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Ranked #3 of 18 Restaurants in Carlton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Kutch
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014

My husband and I were here for our anniversary tonight. It was special because we had not been to Cuvee in several years due to their reservations being full etc.

To begin with, we knew they had limited cocktails. I asked for a vodka martini with a splash of Chambord. Our waiter who happened to be the chef/owner-- asked me if I would like the vodka with fresh blueberries. Mais bien sur! It was fabulous. I think he mashed and strained the blueberries, and shook it with the vodka, adding 2 huge blueberries to the bottom of the glass. It was a lovely black/purple and tasted fantastic without the over sweetness that the Chambord can often provide. I asked him what he called it--he replied that he had never made it before. I can't wait to try to duplicate it with guests.

The oyster appetizer was perfect with it's horseradish sauce, as were the pommes frites with the delectable remoulade.

With our entrees came a soup or salad. The simple salad was perfectly dressed--the soup was a chilled tomato bisque in which I could taste cumin and garlic. I asked what were the other ingredients and he said it was sauteed fennel, sweet onion, tomatoes, nutmeg and just a little cream at the end. It was delicious.

We shared the special lamb shanks and swordfish. Both were the best ever, however, what he did to the vegetables was to die for. The sauteed vegetables with the lamb shanks were sheer perfection. With the swordfish, was a marvelous ratatouille, and it was served over a couscous with an wonderful sauce and each bite with the swordfish and couscous was sheer perfection.

For dessert, he suggested fresh berries in a light custard. The berries were cooked gently so not to burst in the oven but to explode in one's mouth--as they did.

I have never had a bad meal here, but this one was over the top.

Merci, Gilbert. We had a perfect anniversary dinner.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank madamrich
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English first
McMinnville, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Exceptional Dining”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We had our anniversary dinner at Cuvee. It was delightful.
Excellent food quality, exceptional service, reasonable prices.
A truly wonderful French dining experience in the Yamhill Valley
of Oregon.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Eric G
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Seattle, WA
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Quirky delight, excellent value!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Carlton is a quirky little town that has found a way to attract craft food resources to augment vineyard tasting rooms and wine collectives throughout the couple of streets which make up its core. This is the ideal choice for a great meal if you are in the area. Intimate in scale, with subtle decor, Cuve'e its just about really good food and wine, and we found it to be an outstanding value for the price. The prix fixe meal is $28 for 3 courses and you decide whether it includes an appetizer or dessert. Our party of four opted for two appetizers and two desserts for sharing, and our orders ran the full range of options (lamb tagine, salmon special, bouchee, and entrecote). Everything was wonderful, abundant, well paced, and with classic French origins but prepared in unique treatments to really stand out. We spent 3 weeks in the Dordogne area of France last year, eating ourselves silly with great food, and this meal transported us back in spirit to one of the most wonderful places we have ever been. Bien fait, Henri!

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Fossetti
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League City, Texas, United States
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fun French place”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Located on Main Street, short walk from our B&B. Small and special inside. Great food and wine choice. Service was fun,friendly and helpful with wines. Would go back!!

Visited July 2014
Thank Pam H
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Country - French Cuisine”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is a delightful little restaurant in Carlton, OR. The owner, Henri is the maitre d, waiter, cook and everything else in the restaurant. The food was quite good. We enjoyed our meal very much.

Visited July 2014
Thank swcerc
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