A French bistro in the heart of Needham seems as out of place as the Eiffel Tower on the patio out front. But Jacky Robert and Loic LeGarrec, who own the two Petit Robert Bistro restaurants in Boston, wanted a presence west of town. Crunchy baguettes with garlic butter-soaked escargots are as decadent as late-night dining gets. To avoid crowds, savvy suburbanites wait until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday for their pick of white-linen-covered tables in this romantic setting.
> Kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 the rest of the week
> Petit Robert Bistro, 45 Chapel Street, Needham, 781-559-0532, petitrobertbistro.com