La Bicyclette: A European Bistro in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Looking for one of the best restaurants in Carmel, try La Bicyclette - it has tons of copper pans hanging from the ceiling and chalk boards on the walls for daily specials, thetastesf
Visit La Bicyclette in Carmel By The Sea, try the wood fired pizza Champignons, made with portobello and oyster mushrooms, mozzarella, thyme, caramelized onion and truffle, thetastesf

 

When we visited Carmel-by-the-Sea last year for the Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest, we asked everyone for recommendations on what to do and where to eat. Almost everyone said we had to go to the European-style bistro,  La Bicyclette. It was on our must-do list and it didn’t disappoint. After wandering through the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, with it’s adorable houses and flower boxes, we stopped in for lunch.

 

Visit La Bicyclette in Carmel California - pizza and pink bubbles are perfect, The Taste SF

 

Everything about La Bicyclette is reminiscent of a rustic French bistro. There were copper pans hanging from the ceiling, tall wooden chairs, and a large wood-fired pizza oven set in the back. We ordered a salad of roasted beets radicchio, and mache, along with a pizza to share. We spotted a split of Ferarri’s pink bubbles, and it being one of our favorite sparkling wines, we decided to share one. (Check out our visit to this incredible winery here.)

All of the pizzas sounded delicious, but we decided to try the Champignons, made with portobello and oyster mushrooms, mozzarella, thyme, caramelized onion and truffle. It was the perfect way light afternoon lunch.

 

Stop at La Bicyclette in Carmel By The Sea, try the wood fired pizza Champignons, made with portobello and oyster mushrooms, mozzarella, thyme, caramelized onion and truffle, thetastesf
Love the spot in the back of La Bicyclette in Carmel By The Sea behind the wood oven - stacks of wood and large tables for guests thetastesf

 

We loved the area that was hidden behind the pizza oven with the extra chairs, firewood, and long tables for larger groups of guests. It would be the perfect place to gather with friends, lots of charcuterie, pizza, and wine. That’s on our list for next time!

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