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Central Bistro

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34 Summer St, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1003
+1 617-737-1777
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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417 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The French onion soup is phenomenal. The shrimp polenta. The flat bread. The blackened cod. All fantastic. The atmosphere is cool and fun and calm. Great music. Great lightening. Alcohol. We come here twice a week (dinner) and love this place! And perfect for business meetings.

Thank Justin A
Boston, Massachusetts
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261 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This place did not meet expectations. The location is nice, the ambiance is very welcoming, but the food is just a bore. Had the chicken and mushroom risotto, very bland and some of the chicken pieces were undercooked with no seasoning. The baked Alaska was just awful, they do not know how to make it. I would not come back.

Thank EndyBOSTON
Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The food here is terrible. We ordered 2 appetizers and 3 other dishes. Not one was good. The clam chowder had no flavor, the mustard chicken was like eating a spoonful of hot mustard, the escargot burnt, and the endive salad unexciting. The tuna tartare tasted like soap. Our server was excellent. Too noisy.

Thank Dana R
Methuen, Massachusetts, United States
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Central Bistro is in the Downtown Crossing area of Boston, across from Macy's and a five minute walk to the Boston Opera House and the Paramount. The restaurant is on the second floor, nicely decorated, and has table and booth seating. I was pleased that it was quiet. The service was excellent with friendly servers who were especially attentive. The... More 

Thank Bill B
New Orleans, Louisiana
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92 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

In Boston for family trip and found this restaurant for dinner on open table. Had reasonable reviews and was close to hotel. When we arrived, restaurant was about 60 percent full. We were seated and ignored for about twenty minutes. No water service until we tracked down the hostess. When our waitress arrived, we got apology number one. She took... More 

Thank Cajun_traveler405
Boston (well, an hour south)
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292 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

I was here for a private party in the back room - which I didn't know they had when I walked in...I was just looking around the bar area like a fool! I really liked the atmosphere and feel like it would be a great date spot. The apps that I tried were good and the bartender was friendly.

Thank su2doz
Brookline, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Tucked above the bustle of Downtown Crossing on the second floor, Central Bistro is my go-to place for a reasonably priced business lunch in this neighborhood. The omelets are always a good choice as is the steak frites. The service is consistently top-notch. Ask for a window seat.

Thank ExecutiveNomad
Montebello, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We had a difficult time locating this eatery because U need to press a button for the entrance to the building where the restaurant is located. Upon arrival, worth the ambiguity;-). Great ambiance and the dinning experience was so LA..great!

Thank Cafegirl1
Boston, Massachusetts
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87 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

This restaurant is located conveniently right above the Downtown Crossing T-station and hidden inside the landmark 101 Arch building. The place is opposite to the shopping center Macy’s and other surrounding shops as well. So it makes it incredibly convenient to have drinks or dinner. I have been meeting up my friends here many times now. The service is prompt.... More 

Thank rusticalley
Greeley, Colorado
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on a girls' weekend when we needed a cool break from walking the freedom trail. It was a pleasant surprise of great appetizers and refreshing cocktails.

Thank J S

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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
USD 30 - USD 40
Bar, French, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Business meetings, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

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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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