Etats Unis French American Bistro

4.6
28 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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What 28 People Are Saying
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JR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was very good.

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

Awesome chef. Friendly service. Uncomfortable wooden seats.

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

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

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
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 31, 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
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to find

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great in every respect.

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AS
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb.

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RA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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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OT
Central Coast
62 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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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OT
Central Coast
62 reviews
Dined on December 2, 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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b
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food at this new restaurant was very good. The service needs work. Not enough wait staff

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!

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K
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for our anniversary after checking out the many offerings of Carmel. The wafting smells beckoned us to the cozy restaurant. The owner and her staff were so friendly, accommodating and generous. We were served a glass of Prosecco while we waited and offered refills even after we were at our table. They brought a complimentary, delectable duck pate with the most delicious homemade mustard and fig jam, with yummy grilled French bread. The charming owner kept checking in with us and brought us another glass of the new Beaujolais Nouveau they had just gotten in.
Our waiter was friendly and attentive, despite the restaurant being super busy. We had creamy Brie wrapped in crisp, warm prosciutto with brioche. fresh, fluffy Bibb salad with a delightful dressing and shaved veggies, that was large enough to share.

We had a melt in your mouth tender beef bourguignon with the deepest, most flavorful sauce that Julia Child would have envied! The chef came to meet us and was busy making sure everyone was taken care of.

We shared a crepe Suzette for dessert, even though we didn’t need it! Parfait! All of our fellow diners seemed as pleased as we were with their experience and the outstanding food and service! We wanted to come back for breakfast!! Wish we lived close, but you can bet we will be back next time we visit!

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JL
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service is spotty and slow. Our food was good, but I wouldn't try it again for awhile. Our waiter spent a lot of time looking at the computer screen with his back to the room. We had to ask to put our order in. This restaurant has possibilities, but they need to get organized.

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OT
Central Coast
62 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great rustic country french restaurant with fair prices in Carmel. The crew from Basil's is here now and doing a great job.

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MS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. They had one waiter for the entire restaurant on a Saturday night. I did not have my bottle of wine for 20 minutes after I sat down to the table. My dinner companion’s oysters starter arrived 10 minutes after I had completed my salad starter. We sent the oysters back and our entrees immediately came out, but that was after we had been at our table for 50 minutes. Food was fine but not worth the poor service. Too many other good choices to choose from in Carmel.

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d
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A really great little bistro with some outstanding dishes. The clam chowder with bone marrow is one of the best chowders I've ever had -- and before I had this I would have told you that you can't get good clam chowder outside of New England. The pork rillettes were also the best we've ever had. Good French selections on the wine list, especially a lovely Santenay. Five stars for the appetizers and wines.

The main courses were good but not stellar. The huckleberry sauce on the venison didn't taste much like huckleberries. And the cassoulet was a bit dry: the chicken just couldn't successfully stand in for duck confit. I did like having an egg in the cassoulet, and the pork-rabbit meatball was excellent and unusual.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!

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JB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A great little spot in the middle of Carmel. An original, but throughly French menu. Good service, great food and reasonable prices in a friendly atmosphere.

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KG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent French food with American inspiration. We just returned from trip to Spain and France. Recipes at Etats-Unis are very authentic and delicious! Reasonable prices for a French restaurant in Carmel. Definitely worth supporting this lovely little restaurant!

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food we ordered was a bit pricey, for the quality.

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OT
Central Coast
62 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a group of 8, service was great and food was very good. Should be even better when they get the fryer working.

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Central Coast
62 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ew spot with some of the crew from Basil’s. Food was excellent and exceptionally reasonable, especially for Carmel. Brand new so it will probably only get better. Sign still say Lafayette, but should change shortly. Try it.

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came for dinner on a relatively quiet Saturday. Food and service were wonderful - although some items were not available seeing that the restaurant just started offering dinner. The place holds outstanding promise and I can't wait to experience it when it fully gets up and running as it has the potential to be truly outstanding.

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