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Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant, Carmel By the Sea, CA

Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant

4.5
4.5
202 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Reservations accepted for dinner only.

Fifty eight years ago, Elaine and Pierre Boissiere established their eponymous restaurant at its current location, years before Carmel Plaza shopping center was built around it. They sought to offer the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea a relaxing and comforting venue modeled after a European chateau where tables are thoughtfully spaced and fresh flowers, fireplace, candles and soothing musical notes are integral part of the dining experience. The ambience sets the tone for French country food served with a great deal of care for detail and pastries baked daily on premises. It is a testament to their far sightedness that Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant continues to fulfill their vision to this day.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 624-5008

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Available for private dinner parties.

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What 202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Romantic

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  1. GD

    GloriaD

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service!! Everything was perfect for my daughters birthday!! Happy we got a candle. Thought the restaurant would do a bit more for her birthday, but I guess they don’t engage too much. Anyways..all in all, a very nice evening.
  2. B

    Beluga1

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Our waitress was very nice so none of this was her fault. She brought us free pea soup because our Caesar Salad had not arrived after 40 minutes. Soup was very good. Salmon was absolutely tasteless. I had Ossobuco and it had a strange spice in it that I did not like. Maybe this was my problem not theirs. It definitely fell off the bone.
  3. DD

    DonnaD

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This may be our favorite restaurant in Carmel! The decor is beautiful French country with fresh flowers and small candles on each table; casual and elegant at the same time. Our server was so pleasant and helpful and did not rush us at all. The food was excellent...I absolutely loved the Beef Bourgignon and my husband enjoyed the Shepherd's Pie. We both enjoyed the excellent French onion soup before our entrees. The pastries looked incredible but we were both too full to give them a try....We'll definitely be back again to remedy that!
  4. JB

    JeffB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I always forget how delicious the food is, prices are very reasonable, and the place is quiet. The chef is excellent and has been there for 26 years. We will return more often.
  5. B

    Barb

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy your delicious food! The onion soup is the best!!!!
  6. J

    Jjoh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Great idea. The restaurant itself was super sweet. Marginal food. Nothing remarkable.
  7. SJ

    SanJoseGrad

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    This was our second time coming here and we anticipated it would be just as memorable as the last time. It was, but for a different reason. We ordered a caprese salad, short rib, chocolate ganache cake and the strawberry triangle. The food came out quickly but the short rib was fatty and 1/3rd of it was gristle. It was not the quality we had experienced prior. This time our server seemed irritable. She was the same person who had served us before and we had enjoyed the last experience so it was surprising to see her in a different mood. Once the entree came out she didn’t come by to check on us or see if there was anything wrong with our meal. When we were eating dessert I asked for more water for my tea and she seemed bothered. The mood was extremely off putting. Our last time eating here, we ordered desserts from our table. This time we had to walk up to the dessert window. We tipped 20% and left but we both agreed that if this was our first time we would not be back. We both were so excited to share this place with our family and friends but after this experience we are a bit hesitant to recommend this restaurant due to the inconsistencies we experienced.
  8. CT

    ChuckT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb shanks are my favorite. My wife goes for the salmon in parchment. Excellent selection of Belgian style beer.
  9. JT

    JaquelineT

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 4 on vacation. Our meals were delicious. We had our leftovers for lunch the next day. We had a wonderful time.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last minute booking. Food was very good. The strawberry triangle were spectacular.
  11. I

    Izzy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food delicious, ambiance was cozy, loved it!
  12. s

    shonam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Next time I am bringing my whole family; my husband and two sons with 1 daughter-in-law and 1 granddaughter!
  13. CH

    ChowHound

    San Francisco

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The lamb shank was very good. It’s a very cute, cozy restaurant.
  14. c

    christiner

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance and fabulous service - felt like we were in a Paris cafe. The food was exceptional
  15. SB

    SteveB

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quiet table, really good food and server. Small and intimate setting. Great coconut cream pie!
  16. j

    johnd

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best lamb I have ever had. My wife had the filet mignonette and it was fantastic. The waitress couldn’t have been nicer.
  17. M

    Marysia1

    Palm Springs

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are superb! Their duck is absolutely delicious as well as the onion soup. We generally don’t eat desserts, but their pastries are irresistible. As to the atmosphere, it feels like being a guest at a friend’s home.
  18. w

    waltera

    Phoenix

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really enjoyable meal. As a traditionalist, I had to go with the beef bourginion (sp?). It was delicious. And I liked the vegetables al dente. The kitchen was a little slow, but the server was great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Noted in reservation that we were having a mini family reunion. Not sure why bothered to answer because nobody made us feel special. Guess they don’t read the notes.
  20. WL

    WhitneyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner, cute ambiance and warm welcoming staff. The French onion soup was the best! Lamb shank and Duck Confit were excellent as well. Nice wine list, too! Great place.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had excellent service and the food was outstanding!!! I would highly recommend this place. We will definitely visit this place again on our next trip here!! Nancy
  22. LK

    LidiyaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was excellent but too hot. no AC. Not recommended hen it is hot outside
  23. PC

    PeterC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    So disappointing.The lamb shank had obviously been frozen the warmed up ….for the price you pay I find it very non customer friendly ……..
  24. t

    tennisman35

    Central Coast

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Baked brie appetizer with caramelized onions was very good. Our entrees, pot pie and couquelle san Jacques, were also very good. Nice comfort foods. Their desserts looked great, but we were too full to partake of the offerings.
  25. CM

    CarlyleMacHarg

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful surprise. We will be returning soon and often.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    No air conditioning which made it hot but food was delicious, service outstanding and ambiance romantic
  27. D

    Diner

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My wife and had a nice dinner here over the Labor Day weekend. The food was very nice and the restaurant had a real French restaurant feel just like numerous little places that we have visited in France. The wine list was good and reasonable. Our server Claire was attentive and friendly. We totally enjoyed the evening.
  28. JT

    JTJA

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was looking for a special place to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We had an excellent experience! I had the beef bourguignon, wife had duck confité. The breast was a little dry, but the duck leg was delightfully excellent! Duck can be hit or miss, but that leg defined what duck should be. The accompanying sauce (omg the cherries!) was perfect. We brought our own special wine, $30 corkage was fine. The service was excellent: not hovering, but responsive. Definitely coming back, we live close by so we may be spoiled!
  29. S

    Sarah

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and people were so nice and food was great. It is a quaint small restaurant with french charm. Lovely desserts and wine list too.
  30. HS

    HarveyS

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our evening with you, looking forward to a return visit.
  31. BF

    BobF

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, service was attentive and friendly and the food was well prepared.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Terrible. If I could give the food and service a 0 out of 5 stars I would. I’ll never go back and I will tell everyone I k
  33. JD

    JohnD

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant was charming, food was delicious and service was good. Will return!
  34. m

    mattc

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Awesome food and the service was even better
  35. HD

    HappyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful restaurant. Has a European feel, great food and service. Juliano the hands-on owner is fantastic.
  36. AB

    AliciaB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible value for superb food in a charming atmosphere. We were very surprised to find this gem in Carmel-by- the-Sea. The short ribs melted in your mouth and the duck was a delicious, large portion.
  37. SS

    SallyS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La patisserie has been around Carmel forever and remains a local favorite
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  39. PT

    PatriciaT

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, good food. Dessert wonderful. Server was excellant
  40. JR

    JasonR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and authentic French cuisine. French Onion Soup is the best you will find in California. A must visit with a cozy feel and great ambiance.

FAQs

Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 624-5008.

Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant

Mission Between Ocean and 7th, Carmel By the Sea, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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