La Bicyclette

★★★★★
  • 7th Ave & Dolores St

    Carmel, CA 93923

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  • 831-622-9899

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Daily 8am-3:30pm, Daily 5pm-10pm

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The option of a 4 course menu is very refeshing and different but the menu selections are very limited. Going back is an occasional event

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The option of a 4 course menu is very refeshing and different but the menu selections are very limited. Going back is an occasional event

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I ate dinner here on Friday June 29 with my family of five. Suffice it to say, this was the culinary highlight of our family's trip to the Napa, Sausalito, Monterey and Carmel areas of California this summer. The restaurant is small, about 10 tables, with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. No white table cloths here, but plenty of charm and personality; diners aren't crammed in, and there is a sufficient amount of privacy at some tables due to an interior wall. I would give it an 8 out of 10 for atmosphere.

The European (southern French / Italian influenced) cuisine was extremely fresh and seasonal. The menu, which drew us to the restaurant, offers only five choices for dinner, but each choice comes with a soup and salad. The wine list had a well-rounded selection of American and European bottles, and we found a fantastic Bordeaux.

Dishes are served in a rustic European manner (great for sharing), and the flavors of each dish are well thought-out, balanced and fresh. The highlight was the white flesh salmon and the braised chicken with apricot. Dessert was also delicious. Even the side vegetables were outstanding and better than most main dishes featured at many restaurants. Service was excellent as well, attentive but not overbearing (not unlike their food preparation and presentation).

The limit of five selections on the menu that changes weekly seems to have scared a few diners away throughout the night, as we saw them approach the menu outside and walk away. I can only imagine that these are the dull diners who have little sense of adventure. Be re-assured that each and every dish on the menu was exceptional, well-thought out and nowhere near average (which is found often on many restaurant's menus that offer more choices). Carmel doesn't have to be absurdly expensive, the 3-course meals were all in the $20's, (though we would have payed quite a bit more). Truly one of our favorite restaurants and favorite memories. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

I ate dinner here on Friday June 29 with my family of five. Suffice it to say, this was the culinary highlight of our family's trip to the Napa, Sausalito, Monterey and Carmel areas of California this summer. The restaurant is small, about 10 tables, with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. No white table cloths here, but plenty of charm and personality; diners aren't crammed in, and there is a sufficient amount of privacy at some tables due to an interior wall. I would give it an 8 out of 10 for atmosphere.

The European (southern French / Italian influenced) cuisine was extremely fresh and seasonal. The menu, which drew us to the restaurant, offers only five choices for dinner, but each choice comes with a soup and salad. The wine list had a well-rounded selection of American and European bottles, and we found a fantastic Bordeaux.

Dishes are served in a rustic European manner (great for sharing), and the flavors of each dish are well thought-out, balanced and fresh. The highlight was the white flesh salmon and the braised chicken with apricot. Dessert was also delicious. Even the side vegetables were outstanding and better than most main dishes featured at many restaurants. Service was excellent as well, attentive but not overbearing (not unlike their food preparation and presentation).

The limit of five selections on the menu that changes weekly seems to have scared a few diners away throughout the night, as we saw them approach the menu outside and walk away. I can only imagine that these are the dull diners who have little sense of adventure. Be re-assured that each and every dish on the menu was exceptional, well-thought out and nowhere near average (which is found often on many restaurant's menus that offer more choices). Carmel doesn't have to be absurdly expensive, the 3-course meals were all in the $20's, (though we would have payed quite a bit more). Truly one of our favorite restaurants and favorite memories. Highly recommended.

Pros: FOOD, PRESENTATION, VALUE, AMBIENCE

Cons: It's in Carmel, and I don't know when we'll return to it next.

 

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