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“warm atmosphere, lovely French food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Petit Robert Bistro Kenmore

Petit Robert Bistro Kenmore
468 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 375-0699
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Ranked #326 of 2,881 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: French, Dessert, Bistro
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Kenmore Sq.
Transit: Kenmore Square
Description: Petit Robert Bistro is a French Bistro open every day all year long 11:00am - 11:00pm. They feature an open kitchen on the first floor (40 seats), fireplace and wine racks on the wall. The sub basement has another 40 seats and the pastry bar (12 seats) where they prepare all their homemade desserts. The also offer a patio, which seats 15 guests. They offer a large selection of entrees.
Newton, Massachusetts
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78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“warm atmosphere, lovely French food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Last night we went with a group of 6. We were served ably by two young French waiters. The fois gras and mussels appetizers were excellent, as was the onion soup, although the beet salad with goat cheese was rather plain, simply slabbed together on a plate. The venison and beef bourguignon were beautifully seasoned, real bistro comfort foods for a cold winter night. Reasonably sized portions, neither tiny nor mega-sized. Passion fruit creme brulee was a bit too intensely flavored for me but the crust was perfect. Since it was midweek, the restaurant wasn't crowded, so tables were not claustrophobic although they certainly are close together. All in all, a homey French meal and wonderfully warm atmosphere.

Visited January 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great French restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The food was delicious - we tried Coquilles St Jacques and Coq au Vin - two French Classics that were both wonderful. Great salad and wine. Too full for dessert. The only thing that would make this restaurant better is a little more space between tables.

Visited January 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Watch the food handling”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Jackie Robert, himself, was cooking on the two most recent occasions my wife and I have been here. We observed the owner in the kitchen tasting food with his finger and no spoon and worse, mixing the salad in his stainless bowl with his bare hands. Twice he was reported to the Board of Health, was inspected, and failed each initial inspection. Check the Mayor's Food Court at the City of Boston Inspectional Services Section and see for yourself. If the owner can not follow proper sanitary food handling what do you think his underlings are doing?

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Authentically French”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

What a find! An authentic french restaurant with a classic menu (Boeuf Bourguinon, coq au vin, tripes, kidneys, sweetbreads) all beautifully prepared and presented. Friendly and informative waitstaff. Lovely ambience. Reasonable prices.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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205 reviews 205 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Good french food at a reasoable price.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Downstairs on Commonwealth Avenue, but you can spot the mini Eiffel Tower out front from a block away. You can also have a chocolate version of the tower on a splendid chocolate cake for desert. Many specials during the course of a month, but I find the seafood is really excellent. The wine selection is superb and the clientele is eclectic. Casual dress, very helpful staff...ask if you don't know! This is a really nice dining experience.

Visited June 2012
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