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201 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1912
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Ranked #9 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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92% Recommend
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English first
San Francisco Bay area
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Dined for the second time at Baume. Same chef, but many changes in the menu. Much less molecular gastronomy (spheres, foams, frozen ices/nitrogen), which made dining here very fun. But the food is still creative and amazing! Our favorites included: - the Amuse Bouche: two little spoons of flavor, one of melon cassis sorbet and the other of kohlrabi/avocado. Would... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We love to go to the restaurants with Prixe Fixe meals because we don't have to think what would go well with the wines. We've been to Bijouex in Dallas (my second), Atelier Crenn, Manresa, Gary Danko, Le Papillon, Azure in Hawaii, and Baume tops them because of their creative gastronomic style (hope I said that right). I am a... More

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Menlo Park, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Baumé exceeded our expectations, which were high, given the number of exceptional reviews. Each of the six courses was beautifully prepared and presented. The servers kept a perfect pace during the meal. I very much liked the idea of surprise at each course. The conception of each dish was artistic and the many flavors harmonized in unexpected ways. The beef... More

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Palo Alto
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Went to lunch at Baume' for my birthday. Six creative, delicious and beautiful courses with wine pairings. Flawless service and ambience. In a long life luckily punctuated by wonderful food, this ranks with the very best.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

First off Baume is located on neighborhood shopping street in Palo Alto, not the main downtown, so it's fairly quiet on the streets. This is a dining experience. It is one of those places where presentation, timing and taste are all orchestrated. The menu was a list of ingredients - not courses, very clever. Each course and pairing were thoughtfully... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Baume was the best dinner I ever had!!!! My wife is pregnant and they were able to accommodate all requests! I really liked how they don't turn the tables over. It was our table for the night, which ended up being 6pm-9pm. Service was outstanding.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

This is our third time to Baume & they never fail to impress us with attention to every detail! We love being sent home with menu to remind us of the beautifully prepared courses & the wine pairings. Perfection once again!

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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

My daughter and son-in-law wanted to take me somewhere "special" for a celebration, and this restaurant was exactly that. We had the 8 course tasting menu with wine. Wow, it was very different. I have dined at some great restaurants, but nothing like this. My favorite course was the Osetra caviar, taro chips, radish, and yuzu sponge, and the champagne... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is a really special event, whether it be for business, or couples. Yes, expensive, but the food is exquisite, modern French, a tasting menu with or without matching wines. The place is more in Ventura than Palo Alto, but caters to the well healed denizons of this part of California. The service was almost impeccable, the food presentation excellent,... More

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Sunnyvale, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I've eaten at a few top places including French Laundry, Michael Mina and Manresa, but it is Baume that stands out the most. We've now eaten there twice and both times were amazing. Personally I love the theatricallity and surprise as each wine and each course is introduced. Not only is the food expertly prepared and the wine perfectly matched,... More

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