Carmel Bouchee

4.3
29 reviews
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French
Classic French with a hint of California. Enjoy amazing food with the incredibly talented Chef Jacques Zagouri paired with some tremendous wines. Cheers!
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Chicago
82 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Way better than under the last ownership. Everything we had was excellent. Very visible, fun chef owner wandering around. Service quicker than before. New best in Carmel for me

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JB
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice change of pace from the crowded, trend-following eateries Carmel has so many of. Carefully prepared food in the French manner, gracious service and casually elegant decor. Delightful!

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SR
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, fresh tomatoes and burrata were nicely portioned with good use of fine ingredients. Fish special looked delicious, but served with fettuccini. The confit legs were tasty - nicely salty and the slightest nice flavor of herbs, but the skin which should be deliciously crisp was flabby and soft, and drowned in butter. The menu isn't very French - foie gras is even called duck liver, and it is pate, not torchon. There are tasty looking risotto, rigatoni, carbonara and another pasta dish.... but those aren't all that French except in the south of France, and it's not really all that Mediterranean.

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JD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Restaurant was very quiet, but l did not expect to be so strongly “encouraged” to leave at on 9.15pm!! To much choice is Carmel to put up with this!! We walked past many other lovey restaurants on way back to hotel.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Clearly overpriced. This is French cuisine from the 80’s. Over cooked, with overpowering heavy sauces. No idea who’s the chef but if French he hasn’t been back home for a while. If not French then go to France a take a cooking class. For a French food restaurant this is not what you’d eat in France. Service was very nice. The young waiter tried hard to act and be professional which he did considering his age. Impressive wine list but who would drink a 12000$ wine with this kind of food! All in all it was not good but it was not that bad either. And if it suits the local clientele it does the job. But please revamp the menu and go back to basics.

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n
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in town. A go to for locals always

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Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuesday night is moules and frites special night. They offer mussels cooked 3 different ways and French fries, all you can eat. All were Absolutely delicious! My favorite was the Thai mussels with in coconut milk and lemon grass. The Provençal were a close second. They also have the regular menu. I live 45 minutes away and will go back often for those mussels!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Carmel restaurants. Our waitress was warm, friendly and attentive. Chef Jacques Zagouri always finds time to visit each table and give a friendly hello, and of course owner Richard Oh was helpful recommending a wine tailored to our tastes. The quiet yet convivial atmosphere makes this a great place to return to again and again. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. I had the halibut special which was moist and flaky in a rich sauce. In the past I have had the mussels and fries which are the best I have had anywhere. In an uncertain time for many restaurants, think this one will stand the test of time and continue to build a following. It certainly has done so among the locals.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting, creative, delicious and healthy take on high end French country cuisine. Extremely gracious and friendly staff -- attentive waiter/sommelier who provided great wine guidance and interesting information on special dishes; and Chef Zagouri visited every table and project genuine joy in inventing his nightly specials. An elegant but casual atmosphere where many locals keep returning.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wine and hospitality

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JB
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, including from the chef who came to our table to discuss options for one of our party with allergies. Flavorful food, nicely prepared and presented. Nice ambiance with elbow room lacking in other Carmel restaurants.

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ST
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops were excellent! Wonderful service! Can't wait to go back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Jacques is back and better than ever

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r
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Original chef is back with new owner and the Carmel Bouchee has the " magic " again.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was excellent. The chef made an appearance at our table and went out of his way to make us feel welcome. I look forward to our next visit.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and great food, we truly enjoyed our dining experience.

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CK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

When we arrived and walked in the front door, a very strong odor of mildew was present... not exactly what you want to smell upon arriving at a restaurant. The evening never got better, other than our server who was lovely. She did her best to accommodate us, and was certainly professional. The food quality is absolutely an embarrassment to what was once a very nice restaurant. Nothing we ordered was either tasty, or well prepared. The owner spent the evening at a table near us playing cards and ignoring the rest of the diners. The interiors are tired and worn, as the food is also. Do not waste your money on this has been diner and instead find other options. Sad to see what was once great has fallen into a state of dirtiness, laziness and zero creativity. Shame on you!

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WG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Looks a little old fashioned but don’t let that put you off because the food is wonderful.

Very good value, especially compared to some of the other restaurants in Carmel.

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MF
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great rebirth of the previous Andre Bouchee restaurant. The same chef is there and the new partner/owners have a lot of good and relevant experience. Our dining experience was very good; just shy of excellent. The only slippage was that the service was a bit on the slow side. Otherwise we would have rated it all outstanding!

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j
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service both excellent. Could find nothing that was not above and beyond expectations

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S
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a completely lovely meal and a great evening with Richard and his team.

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M
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bouchee is back and with Jacques in the kitchen it is as good as it was 6 years ago!

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TC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Most of the food was fine but not excellent or worth the price. Exception was the rack of lamb, which was terrible: tough and with an odd taste. Perhaps the restaurant just got some bad meat and this experience was unusual. With all the other great restaurants in Carmel, I would not go here again. Service was just ok; had to ask twice for a couple of things.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The cuisine is excellent and the staff was very helpful and friendly. My suggestion is before ordering a pasta dish ask the wait staff for clarification on whether pasta is the main component or a small side

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ME
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Bouchée has been a favorite for years. When it closed last year, we were disappointed. So glad to see it reopened under new ownership, but with the previous chef. Uncharacteristically, service was quite slow the night we went. We later learned that a large party had impacted the kitchen, and they were playing catch-up. However, the food was outstanding. We shared starters of foie gras and wild mushroom soup. I had sea scallops, perfectly cooked and accompanied with some all dente veg and a little fettuccine. Hubby had duck confit—a generous serving. He took the leg home for lunch the next day. The wine list has been dramatically truncated from the previous incarnation of this restaurant. It appears this ownership has the view of showcasing more affordable wine, which I find commendable. There are an ample number of wines by the glass offered.

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E
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We had to wait for over an hour for our order. All people who came after us were paying their bills... the food is not exciting for the price and all the ads.

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OT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good! The duck confit was easily top three in my life!! The staff was nice. Wish I could visit soon.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Traditional Frech food. Went Christmas Day and food, wine and service were excellent.

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r
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Bouchee was fairly recently opened and one could reasonably expect some glitches but that was not the case. The food was excellent, the service was extremely warm and hospitable, and the ambiance was just right for a bistro. My daughter said her mussels were the best she had ever had and my scallops were excellent as well. The creme brulee needed a little work (under done and too much orange liqueur), but overall, a great experience and will definitely go back.

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