Petite Chou
Petite Chou

Petite Chou

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafepatachou.com/
  • Phone: 317-566-0765
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:30am, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Sunday & Monday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Petite Chou by Patachou® offers catering for business or social occasions. Choose sandwiches, soups and salads from the cafe menu or develop a unique customized menu for your event. Contact the Petite Chou by Patachou® manager or visit the Patachou, Inc. website at cafepatachou.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 146th St
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Petite Chou
Located in the open air lifestyle center of Clay Terrace in Carmel, Indiana, Petite Chou by Patachou® serves French-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner. Petite Chou by Patachou® also features specialties including three varieties of chicken paillard; all-natural, Indiana-raised bistro-style rotisserie chicken; environmentally sustainable fresh fish and seafood; locally farmed and grass-fed beef, lamb and pork; pommes frites authentically prepared in duck fat; and a carefully selected champagne, wine and craft beer list. Inventive champagne cocktails using house made purees are custom made. Made to order crepes, tartines and omelets (using local farm-fresh eggs) are also available from open to close. A heated, dog-friendly covered outdoor seating area is open spring, summer and fall. Petite Chou by Patachou® is a beautiful gem of a restaurant, unique to Indiana. Carryout, business catering and customized, private events happily accommodated.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Petite Chou reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (26)great for lunch (24)great for outdoor dining (23)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (13)special occasion (12)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (8)romantic (5)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Charming
    NurseChaCha
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a little gem in Clay Terrace. The ambiance is French and the food is fresh and so good. We had iced tea and the omlet special. Very good. Nice place to meet a friend for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites in Indy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Petite Chou never disappoints!!! We have been here many times, and it is always delicious food and wonderful friendly service. We brought some out of towners and new to towners with us to enjoy Sunday brunch. A great time was had by all! Our server was so friendly and our large party didn't phase her one bit. Food came out hot and yummy like it always does :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, but why make a reservation?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our food and server were both outstanding, but prior to being seated we waited for more than 30 minutes (despite making a reservation through Open Table). When I checked in promptly at our scheduled time, my name was put on the list along with everybody else who was waiting. I had to ask the host two times when we were going to be seated, but he was never able to provide an answer and offered no apology. The service leading up to being seated could use improvement, but our server was A+.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative Food
    IndysharkVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We keep trying different things and they all are fantastic. I guess we will just have to keep coming back for more!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • D's Birthday Luncheon
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was a birthday luncheon among old friends and we never felt pressured to order or leave. Service was great and food equally great. This group didn't want drinks but in the past we have ordered from the bar and we enjoyed the drinks. I would definitely bring other friends/family here for lunch or special occasions. I will try it in the evening sometime but I know it is wonderful during the day time. I look forward to more great meals and gatherings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening outside!
    moms4VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner outside on the patio. The beets & goat cheese were a hit for my husband. I enjoyed the chicken paillard with lemon sauce as it was nice and light and perfect for a summer's dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No reservation?
    kaytee2121
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We enjoy this restaurant very much. Our 18 yr old vegetarian daughter struggles a bit to find non meat items. We had to wait for a table when we arrived, because the restaurant didn't have a reservation for us. I thought I forgot to finalize it but it was on the history list when we arrived home. We only had to wait about 15 minutes; ordinarily I think the wait would have been longer but a horrific thunderstorm at the time of our (non) reservation kept the crowd away.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our "go to" place
    HoosierTraveler
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Already one of our favorites, we chose this place to celebrate my wife's birthday. Mike took great care of us and, when we hadn't seen him in a while, his manager came by to check on us. We were surprised with a birthday pyrotechnical display that made our night special. I thought the music was a little loud, but that is probably just me. (Although, for me, I would rather just hear the sounds of a restaurant vs. overhead music). Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Wonderful as always abd waiter excellent. Had a table of children seated next to us so very loud abd hard to carry on a conversation. Food always too notch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Lunch
    Carmelite
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My group of workout friends recently met at Petite Chou for a summer lunch. I made the reservation through Open Table and that made things super easy. We all agreed that the food was delicious ( especially the Farmstand Salad.) Service was quick and friendly. I have eaten there many times before but this was the first time for others in the group. I always see children there and often someone is celebrating a birthday with a sparkler cake. It is one of my favorite local places to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Champagne bar is a big hit!
    LarryB
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We began our dinner with a great bottle of dry champagne and the 5 "cave" cheeses as an appetizer. The entree selection, though limited, offers enough choices for any diner. The gelato choice sundae we shared was also excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Torian0319VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first time at the restaurant. I love French food, so we were excited. However, the menu selection had very little variety and nothing exciting. I had the salmon that was cooked well, but the side and accompanied garnish was not good. Dessert was very disappointing. I have had better meals at fast food places. I will say that the kids meals were very tasty. My girls had the mac and cheese and grilled cheese. We will not visit this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Beautiful evening so reserved outdoor table; we were on time but they gave it away to a couple who walked in just ahead of us with no reservation. Inside dining area has mediocre aesthetics. Left and went across the street to Prime 47 and had an outstanding experience and meal. You should try it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    IndysharkVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    They have a menu that changes periodically to open up a few new treasures for your taste buds. The combination of new items and old favorites makes picking a meal a challenge (a good problem to have!).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food poor choice music
    bjdesigner
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Background music was poor choice - more for the staff than clientele. When asked to have it changed or turned down nothing was done and we were one of the few tables indoors that evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 175 reviews are from the Petite Chou reviews archive.
  • Lunch Club
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Went here for a work celebration lunch outing. Had a reservation. Took about 10 mins to be seated. Place was quite packed at noon. Server was wonderful and attentive. Some people had burnt bacon/potatoes in their omlettes but the manager came by and took those off our bill. I have been here several times before and never had any issues of burnt food. Why the chef decided to put those in I will never know. You couldn't even ct the potatoes they were so burnt. Highly reccomend the cinnamon toast. It was excellent. Would go back again and just avoid anything with bacon/potatoes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much excellent food
    Sweetfoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had a lovely meal at Petite Chou. The pomme frites were wonderful, I had the monk fish which was delicious. I also had the beets with goat cheese, another wonderful choice, excellent the next day as well. My husband ordered the croque Monsieur, which he enjoyed that evening and the next day. We did order dessert, anything with chocolate sauce is fabulous. I had the crepe,and he had the profiteroles. The staff is great and we had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, genuine French cuisine
    Brandon
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Very pleased to find an authentic and high-quality French restaurant in Indianapolis. Locally sourced meats are excellent.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a chance of a return
    BWFZ
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We arrived at Petite Chou and were "greeted", taken to a dirty table by a window that was dirty as was the sill (pieces of food in the window sill). We were handed menus that had food and drink stains on them and were dirty. We were told our server would be with us in a minute and we waited and waited. The server did not greet us, pour our waters and said he would be back to get our order, not once did he welcome us, tell us about specials and to top it off he went to the table next to us and started a conversation with those guest (who had been seated there about 10-15 minutes less than us) We left and will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exception Service on Special Date
    Hogan
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I took my wife as a detour before her surprise bday party. I told the manager in advance and he insured we had a great time and the bill was delivered on time so we could hit the party at the right time. The waiter was excellent and made great recommendations while not giving away the surprise.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmel local gem - a must !!!!
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Our regular breakfast brunch venue. Highly recommended. They also server evening meals. Deserts are fab.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite local restaurant
    2momN1kid
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Friendly and inviting. We always love eating here. Good variety and one of the best burgers in town. Kids love it too. Though our daughter loves the breakfast the most, I have to say we do too. Have had over 100 meals here and most have been Sunday breakfast. Broken yolk sandwich and creeps are my favorite. For dinner we enjoy the rotisserie chicken, burgers, and the filet is small but a nice cut. I'm even a fan of the crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    RoxieChow
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is my second encounter with Petite Chou at Clay Terrace. Ordered from special "Northside Nights" menu, and wish we hadn't. Initially, the server suggested a special red wine. We are not wine drinkers. When we declined, she left. We did want cocktails. When she returned much later, we asked her if could order some? Mussels were one of the three choices on the special menu. The mussels did not taste fresh. The Provencal sauce was heavy with butter. The skirt steak entrée was decent. The chicken pallard, one of their standard dishes was wonderful. The kitchen was slow to bring out food. This was totally different from our first experience. During our first experience everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful food, delightful evening
    NancT
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    A friend with local ties recommended Petite Chou to me and at first I balked because it's in a shop community setting, but I love french food and I'm so glad I went. We had a special 3 course menu and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was interesting and delicious. We saw couples, families, and large groups all enjoying the restaurant. Nicely done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers will Return!
    LawgoddessVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We've visited other restaurants in this group but Saturday night dinner at Petite Chou was our first experience there. We loved it! It's a nice space; food and service were both very good. We both made selections from the "North Side Nights" menu and were not disappointed. I'm sure that Petite Chou will become one of our regular go-to restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood entrees.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent seafood entrees. One note, Bar ran out of the 2 different beers we ordered after one serving, then they ran out of the wine I selected. Food was excellent though.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    ACR3
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Took my wife here for Valentine's Day. It was such a hit we went back the next time we ate out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Saturday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a group of 8 for an 11:15 brunch on a Saturday morning. The reastaurant was full but the food and service was as if we were the only people there. The food was excellent. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girl's Night Out
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We were celebrating a friend's birthday. Petite Chou is a great place for a girl's night out. They even brought her a complimentary special dessert for her celebration. Dinner was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent but loud
    sigifergVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The food was great, the interior ver nicely done, service was good. But it was just tooo loud for my taste. We could barely carry on a conversation despite the place being half empty. I don't know if it was because they had all of us sitting close together, or if it was the tables behind us, but it was just wayyyy too loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure I would go back when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Not sure I would go back when they have a limited menu as they ran out of things early
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not what I expected...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I selected this restaurant for Valentine's day, it was one of the few that still has reservations last minute and now I know why. They had a limited menu and it was overpriced for what you get. My Fiance got the beef tenderloin and typically when we spend $30 for a steak you get at least 6 oz. This was overcooked and maybe 4 oz. They were out of the 2 other things we wanted for dinner so we weren't super impressed from the beginning. I love Cafe Patachou so I figured this would be a great place. It is basically Cafe Patachou with a couple of chandeliers and a french inspired dinner menu.. This may be a place we go some afternoon to get wine and a cheese plate but that's about it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Service and Great Food
    IndysharkVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Pair really good food with exceptional service and you have a keeper. Add to that a server who was having fun and connected weth her customers..... It was a great dinner and evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy valentine's day...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Had a great meal on Saturday , the day after Valentine's Day, but everything, especially the special menu, was great!! Worth the trip from the Northeastside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Incredibly creative chef! I believe the best I've experienced in Indiana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    erinclare
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A lovely dinner for Valentine's Day, with a special menu and wonderful options. We never regret a meal from Petite Chou!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Home Run...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    It was out first time for dinner and found it to be just what we were looking for. It was not over booked and we were able to enjoy dinner conversation without feeling like we shared with everyone around us. Our server was perfect, attentive, but not overly so.... knowledgeable and friendly. The food was excellent but would have like to see a little more offering on the vegetarian side of things. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful food
    livvy
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Food was superb! Also, the Old Fashioned before dinner was the best one I ever had. Our son thought the onion soup was the best he ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good Food and Service
    IndysharkVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    With consistently good food and service, Petite Chou will not disappoint you. Go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite restaurant in all
    CMac
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Favorite restaurant in all of Indianapolis. No other restaurant has a better breakfast/lunch menu. Tried the chicken crepe for the first time and like everything else there.... DELICIOUS!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.