We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Bucket list dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The French Laundry

The French Laundry
6640 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599
707 944-2380
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
The French Laundry is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #4 of 22 Restaurants in Yountville
Price range: $50 - $240
Cuisines: French, American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Creek Street
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Bucket list dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We were pleased to be able to go after someone else cancelled a reservation even after being on the waiting list for over a month! The food was amazing, especially the yellowtail tuna. The restaurant is a little tight on space so you feel like there are so many servers that the pace is a little frenetic.. Especially if they bump your chair. We might have liked a shorter dinner since we were there 3 hours. By the last amazing servings of desert we were fidgeting from sitting so long. So if you can handle the heart attack of a bill and a 3 hour bill you should definitely go eat some of the best food ever.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

883 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Lake City
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Mother-Daughter trip to Napa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were a two mother-two daugher traveling group and had a great, once in a lifetime experience at the French Laundry.
We enjoyed everything about the dinner, and every person who helped us with or served us our meal. As exquisite as the servings were, the atmosphere was relaxed and congenial.
This was a special occasion for us and I would highly recommend it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bangkok, Thailand
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“A painful dinning experience.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

After flying from Bangkok to SFO and then to Napa Valley, we were looking forward to our 9:15pm booking at The French Laundry. On arrival, we were kept waiting for 15 minutes, but no bother as were we looking forward to the meal.
The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere, close seating but comfortable. The menus were presented, water was poured and wine was served. So far, so good.
The meal was a 9 course chef's menu and the 1st course was excellent, Oyster and Pearls, Sabayon of pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar. The Tapioca Pearls were surprisingly fine and gave a nice crunch, the Oysters perfectly balanced in flavor with caviar.
Salad of Hawaiian Hearts of Peach Palm, a superbly decorated plate. However, totally bland.
Sauteed Fillet of Atlantic Halibut, superbly decorated plate. The Halibut was slightly over cooked which put the whole dish off. The Forked Crush New Crop Potato was crisp but too salty. This plate was unbalanced.
Sweet Butter-Paoched Maine Lobster, the lobster was beautifully cooked. Ruby Beet Puree and Aged Balsamic Vinegar, was too sweet and killed the lobster.
Liberty Farm Pekin Duck "Rillette" was dead. I believe the chef's hand slipped when he seasoned this dish, way too salty. None of my dinning companions could take more than 1 mouthful.
To be fair, the maitre'd offered to fix it with another dish. He served a gnocchi with truffle sauce. The gnocchi was excellent fine texture but again too salty.
After that, the food just continued to taste salty and we just gave up.
The meal was not balanced, the flavors were confusing, apart from the heavy hand on the salt.
Definitely, not worth paying for. Pity!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 17
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Morristown, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A meal we will never forget”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This was the culinary experience of a lifetime. We were treated like royalty from beginning to end, the staff was wonderful, a smile at every turn, very informative and so helpful in helping us choose the right wine for each course. The famous "oysters and pearls" was delicious, as was sautéed Hamachi, rabbit sirloin, and white sturgeon. Our captain, I believe his name is Kevin, could not have been more accommodating. We had mentioned to him that we were going to bike around various wineries the following day, and he brought us a bag full of French Laundry goodies - cookies, truffles and other lovely snacks to take with us on our ride. After dinner, I had asked if it was possible to get a menu autographed by Tom Keller and to visit the kitchen. Kevin came through with flying colors - delivering us the autographed menu and then taking us into the kitchen, where we observed Tim Hollingsworth and crew preparing the various dishes. Note: the kitchen has a video monitor with a live view of the kitchen at Per Se here in NYC. Very interesting. BTW, while not a highlight, it was fun to see Emily Stone and Andrew

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Unique, delicious, and long”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

The food is just amazing, the wine list is never ending, and it an experience to have, once. Although we loved the experience, after 3 1/2 hours of dinner, we were ready to for the end. This is a place for serious foodies, lovely cavier dishes, interesting lamb preparations, fabulous pea soup.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The French Laundry also viewed

Yountville, Napa Valley
Yountville, Napa Valley
St. Helena, Napa Valley

Been to The French Laundry? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The French Laundry, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.