Etats Unis French American Bistro

4.6
54 reviews
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French
Farm to Table French-American Inspired Bistro
Chef Soerke Peters
Ocean Hero
French-American Food
Charcuterie Boards
French Cheese Boards
Al Fresco Dining
Dog Friendly Patio
Mangalitsa Pork
Boudin Blanc Sausage
Rillette
Duck Liver Pate
Burgers
Seafood Watch Program
Organic
Squid Ink Fettuccine with clams
French American Local Wine List
Illy Coffee
Illy Cappuccino
Croissants
Baguettes
Escargot
French Wine
California Wine
Paninis
Oysters
Coffee
Crepes
Breakfast
Rack of Lamb
Clam Chowder
Romantic
Fireplace
Dessert
Boullabaise
Fish Soup
Seafood
Steak
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Central Coast
63 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good, always fairly priced, and not so noisy that you can hear an actual conversation without screaming. Douglas the head waiter is great.

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SH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, with friendly staff and wonderful food. Every course was flavorful and cooked just right. Looking forward to returning to try out other items on the menu

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CC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, seasonal, delicious. Service is warm and extremely professional. Really good spot for locals who don't like to feel like they're caught in a tourist trap. Dining room is small, intimate and quite chic. Hard surfaces make the noise a bit bouncy, so if you're hearing impaired, may not be the spot for you. Our 2nd visit and will be back.

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MB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a quaint restaurant with amazing food. The ingredients are fresh and prepared to perfection. Service was impeccable. I can't say enough about this restaurant. Hidden gem.

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DH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The restaurant ran out of bread and quiches

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J
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting breakfast menu, many different items. Good service to go along with the good food

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RC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Cute restaurant with good service, but it appears that the owner-chef has lost interest. Twice we've been there in the last two weeks. Once for breakfast, where the food was ok, but the eggs benedict was overly lemoned. And once for dinner (Sunday). Both times the owner-chef was missing. The dinner food was too salty (I tend to like salt, so go figure). My wife's first steak was gamey but they replaced it with another that was too salty. My beef bourguignon was more like pot roast, good for pot roast but not really bourguignon.

I compliment the waiter for how he handled the issue, including comping the flourless chocolate cake.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

superb french bistro cuisine in a rustic setting with highly personalized service. highly recommend!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were looking for something interesting around Monterey for a late dinner. We managed to get a 9:30pm reservation and had the place basically to ourselves! Service was great and noise was pretty much just us. Unintentionally spoiled :) I can fully recommend the prosciutto baked brie, the charcuterie and cheese board, and the venison was fantastic. Couldn’t pass up the flourless chocolate cake, paired with coffee. Can’t wait to go back

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CN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful. The food was excellently prepared. There was a small error in what we were served and the restaurant more than made it right, which was appreciated. It was really an outstanding evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

all together it was fine, but not worth the price they charged for french cuisine .

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SP
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great quality of food & preparation!
Owner Operators are plugged in throughout the guests! A keeper for sure!!

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful everything.
Delicious food, fabulous service,
Love the menu. EVERYTHING!
Michele Axley

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot for lunch. The oysters were amazing.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Service and an amazing meal. Highly recommend trying the French onion soup.

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NA
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic local French restaurant! Authentically French in food and atmosphere. All delicious. Have returned many times and try new things each time. Chef Soerke Peters is a perfectionist, using all organic ingredients. Wonderful!

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

It was a great overall experience-service was attentive and professional. Food was excellent.
The French Onion soup was amazing. Cheese
platter was generous with a nice variety. Cozy
atmosphere-ask for a table near the fireplace.

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RS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very cozy restaurant that serves authentic french cuisine. Some dishes may be too much for American palates (venison, rabbit), but others like deviled eggs and duck pate were excellent. Dessert crepes were delicious.

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v
Sacramento
77 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a birthday dinner in a restaurant we had never visited before. Food and Ambiance were French country. Service was excellent. The casulette(sp) was different than any I've had before but it was very tasty. Prices were reasonable for a French restaurant of this quality.

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S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch and will return for dinner

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff and cozy atmosphere. My husband and were seated near the fireplace. I ordered beef chicks - amazing and well balanced dish with a glass of merlot/ cab blend - and my husband ordered black ink pasta - same dish at the The Basil is much richer in favor and with more seafood. Some of the guests received complimentary dessert or glasses of wine, we didn’t although it was my husband birthday as I explained in the notes when making reservations.

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RB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend would kill me if I didn't mention the escargot and steak frites. Truly amazing.

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AO
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming French bistro that felt literally like a cozy bistro on the left bank. Terrific service and they are very true to their French roots, the menu was fairly traditional French fare done impeccably well. We will return to this gem for sure.

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was top notch - they were so friendly and kind! The Brie with the prosciutto was also unbelievable!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner from beginning to the end. Wonderful wait staff that made excellent recommendations on the wine and extraordinary food. Will be returning the next time we are in Carmel.

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JR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful host and great atmosphere. Food was tasty and interesting, in particular the salads.

My only small disappointment was the handheld device used for settling the bill. The suggested tips were calculated using the post tax amount, not pretax. It’s not a material amount of money but it’s poor form. Also the text description or a 20% tip was a bit smug. I would reword.

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MB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was very good.

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SH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place with a charming atmosphere and good food. We sat near the fire on a rainy January night and felt cozy. I had the French Onion soup and goose liver pate appetizer and it was more than enough. Delish. My husband and daughter enjoyed their entrees very much. The establishment was new to offering dinner and didn't have a very wide menu, and not everything was available, but we were happy. It was near impossible to find, though, because buildings are unnumbered in Carmel and there was no sign (I think because they are changing names as they expand to dinner). Worth the hunt!

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n
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being a Carmel local, you see restaurants come and go. You see Chefs, move around from restaurants. It doesn't take long to figure out who can really cook. Chef Soerke Peters is on of those Chefs. Wait staff pleasant. Chef always around. Just received another Green Award. He is a "hands on Chef" with a smile.
It is truly a gem in Carmel. It is a must Try. The reason we love it, it is a restaurant, That has gone back to the Traditions of Old Carmel. Food, Service with a smile, and ambience. The Chef wants your dining experience to be special. When someone orders the charcuterie platter, Chef comes out and personally slices and arranges the platter for you! If you don't give it a try, you are missing a true gem of Carmel!
Nicholas

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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome chef. Friendly service. Uncomfortable wooden seats.

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J
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful, great taste and good menu variety. Service excellent. A great place

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and cozy little French restaurant. Douglas made the experience great!!

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JS
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there. What a great place. We are returning there for dinner tonight, New Years Eve !!!

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GA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic and delicious French food served in a cozy, intimate setting

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MS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to find

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great in every respect.

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AS
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb.

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RA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of ate here Christmas weekend. The owners are very attentive to customers and the food is amazing. We all agreed that we can't wait to come back and enjoy another meal. I had the bouillabaisse. Others had the french onion soup, steak frites, boudin, pates...everything was fabulous!

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Central Coast
64 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming new local spot. Still don’t have a correct sign, and all the menu items, but quite good and fairly priced. Service is consistently attentive. Always a nice evening.

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Central Coast
64 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice, fairly priced neighborhood spot. Food is well prepared and the setting is vintage Carmel. Service is consistently good and friendly.

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