Petit Robert Bistro

★★★★☆
  • 480 Columbus Ave

    Boston, MA 02118

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  • 617-867-0600

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Sun 10am-10pm, Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 12am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm
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Took out of town guests and our 2 yr old toddler here for a special occasion. Food was very good, but service was just unacceptable. We received our entrees over an hour after ordering (well at least 3 of 4 dishes), and it took another 15

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★★★★★

Took out of town guests and our 2 yr old toddler here for a special occasion. Food was very good, but service was just unacceptable. We received our entrees over an hour after ordering (well at least 3 of 4 dishes), and it took another 15

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The first time I went to PRB I really liked it, so when I returned with a party of 4 the other day I was shocked and disappointed. Even though we had a reservation, our table was not ready and we had to wait about a half hour. Then, my husband's soup came about 25 minutes after everyone else's (he had ordered the onion soup, like 3 out of 4 of us), despite his specifically asking for it more than once. We had to consistently ask for more water as everytime someone came to fill it up they would go less than halfway. I noticed we didn't have this problem when ordering wine, probably because they were making money on it. We also found a mistake on the bill - they overcharged us for the late soup.
The food is good but not fantastic, I've had much better French food in Boston, and while prices are very reasonable the apathetic staff and long waits do NOT make this place worthwhile. I would much rather go to the Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown, where I find the prices to be about the same, the quality of food better, and the staff much nicer.

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★★☆☆☆

The first time I went to PRB I really liked it, so when I returned with a party of 4 the other day I was shocked and disappointed. Even though we had a reservation, our table was not ready and we had to wait about a half hour. Then, my husband's soup came about 25 minutes after everyone else's (he had ordered the onion soup, like 3 out of 4 of us), despite his specifically asking for it more than once. We had to consistently ask for more water as everytime someone came to fill it up they would go less than halfway. I noticed we didn't have this problem when ordering wine, probably because they were making money on it. We also found a mistake on the bill - they overcharged us for the late soup.
The food is good but not fantastic, I've had much better French food in Boston, and while prices are very reasonable the apathetic staff and long waits do NOT make this place worthwhile. I would much rather go to the Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown, where I find the prices to be about the same, the quality of food better, and the staff much nicer.

Pros: good value for money, ambiance

Cons: rude/slow/incompetent service

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Petit Robert is always billed to be such a great French bistro in the middle of the South End. After having visited a few times I would say that there are other more charming places that I would prefer in the same neighborhood. The food has been a bit hit or miss and the service is terrible. I feel that the service is a bit ironic in that it mimics the stereotypical vision of a French restaurant. If the food were wonderful then I would definitely get over the service but it's not consistently good enough. The specials can be quite good. The atmosphere is a little beyond cozy bordering on cramped. I say go down a couple of blocks and eat at Giacomo's. You'll pay a fraction as much and enjoy it infinitely more.

2
★★☆☆☆

Petit Robert is always billed to be such a great French bistro in the middle of the South End. After having visited a few times I would say that there are other more charming places that I would prefer in the same neighborhood. The food has been a bit hit or miss and the service is terrible. I feel that the service is a bit ironic in that it mimics the stereotypical vision of a French restaurant. If the food were wonderful then I would definitely get over the service but it's not consistently good enough. The specials can be quite good. The atmosphere is a little beyond cozy bordering on cramped. I say go down a couple of blocks and eat at Giacomo's. You'll pay a fraction as much and enjoy it infinitely more.

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My wife and I have lived in the South End for about 10 years. When this restaurant first opened in Kenmore Square, we rushed to visit - in hopes of finding authentic French Cuisine. We did!! One, of not the onlty restaurant in Boston to service authentic french food - and numerous varieites of organ meats.
They then opened on Columbus Ave., which is so much closer. Most of the staff from Kenmore (at least the French staff) moved to this location to our delight. We eat at this establishment very often, and, although reservations are now accepted at this location, we choose to sit at the bar. The bartender is a charming and very well informed man relative to food, wine, cheese, etc. He is always extremely helpful and very polite. Being Asian, many of these delicacies are foreign to us, but must truthfully say we have never had a bad meal here - which is why we continue to dine here. I do not even know the bartender's name, but we purposely sit at the bar for his recommendations. He has never led us astray!! Kudos to the owner of this staff for employing a great staff. The hostess as well is most courteous and we appreciate being treated so well. Having lived in different parts of Western Europe, we realize that being a waiter or bartender is not just a job, but a profession. This restaurant has it all: Fantastic food, great waitstaff, and a very diligent and helpful bartender. We wish you years of good luck and fortune!

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★★★★★

My wife and I have lived in the South End for about 10 years. When this restaurant first opened in Kenmore Square, we rushed to visit - in hopes of finding authentic French Cuisine. We did!! One, of not the onlty restaurant in Boston to service authentic french food - and numerous varieites of organ meats.
They then opened on Columbus Ave., which is so much closer. Most of the staff from Kenmore (at least the French staff) moved to this location to our delight. We eat at this establishment very often, and, although reservations are now accepted at this location, we choose to sit at the bar. The bartender is a charming and very well informed man relative to food, wine, cheese, etc. He is always extremely helpful and very polite. Being Asian, many of these delicacies are foreign to us, but must truthfully say we have never had a bad meal here - which is why we continue to dine here. I do not even know the bartender's name, but we purposely sit at the bar for his recommendations. He has never led us astray!! Kudos to the owner of this staff for employing a great staff. The hostess as well is most courteous and we appreciate being treated so well. Having lived in different parts of Western Europe, we realize that being a waiter or bartender is not just a job, but a profession. This restaurant has it all: Fantastic food, great waitstaff, and a very diligent and helpful bartender. We wish you years of good luck and fortune!

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This is a great neighborhood spot to dine on traditional French food; if I lived closer, I would eat here every day. There is always a good mix on the menu so that you can go for "comfort food" (onion soup & coq au vin?) when you need something familiar, or try something more adventurous from the regular menu or the daily specials when you want to try something you might not necessarily try to cook at home. The dessert selection also ranges from the familiar to the more exotic. All of the food (appetizers, entrees, desserts) is excellent, very reasonably priced, and the portions are big.

Almost the entire staff speaks French and understands what the food is and how it should taste. They are uniformly friendly and unfailingly helpful. Especially delightful is the weekend bartender, who is always willing to make suggestions about what to order, explain what the food actually is (for those unfamiliar with it), and even give a tutorial on various French cheeses (served with a baguette, never EVER with crackers!). It's also fun to learn about various drinks that are popular in France but not necessarily here(including the notorious absinthe!); he and the staff have come up with a tasty cocktail menu. My family and friends love coming here with me. But even when I go to eat by myself, I never feel like I am alone.

Now that the weather is finally getting better, the outdoor terrace is great for having a meal and a glass of wine while people-watching. I can't wait to spend more time there.

Overall this is a wonderful place to have a classic French meal, at affordable prices, and with excellent service. See you there!

2
★★★★★

This is a great neighborhood spot to dine on traditional French food; if I lived closer, I would eat here every day. There is always a good mix on the menu so that you can go for "comfort food" (onion soup & coq au vin?) when you need something familiar, or try something more adventurous from the regular menu or the daily specials when you want to try something you might not necessarily try to cook at home. The dessert selection also ranges from the familiar to the more exotic. All of the food (appetizers, entrees, desserts) is excellent, very reasonably priced, and the portions are big.

Almost the entire staff speaks French and understands what the food is and how it should taste. They are uniformly friendly and unfailingly helpful. Especially delightful is the weekend bartender, who is always willing to make suggestions about what to order, explain what the food actually is (for those unfamiliar with it), and even give a tutorial on various French cheeses (served with a baguette, never EVER with crackers!). It's also fun to learn about various drinks that are popular in France but not necessarily here(including the notorious absinthe!); he and the staff have come up with a tasty cocktail menu. My family and friends love coming here with me. But even when I go to eat by myself, I never feel like I am alone.

Now that the weather is finally getting better, the outdoor terrace is great for having a meal and a glass of wine while people-watching. I can't wait to spend more time there.

Overall this is a wonderful place to have a classic French meal, at affordable prices, and with excellent service. See you there!

Pros: variety & quality of food, great service

Cons: none

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Living in Tremont St, I am so lucky to celebrate the best authentic french place in Boston, So Frenchy and unique. Of course, the menu made by Jacky Robert is... tres fantastique. But, the big value... the atmosphere ,so hilarious. Even if you couldn't get any french words, the frenchy waistaff seems to come from directly from Paris. We like to sit down at the Bar, to appreciate one Ricard, or even the Absinthe.
Don't forget the inimitable guy from Burgundy behind the bar. Always singing and telling some stories about cheeses. We love it.

2
★★★★★

Living in Tremont St, I am so lucky to celebrate the best authentic french place in Boston, So Frenchy and unique. Of course, the menu made by Jacky Robert is... tres fantastique. But, the big value... the atmosphere ,so hilarious. Even if you couldn't get any french words, the frenchy waistaff seems to come from directly from Paris. We like to sit down at the Bar, to appreciate one Ricard, or even the Absinthe.
Don't forget the inimitable guy from Burgundy behind the bar. Always singing and telling some stories about cheeses. We love it.

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If you're looking for high quality French food, don't go here. You're better off elsewhere. The only dish that is decent is the foie gras. To top it off, their staff are SOOO RUDE! I had to drop by to pick up an order that my sister placed over the phone (I stopped eating there after facing rude service time and time again). I walked in and said hi to the bartender who just looked at me and completely ignored me! Then some other girl walks in and he's helping her! The thing is, he has a reputation for being rude to Asian people.

Most of my Asian friends refuse to meet up there cos the bartender just blatently ignores you if you're someone of color. I had to stand there for 7 minutes today JUST to pick up my to-go order while the serving staff were just standing there! Maybe management is trying to keep the place White, so beware. If you're a person of color, you'll get shoddy service and definitely an attitude from their bartender.

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you're looking for high quality French food, don't go here. You're better off elsewhere. The only dish that is decent is the foie gras. To top it off, their staff are SOOO RUDE! I had to drop by to pick up an order that my sister placed over the phone (I stopped eating there after facing rude service time and time again). I walked in and said hi to the bartender who just looked at me and completely ignored me! Then some other girl walks in and he's helping her! The thing is, he has a reputation for being rude to Asian people.

Most of my Asian friends refuse to meet up there cos the bartender just blatently ignores you if you're someone of color. I had to stand there for 7 minutes today JUST to pick up my to-go order while the serving staff were just standing there! Maybe management is trying to keep the place White, so beware. If you're a person of color, you'll get shoddy service and definitely an attitude from their bartender.

Pros: foie gras. That's it

Cons: BAD service, rude bartender. cramped restaurant, lazy and obnoxious servers.

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I went there a few weeks ago with a group of 8 women to celebrate a baby shower. The dining room is small so we were sat in the bar area which actually turned out to be a bit more quiet than the dining room. We shared appetizers and each had an entree and dessert and the bill was very reasonnable. The wine list is great with a lot of options in the $30 range.
like the reviewer below, I had called in advance. and was told that the house policy was to refuse outside cake, since they would be liable if anyone got sick on it.
I was a little disappointed but the manager put a chocolate "congratulations" sign on the mom-to-be's cake- which was a nice touch.
I wish they would allow us to bring our cake but I can't really blame a restaurant for actually wanting to sell the food they make, can I?
I will definitely be back.

2
★★★★★

I went there a few weeks ago with a group of 8 women to celebrate a baby shower. The dining room is small so we were sat in the bar area which actually turned out to be a bit more quiet than the dining room. We shared appetizers and each had an entree and dessert and the bill was very reasonnable. The wine list is great with a lot of options in the $30 range.
like the reviewer below, I had called in advance. and was told that the house policy was to refuse outside cake, since they would be liable if anyone got sick on it.
I was a little disappointed but the manager put a chocolate "congratulations" sign on the mom-to-be's cake- which was a nice touch.
I wish they would allow us to bring our cake but I can't really blame a restaurant for actually wanting to sell the food they make, can I?
I will definitely be back.

Pros: great and fun vibe

Cons: hard for large parties

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I was very happy to see they started to take reservations (open table ones as well) which I would definitely recommend.

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★★★★★

I was very happy to see they started to take reservations (open table ones as well) which I would definitely recommend.

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Awful Experience - almost ruined my best friends birthday!
Last night my group of 10 had reservations at the Petit Robert in the south end and when i got there a little early to drop off the cake the manager and a random waitress were extremely rude and unprofessional even rolling their eyes at me when i stated that I have brought in cakes to many other Boston establishments, i then offered to pay a plating fee which they then said was illegal in the state of Massachusetts which is a blatant lie considering I walked over to Douzo and had a great time celebrating my best friends birthday with our cake!

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★☆☆☆☆

Awful Experience - almost ruined my best friends birthday!
Last night my group of 10 had reservations at the Petit Robert in the south end and when i got there a little early to drop off the cake the manager and a random waitress were extremely rude and unprofessional even rolling their eyes at me when i stated that I have brought in cakes to many other Boston establishments, i then offered to pay a plating fee which they then said was illegal in the state of Massachusetts which is a blatant lie considering I walked over to Douzo and had a great time celebrating my best friends birthday with our cake!

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The Lobster Bisque here is great. The lamb was really tiny in portion and a little fatty but the flavor was great. The dessert was amazing, especially the crepe and the dessert with the little chocolate Eiffel tower. So Yummy, I will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

The Lobster Bisque here is great. The lamb was really tiny in portion and a little fatty but the flavor was great. The dessert was amazing, especially the crepe and the dessert with the little chocolate Eiffel tower. So Yummy, I will definitely be back!

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As a french I know what I am expecting with french food and Bistro Robert is my favorite . The staff is excellent and friendly ( which is important when you go with kids !) and the food is so GOOD !!!!!!! The desserts are to die for .....I think I tried all of them !!!! Not talking of the bread ! I can't tell you what to order because I just love the complete menu .

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★★★★★

As a french I know what I am expecting with french food and Bistro Robert is my favorite . The staff is excellent and friendly ( which is important when you go with kids !) and the food is so GOOD !!!!!!! The desserts are to die for .....I think I tried all of them !!!! Not talking of the bread ! I can't tell you what to order because I just love the complete menu .

Pros: food , location , ambience and staff

Cons: none

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The good news is that the food was splendid--I didn't know beet salad could be delicious--and my dining companions felt the same about their respective meals. The wait staff was attentive and prompt. The bad news is that the host was unable to organize the wait for tables, which made the meal begin with a sour taste. He gave inconsistent or unclear information, sometimes responded only with a shrug and delphic smile, and was beset with angry customers complaining that there seemed to be no seating system at all. He didn't seem malicious, just over his head. A promised 10 minute wait turned into 45 minutes. "Promptness" in bringing food ordinarily shouldn't be a factor in a bistro, where a leisurely meal is the goal, but because of the seating issue, we ran into a scheduling problem, which is why we were appreciative that the woman who served us was so excellent . She was able to accomodate our concerns, even volunteering which items on the menu took longer to cook than others. The sorbets for desert were overly frozen, but that was a small deviation from wonderful food. We would happily return, but only if we were on no schedule.

2
★★★★☆

The good news is that the food was splendid--I didn't know beet salad could be delicious--and my dining companions felt the same about their respective meals. The wait staff was attentive and prompt. The bad news is that the host was unable to organize the wait for tables, which made the meal begin with a sour taste. He gave inconsistent or unclear information, sometimes responded only with a shrug and delphic smile, and was beset with angry customers complaining that there seemed to be no seating system at all. He didn't seem malicious, just over his head. A promised 10 minute wait turned into 45 minutes. "Promptness" in bringing food ordinarily shouldn't be a factor in a bistro, where a leisurely meal is the goal, but because of the seating issue, we ran into a scheduling problem, which is why we were appreciative that the woman who served us was so excellent . She was able to accomodate our concerns, even volunteering which items on the menu took longer to cook than others. The sorbets for desert were overly frozen, but that was a small deviation from wonderful food. We would happily return, but only if we were on no schedule.

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My boyfriend and I went to PRB last night for dinner. We sat in the bar area rather than the dining area, which seemed a bit fancier. The atmosphere was really pleasant, laid-back with French radio playing in the background. Our waiter was really nice, helpful and attentive. We didn't feel rushed to get through any of the courses. The panko crusted cod was served with a delicious garlic butter sauce and just the right amount of potatoes and vegetables. It was Halloween and the waitstaff was handing out candy to the children outside, which added a nice neighborhood vibe (that you get at a lot of South End restaurants). Overall, it was a very pleasant experience!

2
★★★★☆

My boyfriend and I went to PRB last night for dinner. We sat in the bar area rather than the dining area, which seemed a bit fancier. The atmosphere was really pleasant, laid-back with French radio playing in the background. Our waiter was really nice, helpful and attentive. We didn't feel rushed to get through any of the courses. The panko crusted cod was served with a delicious garlic butter sauce and just the right amount of potatoes and vegetables. It was Halloween and the waitstaff was handing out candy to the children outside, which added a nice neighborhood vibe (that you get at a lot of South End restaurants). Overall, it was a very pleasant experience!

Pros: Ambience, great food and real french music

Cons: can't think of any

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I went to Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore square many times. I have to say it is so far my favorite place in Boston. The food is awesome. I also have to say I love the bread!!! The Lobster Bisque is out of this word. Grilled skirt steak with poivre sauce is excellent. I had a rabbit with sausage once. It is on top of this world!! The service also is exceptional! The atmosphere is so romantic. Great value for your money. I would recommend it to anyone.

2
★★★★★

I went to Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore square many times. I have to say it is so far my favorite place in Boston. The food is awesome. I also have to say I love the bread!!! The Lobster Bisque is out of this word. Grilled skirt steak with poivre sauce is excellent. I had a rabbit with sausage once. It is on top of this world!! The service also is exceptional! The atmosphere is so romantic. Great value for your money. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings are exceptional. Try their Salad Nicoise, Crispy Poached Eggs with Bacon & Frisee Salad (so good), Soupe a l?Onion Gratinee (yum!), Duck Confit and Grilled Pork Sausage. Frites are delicious. Chocolate Eiffel tower is cute. However, one thing is that their Pan Seared Foie Gras is served straight up on a plate, which is, I guess authentic and back to the roots, though it's a bit overwhelming after a few bites... Price is definitely affordable and worth it (expect to pay approximately $30 per person with appetizer, meal, and drink). Service is usually friendly, some of the waiters are a bit pretentious, though I'd like to think that it's all in good jest. Try it out!

2
★★★★★

Brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings are exceptional. Try their Salad Nicoise, Crispy Poached Eggs with Bacon & Frisee Salad (so good), Soupe a l?Onion Gratinee (yum!), Duck Confit and Grilled Pork Sausage. Frites are delicious. Chocolate Eiffel tower is cute. However, one thing is that their Pan Seared Foie Gras is served straight up on a plate, which is, I guess authentic and back to the roots, though it's a bit overwhelming after a few bites... Price is definitely affordable and worth it (expect to pay approximately $30 per person with appetizer, meal, and drink). Service is usually friendly, some of the waiters are a bit pretentious, though I'd like to think that it's all in good jest. Try it out!

Pros: Food and wine are both fantastic, great value, authentic French waiters!

Cons: Those French waiters can get quite... well, French on you, hard to find parking

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I hesitate to even write this as I don't want to give away this hidden jewel. I have been to many, many restaurants in Boston, specifically many French restaurants. This is the best place I have been too in a long time. It is authentic in every way. From the waiters to the hostess to the chefs to the decor to the cuisine. The restaurant itself is quaint and charming - reminiscent of a Parisian bistro. The staff was extremely friendly and the food was excellent. The best part is that it was the most affordable meal I've had in Boston in a very long time! Ever in fact. I can't recommend Le Petit Robert Bistro enough!

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★★★★★

I hesitate to even write this as I don't want to give away this hidden jewel. I have been to many, many restaurants in Boston, specifically many French restaurants. This is the best place I have been too in a long time. It is authentic in every way. From the waiters to the hostess to the chefs to the decor to the cuisine. The restaurant itself is quaint and charming - reminiscent of a Parisian bistro. The staff was extremely friendly and the food was excellent. The best part is that it was the most affordable meal I've had in Boston in a very long time! Ever in fact. I can't recommend Le Petit Robert Bistro enough!

Pros: Ambience, waitstaff, food/drinks

Cons: Don't go too late on a Saturday (8pm or later) as it gets crowded.

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My partner and I happened upon Petit Robert one night, not knowing how great a meal we would have. While I'd heard good reviews about the Kenmore Square location, I was unsure if the South End one would match its sibling for quality. Indeed, we were pleasantly surprised. From the warm greeting of the owner to the classic, unobtrusive service that I expect from a far more expensive restaurant, I couldn't want a better dining experience. Since that great night, we've gone back several times. The cozy, busy dining room transports us to Paris every time, and we always appreciate how the servers take care of the little things, like clearing crumbs, ensuring that bread is adequately supplied, and delivering food the second the chef has completed it. Lest I forget, the food here is amazing. I still cannot believe how little I pay for such rich and satisfying portions. Recently, we ordered pate to start, and were blessed with huge portions of three different, rich, slices of pate. The fried goat cheese complemented the fresh greens in a light citrusy vinaigrette. Panko crusted cod in a rich white wine-butter sauce livened up traditional French preparations, while my leg of lamb fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. Beef burgundy on another night was succulent - with deep burgundy flavors complementing the tender brisket and perfectly cooked veggies. I cannot get over how fresh the food is, or how hot it is served. DIning here is always a perfect experience, and I'm blown away at how affordable it is. Petit Robert can't even be compared to Hamersely's Bistro, as everything about Petit Robert is so much better. Amazing how the latter gets such better press. Petit Robert is wonderful.

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★★★★★

My partner and I happened upon Petit Robert one night, not knowing how great a meal we would have. While I'd heard good reviews about the Kenmore Square location, I was unsure if the South End one would match its sibling for quality. Indeed, we were pleasantly surprised. From the warm greeting of the owner to the classic, unobtrusive service that I expect from a far more expensive restaurant, I couldn't want a better dining experience. Since that great night, we've gone back several times. The cozy, busy dining room transports us to Paris every time, and we always appreciate how the servers take care of the little things, like clearing crumbs, ensuring that bread is adequately supplied, and delivering food the second the chef has completed it. Lest I forget, the food here is amazing. I still cannot believe how little I pay for such rich and satisfying portions. Recently, we ordered pate to start, and were blessed with huge portions of three different, rich, slices of pate. The fried goat cheese complemented the fresh greens in a light citrusy vinaigrette. Panko crusted cod in a rich white wine-butter sauce livened up traditional French preparations, while my leg of lamb fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. Beef burgundy on another night was succulent - with deep burgundy flavors complementing the tender brisket and perfectly cooked veggies. I cannot get over how fresh the food is, or how hot it is served. DIning here is always a perfect experience, and I'm blown away at how affordable it is. Petit Robert can't even be compared to Hamersely's Bistro, as everything about Petit Robert is so much better. Amazing how the latter gets such better press. Petit Robert is wonderful.

Pros: Wonderful French food, great service, great atmosphere

Cons: So good, it gets busy.

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So my gf and I were in the mood for French food, and looked up our options in Boston. Seeing that French food is usually synonymous with high prices, we were happy to find Petit Robert as an excellent value-oriented french restaurant. The Setting: Simple, but cozy, actually reminds me of many bistro's in Paris. The Service: The wait staff is primarily french, so take that for what it means to you, but they were very courteous, if not hasty in their interactions. We went on a busy Saturday night, and since they do not take reservations, were told it would be 30-40 minutes for a table. It ended up taking an hour, but moreso because the patrons there typically take their time and don't rush through a meal. The Food: Excellent at these prices. We wanted true french, so we stuck to the french dishes: pate, escargot, sweetbreads, cheese plates, etc. High quality french food and some of the best I've had in the city. The wine menu is limited, but again very value-priced. Overall: A must for any one seeking quality French food in Boston, the pricing is reasonable, just plan your visits on off-nights or you may end up waiting longer than you figured.

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★★★★☆

So my gf and I were in the mood for French food, and looked up our options in Boston. Seeing that French food is usually synonymous with high prices, we were happy to find Petit Robert as an excellent value-oriented french restaurant. The Setting: Simple, but cozy, actually reminds me of many bistro's in Paris. The Service: The wait staff is primarily french, so take that for what it means to you, but they were very courteous, if not hasty in their interactions. We went on a busy Saturday night, and since they do not take reservations, were told it would be 30-40 minutes for a table. It ended up taking an hour, but moreso because the patrons there typically take their time and don't rush through a meal. The Food: Excellent at these prices. We wanted true french, so we stuck to the french dishes: pate, escargot, sweetbreads, cheese plates, etc. High quality french food and some of the best I've had in the city. The wine menu is limited, but again very value-priced. Overall: A must for any one seeking quality French food in Boston, the pricing is reasonable, just plan your visits on off-nights or you may end up waiting longer than you figured.

Pros: Realistic French Ambience, High Value French Food

Cons: No Reservations, Busy Service

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I ate here last night with my boyfriend, and neither of us knows very much about French food. But we tried to be adventurous. We had the pate and the lobster bisque for appetizers, and I have to say, they were both very good. Especially the soup. But as for the service, first of all, the server never once cracked a smile. But I have worked in a restaurant, and I know it's not always easy, so I can forgive that. What I cannot forgive, however, is that when the girl brought us our appetizers, I asked, Excuse me, do you eat the pate plain or put it on something? And she said, very snooty-like, No, you eat it with bread. And she actually gave me a look as if I was the stupidest person in the world. I wanted to say I'm sorry, but I'm not from this country, or from France, and I wanted to eat here to discover something, food or culture that I did not know about, and I don't appreciate being insulted. Then with the meal, we ordered French fries, because we wanted to see if they are different from American fries, and when they came, we asked the same girl for some kechup. And I could not believe what she did. She actually rolled her eyes and when she turned to go get it, my boyfriend heard her say "Oh my God". And it's really too bad, because the food was quite good. We had the lamb and the salmon and we both loved everything, but we will not go back there if we have to be insulted to eat the food.

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★★☆☆☆

I ate here last night with my boyfriend, and neither of us knows very much about French food. But we tried to be adventurous. We had the pate and the lobster bisque for appetizers, and I have to say, they were both very good. Especially the soup. But as for the service, first of all, the server never once cracked a smile. But I have worked in a restaurant, and I know it's not always easy, so I can forgive that. What I cannot forgive, however, is that when the girl brought us our appetizers, I asked, Excuse me, do you eat the pate plain or put it on something? And she said, very snooty-like, No, you eat it with bread. And she actually gave me a look as if I was the stupidest person in the world. I wanted to say I'm sorry, but I'm not from this country, or from France, and I wanted to eat here to discover something, food or culture that I did not know about, and I don't appreciate being insulted. Then with the meal, we ordered French fries, because we wanted to see if they are different from American fries, and when they came, we asked the same girl for some kechup. And I could not believe what she did. She actually rolled her eyes and when she turned to go get it, my boyfriend heard her say "Oh my God". And it's really too bad, because the food was quite good. We had the lamb and the salmon and we both loved everything, but we will not go back there if we have to be insulted to eat the food.

Pros: good food

Cons: snobby service

 

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