Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant

4.5
120 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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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful and delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place to eat in Carmel. The waitress and owner were very nice and helpful throughout the whole meal. It is very warm inside when the restaurant fills up and cooking increases.

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vipMarylouH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful French dinner with great service in a beautiful setting. We will definitely come back.

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RichardB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered the Scallops St. Jaques. They were mixed with a couple of shrimp that I thought was not traditional. They were a little under seasoned, they needed a little more salt and I do not over salt my food. Likewise with the gratin potatoes a little more salt would have made them a lot better. My wife had the roast duck and she enjoyed that very much. The waitperson was great. The place was decorated very nice and comfortable.

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere—cozy, warm, really comfortable. My wife had shepherds pie—perfect for a chilly evening. I had the duck, which was beyond my expectations: lots of meat, easy to access around the bones; the sauce was just right and I loved the apricots!

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vipKathy
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice Birthday dinner. Great service and thoughtful apple streusel!

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vipwhbaseballfan1
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Location and ambience lovely. Service superb. Thank you, we will be back!

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vipShannyt3
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This cozy restaurant is so charming and the food was absolutely wonderful!

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Just4renee
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The Duck was so tough we couldn’t cut it with a knife 😏; the Coquille St Jacques was tasty but again a bit over cooked;
The French Onion Soup and Stuffed Mushroom starters were Wonderful! Great wine list; the payer use looked devine!
Our next visit will be for wine, starters snd dessert! Can’t go wrong!

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NoName
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food and ambience of the restaurant. I’ll be back.

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vipSuzi1
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I’m very sorry for this review. Leslie the server was awesome. Ambiance yes , yes quaint French decor was great, but that’s it on the great. Duck was full of bones. Maybe consumed 4 bites of real duck, minus the fat and bones. rack of lamb was cooked perfectly,but again bad choice of meat… maybe the pandemic has affected quality, but doubt it. We have been here maybe 3x in 7 years and will not be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service!

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vipMaggie
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoyable. Cozy and intimate.

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RonaldV
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Partners entree was fine but the "filet mignon" I ordered was not a good cut of steak.

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JohnS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance inside. Delicious food. Attentive staff.

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DonS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I found the food to be excellent as well as the service. The staff was very helpful and professional. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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KimR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Fantastic food! Would definitely recommend while visiting Carmel.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent rack of lamb and great svc

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vipHauteCuisine
Dallas
726 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. The services provided by the professional management and staff are the main reasons that we keep coming back. The old world elegance is a rare thing, and we value their focus to make sure that everything about the dining experience is excellent. I highly recomend this restaurant.

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MattG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and hospitality as always!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pleasant spot with fireplace and a nice friendly staff.

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vipBobA
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This spot should not be missed. We happened upon it one day at lunch and knew we had to return for dinner. The food is delicious and the service is phenomenal. Don’t miss out on the onion soup! Simply put, it’s the best I’ve ever tasted.

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vipJoshS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and incredible food! The owner was friendly and a joy to talk to. Looking forward to gong back

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Bunny
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Bastille day……food excellent…had the short ribs….meltingly good
Daughter had the lamb chops…excellent local wine….good value

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Ronlpd
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely place, attentive wait staff. Seafood was excellent. Filet Mignon was over cooked and gristly. Staff made us a special creme brûlée which was amazing.

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Selective
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

French onion soup was excellent! Service was attentive and cheerful. Short ribs and duck entrees were also enjoyable. Loved the pear tart. Not a great selection of pinot noir by the glass, but overall a nice meal and pleasant experience.

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SteveL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The short rib is absolutely incredible; it just fell apart. The mashed potatoes were very good and the duck was also excellent. The only that wasn't amazing was the bread, which was good, but not very French. But the restaurant is great and the service is great.

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CarmelM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always excellent— warm, inviting and very attentive. The new owners have kept the traditions of this Carmel institution, but added a new cosmopolitan flair to the menu. Delicious!

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Ceilidh
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a wonderful place to celebrate my 40th birthday. Outdoor seating had lovely ambiance. The food was delicious. The service was stellar. Highly recommend. The Argentinian Malbec by the glass was great. The desserts were exceptional. We had chocolate mousse and pot au chocolate. The Caesar salad dressing was amazing too. They make it themselves. Super wonderful. Everything about it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was really tasty but a bit too salty. Restaurant was small but classy and cozy.

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vipKimber
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a delicious dinner with excellent service.
The French onion soup was perfect, the caprese salad was okay. The braised lamb shanks were cooked to perfection with vegetables, scalloped potatoes. The owner recommended a French wine that was delicious and moderately priced. Highly recommend!

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JoshC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was much better the first time that we ate here. Maybe they are having some pandemic related labor or supply issues. I don't regret eating here, but I'll likely try somewhere else the next time we eat out.

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KathleenH
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves at this charming restaurant that truly embraces country French cooking. We loved our dinner and their wine list is exceptional! Our waitress was warm and funny, making us feel very comfortable. We will definitely be back. If you want to experience good French food that is not pretentious do yourself a favor and dine here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. They gave a nice pastry for my daughters birthday. Every one was kind and the food was really good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service a 10!!! Our server was wonderful. Owner was a true pro. We will become regulars.

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DianeS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Duck was over done and precooked. Potatoes gratin were mashed potatoes with slice of cheese slightly melted. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in every way!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was expensive and not good. Service was bad. Restaurant was loud. Lots of better options in Carmel!

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Lesa
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ordered seared ahi and it was over cooked. It tasted ok but not prepared properly. Pasta dish was ordered as well as a slice of ganache cake. Both of those were fresh and tasty. Recommend restaurant but not the seared ahi.

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved it. Great service. The atmosphere was so warm, like being at a family home. Great selection of wine by the glass too.

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 120 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.