6640 Washington St ( )
Yountville, CA 94599-1301View Hours
6640 Washington St ( )
Yountville, CA 94599-1301View Hours
June 7, 20075.0
This is pretty much the definition of a 5-star restaurant. Amazing food and impeccable service with a refined atmosphere. I’ve been three times and it has blown me away each time. My only complaint, if one can call it a complaint given the exquisite food, is that the amuses bouche tend not to change very often. Each time I’ve been, I’ve gotten roughly the same little goodies before the meal and between courses. They’re all really good (hence my reluctance to call this a complaint, exactly) but a little variety would be welcome.
In any event, I definitely want to go again. If I can ever get through on the reservation line.
January 1, 20073.0
I would have to agree the experience was quite unique. How often do you get a 9-course tasting menu? But, I would say its not worth all the hype. Try it once for yourself… but I would never go again. Gary Danko is still my number 1.
July 1, 20075.0
This is one of the best Restaurants in the United States. The chef, Thomas Keller, believes that regardless of how good something tastes, you can only have a maximum of three bites, or you will begin to used to the flavor and will eat without appreciating the true splendor of the food being ingested. Thus he does an 11 course taster menu, where you are served 11 of the best meals you have ever had, but a portion so small you’ll start crying because you want more of it. But luckily this happens 11 times, and by the end your left with a huge variety of amazing tastes left lingering in your mouth.
May 23, 20075.0
Really an adventure. From getting reservations to anticipation of a good meal this is an experience you don’t really forget. The service here is good, almost as good as Danko. Our server was by far the best I’ve experienced from Alan Wong’s to Morimoto’s. The food was good, very good. Would i go again? probably not for a few years, but it’s definitely something you have to try. A couple dishes missed, but every some of the dishes were exquisite. Something like the Oysters and Pearls where the pearl of the oyster is placed in a rich stock and topped with caviar. The dish was awesome. Don’t get me started on the seared foie gras…
Extremely expensive so save up and give it a go. Carve out 3 hours for your dinner too cuz that’s how long it usually takes.
August 9, 20065.0
The attention to detail at this restaurant is incredible. The friendly waitstaff move about the room as if it were choreographed. The food is prepared to the EXACT specifications (temperature, doneness, crispiness, etc.). They only use the best ingredients and don’t skimp on the expensive stuff (like fresh truffles). The menu changes every day so it’s pointless to list.
August 26, 20075.0
If I can give it a six, I will. French Laundry is an experience. Once you experience their top notch service and food, nothing compares. Thomas Keller put a lot of details in serving and cooking. Every dish worth a moment to reflect how it tastes and how all flavor blends perfectly together. I even got a trip to the kitchen and met the chef. So worth it. Go on a special occasion. :D
October 10, 20065.0
I’d have to agree with the critics and say this IS the best place to eat in California. Unique flavors, best ingredients, impeccable service- everyone should eat here at least once. As far as fine dining goes, it doesn’t get much better than this.
December 3, 20075.0
F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S…If you’re a true foodie, you will need to experience French Laundry at least once in your lifetime. If you can, try the private room dining with 9 of your dearest family & friends. A big party in the mouth, excellent service, wonderful ambience. Lunch meal started at noon and we didn’t leave until 4:30pm! This is a place to savor. As others have mentioned…French Laundry is not about the food only, but the experience. If I won the Lotto, I would still reserve the French Laundry and not de-mean it to an every day experience :)
February 21, 20085.0
as pretty much everyone else says, if you’re a foodie you have to go to french laundry at least once. the food is amazing and the service is impeccable. just be prepared to spend a fortune.
August 14, 20075.0
We were there for more than four hours and had to stop mid-way to take a walk around the garden. We never expected to be that full, and by the time we got to dessert we were so stuffed. The shortbread cookies they gave us to take home were SOO good…
June 2, 20095.0
Top 5 restaurant in the WORLD? Highest possible Michelin Rating? Chef Thomas Keller named number #1 by the New York Times? Can it really be that good?
Nope. It’s Better.
I was very lucky to score a table on a Valentines Day (don’t ask me how and no I won’t help you ;-P)
It’s set in a quaint French-farmhouse style builiding in downtown Yountville. It’s got all the perfunctory niceties – impeccable, attentive staff, lavish surroundings, etc etc… But the foooood…
14 course- prix fixe menu. 3 intermezzo dishes. Amuse Busche every other course. Random chef tastings. It’s like all the Iron Chefs were hanging out in the kitchen surrounded by the highest quality ingredients and just spun out dish after dish after dish…
3 and a half hours and 8 or 9 tasting glasses of wine after we sat down, and after about the 4th or 5th dessert course I literally waved my napkin in surrender, to which the waiter laughed and said “Well why don’t we pack some of these desserts to go?” What am I going to do, say no???
Yes, this place kicked my ass. We’d be trying to figure out a dish from two courses ago only to have another rediculously intricate and unique masterpiece arrive. “Oh, this isn’t on the menu, but just a little something the Sous Chef is trying out,” the waiter would say. “Just took some stock from the Veal course, poached a little fresh sea bass in it, flashed it in hot sesame oil, chiffon of basil, thread of saffron…well try it, let us know what you think…” Oh sure sure, of course, I do that at home all the time, yah, right before the fire alarm goes off…
Yup, it’s THAT kind of place. There’s really no point to say what we had on that day since the menu is created daily (you’re not going to ask Picasso what he’s going to paint two months from now are you?), but yeah it had it all -Foie Gras, caviar, Filet Mignon, squab, poached lobster tail with decadent chocolate sauce (!!!) If you really want to know you can check out
It’s not from our day but it will give you an idea.
No, I hope nobody reading this ever tries to go, it’ll just make my job even harder when I want to go next. But if you must, prepare yourself. And good luck.
August 1, 20075.0
Decadent, amazing and a wonderful eating experience. We were there for over 4 hours savoring the most amazing food. Besides Lumiere in Vancouver, this is the best French fixed priced meal in North America.
May 11, 2011
This review is LONG overdue, and i can not get this ridiculous experience out of my head. First of all, the hype around French Laundry is completely overrated! The fact that they make you call 3 months to the date that you want to make a…
September 29, 2010
The French Laundry is not just a great French restaurant in America, it is a great French restaurant anywhere in the world, most definitely including France. There is a magic that has been cultivated here that inspires the kitchen each…
June 13, 2010
Go for the tasting menu it changes often and the 9 course will fill you up and you will be amazed at every dish. The common words you hear from everyone is "WOW" and most will say that at least half of the dishes!\r \r I've been to the…
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