Carousel Restaurant & Bistro

4.4
42 reviews
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Welcome to Carousel French Cuisine in Yakima, WA. If you're looking for fine dining and a romantic restaurant experience, Carousel is the place. Since 2003, we've specialized in authentic French cuisine and continue to use the original recipes from the French chef who opened the restaurant.
In addition to our delicious dinner menu, we offer a bistro option, wine and cocktails, and a catering menu for your special events. Our Events room is perfect for any occasion – wedding receptions, business parties, family reunions, and more!
What 42 People Are Saying
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OB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, and lovely food. The service is top notch.

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RA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere! What more can you ask for!

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JM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space is divided such that the interior walls create a sense of privacy. They also keep sound down . The food is tasty and well presented.

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BS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a quality and classy dining experience. Never had a bad experience. Great food and service. Great ambiance.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service as always was excellent. They have the best french onion soup in town and the escargot is to die for. Their staff is phenomenal and Scott makes the best cocktails! A fine-dining experience is sure to be had by all who visit!

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our 3rd trip here just as much as the first. Excellent steak and lamb. Cocktails are great. Top notch.

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G
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great evening, dinning room is so Beautiful but the lights need to be lower

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KK
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great for a romantic evening. However, Scallops were salty, chicken Marsala was just ok, and drinks were expensive.

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p
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around! Great staff, great food!

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Place was empty, so hard to judge. Love the decor and ambience. Worth a dinner trial.

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C
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice romantic restaurant. Ambiance is excellent. The waitress on 11/17 @ 5:30 PM was delightful.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Our waitress was friendly and very attentive to making recommendations towards good food choices. The food was subpar, considering the cost; the chicken was salty, as was the pasta/sauce. Overall, returning may not be in our future.

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F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was bland. I had duck, others had other meats but really they all tasted the same-gray and overcooked

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j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many times the experience is not as good the next time you visit a place, this is the exception. A friend drove to visit from Kansas, this was the place we wanted to impress her with. She had a wonderful time the whole experience and stated this was the best steak she had ever had.

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ML
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shawn was a great guy! Helpful attentive friendly. He was a good source of information. We will be back as the food was amazing!

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ER
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary dinner at the carousel 🎠 We made the best decision on drinks and dinner thanks to Scott our waiter. I will definitely let everyone know about the hidden gem in Downtown yakima that hasn’t herd of this fine French restaurant.

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RT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. We really enjoyed our time there. We had not seen Shannon Rae (hostess) in several years - she does an excellent job of making you feel welcome .

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HA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Classic French restaurants are not exactly easy to find in the Yakima Valley -- this was a find! Good food and a charming setting. Friendly attentive service. A bit pricey but worth it for a special night out. In our case, it was a birthday dinner AND a pre-play meal. The restaurant's early dining hours (4:30 on) and location conveniently close to the Capitol Theatre were definitely advantages! We'll definitely go again.

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RG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is hands down the tastiest food in Yakima. We are so glad we found this place. The oysters were super delish and very fresh. Cheese plate was fantastic. The ambience was comfortable but its hard to pay attention to that once the food atarts showing up. Highly recommend this spot.

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MA
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here on 20 Sept and had a great experience! My wife and I had several glasses of wine from a varied wine list. She had the Artisan Meat & Cheese Board appetizer and the Braised Short Rib entree. I had a half dozen perfectly shucked and chilled oysters and a veal entree. Each dish was well-prepared, well-presented, and amply-portioned. Impeccable service provided by Sean R.

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ES
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I can not recommend a restaurant where 3 tables are seated after you and they are served, waited on and our table goes unattended.
1. Out of the first bottle of wine
2. Server snaps cork into 2nd bottle
3. Heavy sediment in the initial pour of the 3rd bottle
4. Twice we were told breadcwas baking - the other tables got bread! We did not.
5. One meal sent back because it was COLD
6. I kept mine and ate the filet which was good. The sauce and mash potatoes were cold.
7. Does French Onion soup have onions? Mine did not.
8. 3 tables seated after us finished their meals and all their tables were cleared and the dining room around us was stripped of table cloths, silverware, etc. They decided to clear it all out and make us look stranded in an empty room. We sat at 6:50pm and if we would have been served - not ignored we wouldn’t have been sitting there as the dining room was closed down!

Our meal was over $200 for 3 people - it might have been more if anyone cared.

Would not recommend. Flavor of food was good.

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DS
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Sean and his service was over the top. Perfect spot for an anniversary dinner. I think we hit the chef on an off night - over spiced and salted - but that didn't prevent us from a superb evening. No corkage fee for local wines was a big plus.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the chicken with a bacon jam. Very good. Domestic wine list isn’t bad but could be deeper, was a little pricey but not atypical of similar restaurants. Service was great and attentive. Would go again.

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J
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The menu is well selected many items to choose from. It would best if you had less items on menu and focus on better food preparation as anthenic French food recipes. Food preparation took too long for really not that many people in restaurant. The cocktails and wine was fine .

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C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was particularly wonderful. The waiter made it seem as though he was just there for only us, and seemed to know the menu very well. He was able to make recommendations based on deciding between two choices. The movie screen with a "silent" movie was puzzling, we could not understand how that fit into the general ambiance of the dining experience, and found it a bit distracting.

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ET
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were more than pleasantly surprised to find such a high-end restaurant downtown Spokane. Great menu with a selection of very well prepared traditional French dishes, along with nice seasonal, American recipes. The wine nicely paired with the food. Result = we will return!

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DN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, a great place to go for that special occasion. Excellent food, fantastic service and good ambience.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we have been here and it was a great experience. We knew going into it that the place was $$ but the drinks and food were fantastic. We had an early reservation on a Thursday and were the first table there. We'd go again for a special occasion but are moving out of the area.

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TT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carousel presented us with one of our most memorable dining experiences we have had in years. We walked past the small outside eating area, and into the restaurant which in a former life was the opera house. Interesting rooms, eye catching French art work, and neat background music. Our helpful and attentive wait person started us off with well crafted cocktails from top drawer liquors. We then enjoyed our first ever flamed spinach salad - which was exceptional. My entree was pan-seared rabbit in a lush wine sauce that was as well done as any we have ever had in France. She had Coq au Vin, a tender chicken dish prepared in a red wine sauce that she said was to die for. Our only regret was that we were too full to order one of their desserts. It was not cheap, but we thought well worth the price.

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KG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. Great menus selection. Comfortable dining atmosphere.

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a
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary at Carousel, where we’d been once before with friends. The food was delicious, again, and the service - a bit slow at the beginning - was very friendly and engaging as the evening wore on.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time and a very good meal. Sean did a great job helping us with wine pairings!

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new ownership hasn't missed a beat. Food and service awesome as always. We ate a fabulous brunch on their patio and enjoyed a beautiful Yakima spring day.

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LF
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit to Carousel since under new ownership. Great experience both times. Delicious cedar plank salmon and goat cheese cheesecake. Quiet setting which makes for easy conversation among friends. Pleased the restaurant is now on Open Table!

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t
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the USA from Vancouver BC since Dec 23rd and this was the last evening of a 5 day return trip form Tubac AZ. This was the best food of the whole 3 month plus trip and the best pasta I have ever tasted. The mushroom appetizer was also wonderful but the onion soup had too much cheese.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Liebchen, was the best ever. She was very knowledgeable on menu items, as well as drinks. She was very professional yet friendly and made us feel very comfortable and at home.

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Great staff
Always enjoyable

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M
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2015
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Dined for dinner on 12/23 where the food was excellent and the service was attentive, yet we were the only ones in the dining room.

We like the ambiance, decided to try brunch with our family members who were visiting for Christmas. We had reservation for brunch on 12/27, arriving at 11:00 am. Our waiter was pleasant but the service was slow. It took 15 minutes to get us menus as they were being used at other tables. They had difficulty initially filling 4 cups of coffee, they must have coffee capacity problems handling a brunch crowd. We finally ordered, at which point 3 items on the menu were not available. After a long wait, at 12:20 our waiter finally told us they were plating our food and it should be out shortly. At 12:30 he came back and informed us that the order being plated was not ours, and they were now out of eggs and going to the store, and it would be about another 30 minutes before our order would be ready. They were going to comp our meal since it had taken so long. We elected to leave.

They have a great menu and wine list but the execution is not consistent. They need to improve dramatically.

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W
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2015
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Sometimes something goes wrong when you go to a restaurant. What counts is how the restaurant responds. We arrived at Carousel and ordered drinks and pate to start. Waiter returns, no pate. OK, on to salads. No onions on salad, please. Salad arrives with onions. No bread on offer. Time to order wine with dinner. Sorry we don't have the wine you want. OK, on to main dishes. My wife loves gnocchi, so is happy to find a dish that features it. Dish arrives with potatoes. We point this out to the waiter who didn't notice the difference. He returns from the kitchen to announce that they're out of gnocchi and besides, no one likes it. My Confit de Canard, a dish that normally falls off the bone, was more like duck jerky. Had to work to separate meat from bone. Time for a bit of desert? Nope, no desert offered, and by this time we were in no mood to ask.

A particularly bad night all around. So what would they do about it? Perhaps a free drink or desert? Maybe offering my wife's misrepresented main dish at a reduced price? An apology from the owner? Nope, none of these. Never even saw the owner in this "small and friendly restaurant".

Even though the waiter knew that we live far from Yakima and only get to town every two years or so, they gave us a $50 gift certificate to their restaurant. You might think this a generous offer, but from our perspective it's like giving nothing because the odds of us remembering to take the certificate with us two or three years from now are zero. Even with a $50 discount, this isn't an experience that I would readily repeat.

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L
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

When traveling, we always rely on open table. This restaurant was quite disappointing.

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