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Your Local French restaurant in far North Queensland. Established in 2003, C'est Bon is Cairns locals' favorite spot for business lunch, birthday party, romantic dinner and many more. Our cuisine relies on the French cuisine using classic techniques to put out a modern twist on most dishes allowing us to adjust to our tropical climate & international customers. From the kitchen, Nicolas the chef/owner and his team will prepare your order with care and dedication while our Fantastic Maitre D'hotel Camille Cercleron, from Brittany France, will make sure your experience is faultless. We look forward to having your name on our reservation sheet. Bon Appetit
PRICE RANGE
AU$10 - AU$97
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
French, European, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Free off-street parking
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I love French food. The restaurant did not disappoint. We shared a dozen escargot as an appetizer which was excellent. My wife had the duck which was cooked to perfection, I had 8 hour cooked Beef Cheeks!!! I’ve been in the restaurant...business in the USA for over 50 years and have never seen Beef Cheeks offered from any of my suppliers. I had to try it and it was excellent. The beef was cooked to the consistency of a lamb shank but the owner said the meet requires the longer cook times to make it perfect…. And it was!. There wasn’t a drop left on my plate. The young couple next to us ordered the Crème Brûlée which was presented in a foot long dish about an inch wide. It looked fantastic. We didn’t have any dessert but they all sounded great. I would recommend it whole heartedly if you enjoy French food.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The dining experience was marred by exceptionally unfriendly and almost aggressive service. While attempting to clarify our dessert order, the waitress seemed visibly irritated, responding with a curt 'I repeated that already!' Her approach to serving plates and pouring wine conveyed a sense of unwillingness...to be there, overshadowing any potential enjoyment of the food. Regrettably, I won't be returning, as the overall atmosphere greatly detracted from what might have been a decent meal. It's unfortunate that the negative experience with one waitress overshadowed the efforts of the other staff and potentially skilled chefs. A single negative encounter can indeed impact the overall perception of a dining establishment. It's understandable that you typically prefer to share positive experiences, but given the unsatisfactory service at this establishment, it's fair not to recommend it to others. Sometimes, honest feedback can guide others in making informed choices.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

Beautiful meal amazing service very enjoyable dining experience. French baguette, snails entree, main course beef eye fillet my wife had the braised beef check and lemon meringue as a dessert, highly recommended

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 7 December 2023

I was very confused the food was bland and tasteless I have no idea why people want to eat there. When we left there was over the half food left, the staff came and asked what was wrong with the food and we just said...that we weren’t hungry enough but that wasn’t true it was so blandMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023

Have been coming to this restaurant for years unfortunately the standard has declined dramatically. Owner and staff attitude are poor meals were bland cold and overpriced. Menu has changed not for the better

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023

The food and service was excellent. I'd say it's more a modern take on French cuisine, with perhaps an Asian influence. Escargot - good Beef Tartar - good but the cocktail sauce was a little over powering Pink Duck - excellent with the taste of...5 spice Angus Steak - excellent Lemon Meringue - very nice With cocktails and wine. There is a Sunday surcharge of 10% Look forward to returningMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Being foodies we selected this restaurant based on reviews - and we weren't disappointed! The food was exceptional, in fact, the best we experienced during our 2 weeks in Queensland! Every course was a delight - from melt in the mouth pate to perfectly cooked...fillet - all beautifully presented and full of flavour! Service was also excellent, from french wait staff who were full of gallic charm. We cannot recommend highly enough, and will most certainly be returning.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

Absolutely beautiful, better than I expected. I talked my husband to experiencing French cuisine and C’est Bon delivered 3 spectacular meals. Wait staff were also attentive and overall experience was excellent.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2023

Beautiful decor, French background music and enjoyable food. We enjoyed the degustation so could taste a variety of French classics such as snails, scallops, duck, creme brulee etc The first waitress with spectacles was a bit awkard when i just asked that while they can...bring us anything, we would just ask for snails to be included as it was clearly written on the menu that one could do this. She had a long story on how they are still ironing out the details so no but eventually said okay. I also chose the wine pairing and the sommelier was lovely although it would have made more sense if she had explained what she was serving- just a bit about the wine she had chosen for that meal. I really enjoyed the food although my wife not so much. The creme brulee was served in a lovely long plate and was one of the better creme brulees i have tasted in my life. I will return to eat at this restaurant again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 September 2023 via mobile

Amazing food and service! Perfect treat after a long day/week work. Appreciated the care taken for gluten free and all round great food. Highly recommend the duck!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 September 2023 via mobile

Words fail me! This was superb from the moment we stepped in! Such a relaxed old world charm & atmosphere! Beautiful building & perfect menu! Not huge amount of choices but something for everyone which is great as then u know each item will be...delicious. We had La Tartare, cheese soufflé, naked Brie truffle tarte & pate to start each as delicious as they other & for mains 3 of us had eye fillet cooked to perfection & melted when cut, one had duck & one the barramundi & again faultless! But the deserts! Wow! Crème brûlée, crème chocolate & citron meringue! Yum! The staff were lovely & attentive without overbearing & the whole experience made us wonder why it took so long to come! The drinks menu is large with something for every taste also & the cocktails were divine Would highly recommendMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 September 2023 via mobile

Been looking forward to a French soufflé but this one was like a flat tart rather than a billowing light culinary delight There was a large group at the next table and not enough staff to diners ratio thus we were neglected a bit and...for the price we won’t return disappointing experienceMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023

The food is excellent and typically french and did not disappoint, the duck being superb. Unfortunately, the evening was less than perfect due to our seating and a lack of flexibility on their part. We are an elderly couple who had prebooked for 6.15pm on...an unusually cold and wet night in Cairns. They seated us on the roadside of their outside verandah in a strong draft. As we feel the cold badly we asked if it would be possible to move pointing out that we would be out before later bookings arrived. Without any attempt to examine whether that might indeed be possible we were given a blanket no. Indeed, we were given an actual blanket. While one might expect such lack of accommodation in Paris one does not expect it in Cairns. Beware check where you will be seated at the time of booking and if possible avoid the front verandah except on balmy nights.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 August 2023

Brilliant restaurant. Wonderful staff and service is excellent. The menu changes almost on a weekly basis and the selections are divine. Cannot speak highly enough of the presentation and combination of flavours that Nicholas and his team consistently provides. Got to be an AAA+++.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 31 July 2023 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Friendly staff who offered a wrap if I was cold on the balcony. Great good and a stunning night out in Cairns

Date of visit: July 2023
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Response from AshaCairns | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Ross H | Reviewed this property |
as above. along time and the current chef is excellent. staff generally very helpful, friendly and happy
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