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“Big Hits, Big Misses” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Windows French Bistro

Blue Windows French Bistro
15250 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33908
+1 239-849-0622
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Ranked #18 of 649 restaurants in Fort Myers
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Casual little French joint in South Fort Myers. Affordable French dining with attractive wine program. Chef-owner in the kitchen and Wife-owner in the dining room. Professional wait-staff, great food with silky sauces. Escargots, Charcuteries, Cheeses, Marrow Bones, Veal Sweetbread, Roasted Duck, Steak Frites, Veal a la creme... And daily specials. Don't miss the Profiterolles or the Creme Brulee!
Fort Myers, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
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“Big Hits, Big Misses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This place is such an enigma it has taken me twelve months and three visits to write this review. I found the owners to be so personable, kind and sincere that writing something negative is very difficult but I convinced myself that most things I found objectionable are easily fixed. I have several pet-peeves when dining at better restaurants and Blue Windows hits a few them. If you were to walk out after the first five minutes, you could be excussed but don't do it. Initially you are served cold, terribly uninteresting bread (pet peeve 1) accompanied with the addition of ice-cold, foil wrapped pats of butter (pet peeve 2). Soon after you are served what the waiter described as tapenade. Instead of the chopped olives with anchovies, capers, olive oil and perhaps a touch of lemon this concoction had mayo and cayanne pepper. It defies description but it should not be served, ever! Once you get passed this point, virtually everything becomes noteworthy dinning. I have had fantastic sweet breads and escargo. The soups have been outstanding. Main courses from duck to steak will bring you back. The intimate setting, the beautiful presentations and the friendly environment are an experience unique to most places in Fort Myers. The cheerful wife often comes around to ask about your meal and as a nice touch of class, walks you to the door when you leave.

A word about the wine. The first two times dining I had a waiter from Belgium who was outstanding and knowledgable about wine. The last visit brought us a waiter who's confidence and wine knowledge far exceeded his ability. The wine selection is usually not particularly well paired to the menu and are too expensive for the low quality offered. Most of the wines are simple French country wines priced like a better wine.

In summary Blue Windows offers fine fare for main course dinning. If they were to offer interesting warm bread, room temperature butter served in anything other than foil, get rid of that concoction referred to as tapenade (serve real tapenade), and bring in someone who truely knows wine pairings and reasonable pricing, this place would be the talk of the town.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“Paris comes to Fort Myers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Our first visit was for a special occasion, but we have been back several times since due to the outstanding food and service.

The menu is varied, prices well worth the quality received. Wine list is minimal, but satisfactory.

Chef Christian and Mari make the experience special. Well worth a visit.

Probably the best small restaurant in SW Florida!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“Always wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The place is tiny and the owners are so nice! The food is always wonderful without being over-priced! They have a very nice wine list as well.

Visited August 2012
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“The Best French Restraunt in Fort Myers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

very Intimate French Restaraunt, My Lovely wife took me out, ,dont be put off that it is in a strio mall.quaint,intimate restaraunt, full of regulars, not bad for off season. It is because of the food. Just very good, the Escargot was excellent, I had the Shrimp, scallop,and fish in the puff pastry, in a lovely sauce, my wife had the duck, which was succulent, also had the apple gratin desert excellent, . one complaint, no tea, can't understand that coffee, and espresso available. owner, wife lovely and attentive, waitress also excellent, will come back

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Would we return? A Hard decision!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

For what it offers, I think the restaurant is expensive. It is small and will seat about 30 guests. This is normally good. It is a catering business that has opened a restaurant. The service is great! The staff knows food and how it is served at this restaurant. The wine list is very expensive. We tasted the house wine, which was expensive and not very good. We ordered a bottle of wine we are very familiar with, and it was exactly 3 times what it costs in our local Total Wine. In off season, June is off season in SW Fl. we look for bargains. If you arrive by 6:00pm, you can purchase the Prie Fix dinner for $30. This includes appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. We started out with escargot--the other choice was Vichyssoise. The escargot was excellent. Buter, garlic, bread crumbs, and some little critters served hot--what is not to like? This was followed by the salad: small, but with great greens and dressing. For the entrees my wife had trigger fish and I had duck. The meats were good, but the sauces canned or amatuerish. The dessert for both of us was creme brulee, which my wife does very well. The crust was excellent, but the custard watery. This leads to my title: would we go back? I don't think so.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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