About Andre’s Bouchée Bistro and Wine Bar
Andre's Bouchee Bistro and Wine Bar proudly shares a Carmel favorite that lures locals and visitors with its chic style and neighborhood charm. Executive Chef Benoit Petel prepares authentic French Bistro cuisine with a Californian Coastal flair. Our friendly atmosphere buzzes with excitement and energy that makes you feel you're dining in one of the small neighborhoods inside Paris. Andre’s Bouchée and Wine Bar also features wine by the glass and a full wine list.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch is served Friday - Sunday 12:00 - 2:30pm
Wine bar opens at 4:30 pm daily til 9:30pm.
Dinner is served seven nights weekly from 5:30pm-9:30pm . Andre's Bouchee Wine Merchant open during hours of operation
Ocean Ave. and 7th
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Available parking on Mission Street
Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant can accommodate large parties up to 60 people, with a set menu.
Semi- private wine cellar with a capacity of sixteen.
Private Party Contact:
Elizabeth Lemaire: 8316267880x
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Andre’s Bouchée Bistro and Wine Bar also has special winemaker dinners featuring some of the top producers in the world. Please contact the restaurant for dates and details of upcoming events.
Andre’s Bouchée Bistro and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Highlights: + Food and presentation were ...
+ Food and presentation were solid executions of French classics
+ Delicious French wines by the glass
+ Friendly, competent service
- Open kitchen did not complement ambiance
- Everything a bit salty
- Creme of mushroom soup a bit too thick
- Service was a little inconsistent
- Bread was burnt black on the underside, yet still served
- Steak was undercooked in one small area, but otherwise delicious.
Overall, it was a very decent meal, and we left feeling very satisfied, but just not quite 5-stars all around.
Forgot that it was Bastille Day, but wha ...
Forgot that it was Bastille Day, but what a fortuitous day to come in!
Always enjoy this little gem, but it was even more delightful when decorated; despite the horrors of Nice, the crowd refused to be deterred from celebrating; the prix fixe menu was perfectly executed and good value w/the perfect wine pairings. Look forward to returning for some of our favorites on the complete menu.
The restaurant has changed since the dea ...
The restaurant has changed since the death of Andre. The staff, everyone working at the restaurant is as good as it gets, lovely, no complaints. Sunday evening dining in Carmel is not the same experience as a week night so perhaps that was part of the disappointment. It has a nice little bar and the atmosphere is inviting, stop in for a glass of wine or cocktail.
The food here was phenomenal. The oyster ...
The food here was phenomenal. The oysters were fresh, the tartine had great flavours, and the steak was amazing. The tatin had just the right amount of sweetness and tartness. The sommelier was very helpful and while the "standard" wine option wasn't to our palate, he took the time to understand what we liked and suggested a great wine, instead of pushing what he thought was a good wine. Overall, one of the best meals in a long time.
Well prepared gourmet French food. Nice ...
Well prepared gourmet French food. Nice wine list for appropriate pairings with the food we ordered we enjoy. Ambiance and service were excellent. Location in Carmel, CA a few blocks away from a gorgeous beach walk is another plus.
The food was superb. Can't wait to try t ...
The food was superb. Can't wait to try the Bone Marrow Appetizer again. The Entrecote was perfectly done, and such a good flavor. The wine list is very expensive, and the corkage for the special wine I brought was pretty steep, but besides that, loved it.
We were so impressed!
Everything we had at Andre's was absolutely fantastic. Best ribeye steak either one of us have EVER had in our 80+ combined years. Every dish was unique and impeccably executed. Too bad we live on the east coast....this would be a regular for us if we lived in CA.
Bad night, bad dinner.
The service was extremely slow. At one point the couple sitting next to us lost patience and asked the waiter what was taking so long! The restaurant was half full. We waited almost an hour for a first course of onion soup. Good, not great! Then about 30 minutes later our entrées arrived. My husband and I both ordered mussels. They arrived with a beautiful presentation of copper bowls. I counted eleven mussels in my bowl, my husband must have had at least double that number. I could not eat mine. The amount of fresh thyme in the bottom was so overwhelming. My husband had no thyme in his. We won't return!
A favorite in Carmel. Menu a nice change ...
A favorite in Carmel. Menu a nice change from the CA cuisine that pervades the central coast. Always great oysters and sweet breads if that is your thing. Wonderful wine list and a staff that can be very helpful in picking something off the beaten track.
New imaginative chef plus the great Jacq ...
New imaginative chef plus the great Jacques Melac as sommelier plus a fantastic enthusiastic staff -- we had come here for many years, then slacked off for the sameness of the menu. Now we are back again with great enthusiasm in a restaurant that is both lovely and fun!
French Onion Soup en par with Paris Bistros
Had lunch at Andre's Bouchée , a classic French bistro with classic French cuisine. The Onion Soup Gratinee' was as good as that which we've enjoyed in Paris and Provence and I got the Moules Mariniere with frites with moules which were huge and Ina broth which was so good that I sopped up every drop with my buttered ( European butter, of course) baguette and even asked for more.
To top it off, as my husband and I were celebrating my birthday, we were treated to dessert with each of us getting a meringue and a cocoa coated truffle.
What A Special Evening!
We had an incredible evening! A special menu and wine pairing tempted two of us and it was over the top. The Prince and the Pauper entree was spectacular = Lobster and Goat! I had Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil and it was a hit with everyone. The Steak Tartare on an Oyster as an amuse bouche was excellent.
We loved everything and the creativity of the courses was so far above so many local restaurants to guarantee our return.
At the end of the evening we were unable to get an Uber or a Lyft to come for us and the restaurant called a driver they knew who brought us home for a very reasonable price! Such a sweet gesture.
Best French food in Carmel
We go to Andre's every time we go to Carmel. We went for a late lunch. My wife had french onion soup and "the best Croque Madame anywhere." She is still talking about it. I had seared foie gras as my appetizer and an entree of saute scallops. Service was wonderful. The wine list is very extensive. You will not go wrong eating here.
Interesting but not up to expectations....
This is an excellent looking restaurant with plenty of space between tables and a magnificent wine list. However the kitchen was very slow. My friend had an excellent onion soup preparwith flair and a roast duck that he said was superb. On my side of the table, I found the menu far too limited for an expensive restaurant and my beef bourgeon was extremely fat and not prepared at all like the conventional version of this dish which is more like a zesty stew and served that way all over the world but not here. The crowning disappointment was that the beef was so fat that I had dismiss the dish after giving it a try since I thought the beef would be delicious but it was served in a log shape like a holiday winter desert. Sorry that the great waiter was really wasted. Wine steward likewise was wonderful. Did I tell you that wait between my friend's onion soup and the entrees was close to an hour? This has been a great restaurant before and I hope it will be able to excel in the future
Consistently setting a high bar
My wife and I have enjoyed dining here for many years and the food remains some of the best Carmel has to offer. We share almost every plate and started with the foie gras with a reduced wine sauce. Each bite is so amazing. Then the sweetbreads were so lightly sauteed. The chef has it all going on! Mussels in white wine and garlic, rare veal with perfectly cooked scalops, and we went back to our room very happy. If you haven't eaten here, give it a try and you will be glad you did so. Service is wonderful and not overly bothersome as some places can be. After each bite we usually say"we should just leave now and we could die happy!
Great for a special occassion
I booked this reservation for my boyfriend's birthday as we were having a romantic weekend in Carmel. By the time we got to the restaurant we actually celebrating his birthday and our engagement, so we were in a very festive mood. The setting was quiet, and the restaurant is small, so you can have a conversation with your dining partner without any crazy noise.
The sommelier was helpful, but of course offered only wines that were at the top end of my price range, and when I asked about lower priced ones he discarded them as flat and flavorless, so they lost a star on that one because why have 53 pages of wines just to have them- quality trumps quantity any day of the week- my opinion. We ended up going for a Lucia Pinot, and it was good.
We started off with the oysters which were from Morro Bay-- they were delivered fresh that afternoon and tasted perfectly briny like they were just out of the sea, and served with a tasty mignonette and a side glass of champagne- nice touch.
We then shared the tartine, and I literally could have eaten another portion as my entree. Such a creative way to serve escargot-- the sauce was incroyable!
My fiance and had the skirt steak, which was cooked perfectly rare, the way he wanted it, and I had the Tere & Mer, which was braised veal and seared scallops. Really tasty, but there were more like separate items on a plate rather than two items that complemented each other.
This was our first experience dining here. From the moment we sat down to dine we felt special. The timing of the service was spot on and we never felt rushed to get to the next course or to clear the table for anyone else. The wine list was exceptional. The bone marrow appetizer left me dreaming about it. We had hear that the Duck is a must have, but the short rib was fall-off-the-bone tender, and the veal cheeks were to die for. Our server Austin was top notch. We are sure to return there whenever we want to dine in Carmel again.
All the staff was too attentive for our party and was actually annoying. The mushroom soup was very good, the mussels were OK, the mussel sauce pretty bland and the thyme not well blended, fries were very good. The wine was expensive for the quality.
Very disappointing experience.
This would be my first and hope last, sad review ever. It was Thursday night, we left our very lively hotel lobby with the life music playing, for a dinner and had a very disappointing dining experience. I did my research and hoped to have some great food to celebrate my mom's birthday. Only three tables were occupied, the place was a lonely planet...Soup was just ok and bone marrow appetizer was miserable. Trout was good, stake was not worth ordering. Music for a minute was played to load and later shut down completely. Well, I know for sure, I'll not give a second try at this restaurant.
Outstanding Small Dishes, Intimate Atmosphere
The menu offered a number of small dishes which were very attractive – foie gras, veal sweetbreads, bone marrow, escargot, duck rillet and an assortment of cheeses, all my favorites. We had also read great reviews about the onion soup. I decided to order three small plates – foie gras, sweetbreads, and the duck rillet as I had such an impressive rillet of pork some time ago. Wife decided on the onion soup and the trout as the main course. The foie gras was truly outstanding, cooked just right with a wonderful orange sauce, and a generous amount, too. I also enjoyed the sweetbreads, one of my favorite dishes, again cooked just right and it also came with some spiny lobster meat! The onion soup wife had was also outstanding. We eat French onion soup often, and when we say outstanding, it really stands out!
Unfortunately, an inordinate amount of time elapsed between these courses and wife’s main course, the trout, and my third small plate, the duck rillet. Finally, but again unfortunately, the waiter had misunderstood my order for duck rillet and brought the duck confit, which was in the main course menu together with wife’s trout. I pointed out the mix up, but offered to take the duck confit anyway, but they promptly brought out the rillet, and gave me the confit anyway, which I tasted but then had it bagged as I was too full by now. The third small dish, duck rillet, unfortunately was good but not quite as outstanding as the first two, and the trout and duck confit were good, but again not quite as impressive as the onion soup, foie gras, or sweetbreads.The service was solicitous and professional, and except for the duck mix up and the delay between the appetizers and the main course (was it because they had to cook the duck confit?), it was impeccable.
Great new find in Carmel
We certainly have found a new place in Carmel that we will go to also in the future. The food and service are very good. Only thing we regretted was that the person that wanted to help us with the wine recommended us a wine that was twice as expensive as the one that we had in mind initially. My husband didn't have his reading glasses with him that night, so we saw this only when the bill arrived. This shouldn't happen in a classy place like this.
The Salt got the better of the chef
Mignon de Veau et St. Jacques:
Veal was excellent, the scallops over salted
Le Canard en Pate:
Candied blood orange was saggy, the pate was over salted the rest of the dish was fine.
Le Filet de Boeuf Rossini:
Crème de Champignons :
Truffle oil - where?
Be careful mushroom taste on a Crème Brule is not everybody's thing and wasn't definitely ours.
Item not on the Web ~ Nougat Tartuffe?
Oh that was definitely missing the mark. The ice-cream didn't make it into the nougat territory
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