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The French Laundry
French Restaurant$$$$
Today 5:30 – 9:15 pm
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6640 Washington St Yountville, CA 94599, United States
6640 Washington StreetUSCaliforniaYountville94599
(707) 944-2380frenchlaundry.com
$$$$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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Gio Bel
in the last week
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.
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Dani S
a month ago
Definitely a fine dining experience of a lifetime. Next paragraph 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.
Falcher Fusager
3 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?
Luci Kim
6 months ago
Yes, the food was good for the most part..and especially the truffle supplement was well worth it (they did not skimp on the truffle shavings), however, as a whole, The French Laundry seems to be resting on its laurels a bit. For a Michelin 3 star, the service was less than mediocre and for the steep price tag, our meal was way too rushed and impersonal. For instance, at the beginning of the meal I had asked for the veal instead of the rabbit, which they agreed to do, but when the dish actually came out, it was some vegetarian dish, which they brought out with no explanation. A similar thing happened for another meat course during my dinner and in the end except for one seafood dish the entire meal pretty much ended up vegetarian. Not only this, the pacing of the courses was very rushed to the point where you could feel that the staff wanted you to eat fast and get the hell out so they could set up for their next seating. For any other restaurant, I probably wouldn't even bother complaining about it, but for the French Laundry--a restaurant we had to wait a min two months to get a reservation for, drive 7+ hours to get to and spend on the meal as much as a plane ticket to France, I find this all quite unacceptable. Also, does the restaurant have a sommelier? Because we definitely never saw him/her nor were we asked about/recommended any wine with the meal. Appalling for a restaurant of this caliber...in Napa no less! In all fairness, I didn't "Hate it" but give it a one star in that among the universe of fine dining restaurants which we frequent, The French Laundry was disappointingly the least impressive as an overall experience and a one star in my book (until they prove otherwise)...
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Devin Ramdutt
a month 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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james earle
a month ago
I live in Vegas and eat the most Amazing Food everyday....this place lacks ambiance for sure...but if you are a Foodie and know your Eats and what to order, then your amazed. But if it is false decor that has you sparkle, you will miss all the glory.
Doris Wong
3 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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Debbie Lee
6 months ago
Is there anything else that can be said about a restaurant that is so well-known? All I have to say is: -They were very nice when I called them a bit before our reservation to tell them that we were going to be half an hour late. The reservationist had to ask the maitre d' if it would be okay. -Guys, remember to wear a formal jacket. -I appreciate how they can accommodate my then-pescatarian diet, and any other diet, for that matter, and let me order from both tasting menus. -I loved the cauliflower panna cotta with the scoop of CA sturgeon caviar on top. Tasted like a day at the beach! -I loved their desserts and how their ice cream, sorbet, and sherbet were shaped like eggs! -Ask for donuts and coffee when you initially order your food so that they'll be ready by the end of your meal! By the way, this was a food photographer's dream as everything was beautifully plated. Needless to say, best culinary experience of my life. All five hours of it. I might just have to make a trip to French Laundry a bi-annual activity or something! Who's with me?
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