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“A pleasant surprise”

Carousel French Cuisine
Ranked #12 of 254 Restaurants in Yakima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $50
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Restaurant details
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.
Yakima, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

I have lived in Yakima for six years and thought I had eaten at all the best resturants but this one is a gem. It is very french in both decor and food. Has both Washington and French wines. The food is artistically presented and is very good. It was quite and intimate. If you like a party atmosphere this is probably not your place.

Visited October 2012
Thank Robert S
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Washington State
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“We left without eating”
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.,

5 Thank gec718
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Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Not very French”
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.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank gourmetwashington
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Wapato, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Good French food in Yakima”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

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

Visited October 2011
Thank Opinionated98951
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Olympia, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“First Rate dinner”
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

Visited June 2012
2 Thank mom5fay
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