Pot au Feu Bistro

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$31 to $50
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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.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best onion soup I ever had great food my only negative was not having French bread served at the table

D
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I seldom give five stars to anything. That suggests perfection and that's hard to find.
But I think that rating is exactly right for Pot au Feu, which never fails to deliver wonderful food, great service and delightful ambiance. Our dinner for four on Friday was no exception. The onion soup started was full flavored, cheesy and delicious. My wife's cassoulet (I sampled) was outstanding, filled with sausage, duck and great flavor. My boulibase was outstanding, filled with seafood (even a tiny octopus or two). Our friends, each vegetarian, has equally excellent meals. The vegetarian version of cassoulet was specially noteworthy. Add some good bread and some nice wine and it made for a terrific evening.

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere!

PB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss this restaurant! It’s tucked away and full of French Bistro ambience and wonderful cuisine. I highly recommend!

f
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been a favorite for about 33 years. Best onion soup and more.

EL
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most phenomenal French restaurant I have ever been to. I travel at least once a year from CT to have dinner there. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone.

AK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

MP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic! Tantilizing aromas fill this cozy room that surrounds the open kitchen where the Chef does it all, while in your view, as you dine.

We enjoyed very tasty escargot and salmon appetizers. Our entreés were delicious beef and mushroom crepes and lamb shank. We finished with crepe Suzettes which were also amazing.

RT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely everything about the experience food service friendly comfortable quaint and delicious 6 stars from all of us for unforgettable time dining and relaxing cannot say enough!!!!!!

PB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been on my list for some time in my travels to Providence, and the reputation didn’t disappoint. Great ambience and a really interesting menu. I enjoyed the trois pate sampler - and will call out the smoked bluefish pate among them as particularly excellent. I followed with the Quiche and a citron mousse. All were superb- I will definitely be back!!

LR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time, duck was fabulous

KV
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall experience was great, but the tables were too close in my opinion . I would have liked more space.

c
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was bland, and the service was poor. Probably why they were the only restaurant we could get a table at on Saturday night at the last minute. Would not go again.

BK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This place is wonderful. Traditional French Cuisine with a wonderful atmosphere.

SE
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The liver & onions was delicious however the house specialty was overdone and too salty. Service was rushed.

JY
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Warm and lively. Attentive service.

French food classic is somewhat disappointing: bread is far from a crispy baguette and more like a dry white loaf Italian bread, cassoulet is mostly sausage (a lot) with tarbais mushed beans (very very little duck confit if any or pork belly). Lastly crepes suzette were very sugary with no orange zest. Those 3 items are a far cry from the French recettes.

Poutine and steak frites were very good.

FF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was OK, but this used to be a very special restaurant and our meal was just passable. The signature pot au feu dish was bland.

OT
New England
55 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had another fabulous meal with perfect service.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect!

RM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place for good food and drinks.

LR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SM
New England
61 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This restaurant was empty except for one other couple

BG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Recommend this place

E
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

H
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.