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Le Soufflé, Carmel by the Sea, CA

Le Soufflé

4.6
4.6
415 Reviews
$50 and over
French
**WE HAVE SWITCHED TO LUNCH SERVICE M-F STARTING AT 11:30AM**
We are located in CARMEL, CALIFORNIA, USA. Reservations are only available through OpenTable up to 3 weeks in advance. Intimate indoor dining room can accommodate parties up to 4 guests- Menu changes seasonally- see website for current menu.

Le Soufflé is a fine dining restaurant serving a traditional French soufflé lunch menu. Everything is exclusively prepared by our Executive Chef/Co-Owner creating a very unique and finely crafted dining experience. The wine list offers a selection of wines from exquisite boutique producers in France and are all available by the glass or bottle. Our guests can look forward to an elegant escape when they step into our intimate and luxurious dining room. We are located on Dolores Street, just two blocks off Ocean Avenue in the beautiful village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 250-5314
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Ivan Samchenko

What 415 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Innovative

  • California Central Coast

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Food

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Ambience

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Innovative

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Romantic

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for special occasions

415 Reviews
  1. Jean

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and we plan to return as soon as possible. The service was excellent and very friendly.

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  2. AnnaG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal and service! Soufflés were perfect and the ambience beautiful, very French.

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  3. Nate

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been twice. Fantastic food and service each time. Very small team (chef plus server and the owner), all of them are great. Highly recommend.

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  4. MyrnaG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A different delicious culinary experience. A must.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It's a pleasure to have a specialty food like a soufflé at the restaurant. The dinner soufflés were very good but we were disappointed that the grand marnier soufflé tasted more like a vanilla cream and did not have any grand marnier flavor that we could detect. We also would have expected to be offered coffee at the end of the meal. they did not seem to have any from what we saw on other tables. And a flower on the tables and a little background music would add some ambience. 

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  6. ReganS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were.very pleased with our dinner. When ordering, you make a selection of appetizer, main and dessert. We chose a Borscht and a salad. Delicious, Both of us decided on the Garlic Soufflé with Crab Sauce. Perfect! My husband loved his Roquefort Soufflé and I I ate every bite of my Grand Mariner Soufflé. Service was excellent. Will be repeat diners.

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  7. golfer7

    Greater Boston

    600 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    600 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Servers were wonderful. Space is tight but nicely appointed. App & Main Course soufflés were perfect. Fruit dessert soufflés also perfect, but dark chocolate dessert soufflés were a bid bland and dry (although ice cream was terrific). Other than that, a perfect experience. We’ll be back.

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  8. rfogsndego

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As part time residents, this is our very favorite restaurant in Carmel by the Sea. The food is fantastic, service amazing and just a wonderful experience each and every visit. Love the seasonal changes and the Roquefort dessert soufflé is my go to! Soufflés, Champagne and amazing time, what could be better!

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  9. mariahC

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice experience. My hopes may have been too high but overall yummy.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a five star in every category except the volume of the waitress voice. This is a very elegant restaurant, quaint, cozy, six tables. Outstanding dining experience. If only the waitress could speak softly. Also, I noted it was my partners birthday in my reservation as it was one of the options to choose. Although was not recognized by the staff. One candle in dessert? Nothing. I would still highly recommend this place such a cute story of origin, and I certainly wish them continued success. The table for two is exceptional as my partner, and I typically sit side-by-side, wherever we go.and it’s in the corner and quiet.

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  11. MarinMom

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic meal tonight. This place never disappoints. The garlic soufflé tonight was out of this world.

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  12. GlennB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special unique experience - soufflé dining can also be found in the 1st district in Paris

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food-never really had soufflé as a main course so did not know what to expect. The ingredients were fresh and the sauces delicious. Very intimate and quaint experience as only six tables in the restaurant but this lent itself as a perfect special occasion dinner. Service is outstanding. And really given a three course prix fixe soufflés meal the price was quite reasonable for a French restaurant in the middle of Carmel(under $100).

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  14. LelaN

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just perfect! The lemon rosemary souffle is a nice addition .Thank you .

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  15. RoyM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most pleasant dining experiences I’ve ever had. Food was phenomenal, service was great, atmosphere was intimate. Wine was boutique from France. Surpassed my expectations. Very unique restaurant. Will definitely return again as the menu changes every 3 months.

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  16. Lefty

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the meal and service. Will come back but ambience could be warmed up and you are getting a bit pricey.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant with a great chef and hostess. One of the best of Carmel. Food is excellent and great wine list. Strongly recommend.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Over the top … wonderful!! We have eaten here a number of times and food/service/attention to detail is always great!!

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  19. DarynS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Le Souffle is a gem. The friendliness of the staff, the intimate environment, the fabulous food, all come together and make it a joyful and very satisfying experience to have in Carmel. I was unable to get a reservation when I was last year so planning ahead is a good idea.

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  20. Brendan

    San Francisco

    96 reviews

    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional! An under the radar gem. Superb food, wine list and service. Not to be missed.

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  21. DebashisP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance, great service and fantastic souffles.

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  22. johngalt

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My 4th dinner here and just a great as all the rest! Not cheap, but worth every penny! I will come back every quarter for the new menu changes!

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  23. Scott

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet spot away from Ocean Ave. Great service and atmosphere. Seasonal menus.

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  24. happytummy

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and friendly service. The dark chocolate soufflé was amazing. The best I’ve ever had. Make sure you save room for dessert as you will not be disappointed. Wish they offered a dessert flight. Would definitely drive from San Francisco for that!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le soufflé is always superb! The soufflés are so light and fluffy and the service is excellent. Lisa and Rebecca go out of their way to make you feel welcome and every dish is perfectly timed. This is our third time eating there and every time it is exceptional.

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  26. RyyT

    San Francisco

    191 reviews

    4.0

    191 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightfully cute restaurant with 6 tables and souffles except for the daily special which was chicken. The bouillabaisse was really good but the beets soup was just OK. We enjoyed the duck L'Orange souffle but thought the sauce was a tad too sweet for us. My garlic souffle was wonderful. I didn't care so much for the meat/veggie sauce that came with it. The chocolate souffle was really nice and the Grand Marnier was OK. Service was really nice and attentive and the place is great for a romantic dinner. It's a very small restaurant so reservations is imperative.

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  27. LesleyS

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant in Carmel! Food, service, and ambiance are outstanding . . . especially the FOOD!

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  28. Micarl

    New York City

    118 reviews

    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Without question this is our absolute favorite restaurant in Carmel By The Sea. The Chef is incredibly talented and each dish is perfectly executed. Each soufflé is absolutely a work of art and so flavorful. Lisa the owner is delightful from the sense of arrival to departure and stays in touch throughout the evening. Becca our server, as always provides service where you don’t even notice your water is refilled and her timing for table service is brillient. The room seems to light up when Becca smiles which is quite often. We just love this neighborhood gem and especially its boutique size and attention to every detail from French music and perfect mood lighting to elegant linens and dinnerware.

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  29. duxyum

    London

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the most authentic and unique experiences I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. If you love souffle do not miss this restaurant. It is small cozy with a lovely calm warm atmosphere. The food was wonderful. We were a party of four and each of us tried something different from the menu. I had the mushroom frisée salad, followed by feed bourguignon which I think was the best soufflé of them all, and the unusual apple souffle which I have attempted to recreate at home unsuccessfully; that was a show stopper! Wine was excellent though slightly on the pricier side. The borscht, mushroom souffle, grand marnier souffle were top notch, I’d say the duck and chocolate soufflé were a little underwhelming but still tasty. Worth a visit and I’d return if I could.

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  30. Frequenttraveler

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t say enough about our experience! The food was wonderful, the service seamless and the evening perfect. If you enjoy soufflé, there is not a better experience.

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  31. Tiaritch

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There are less expensive restaurants to visit on the Monterey Peninsula - but no where will you find a restaurant like Le Souffle, where every course is sooo good, where the vision of those puffy soufflés seems miraculous, where service is consistently perfect, warm, perfect and charming. If you don’t like soufflés, there is always a meat course on the menu - and it is consistently outstanding. We have been coming to Le Souffle since it opened in early pandemic, forcing us to eat outside, all bundled up. Every visit, we observe, is better than the last. Le Souffle is more than a restaurant: it is an experience!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food, a very unique dining experience. One of my very favorite Carmel meals in a long time! Enjoyed getting to know the friendly owners/team running the restaurant. The French Soft Jazz playlist (Carla Bruni) creates a perfect atmosphere for this indulgent and exquisite meal. Worth it!

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  33. MariaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I sent my employees to a quiet dinner and they came home raving. They had such amazing food, and the owner was very friendly!

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  34. KristiC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful surprise to dine at a local Carmel-by-the-Sea restaurant that we have been meaning to try, and find it truly a 5 star experience! We knew we were in for a treat when the starters "knocked it out of the park"! The best Borscht I have EVER tasted, and my husband loved his Bouillabaisse. The savory Souffles were INCREDIBLE, visually and every morsel was delectable! And, the dessert Souffles were just out of this world! Our delightful and charming young waitress, lovely background music, exquisite French wines and the intimate and beautifully appointed dining room contributed to the magic! Thank you, ever so much!

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  35. carmellady

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite special restaurant in Carmel. Soufflés are excellent! Personal service and elegant atmosphere make the dining experience relaxing and peaceful, and create an opportunity for conversation and true enjoyment.

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  36. Alex326

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our fifth time eating here and it doesn’t disappoint! Great staff, ambiance, and food. We will be back!

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  37. JanaM

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really lovely very small restaurant that we’ve wanted to go to for quite awhile. The soufflés are unique flavors. Service is excellent!

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  38. Jeannette

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect as always! The owner served us herself and is delightful.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The choices for each course were great. My sister and I each chose different ones and were equally pleased with our meals. The souffles were unique, large, and very tasty. Service was lovely.

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  40. TracyO

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Food is fantastic! Service the best in all of Carmel

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FAQs

Le Soufflé is rated 4.6 stars by 415 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Le Soufflé

SE corner of 5th Ave and Dolores St, Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Carmel
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Free parking lot across the street from 5PM nightly.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ivan Samchenko
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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