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The French Laundry
French Restaurant$$$$
Today 5:30 – 9:15 pm
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6640 Washington St Yountville, CA 94599
6640 Washington StreetUSCaliforniaYountville94599
(707) 944-2380frenchlaundry.com
$$$$French RestaurantToday 5:30 – 9:15 pm
Monday 5:30 – 9:15 pmTuesday 5:30 – 9:15 pmWednesday 5:30 – 9:15 pmThursday 5:30 – 9:15 pmFriday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5:30 – 9:15 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5:30 – 9:15 pmSunday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5:30 – 9:15 pm
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Chef Thomas Keller's refined fixed-price meals continually draw food lovers to this stone farmhouse.- Google
"This made me wonder how they would have prepared the vegetarian tasting menu."
"Chef Thomas Keller's flagship restaurant lives up to its lofty reputation."
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shirley johnson
2 months ago
My oldest friend took me there for my birthday. The setting is quiet and you're made to feel welcomed and very comfortable. We had the tasting menu meaning we didn't specifically order dishes. From the first bite we wanted to ask if we could have that served for the whole meal. Then, as another dish came, again, we wanted to have MORE, and so on. Every bite...EVERY bite is unbelievably delicious. What a wonderful experience. We are so fortunate to have such a place to go to.
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Dani S
2 months ago
Definitely a fine dining experience of a lifetime. came here for the six course meal and it was definitely amazing. Ingredients used it was of high quality service was impeccable and the taste is surprising with a twist.
Gio Bel
3 months ago
Snobby restaurant, with a carefully choreographed service. The food is good, but no where near exceptional, to warrant the almost $300 menu per person. I can name at least three Los Angeles restaurants which are a lot better than this place. In my opinion is not worth a visit unless you are in the area.
Falcher Fusager
6 months ago
This is the most overrated food I have ever had. Oh, every thing around you is beautiful, yet the food is mediocre and the presentation is ridiculous with 3 plates stacked high for each small serving. One dish out of 8 was good. I have eaten in many of the best restaurants in the USA, this one is not at all in that class. It could of course have been an off night, but 7 mediocre dishes out of 8?
Magdalena Cheng
a month ago
Where it all started. One man's dedication and the world has been his stage ever since. "The fish should be kept upright in swimming position to maintain best texture..." Wow. Been an avid fan and cannot be more pleased with our dinner at his beautiful establishment. Truly remarkable standards delighting our palate. Thank you, Chef Thomas Keller
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Edward Moselle
2 months ago
I wanted to dislike this place. I wanted to call it overrated. I couldn't do it though. The food and the service at French Laundry stand alone as separate and unforgettable memories in my mind. I won't go into details on the food as the menu changes quickly, but it is essential that you end the night with coffee and donuts - they will blow your mind. Reservations weeks in advance of your trip are highly recommended, but a family member reported getting a table for two as a walk-in due to a last minute cancellation. It never hurts to try.
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Devin Ramdutt
4 months ago
You would expect this place to be amazing, and it was, I just wasn't completely blown away by the food. The service was impeccable but the decor in the upstairs dining room was a little bland. The food was interesting and tasty and well presented, but I can't remember being wowed with each bite (except the Oyster and Caviar, which was mind blowing). I was also disappointment by the wine menu which was marked up 5x or 6x, which made selecting a wine almost impossible. We ended up having wine by the glass. If you are willing to pay for the experience of eating at one of North America's best restaurants, then this is a worth while trip, otherwise it is a bit over priced and there are arguably better options out there.
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Doris Wong
6 months ago
For someone who isn't local, the logistics involved to make a reservation adds on to the overall experience. I was able to get through to their reservation system after 79 redials for a party of 6. We were celebrating my belated birthday and engagement so the printed menus were a nice touch. However, everything else was just "meh." The proteins were really salty which made the side of vegetables that much better. This made me wonder how they would have prepared the vegetarian tasting menu. There was nothing spectacular about the meal. I didn't have any "wow" moments which I was hoping for. The flavors were again just "meh." I was surprised at how rich the desserts were. They were good, but too much of a good thing can be bad. During the semi-freddo course, I only had two bites and was in the middle of chatting with my cousin when a server quickly came by and scooped up our plates. She didn't even ask if I was finished. I was appalled. To make matters worse, this was also the point where we were being rushed to finish because we were close to overlapping with the next seating. The cherry on top was when two bills were somehow charged incorrectly, even though we had signed the correct bills. It was about a few weeks later when we checked our credit card statements that my cousin was charged double and my bill (for two people) was charged for one. To avoid the hassle of getting that fixed with the companies, I just sent her a check for the difference. I recently heard the quality has gone down over the years and wished I had known about it sooner. The entire experience from making the reservation down to the bill, it was not worth it for me and my guests and we were left disappointed.
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