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Pot au Feu Bistro

4.6
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764 Reviews
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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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 764 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.6
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vipPace
New England
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all Bob has gone above and beyond with respect to overall safety for indoor dining. While the changes have been extensive the restaurant’s ambiance and character that we’ve always enjoyed have been carefully preserved.

We started with an excellent bottle of Beaujolais from the extensive but reasonably price wine list. The food was remarkable as always. Very good salads with choice of homemade dressings served with fresh heated French bread and butter. Best onion soup I’ve ever eaten. Highly recommend that everyone consider ordering it. You won’t be disappointed. My wife had a specialty beef crepe served with wild mushrooms and au jus. I had been waiting to have the Coquilles St Jacques for months. Best I’ve ever had. The horseradish sour cream sauce puts the dish over the top. Scallops and Shrimp were cooked to perfection. Pot au Chocolat for desert with coffee. Although we both recommend the Creme Brûlée as well.

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vipJohnG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad they’re back open for indoor dining. Everything was as good as remembered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was exceptional but the service was slow. Everything we ordered was delicious with amazing flavors. The only downside was the service. We waited quite a long time for drink orders to arrive and once we got our food we couldn’t get attention to order other drinks or get the check. Hoping it was just due to a larger party also at the restaurant. Will go back for the food and hope the service issues were a fluke.

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vipSKDK
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and attentive service. A greet place for a pre-show meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was quiet. The food was amazing!! The owner came out and talked with us for a while. Told us some great stories about Julia Child. The dessert was soooo good!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice quaint restaurant with a good French wine list.

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vipsarabeth
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forgot we were in Providence, thought we were in France!

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ColleenP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful evening!

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MichaelB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful surprise. Old school but in no way old fashioned. It’s been there for 40 years. Great atmosphere and authentic French cuisine. Will definitely return.

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EDDYB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When here for Valentine’s Day !no valet, no where to park , Service is awful, overcrowded, food was awful . Would not recommend to anyone ..

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Sharon
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I am finding that the tables are being very packed in and close together. Service was a little slow, not because of poor service but because it seemed to be not enough servers for the amount of tables that were there.

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vipChristieB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner. The food is excellent, the service very good. We look forward to dining there again!

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vipjaredh
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was a very tight style seating, difficult for everyone to move around. Everything seemed to move a bit slower. This wasn’t our first time dining here , and wont be our last time

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vipTracey
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed in the meal for Valentine’s Day.

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hank
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great french restaurant in the European style. Quaint dimly lit ambiance with rustic stone walls. The mushroom soup and a traditional french onion were both great. The duck plate with an orange sauce was very tender. Also had the bouliebase a mer with lobster and the broth was complexe and wonderfully smooth. We were in from CT but will be back.

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vipKatie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The reservation was for 5pm. When I looked up the location I was worried because the website indicated they did not open until 5:30pm. But when we got there they welcomed us and sat us right away. The food was wonderful and exactly what I expected with the rich sauces and great flavors. The warm bread handed out of the basket was a great touch. The server was wonderful and did not expect us to pronounce the dishes correctly she was even happy to look at the menu when it was a particularly hard to pronounce dish

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LoriV
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the romantic ambiance. Impeccable service and exceptional food. The owner is charming and friendly. This is a wonderful place to celebrate Valentine’s Day or any special night out.

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vipAttleboroFoodie
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

We had visited Pot au Feu about 10 years ago and really enjoyed it but it is clear that it hasn’t been updated since then. Our waitress was excellent but the food was just okay. Plates and glasses were chipped, overhead light was out and the restaurant was half empty. It is definitely not worth the expense when there are many better restaurants in Providence.

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SharynS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for special occasions. Wonderful food and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere!! Wonderful experience!

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MoJo
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding provincial french food that is unwavering.

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BrettD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful spot to celebrate something special! Great service and food. Tight space and it can get loud, but that’s a small price to pay for delicious food.

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The exposed brick and stone walls and floors create an old world and cozy, welcoming feel. The Coquilles St. Jacques et Crevettes Lorraine with it’s creamy horseradish sour cream sauce was melt in your mouth delicious. My husband’s duck with orange raspberry reduction was equally mouthwatering. Highly recommend this charming and delectable restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful staff a very special place to visit and a truly authentic French experience.

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BarbaraS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pot au Feu is our favorite restaurant in Providence. The food is always excellent. Our entrees on this visit were the bouillabaisse and boeuf bourguignon, which were absolutely scrumptious!

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BarbaraG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful, as always. The ambiance, the food and the wine...like being in Paris.

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DianeR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Pot au Feu with friends during restaurant week. All of us were pleased and will return to the restaurant.

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timothyp
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

seemed to be just 1 waiter on a Tuesday. Went for a birthday dinner with family totaling 4 people, (all adults). Was looking for more attention from wait staff. Food was plentiful and very good. Owner stopped by all the tables to check on things. Little cold inside for my taste . Would recommend.

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BriannaM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and the menu was amazing, I got the schrod and my husband got the beef for our main course and we absolutely loved both. Service was amazing on both the host and our waiter. The tables are small but somehow everything fits. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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TerriC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience - highly recommend !

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vipsimont
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely old world restaurant with great food and outstanding caring service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and consistent.

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lookingforagoodone
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was restaurant week in Providence and we were there for a birthday celebration. The restaurant was full and busy so service was a bit slow—we weren’t offered bread even for quite a long time. The food was very good—two of us had steak frites, another had the crepes specially made to exclude mushrooms, the onion soup and a foil gras, all very good. We also appreciated the many vegan and vegetarian options. All in all, a nice meal and a nice time.

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vipSandy
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is excellent; the vibe is perfect; Bob has an excellent wine list with focus on French wine (of course), at VERY reasonable markup. The Duck and Bouillabaisse are superb. At this visit I had the mushroom soup special, which was just a bit creamy. Leave room for the excellent creme Brûlée. Introduce yourself to Bob, who is a super person.

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CraigL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was incredibly slow. We waited over 30 mins for our drink order. Had to finally ask for bread for the table after 40 mins. Cancelled our second drink order after waiting again for another 30 plus mins. Food was very good but portions are incredibly small for the price. Tables are just too close together to enjoy the ambience.

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SimN
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive, but absolutely wonderful!
Very attentive service, exquisite food and pleasant ambiance

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vipPamDan
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had another wonderful evening at Pot au Feu! The food is delicious and the service is amazing!

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KenG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great, delicious experience! One of the best!

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pascald
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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David
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
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.

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 764 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.