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The French Laundry
French Restaurant$$$$
Today 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5:30 – 9:15 pm
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6640 Washington St Yountville, CA 94599
6640 Washington StUSCAYountville94599
(707) 944-2380frenchlaundry.com
$$$$French RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 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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A uniquely American restaurant whose inspiration lies in the countryside of France.
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Chef Thomas Keller's refined fixed-price meals continually draw food lovers to this stone farmhouse.- Google
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Max Heinritz
reviewed a month ago
The best dining experience of my life (so far!). We managed to get a 7pm Tuesday reservation through OpenTable. From the very start you can tell that careful thought has gone into everything about the place. To enter the building, you walk through a perfectly manicured Napa courtyard with candles and outdoor heaters. Inside, we were greeted and then seated immediately even though we were 10 minutes early for the reservation. We had a table for 4 upstairs. We felt a little tense / awkward at the beginning, but our waiter was cordial and made us feel at ease. We chatted with him for a bit at the beginning, but after that he let us just enjoy the food and each other's company. So, the food. The thread of consistency throughout the meal was that each dish somehow managed to taste both rich and light at the same time. Part of this was the portion size, but I also think this quality is indicative of fresh ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Courses: * Salmon with soft cheese in a tiny little ice-cream-cone-shaped pastry: not listed on the menu but one of my favorite dishes. The salmon flavor was subtle and delicious. The cheese was soft and the pastry rich and buttery, but again also light. * Oysters, caviar, tapioca: literally melted in my mouth. There was just enough texture differentiation between the three that I felt like I was eating 3 distinct but complementary items rather than mush. * Risotto with truffles: $100 extra but worth it. They are generous with the truffle and shave it right in front of you. This dish was the most overtly decadent. There was a lot of cheese and the portion size was substantial. * Sea trout with bacon: hard to believe it’s not salmon! Super soft and a bit fishier than the initial salmon, but the texture was perfect. Bacon was a good complement. I wish I had spent more time reflecting on the flavors. * King crab: not fishy, somehow managed to retain the fibrous texture you expect from crab but still fell apart graciously in my mouth. * Rabbit: the texture was reminiscent of sausage but a little smoother… almost like spam but with a more unfamiliar flavor. It was service with a cauliflower puree so smooth and rich it was like finely mashed potatos. * Veal: very soft… paired nicely with the potato puree and potato crisp. * Wagyu: my friend ordered the Japanese beef instead of the veal for an extra $100. I just had a small bite but that was enough… best beef I’ve ever tasted. I usually don’t like fatty, marbled beef but this was perfect. * Desserts: I was a bit underwhelmed by the desserts. The best by far were the chocolate-dipped macadamia (?) nuts. Crunchy but not hard, slightly warm, flavorful, just perfect. The portion sizes were perfect. At the end, we felt satisfied but not stuffed. We drank two bottles of wine: one red, one white. We started with the white: Forman, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2012. It was dry and easy to drink but didn’t leave a strong impression. For the meat dishes at the end they brought out the red. It was a Jerome Brassy, Gourt de Mautens, Rasteau, 2003… one of the best wines I’ve ever had. Like the food: rich and flavorful (earthy) but surprisingly light. The service was near impeccable. There were tons of people in suits walking around basically nonstop but their motions were never rushed. The one nit we had was that the red wine wasn't opened in front of us.... the wine dude had opened it to let it decant. But I think he should have opened it in front of us and then taken it back to let it decant. I hope to return at some point.
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Patrick Au-Yeung
reviewed 2 months ago
Sublime, amazing and thoroughly enjoyable. Attentive service, and surprisingly relaxed. No pretention whatsoever. Responded quickly to our every request, and anticipated our needs. Extra point for accommodating us for a kitchen tour and meeting with exec chef David Breeden.
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Ellen Lovelidge
reviewed 10 months ago
The most epic meal I'll ever eat. Somehow my boyfriend got reservations for Valentines Day and we were seated right in front of the fireplace - so romantic. The 9 or so courses easily turned into 12-15 with little bites sent from the kitchen in between. The cone of salmon and creme they bring out first is an amazing way to start and then followed by their signature oysters and pearls, the most delicious oyster ever with caviar on top. I'd recommend adding caviar to at least one of your dishes, it's divine. The four-hour meal with three wine pairings as well as a dessert wine was amazing, the lobster dish being my favorite part. I don't eat red meat but I somehow devoured the veal as well as rabbit and other things I wouldn't typically eat. Menu changes daily, I can't wait to go back!
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Alex I
reviewed 2 months ago
Just got back from 6 day pleasure trip to California. We were lucky enough to get a table for 4 at The French Laundry, however not so lucky with the quality of the food and rushed service. I suppose that the fame has gotten to their head. I cannot say the food was bad, but for a Michelin 3 star with such a reputation and @ $295 per person, I was not inspired or impressed with the meal. The dishes seamed ok at best. The only luxurious dish was the oysters and pearls which consisted of a tapioca sauce base with steamed oysters and beluga caviar. This dish was delicious, however the rest of the 7 or 8 dishes were far less creative did not included any exotic ingredients. I would have expected at least a dish with white truffle for that price. Also, as soon as we sat down, the food started coming. We were served the 2nd dish before anyone took our wine order and I had to call a server over to ask for wine. I don't know about you, but I'd like to have some Sancerre with my oysters and pearls. I suppose they try to rush the diner service to get two full seatings in an evening. Anyway, if you are in the Napa area try Auberge de Soliel instead. Way better value. One last thing, after eating at several Michelin star restaurants, I'm not really sure I trust the rating system anymore.
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Graeme Mackrell
reviewed 3 months ago
This, as for many was a "bucket list" restaurant and while i doubted it could live up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The service was attentive at worst and often anticipated needs before personally realized. I opted for the risotto truffle supplement and while extravagant, it was a sublime experience.
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Gillespies FineSpirits
reviewed 5 months ago
I would like to tell you what my experience of eating here was, sadly that has been the problem. After trying for four days in a row to get a phone reservation and an open table reservation with the same experience each day. They say they take reservations starting at 10am. However despite having several phones trying to get through it would seem to always be engaged. Until 10:30 and then like clock work seems to go through. Only for the person at the restaurant to tell you they are fully booked! Some how I cant imagine the kind of people eating here are all spending a week sitting listening to a busy tone trying to get a reservation. So if it is that difficult to make a phone reservation you have to wonder why the open table system dosen't take bookings farther in advance than the 60 days? All seems a bit odd as I booked a table at the The Meadowood another Michelin 3 star restaurant a half hour up the road with no difficulty at all. Seems to me the French Laundry is trying to be a bit too exclusive. Not the best restaurant experience in the world in my humble opinion.
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