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Pot au Feu Bistro

4.6
4.6
1046 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Comfort Food, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 273-8953

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Spike Mikulski

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Cross street

    Weybosset Street - 1 block from the Historic Arcade

  • Parking details

    The Signs on the left side of the street say "Tow Zone" but that ends everyday at 5:00 so you can park there without risk anytime aftrr 5:00! Plenty of on-street and many parking lots in the area.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 1,046 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Romantic

  • Boston / New England

    French

  • Rhode Island

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was wonderful. The ambiance was fantastic.
  2. MK

    MissKate

    New England

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed here. Good food and good wine. The servers are all knowledgeable.
  3. T

    Thad

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tres bien. Good service, great dishes. Lamb shank was perfecto.
  4. m

    moiraman

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    This place is Tired. The food was bland and overcooked. The salad was served with yesterday’s lettuce. It’s a lovely atmosphere and they are clearly coasting on their old reputation. I would highly avoid.
  5. CR

    ChaszmatazRI

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Wait staff is fantastic and always thinking about making the customer’s experience a pleasant one. They actually make you feel you are welcome and important rather than you should be honored to dine with us. Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of local restaurants like that. I think it’s the experience of the wait staff. Food is second to none. If you are looking for a special place, this is it. Owner was there making sure everyone was happy. Very personal. Thanks for a great evening and looking forward to dining there again soon.
  6. c

    csoup1

    New England

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a classic old school restaurant. Food is good, they've been doing some of the Classics for years. No foie Gras is a negative. Classic French needs it. Service is very good, and timing between courses acceptable. All in all give it a try.
  7. DO

    DONHK888

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We rediscovered this gem after many years. One of the best meals I have had ! Te staff were attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu but the food was outstanding! We will definitely go back and are planning to invite friends for that special meal.
  8. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at Pot Au Feu for our anniversary, but it won't be our last. From the appetizer, to the main dish, to our desserts and coffee, everything was fantastic. Beautifully prepared and delicious. Looking forward to our next visit.
  9. L

    Lynn

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We’ve been to this restaurant a number of times over the years and had always been very satisfied. Last night we were disappointed in the quality of food. Pot au Feu entree arrived cold and lacked flavor, salad appeared to be a handful of baby lettuce from a bag, bread was mediocre. I know the restaurant business is really tough these days with inflation and labor shortages, but cutting back on food quality doesn’t seem to be the way to go. I’d happily spend a few more dollars to have some tomato and onion in my salad.
  10. WO

    WilliamO

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The service was very disappointing, but the food was excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! What a wonderful experience! We went for an anniversary dinner and we’re ‘drawn’ back by the ambience, the service, and the wonderful food! Julia Child was right all those years ago! She said, “It’s what one would hope a nice restaurant would be” and it’s ‘niceness’ envelopes you! Thank you to the chef, servers, and Bob Burke for a perfect Saturday night date!
  12. MF

    MFug

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience! Wonderful food with exceptional service. Truly one of a kind restaurant in Providence.
  13. JV

    JimmyV

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful French food outside the buzz of Immediate downtown Providence. Love the subterranean feel to the restaurant. Very authentic and romantic. Bouillabaisse was sensational, crepes were a little chewy but overall will return again.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t think of a single aspect of my experience that could have been any better.
  15. WR

    WilliamR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    CHARMING, AN ESCAPE, AND GOOD FOOD, WITHOUT A DOUBT. FRENCH ONION SOUP UNSURPASSED
  16. P

    Pace

    New England

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Antigone is the best waitress we’ve ever had. No wonder she’s been there over 25 years. The restaurant is right on the WaterFire route. Love the heated French bread with melted butter. The smoked salmon with cucumber salad is my new favorite appetizer. The salads with homemade mustard dressing and French bread are so large we had to split a filet with mushrooms. The mushroom expert’s selection is beyond belief. Crème Brûlée and Pot de Chocolate deserts are a must. We share them both.
  17. RS

    RuthS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each of us had something different and everything was absolutely delicious. We're coming back without a doubt to try even more items on the menu.
  18. MT

    MichaelT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pot au Feu has by far the best French food this side of Paris. The onion soup, chicken livers and duck were truly outstanding. The noise level was minimal and we actually spoke to each other without raising our voices. I would highly recommend it on every level
  19. L

    Lori

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there with a group of friends and had an amazing experience- thanks for a great night!
  20. BF

    BaltimoreFan

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just about my favorite restaurant anywhere. As if the authentic food and ambience weren't enough, there is a lesson in American history that you won't find in textbooks (ask the owner).
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutley amazing. Food, drinks, and service was above and beyond! Great staff and just a memorable experience altogether. Will be coming back here again!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent authentic Parisian dining experience
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was average and over priced. The service was very slow and it was understaffed. The only reason it is in business is because of the history. The mushroom soup we had was excellent
  24. DR

    DanielleR

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was amazing . From the food, setting and especially the service . Would definitely recommend this place to anyone in love with French food.
  25. Z

    Zman

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb authentic bistro, wonderful onion soup, crepes, salads, wine list all at a fair price with cozy atmosphere. Only 12 tables. Once graced by Julia Child, we can see why. Loved it and will return, what we have longed for but never before found around these parts
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine food and attentive service
  27. C

    Charly

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I haven't eaten here in years, yet the boeuf bourguignon is still the same delicious dish. I lived in France for many years and this is still the best boeuf bourguignon!
  28. T

    Travelkids

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are not usually patrons of French restaurants because we are hearty eaters and our past experiences have been quality food but small portions. But we were vacationing in Providence and it was close to our hotel, so we thought, what the heck, we'd give it a try. We are so happy we did. Pot au Feu has proven us wrong. Quality food plus very ample portions. I love chicken livers and my portion of Foies de Valialle Lyonnaise was so large, I could not finish it at one sitting, even though I tried because it was so delicious. We also had the Pot au Feu. Again, delicious and very sizable portion. In fact, everything we saw coming out of the kitchen that passed by our table looked and smelled great. Next time we are in the area, it will be a definite stop.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had said it was for a special occasion but the servers did not acknowledge it! They should check what the app says about the reservation to ensure a more pleasant experience! But overall the food was fantastic
  30. K

    Katie

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were lucky to get the chef’s table last night. The view of the kitchen provided an excellent show as the chef worked his magic. There was a private party in the back that slowed down the service a little but didn’t slow down the staff. You could see them all running around getting things done so the short wait for things was not disruptive to the experience. The slower pace made us relax and enjoy the food and drinks more. We got the Escargots a la Bourguignonne for an appetizer and Filet Mignon aux Champignons and Coquilles St. Jacques et Crevettes Lorraine for entrees. For dessert we decided on espresso martinis. The escargots were tender and tasty. The steak was a little smaller than expected but had a wonderful flavor and the truffle fries were delicious. The seafood was excellent in a rich cream sauce with ratatouille and dill potatoes. A wonderful dining experience enhanced by the decor and wait staff.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even the bread is delicious. Every part of this restaurant is outstanding, from the food to the service to the wine, all of it is fantastic. 10 out of 10.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Food was overcooked, no scallops and they neglected to tell us. Filet mignon was tough.
  33. GB

    GeoffreyB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Finding classic French country bistro fare is becoming more and more difficult. Pot au Fue is refreshingly authentic, well presented in a warm atmosphere. Perfect for date night.
  34. RR

    RichardR

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner The food was good but nothing special.
  35. JO

    JohnO

    New England

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely Anniversary dinner. I had the delicious bouillabaisse. My wife enjoyed the pot au feu. Ambiance is so pretty, service was excellent
  36. P

    Pauld

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great. The crepes and duck were very very good.
  37. PJ

    PaulJ

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Perhaps the best Mushroom Soup ever created. And the Oysters app is something I would go back for every day if I could. We have tasted what I thought was all the ways an Oyster can be prepared - this one knocks every other one off the table. Perfectly cooked Duck. Nice server and an overall great dining experience.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is consistently excellent. The service was great and the food was delicious.
  39. P

    Pace

    New England

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Filet de Saumon Cru is really homemade. The pickled cucumber is a great complement. Perfect thickness of salmon lightly smoked. This was a nice first course to Scrod fillet. My wife went with her go to the crepe of the day, beef and mushroom. The bottle of Beaujolais went well with both meals.
  40. KV

    KatyaV

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Place was very nice, very cute restaurant. Service was awful. Probably short on staff, but we had to ask for everything all the time. They forgot the bread, never checked on us after food was served. We were constantly looking for the waitress in order to get some more drinks. I never felt so unwelcome in the restaurant. Food was ok. It was our first time, we would have appreciated a little more recommendations on the menu. I would not return. Sorry for the bad review, but we had an awful experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 1046 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Pot au Feu Bistro

44 Custom House Street, Providence, RI 02903

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Weybosset Street - 1 block from the Historic Arcade

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Comfort Food, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    The Signs on the left side of the street say "Tow Zone" but that ends everyday at 5:00 so you can park there without risk anytime aftrr 5:00! Plenty of on-street and many parking lots in the area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Spike Mikulski

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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