Pot au Feu Bistro

4.8
844 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 844 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BruceG
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anyone who enjoys the uniqueness and exquisite flavor of fine French cuisine will find no better example in Rhode Island than locally-owned and operated Pot au Feu. For any special occasion, make this your first choice.

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StaceyS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and ambience. the owner walks around and makes conversation. We felt like we were dining in a home away from home (with better food)

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JenH
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. I love all of the extra steps made to make the restaurant covid safe but still maintain it's ambience. They managed to keep the Parisian feel while also knowing that he has taken every step possible to keep the restaurant safe while being indoors. I can't wait to go back!

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RobinP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the old brick walls and the way they did the dividers added more ambience to the dining experience. The meal, the waitress and everything was exacly why we go there for special occasions.....Great job!!!

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robinm
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, Cooked to perfection, right down to the veggies.

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vipDonD
New England
34 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the level of COVID precautions taken by this fine restaurant, which were above and beyond any restaurant we’ve ever seen. The cuisine was superb as always. The service, impeccable. Don’t leave without ordering the Creme Brûlée for dessert (you’ll never find any better).

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vipKatie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely decor. Time and love went into the updates for COVID making the dining experience not only safe but enjoyable too. The separation of tables was done in a way to enhance the decor not just to comply with regulations. The food was top notch with wonderful flavors. The staff where friendly and did not rush you out.

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Milo
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

An established French Bistro with very Americanized French fare...

Amazing & Fantastic Mushroom soup...

Steak Frits - a Bistro standby - Steak was overcooked & Frits, tasted like McDonalds - echh !

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vipHungry4food
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was another delicious meal to celebrate my wife’s birthday. The waitress provided excellent service, with lots of good recommendations. The bread is outstanding, the dinners were exceptional, the wine choice was great.

Can’t go wrong dining at Pot Au Feu!


Thanks again Bob for a wonderful evening out.

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vipTess182
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique bistro, food and service are always outstanding, romantic ambiance- a true favorite!

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vipKateH
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional dining experience. The absolute best creme brulee you will have in your life; spectacular onion soup; bread so good you can make a meal of it! Cozy and historic, this is the oldest french bistro in the country. Well worth a visit, and you will likely be attended by the owner himself. High level, personalized service.

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vipPace
New England
48 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started our dinner with a drink. My wife selected a Beaujolais by the glass from the wine list and I had an excellent Beefeater martini of two. The wine list is wonderful whether bottle or glass. I think we’ll split a bottle of Bordeaux next time.

We always look forward to the warm French bread and salad made fresh with delicate greens and homemade mustard dressing. The raspberry dressing is also excellent. Our preference is the mustard.

Since we were eating an early dinner my wife decided on the Soupe a l'Oignon (best in New England) as an entree over the Terrine de Champagne with Beef and Mushroom crepes which she will have next time I’m sure because it’s her favorite dinner.

I had the Bouillabaisse Marseillaise which has a mildly saffron spiced tomato broth that is excellent to the last drop. It came with a piece of white fish, two pieces of salmon, a small octopus, mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops. Boy was it huge, I’m glad I opted not to have an appetizer too. I think I will have the Poutine next time. That way I’ll have room for the Soupe a l'Oignon.

We finished our meal with coffee, and we split a Pot de Chocolat with fresh whipped cream and a mint leave, my personal favorite. It’s hard to choose between it and the crème brulee.

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LynnR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe.

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DeniseT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining out in over a year and we selected Pot au Feu because they made so many recommended safety changes for a positive dining experience. The food, staff, and overall experience were amazing. We felt confident as they are following all of the safety protocols plus additional mitigation steps have been implemented.

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vipmarcc
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner and server was fabulous!!

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George
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Perhaps off night in kitchen. Escargots lacked garlic flavor. Filet ok. Crepe very cold and lacking flavor. House took them off bill. Very underwhelming experience.

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MichelineL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pot au Feu continues to be our favorite French restaurant

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BillM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food authentic and well presented. Distancing adjustments effective and elegant. Service impeccable.

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JulanneW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a stellar meal at the Pot. Best restaurant in Providence!

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MistyM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Pot au Feu on Saturday and we had a very nice time. Bob has broken up his tables so there is a division with dividers up. Food was excellent as always. My husband and I try to get in around Valentines to have our French food! I am hoping that more people will come and support Pot au Feu as a beautiful example of a nice restaurant in Providence, RI.

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george
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service was great waitress was very knowledgeable good personality all the meals were delicous

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FranL
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the French ambiance and decor. The food was uniquely delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice historical presentation

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LisaD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always excellent. Great food, service and protocols in place for COVID.

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food and ambience was good. Our waitress took away from the experience.

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Niceplace
New England
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!! Food was delicious from appetizers thru desserts. Presentation was beautiful!. Waiter was great - friendly enough mixed with the right amount of attention. And we loved Mr Burke’s visit to each table. This restaurant remains a “special experience” and we are lucky to have it in Providence.

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RobertS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It wasn't just one part of dinner that was great, every piece of the meal was excellent!

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SharynS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pot au Feu for special occasions. Wonderful ambiance and food. They've done an outstanding job creating a safe dining experience during COVID and it's much appreciated

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Hcxab
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very COVID-safe/intimate. Little nooks made for a minimally loud environment even though the restaurant seemed pretty busy. My group didn’t all arrive on time so I assume that’s why there was a delay in service. My filet was cooked perfectly. The “wines by the glass” choices were ok. Due to the delay in service, the owner gave us some after dinner aperitifs which were wonderful. Would definitely go again!

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Mitzy
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bob Burke has done a wonderful job to ensure that the dining experience is awesome, while adhering to Convid safety measures.
Service and food were 5 stars.

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StaceyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! I never thought I would say this, but the dining room was even more romantic during Covid. They have beautiful partitions separating tables. A really magical evening.

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vipchristopherD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pot au Feu remains one of the safest restaurants to dine out in Rhode Island. The covid compliant barriers are beautiful. Great air purification system great. The food coupled with Robert Burke attention to detail is a masterpiece.

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vipKathy
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent attention to COVId restrictions
Food delicious and impeccable
Service below par; felt like she did not really pay attention to questions and was less than attentive. Distracted.

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BillM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as ever. Extra separation, cleaning, ventilation, tableware protection, and staff covering were effective, but done with materials and methods that fit in with the decor and style. Bob visited tables as usual caring for and informing his guests.

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vipvinoman1
New England
31 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, gourmet food, and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a FANTASTIC meal! The bistro is so warm and cozy. Our server Claire was excellent. So friendly, fast to get us anything we need and made sure every detail was perfect. I highly suggest the oysters for an appetizer and the bouillabaisse. The bordelaise sauce on my husbands steak was delectable. For dessert we just couldn’t decide so we got 3, the citron mousse was tart and light, the creme brûlée was toasted to perfection and my favorite was the pot au chocolate. The owner Bob even came by to visit and tell us about the upcoming Valentine’s Day event. I can’t wait to come back! Thank you for making everything so sanitary during a pandemic, everything was perfect.

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vipRleigh3
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at this lovely, cozy longtime Providence restaurant on a chilly January evening, we were greeted by the owner, Bob Burke, behind the bar. When we told him that we were prompted to dine in with him after his appearance on a local morning news program, he was so appreciative and it made our evening even more special. We ordered the traditional pot au feu and the seafood pot au feu ending with the amazing creme brûlée! Can’t wait to go back to try something else!

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vipDoctorJC
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant atmosphere and Covid modifications. Food was OK but not as good as in the past.

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AlexA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful atmosphere, great food, reasonable prices

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 844 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.