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Bonjour Café: Gracious French Ambiance in Siesta Key

Nothing beats walking into a new café than being greeted by a tall dark and handsome man with a foreign accent…

Dropping in to Bonjour Café for a quick look-see turned into an hour long dawdling with friends, complete with croissants drizzled with chocolate, warm crispy baguettes with a selection of freshly made butter and jams, excellent coffee and intriguing conversation.

We watched people come and go, listened to light-hearted laughter, heard a variety of languages, and got to know a very nice young couple in the process.

Newcomers Thierry and Marie Zanon moved here from Provence, France, eight months ago after visiting Sarasota on holiday. They smile when they talk about falling in love with our beautiful beaches and friendly residents. The visit affected them so much that they went back to Provence, closed their shop and moved here to Siesta Key. Now open for five months, Bonjour Café is filled with happy customers, friendly people, and outstanding fresh food.

The Zanons make a point of supporting local farmers and they make their food fresh daily. Marie wants customers to know that they shop locally daily and they pride themselves in using all natural products for their meals.

A quick glance at the menu is tempting. Farm fresh salads, soups, quiche, panini’s, crepes, omelets and baguettes will engage you in a lengthy discussion with your friends on what you should get this time and what should be saved for the next visit. There is even The Enfant’s Menu for the petite ones, desert crepes for lingering lunches, French wines by the glass and a good selection of beers.

Once season kicks in, Thierry is planning a special dinner menu and the cafe will stay open into the evening for dinner. For now, you can visit the café seven days a week from 7 a.m. till 4 p.m.

The café seats 40, with charming upstairs seating for those who want privacy. Or, if you want to people watch, there are several tables out front.

The Zanons are thrilled with the support of local residents and marvel at the friendliness of Americans.

Stop in for excellent authentic French cuisine from Provence, stay a bit and get to know Thierry and Marie.

They are thrilled to be here and want to meet you and they enjoy conversing in English.

Both are enjoying learning the language and welcome conversation because they feel (erroneously) that they don’t speak English well.

A side note, their staff is happy and friendly, too. It seems that things are percolating well at Bonjour Café. Come now. Come often. Be happy.

Details:

www.bonjourfrenchcafe.com

7am – 4 pm, Daily

5214 Ocean Blvd. on Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL 34242

Phone: 941-346-0600

Free Wi-Fi

Free parking behind the cafe

joan mckniff September 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM
c'est super!
T.R. Winn September 03, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Went with my wife this late Am for breakfast and after being greeted with a Bonjour and smiling face, we sat at a table in a half filled room easy noise level for conversation. After ordering drinks, for ten minutes we sat staring at an empty table; no water, no baguette and butter, no serviettes, no cutlery, and no drinks. My wife reminded our waitress three times and 5 minutes later our drinks came but no bread. We reminded her to bring bread and when it came one pat of butter two sliced baguettes in a basket and no plates. The proprietor noticed our service faux pas and rescued us bringing us "real French butter and a warm baguette with a smile. After a total of 25 minutes we finally got our omelets but mixed order (I had my wife's omelet and my potatoes and she had my omelet with nothing else on the plate). The flavors were good enough but it was too late, our opinion was formed and I will patronize C'est la Vie, my favorite still in SRQ, where my hands and eyes always have something edible on the table to explore, be it baguette and butter or a glass of water with a lemon slice.
Christen September 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM
We were here the other day for a late lunch. Service was spectacular and food was amazing. So glad the Key has a good lunch place now!
Art English February 28, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Just had lunch there and it was awful. The food was served cold and was essentially inetable. The owner had complete indifference when he saw that my wife had hardly touched her crepes. He just smiled and gave us the check after my wife told him the dish was poor tasting . My dish had burned potatoes that looked like they had stood all morning before they were served to us . Nothing was taken off the check and the tall handsome man with the French accent as one review above notes could have cared less about us. Please note we seldom complain when eating out. This was special.

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