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“Great breads and pastries” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jean Pierre Bakery and Restaurant

Jean Pierre Bakery and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 13 Dessert in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Durango, Colorado
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great breads and pastries”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

Very good food and atmosphere. Food is always much better when there is fresh bread, rolls and pastries along with the meal.

Visited September 2013
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
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English first
Hempstead, Texas
Level Contributor
75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Great wine, excellent cheese/carturie plate ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

We stopped in for a $5 glass of wine and appetizer and stayed for a looong lunch. We ended up having two glasses of wine each, two red, two white, all different and very high quality -- a huge value at that price. We ordered the cheese plate as an appetizer to accompany the wine and there was enough on the plate for all three of us for lunch. HUGE portions of several different kinds of cheese, olives, proccutto (okay, I know I'm spelling that wrong) accompanied by freshly baked bread. We couldn't even finish everything. If you like wine and cheese, you MUST stop here fro lunch when in Durango. You won't be dissapointed.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank thkosan
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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353 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Good Food, not so good wait staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

We stopped in here after getting off the Durango Silverton train. It was a cool evening and we asked the waitress for a warm place to sit. We were taken to a wooden table in the next room (where you would be seated if you were ordering the pastries during the day) in front of the fireplace. This was a nice gesture. Unfortunately, it was still set for the breakfast crowd with paper napkins, no table cloth and very cheap, light silverware. The waiter told us about the specials and we chose the Lamb Garlic. I asked the waiter to suggest a nice French wine to go with the lamb and he told me he doesn't drink wine and knows nothing about it. Fortunately he found the bartender and he suggested a very nice bottle. While we were waiting for our food, a boy of about 12 years old brought out fresh bread. I believe he is related to the owners because he was the most informed of all the wait staff we had that evening. Our waiter brought us each a cup of soup and when we were done, the bowls just sat at our table while the waiter walked past us 3 times. He seemed very interested in one of the waitresses that was also hanging out in the kitchen. During this waiting period, some of the kitchen staff would come out and just stare at us like we shouldn't be there. When our lamb came, the waiter finally cleared the soup bowls so we would have room on the small table. He promptly disappeared. We attempted to cut the lamb with the flimsy butter knives that were on the table to no avail. I finally motioned the young man over and asked him if they had anything like a steak knife. "Yes Sir, we do!" he replied. At this point, our waiter saw what was happening and ran out of the kitchen with knives apologizing for forgetting. The lamb and the potatoes were very good but the steamed vegetables had no seasoning on them whatsoever. Maybe this was an off night with a new wait staff but we felt we could have been treated better. We may or may not eat here the next time in Durango.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank StevoinMinnesoto
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New Mexico
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast and Bakery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

While Jean Pierre's also serves lunch and dinner we only experienced breakfast twice during our visit, and if lunch and dinner are anything like that then you will have an enjoyable meal.
The fresh croissants just make the egg dishes that much more delicious and the home baked bread add a great twist to the french toast. The atmosphere is like being in a rustic bakery in France and the service was wonderful and attentive. We also enjoyed chatting wih the Exec Dir Jason Steinberg about Jean Pierre, the bakery, and general topics.
If you go to Durango and want to have an excellent breakfast (or more), and be tempted by the wonderful pasteries in the showcase, then this is the place.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank djmrr2
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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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165 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
“So authentic you will feel you are in France”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This restaurant is so authentic that we felt we were in the French countryside. The place is decorated with antiques and sculptures and the walls are covered with collectibles, photos and French Impressionist prints to put you in the mood.

Famous French specialties – and some not so well known – are on the menu, and our food was delicious. My husband had the Boeuf de Bleu and I had Vol au Vente, both with five veggies included. (While all the dishes are listed in French, the translations and details appear below the offering on the menu.) An unexpected bonus not on the menu: When you buy a bottle of wine you get a free cheese and fruit plate. Your meal comes with a good bread basket -- not surprising for an establishment that began as a bakery and still sells its baked goods to go -- as well of your choice of salad or soup. My husband chose the Caeser salad and I had the lobster bisque, again, both delicious. A very good singer-guitarist named Doug entertained us over the dinner with folk (e.g., Gordon Lightfoot), country (e.g. Willie Nelson) and staples from the ‘40s and ‘50s (Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mercer). The servers -- Maggie, Kelsey and Noel -- all were delightful students from Fort Lewis College. Jason Steinberg, the executive director, also is key to the hospitable staff. We had been here previously for a Music in the Mountains benefit event and for lunch, and this dinner experience has confirmed that this is now one of our two favorite Durango restaurants (the other being Ken and Sue's, please see separate review).

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bob and Carole H
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