Pot au Feu Bistro

4.8
863 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 863 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
14 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.

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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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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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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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NatalieS
Baltimore
12 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!

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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
2 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.

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

Wonderful as always. Outstanding food and outstanding service!

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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!

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BruceG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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
3 reviews
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
New England
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
2 reviews
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
New England
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
36 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
15 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
16 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
24 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
50 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
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner and server was fabulous!!

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George
New England
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
San Francisco
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
6 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

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 863 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.