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For the past twenty years, tourists and locals alike have made The French Bakery and Cafe their home. With passion in every batch, Malek Belka and the staff are weaving an American touch into a selection of European pastries, desserts, and sandwiches. From homemade crepes to freshly-squeezed fruit juices, we’re taking “made from scratch” seriously, and serving up breakfasts and lunches that are as irresistible as the island’s beaches. So come on by and stay a while -- we’ll always make you feel like family. A true taste of France is never far from home.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
French, Cafe, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Playgrounds
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There was a small wait to order bakery items to-go, we ordered the Nutella croissant, blueberry croissant, raspberry and blueberry tarts, and more. The raspberry tart was my favorite. We came back at a later day for coffees because we forgot to order the day...we picked up baked goods. They were fantastic and would recommend to anyone in the area.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is amazing! I have literally never had anything disappointing here! My wife is French and stated she had the best pain au chocolate since leaving France! There is not anything on the menu I wouldn’t recommend.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had crepes today for late lunch (1:15). No wait for an outdoor table, good service, delicious fresh food. Iced tea was not watery as in so many other places. Brought cannoli home for tonight’s dessert from the bakery. There is a playground across the...parking lot, perfect place for kids to wait. A real find.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always arrive early - to get a table outisde and avoid the crowds. I tell you - thats the best vacation advice I can give. Eat early and you will have a much better time!! This place - the servers aren't the friendliest...but when...its slower service is fine. Overall, tho - the food is excellent. I cannot say enough about the savory creps, spicy omelette, berry french toast, and the quiche. If you want to select some fabulous bread or eclairs - do that before or after your meal and pay separately inside. Its super high quality and very authentically french.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 6, 2021 via mobile

This restaurant has so much eye candy you will have a hard time deciding what to eat. The crepe Normandy was delicious with the fluffy eggs and the Brioche French Toast was very light. Only draw back was the bacon wasn’t as crispy as we...like. Will definitely go back to try some dessert!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 28, 2021 via mobile

Great food, outdoor seating overlooking a nice community park on the water. The coffee is for real! So good!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 27, 2021 via mobile

Very poor set vice 2people second meal came out when first person finished , food quality fair not worth the wait took one & half hr for breakfast for 2 overcharged on bill when questioned Owners wife rude & arragant Try Southern Coney or Grubby’s...on Island for breakfast better food & better experienceMore

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 1, 2021

Walked to Shelter Cove park and noticed the bakery. Went over to see what they had for carry out and saw the large selection of pastries. Since it was beautiful day we thought we would just sit at one of their outside tables. If you...do carry out you cannot use their tables. They have to seat you, have a server, and the bill will change. We opted to go back over to the park. Both pastries were wonderful and the view from the park was exceptional. Next time we will probably try their breakfast items.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 30, 2020 via mobile

We love the French Bakery’s food both eat-in and pastries to go. While the food is always great, the service is always lackluster and can borderline on rude. Today, we stopped in for pastries and lattes to go. Three employees stood around and did not...help as one person took all of the to go orders, made all of the to go drinks, and boxed/bagged. We waited in line for 20 minutes while the three just chatted with each other. One of them made a latte for us earlier in the week so he knew how but just chose to be poor co-worker and employee. As someone who has worked food service, It was frustrating to see one employee so poorly treated and supported.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 28, 2020 via mobile

The classic French toast with bacon was delicious! Everything looked very tasty. The service was great also. Definitely recommend!

Date of visit: December 2020
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