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The French Laundry
French Restaurant$$$$
Today 11AM–1PM, 5:30–9:15PM
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6640 Washington St Yountville, CA 94599
6640 Washington StreetUSCaliforniaYountville94599
$$$$French RestaurantToday 11AM–1PM, 5:30–9:15PM
Saturday 11AM–1PM, 5:30–9:15PMSunday 11AM–1PM, 5:30–9:15PMMonday 5:30–9:15PMTuesday 5:30–9:15PMWednesday 5:30–9:15PMThursday 5:30–9:15PMFriday 11AM–1PM, 5:30–9:15PM
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Chef Thomas Keller's refined fixed-price meals continually draw food lovers to this stone farmhouse.- Google
"I would have expected at least a dish with white truffle for that price."
"The service makes for a wonderful dining experience."
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Linda Yang
2 months ago
Does anyone not enjoy their experience at any of the Thomas Keller's restaurant? I certainly loved my dining experience! The menu changes all the time with seasonal ingredients so you might not get what others have tried yesterday. The two memorable moments during this spectacular meal was when they brought out a truffle treasure chest and opened it in front of us! It was so fragrant and just simply amazing! The other was when they brought out the box of chocolate truffles and said we can take as many as we would like! Oh man... Only if I had more stomach space after 9+ courses...
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April Weiss
3 months ago
Every moment was perfection. This was my first experience. We had the wine pairing. Every dish was exquisite. The service was like a ballet. All dishes arriving simultaneously and at the perfect temperature with the perfect beverage to compliment the individual dish. Never rushed, a gentle warm inviting environment. At this point, I would like to describe the white truffle risotto but I would not be able to describe it adequately with words. Of all the dishes, it was decidedly my favorite. The anticipation is enhanced by the arrival of the "red box container". Every dish and presentation was perfect. I have no complaints, not a single one. My only regret is that I can't get back there soon enough. This is a Bucket List experience. If you have the opportunity, take it, it is like no other.
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Natalie Badkar
2 months ago
Amazing food. Be sure to be hungry and enjoy it. Deliciously amazing
Aubrie Patrick
7 months ago
My husband and I visited The French Laundry April 2015 and were thoroughly disappointed. We love all kinds of food and neither of us are picky eaters. However, this meal was a complete and total rip-off. It is an OVERRATED TOURIST TRAP and we left very frustrated that no one warned us!! I advise you to save yourself the heartache and the $$$$...not worth it!!
Leon Lin
2 weeks ago
One of my favorite U.S. restaurants. Excellent dishes, with a particularly strong dessert offering. Oysters and pearls and lamb dishes were personal favourites, but personally thought the supplemental truffle risotto and wagyu were nothing special worth paying extra for. Service was good, staff were knowledgeable about the dishes and way of preparation, and could lead a kitchen tour as well.
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Howard Newstate
2 months ago
Top notch dining, exceptional service. Prix Fixe Menu does offer some supplements (recent visit included Truffle risotto and Wagyu beef selections). Menu rotation makes for a surprise each visit, and the quality of the meat/produce shines through for every course.
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Walter Macalma
5 months ago
Unlike most people's bucket lists mine consists of more restaurants than things that must be done. Probably because I've had a pretty exciting adventurous life so far and near death experiences aren't uncommon. I think every foodie dreams of the day they can eat at the best restaurants all over the globe trying the best and most interesting foods from the best and most famous chefs. I am not on the level where I can speak intelligently about places I've only heard about on TV from chef's and food critics, but one can save up their money and pay the $270 fixed menu price per person and eat at perhaps the most feasible elite restaurant on the west coast. I'm sure there are places in San Francisco that are just as nice, just as good, but to be mentioned in the same breath as the international superstars is worth a destination dinner. When researching French Laundry years ago I was surprised to see the slew of highly rated places in Yountsville, who I imagine has a small population, but a dozen 4/+ yelp starred places and of those dozen probably 10K in reviews. Holy crap. When did Yountsville become the French food Mecca? First off your in wine country with Napa and Sonoma so close they have a pretty cool rule here that you can bring your own wine, but it's $75 per bottle and limit of 1 bottle per 2 people. Not bad I guess if you MUST go with your own versus their own, which their menu of wines is 100+ pages. Trust me you won't be making things easy and I suggest looking at this list long before you come here because why waste the experience flipping through a book. 9 course French dining is not heavy so I decided ahead of time to go with a Chardonnay because I put the "hard on" in charddonay..... Russian River Brewing is famous for the invention of the double IPA, so I went with a Kistler at a modest $140. If I recall it's a blend from 2 vineyard, 1 form the coast and 1 from the mountains. Subtle, fruity, a little strong and I kind of had this strange expectation that the more expensive the wine the stronger, obviously not the case, but anyhow. To keep this review under the limit I'm not going to go through each item because so much of the dinner is about the experience. The Garden the décor, the ambiance, the service, etc. Reservations only, jackets are required, do your research on the menu, wine long before coming here if your travelling as I did from San Diego. The garden is beautiful, not in the overly ornate way, but like a bit of the Louvre was transported here. Classic lines and calming. You learn quickly not to be too boisterous here as being loud in any capacity is frowned upon. Service is amazing, literally everything is taken care of, immediate, personal servant level, but cold and polite. The décor reminds me a bit of a French mansion with all the quietness and separation, each room is it's own separate world. Oysters and Pearls which has been a staple since forever uses mother of pearl to not affect the taste of the caviar. Simply amazing, very briny. I could have totally had this to finish the meal off instead of dessert which I found lacking. Diver scallops were good, sweet, plump. The famous French dish of Foie gras and duck are both served depending on the seasonal menu. As most people haven't had fois gras I learned that in the pate form is the lowest quality and that a mousse is the preferred delivery method with another meat. The duck is superb, I've had good duck and I've ruined it myself so having something so good is a testament. The dry aged ribeye was actually a disappointment, the only one. I was hoping for more fat and when you have ribeyes that big the sear must be perfect as I like mine very rare. I'm a trady with my steak in that regard. The experience is like nothing I've ever had and worth the money and wait because I now feel initiated into the life of a real foodie
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Nicholas H. Wolfinger
a month ago
If you're not used to eating good food, you'll probably be amazed. I was disappointed. For what my meal cost, every single thing should have been delicious. It wasn't. The whole thing also took almost four hours. That's just way too long. I'd never return unless someone else was paying. I've now been to three of Keller's restaurants and was disappointed every time.