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Le St. Tropez

4.2
298 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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Le St. Tropez is a quaint, family-owned restaurant that offers refined French cuisine and a creative cocktail menu. Le St. Tropez brings all the exquisite flavors of the French Riviera right to your table. Select from a variety of fresh salads, appetizers, entrées and desserts. Popular dishes include mushroom ravioli with black truffles, lobster pasta and crêpes Suzette.

The dining area at Le St. Tropez is decorated in a traditional French provincial style. The ambiance gives diners the feeling of being on vacation in France. Enjoy your food with friendly and efficient service. Folks with furry friends are more than welcome, with outdoor seating and even a dog menu.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, European, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation


Lunch:

Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Sunday: from 5:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 624-8977
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jean Hubert
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Private party facilities
~We offer restaurant buy-outs for special events~
• up to 60 guests in the indoor Provençal dining room
• up to 30 guests in our heated garden courtyard the Jardin des Artistes
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Private party contact
Chef Jean Hubert: (831) 624-8977
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Catering
Please inquire by email: bonjour@lesttropez.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ocean & 7th Ave.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
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4.1
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 11, 2016

Overall we had a nice dinner. However, the french fries that came with the steak et frites were overdone and a little to thick.

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1.0Dined on April 9, 2016

I was very disappointed. My boyfriend and I felt their anxiety as they rushed past us every few seconds, this is not what I hoped for at an expensive French restaurant. The waiter acted like a snob and seemed to judge us for buying a $25 bottle of wine like we were being cheap. The waiter knocked the olive oil on the ground it was awkward not peaceful it romantic. Way over priced. I will not ever go back and their plastics menus were off putting.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2016

Wonderful to see a French restaurant actually make souffles ... Maybe want to expand to savory ones too?

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2016

I have dined at many of the best restaurants in Carmel but this is my favorite. Anton is one of the reasons, he is the best waiter I have ever had. Friendly, courteous and very efficient. The cuisine here is remarkable. This night I had short ribs and they were melt in your mouth delicious . For dessert I ordered Grand Marnier Souflle, which I haven't had in 20 years, the best! Can't wait to go back

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2016

I took my parter to Le St Tropez for her birthday dinner. We are both gluten free and that is one of the main reasons I chose this place. Every option on their menu minus one thing could be prepared gluten free. They also had several good desert options. It meant a lot to be able to go somewhere so accommodating for our diet. The wait staff were friendly professional and respectful. The ambience was quiet and intimate. I recommend this place certainly to anyone who is gluten free. And I figure, if their gluten free food is great, then their regular food must be too :)

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2016

I try to eat at San Tropez for special occasions. The owners are terrific. The food is lighter French..While the restaurant is not cheap, it is a good value as the food, preparation and service are first rate.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Hostess was very good. Wait staff poorly trained: water not refilled in a timely manner; used silverware dumped onto table when first course dishes removed; one wait staff hovered annoyingly, appeared sullen, as if he couldn't wait to get us out; primary waiter belatedly turned on the charm to assure a decent tip.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2016

Le St Tropez never seizes to amaze with its fabulous ambiance, great selection of delicious food prepared in the way us Lovers of the Provence enjoy.

When the website says "retro french delights", they mean it. From execution to presentation the menu convinces and hits home every time. Great specials enhance the already great options. The wine list also has a good range. Local, California and French wines that have been well selected. Be bold and try something you maybe never even have heard of... whenever I do this, I discover hidden treasures that pair exceptionally with my food.

I love bringing friends as well as family here when they come visit as this is one of the most charming restaurants in Carmel for sure.

Well done St Tropez!!!

PS: Did I mention the Crepes Flambé... what a feast...

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2016

The food was very good. Very slow night. Servers were moving at a slow pace.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Great ambience, service and people. Couldn't ask for more they even cater for dogs and have a doggy menu!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The best French cuisine !!!

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2016

it was immediately apparent that something was wrong. There were 4 groups of people crammed in the entry way while wait and bus staff stood idle next to the bar. The host was disheveled, looking like he just rolled out of bed, wearing an old "quicksilver" t-shirt. He confusingly sat people without menus, then came back to the host stand each time to make an extra trip back to each table with the menus. We were likewise seated outside without menus and had to wait a good five minutes before a busboy took pity on us and brought us our menus.

The outdoor patio is a beautiful garden setting with pots of gardenias and nasturtiums hanging off the walls, umbrellas to shade the sun during day and electric heaters to provide warmth for those cold summer foggy nights. The tables are further arranged around a fire pit and each table is provided with warm fleece blankets for those caught off guard by Carmel's fickle coastal temps.

Somebody put a lot of thought and attention into the design of that patio. Sadly, the rest of this operation is sorely lacking in that careful approach.

The "homemade hummus made fresh everyday" was acidic, had a telltale liquid on the surface, and was slightly carbonated. I noticed the table next to me having a recoiling reaction upon tasting it and confirmed they had the same assessment. When I let the server know it had turned, she took it away and brought another saying she tasted both (ick) and that they tasted the same, that they make it daily with nothing but chickpeas, olive oil, and lemon juice; which doesn't account for the carbonated and dis pleasant spiciness, similar to what the table next to us described as fresh salsa that tastes great the first day then a few days later, the container is bulging from outgassing and is acidic and carbonated...oh well.

The "jasmine rice" that came with the salmon was a burnt puck that required a knife to cut, completely inedible - an old stale rice cake. Ambience notwithstanding, we won't return.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Fun French bistro cozy inside Mediterranean patio

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1.0Dined on February 6, 2016

In a very busy weekend in Carmel, this restaurant was empty. Only 2 tables occupied. I had lunch here a year ago and was pleased. Given all the empty tables at 8:30 on Saturday night I can only assume something has happened. The food was bland. The Caesar salad was warm and limp.
When I asked for it to be returned what followed was barely an improvement.
Friendly service but they cannot fix what is wrong.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2016

Lovely dinner - fantastic service!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2016

Le St. Tropez was an outstanding dining experience. We went on a weeknight during the off-season (January) and ordered from the prix-fixe menu which was generous at $45. Attentive and professional staff waited on us and we were granted a quiet table. The crudites, consisting of bread, olives, and a sumptuous celery root salad, was excellent. Enjoyed the hummus as well. French onion soup was piping hot, topped with Gruyere cheese, which enhanced the rich dark brown broth that comforted me on this wintry evening. I enjoyed a large steak, cooked to perfection with savory fries. The creme brulee, rich and creamy, made for an outstanding finish. The owner was very gracious and came over to offer us two complimentary glasses of muscat with our dessert which made the evening. We liked Le St. Tropez the first time we came. This second visit only confirms our delight in such a fine restaurant. We will come back and honor Le St. Tropez in future. A gentle word about children. It's best to leave the kiddies home with a babysitter.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2016

Le St. Tropez was our late night, post show stop on Sunday and proved again to be a local gem and treat. The food is always delicious and well prepared and the staff is very patron friendly. We often dine outdoors here for a casual meal but dinner is a great option especially since few places in Carmel offer dining this late. We've had almost everything on the menu and have enjoyed them several times. Sunday's Lentil soup was a treat and the short ribs very tender and well flavored. We particularly enjoyed the Endive salad and wish we had left room for deserts which are always a treat. Ambiance is comfortable and might even be a bit on the romantic side given the French feel to the dining room. Hope you enjoy it too!

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2016

It's our fourth time visiting the area and we always put St. Tropes on the list. The staff are efficient and professional. The steak frites and duck confit were amazing. The soufflé for two is a must!

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Just a really solid Mediterranean restaurant. The 24 hour chicken was special. Perfectly cooked and carved at the table. Fun.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2016

There are so many places in Carmel but this one is really a gem. A bit pricey, but we've been here twice in the last year and it hasn't disappointed.

The only thing I thought was lacking was that my husband had the lobster and pasta and I felt the lobster pieces were a bit skimpy - although my husband said his meal was very good. I had the swordfish and it was a good portion and delicious. The presentation on both dishes was impressive.

If you're there during nice weather, be sure to check out the outdoor dining area - lovely. We'll definitely go back there on our next visit.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Had an awesome time at Le St. Tropez. The service was comfortable (not over bearing). Rosalie really appreciated the gluten free options. The scallops were outstanding and the filet mignon and lobster combination was outstanding. Topped off with the amaretto soufflés (their soufflés are among the best anywhere).

The staff genuinely makes you feel at home.

Highly recommended.

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2.0Dined on November 27, 2015

We were very disappointed in our visit. The service from our waiter was very poor. We ordered several small plates and the waiter seemed to basically write us off since we were not ordering any full size entrees. He never asked how our food was and he said nothing when dropping off our bill. Very poor customer service. We left a note expressing this on our check and within 15 minutes someone from the restaurant called to apologize. This was a nice gesture and much appreciated. Hopefully it will be helpful in the future hearing this constructive feedback

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2.0Dined on November 21, 2015

I went here for an anniversary dinner with my boyfriend. We had the escargot and french onion soup for dinner; I had the fruits de mer and he had the swordfish special. We had the souffle for dessert. Both of us were underwhelmed. If the prices had been cheaper, I would have been ok with the meal, but at that price, it wasn't worth it. My dish was very bland and his swordfish was over cooked. The souffle and the french onion soup were good. The waiter gave us a very good wine recommendation and was friendly, but it did take overly long for them to get to our table and take our order on a night that was not very busy.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Went to Le St. Tropez for my wives birthday. Had a excellent meal and great service. A special treat was that if you bring a bottle of wine from one of the local tasting rooms there is no corkage fee. A very nice and romantic experience.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2015

great onion soup

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

Attentive (and personable) service, great choices for those with gluten sensitivities, and best of all, a lovely menu and delicious food in good-sized portions. The Carmel area has no shortage of very good restaurants, but this is on our "Must Visit" list every trip and the top restaurant we recommend whenever someone asks about eating in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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3.0Dined on October 26, 2015

quiet be causes deserted. wine warm. ordered chicken breast, received thigh and leg. not a highlight of carmel

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2015

Fantastic soufflé and braised short ribs. French onion soup was excellent as well. Service good but a little slow but was a busy Saturday. Ambiance was quaint French - low lights but not really "romantic".

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2015

If you are looking for clean flavors, a nice small French bistro and great service look no further. We ate on the early side since we are east coasters and that was no bother to the staff. The apps and mains were great and we split both since the size of the fish seemed more that we could handle. That request was handled very well. I would go back.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2015

Let me start out by saying that the service and personnel in this restaurant were exceptional; they were very charming and attentive to the customer. My husband and I both ordered the $45 special, which was a great deal. We started out with crudités, which were absolutely not good - Minuscule olives, pickled beets that could have come from a jar, an unidentifiable dip and one other item that was nondescript. The house wines - we chose a red and a white - were both good. The bread was above average. My husband's beef and fries were very much to his liking. My chicken dish was bland. Some of the chicken was tough. The vegetables were overcooked. My dessert, crime brûlée, was the highlight of my meal. My husband's dessert was chocolate ice cream and whipped cream in a shell. The shell was a little much, hard to chew.
The staff saved the night, which was a celebration of our 40th anniversary. Perhaps we ordered the wrong dishes. Perhaps ordering the special was a bad idea. The net result was an overall grade of about a C- (NOT GOOD) for the food.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2015

Fantastic little restaurant making great classic French fair, especially French desserts

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2015

My wife and I went back for our first wedding anniversary and noted it when we booked our reservation. The staff could not have been nicer, apologizing for not having the table next to the fireplace and offering us various options for seating. Multiple staff stopped by and congratulated us and made sure we had everything we needed. We skipped dessert (to full!) but they brought us a crème brulee to share with a candle in it and instructed us to make a wish together.

Food was good. Nothing spectacular, but what one would expect from a restaurant like this. My one complaint would be the quality of the filet mignons my wife and I both got. Not anything like what was on the table next to us. Cut more from the end of the filet an rather sinewy, which was a shame. I guess it was the luck of the draw.

But based on service alone we'll someday return when in the area.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2015

As a gluten intolerant person, it was delightful to be greeted by wait staff who not only acknowledged that they had gluten free choices, but were very helpful as to making suggestions as to what I might want to eat.

The food for our party of four was fabulous!

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2.0Dined on September 26, 2015

In search for a quiet night out with my spouse, we found this restaurant on Open Table. We made a reservation and had a cozy booth. The food was fine, but very much under seasoned and in memorable. The mussels looked plenty seasoned with a reddish, oily sauce but lacked any flavor at all. The short ribs were better, with a nice fall off the bone consistency, but the lack of flavor made it taste like something you can cook in a pressure cooker at home. I could easily replicate the dish-but we're here to be tantalized and fed by a chef. Not pay over $100 for home cooked food. The final disappointment was the chocolate soufflé that we ordered ahead of time. We ordered two, but got one chocolate and one grand mariner. They both were texture wise, light and airy but tasted just that. Like flavored air. We will not be going to this restaurant again-as Carmel has many others with more to offer.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2015

This very friendly French bistro is located just off the main thoroughfare in downtown Carmel.
The seating is a mix of tables and delightful curvy booths that allow for ideal privacy, yet allow the seated patron to enjoy what is going on in the room. The food was so beautifully presented and yet not scimpy portions. The ceasar I had was very uniquely designed and absolutely delicous. I had the Moules as an entree and the sauce was outstanding. If I had room for another portion, I would have ordered one. This is something I rarely even think about at restaurants lately. My husband had the pizza with pineapple. I don't even like pizza, but dipped in the sauce from the moules, it was fantastic. The bill was very reasonable and it felt like a super value for the quality of food that we received. This is a hidden gem. Don't miss!

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

My three friends and I had another great dinner at le at Tropez at our recent stay in Carmel. The food was great, we had rack of lamb, fruits de mer and net York stake. Slight hiccup with service (very late bread basket) was easily forgotten, thanks to great apitizers and cocktails. WE will sertantly include Le St. Tropez on our dining card next time we visit.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2015

Excellent halibut special and great sweetbreads Comfortable booth. Generous Martina's.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2015

Dining at St. Tropez almost made me feel like I was in Europe. From the decor to the sophistication of the staff, I felt like I was in France. The food was superb! I love the atmosphere and enjoy the fact that I can take my Samoyed dog with me on the patio. (He enjoyed the doggie menu chicken for $6). I would definitely return to St. Tropez!

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

Very appreciative of efforts to be safe for Celiacs. I ate here confidently, which is a rare experience. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2015

Just a deluxe treat when you have food limitations! The owner is a gem. Celebrated a special occasion with dinning enthusiasm I haven't had in years. Feeling very grateful. ...will return...make your reservation now!!!

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