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“Poodle Dressing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of French Poodle Restaurant - CLOSED

French Poodle Restaurant
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
La Jolla, California
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Poodle Dressing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

NO ONE can beat their fabulous (secret recipe) salad dressing. We've been buying it for years as have our friends and family and we've all tried to figure out what's in it! If you can't be there in person, you may also order it on line!

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank carolynn1545
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22 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Circling the drain”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

The place was empty at 740pm when the town was on a complete wait. Gun snapping maitre'd/server was very rude and explained that now of the wines on the first pages were available but he pitched 2010 Sonoma Cutrer about 8 times. That he would sell for the 2003 price on the menu. The menus were soiled and torn. The did have one order of the artichoke "who wants it?" Of course goose liver is not available but same goes for the escargot, etc. asked about one speciality sauce, "oh that is just mayonnaise and mustard. ". We walked out which was the first for both families. It is sad to see the end is near but worse that irrelevant five year old reviews caught our eye. The most recent reviews are similar to our experience.

    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank StanleyMedic
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Carmel, California
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An old favorite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

This restaurant never disappoints. The only problem is deciding what to order from their many excellent choices. Try the artichoke with their house made mayo. Or the champagne crab legs. Veal with morel mushrooms is divine. They have fresh abalone every day and it is outstanding. Be sure to call for a reservation because their hours seem to vary.

Visited March 2013
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Thank goodtogotoo
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Columbus, OH
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235 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“This Grand Ol’ Dame has Seen Better Days”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

My mother, brother, his wife and I went to this restaurant to celebrate his birthday. It was a Thursday evening, and only one other couple was in the restaurant the entire time. We quickly discovered why. After being seated, I noticed that some of the decorating was in very shabby shape. For example, some decorative mirrors were missing, the rugs were worn and the curtains were dirty. They had the lighting down low, but it could not hide the fact that the restaurant had seen better days. Even the menus were worn and torn. We had various entrees, including lamb, duck, scallops and prawns. My brother said that his duck was good, but my prawns were over cooked and mom’s scallops seemed old. The wine was very pricey and the bread was dry. Day old French bread at a French restaurant is NOT a good sign. The entrees were $30-35 each and included an over-dressed, slightly out-of-balance vinaigrette. For these prices, we expected a terrific dining experience. And although the service was good, I would not return.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anne_from_Ohio
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Sad decline”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

Once was one of our favorite restuarants in Carmel. Seems to be on the downside. Many menu items not available. One server answered phone, served wine. took order, bussed tables, served food. Not efficient for more than two tables. Food was average.

Visited October 2012
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