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La Bicyclette
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
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29 Dolores St Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
29 Dolores StreetUSCaliforniaCarmel-by-the-Sea93923
$$Italian RestaurantToday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Cozy, established bistro offering unpretentious French-Italian fare, with a fixed-price menu option.- Google
"The wood burning oven has fantastic flavor."
"The decor was French bistro crossed with Carmel cute."
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Murali Sitaram
in the last week
My fav restaurant in Carmel. Great chacaturie plates, amazing pizzas, great service, a nice wine list and amazing steak and salads. A must visit while in Carmel
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Ashley Christensen
4 months ago
Everything you could want from a rustic Western European corner bistro. Friendly staff, extensive wine list and deliciously light food.
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Ryo Gokita
6 months ago
Velo burger is fantastic (kind of tastes like pizza) and salads are very fresh!
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Ian Green
9 months ago
Great atmosphere and delicious food!
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Michael Newton
6 months ago
This is by far our favorite cafe in Carmel. We have been there at least 20 times in 2014 and twice this year. The wood burning oven has fantastic flavor. Try the wood fired eggs for breakfast or the gormet pizza for lunch. Never had a bad meal ever!
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Jen H
a year ago
I came into this restaurant a little confused since it's advertised as a French restaurant with an Italian flag outside. As we were seated, I noticed the French flag inside of the other side of the restaurant...so, I'm guessing it's a French and Italian restaurant? As I was getting seating, it still seem quite busy for a Sunday night. I would definitely recommend making reservation ahead of time because I saw them turning a couple of parties away. My order for the night: -Butternut Squash Pizza (Sage-Gruyere-Speck Ham-Arugula-Butternut Squash Puree), $15 This is one of their most popular dish in the restaurant and I would say it's the healthier choice of the selections since there's no marinara sauce. What it does have are all the other ingredients listed above. I would describe this dish, light and crisp. -Wood Fired Escargot (Hazelnut & Garlic), $10 The star of the night was my escargot dish! It was covered with butter and sizzling with Hazelnut, a must get if you dare! -Sweet Potato Sformato with crispy prosciutto & truffle pecorino: This was the appetizer that came with the fixed menu for the night...it came with a salad and a green potato mix. The mix had goat cheese in it that almost made me gag with my first bite. I can't eat goat cheese and I specifically asked the waiter if there's any goat cheese blended in my food...I almost got poisoned! Needless to say, the dish was pretty much untouched and the waiter did not seem to notice or care. -Roasted Sunchoke Soup This was also an appetizer that came with the fixed menu. It's a blended soup with an unappetizing presentation (light brown), except the yellow metal pot. But the broth itself was delicious!!! It tasted earthy and a good balance of flavors mixed within. -Nante Carrot Risotto (truffle marinated artichokes) This is another great dish for anyone that's a lover of goat cheese. This dish only gives a hint of it and even with the slightest hint, I can taste it! Boy did I order all the wrong things tonight! I barely took a bite because the dish was so creamy with goat cheese. It's really a shame I couldn't eat this well created risotto....oh well! -Prime Chateau Steak (melted leeks, marble potatoes & gorgonzola dulce) Perfectly cooked with the sweet reduction below, yum! -Bread Pudding Worst bread pudding I ever tasted! There was no pudding unless you call the goo that my rock hard bread was swimming on top pudding?! No, thank you! The only thing that was good about this dish was the praline ice cream that was on top of the dish and even with two bites, the ice cream was gone! Overall, this restaurant had a lot of misses for me and it's not just because of the goat cheese accidents. I wasn't wowed by most of the dishes. It felt boring and none of the dishes tickled my taste buds for more. I also thought the service was good, but not professional. This is a nice restaurant, but the servers all seemed like college kids ready to go shopping or skate boarding. If I'm paying more than $50 a person, I expect a little bit more professionalism in my dining experience. Am at a cafe or am I at fancy restaurant? Last, but not least....parking is simple with plenty of street parking.
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Jennifer Duarte
2 years ago
We had a lovely meal at La Bicyclette. The beet salad (with blue cheese and French fried onions) was incredibly good; the salad greens are apparently grown in conjunction with a local school. The pizza was a good italian style (thin crust) pizza. The chicken on a bed of zucchini "noodles" was tender and tasty. The decor was French bistro crossed with Carmel cute. Would definitely come again.
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Burt Cummings
2 years ago
Excellent food. May be the best pizza we've ever had. And we're food snobs. Entrees great. Bread sampler amazing. Soup outstanding. Pours on wine generous One star off for noise and a close-quarters on the seating but we'll be back again and again. Update: It's two years later, and this still our favorite restaurant around!