Carousel Restaurant & Bistro

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$31 to $50
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French

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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!
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience...great food, great service, highly recommended!!!

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RaeAnneO
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a memorable dinner with friends on my birthday! Food and service was superb. It was a lovely experience!

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LindaF
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. service was excellent. we will be returning! nice quite dinner together.

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JessiF
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious, enchanting and exactly even more than we thought we wanted. Staff went above and beyond to welcome and help and show kindness. They were attentive, but not overly. Nothing took too long. The food, although rich, was not overwhelming in portion size. It was perfect. All of it.

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TylerM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took a very special girl out for her birthday and we split a dish the main course was duck on top of green veggies and rice with a an amazing sauce and the duck laterally melts in ur mouth so tender and cooked to perfection honestly u don't need teeth for this amazingly cooked bird. The staff is incredibly nice and fun same with the owner and u can tell all employees love their job,coworkers and boss and u see the love the owner has for all his employees

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IsabelleP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent with the perfect amount to satisfy. The service was also excellent. Will return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the Bloody Mary bar is not to be missed!

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Htweelr
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining here, the last time was 3 years ago. We found the food excellent, service was outstanding and the ambiance was very warm and private, they music playing at a nice level and old movies playing on the back wall without sound. It gave a nice touch to the experience. We really like that they don’t try to crowd too many tables in the dining areas so it was easy to have a private conversation without felling like other people were listening in. We highly recommend going.

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OluB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RaeAnneO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JohnM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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BruceS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ChrisL
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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jamesG
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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KammyK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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

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paulap
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around! Great staff, great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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Chet
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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BreannaS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall2food1service5ambience2

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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Frank
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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

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johnk
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MartyL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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EllizaR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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RobertT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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HollyA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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RobG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipMAC111
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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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vipElizabethS
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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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vipDanS
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall4food2service5ambience4

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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Myself
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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John
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food2service5ambience5

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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Clouseau
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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EricT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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DowntownNapaRestaurant
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Rtrindt
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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TravelingTerry
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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KarlG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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aaronk
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Carousel Restaurant & Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.