Petit Robert Bistro

kid-friendly french bistro

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Spork Rating:  4


The Details:

  • Neighborhood:  South End and Needham
  • Cuisine: French
  • Price: Affordable to splurge: appetizers $6-14, entrees $18-26
  • Hours: Open daily 11am-10pm or later at all locations
  • Reservations:  Yes. Via phone or OpenTable
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, toddlers, kids

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Petit Robert is about as authentically French as you will find in the Boston area. Wander into the cozy, casual interior, listen to the staff’s (mostly) French accents or take a bite of the beef bourguignon and you may start to wonder if the Prudential Tower has been secretly replaced with the Eiffel when you weren’t looking. Large mirrors line the exposed brick walls and red leather booths beckon you to settle in and enjoy yourself at this kid-friendly French bistro. Petit Robert has 2 locations: South End and in Needham. You (and junior) can’t go wrong in either of them.

family-friendly restaurant tipThe space here is tight, so let them know in advance if you’ll need an extra chair for an infant seat or space for a high chair.


Fantastic. The French seem to be more accustomed to children in restaurants than many American establishments, so the staff at this kid-friendly French bistro naturally welcomes the little ones with a smile.

family-friendly restaurant tipThere are no changing tables in any of the locations, but bathrooms are single occupancy and spacious. In a pinch, bring the changing pad and get down to business on the floor.

kid-friendly french bistro

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Main Menu:

This menu is traditional French bistro fare–rich, flavorful and delicious. At dinner you’ll find all of the dishes you would expect, including Coq au Vin, Foie Gras, and Poulet Roti (roasted chicken). Dinner appetizers are rich–and large–enough to serve as a main course. Stop in for lunch to try their more playful menu with a Parisian Hot Dog, French Cheeseburger (a burger served more in the style of a hot dog), and delicious Croque Monsieur. Don’t miss:

  • Onion soup
  • Mussels in white wine
  • Steak frites (with your choice of sauce)
  • Dessert

Kid’s Menu:

The Petit Robert does a nice job of offering kid-friendly French bistro options that have been downsized in portion size, but not in flavor. There are also a few Americanized options for the more sensitive kiddie palate. You can feel good about all of the above–not only are they all under $10, but all proceeds are donated to the Chef Jacky Robert’s Chefs Feed Kids, an organization that feeds underprivileged kids in the Philippines.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Copley Square
  • Prudential Center and Copley Plaza
  • South End Historical District
  • Symphony Hall
  • Boston Ballet
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library/Christian Science Plaza


  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • Stroller storage
  • High chairs
  • Valet parking
  • T accessible
  • Kid’s menu

Getting There:

  • The South End location is a quick walk from:
    • The Orange Line’s Back Bay Station
    • The Green Line’s Copley Station
    • The Number 1 bus
  • The Needham Location is just up the street from the Needham Center Commuter Rail station
  • Valet parking is available nightly at the South End location for a $16 fee.
  • Street parking can be hard to come by in the South End neighborhood. You may score a metered or visitor spot if you’re willing to circle the block a few times and you’ve got some good parking karma.