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201 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1912
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Ranked #6 of 313 restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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92% Recommend
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English first
Menlo Park, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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San Jose, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We decided to splurge on our wedding anniversary - and a big splurge it was! You can select between a "small" and a "big" menu, where the chef constantly sends out small, one-or-two bite size, exquisite creations. There are no more details - whatever is in the works is what you get. They did ask what food we completely would... More

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We went to Baume on the special occasion of my birthday. We had heard a lot of positive comments about it and their recent second michelin star was a great motivator as well. Overall, our experience was great. There is only a 14-course menu and it is pricey but the food is worth it. The chef plays with innovative ways... More

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