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“Really is the Best!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The French Laundry

The French Laundry
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Ranked #4 of 28 Restaurants in Yountville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $240
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Creek Street
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Really is the Best!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at TFL last evening. The service and food were better then advertised. Really !!! The whole team - from Larry who greeted us, our waiter Robert and the multitude of servers are an absolute pleasure. They are the Best. Don't miss an opportunity to eat at this #1 restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

This is an excellent restaurant to go to if you are in the area. Menu is fixed and you usually get more courses then what is listed. Reservations are very difficult but worth the effort.
One way to get in is to make a reservation for 10 people, but you have to leave a deposit. The reservation can be made up to 1 year in advance.
The hard part is getting 10 people to go with you. Price is above most people's comfort levels.
If you are into fine dining, this is the place to go in Northern California, especially if you are going to visit San Francisco.

  • Visited April 2013
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Beverly Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Course After Course...Rushed Service !!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

We went for my husbands 40th Bday!! They led us upstairs to a room filled with 6 tables. We loved it! Downstairs it appeared to be very close together tables! It was beautiful and elegant dining and the evening was almost Perfect except for the fact they RUSHED us !! We were the first sitting and we were surprised they were giving us course after course .... No time to really enjoy and savor... My husband had to tell the maitre'd twice to slow down the courses!! We were All very surprised they rushed out the courses! We took a break and went downstairs to the garden and hung out chatting and drinking. After 20 minutes our maitre 'd came to bring us upstairs! Then they gave us the rest of the courses which were very good! Our favorite being the Wagyu Japanese steak! So delicious!! ($100 up charge ) They gave my husband a small happy Bday cheesecake which was great too! Our total courses was 14. If they had slowed down the courses we would've enjoyed ourselves more !!

  • Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Just not worth the money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Thia is a lovely place to dine, but it is just not worth the expense. A few dishes were spectacular, and we were treated well by the staff. But the relationship between price and quality is not acceptable to me. It is just too expensive for what you get.

  • Visited August 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Once in a lifetime, or more if you can”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Up to expectations. Loved that the only important choice was wine and whether you wanted vegetarian or not. Loved that if one course wasn't to your taste you could just let them know and they would make a suggestion to change. Loved the impeccable service. Loved the unique veggies. Tiny fairy tale eggplant in a Parmesan creme with tomato. Pearl sized yellow tomatoes in an unbelievable dressing, so good that I don't even remember what else was in the salad. No one really liked the rabbit course, some substituted. Desserts unreal. I've never had a meal like this, well worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
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