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Central Bistro

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34 Summer St, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1003
+1 617-737-1777
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Milton, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014

The room is comfortable and attractive. Noise is not an issue. Window tables have a nice view of Downtown Crossing. The food is good and prices are fair. Service is excellent. Good list of wines by the glass and a generous martini. Easy access from Downtown Crossing T station.

Thank jakegreenville
Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014

The restaurant name is not so catchy and so is the local nick "Lil' Bob" for a French bistro, the entrance is small but once inside it's a total different open feeling with glass window running the entire half block. So conveniently located right above the Red Line Downtown Crossing station, and hidden inside the the landmark 101 Arch building.... More 

Thank vtrinh512
Kopavogur, Iceland
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Visited with the family on a very busy lunch hour. Friendly service, children friendly. Excellent food true to the French bistro concept. Very good beer on draft, impressive to see Boulevard Tank 7. Food platters were big. Very nice if in the neighbourhood.

Thank HaukurH
Milton, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

Convenient location at Downtown Crossing. The seating, service and ambience are all first class. Good wine list and generous cocktails. The food is very good and reasonably priced.

Thank jakegreenville
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

My food was good, but my wife is a vegetarian. She ask that here veggy burger be cooked in a pan and not deep fried in the same oil that the fish is fried in. They said they could do that, but did not. It was deep-fried. The manager corrected the mistake but she had to order a flatbread. My... More 

Thank Wesley B
Boston, Massachusetts
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183 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

Petit Rober Central is the unknown restaurant of the Petit Robert Bistro chain in Boston. Taxi driver told two of my companions that there was no Petit Robert Bistro there. Luckily they knew better (to follow the directions they were given). Dinner was great though our English/Frenchman' comment was 'food was excellent', but not enough french food!

1 Thank JPC_TP
Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

The original Petit Robert at Kenmore is one of my favourites whenever I visit Boston. This time, I thought I would give the new manifestation in the Downtown/Financial District a go. It was ... well, ok. They didn't have the wine I ordered, but the alternative offered was acceptable. The crispy poached egg salad ( what we call a salade... More 

1 Thank Max S
Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Petit Robert Central is one of our favorite restaurants downtown. We were there on a Friday night and there was a lively afterwork bar crowd but when you went into the dining room that melted away. The cheese plate was great and I had a trout special that was outstanding. Service was good and we enjoyed the evening very much.

2 Thank Robert T
Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

It's on the pricey side but the food and drinks aren't bad. The atmosphere is really good for meetings during the day time. At night, it may get a little louder, but it's still a great place to meet up with close friends or colleagues.

Thank Michelle L
Boston, Massachusetts
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92 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

We went there for dinner with an out of town guest on a Saturday night. The restaurant is located on the second floor of a commercial building. The decor is very nice and the noise level was very comfortable, perfect for conversation (even though there was a big party going on in separate room). They have a well stocked bar... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
American, French, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Summer St, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1003
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-737-1777
Petit Robert Central is a neighborhood bistro where style and comfort co-exist. Located in the heart of Downtown Crossing, Petit Robert Central features classic French bistro by award-winning Chef Jacky Robert and interior design by HGTV’s Taniya Nayak. Petit Robert Central is the perfect place for a business lunch, corporate event, date night out or after-work cocktail.

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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