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There really is a Petite Jacqueline. A woman of incredible stature – even though she’s only 4’ 8” – Jacqueline shared her love of life and food with her granddaughter and granddaughter’s husband, Michelle and Steve Corry.

Born and raised in Andresy, just outside of Paris, Jacqueline is an enthusiastic and passionate cook. Using market-fresh ingredients, she creates dishes without pretense that would astound even the most discriminating palate. This is exactly the type of food and atmosphere you’ll enjoy with each visit at Petite Jacqueline. We hope you’ll dine with us often and savor the classic and lively fare, influenced by the classic and lively woman.

Although “Petite” Jacqueline is no longer with us, her memory lives on whenever someone is laughing with friends or celebrating with family. Her zest for life and love of hospitality lives on in her name-sake restaurant inspired by her lust for food and wine(most especially oysters and champagne!)

Come join us for lunch, brunch, and dinner at 46 Market St, in the heart of the Old Port.

Based on 503 reviews
Julie's bites
September 30, 2023: we came today because it was petit Jacqueline's last day of operation. It was one of our favorite restaurant's in Portland. We'll miss it.2022 July: we ate on the outside patio. It only has three tables. The street is closed to traffic and I thought it was charming. I enjoyed the main entre of salmon, but the French onion soup this time was totally flavorless. I had it here many times in the past and enjoyed it. Something went wrong today. Fortunately, the main entre saved the day.2022 april: oysters with champagne ice are fantastic. French onion soup was good .Beef Burgoyne is made with lardon, which is bacon, so it had a strong bacon flavor which I did no care for. The restaurant was crowded but well spaced.2019:Another excellent dinner. Oyster s, French onion soup, and chicken were outstanding.2018:Excellent food, we enjoyed everything we had both appetizers (oysters, fois gras) and entries (duck, beef). Fiedly staff. We were in a hurry bbefore a concert and they were able to accommodate our schedule without sacrificing surface or quality of the food. We eat at petite Jacqueline several times at there old location. They moved two years ago and we were happy to find that the food remained just as good.
Megan Haines (M)
Went here for a bachlorette dinner. Absolute amazing spot. Espresso martinis were on point. I’d opt not to get the lobster roll from here as the other food really stood out more.
Michael Abreu
My girlfriend and I decided to have dinner here Saturday night. Since she grew up in Paris I was expecting some criticism from her but it was just the opposite. Not only did she find the food to be completely authentic and well prepared, she said it reminded her of her childhood back in France. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and the location was just walking distance from our hotel.Our bartender, Caroline, was the perfect compliment to the entire experience and we will definitely come back again for a repeat experience.
Mike Morgan
Very difficult to find these authentic French bistros serving traditional French entrees'. Not all of us want a bistro with an "interesting twist" but prefer the real deal. We were there in the afternoon and unfortunately had other commitments for dinner. But the items we had were amazing as was the wine. Very few places serve decent wines by the glass but this place nailed it. Bummer they were out of onion soup, seems like that should be a bedrock item. Dining here will be at the top of our list when we return to Portland ME.
Aaron Beadle
Nice small cozy place. Service was very good also. Had the sea bass and it was very tender but a bit bland. Overall it was a nice place with a good selection of cocktails too. Small menu which I always enjoy seeing.
Vahid Rohani
Went here for the Valentine's prix fixe menu and was really impressed. From start to finish each dish was absolutely perfect and delicious. Staff were attentive and kind and the atmosphere comfortable. I'll post a photo of the entire set menu, but what I chose was the mushroom starter, scallop main and cheesecake for dessert. We also got bread to mop up our plates in between courses which was also really good baguette. Highly recommended it and I know I'll be back again.