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Bon Femme Cafe
66 W Lincoln Way
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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Bon Femme Cafe Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
A full catering menu is available.
A word from Bon Femme Cafe
Elegance in a casual setting with warm and friendly service. One of Valparaiso premier restaurants
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The only complaint I have about my
most recent visit was that we ordered a bottle of wine and if I am not mistaken proper wine etiquette when ordering a bottle is for the server to offer the wine bottle for visual inspection, the server should then remove the cork and put it on the table in front of you, then the server should then pour a small amount of wine into your glass. However my serve did not present me the cork and it took a while for him to find the cork. To me I did not get the chance to properly inspect the wine and did not appreciate that too much. Other than that everything was great. I do not know if the server just was not trained properly or if his mind was elsewhere but the cork thing bothered me some"
Dined on 2/15/2014
In a small section of the
restaurant, there are a few 2-person tables that are too close to each other and we could hear the conversations on both sides of us. Other than that, it was overall great and we will return."
Dined on 2/22/2014
This place is very nice. Food is
really great and the service was good as well. Nothing to say negative about Bon Femme as my first time visiting and definitely wont be my last time."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Valparaiso has a surprisingly good
restaurant selection for such a small town, and Bon Femme is one of the best. I have never had a bad meal or bad service there."
Dined on 2/3/2014
This was my first time eating here
after having several of my friends recommend it. The fish n' chips were awesome! The martini's went down really smooth as well. Great place!"
Dined on 1/31/2014
We have used Open Table to book
this restaurant in the past, but when we showed up last Thursday night (with 2 of my husband's clients), they were closed. According to the hours on the door, they should have been open. We like Bon Femme very much but were disappointed that the system allowed a reservation to be made when the restaurant was closed. I'm not sure if this was a Bon Femme issue or an Open Table issue but an email or phone call alerting us to the closure would have been appreciated."
Dined on 1/28/2014
My wife and I have been eating
here for 8-9 years. The service and food have always been very good. Bon Femme never disappoints."
Dined on 1/24/2014
We ordered the spinach salad and
stuffed chicken. The salad was ok. It was very bland tasting, so I put a lot of salt and pepper on it and that seemed to help a little. The stuffed chicken came with steamed vegetables and wild rice. The rice tasted like it came straight out of a box, very nasty. The vegetables had a waxy citrus taste that left a bad taste in your mouth. The chicken was so bland, dry and just gross. The sauce tasted like they opened up a can and poured it on the plate. Our food was barely warm as well. The server was very nice. If we would have had to pay for this out of pocket, we would have complained but, because it was a gift card we just let it go. Would never dine here again or recommend to anyone."
Dined on 1/23/2014
Pleasant dinner Saturday
night---cost moderate, food well prepared, clean, friendly service--give it a try"
Dined on 1/11/2014
First, the food: a
lobster/garlic/cherry tomato pasta that was very tasty; my date had a 6-oz. filet which was perfectly cooked but lacked seasoning. Next, the wine list was very good; we enjoyed a nice Viognier and a decent Cab. Unfortunately, our waitperson poured the Cab into my date's (thank God) empty Viognier glass. Poor technique. Service was glacially slow, a surprise because the restaurant was full, 90% by reservation, so they knew people were coming. . You got the feeling that they were 1-2 waiters short. Not a terrible experience, but there are 4 better choices within walking distance, though only one is as elegant in appearance."
Dined on 1/3/2014
Service was amazing. Barb was our
waitress. Food was alright. Not bad but not great. I ordered a toasted almond martini which was tasty. My next drink was a mint chocolate martini which I sent back it tasted like water and scope. Barb brought back a toasted almond and assured it would be good and it was. If I am going to spend over $100 on dinner I expect it to be worth it. Unfortunately this just wasn't."
Dined on 12/31/2013
I love Bon Femme. The food is
always outstanding with great specials, especially the 1/2 price bottle night on Monday with a piano player to add to the dining experience. The only reason I didn't give it five stars overall is that our server poured our second bottle of wine without allowing us to taste it first and it wasn't good, so unfortunately the benefit of 1/2 price bottle was lost since no one drank the second bottle."
Dined on 12/30/2013
While the food was outstanding,
the service was not. We had to ask for one of the cocktails that had been forgotten, ask for bread (which they are known for), ask for mayo (that was asked for when order placed) and ask for the check. It was a late lunch, so it was not too busy and I feel if you have to ask for four different things the service is certainly lacking. Upon leaving the owner was at the host stand and did not say thank you, or happy holidays. He is know to be arrogant - and he is."
Dined on 12/23/2013
Had not been to Bonne Femme since
it changed ownership a few years ago. Noticeable difference in the menu, food quality, service and ambiance provided by previous ownership. Dined with group of six. Four were not satisfied with quality and portions provided in their meals. Service was very poor - waiter seemed confused and detached from guests. Drink orders were botched as well as billing. Thought the restaurant was noisy too. Not a pleasant evening all in all. Most likely will not return. Too many other good restaurants in the area to waste another evening there. Disappointing when remembering food and service provided by previous owners at that location - Clayton's and original Bonne Femme."
Dined on 12/14/2013
We get to Valparaiso two times a
year. And Bon Femme restaurant is ALWAYS on our list of places to eat! The owner greets all of his guests with great enthusiasm and truly cares to get to know each. Then there are the drinks....the bartenders are well trained to know their trade. We have never been disappointed with the wait staff. They have that element of personal service down to a tee! The atmosphere always stays fresh and new. The menu really changes and there are always wonderful dishes from which to choose. If you are headed to or thru Valparaiso anytime soon. Be sure to look up this gem in the downtown, just a short trip off of Us 30."
Dined on 12/14/2013
Every time we dine at Bon Femme,
we try different dishes. My husband and myself are both always happy with the meals. The service is outstanding and the relaxed feeling provides a very pleasant evening out. The noise level tends to be high which does create a problem for my husband since he wears hearing aides, but we keep going back because of the diverse menu, outstanding service and delicious food."
Dined on 11/23/2013
Lamb shank was great; whitefish
was not so good. After dinner drinks and dessert very nice."
Dined on 12/6/2013
Great dining spot downtown. Good
variety of appetizers and salads. Fresh fish everyday. Waitstaff courteous and knowledgable.."
Dined on 12/6/2013
Great ambiance, food was
excellent. Waiter was disconnected, seemingly rude and we felt like we were a bother. Owner was pretentious, especially his take on his wine selection. Must say the bartender was outstanding, welcoming and warm. Live piano music was a real plus. Aside from a snooty owner and rude waiter, I would probably return for the bar experience and great food."
Dined on 11/29/2013
We specifically chose this
restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was extremely accommodating. Monisa served us both professionally and courteously with a demeanor that was friendly and personal. The owner walked by our table and Monisa introduced us. My wife's cosmo was so good, I asked the barman for the recipe so I could make them at home. Gratiously, he wrote it out and delivered it to our table personally. The evening was enhanced by the piano player located in the bar area. His music was beautiful while not overwhelming the intimate, bistro type restaurant. Requests were freely accepted and played flawlessly. Overall, a perfect evening of private celebration. Thank you Bon Femme! Ron & Janie Pierce"
Dined on 11/25/2013
The food was nothing sort of
extraordinary for all courses. The wait staff was quite friendly and provided great service. It was a birthday celebration and was noted as such in the reservation. However, nothing special occurred and our server didn't notice it until the end of our dining experience. This was disappointing. However, the food was great which made the mistake less noticeable."
Dined on 11/23/2013
We were at the restaurant a few
days ago to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I wouldn't necessarily say our experience was bad but it wasn't impressive either. The waiter was not rude but not every pleasant either. A few of the items were already over by the time we got there. Also the bottle of wine we had asked for wasn't available either. The food was good in parts. The crab cakes were slightly under -seasoned but tasted good with the sauces. The shrimp appetizer was pretty good. My husband had a filet mignon that he'd asked for medium-rare and it ended up being well-done. My salmon entree was excellent - the fish was cooked perfect. Overall a very average experience given the fact that this is a pretty highly rated restaurant in town."
Dined on 11/18/2013
Found this restaurant online so
was worried about what we would find. I loved that I could make my reservation online. We arrived and were seated immediately. The food and service was outstanding. Several vegetarian options! It is a little pricey but definitely worth it."
Dined on 11/9/2013
Very nice restaurant with great
food. Not kid friendly which was perfect for date night with my lovely wife! Would recommend for anyone looking for a nice restaurant to get away from the hustle of life"
Dined on 11/2/2013
Excellent Food. I had the Osso
Bucco and it was very good."
Dined on 10/24/2013
It seems that Bon Femme is on auto
pilot on a slow descending course. What was once one of the premier and most consistent restaurants in town has turned into a hit or miss venue. Maybe it depends on which chef or manager is present but i have had multiple disappointing meals where once i could be confident that the experience would be excellent. No longer. The worst part is that management doesn't seem to care and multiple personal contacts regarding specific meals not meeting expectations are left unanswered. It seems Bon Femme is coasting downhill on past reputation. A shame. I no longer recommend bon femme."
Dined on 10/22/2013
Having eaten there once prior and
enjoying that experience, I really didn't expect to be so disappointed this time around. We were promptly greeted and shown to our table. We didn't have to wait very long to receive our meals and drinks, so that aspect of the service was fine. However, it was how our server talked down to my husband and insulted our friends that left a sour taste in my mouth for the establishment. The quality of the food was very good. It's unfortunate that the service was terrible. Too bad her surly attitude had to wreck what would have otherwise been a very positive experience. Hopefully, Bon Femme will refrain from tolerance of that kind of behavior and maybe then, we would return."
Dined on 10/13/2013
The place was good but the service
could have been better. Other than that great food and its not too expensive"
Dined on 10/6/2013
Went for anniversary, and had to
eat early (5PM) place was emtpy as expected midweek,early . wait staff adequate, friendly. not too knowledgable about the dishes/wine pairings. room is low light, romantic. my lambchops were a little done (ordered medium rare, got medium in some parts) tempura lobster was great. would try again."
Dined on 9/26/2013
Excellent food, excellent service
from a superb waitress and we had an enjoyable evening and will be back. Thanks for a great evening and a good menu / food selection."
Dined on 9/21/2013
Never got to try it - we had
reservations for 11:30 for lunch - we arrived and door was locked. There were people inside setting up.After 5 minutes or so I banged on the window - with what's up - the owner came to the door - and said we can't open until the parade is over -it's a city ordinance. Well how are we to know that - no response back to my reservation that they won;t open until the parade is over; no sign on the door that they won't open until the parade is over. So handled very poorly - we finished our shopping and left around 12, and the parade was still going on. We ate at Industrial Revolution which was quite nice."
Dined on 9/7/2013
The atmosphere was fun. It was a
nice day so the patio was full. Our server was friendly. It was easy to talk and hear each other. The food was very good. Lobster tempura was delicious as was the rack of lamb."
Dined on 8/25/2013
Lovely setting, great service,
fine dining, super from cocktails to dessert."
Dined on 8/18/2013
Excellent service; great food!
Only negative was the noise of the piano. The music was fine, however, if you are seated near the front of the restaurant , it is way too loud. Hard to talk with the piano competition."
Dined on 8/13/2013
Had a wonderful dinner with
perfect service recently! The pacific whitefish (Grouper) prepared outstanding and I raved about it with my Dad who also ordered the same meal. Mother ordered Striped Sea Bass with mango butter. The butter was yummy but not quite enough to cover the fishy taste of the sea bass. Sat outside later for coffee and bananas foster which made the difference. Service fabulous. Would return , we just don't like fishy fish."
Dined on 7/28/2013
Very good place for lunch or
dinner. The menu has a variety of quiche dishes. They all seem to be outstanding. I have been here three times and all three times were extremely good."
Dined on 7/26/2013
Really looking forward to more
French experience and was greatly disappointed in the chef's skills. Veal was over cooked and over sauced. Port was over cooked and the rub too strong and obliterated the meat. The salad was the best part of the meal and the martinis were excellent. Opted out of the dessert because of the main course. Might be willing to try for a lunch with quiche or crepes for another try."
Dined on 7/14/2013
It took almost an hour for our
meal to arrive. Waiter was very apologetic, but it definitely put a damper on the evening."
Dined on 7/7/2013
Great food and great service. Best
steak I have ever had. The waiter was great but host was not very friendly at all."
Dined on 6/21/2013
first time I ever tried, forgive
the spelling, boolabay, whatever.went back again for the same meal, both times that I have tried it I make noises when I eat it because it tastes so good, thanks for serving us."
Dined on 6/18/2013
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