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Bon Femme Cafe

165 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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Bon Femme Café is a small and comfortable restaurant that is perfect for small groups. It's a quiet place with dim, romantic lighting making it a place that is preferably only for adults. Bon Femme Café is a high-end restaurant and that is reflected in the prices as well.

Bon Femme Café is known for its French and French fusion cuisine. Other than that, some of the best items on their menu are the salmon, cod and crab cakes. The service is good and the staff is very friendly. Formal attire is recommended as the place is very chic and elegant.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(219) 531-0612
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eddie Luick
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A full catering menu is available.
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Cross street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.3  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ginger (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2014

Enjoyed a girls night out evening at this restaurant. When we first arrived it was very noisy because there was a middle school french class dining there - pretty loud for the first hour! However, once they left, the ambience was much better. Our waiter was not friendly at all - I think he was stressed out from serving all those kids. He served everything in a timely manner, but it was apparent he was in a very bad mood. Overall, we had a great time eating and drinking at Bon Femme and I would recommend this restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 17, 2014

Three people in our party and the very rude and flustered hostess offered us a table for two with an extra chair in the aisle. When we refused (since we had confirmed reservations) and decided to go elsewhere, a very kind female server offered to seat us in the bar at a fourtop. It was fine and should have been offered first.

The waiter (male) ended up being very slow. We were told they were out of 2 bottles of wine before deciding on a third choice. Then he brought dessert menus and immediately after brought the check (at least one of us wanted dessert/coffee).

It wasn't my first time with poor service, but we have dined here several times for the food, which is amazing.

Masterful (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2014

We needed something nice and romantic for our anniversary but we also needed something local. Bon Femme blew us away. The service was professional and you could easily see that it was not just another college student trying to make ends meat. The food was some of the best I have had in the region, also clearly prepared by a professional.

kawdale (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 17, 2014

First of all, please excuse my French. didn't have my boulibay on the menu. Waiter came back 2 times to say they were out of something. ordered extra side of veggies trio, beans, squash and I don't know because I got mostly beans, one piece of squash and no other item. Ordered sweet taters, you were all out and they were still on the bill when we left, very disappointing experience for one of my favorite places. Sat at the piano, asked not to be, because the chairs were too tall, hostess said they were booked solid and there were at least 4 tables available. We did have reservations.

Picasso (Indiana)
2.0  Dined on May 17, 2014

When we arrived we wanted to have an aperitif outside and were rudely told we could not move any chairs or tables, so we decided to go inside. The host and our future waiter were arguing about our reservation. This was all done in front of us. The waiter was not pleasant at all and should find another profession. We also found a hair in my daughter's chicken curry dish. He whisked it away and said a light apology. 15 mins later her new dish arrived and we assumed it was hair free. The dish was not discounted. The food was actually fairly good as was the price. It is too bad the service ruined the dinner and hampered our celebration. Would not recommend it due to service. Rude waiters cannot make up for good food!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 15, 2014

I met an old friend for a late lunch and we spent quite a bit of time catching up.. never once did we feel rushed (there were only 2 tables due to the time of our lunch). The service was great and so was the food.

Tapsygirl (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on May 9, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner at the Bon Femme very much! I had the spicy curry chicken and it was spiced perfectly, and the chicken was cooked very well. My husband at the meatloaf. He said it was delicious. We thought the bread was outstanding! However, I thought the little butter packets kind of cheapened the amazing bread. The atmosphere was very nice, quiet and romantic. The food was excellent and it was reasonably priced, which made it a great value. Our server was very polite and the service was paced perfectly. We split a piece of the chocolate peanut butter pie which was fantastic!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2014

The quality of the food is always outstanding over many years. The server was very friendly, upbeat and caring. Finally the decor is just what you want for a special dinner.

mike (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

one of the best ribeye steaks I have ever had

Jumbojellybeans (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

We travel to Valparaiso for business two times a year. Bon Femme is ALWAYS on our list of things to do! We love the food selections, the wait staff is always great and the ambience is always a changing experience. The owner always greets his guests and makes your evening a special event! I can't say enough great things about this place! Love it!!!!

Toots (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

Bon Femme is one of our favorite restaurants in Valparaiso. We expect and almost always get good food and service. This past Saturday we both ordered steaks, one an 8 oz tenderloin and the other the rib eye. The rib eye was too fatty and somewhat grisly. That's the first time I was every disappointed. I took half home (as is usual for me) and tried to finish the next day but could not eat it. I should have said something that night but we were enjoying everything else - the drinks and sides were wonderful. I'll definitely go back again but will speak up if I'm not 100% satisfied. The wait staff is always friendly and professional. I know if I had said something I could have had good results - that's my error. The decor is beautiful

Minnie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 22, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

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

ValentineLove14 (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 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.

Yoder (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 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.