Pot au Feu Bistro

4.8
827 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 827 people are saying
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BillM
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JW
JulanneW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MistyM
Los Angeles
3 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.

LD
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
1 review
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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christopherD
Chicago
4 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
30 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, gourmet food, and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 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

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very knowledgeable, prompt and pleasant. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!! Definitely pricey, but overall really enjoyed it all!!

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vip19104
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid protocol is wonderful - felt very safe and highly recommend!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! A remarkable experience.

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JohnK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we hoped it would be. New to area so a great find. Will be back, a lot!

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

Outstanding meal, service from the hostess, the waitress & the owner who came and personally spoke to us.

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a romantic night out! Quiet and intimate, even in the COVID world the owners/staff have done a wonderful job keeping the restaurant's charm and "bistro" character.

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KelseyT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful intimate place to have a romantic, COVID-safe dinner

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SIRRYANROYCE
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I get the beef bourguignon every time, it is a dish that Pot au Feu has perfected over the years. The dish itself is simple (meat, potatoes au gratin, sauce) but has an unforgettable richness to its flavor profile. I recommend pairing with a Beaujolais on a chilly night.

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HughandSueDining
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is without a doubt my favorite restaurant in RI. It has it all. Great atmosphere, great layout for private and quiet conversation an above all it has unbelievably great food.
My wife and I have tried most of the menu items but we have our favorites of course.
The French Onion soup is wonderful, the Pate Maison amazing and you have to have the fresh French bread. I often have the tournedos bernaise and my wife will have the bouillabaisse. On this visit I had the scrod and it was delicious with sweet potato and ratatouille. The food never waivers, it is always consistently great. They of course have a great selection of wines as well.
The evening always ends with creme brulee for dessert. I cant rate this restaurant high enough for the wonderful meals we have had over 30 plus years. Bravo

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Warwick
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here from the food to the warmth of the owner and all his staff. This is a true Providence treasure and the oldest French bistro in the USA

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new booths are charming/ just like a romantic spot in Paris.
Food excellent as usual.

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vipPjgj28a
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in what may be the safest dining spot in New England.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was our backup restaurant as Gracie's had closed and it totally felt like a back up. Service was horrible - my pregnant wife asked the server if the bartender could come up with a mock-tail and 15 minutes later she brought us our drink order. My wife asked what was in the mock tail and the servers response was "I didn't have enough time to sit there and watch them make it, I don't know" Obviously we were very upset by her response.

We proceeded to place our order and both of us felt the food was not as good as all the reviews stated. My wife's duck was so dry couldn't even eat the dish.

We felt the service was poor and food was lackluster

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jonw
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious , the staff top notch

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MichelineL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway fabulous food, atmosphere, staff, restaurant is very Covid safe with tables partitions off in a charming way to fit in with the decor. Every detail is just right to make it our favorite restaurant in Rhode Island

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RonT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious, only issue was the waitress forgot our patr, but made up for it by sending it to go fir us. The creme brûlée was excellent & big enough to share! Our Cosmos were great too! Could have had a little more lighting,but very romantic if you had that
“ special someone” to dine with. Definitely would
return again!

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TomH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is consistently outstanding, with flavors that just go perfectly together. Bob Burke is such a generous host and visits each table to ensure a great dining experience. So happy that they’ve reopened, they have solid partitions and heavy duty air filters as COVID precautions, do not hesitate to visit for a terrific meal and bistro ambiance!

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 827 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.