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“We left without eating”

Carousel French Cuisine
Ranked #11 of 264 Restaurants in Yakima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Carousel Restaurant adds elegance and ambiance to Yakima. Providing traditional French Cuisine and Bistro options, pairings and fine dining. We offer catering and special events as well. Reservations preferred for dining room and event availability.
Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

We enjoy French and based on posted menu we made reservations. When we arrived the restaurant was nearly empty and Mama Cass was playing. Not French! The server was busy flambeeing for another table. Since my wife has many allergies we asked about ingredients. The first reaction was I'm new. Next she checked on one dis and returned saying there was a little of the allergen...but it shouldn't be a problem. Next she said the chef didn't know the ingredients in sauces. True French sauces don't need flour as thickener. We left.,

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

This is in a charming location. The decor could use some updating. Instead of whimsical french, it is more like visiting your granny. The wine list is great, featuring local wines in small vineyards. I think this restaurant may have potential, BUT it needs some improvement. Like in making the food spicier (use LOTS of garlic) and the sauces genuine. My peppercorn steak had a packaged gravy mix. I am pretty sure it was McCormick's packaged gravy. This is a NEVER in a French restaurant where prices are high. If necessary, simply use great butter, but using packaged gravy ruins the experience. I think this restaurant might need a new chef. How about recruit a great chef from France, and sponsor him or her for a visa. It would increase your business. Otherwise, this restaurant will not make it.

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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Surprisingly good French food. Service was what it should have been. an exeptional night out.

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Surprising find in Yakima with a real French dinner and decent wine list. Excellent service and really enjoyed a leisurely paced dinner and the food was authentic and declicious. Lovely atmosphere and clearly a local favorite. Price vrey reasonable as well. Would return

2  Thank mom5fay
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

This was our first trip to Yakima, but if we ever get there again, we plan to dine at the Carousel Restaurant. First, the food was excellent. We each had the rich French Onion Soup, which really got the taste buds going. Next, my wife had the Rabbit, which she said was very good, but perhaps the sauce was a little light. I had the Veal with Shitake Mushrooms, and it was outstanding. We finished off with the Cherries Jubilee, which was good, but a little too sweet, because of too much sugar which had caramelized. We also liked their wine process, which included tasting two different wines before selecting our bottle. The only negative is that this excellent French restaurant has only two types of French wine, and should grow their French wine list. Last but not least, we thought that Marie did a great job serving us during the evening. She was knowledgable and friendly and managed our dinner very well.
Scott K

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