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La Bicyclette, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Seventh Avenue and Dolores Street
Carmel-by-the-Sea , California
Tel: 831 622 9899
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Styled after a French country café, La Bicyclette serves hearty European comfort food in a tiny 30-seat dining room, perfect for a romantic evening without any pretense. Meals are presented family style at heavy pinewood tables; plan to share. The three-course menu begins with a seasonal salad, perhaps heirloom tomatoes with blood-orange vinaigrette, followed by a copper tureen of soup for the table to share. Entrées may include pan-roasted chicken or a simple filet mignon with gorgonzola sauce. Chocolate mousse is the house-specialty dessert and comes in a big bowl with two spoons. The wine list is huge; the grands vins are stored at the sister restaurant, Casanova, and when you order one, the waiter hops on a vintage bicycle parked out front and rides up the street to fetch it—hence the name of the restaurant. The food doesn't break any new ground, but dinner won't break the bank, either: Three courses run about $30.

Open daily 11:30 am to 10 pm.

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