French Laundry Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 6640 Washington St

    Yountville, CA 94599

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  • 707-944-2380

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Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 09:30 PM Friday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 01:00 PM Friday To Sunday From 05:30 PM To 09:30 PM

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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 day. This is an intangible that is extremely rare in the brutal world of the culinary arts where even the most enthusiastic practitioners can fall prey to the grind of the kitchen.

Also adding to the FL's ability to perform at such a high level on a consistent basis are their strong relationships with other inspired vendors. The herb garden across the street provides a good foundation upon which to rely, however, the meats and seafood that make it into this kitchen come from vendors who truly care about their products and the customers who they serve.

Every single aspect of the FL has intelligent thought put into it. The type of salt, pepper and oil are as carefully chosen as the meat or mollusk in which they will flavor. It all works together in synchronicity much like nature itself. A meal at the FL is similar to experiencing any other great art. It will linger pleasantly in your brain for several days afterward eventually finding a comfortable niche in the pleasant part of your memory. It will be there forever to enjoy like your first love.

This is truly one for the "bucket list" if you are a foodie. Go there at least once and celebrate one of the greatest gastronomic experiences available on Earth.

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★★★★★

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 day. This is an intangible that is extremely rare in the brutal world of the culinary arts where even the most enthusiastic practitioners can fall prey to the grind of the kitchen.

Also adding to the FL's ability to perform at such a high level on a consistent basis are their strong relationships with other inspired vendors. The herb garden across the street provides a good foundation upon which to rely, however, the meats and seafood that make it into this kitchen come from vendors who truly care about their products and the customers who they serve.

Every single aspect of the FL has intelligent thought put into it. The type of salt, pepper and oil are as carefully chosen as the meat or mollusk in which they will flavor. It all works together in synchronicity much like nature itself. A meal at the FL is similar to experiencing any other great art. It will linger pleasantly in your brain for several days afterward eventually finding a comfortable niche in the pleasant part of your memory. It will be there forever to enjoy like your first love.

This is truly one for the "bucket list" if you are a foodie. Go there at least once and celebrate one of the greatest gastronomic experiences available on Earth.

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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!

I've been to the best places in Paris and France and while there were many 9 out of 10's only the French laundry gets my vote for a 10!

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★★★★★

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!

I've been to the best places in Paris and France and while there were many 9 out of 10's only the French laundry gets my vote for a 10!

Pros: The food is the best you will ever have in your life!

Cons: getting a reservation is the toughest you will ever encounte

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I came into this restaurant without much expections at all. Or perhaps what I mean is not too high an expection. I certainly wasn't shocked when that's exactly what I got.

When I saw it on the menu and the foie gras terrine (not fresh) was presented, I knew I had to brace myself for disappointment. The food was the biggest disappointment. The servers really tried their best. It wasn't their fault. It was the food that was all to blame. I think maybe chef has been resting on his laurels too long because there was certainly nothing new, innovative or worthwhile from what my partner and I ate.

We eat a lot at restaurants, and are serious foodies, but to a point that we're very forgiving too. It's just that the food here really disappointed.

The only reason I gave an extra star is for the great service. At least these people tried.

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★☆☆☆☆

I came into this restaurant without much expections at all. Or perhaps what I mean is not too high an expection. I certainly wasn't shocked when that's exactly what I got.

When I saw it on the menu and the foie gras terrine (not fresh) was presented, I knew I had to brace myself for disappointment. The food was the biggest disappointment. The servers really tried their best. It wasn't their fault. It was the food that was all to blame. I think maybe chef has been resting on his laurels too long because there was certainly nothing new, innovative or worthwhile from what my partner and I ate.

We eat a lot at restaurants, and are serious foodies, but to a point that we're very forgiving too. It's just that the food here really disappointed.

The only reason I gave an extra star is for the great service. At least these people tried.

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I made reservations two months ago and dined tonight. During that time, I had spent several weekends researching all I could about Thomas Keller, his restaurants, his philosophy, studied the 100+ page wine menu, etc. I've read more reviews than I can remember, both good and bad. I tried going in with reasonable expectations: this is considered the best restaurant in the Americas by Restaurant Magazine. What does the "best" restaurant taste like? I think what makes The French Laundry different is that you're not just having a meal; you're having an experience. I'd heard from several people who explained it as such, but now I really get it. Your dining experience starts, in my opinion, once you get out of your car and walk up to the building. 4 hours later, when I left the restaurant to return to my car, I felt I got my money's worth. Not just with the food, but, well, everything. Alot of people complain about the portions at high-end restaurants. I cannot possibly imagine anyone complaining about how much food you get here. I literally couldn't eat another bite of dessert by the time we were done with the 9 courses. One thing I tried and was very happy with was doing a wine pairing; you get to try many different wines by the glass and each one compliments each course perfectly--a credit to our sommelier. The service was exceptional--every time either one of us would get up, we'd come back to the table to refilled water glasses, a clean table, and fresh napkin. I know that sounds trite, but every little nicety adds up to an unbeatable experience. Before ordering, our server asked us if there were any foods we were allergic to or didn't like. How cool is that? What could be your excuse for having a bad time here? I'd wholeheartedly go again, maybe in the Fall when they have white truffles. Unfortunately it was raining tonight so we didn't get a chance to enjoy the garden or the outside seating...someday!

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★★★★★

I made reservations two months ago and dined tonight. During that time, I had spent several weekends researching all I could about Thomas Keller, his restaurants, his philosophy, studied the 100+ page wine menu, etc. I've read more reviews than I can remember, both good and bad. I tried going in with reasonable expectations: this is considered the best restaurant in the Americas by Restaurant Magazine. What does the "best" restaurant taste like? I think what makes The French Laundry different is that you're not just having a meal; you're having an experience. I'd heard from several people who explained it as such, but now I really get it. Your dining experience starts, in my opinion, once you get out of your car and walk up to the building. 4 hours later, when I left the restaurant to return to my car, I felt I got my money's worth. Not just with the food, but, well, everything. Alot of people complain about the portions at high-end restaurants. I cannot possibly imagine anyone complaining about how much food you get here. I literally couldn't eat another bite of dessert by the time we were done with the 9 courses. One thing I tried and was very happy with was doing a wine pairing; you get to try many different wines by the glass and each one compliments each course perfectly--a credit to our sommelier. The service was exceptional--every time either one of us would get up, we'd come back to the table to refilled water glasses, a clean table, and fresh napkin. I know that sounds trite, but every little nicety adds up to an unbeatable experience. Before ordering, our server asked us if there were any foods we were allergic to or didn't like. How cool is that? What could be your excuse for having a bad time here? I'd wholeheartedly go again, maybe in the Fall when they have white truffles. Unfortunately it was raining tonight so we didn't get a chance to enjoy the garden or the outside seating...someday!

Pros: Fantastic food, service, wine

Cons: Extremely expensive--be prepared for it!

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I dined at the French Laundry & was a bit disappointed. Started w/ oysters with a sabayon sauce, which I would have preferred chilled, I guess I wasn?t expecting the oysters to be poached, however the caviar was briny & delicious. Foie gras was the best dish of all, served with 3 different salts and the most delicious brioche, the salt cut the fat perfectly. If your brioche gets a bit cold, warm brioche is ready to replace it! However, I was disappointed that the foie gras was an additional charge to the prix fixe menu. The urchin dish was a true disappointment, again I guess I was expecting a cold dish, instead it came on top of a gratin of warm cabbage, with some kind of cream sauce; not good. Next course was seared scallop; it didn't stand out. The braised pork belly was very good, but how can you go wrong with pork belly and it's on everyone's menu. Lamb was delicious, with the cutest carrots I've ever seen and the dates were just sweet enough to go with the sauce. Had the sheep's cheese, served along side a green apple relish, which was really good, but it was a less than a thimble size with a drop of excellent honey. Palate cleanser was refreshing guavasteen sorbet. Finally the finish was pumpkin sherbet (which was delicious) pumpkin croutons which were light and fluffy and pillowy chocolate dentelle. Of course, the alcohol bill was gigantic, but I guess it has to match the food. The food presentations were immaculate and beautiful (except the uni dish), over all I felt the environment while stately, was bland. While I appreciate the quality and dedication to the art of this culinary experience, I would not make the effort to go again. I must be a philistine.

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★★★☆☆

I dined at the French Laundry & was a bit disappointed. Started w/ oysters with a sabayon sauce, which I would have preferred chilled, I guess I wasn?t expecting the oysters to be poached, however the caviar was briny & delicious. Foie gras was the best dish of all, served with 3 different salts and the most delicious brioche, the salt cut the fat perfectly. If your brioche gets a bit cold, warm brioche is ready to replace it! However, I was disappointed that the foie gras was an additional charge to the prix fixe menu. The urchin dish was a true disappointment, again I guess I was expecting a cold dish, instead it came on top of a gratin of warm cabbage, with some kind of cream sauce; not good. Next course was seared scallop; it didn't stand out. The braised pork belly was very good, but how can you go wrong with pork belly and it's on everyone's menu. Lamb was delicious, with the cutest carrots I've ever seen and the dates were just sweet enough to go with the sauce. Had the sheep's cheese, served along side a green apple relish, which was really good, but it was a less than a thimble size with a drop of excellent honey. Palate cleanser was refreshing guavasteen sorbet. Finally the finish was pumpkin sherbet (which was delicious) pumpkin croutons which were light and fluffy and pillowy chocolate dentelle. Of course, the alcohol bill was gigantic, but I guess it has to match the food. The food presentations were immaculate and beautiful (except the uni dish), over all I felt the environment while stately, was bland. While I appreciate the quality and dedication to the art of this culinary experience, I would not make the effort to go again. I must be a philistine.

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My husband and I ate here for our anniversary. It was different from all the restaurants we've ever eaten at. First they treat you with first class service (10 STARS instead of just 5 STARS).

The menu prepared for us was OUTSTANDING! The food was exquisite and boy it was worth every dollar paid.

PROS: Great place for REALLY SPECIAL Occassions
CONS: Expensive ($250 per head) not including drinks.

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★★★★★

My husband and I ate here for our anniversary. It was different from all the restaurants we've ever eaten at. First they treat you with first class service (10 STARS instead of just 5 STARS).

The menu prepared for us was OUTSTANDING! The food was exquisite and boy it was worth every dollar paid.

PROS: Great place for REALLY SPECIAL Occassions
CONS: Expensive ($250 per head) not including drinks.

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We dined with a party of ten in Sept. 2006 and 2007. At our 2007 seating they forgot the promised birthday cake and 5 of the 9 dishes were the same as the previous year. When we emailed and asked them to vary the menu for our 2008 seating, Thomas Keller called us personally and said, "If you don't like what I serve, don't come. I'll even help you find another restaurant to eat at." We canceled and will now dine at Gary Danko's in S.F., a much better restaurant. French Laundry is SO not worth what they charge you. For $6,000.00 for dinner for 10 people Keller should kiss the foot of his customers and remember his roots and where he belongs, sweating over a hot stove to earn his keep. There is no longer room in his restaurant for customers along with his ego.

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★☆☆☆☆

We dined with a party of ten in Sept. 2006 and 2007. At our 2007 seating they forgot the promised birthday cake and 5 of the 9 dishes were the same as the previous year. When we emailed and asked them to vary the menu for our 2008 seating, Thomas Keller called us personally and said, "If you don't like what I serve, don't come. I'll even help you find another restaurant to eat at." We canceled and will now dine at Gary Danko's in S.F., a much better restaurant. French Laundry is SO not worth what they charge you. For $6,000.00 for dinner for 10 people Keller should kiss the foot of his customers and remember his roots and where he belongs, sweating over a hot stove to earn his keep. There is no longer room in his restaurant for customers along with his ego.

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Due to character limitations, I can't show my full review, but it can also be found on the Yelp website. Look up user "Dave M" under the French Laundry reviews.

Simply put, the food was incredible. A culinary masterpiece, sadly tainted by a clear example of discrimination.

Disregarding the above issue (albeit a difficult thing to do), from a service perspective, I was much more impressed with local San Francisco gems such as Chapeau! and Gary Danko. French Laundry's service was structured and formal, but far from personalized during our meal.

In summary, he did provide an apology for the "embarrassing and unfortunate experience", stating this action did not reflect the establishments customer service "ideals" and "that the situation was addressed with all those involved that night."

What was missing was any attempt to address my personnel satisfaction or any effort to make up for the experience.

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★★★☆☆

Due to character limitations, I can't show my full review, but it can also be found on the Yelp website. Look up user "Dave M" under the French Laundry reviews.

Simply put, the food was incredible. A culinary masterpiece, sadly tainted by a clear example of discrimination.

Disregarding the above issue (albeit a difficult thing to do), from a service perspective, I was much more impressed with local San Francisco gems such as Chapeau! and Gary Danko. French Laundry's service was structured and formal, but far from personalized during our meal.

In summary, he did provide an apology for the "embarrassing and unfortunate experience", stating this action did not reflect the establishments customer service "ideals" and "that the situation was addressed with all those involved that night."

What was missing was any attempt to address my personnel satisfaction or any effort to make up for the experience.

Pros: Incredible Food

Cons: Discrimination with guests

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We went here for our 5th anniversay, after a wait of nearly 4 months. The dishes was okay, but far from spectacular. I am a pretty nice guy and maybe my expectations were higher, but this is truly a classic example of a restuarant with rave reviews that has become lazy and now is run solely on the reputation of it's former glory.

It's a shame as I see this a lot. A restaurant gets divine praises and then the wait list becomes neverending, the prices increase, the head chef is never there, and the quality of food and service declines rapidly. We did a tasting menu (and paid out the wazoo for it, believe me), and the dishes were decent and good, but no better than a meal I could of gotten at my local french restaurant, only except it would have been only about 10% of the price...

The main complaint (ant utter surprise really) I had was how poor the staff and waiters were. 4 of the courses came out disassembled, meaning that the food "stack" clearly had fallen over (again, attention to detail- it seemed like a 15 yr old mop boy plated our food), but what was over the top was our waitor who, on TWO occasions, used his hands to fix the food once it was on our table!! I almost had a heart attack!

The staff here is extremely pompous and has a higher than thou attitude that makes me think they are thinking "I am working at the FRENCH LAUNDRY and therefore I am BETTER than you!". My wife asked alot of questions and the answers were given very harshly and in a condescending way. Basically, they made us feel like idiots.

I can forgive alot of things because I understand things happen and we have off nights, but poor and RUDE service I will not tolerate, and because of the service we recieved, not only is the French Laundry andsuppar experience, but it has joined my list of one of the worst dining experiences I ever had, and I will be sure to tell as many of my colleagues as I can.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here for our 5th anniversay, after a wait of nearly 4 months. The dishes was okay, but far from spectacular. I am a pretty nice guy and maybe my expectations were higher, but this is truly a classic example of a restuarant with rave reviews that has become lazy and now is run solely on the reputation of it's former glory.

It's a shame as I see this a lot. A restaurant gets divine praises and then the wait list becomes neverending, the prices increase, the head chef is never there, and the quality of food and service declines rapidly. We did a tasting menu (and paid out the wazoo for it, believe me), and the dishes were decent and good, but no better than a meal I could of gotten at my local french restaurant, only except it would have been only about 10% of the price...

The main complaint (ant utter surprise really) I had was how poor the staff and waiters were. 4 of the courses came out disassembled, meaning that the food "stack" clearly had fallen over (again, attention to detail- it seemed like a 15 yr old mop boy plated our food), but what was over the top was our waitor who, on TWO occasions, used his hands to fix the food once it was on our table!! I almost had a heart attack!

The staff here is extremely pompous and has a higher than thou attitude that makes me think they are thinking "I am working at the FRENCH LAUNDRY and therefore I am BETTER than you!". My wife asked alot of questions and the answers were given very harshly and in a condescending way. Basically, they made us feel like idiots.

I can forgive alot of things because I understand things happen and we have off nights, but poor and RUDE service I will not tolerate, and because of the service we recieved, not only is the French Laundry andsuppar experience, but it has joined my list of one of the worst dining experiences I ever had, and I will be sure to tell as many of my colleagues as I can.

Pros: The aura of eating at a Top Place

Cons: Service

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After waiting the apparently "required" 2 months to get a reservation at The French Laundry, my husband and I were extremely excited to experience this "world class" restaurant. The wait staff, though attentive, was stiff and pompous, the food was a disappointment, and the final bill for the evening over $800.00. The next day we enjoyed a picnic on the grounds of a beautiful winery, with lovely bread, cheese, olives, and wine, that beat The French Laundry by a mile. Don't believe the hype.

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★☆☆☆☆

After waiting the apparently "required" 2 months to get a reservation at The French Laundry, my husband and I were extremely excited to experience this "world class" restaurant. The wait staff, though attentive, was stiff and pompous, the food was a disappointment, and the final bill for the evening over $800.00. The next day we enjoyed a picnic on the grounds of a beautiful winery, with lovely bread, cheese, olives, and wine, that beat The French Laundry by a mile. Don't believe the hype.

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I like to be offered a drink before dinner when I'm about to sit down for 10 courses. I had to ask twice and they would not serve our champagne until everyone had arrived at the table. 2/10 courses were truly magic. The others fell way short of the quality you get at Per Se.

I highly recommend the tasting menu at Auberge over the FL. The tasting menu has many similar items to the FL and the executive chef is actually there. There is a massive wine list comparable to Cru and the wine pairings (which we rarely choose) were excellent.

The view is beautiful and you can sit inside our outside. I was expecting Per Se in a California setting and it just didn't happen.

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★★☆☆☆

I like to be offered a drink before dinner when I'm about to sit down for 10 courses. I had to ask twice and they would not serve our champagne until everyone had arrived at the table. 2/10 courses were truly magic. The others fell way short of the quality you get at Per Se.

I highly recommend the tasting menu at Auberge over the FL. The tasting menu has many similar items to the FL and the executive chef is actually there. There is a massive wine list comparable to Cru and the wine pairings (which we rarely choose) were excellent.

The view is beautiful and you can sit inside our outside. I was expecting Per Se in a California setting and it just didn't happen.

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We made a reservation, and they called us that afternoon to tell us the choices on the menu. Our reserved table was ours the whole night, no one was there before us or after us. The prices are upscale but it is worth it for the spectacular food.

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★★★★★

We made a reservation, and they called us that afternoon to tell us the choices on the menu. Our reserved table was ours the whole night, no one was there before us or after us. The prices are upscale but it is worth it for the spectacular food.

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Took my family to the french laundry for dinner. Wonderful cooking. Great Service. Worth the wait. Pricy however, and not the kind of place to go to on a budget.

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Took my family to the french laundry for dinner. Wonderful cooking. Great Service. Worth the wait. Pricy however, and not the kind of place to go to on a budget.

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Get ready to close your eyes, open your wallet, and sign a blank check. This is not your average restaurant. The service can be compared to no other. (Not that you would, but intentionally bump into a waiter and they blame themselves.) The winelist is filled with the finest wines imaginable. (But, if you bring your own, there is a bottling charge.) The tables are quaint and dressed with heavy linen and superior silver. The meal is prix-fixe ($240), differentiated by vegetarian or non with few options. In all, it was an endless journey of food and wine, continually peaking your sense of smell and taste. (Oh, don't pass on the foie gras. It is absolutely yummy!)

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★★★★★

Get ready to close your eyes, open your wallet, and sign a blank check. This is not your average restaurant. The service can be compared to no other. (Not that you would, but intentionally bump into a waiter and they blame themselves.) The winelist is filled with the finest wines imaginable. (But, if you bring your own, there is a bottling charge.) The tables are quaint and dressed with heavy linen and superior silver. The meal is prix-fixe ($240), differentiated by vegetarian or non with few options. In all, it was an endless journey of food and wine, continually peaking your sense of smell and taste. (Oh, don't pass on the foie gras. It is absolutely yummy!)

Pros: SERVICE, parking

Cons: very expensive

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I went to the French Laundry last year for a friend's birthday. It can be hard to get a reservation normally, but we ended up making a reservation for 6, which is much easier to get and we got a private room. It was amazing. It was a great meal with extravagant presentation. I don't eat seafood, so I asked for a no seafood menu, and I think I got a better meal than even my friends! Definitely worth a visit for an event or when you can get in!

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★★★★★

I went to the French Laundry last year for a friend's birthday. It can be hard to get a reservation normally, but we ended up making a reservation for 6, which is much easier to get and we got a private room. It was amazing. It was a great meal with extravagant presentation. I don't eat seafood, so I asked for a no seafood menu, and I think I got a better meal than even my friends! Definitely worth a visit for an event or when you can get in!

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The French Laundry served up very good food. We had some clear favorites - tuna tartar and the oysters with tapioca and caviar. Food was pretty flavorful. But felt we have had better food elsewhere. Service was very good throughout the 3-hour lunch. They did forget to acknowledge my wife's birthday even though the hostess asked about it and said she would tell the server. So that was a little disappointing -- when you drop a few hundred dollars you expect them to remember details! Overall, a nice experience, however, you can get an equally nice meal elsewhere for less.

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★★★★☆

The French Laundry served up very good food. We had some clear favorites - tuna tartar and the oysters with tapioca and caviar. Food was pretty flavorful. But felt we have had better food elsewhere. Service was very good throughout the 3-hour lunch. They did forget to acknowledge my wife's birthday even though the hostess asked about it and said she would tell the server. So that was a little disappointing -- when you drop a few hundred dollars you expect them to remember details! Overall, a nice experience, however, you can get an equally nice meal elsewhere for less.

Pros: Good food, ease of parking, very good service.

Cons: Expensive, difficult to make reservations.

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The food is everything it's said to be; Innovative. Interesting. Delicious. Noteworthy. Discussion inducing. Unfortunately, the menu has already "been there, done that". Everyone knows the salmon tartar in cones; the "oysters and pearls", the kobe beef, lobster poached in butter... Not everyone has tried it. But, if you have a few hundred bucks per person to spend, excluding wine, then by all means, have this experience. I can't call it romantic (too many lags between dishes; awkward!), but it is exhaustive. Four hours (two of which spent sitting next to a Japanese couple playing video games; our waitron kindly told them to put it away, after we complained), and a sommelier who just would NOT listen (thus giving us wines we didn't like and costing us $750 en total), we marvelled at some of the amazing dishes we were served. Go with the chef's tasting menu, and pay the extra for fois gras -- it is truly devine (until you go to France and realize that it's not so amazing at FL). The food goes on and on and on, and until you spend a simple evening at Babbo (not French, but then neither really, is FL, but truly amazing and entertaining), or a couple weeks travelling through france, you cannot know how (and I wince) pedestrian chef Keller really is at this point. Go because it's famous; go because you *must*, go because it's the French Laundry, but really, find yourself someplace quiet and exclusive in France, someplace exceptional in NY, like Babbo, or go to Japan and try a traditional Kaiseki-riori, and spend the same $1500 for 4 people, and you'll quietly remove yourself from Chef Keller's fan list. Not that it isn't good; it's just not all that when you compare it so many unbelievably excellent restaurants around the world. Now, if Keller would just come back to FL and come up with something new... then I might be impressed.

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★★★★★

The food is everything it's said to be; Innovative. Interesting. Delicious. Noteworthy. Discussion inducing. Unfortunately, the menu has already "been there, done that". Everyone knows the salmon tartar in cones; the "oysters and pearls", the kobe beef, lobster poached in butter... Not everyone has tried it. But, if you have a few hundred bucks per person to spend, excluding wine, then by all means, have this experience. I can't call it romantic (too many lags between dishes; awkward!), but it is exhaustive. Four hours (two of which spent sitting next to a Japanese couple playing video games; our waitron kindly told them to put it away, after we complained), and a sommelier who just would NOT listen (thus giving us wines we didn't like and costing us $750 en total), we marvelled at some of the amazing dishes we were served. Go with the chef's tasting menu, and pay the extra for fois gras -- it is truly devine (until you go to France and realize that it's not so amazing at FL). The food goes on and on and on, and until you spend a simple evening at Babbo (not French, but then neither really, is FL, but truly amazing and entertaining), or a couple weeks travelling through france, you cannot know how (and I wince) pedestrian chef Keller really is at this point. Go because it's famous; go because you *must*, go because it's the French Laundry, but really, find yourself someplace quiet and exclusive in France, someplace exceptional in NY, like Babbo, or go to Japan and try a traditional Kaiseki-riori, and spend the same $1500 for 4 people, and you'll quietly remove yourself from Chef Keller's fan list. Not that it isn't good; it's just not all that when you compare it so many unbelievably excellent restaurants around the world. Now, if Keller would just come back to FL and come up with something new... then I might be impressed.

Pros: Innovative, exceptional food

Cons: Reservations nearly impossible, sommelier was an expensive dissappointment

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I was fortunate enough to have a friend get me a reservation for two friends and me for my birthday and thought I had it made. The day of our reservation one of my guests was called into work at which time I notified the restaurant and they told me due to such last minute plans I would have to terminate the reservation. I was shocked by such a bold answer and immediately notified my dining guest. Her boss was familiar with the Laundry and told her to go and have fun, but it was a downer.

Once we got to Yonteville we couldn't find the place because street signs are little 3 foot high posts on the ground, not lit markers in the sky so we weren't sure if we were on Washington yet. So, we called the restaurant, but apparently after 6 no one answeres the phone so we just searched around Yontville until we believed we had found the place.
As we parked we got a call asking if we were coming and said we could find the palce and they sounded decent. That's when the experience began.

Once inside serves was almost flawless, leaving vary little to be desired. During the course of the evening I'd say we had 8 servers attending us, our head server was Kevin, and two Sommelior's. Service had a nice flow, always allowing for adequete time to order another bottle of wine :). Servers were professional, but nice, unlike the the ultra stuck up servers u find at inner city restaurants in SF or NYC this isn't the Ritz.

I chose the chef's tasting menu which covered all a Kellers bases with a few tricks up his sleeve. From the oyster and caviar to begin with to the little pastries at the end the food couldn't have been anybetter!!! The foie gras was a true treat... The wine list kind of finished of the whole experience seeing as how there were bottles in every price range and I mean every but it was great and truly well thought out.
For 3 we spent 1500, but it's worth it! Only live once!

2
★★★★★

I was fortunate enough to have a friend get me a reservation for two friends and me for my birthday and thought I had it made. The day of our reservation one of my guests was called into work at which time I notified the restaurant and they told me due to such last minute plans I would have to terminate the reservation. I was shocked by such a bold answer and immediately notified my dining guest. Her boss was familiar with the Laundry and told her to go and have fun, but it was a downer.

Once we got to Yonteville we couldn't find the place because street signs are little 3 foot high posts on the ground, not lit markers in the sky so we weren't sure if we were on Washington yet. So, we called the restaurant, but apparently after 6 no one answeres the phone so we just searched around Yontville until we believed we had found the place.
As we parked we got a call asking if we were coming and said we could find the palce and they sounded decent. That's when the experience began.

Once inside serves was almost flawless, leaving vary little to be desired. During the course of the evening I'd say we had 8 servers attending us, our head server was Kevin, and two Sommelior's. Service had a nice flow, always allowing for adequete time to order another bottle of wine :). Servers were professional, but nice, unlike the the ultra stuck up servers u find at inner city restaurants in SF or NYC this isn't the Ritz.

I chose the chef's tasting menu which covered all a Kellers bases with a few tricks up his sleeve. From the oyster and caviar to begin with to the little pastries at the end the food couldn't have been anybetter!!! The foie gras was a true treat... The wine list kind of finished of the whole experience seeing as how there were bottles in every price range and I mean every but it was great and truly well thought out.
For 3 we spent 1500, but it's worth it! Only live once!

Pros: food, service, location

Cons: hosts and reservationist

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This is the best restaurant in the bay area, hands down. The food is spectacular, the setting amazing, and the service beyond compare. From the opening amous bouche to the final surprise package, the night passes quickly despite three hours of perfect food. When you're as good as the French Laundry, you can charge what you want, but I'm not sure it's that much better than other places. The wine list is amazing with finds, particularly with phenomenal half bottles, perfect for a couple.

2
★★★★★

This is the best restaurant in the bay area, hands down. The food is spectacular, the setting amazing, and the service beyond compare. From the opening amous bouche to the final surprise package, the night passes quickly despite three hours of perfect food. When you're as good as the French Laundry, you can charge what you want, but I'm not sure it's that much better than other places. The wine list is amazing with finds, particularly with phenomenal half bottles, perfect for a couple.

Pros: Just about everything

Cons: Second Mortgage

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The food was the best I've ever eaten, and the reservations were surprisingly easy to get. Just call at around 2 in the afternoon and ask if they've had any cancellations. Out of 7 phone calls, we found 3 openings, with one that we could make. I was surprised by how down-to-earth the food was! The flavors and textures were very warm and inviting, and the chef took full advantage of the season - we were served fish, lobster, quail, and lamb - all impeccably prepared. The sommelier was also extremely nice - we were very frank about our $150 wine budget, and he selected a glass of champagne each, and a half-bottle of white and one of red. It was well worth the $650 for the two of us, and this is coming from a grad student!

2
★★★★★

The food was the best I've ever eaten, and the reservations were surprisingly easy to get. Just call at around 2 in the afternoon and ask if they've had any cancellations. Out of 7 phone calls, we found 3 openings, with one that we could make. I was surprised by how down-to-earth the food was! The flavors and textures were very warm and inviting, and the chef took full advantage of the season - we were served fish, lobster, quail, and lamb - all impeccably prepared. The sommelier was also extremely nice - we were very frank about our $150 wine budget, and he selected a glass of champagne each, and a half-bottle of white and one of red. It was well worth the $650 for the two of us, and this is coming from a grad student!

Pros: Food!!!, Service, Wine

Cons: price

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After hearing so much about the French Laundry, I expected that the food would be phenomenal. Service was excellant. The ambience of the restaurant was also wonderful. The foie gras and lobster ravioli were phenomenal and did live up to expectations, but all the other dishes were not as consistent and were just average to good and not what I would expect from a restaurant that is lauded as one of the best restaurants in the nation (or even internationally). The snapper served was a bit fishy, the hen stuffed with ham mousse and foie gras just tasted entirely of ham, and the cheese plate was uneventful. Given the price (over $1300) for five people, every dish should have been a dish to die for.

1
★★★☆☆

After hearing so much about the French Laundry, I expected that the food would be phenomenal. Service was excellant. The ambience of the restaurant was also wonderful. The foie gras and lobster ravioli were phenomenal and did live up to expectations, but all the other dishes were not as consistent and were just average to good and not what I would expect from a restaurant that is lauded as one of the best restaurants in the nation (or even internationally). The snapper served was a bit fishy, the hen stuffed with ham mousse and foie gras just tasted entirely of ham, and the cheese plate was uneventful. Given the price (over $1300) for five people, every dish should have been a dish to die for.

Pros: Foie Gras Dish, Lobster Dish, Excellant Service

Cons: Expensive, Other Dishes Average

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For all the hype about the FL, the experience fell way short of what this highly rated restaurant should be serving. Every single item out of their kitchen must be a "to die for" dish with no excuses for mediocrity. The small cone with tuna tartar and creme fraiche was just plain and uneventful. You'll get a choice of salad or foie gras. Don't pass up on the foie gras--it was fantastic!! The salad,which my wife had was boring. We found the dishes as they alternated were huge hits or misses. The lobster ravioli was out of this world good. The snapper was served semi rare and was fishy and bland. The hen stuffed with ham and foie gras tasted like a slab of smoked ham. The kobe beef was good but average when compared with any good steak house. The ballet walking servers is just silly. Save your money.

1
★★☆☆☆

For all the hype about the FL, the experience fell way short of what this highly rated restaurant should be serving. Every single item out of their kitchen must be a "to die for" dish with no excuses for mediocrity. The small cone with tuna tartar and creme fraiche was just plain and uneventful. You'll get a choice of salad or foie gras. Don't pass up on the foie gras--it was fantastic!! The salad,which my wife had was boring. We found the dishes as they alternated were huge hits or misses. The lobster ravioli was out of this world good. The snapper was served semi rare and was fishy and bland. The hen stuffed with ham and foie gras tasted like a slab of smoked ham. The kobe beef was good but average when compared with any good steak house. The ballet walking servers is just silly. Save your money.

Pros: Sevice, Ambience

Cons: Inconsistent food

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I've been once again for dinner and was as happy as the last time I was in Napa. This is a great locale for a special night. I had a wonderful dinner for two with an absolutely charming server who took care of us from beginning to end. We really didn't have to ask for anything as our server was attentive while not being bothersome.

The ambience of the restaurant is great. It is classy and elegant and lends support to any special evening. I have to admit, the two wonderful wine bottles suggested were fantastic. Finishing the night was terrible, as we would have happily eaten another course... but we were extremely full!

Thanks for another wonderful evening.

2
★★★★★

I've been once again for dinner and was as happy as the last time I was in Napa. This is a great locale for a special night. I had a wonderful dinner for two with an absolutely charming server who took care of us from beginning to end. We really didn't have to ask for anything as our server was attentive while not being bothersome.

The ambience of the restaurant is great. It is classy and elegant and lends support to any special evening. I have to admit, the two wonderful wine bottles suggested were fantastic. Finishing the night was terrible, as we would have happily eaten another course... but we were extremely full!

Thanks for another wonderful evening.

Pros: server, ambience, location (in Napa)

Cons: wait time, location (from SF)

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This restaurant has the best food and best service. It was worth the price. A meal at the french laundry will be a meal remembered forever. Everyone should dine here once in their life. Make shure you make reservations 2 months to the day in advance.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant has the best food and best service. It was worth the price. A meal at the french laundry will be a meal remembered forever. Everyone should dine here once in their life. Make shure you make reservations 2 months to the day in advance.

Pros: Great Food., Great Service.

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The perfect tasting menu!
Expensive but worth all the money. Bring your wine (can not be on their list) and pay the corkage. Excellent wine service

2
★★★★★

The perfect tasting menu!
Expensive but worth all the money. Bring your wine (can not be on their list) and pay the corkage. Excellent wine service

Pros: food

Cons: difficult reservation, high corkage

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ABSOLUTELY the best meal I have ever had. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu where each course is complimented by exquisite wine. I have never had fish, caviar, oyster or lobster before in my life because usually the smell of seafood is a huge turn off. I tried all the above during my meal at the French Laundry and loved every bite. The service was perfected down to a science where every little detail is carefully addressed. This is the place to be for that extra special occasion or just when you want to be pampered like never before!

2
★★★★★

ABSOLUTELY the best meal I have ever had. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu where each course is complimented by exquisite wine. I have never had fish, caviar, oyster or lobster before in my life because usually the smell of seafood is a huge turn off. I tried all the above during my meal at the French Laundry and loved every bite. The service was perfected down to a science where every little detail is carefully addressed. This is the place to be for that extra special occasion or just when you want to be pampered like never before!

Pros: FOOD!, exceptional service, ambiance

Cons: nothing...

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Dazzling, Innovative, Perfect; all words I would use to describe The French Laundry. Even though Thomas himself insists '...there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it'. Good luck getting reservations unless you're a local. However, for the privileged, Thomas Keller will 'wow' you beyond belief. This is by far my favorite restaurant. Yountville alone is worth the short drive; but when paired with evening reservations here, it's a must do...

2
★★★★★

Dazzling, Innovative, Perfect; all words I would use to describe The French Laundry. Even though Thomas himself insists '...there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it'. Good luck getting reservations unless you're a local. However, for the privileged, Thomas Keller will 'wow' you beyond belief. This is by far my favorite restaurant. Yountville alone is worth the short drive; but when paired with evening reservations here, it's a must do...

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We have been to French Laundry twice in the past. I'll go anytime if I can get a reservation. The food is cooked perfectly, and the flavor is just unbelivable. I had foie gras prepared in four different way in one dinner, and they were all extraordinary. We asked the waiter to suggest a wine, and the wine went very well with the food. French Laundry has great wine selection, and they will find the wine to complement your dishes.

2
★★★★★

We have been to French Laundry twice in the past. I'll go anytime if I can get a reservation. The food is cooked perfectly, and the flavor is just unbelivable. I had foie gras prepared in four different way in one dinner, and they were all extraordinary. We asked the waiter to suggest a wine, and the wine went very well with the food. French Laundry has great wine selection, and they will find the wine to complement your dishes.

Pros: food, wine, service

Cons: , availability

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I'm a big foodie, I've been to Charlie Trotter, True, Pump Room, I even got the chance to eat at all the five restaurants in AOL Time Warner building prior to their opening but The French Laundry was the pinnacle of all my dinning experiences. Thomas Keller created an 18 course 40 different plate five hour dinner Service was excellent and everyone was knowledgable. The Wine list was incredible. No doubt a dinner to write home to.

2
★★★★★

I'm a big foodie, I've been to Charlie Trotter, True, Pump Room, I even got the chance to eat at all the five restaurants in AOL Time Warner building prior to their opening but The French Laundry was the pinnacle of all my dinning experiences. Thomas Keller created an 18 course 40 different plate five hour dinner Service was excellent and everyone was knowledgable. The Wine list was incredible. No doubt a dinner to write home to.

Pros: food, service

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This is still be far my favorite restaurant. I just got back from New York and dined at Daniel, among other top restaurants. In the Bay Area, I have had the fortune of dining at Gary Danko and Masa's. The French Laundry, although a very close call, I think still tops the charts with these other exquisite restaurants.

2
★★★★★

This is still be far my favorite restaurant. I just got back from New York and dined at Daniel, among other top restaurants. In the Bay Area, I have had the fortune of dining at Gary Danko and Masa's. The French Laundry, although a very close call, I think still tops the charts with these other exquisite restaurants.

Pros: Friendly service, Extensive wine list

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On a recent 2 week vacation to France, Paris, and 10 days touring Dijon, Lyon, Nice, Perrigord and other cities and making sure to make two months ahead of time reservations at Paul Buccasse and other well known places like Alain Ducasse, the French Laundry with Thomas Keller is still my benchmark 10 for French food. Only establishments in France were able to be in the 9 area. Every dish on the constantly updated tasting menu will "wow" you and that is a rare accomplishment for any resturante to achieve.

The only thing to keep in mind is that this place every day of the year is booked two months to the day. Also do not take someone not very special as this dinner will be ingraved in your brain along with the memories of whom you were with.

2
★★★★★

On a recent 2 week vacation to France, Paris, and 10 days touring Dijon, Lyon, Nice, Perrigord and other cities and making sure to make two months ahead of time reservations at Paul Buccasse and other well known places like Alain Ducasse, the French Laundry with Thomas Keller is still my benchmark 10 for French food. Only establishments in France were able to be in the 9 area. Every dish on the constantly updated tasting menu will "wow" you and that is a rare accomplishment for any resturante to achieve.

The only thing to keep in mind is that this place every day of the year is booked two months to the day. Also do not take someone not very special as this dinner will be ingraved in your brain along with the memories of whom you were with.

Pros: the best food taste, unique flavors, presentation

Cons: none

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My husband and another couple recently dined at the FL (10/18/2003), and we all agreed it was by far the most incredible dining experience we have ever had, including restaurants in France, NY etc. The staff was friendly, informative, and passionate about their work. After dinner we were taken and introduced to the kitchen staff, who were happy to answer questions. We are fortunate to live near the restaurant; however, there are concierge services that will stand in line for you for a fee of $50 and make a reservation for you (so stop whining about getting reservations!). I have waited years to eat at FL, and it was worth it. Also, this was a Saturday night and no one was waiting for a table, so whoever said they waited 1.5 hours was lying! I would rather eat there once a year, and never eat anywhere else.

2
★★★★★

My husband and another couple recently dined at the FL (10/18/2003), and we all agreed it was by far the most incredible dining experience we have ever had, including restaurants in France, NY etc. The staff was friendly, informative, and passionate about their work. After dinner we were taken and introduced to the kitchen staff, who were happy to answer questions. We are fortunate to live near the restaurant; however, there are concierge services that will stand in line for you for a fee of $50 and make a reservation for you (so stop whining about getting reservations!). I have waited years to eat at FL, and it was worth it. Also, this was a Saturday night and no one was waiting for a table, so whoever said they waited 1.5 hours was lying! I would rather eat there once a year, and never eat anywhere else.

Pros: Flavors, Macaroni & Cheese, Elegant setting

Cons: Nothing

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The best dining experience of all time. The most delicious food...very hard to get a reservation but worth it for a special occasion. Wonderful!

2
★★★★★

The best dining experience of all time. The most delicious food...very hard to get a reservation but worth it for a special occasion. Wonderful!

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We have had the opportunity to dine here twice. First time was a romantic special occasion, just the two of us and it was fabulous. The second trip was for a special birthday with another couple. We had the best time ever! The food, the service, the wine and actually getting to meet Thomas Keller and tour the kitchen was one experience I will never forget. Even though we had to wait for our table, they could not have been more gracious. The champagne was flowing and they kept bringing little teasing appetizers to keep us amused. This is a restaurant not to be missed!

2
★★★★★

We have had the opportunity to dine here twice. First time was a romantic special occasion, just the two of us and it was fabulous. The second trip was for a special birthday with another couple. We had the best time ever! The food, the service, the wine and actually getting to meet Thomas Keller and tour the kitchen was one experience I will never forget. Even though we had to wait for our table, they could not have been more gracious. The champagne was flowing and they kept bringing little teasing appetizers to keep us amused. This is a restaurant not to be missed!

Pros: Wonderful Service, Superb Food, Innovative

Cons: none

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French Laundry is in it's own catergory. This restaurant is heaven to diners like us. I had the most wonderful meal there. Though is is quite hard to get reservations here, it is worth the wait. I had chef's tasting menu. The presentation (very creative), service, ambience was more then excellent. I am having a hard time finding words to describe my experience. All I am going to say is all you out there be sure to try this heavenly experience. This experience was more then words could ever say....Truly Divine....I highly recommend French Laundry to everyone out there, if there is something such as "perfect", this is it...I am readyto go back again and it has just been 2 weeks.

2
★★★★★

French Laundry is in it's own catergory. This restaurant is heaven to diners like us. I had the most wonderful meal there. Though is is quite hard to get reservations here, it is worth the wait. I had chef's tasting menu. The presentation (very creative), service, ambience was more then excellent. I am having a hard time finding words to describe my experience. All I am going to say is all you out there be sure to try this heavenly experience. This experience was more then words could ever say....Truly Divine....I highly recommend French Laundry to everyone out there, if there is something such as "perfect", this is it...I am readyto go back again and it has just been 2 weeks.

Pros: Great Food, Service, Ambience

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I've been to the French Laundry twice. The service is very good to excellent, the ambiance is fine, and the food is fine.

So why do I only give it a 7 overall?

Because only a few dishes were truly sublime. All the ingredients are perfectly fresh, the preparation is careful, the dishes taste good, but although Keller has said that what he tries for is the sudden jolt of flavor, the sudden realization that you're tasting something amazing. Something you haven't experienced before. Something with flavors that take you to another level.

I've experienced sublime dishes many times in restaurants all over the world. The French Laundry, when I've been there, is fine but it doesn't usually reach those heights for me.

2
★★★★☆

I've been to the French Laundry twice. The service is very good to excellent, the ambiance is fine, and the food is fine.

So why do I only give it a 7 overall?

Because only a few dishes were truly sublime. All the ingredients are perfectly fresh, the preparation is careful, the dishes taste good, but although Keller has said that what he tries for is the sudden jolt of flavor, the sudden realization that you're tasting something amazing. Something you haven't experienced before. Something with flavors that take you to another level.

I've experienced sublime dishes many times in restaurants all over the world. The French Laundry, when I've been there, is fine but it doesn't usually reach those heights for me.

Pros: wonderful ingredients, beautiful preparation, fine service

Cons: dishes arrive slowly, great but not sublime, not worth the effort

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Believe me, the pleasure of The French Laundry is in the hunt for a reservation. Yeah, it's a great experience, but relatively all down hill once you get the time slot. The food is great, the service is friendly and efficient (not snotty at all). HOWEVER, it's unfortunately the kind of place where you feel like you have to whisper in order to not have the entire dining room within earshot - sure, you don't go there to rock and roll, but it's not really the kind of atmostphere that is conducive to fun or conversation. Oh, and our lunch for 3 - with only 1 bottle of mid-level wine - was $520. Glad I went, but I wouldn't go back. Go to GARY DANKO instead!

2
★★★★☆

Believe me, the pleasure of The French Laundry is in the hunt for a reservation. Yeah, it's a great experience, but relatively all down hill once you get the time slot. The food is great, the service is friendly and efficient (not snotty at all). HOWEVER, it's unfortunately the kind of place where you feel like you have to whisper in order to not have the entire dining room within earshot - sure, you don't go there to rock and roll, but it's not really the kind of atmostphere that is conducive to fun or conversation. Oh, and our lunch for 3 - with only 1 bottle of mid-level wine - was $520. Glad I went, but I wouldn't go back. Go to GARY DANKO instead!

Pros: excellent service, unique flavor combos

Cons: overhyped, morgue-y atmostphere

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A memorable experience. It is very difficult to get reservations, but it is definitely worth the effort. I have been fortunate enough to dine at the French Laundry twice. Both experiences have been wonderful. The food preparation and use of ingredients is very innovative. The service is excellent without being stuffy.

2
★★★★★

A memorable experience. It is very difficult to get reservations, but it is definitely worth the effort. I have been fortunate enough to dine at the French Laundry twice. Both experiences have been wonderful. The food preparation and use of ingredients is very innovative. The service is excellent without being stuffy.

Pros: romantic, casual yet elegant, incredible food

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Masterful...unbelievable service, food like an art form,every need or want anticipated and met..fantastic...

2
★★★★★

Masterful...unbelievable service, food like an art form,every need or want anticipated and met..fantastic...

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This place is very good but overpriced and a bit over-rated by everyone. If this puts you in nirvana then, by all means, fork over $500 and enjoy yourself again. Or you can get a $400 off-season ticket to France and enjoy the same meal for $100 at any one of a number of one Michelin star restaurants in Provence which are just as good. Better yet foodies, go to Sidney and have the 14 course degustation menu at Tetsuya and, I assure you, you will change your rating for FL. Take off those rose colored taste buds folks...Thomas Kellar is a great chef but he's an even better businessman.

2
★★★★☆

This place is very good but overpriced and a bit over-rated by everyone. If this puts you in nirvana then, by all means, fork over $500 and enjoy yourself again. Or you can get a $400 off-season ticket to France and enjoy the same meal for $100 at any one of a number of one Michelin star restaurants in Provence which are just as good. Better yet foodies, go to Sidney and have the 14 course degustation menu at Tetsuya and, I assure you, you will change your rating for FL. Take off those rose colored taste buds folks...Thomas Kellar is a great chef but he's an even better businessman.

Pros: charming, creative, romantic

Cons: overpriced, over-rated, over-hyped

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We tried Keller's taster's menu. This is the first time in a meal where every bite made me go, "Oh my god!".

Truly astonishing food---the detail and meticulous care involved in preparation...amazing!

2
★★★★★

We tried Keller's taster's menu. This is the first time in a meal where every bite made me go, "Oh my god!".

Truly astonishing food---the detail and meticulous care involved in preparation...amazing!

Pros: Blissful food

Cons: pricey

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I'm not a 'foodie' and didn't expect to appreciate the French Laundry when I was dragged there by a friend, but I was blown away by the place! The setting was very tranquil, the food was excellent, the service was stuffy / attitudy at times, but generally very good. One criticism - there is no bar, so for someone who doesn't drink alcohol, my only choice was non-alcoholic wine or water (as advised by the condescending Wine Waiter!)

2
★★★★☆

I'm not a 'foodie' and didn't expect to appreciate the French Laundry when I was dragged there by a friend, but I was blown away by the place! The setting was very tranquil, the food was excellent, the service was stuffy / attitudy at times, but generally very good. One criticism - there is no bar, so for someone who doesn't drink alcohol, my only choice was non-alcoholic wine or water (as advised by the condescending Wine Waiter!)

Pros: Food, Setting

Cons: Stuff Service, No Bar

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One of the best meals I've ever had. It ewent on for hours, one dish after another. Can't recomend highly enough, so long as you don't mind spending some money - IS NOT CHEAP in any sense. Expensive ingredients used throughout. A once in a lifetime experience.

2
★★★★☆

One of the best meals I've ever had. It ewent on for hours, one dish after another. Can't recomend highly enough, so long as you don't mind spending some money - IS NOT CHEAP in any sense. Expensive ingredients used throughout. A once in a lifetime experience.

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I just came back from Taillevent in Paris (Michelin stars, etc. and where Thomas Keller trained when he was younger) and I have to say that I enjoyed my meal at FL as much as I did at Taillevent, at 2/3 of the price. Now I'm not saying that this place is a bargain...it's not. But the food is so good that after eating there twice, I still want to go back for more. The only thing is getting reservations...nearly impossible. You need to drive up there and stand in line to get them. For those of you who enjoyed your meal, read Soul of a Chef. It'll provide some insight into the chef and restaurant.

2
★★★★★

I just came back from Taillevent in Paris (Michelin stars, etc. and where Thomas Keller trained when he was younger) and I have to say that I enjoyed my meal at FL as much as I did at Taillevent, at 2/3 of the price. Now I'm not saying that this place is a bargain...it's not. But the food is so good that after eating there twice, I still want to go back for more. The only thing is getting reservations...nearly impossible. You need to drive up there and stand in line to get them. For those of you who enjoyed your meal, read Soul of a Chef. It'll provide some insight into the chef and restaurant.

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We had heard much about the French Laundry and were anxious to go for our anniversary. Reservations were tough but we did get them. Food was excellent and the service flawless. The price is quite high but for a special occassion well worth it.

2
★★★★★

We had heard much about the French Laundry and were anxious to go for our anniversary. Reservations were tough but we did get them. Food was excellent and the service flawless. The price is quite high but for a special occassion well worth it.

Pros: food, service, extensive wine list

Cons: parking, Very expensive

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Words cannot describe my amazement at this place. Just go. I have been fortunate enough to have eaten at the Laundry a few times and every meal has been a treasure. I just returned from France where I dined in some Michelin starred restaurants, and the Laundry beats them all hands down. Do not even mention the name Gary Danko in the same breath and Thomas Keller. It is a sacrilege.

2
★★★★★

Words cannot describe my amazement at this place. Just go. I have been fortunate enough to have eaten at the Laundry a few times and every meal has been a treasure. I just returned from France where I dined in some Michelin starred restaurants, and the Laundry beats them all hands down. Do not even mention the name Gary Danko in the same breath and Thomas Keller. It is a sacrilege.

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Having eaten at French Laundry and Gary Danko in the same day (talk about indulgence) I feel that I am able to acurately compare the two and can't understand the hype for French Laundry. First off the lunch cost over $300. The food was no better (taste, presentation, etc) than at Gary Danko. I think the food at Gary Danko was better tasting, better presented and much more appealing when looking at the menu. Plus the service at French Laundry was as snobbish as they come. I had a great server at Gary Danko-friendly, knowledgeable, all all around great service without the pretentiousness.

1
★★★☆☆

Having eaten at French Laundry and Gary Danko in the same day (talk about indulgence) I feel that I am able to acurately compare the two and can't understand the hype for French Laundry. First off the lunch cost over $300. The food was no better (taste, presentation, etc) than at Gary Danko. I think the food at Gary Danko was better tasting, better presented and much more appealing when looking at the menu. Plus the service at French Laundry was as snobbish as they come. I had a great server at Gary Danko-friendly, knowledgeable, all all around great service without the pretentiousness.

Pros: good parking

Cons: expensive, snobbish servers

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Admittedly, I have not yet tried Gary Danko's. However, my dining experience at The French Laundry took me back to France. The integrity of service and quality of food was unsurpassing.

2
★★★★★

Admittedly, I have not yet tried Gary Danko's. However, my dining experience at The French Laundry took me back to France. The integrity of service and quality of food was unsurpassing.

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The food is as good as one can find anywhere in the US or Europe. The setting is charming. The service by a young, mumbling staff that seems overawed by their role, is distracting.

2
★★★★☆

The food is as good as one can find anywhere in the US or Europe. The setting is charming. The service by a young, mumbling staff that seems overawed by their role, is distracting.

Pros: Food, atmosphere

Cons: semi-pro staff, difficult to reserve

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