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“OK breakfast place, but probably better choices”

Costeaux French Bakery
Ranked #1 of 5 Dessert in Healdsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $13
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Description: A Healdsburg establishment since 1923, Costeaux French Bakery serves as a destination for residents, wine country enthusiasts & international visitors. Visit the open-air cafe for breakfast, lunch, or stop in for world class fresh-baked breads. Over the years, Costeaux has been honored with Sonoma County Harvest Fair Best of Show Professional French & Specialty Bread awards. Come visit our French-inspired cafe bakery & consider us for your next event. Inquire about special event catering, check out our breakfast & lunch menus. We also have a private meeting room for up to six guests. Be sure to eye our famous dessert case or browse our wedding cake book.
Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“OK breakfast place, but probably better choices”
Reviewed January 27, 2008

We arrived for a late brunch on a Sunday, between light rain showers. The inside tables were almost all full, which seemed a good sign - although we didn't see much evidence of food on them, which raised a few questions. Nonetheless, we perused the menu - and were hungry, so decided to stay.

It took quite a while to set up a table - which, given that all that needed doing was to rotate it by 45 degrees and add two napkin-wrapped sets of cutlery, turned out to be a reasonably accurate expectation-setter for the pace of service.

We ordered a deep-dish quiche (disappointing - my wife thought that it may have been sitting around for a couple of days, although the taste was OK), and an omelet (much better). Plus some orange juice (tasted pasteurized), milk, and coffees. The drinks took longer to arrive than the food - but the coffees were good when they came. A basket of (nicely toasted) bread, plus little plastic portions of jams, arrived about half way through the process. Getting a check took a while.

There seemed to be a number of regulars returning to eat, many of which seemed on friendly terms with the staff, so perhaps our expectations were a bit off. Nonetheless, although it was a reasonable meal, it wasn't much to write home about, and I didn't leave with one of those "hey, that was a fun experience' feelings - instead, I was left regretting the little things that let them down. It could have been so much better. I'll look for somewhere else the next time I go.

$38 for 2, including tip.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Very, very disappointing”
Reviewed February 10, 2007

Girls day trip to Healdsburg to visit local wineries. Stopped at Willis for lunch but eaterie is not opened on Tuesday. We turned around and the nearest place was Costeaux French Bakery . We ordered the beef sandwich special with mixed greens. The meat was fat/grissle and the salad was not mixed greens. My friend complained and was comped; however, the server brought me a bill. I believe that it was an off day for the bakery with this special and should not have been served.

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