Carmel Bouchee

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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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JS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

food was great; service was very personalized (which is good); we look forward to coming back this week

JS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent, we like the atmosphere and the personalized service.

We plan on returning regularly, as well as introducing our friends.

R
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We were underwhelmed with the food service, and the meal itself was just OK, but the wine selection and our server who manages the wine was exceptional.

MG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The hostess and waitress were charming and attentive but it was challenging getting water refills. While we arrived after 6pm the restaurant was pretty empty and our wine and appetizers arrived in good time. It did take a rather long time for our mains and desserts as more diners had arrived. My Mother was quite excited to order the duck confit but it was not crisp or fresh tasting. The duck was over salted and seemed lack luster, a big disappointment. The halibut special was delicious though. I’d say the breakthrough dish was definitely the Moules and Frites we had as an appetizer.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Salad and entree came out at same time.
Ordered a bottle of wine that did not come out before the food.
Food was delicious but service was not what was expected.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Servers and managers attentive but not intrusive. Definitely will go back soon.

RL
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

The service was attentive, but the rest of our experience was quite mediocre. We ate her 15 years ago and it was a phenomenal experience. That’s no longer the case. It’s no longer a fine dining experience. The meal was cafeteria quality and the wine list lacked any creativity. What was once a gem has become a reminder of how things can deteriorate with time. Go somewhere else.

BH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in Carmel. The chef was the best. His sauces, and with French cuisine it is all about the sauces, were delicious. I would highly recommend, if you are in Carmel, have dinner here

C
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Special attention was given to super noisy customers 😳I guess they are repeat customers

SK
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered mushroom soup, salmon, profiterole, sorbet, and rose
wine. The food was excellent albeit on the expensive side. Service was very good.

The only complaint we had was that several young people at the bar yelled and laughed at very high decibel level so that we couldn't hear each other sitting a few feet away. Fortunately they left while we were at the second course. The personnel could have asked them to lower the volume a notch.

HC
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been a patron of Bouchée and their chef, Jacques, for years. I was able to have a delicious (and quite fun) recent birthday dinner there in April, so was quick to recommend it for a friend’s birthday lunch. Our waiter didn’t appear to be very seasoned. In fact, he didn’t seem to know what an open faced sandwich was! Though there were only two other tables being served, no one took interest in even saying goodbye or thank you. The food was not up to the standard I expect from them. The dinner menu is far superior. I don’t think my guest or I would return for lunch.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmel Bouchee is our favorite restaurant in the area. The staff are friendly, the food is excellent, and the wines are first rate.

While everything on the menu is excellent we enjoy the Mushroom Soup, Escargot, Mussels, and Oysters for starters. The filet mignon and the duck are top notch. For dessert we enjoy the creme brulee or the floating island.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Huge disappointment

KG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Bouchee!! It never fails to be outstanding in service and Robbie was great!!

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and great service. A real gem in Carmel.

OT
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

4 entrees and all were disappointing. Thought new name and old chef would have changed the place - but worse than ever!

S
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant in Carmel. Great menu. Fun chef. He is always in sight.

W
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuesday night is all you can eat mussel night - three different preparations, served with French Fries. All three dishes are excellent. The wait staff is very friendly, always anticipating the diners’ needs. Additionally, the chef makes an appearance to assure that the customers are completely satisfied. I love this outstanding little Carmel restaurant!

M
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An attractive room with an open kitchen one end. The service was attentive and the wines by the glass fairly priced. The muscle appetizer was outstanding. The branzino and salmon were both excellent.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The girls at the front were amazing! The waiter was incredible and knowledgeable! The chef cane out to greet us. Too bad I had the wrong date for the restaurant. Otherwise, your place is amazing and I will certainly be back over and over!!
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AS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmel Bouchee is a comfortable and friendly place to enjoy fine dining. Our party of four experienced a lovely evening with great wine and delicious food, friendly and efficient service. Richard and Jacques are a great team!

D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was too salty and a bit bland. Service was very good.

OT
Baja California
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was ok, The service was good because we were the only patrons on a Sunday at 6pm! There was nothing fantastic about our seafood dinner - it was warm - not hot- flavor ok - nothing fantastic. And of course, it was very pricey.

We used Yelp to pick this place and the reviews over glorified the place.

I think the Yelp reviews of Carmel dining are skewed. We ate at three place with very good 4.5 stars and higher during our recent stay and all three were grossly over-rated. There were a few accurate reviews of these establishments but they were buried.

We will not return to this restaurant. We will ask locals for recommendations as we did after this experience .

L
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening! Great food... was transported back to the Left Bank in Paris... ! A must for dining when in Carmel !

M
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit on Saturday night was great. The scallop carpaccio, beef carpaccio, salmon, and dover sole were all outstanding. This is some of the best food we’ve had in Carmel.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this restaurant. We went for a special occasion and they didn't disappoint. Be sure to try the Chef's special. Jacque recommended some things I wouldn't normally try and I am so happy I did. Delish!!!!

JL
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Food and service was outstanding.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Jacques has brought back the excellent food of Andres Bouchee. Our server on June 15 needs some improvement. She did not ask if we wanted coffee or expresso with our dessert(which we would have enjoyed with our dessert) or explain the sauce for the dessert. She was too busy bossing the other severs when she needs to do the basics for her own customers. She should have also explained that if we wanted the molten cake that it takes 15 min and this should be said when serving dinner. Otherwise, the good is excellent, we will be back when we visit Carmel but the service needs to improve.

J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming little bistro with a good wine selection by glass and bottle. Food was tasty and fresh. Personal friendly service even though it was a very busy night.

NF
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Understaffed and disappointing. One waiter and one assistant waiter. Assistant saved waiter, she was very attentive. Waiter was absent from taking care of us while chit chatting with other tables. Waiter not knowledgeable about wines only new about Carmel Valley wines. We brought with us a red Bordeaux style wine with a market price of $200, he brought us white wine glasses. After finally opening the bottle for us, he never poured the wine into our glasses even once. My wife ordered the filet with the lobster and I ordered the filet with the Fois Gras addition. When I got my meal, I noticed a side item, thinking it might be the Fois Gras. When I tasted it, I discovered it was not Fois Gras. Then I looked at my wife's filet to discover they had topped hers with the Fois Gras and I ended up moving it to my plate.

S
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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

JB
Central Coast
8 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!

SR
Denver
32 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.

JD
New York Area
11 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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
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.

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

Best restaurant in town. A go to for locals always

w
Central Coast
7 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!

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.

OT
San Francisco
17 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.

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

Amazing food, wine and hospitality

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