Pot au Feu Bistro

4.6
620 reviews
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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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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been going to Pot au Feu for many years. We at least go near Valentines Day.
With the use of OpenTable it has become very easy to make a reservation and have no wait. We usually
show up a little early as we love the cute bar they have. The food is always excellent and we have been
bringing my Sister-in-Law and Nephew with his Fiancé on our Valentines Day dinner. Hope they stay
in business for years to come

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

It seemed as if management was not present throughout the entire night. The waitress had too many tables and was not able to take any of our orders in a timely fashion. After waiting about 20 minutes, we had to "flag her down" in order to place our orders- we didn't even get to order drinks yet! The food was good, ambiance was excellent, but the service/management was very poor.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time here. The food was delicious and the wine was exquisite. We could not have wished for better service. All in all, a very enjoyable introduction to the Providence dining scene. We shall be back.

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'd not been to Pot au Feu in more than a decade, and I was so happy to see that they are still there. This is the best place for French cooking in the state. When you walk in and see that picture of Julia Child on the wall in the entryway and you smell the beautiful cooking rushing at you, you know these folks are walking the talk. I am a diabetic, and I was able to have the coq au vin with piles of vegetables and sweet potato. Everything was cooked to perfection. Coming from French ancestry, we often had foods like this served at table on a Sunday, and this meal was so good, so reminiscent of those times as a boy when my pepére used to teach me how to cook...it brought tears to my eyes (remember that scene in "Ratatouille"?). My wife had the steak aux pommes frites, and we accompanied our meals with Côtes du Rhône. Absolutely fantastic. The wait staff were friendly and helpful with my health condition, and were responsive and fun to be with. It was a cold February night, and the brick in the basement is a little colder than my wife would have liked, but I was comfortable. All in all, a wonderful dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful experience. We appreciated the great food and service!

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JF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous service, engaging host and wonderful food. One of the top restaurants in Providence without a doubt.

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SH
New England
242 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good authentic French food. Service good but a bit slow. Nevertheless it's a good classic French place,
so we'll come back.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dining area is on the small side. Overall the food was good but heavily salted. Slower-paced dining experience. Expect to wait for your food. They offer a few daily specials on top of their menu.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful night. Bartender (didn't catch her her name) was outstanding and very talented. Food was perfect and we are glad we waited a day to celebrate Valentine's Day. Many thanks!

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AS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Valentines day location, it was a little packed in in the basement but other than that we had a wonderful experience. Staff was nice and engaging, and very very professional. We enjoyed that we could see the Chef hard at work behind the line, and the food was just fantastic. We will be returning soon.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was skeptical at first because made reservation on same day on Valentine’s Day and they had availability during prime time. We were pleasantly surprised with the ambiance, very cozy, not fancy, just right. The chef screams “French” with the mustache and the great Chef hat and then the star of the night...the food was heavenly. This will be on our short list in the future, I’d encourage you to make here for a special occasion, you will not very happy with your decision!

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TB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was absolutely a devine eating experience! Service was exceptional and the atmosphere was chill! Alice in wonderland type feel as weird as that sounds! I highly recommend this venue!

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RG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great evening . Ambience is comfortable. Service appropriately attentive and never rushed. Food spectactular. My Beef Bourguignon reminded of a Paris bistro. This place is a true Providence gem in a city with fantastic restaurants

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HK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Top of the line cuisine in a cozy atmosphere... would recommend for a romantic night.

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OB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was generally excellent. My only disappointment was in the mushroom soup. It was served luke warm and had a bland taste. I had to add salt and pepper for it to register on my palate.

But the rest of the meal was superior. Our server was very good. Ambiance excellent.

My wife and I will definitely come back.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the place; great food; charming atmosphere. Service good (waitress was very busy).

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated my wife’s birthday here before heading to the Province Performing Arts Center. The atmosphere was cozy and the food was supuurb. We had seafood dishes that were perfectly cooked and well flavored. Try the desserts too. Apple sorbet! Who would have thought? RP

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TJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tried for the first time during Providence Restaurant week. My wife and I were very happy with the choice. Our appetizers, main courses, and desserts were all excellent. The service staff was very friendly and sociable which made for a nice night out. The venue is on the smaller size and we liked the environment but it seemed like there was too many tables squeezed in to accommodate the restaurant week crowd. We are interested in going back another night to see if table spacing is always that tight. I felt bad for the servers as they had next to no room to navigate through the tables (I was bumped a couple times while eating) but were very polite and apologetic and it wasn't their fault. They don't have a cocktail menu so come prepared knowing what you want. We sat at the bar since we arrived to our reservations early and the bartender was not very creative nor helpful with a martini recommendation. Luckily the owner (or at least who we thought was the owner) got behind the bar and started making some great looking cocktails so we were able to get some of those ordered up to have with dinner once we were seated. We also found it intriguing to be able to see the chef plating meals from our table and very impressed with his efficiency while maintaining quality as he was definitely working his tail off.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional French cooking - arguably the best French restaurant outside of Paris !

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B
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week.

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E
New England
49 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Providence Restaurant Week. Wonderful meal and service. Could not ask for more. The food was
Superb. Felt like I was in a small Paris Bistro!

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BP
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent but service was lacking. We made a reservation and were seated 30 minutes past the reservation time. Service was slow as well. Boeuf Bourguignon was excellent and I would highly recommend that entree. I would go back but maybe not for Providence Restaurant week.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Came highly recommended and the food did not disappoint. Every single dish was outstanding. The wife and I recently took a trip to France and it was like we were transported back for a few hours. The Friday night service left something to be desired but it was busy and I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt. Will be back for round 2 in the near future I am sure.

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k
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

If Friday night was the first time visiting Pot Au Feu; I probably would hesitate to go back. The food was excellent; but the service, although pleasant and very friendly was lacking.

It took over 20 minutes for our drink order, the server said she was going to send over some fresh baked bread...but it never arrived and it took about 30 minutes for her to take our order. When she followed up during our appetizers--she noticed there wasn't bread delivered, she said it would be right over...I actually asked for some with my meal (there is a delicious sauce with the Beauf, that I would have loved to dip the bread into...but again, no bread) and by this time we also sat there without drinks for about 20 minutes? We didn't bother ordering coffees with dessert because we figured we wouldn't get them. I don't necessarily believe it was the server's fault...but she was the face of our service that night.

The restaurant was busy and I overheard the bartender say it was her first night--so I'm thinking this was an "off" night. The food was incredible!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The dinner was pretty good and the dessert was fantastic.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was AMAZING! However, the service was pretty terrible. As a former server, I get that our waiter was over seated and stressed out. We were very patient, and he was nice enough. But the restaurant was unprepared for a busy night. We had a reservation, and were ignored upon arrival by both servers and manager (?) for several minutes. Once we were seated, we waited 10 minutes to be greeted, watching other tables seated after us getting their drinks. I was made to feel guilty for ordering from the Restaurant Week menu, after the owner/manager went on and on about how much he hates Restaurant week - okay, so why participate?? After having to ask for my soup, ask for more wine, and just a long night of listening to tables around us complaining about the service, we left feeling satisfied, but shocked. I can’t say enough about how delicious the mushroom soup, onion soup, beef bourguignon, and dessert sampler were. But wow do they need to work on staffing busy nights. I’d go back, but certainly not during Restaurant Week!

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GS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Providence restaurant week: Pot au Feu Bistro met all of our expectations and more. From the drinks to the dessert. Everything was excellent. The boeuf bourguignon was amazingly delicious and the trio of desserts a real treat. Great menu selections, service and ambience. Best meal I had in a very long time. Will be back to confirm whether this restaurant jumps to the top of my “favorite RI restaurant list”. 01/22/19

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JI
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended ! The owner Bob, greeted us at the door , seated us, and made us feel like long lost friends! I left my entire meal to his discretion , and he did not disappoint ! Old school at its finest !

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MO
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant with authentic, but creative French cuisine...wonderful staff...very helpful...and the food is first rate. Highly recommended as a good special occasion destination. A classic in every respect...the ambiance alone sort of encourages to trot out your high school French. A must in PVD.

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CI
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! We have never been there before and went for Providence restaurant week. We will be back!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! The beef bourgignon was the best I have ever had, and the trio of desserts were amazing.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with spectacular food and great chats with the owner!

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EM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We REALLY enjoyed our meal. Will make the trek back (an hour's drive) soon.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was absolutely amazing! Went for restaurant week and was blown away by how great each course was. The dessert sampler was to die for. Sometimes restaurant week menus can leave a lot to be desired, but this one was definitely not the case. 10/10 would recommend!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to this spot. Comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff, and amazing food.

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JO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Authentic French cuisine, great flavors and options to explore new foods! Always have a great meal here.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant graciously accommodated for timing of after dinner show at the Ppac. All dinners were excellent including the dessert.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent (as usual) and the "bistro" atmosphere was terrific.

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T
New England
67 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

The food is pretty good and authentic French bistro. The atmosphere is very cool and cozy. The service is so-so

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RM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! One of our favorite places! Great wine selection!

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