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
Just as we had hoped for
We we're looking for a great French restaurant and we found one. jaques was very helpful choosing our wine. The food and the service were top notch. The menu changes frequently so it insures fresh and seasonable dishes.
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.
Creative food dining experience
Friendly owners and excellent food experience that is creative and outside the box. However, the service can be slow and it can be a bit noisy if one is looking for a quiet evening.
We noticed the menu selection had changed since our last visit five months ago. Our server confirmed the menu was created by a new Chef who started in January, 2016. The evening experience was filled with delicious surprises!
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!
Everything we ordered was great. Onion ...
Everything we ordered was great. Onion soup, baby kale salad, beef tatare(awesome) & short rib. Short rib was phenomenal. Great service & wine list.
We had a wonderful time celebrating my w ...
We had a wonderful time celebrating my wife's birthday. The food, wine and service was fantastic.
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.
Way too heavy with the sauces. Crispy s ...
Way too heavy with the sauces. Crispy sweetbreads when drowned in sauce are no longer crispy. Duck rillette very greasy. Beans in cassoulet under cooked.
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.
Lovely French restaurant.
Everything was excellent except the time between the courses was too long to wait. Otherwise, I would have ranked it outstanding across the board.
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: Very good Crème de Champignons : Truffle oil - where? Crème Brûlée: 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
Good food, service and location
The entrees were very good. The escargot was excellent. The salads were so so. The location and service were good. Right off the Main Street in Carmel. The wine was very high priced. Consider bringing your own, although the corkage fee is $35.
One of Carmel's finest!
We came for a Valentine's lunch. My wife had French onion soup and duck breast with peppercorn sauce - wonderful. I had duck rillette with foie gras sauce and scallops in puff pastry. We shared 2 bottles of very good California wine. They have an extensive wine list. Our server Lauren was both knowledgeable and attentive. We come to this restaurant whenever we are in the area.
Our second visit for lunch and it has be ...
Our second visit for lunch and it has become our favorite spot in Carmel. Our server, Lauren, provided the perfect service from the moment we arrived. Anytime a server tells us the chef will prepare whatever we want, if he has the ingredients, we know it will be wonderful. It was. Order anything. It's all fantastic and will be served at whatever pace you desire.
The wine list is outstanding. Unfortuna ...
The wine list is outstanding. Unfortunately, it was extremely difficult to find a bottle of wine for under $100+. It would be great if they offered a selection of more moderately priced wines. My wife had the scallops which were salty. She wanted to send them back but we had waited so long for our entre, 2+ hour meal, we just wanted to eat. I enjoyed the hanger steak. It was prepared very well. The staff was very personable. However, the service time between courses was too slow. Also, for the price I believe there are better alternatives in the area.
Wonderful French Bistro Food
If you like French bistro food, this is the place to come. They have great onion soup and seafood. I recommend any of the scallop dishes or mussels. The service is very good, and the wine selection is perfect for the restaurant.
Nice atmosphere, but overpriced
Fine ambiance and friendly service but I thought the food would be better, especially for the prices they charge.
Wonderful New Years Eve Dinner
The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the New Year. Fixed price dinner for the holiday while pricey, lived up to our expectations. The multi-course meal was well thought out, nicely presented, and professionally served. The only reason we did not give an overall 5 star is because when we made an observation intended as a recommendation to the "gentleman" who served our wine from an obviously chipped wine decanter, he was very flippant and unpleasantly defensive. We are still comfortable recommending this restaurant for a special occasion, just watch out for the chipped coffee saucers.
What a disappointment
I don't mind spending $350 for 3 people for dinner but I would expect decent service, not having to ask the runner for our server several times. I ordered 4 appetizers for my meal and our server asked me in which order I would like them. I replied I didn't care, just make it easy on the kitchen. I should have said "make it easy on the kitchen but don't bring them all at once". I received oysters, foie gras (barely heated) and escargot (also Luke warm) all at the same time. I suppose she needs more training or I need to be more specific. We've eaten here before with good food and service. Must have been an off night for them.
nice little french restaurant
its nice to find a true French restaurant these days, in the lovely town of Carmel the menu was nice, and the preparation was well done excellent wine list if you enjoy old fine wines that are hard to find neighborhood atmosphere
The food is rather bland yet expensive. ...
The food is rather bland yet expensive. The service is alright but nothing special. Very underwhelming, not coming back.
Food and service were great. Wine Stewar ...
Food and service were great. Wine Steward was too pushy! Would return for the four gras!
Exceptional food, exceptional service. We loved this place!
You Can Count on Andre's...
For fine French bistro food. Always fresh ingredients, prepared to perfection. A real treat. We come to Carmel a few times a year and always include a meal at Andre's as part of our trip. We have never been disappointed.
This is a wonderful find. The food was stellar. But more than that, the service was wonderful. And to top it off, the chef, who I'm assuming was Andre, was a wonderful host. We were seated in full view of the kitchen and the atmosphere was full of camaraderie. We enjoyed our meal and tarried for a while talking and no one rushed us out though the restaurant was full. As we were leaving, Andre came over and thanked us and gave us a warm hug. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Go for the food, but enjoy the wonderful staff too.
Great food but poor wine service
Greeted by the wineguy behind the bar with "the lady will take care of you." I guess the hostess had stepped away and he could not be bothered. Hostess was friendly and seated us promptly. The restaurant was not busy yet the wine guy apparently had better things to do. After 15 minutes, our friendly waiter came over to check if everything was OK and I said we had hoped to have some wine. He walks over to the wine guy, which did not do anything to improve his mood, but he came over and brusquely asked what we were having for dinner, though we had not yet ordered, and what type of wines we liked. He disappears for another 10 minutes and our cheese platter appetizer arrived before the wine did. Our waiter was definitely more efficient (and friendly) than the wine guy! Nevertheless, the scallops I had for my entree were possibly the best I've ever had, supplemented by a delicious saffron sauce. My husband's sweetbreads, however, were a little off but served with an awesome mushroom sauce. We did not stay for dessert.
Great spot. Food was really good. Was lo ...
Great spot. Food was really good. Was looking for a non Italian spot, nothin against as there is a lot of great Italian in the neighborhood, just looking a change on this trip. Wine was good, my girl had duck breast n I had ribeye. Cooked to request and tasty. Service was on spot . Cheers to them!
Very nice staff
The food was really different from what we use to eat around the US, really french-like, the wine list was great although a little bit expensive, and the staff was amazingly gentle!
Our waiter was attentive, food & wine was average.
The wine list has approximately 10 wine under $100, which was our budget. We purchased a more expense wine based on their limited selection of wines under $200 after a recommendation from their sommelier. The wine was ok. We travel to Europe at least every 2 years and belong to several wine clubs in Napa and Sonoma, so we are not unfamiliar to good wines.
This is our favorite restaurant in Carmel. Always great food and service. We shared amazing fois gras, soup, Dover sole and filet. Everything was great and ap portions were so generous we thought they had doubled the order. The hostess actually ran out to the store for non-alcoholic beer for my husband as they had stopped carrying it. Far surpassed any of the meals at other "highly rated" restaurants during this trip
Finally found a bad meal in Carmel Won't be back
Not sure where to start. French onion soup was lukewarm. No beets in beet salad. Bone-in ribeye had no bone and was covered in sauce. Tasteless. First two wine choices were not available. Only one waiter and he couldn't keep pace. Don't let the wine list fool you....there are many better dining options in Carmel. Hugely disappointing to all guests.
Always a delightful experience.
Every aspect of dining here is always delightful. Food, service, ambiance are more than satisfactory.
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