About Bistro Soleil
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If you look long enough, you are usually able to find at least one French chef with a zest for love and life on most islands. Chances are he has a reputation for the most creative cuisine, served with artistry, complemented with excellent wines and all in a cozy setting On Marco Island, that would be award-winning Chef Denis Meurgue, from Pont-a-Mousson, France, who with his wife, Lisa, originally from Wisconsin, offer authentic gourmet French cuisine. Denis is influenced by his passionate culinary odyssey in the Mediterranean, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean.
Bistro Soleil has a full bar and entertainment. We offer carry out, gift certificates and catering. Private banquet facilities available for breakfasts. luncheons, dinners, meetings, rehearsal dinners, weddings, and all your special occasions.
"Knowing Denis' prowess made our decision both difficult and easy. We knew everything would be delicious, but every selection we made precluded our tasting of something else. Oh, the cruelty of a single meal."
~Gulfshore Life Magazine
Piano, Vocal, Keyboard, Violin and Pan Flute
Born in Ukraine, Dan graduated in June 1978 from Drogobych State School of Music with a Master degree in Music Theory, Piano, Conducting and Composition. Played in Philharmonics, Concert Halls, Restaurants in the Ukraine, Russia and Europe.
Dan was a musician for the Renaissance Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Line, traveling around the world. Dan came to the US in June 1996. Dan has played at the Marco Island Yacht Club, Marco Island Country Club, Hideaway Beach Country Club, Heritage Country Club Naples, Lakewood Country Club Naples, Grey Oaks Country Club Naples and currently performs at Bistro Soleil.
Dan is a professional musician with forty years of experience, providing live piano, vocal, pan flute, violin music for cocktail and dinner parties, weddings and all types of receptions in Marco Island and Naples. His diverse repertoire includes pop, classical, show tunes to smooth jazz, soft rock and international music with songs by Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, ABBA, Phantom of the Opera and so much more.
Starting Tuesday, January 15th Dan will be at Bistro Soleil
Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 pm
Dan will NOT be at Bistro on:
Returning to the Bistro Soleil:
Wednesdays 6:30 pm beginning January 30th
Also appearing Tuesday, February 5th
November 14, 2018 to April 24, 2019
We sell croque monsieurs, various quiches, soups, our famous salad dressing and desserts tarts!
Denis will also make you a crepe to enjoy for lunch!
Interested in food, wine and having fun?
Sip your way through France with us!
Tours have included Champagne Region, Alsace, Burgundy, The Loire Valley, Bordeaux and Provence.
We plan and organize trips to the various wine regions, sharing our love of France, its’ food, its’ wine and its’ culture. Our tours have included learning about the wine and champagne making process, cooking classes, picnics in vineyards, cultural events, visits to local markets, dining in bistros and Michelin star restaurants (and everything in between), wine tastings, visits to oyster farms, caviar farms, visiting the National equestrian center and off the beaten path places creating fun, exciting and memorable experiences.
France is known throughout the world for its’ cuisine and wine. The quality and respect for ingredients, passion for seasonality and local products paired with the love of French artisans’, their appreciation and respect for what they create culminates into an authentic way to discover France.
The History of the Olde Marco Inn
After the Civil War, a handful of pioneers chose to settle on the old Calusa Indian shell mounds that the islands of Southwest Florida offered. Homesteaders tried to make a living by commercial fishing in the rich estuaries, burning buttonwood trees to make charcoal for sale in Florida’s largest city, Key West, or planting garden crops of vegetables and fruits to be shipped for resale.
But the “Silver King” changed all that. An 1874 report from New Smyrna Beach reported that “the tarpum (tarpon)....is rarely taken with the hook and line, as it generally carried away the tackle.....The only successful way, I am told, is to strike it with a harpoon...”
The Ft. Myers News Press reported that Mr. W.H. Wood of New York, had, between March 19 and 31, 1885, landed five tarpon averaging over 100 pounds each on a rod and reel, this feat, that a tarpon could be caught by a sportsman, was given wide national publicity. The discovery started an international craze. Hotels were immediately under construction to house the sportsman flocking into Southwest Florida. The Marco Inn, built in 1883, was remodeled into a hotel. The Marco Inn rented rooms for $2/day and opened with twenty-four sleeping rooms and a two story outhouse (the only one of its kind) as reported by Ripley in his “Believe it or not” column.
Members of “Marco Inn Tarpon Club”-are featured inside the front entrance of the restaurant. The Tarpon Club was initiated for any guest who caught a tarpon weighing 60 pounds or more. Scales mounted in the frames are a permanent record of the year, the angler who caught the fish and its weight and length. Members were given a keepsake pin in celebration of their catch. In addition anyone catching a tarpon had their name announced in the dining room that evening and was given a bottle of champagne with dinner.
The original owner of the Marco Inn, Capt. Bill Collier started constructing special tarpon fishing vessels to meet the demand of the fishermen. In the spring of 1895, Capt. Collier found wood and cordage while digging on property near the Inn and mentioned the find to Charles Wilkins, a tarpon fisherman. That conversation triggered a series of events that led to the discovery of over 2,000 Calusa artifacts found just south of the Inn the following year. These artifacts are now on display at the British Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and the Florida . Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Fl. The most significant find was “The Key Marco Cat”, a small statue of a kneeling wooden feline found on Marco in 1896. It was found by Frank Hamilton Cushing during this archaeological dig.
The original Key Marco, now known as Olde Marco, was once a separate Island located north of the main part of Marco Island. When Cushing arrived in 1896, he arrived by boat and docked just west of Key Marco along Collier Creek, the channel that leads from Collier Bay to the Marco River. Capt. Bill Collier had just opened the Marco Inn to paying guests and Cushing was one of the first to stay here.
During the depression, George Ruppert, brother of the owner of the NY Yankees and a beer brewer, took full ownership of Key Marco in 1936, in his corporation, The Marco Island Corporation. The submerged lands purchased from the State of Florida were filled in the 1940s and 1950s connecting permanently Key Marco to the main island. In 1963, the Marco Island Corporation platted and developed Old Marco Village, making it virtually impossible to now see that there was once a separate island where Olde Marco now exists.
In 1970, after several other owners, German Chef Wilhelm Blomeier and his wife Marion began the Inn’s tradition of fine European dining. During the Blomeier years, the Inn had many famous guests including President George Bush, comedians Jackie Gleason and Art Carney as well as financier Donald Trump.
In 1999, the Inn was restored and renovated when it became the property of a Minnesota partnership. Period pieces from the 19th century which still grace the Inn include a 2000 prism glass chandelier once owned by Guy Lombardo and Audubon prints dating to 1850. In addition, fifty one elegant suites decorated in a tropical style have been added in two adjacent wings
Under new ownership since 2008, the hotel and Bistro Soleil are now two separate operating entities. Chef Denis continues the tradition of European dining in this warm and inviting historical atmosphere.
Historical Information written by Craig Woodward, who moved to Marco in 1968 and has practiced law in Collier County since 1980. For many years, Craig has led a history tour of the Island for the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Marco program. He also has a home in Everglades City and has a deep interest in local and Florida history. Craig grew up in Olde Marco near the Inn.
Dan Vass in our lounge
Choice of Appetizers
Martini gulf shrimp cocktail served w. roasted pepper aioli sauce
Escargot and porcini mushrooms in a green peppercorn
and cognac sauce served in a puff pastry
Terrine of fresh goat cheese w. chargrilled zucchini,
eggplant & peppers served with a sun dried tomato coulis
Duo of terrine of duck foie gras and french country pate
served with toasted brioche
Delectable lobster bisque, blend of lobster and crab meat and our combination of spices and vegetables, simmered in a savory cream base
Bistro Soleil Salad
Mixed field of greens with dried cranberries & candied walnuts
tossed in a light raspberry balsamic vinaigrette
Choice of Entrées
Seared duck breast with mushrooms, sautéed spinach served
with a bourbon and ginger demi-glace
Pan seared filet of yellowtail snapper topped with crab meat,
finished with a light lemon caper butter sauce
Beef tenderloin Wellington with porcini mushrooms & baby spinach stuffing, wrapped in a puff pastry served with a cabernet reduction
Roasted New Zealand rack of lamb provençale
Pan seared Chilean sea bass and gulf shrimp
served with a citrus and basil butter sauce
dark & white chocolate mousse cake layered atop
orange genoise served with berries soaked in grand marnier
served with a glass of champagne
$80 per person
price does not include tax or gratuity
Please visit our breakfast and lunch restaurant located in the Shops of Olde Marco
210 Royal Palm Drive
Call (239) 970-6072