Thanks to all who recommended this spot for last night's dinner, it really was a great overall experience.
We arrived there at 7pm. Though I had made a reservation earlier, it was nowhere to be found on the rez list. However the host accomodated us graciously and allowed us to choose a table to our liking on the upper floor.
The room was cozy and inviting and the exposed brick added a nice touch of warmth.
Service was attentive and professional from beginning to end. I think they work with some sort of tag-team approach as we seemed to have one main waitress but then did have a waiter (with a very sexy french accent, just to add to the authenticity) take our drink and dessert orders.
Started out with some delicious french bread and butter; a crock of onion soup and an appetizer of beet pasta w/creme fraiche. Both were really delicious. Onion soup soothing and flavorful; cheese slightly browned and bubbling. The beet pasta was a wide ribbon noodle, slightly pink (from the beet) with just a subtle beet flavor and a few chunks of beet floating around in the pasta. Really simple yet flavorful.
Our three main courses were:
Calves liver w/bacon and onion
Duck (special of the night)
Pan seared skirt steak w/bernaise sauce
I didn't try the liver or duck (because I don't really like either) but both dining companions raved and cleaned their plates! I had the pan seared steak which was juicy and cooked perfectly, at medium rare, and the bernaise sauce was the perfect accompaniment. A potato cake was served alongside, with a crispy, browned top..very good. I just went back to look at the menu online and supposedly my steak was served with shitake mushrooms --I don't remember having those, but no matter, I didn't even notice they were missing b/c this dish was so delicious.
For dessert, a tarte tatin and the soft baked merenge w/caramel mouuse. Again, both plates were cleaned; a perfect end to the meal.
Because we had one white wine drinker we just ordered wines by the glass. I really enjoyed a Pinot Noir from Oregon, my dad had a Cabernet that I just thought was ok.
All in all, a great experience. Excellent service, delicious food, and amazing value. I heartily recommend this spot and will definitely return.
FYI --apps/salads btwn $5-9; entrees between $13-19. (Calves liver was $14.50, my skirt steak was $19.50, duck was a bit more b/c it was a special for the night)
All desserts run around $6 and glasses of wine very reasonable from $6-9.
[I remember there was a previous poster saying he/she lived in the Fenway neighborhood and the consensus among the neighbors is not to visit Petit Robert Bistro --not that I care, because there's more room for me, but you guys are missing out. Unless I just happened to experience a rare stellar night, this place is a find!]