Le Soufflé

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48 Reviews
$50 and over
French
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Le Soufflé is a fine dining restaurant serving a traditional French soufflé dinner menu. Everything is exclusively prepared by our Executive Chef/Co-Owner creating a very unique and finely crafted dining experience. The wine list offers a selection of wines from exquisite boutique producers in France and are all available by the glass or bottle.

Our guests can look forward to an elegant escape when they step into our intimate and luxurious dining room. We are located on Dolores Street, just two blocks off Ocean Avenue in the beautiful village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 48 people are saying
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tylerb
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. The Soufflés were to die for. The Lamb chops were perfect. The wine selection by the glass was ample. Congratulations to one of Carmel's newest fine dining establishments. We wish Lisa and her team all the success they deserve.

JL
vipJLRA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated 2 birthdays on Saturday. The food, service, ambiance (even outdoor seating due to COVID-19) was exceptional! The owner was so accommodating and we will definitely have dinner there again when we are in town. Le Soufflé is a neighborhood gem!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to France multiple times and never had a soufflé this amazing! Service, details, and wine list fantastic. I’m a Carmel local and plan to make this my regular dining venue. What a gem!

ML
MicheleL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my third time at this restaurant. It is definitely my new favorite restaurant in Carmel. The food is wonderful the service is spectacular and the owner is so incredibly special oh and don’t let me forget the chef he is absolutely amazing.

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saml
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is definitely a gem! My wife and I ordered the three-course dinner. The Bouillabaisse was a good appetizer, and the main entree was excellent. What we love the most was the chocolate Soufflé. The weather was chilly that night, but the warm chocolate added more than just warmth in my mouth. It was pure joy!
The staff there was very nice. In fact, the owner spent time talking to guests in each table. It's hard to find a restaurant that specializes in Soufflé, let alone a good one with an owner who is passionate about her work. This restaurant is a must for any Soufflé lovers!

SM
SusanM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely meal - even my fussy "meat and potatoes" husband was impressed! My bouillabaisse was wonderful as were all the soufflés. Excellent, friendly service. A bit chilly despite the heaters - be sure to dress warmly for Carmel outdoor dining. We'll be back!

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vipTanchiren
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best meal we had in Carmel. Due to the pandemic, they only have 3 outdoor tables. Classic setup set up with heaters. we ordered from the set menu: Salmon and Beef Tartar as appetizer and Lamb & Beef Souffle as entree. The souffle is baked to perfection.

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vipJdaly
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous visit to Le Soufflé, even with the rain for our final course it was an unforgettable evening.

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Chuch
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa and Rebecca were fabulous. It was a chilly night but they made us feel warm and welcomed. Soufflés were inventive. Lisa made excellent wine recommendations. I loved the citrus marinated salmon appetizer. Reminiscent of Cafe Jacqueline in SF.

ML
MicheleL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there. Just as fabulous as the first time! While we were there we made a reservation to come again. Definitely my new favorite restaurant in Carmel

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viprfogsndego
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply sublime dining! Perfect from beginning to end. Welcome change to Carmel-By-The-Sea dining scene. Saying the food and service was excellent is an understatement. Seating currently is VERY limited and they are understandably busy. Make sure you make and KEEP your reservations, you will not be disappointed by this little gem that has taken over the former Friar Tuck space. This is definitely our new favorite in town!

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jamesp
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad we went out on a limb to give this a try.
If you have an allergy, such as shrimp, and want the fruit de mer, per the owner you can call ahead for special prep. They need lead time as the dishes are preped in advance.
We had the bullabaise.....so wonderful
fruits de mer souffle
potato, leek, gruyere souffle

would go back next time in town.

KR
vipKentR
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate street-side setting, wonderful care from owner and waitress. Incredible fruits de mer w/ lobster sauce souffle. Citrus-cured salmon appetizer was fantastic.

JJ
JedidiahJ
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say. Third time in a month. Simply Amazing!!

JB
JeffB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for a nice quant dinner with your significant other. Service was amazing and food was top notch amazing! Excited to visit again!

GD
GloriaD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cuisine and fabulous staff.
An upscale restaurant...such a treat.
We look forward to another wonderful dining experience.

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Andie
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food- the souffles were delicious. Wonderful experience. Thank you.

JJ
JedidiahJ
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I have dined here in little over a month. It was just as amazing as the first time. I dine out quite frequently and I will definitely be coming here regularly.

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vipJdaly
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All amazing food!!! Wonderful experience!!! Owner paired wines for each of my dishes. I cannot say enough about this experience. Everyone who comes to Carmel needs to try it.

JR
vipJamieR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lisa and Rebecca are amazing and the Chef's food makes you feel like you are in Paris....we love Le Soufflé

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SunnyN
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, incredible food, and wonderful service!

Le Souffle is elegant but not at all pretentious. Both the owner and the server are friendly and attentive, and able to provide helpful food and wine suggestions, which was necessary as I wanted to try every item on the menu!

The offerings include something for every taste and mood- but the menu is not overly complicated or intimidating. The Potato, Leek, and Gruyere Soufflé with Boeuf Bourguignon was rich and delicious, and cooked perfectly. The Grand Marnier Soufflé was equally amazing- fluffy, full of flavor, and served with the most delicious, creamy sauce. We also ordered the vegan starter and entrée, which were just as delicious. On my second trip to the restaurant, we tried the bouillabaisse and rack of lamb- both were absolutely delicious!

My first time to this restaurant was my first time eating out during COVID-19, and I felt completely safe. There were a small number of tables that were well spaced, all staff wore masks appropriately, and single use menus were provided. However, none of these precautions took away from the beautiful ambiance of the restaurant and outdoor dining parklet.

I will definitely be going back and will recommend Le Souffle to all of our visiting friends and family.

KH
KatieH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our best dining experiences in Carmel! Doing soufflés is pretty gutsy, in my opinion, because so many things could go wrong, but the food was delicious and The service was amazing and friendly, not pretentious in any way. Can’t wait To go back again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just loved the ambience and had such a delicious meal. The bouillabaisse was as good as the best we have had in France. A great new addition to Carmel by the Sea !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a birthday diner and it was very very good. I am not a fan of soufflé and this was a great experience. Due to Covid we had to eat outside and because it’s not on the main drag I felt at peace and I enjoyed myself. The bouillabaisse with the toasted ficelle was delicious light and very flavorful. The lamb was cooked to perfection. The chocolate soufflé was outstanding. Intense chocolate flavors and a delicate textured. I was greatly surprised since again “I was not a fan of soufflé” I will go back again for sure

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great, unique dining experience! Our group sampled the entire menu, and every dish was delicious. We would highly recommend Le Souffle!!

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sandrat
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The Soufflés were all amazing. Wine well paired

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this elegant French spot. Wine list was outstanding and service was so friendly. Souffles on a cool night was perfect!

SB
vipStacyB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite restaurant in Carmel. Will definitely return next time we visit. Souffle's were as delicious as they were lovely. They suggested the perfect glass of wine with each course. Can't wait to return.

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gregr
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

not a deep menu, but the food was excellent as was the wine recommendation.

EA
ErinA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem!! This was and experience that everyone should have. We will be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new gem in Carmel ! What an experience on the creative soufflé entries , and the chocolate soufflé desert ! With the jolly French cabaret music on the background , we felt we ‘re in Paris , how lovely , no need to fly ! Highly recommended .

MS
vipMS111
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A new jewel in the heart of Carmel! Wonderful food and service and I look forward to returning, whether to eat outside again or hopefully inside their pretty little dining room. This was our first dining out experience since the start of the pandemic and I’m glad I chose Le Soufflé!

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vipTiaritch
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am almost reluctant to write this review. Le Soufflé is so good and has such limited seating that don’t want it to become so popular that we can’t get in! Making a soufflé is such an art form - I had the mushroom soufflé with reisling mushroom sauce and my husband had the leek/gruyere with boeuf bourguignon - timing was perfect, They arrived perfectly risen and so light, so flavorful. We both chose grand mariner soufflés for desert. Perfection! And yes, light salads to begin. A nice selection of wines, all French. We are returning next week! Thrilled to have Le Soufflé in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. A bit pricey but worth it on a special occasion. Limited champagne choices for a soufflé restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so special.. from the food to the service. I loved everything I tried especially the mushroom soufflé. The lamb was cooked so perfectly as well.. and I’m very picky when it comes to lamb! The staff here make you feel as if you are eating in their home! The wine list was awesome as well and they even brought us out a few to try which was so sweet!! Overall experience was amazing! I will for sure be coming again next time in Carmel-by-the-sea!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite restaurant in town. Food was excellent and execution flawless. Outdoor dining was intimate, warm, and elegant. Can’t wait to dine here again!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful everything! Great food, great wine, great way to celebrate my friend’s birthday!

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viphottie
Tahoe
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, delicious food, a wonderful meal. We will definitely make this our top of the list restaurant.

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vipRobert
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Superb food and service.

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Arthurman77
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes! Nothing more to say... yes, yes, yes. Of course it helps to love soufflés. I will say despite the rave review the soufflés are a 4 of 5 or 4.5. It’s very hard to serve the dish in a restaurant. Most only make a dessert soufflés and it must be request well ahead. And few restaurant are willing to take on the task at all. They were very good, the soufflés I’ve had some better many worse. I’ve made some better many worse! Back to yes yes yes! Great wines ... great service... great food! All in .. good value!

FAQs

Le Soufflé is rated 5 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.