French Poodle is simply the best authentic French restaurant in the Carmel-Monterey area. We have a time share at Carmel Highlands, and have eaten at French Poodle at least twice a week for the last 15 plus years, and invariably had outstanding food and service. This year, we had the foie gras appetizer twice, both times sublimely cooked with a divine sauce, as well as an excellent artichoke appetizer. For the main course, the duck breast was outstanding as was the salmon. The sauteed fresh abalone was absolutely divine. Not to be missed is their floating island dessert for two - absolutely delightful mouhtfuls of clouds of ambrosia. We always buy two bottles of their vinegairette dressing when we leave the area for the year. The service, provided personally by the owners, Richard and Annamarie, is personal but courteous. The candle-lit atmosphere is intimate and dignified. This restaurant is a hidden gem as we never see it advertized - which is fine for us, but a pity for those who would enjoy a truly authentic French food in California.
Carmel, CA, Carmel, CA