We are very fortunate to live in the Bay Area and be able to easily visit Carmel by the Sea as it is only about a two hour drive. The upscale town is great for Shopping and Dining and the views of the Pacific Ocean are fantastic. We like to try new restaurants but every so often need to go back to old favorites like The French Poodle which has been serving classic French cuisine for over 50 years.

Pate Maison

We started with Les Escargots de Bourgogne. We loved the classic presentation and excellent taste of these imported French Snails with homemade garlic butter and shallots. Next, we enjoyed delicious Pate Maison which was the Chef’s house-made chicken and duck liver mousse with truffles. Another fabulous dish was the Les Pattes de Crabes Dungeness Sauce Champagne which was Fresh Dungeness Crab Legs with Champagne, saffron and caviar. Their classic Salade is made with tossed butter leaf lettuce from the Salinas Valley and is served with The French Poodle Vinaigrette French dressing made from an 1870 Cote d’Azur recipe. One of our favorite entrees is the Magret de Canard au Vieux Porto which is a delicious grilled sliced breast of duck in aged port wine sauce.

Dungeness Crab Legs

Les Entremets de Douceur (desserts) is a must. We always have the classic and very popular French dessert Floating Island. It consists of meringue floating on top of creme anglaise and it is only served for “two”. We found it to be as delicious as ever! The Wine List features French Wines so be sure to ask the knowledgeable staff to help you pair wines. We were quite pleased with the Sommelier’s choices.

Floating Island

We had a great dinner and are pleased to report that Restaurateur Richard Zoellin’s The French Poodle continues to be an excellent destination for classic French Cuisine in Carmel by The Sea.



The French Poodle

Junipero and 5th

Carmel by The Sea, CA. 93921