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.
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