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“memorable lunch, no "molecular"” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The French Laundry

The French Laundry
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Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Yountville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $240
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Creek Street
Geelong
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121 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“memorable lunch, no "molecular"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The FL has slipped down the ratings a little, such as San Pellegrino for instance, but take no notice, it is still one of the great restaurants in the world & thankfully rejects the trend to deconstructive or molecular gastronomy!
Dined in the back room with 7 friends, perfect service & fabulous food. The "oysters & pearls" as described in Keller's first book (1999) remains one of the greatest dishes you could experience.
All dishes were excellent, beautifully presented & wine advice was first class.
You remember the occasion long after the "douleur" of the bill has been forgotten!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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sydney, aus
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135 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Worth every cent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Amazing experience and definitely lived up to the hype. It's expensive but so worth it. If they'd told me they had a table free the following night I would have happily backed up! One of our party is a vegetarian and we were surprised that the vegetarian menu was so incredible. Service was fabulous and unobtrusive. The sommelier made some sensational pairing recommendations. Overall a fabulous experience and one I hope to repeat one day.

Visited November 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in the world?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I'm a huge snob that pretty much finds something to complain about everywhere I go. However, our evening there was perfect in every way. The food was fantastic, the wine selection was amazing, and the service was flawless.
The French Laundry truly lived up to all the hype; it's the best restaurant in the world.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“If you like a good, plain old meal like everybody else this is not for you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Three star Michelin restaurants are rarely for people who want a "plain old meal". The French Laundry is no exception. There is not much plain or old about French Laundry. Rather it is Haute Cuisine at its American best. Service is competent, interested and friendly.
It is not a fancy place, it is not more elegant than many much cheaper and simpler restaurants. The ambiance is low key, it is not to watch paintings, people or celebrities you go here. Its to eat.

It is just as good now as it was two years ago.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“In a league of its own”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

What can you say about on of the top restuarants in the world. The food is amazing, but it is a very special place and not for everyone. For those who do not know you cannot just showup and have diner. You have to start calling 3 months to the day that you want to eat and hope you get through before they sell out. My meal there lasted about 5 hours and was about $400.00 a person with wine.

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