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The French Laundry

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Over 20 years old and topping every foodie’s bucket list, Thomas Keller’s legendary destination still doesn’t miss a beat. The cuisine, staff and state...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
PRICE RANGE
$50 - $240
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
French
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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After overcoming scheduling challenges caused by the pandemic and wildfires, we were able to dine in the garden area of the restaurant. It was a belated 60th Birthday celebration and it was a memorable experience. The personalized bottle of champagne was a special treat. The...service was unparalleled and the menu items were wonderful. If we ever have an opportunity to return, we will. It was worth the wait and the cost. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

made democrats look bad, i don’t know why they serve the leaders that advocate shutdowns. the management can source the finest ingredients but can’t advise their clientele to just take the tasting menu to go in reusable containers that can be returned and sterilized?

Date of visit: December 2020
Helpful?5  
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is actually a second hand review to mention how terribly sad it is that your Govenor's hypocrisy about public interaction during this anxious time of COVID concerns includes your venue. Shame!! Rules for thee, but not for me!

Date of visit: November 2020
Helpful?14  
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there last year when in town. I saw Gavin Newsome made an exception to his rules for himself and it reminded me of the bad experience. I read it was good. The food was mediocre at best and the price was way too...high for mediocre at best. The waiter was not bad but not great. Now, I see they don’t follow health guidelines either. I would not recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every year, we visit Napa for our anniversary and stay at Auberge du Soleil. The concierge there made our reservations at French Laundry. From the moment we walked in to that restaurant, we were treated as if they were doing us a favor. We were...seated at a cramped table in a corner against the wall (as if to squeeze us in) and my tall husband was very uncomfortable. The wait staff had their noses in the air, and their rudeness erased any and all enjoyment of the meal that was served. We could not wait to leave. Also, almost as a confirmation of their arrogant outlook on "not famous" patrons such as ourselves, the latest news with the California Governor and his party ignoring all Covid rules at French Laundry not only shows the Governor's complete hypocracy but, also, it is shocking that this restaurant was not cited as any other restaurant would have been.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Restaurant! You can watch the Governor of California wine and dine without any COVID-19 restrictions!

Date of visit: November 2020
Helpful?31  
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

JUST AWESOME from start to finish -they made us feel like we were the only guests there - could not say enough about this experience - except - book it!!!!!!!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

AWESOME! With the pandemic, my reservation kept getting postponed. But it was worth the wait. The staff were exceptional. Each course was a festival in my mouth and presented so beautifully. I loved the quick tour of the kitchen. And I loved the treats we...took home. And I loved that the chef signed my menu.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 21, 2020 via mobile

We have visited the French Laundry before last year. As we were staying just down the street I couldn’t resist wanting to go again. We were able to get a last minute reservation on a Tuesday. Again, French Laundry didn’t disappoint. The highlight for me...was the Alaskan King crab and the Mac and cheese with fresh shaved white truffles. As I am expecting, the staff courteously ensured I had “mocktails” and non alcoholic wines to go with my tastings without me even asking.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 14, 2020

First of all I will say that the restaurant and staff are amazing. Kind, welcoming. professional without being obsequious and the ambience is first class all the way. Second of all, I have been before many years ago and my fond memories was the extraordinary...cuisine I was served and so much so I had to walk around between courses each of which was delectable. Now to this recent meal. The oysters with tapioca and caviar is always and still is wonderful. Next came the hearts of peach palm with gelee. Crunchy, and forgettable- waste of a cleansing course or salad. Two tiny pieces of hearts of palm on a small bed of citrusy gel. Next we were served lobster galette. It was a quarter sized round of what tasted like a salty seafood sausage. If there was a piece of lobster in this it wasn't discernible either visibly or texturally. The next course was John Dory with sauce and cauliflower. The piece of John Dory was the size of a first class stamp. The cauliflower was not even a floret but a tiny button sized portion of a small floret. Both were delicious but it was such a small portion I couldn't tell what was in it cause I only got such a small serving. But I figured the best was yet to come. Apple smoked Squab with a truffle sauce. Honestly it could have been salted smoked ham with skin on it. Ok, my heart was set on the wagyu beef ($100 supplement). It came and was the size of my index finger. It was fantastic and cooked perfectly but I wanted to enjoy a substantial bite of prime meat unfortunately it was a teaser. My accompanied person had the lamb, again the size of a quarter, and it was salty and did not taste like lamb- meat of some kind but well disguised. They ended the meal with a very pretty display of 6 small dessert offerings which were all excellent- best was the coffee semifreddo. So, not at all what The French Laundry used to be known for as a haute cuisine experience. If you are willing to pay the extremely high cost of this fixe prix meal you are expecting to be served a meal that satisfies your appetite. I have had many 3 star Michelin meals all over the world and this is now ranking towards the bottom of the list of wonderful restaurants. It's a shame.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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