Pot au Feu Bistro

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642 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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New England
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my entree! The boulluabaise was delish! And the waitress was excellent! Thanks Daniella. Your recommendations were right on spot. And the owner coming to our table was a plus!

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LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pot au Feu sets the standard for exceptional french cuisine,. Providence is fortunate that we have it to enjoy. This was not our first visit, and we will continue to have excellent service and food many times in the future.

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy atmosphere, super friendly staff and excellent food

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience of a French bistro. Excellent food and service! Our new favorite in Providence.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We loved the French feel of Pot au Feu. With the French songs playing softly in the background, and the warm from the oven French bread and soft butter, we felt that we could have been in a cafe on the Champs Elysees. The French cuisine was superb, and the wine choices were abundant. I will definitely return!

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JK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Very dissapointed in pot au feu, it has gone downhill in service and quality. Bartender was slow and not knowledgeable about basic drinks. Restaurant was overcrowded and food was just fair, seemed to have been precooked in advance and reheated. We have been going for 30 years but will not be returning sadly as we loved the cozy atmosphere in past.

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ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance and very authentic French cuisine.

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DU
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous and delicious food with a cozy environment and friendly staff. We travel from Boston to eat here - a regional gem!

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BA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a delicious dinner. Would highly recommend for a nice romantic night out!

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience. Wonderful service. Wonderful hospitality.

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday celebration here. My daughters - who both studied in France - surprised me with the ceremonial Champagne Sabering to start. We were all charmed by the proprietor Bob Burke who performed the Sabering after giving us a nice history of the origins of champagne and of the tradition. We had an absolutely lovely and delicious classic French meal and intend to return many times!

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GC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time here, Very nice place!

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EH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food was great, wine selection was good and fairly priced compared to other restaurants. Appetizers, entrée, wine, desert under $100 per person excellent value. Atmosphere was very nice also.

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B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

As a repeat customer, we were disappointed with our last visit. While we generally enjoy the French style of a casual, lengthy dinner, on this occasion our server seemed absent and inattentive. She was very nice and gracious when at the table, but we went overly long stretches without her - 15 mins between serving drinks and taking our order, not checking in during our meal (when we would have ordered another bottle of wine), 10 minutes between someone delivering dessert menus and her taking the order (perhaps that was okay if we could have ordered more wine). It was not a busy evening so we’re not sure why the service was below average, but coupled with a lackluster dinner, we left unsatisfied. Authentic French cuisine is a treat, and we don’t want to turn customers away. We just hope if we do go back, we’ll have a better experience.

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R
Cleveland
28 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this spot. The food is the best. The environment is charming and comfortable. Bob Burke is the perfect host! I don't care what other restaurants are in Providence...this is my spot! My French is terrible and I cannot spell the names of the dishes or I'd list here what we had this last time. That said, we've not had anything less than the perfect meal and perfect experience at Pot au Feu Bistro.

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BC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Love the calm atmosphere early in the week. Food was greta and the atmosphere was warm and inviting on a cold March evening.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch. Perfect night.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it especially the mushroom pate and having vegetarian food.

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SK
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Delicious food prepared perfectly. The Cassoulet was exceptionally well constructed, creamy beans with succulent duck.
The service provider made us feel welcome and comfortable, helping us select wines to accompany our meal and taking the time to educate us on the different dishes. We look forward to our next visit.

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JM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yesterday, on a cold, nasty, snowy night, I discovered this wonderful little gem of a French restaurant. So nice to slip in out of the cold night and be greeted by this warm, cozy sanctuary. But it would turn out to be far more than a refuge from the night. The food was perfectly prepared and delicious. The service was top notch. The ambiance was elegant and relaxed. After dinner, the owner introduced himself to us – a genteel, affable and gracious fellow. The whole experience – the food – the ambiance – the delicious bottle of Gevrey Chambertin – for a moment there, I thought we had been transported to the Left Bank (but alas, Gertrude Stein never showed up). Seriously, if you want a wonderful meal at a charming restaurant – Pot au Feu will not disappoint.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner in Providence!!!!! Consistently fantastic!!!!!

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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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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L
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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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KN
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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
249 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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
7 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
New England
2 reviews
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 26, 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 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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