
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bob and his team are fantastic! Bob has done an outstanding job with COVID precautions! Thank you Bob.
Food was very tasty, as always. The veggies were a bit overdone, for my taste…that’s just me, though. I highly recommend Pot au Feu!

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cowboyRI
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening started with a delicious set of appetizers which included some pate along with french onion soup. We then both ordered the Boeuf a la Bourguignon and were absolutely delighted as to both the presentation and preparation of the dish. The flavor was superb and truly classic. We capped off the evening with a couple of sweet delights which completed the perfect meal. Outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far our favorite restaurant in RI! Love that precautions continue and it’s a place we feel safe and it’s great food!

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vipChrissy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful neighborhood gem. Food and service were outstanding. Just right for a date night- perfectly French ambiance.

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viplive2eat
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

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LaurieI
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!!! We hadn't been in a while and it did not disappoint! Everything was fantastic, the pate, the salad, crepes....just the way it has always been. Atmosphere is perfect, very cozy and inviting....just lovely!! Can't wait to go back.

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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
25 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.

EK
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
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

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 4.6 stars by 907 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.