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Bistro Moulin is a cozy European Bistro located above Cannery Row in Monterey. French chef/owner Didier Dutertre's classic cuisine is exquisitely prepared and French wine selections are plentiful. Now serving safely indoors & outdoors on our sidewalk patio. Our full menu is available To-Go. Call or order online for cubside pickup. BistroMoulin.com Bon Appetit !
$15 - $49
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
French, European
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The French onion soup was good, at least 4 out of 5. The cannelloni with beef filet was delicious. A five solid. The service was outstanding, friendly and capable. But the duck confit, which should be a classic and outstanding in any French bistro, anywhere...in the world, was dry and tasteless. Inexcusable! Please fix this.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed May 21, 2022 via mobile

Visited again on a busy Saturday night. Friendly welcome. Nice atmosphere. Just a bit too hectic for my taste. Terrine de campagne was just OK but cannelloni and confit of duck entrees were delicious. So pleased to dine in a true restaurant rather than another...fast food joint. Go there and enjoy.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 2, 2022

Initially good service. Ordered steaks medium rare. One was mostly fine, the other was medium to well. Good cut of meat…hungry…and didn’t want to wait for another steak to be cooked, so we told our server this when she checked. Kept a piece to one...side so they could show the chef when plates were collected. No response from the chef, which is not the norm in any good restaurant. No apology from anyone. Given dessert menus, but after being left alone for over 15 minutes, decided to leave. Hugely disappointing evening.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 5, 2022

You just know that there are real people in the kitchen cooking your order just for you. The server explains how the chef likes to do the lamb, and it arrives looking gorgeous and reportedly had a magnificent taste. Spectacular food, warm atmosphere, and friendly...staff made our dinner completely wonderful. The server adapted to our slow pace immediately. I also liked that my unusual order of salad for desert was taken without a twitch of an eye. Of course I picked up that habit from my French Canadian grandfather, so maybe it was a natural event in this truly French restaurant. Each course had careful, unique tastes, and Bistro Moulin was the best restaurant of our vacation. Note: beer and wine only.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed January 26, 2022

Just do this! Every positive review is totally on point. The food, the wine, the service, the atmosphere....all are worth every investment!

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed January 15, 2022 via mobile

Very authentic French cuisine - nice little bistro - very nice chef - The interior is very French - food tastes really good try the French onion soup

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed September 9, 2021

The steak was absolutely amazing. Cut with a fork tender. The escargo were also very delicious. Socially distanced tables and full mask wearing. all good

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed August 28, 2021

The wine list fit on one page but offered an impressive mix of French and California wines (including Monterey County selections). Gnocchi is offered as appetizer and entree, and it was truly outstanding with rich cheese sauce. Mussels and Onion soup were satisfying. Veal was...uninspiring in design and botched in execution (overcooked). The staff could not have been more attentive and friendly.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 2, 2021 via mobile

A total horrific experience From ambiance to abhorrent waitstaff & appetizers disappointing, entrees were sad to say the least My coq au vin was dry and tasteless, my husband’s veal was blasé Never will venture anywhere near this establishment How it gets a plethora of...positive reviews is a mystery to meMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 17, 2021 via mobile

This was our second dining experience at Bistro Moulin. Wonderful in every way! Our party of four enjoyed sea bass, cannelloni, duck breast, escargot and onions soup. All received high marks. Same for the cream brûlée and lemon tort desserts. Our waitress was knowledgeable, efficient...and very personable. Authentic and delightful summarize our experience!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 29, 2021

The place is exactly like a French bistro. It was a fine dining experience in a comfortable and casual setting. The tables are far enough apart for social distancing which also allows us to have a conversation without shouting over one another. The food was...superb. We ordered onion soup and escargot as appetizers; with Coq Au Vin and Moules Frites as main courses. The portions were very generous and we didn't have room for dessert. The mussels were cooked perfectly. The fries were very crispy and worth all the calories. Service was attentive. Our water glasses were constantly getting refilled. The location is only a short walk from the aquarium but away from the main touristy area. We will definitely come back here if we are in the Monterey area again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 8, 2021 via mobile

Finally open again for dining! Tables both inside and outside, for reliably consistent food and reasonably priced French wine! We ate outside at one of their heated sidewalk tables, and felt safe and separated from pedestrians. Service efficient and friendly, including suggested wine pairings. We...usually get the escargots appetizer since it reminds us of Paris dining! For main plate, I had a french version of “osso buco”, more subtly delicious sauce than italian counterpart. My wife had seared seabass in a cream sauce. Both were wonderful! We did not have dessert this time, but have enjoyed their chocolate torte in the past! The best part is that is only 1/2 block from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and is a great way to finish the day!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed May 6, 2021 via mobile

Website says walk-in welcome... LIAR and BS... my girlfriend wasn’t feeling well so I walked over for dinner. The old short man dismissed me and said I could eat outside on the sidewalk. But a couple behind me... both no reservations... they got a table...inside..!! WTF... don’t support a bad business... times are hard for small businesses.. let this one go bankruptMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed March 25, 2021

Have not been dine out since Covid. Since me and my BF both got the vaccinated we decided to take a trip to Monterey. Most of restaurants now either open for take out only or dine in at outdoor space, surprisedly most of are fully...booked. Luckily we booked an outdoor dining spot at Bistro Moulin. Craving for nice French onion soup, we had that as starter. For main, we ordered duck leg and cannelloni. It was great and definitely bring the nice dine out experience back.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed January 29, 2021 via mobile

We just ordered from there and I feel compelled to write about it. It’s delicious. The creme brûlée is amazing! My husband loved the escargot and the mussels. We will be ordering from here or hopefully coming in person again soon!!!!! Well done.

Date of visit: January 2021
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October 29, 2019|
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Response from BistroMoulinMonterey | Property representative |
We do not have a full bar. We offer beer and wine, and our wine list is posted on our website.
August 13, 2016|
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Response from bbj_10 |
I contacted the restaurant directly to inquire about a children's menu. Chef Didier was very kind to respond. He told me that children are welcome and they host families every day. They offer kid pasta and spinach gnocchi... More
Lisa C
January 6, 2015|
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Response from alicerabbit | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it serves tiramisu and small tartlets. I don't remember anything else. Try calling the restaurant. You definitely need advance reservations, as the restaurant is quite small. We have enjoyed this small gem twice.
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Bistro Moulin is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5