Fun spot to have a meal while in the Napa Valley.
A Thomas Keller fresh bistro. Indoor and outdoor seating. Nice bar area. If you can't get in for a meal, eat somewhere else nearby and stop in for dessert and after dinner drinks.Friendly staff, delicious food and all around great atmosphere!
By far the best ham and cheese sandwich- peanut butter
By far the best ham and cheese sandwich- peanut butter cookie my husband loved, we got a few different desserts to try . My family and I also stop by here every time we are in Napa , food is worth the long lines .
I'm so glad we had a chance to enjoy this wonderful
I'm so glad we had a chance to enjoy this wonderful restaurant. The food was amazing and the staff was very friendly.
We made a quick stop here and although, the food was okay-
We made a quick stop here and although, the food was okay- the service is definitely what stood out. Our waitress was kind and attentive. She did her best to make feel satisfied. Ambiance was clean & reminded us of France.
I would not get the steak and fritz again. But the French onion soup was very delicious.
My niece and I had lunch here today.
We live close by and have been dining at Bouchon for the past twenty years but haven't eaten there for the last 3 or so years.It was a sunny day and we were seated outdoors. Our servers were prompt, friendly, and attentive.I ordered the quiche special with a little salad. The quiche was tasty but a little under done for my taste . The salad was very salty. The French onion soup was not as good as I remember it. The taste average, there weren't many onions in it and the broth wasn't the best. My niece loved the mussels but I didn't care for the Dijon and saffron sauce. The pianoforte was good. The bread was still amazing. The desserts were delicious, crème brûlée and hazelnut chocolate chip ice cream. The ambience. Is peaceful and relaxing, nice for tourists and locals.
Bouchon Bistro is a local favorite French bistro and
Bouchon Bistro is a local favorite French bistro and internationally reknown. The fact that I can walk down the street and grab a seat at the bar is just a simple pleasure that I relish. The staff is as professional as they come and most accommodating. They're well versed in all parts of the menu. This time my visiting friend and I opted for the salad with goat cheese and roast chicken which is succulent. And don't forget about the famous EPI bread that is made next door at the bakery. I highly recommend for a casual or a romantic visit. The staff is A-1 professional and many have been there for well over a decade. A Chef Thomas Keller restaurant, please note.
Bouchon restaurant in Yountville, Napa Valley is an
Bouchon restaurant in Yountville, Napa Valley is an absolute gem that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area. From the moment you step inside, you are transported to a cozy, charming bistro in the heart of France. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with a rustic decor that makes you feel right at home.But it's not just the cozy atmosphere that makes Bouchon a must-visit destination - the food is absolutely delicious. From the perfectly cooked steak frites to the heavenly escargots, each dish is a true masterpiece that is expertly crafted with the finest ingredients.But the standout dish, in my opinion, is the confit de canard. This dish is simply incredible - the duck is cooked to perfection and the skin is crispy and flavorful, while the meat is tender and juicy. It's no wonder that this dish is one of Bouchon's most popular menu items - it's truly a culinary masterpiece.The service at Bouchon is also exceptional, with friendly and attentive staff that go out of their way to ensure that your dining experience is nothing short of exceptional. They are always ready to offer recommendations and answer any questions you may have.Overall, I would highly recommend Bouchon restaurant in Yountville, Napa Valley to anyone looking for a cozy and delicious dining experience. Whether you're in the mood for a classic French dish or something new and innovative, Bouchon has something for everyone. And of course, don't forget to try the confit de canard - it's truly the best I've ever had!
We were in Yountville for 2 days and had reservations at
We were in Yountville for 2 days and had reservations at Bouchon for dinner right when we got into town...it was such a lovely meal that we did a walk-in the next day for lunch. The bread and butter is perfection in its simplicity. The braised brisket dish with potato purée was velvety and luscious - we couldn't resist having it for both meals. The oysters were so incredibly fresh and the wine offerings were excellent. The atmosphere was quite lively and seating was a bit tight - but, understandably so. Can't wait to visit again!
My girls and I were walking around Yountville figuring out
My girls and I were walking around Yountville figuring out where to eat and Bouchon Bistro did not disappoint! Absolutely loved the look of this restaurant. It could be a bit crowded with the tables sitting so close to each other, but it wasn't a problem with us. We were given complimentary bread made from their bakery and pistachios on the side. Their bread was warm and fresh with light fluffy butter. I ordered the Tartare de Boeuf which I heavenly enjoyed. I enjoyed how they added the pickle and radish. I'd say it added more of a tang to compliment the tartare. Tasted the Saumon Poele and Croque Madame and I'll say that the Croque Madame was everything you could ask for in a ham sandwich. It also came with half a plate of fries! In my opinion, I think the Saumon Poele could have been seasoned more generously, especially partnered with the lentils, I'd think it could have used a bit more flavor. Not pictured is the Lillet + Lime cocktail. It was a refreshing citrus drink. Overall, I was pleased with the staff, atmosphere, and of course the food.
Dear Chef Keller,I would like to tell you about our
1/5 by L S.
Dear Chef Keller,I would like to tell you about our dining experience this past Feb. 5 at the restaurant Bouchon. It was my birthday, and we were looking forward to a celebratory meal at your highly-rated restaurant. Unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed, not only by the service but the quality of the food. To start, I was served an extremely salty salad, followed by my main course - an even salter brisket dish. Please know that I rarely complain about restaurant food, but I could not eat this dish. From here - our waiter returned and said, "they would be willing to replace it with a steak." Guess what? The steak was salty too, but much more expensive than my original dish.Isn't it the server's responsibility to let you know if there's a considerable upcharge on a change for your meal?However, what transpired next was the most upsetting part of our experience at Bouchon. Somewhere in the middle of the meal, we told our server that he had forgotten my appetizer. Acting very upset, he said that he would make it up to us and "set us up with a wine tasting." This sounded very much like he wanted to comp us for his mistake, but when the bill came, we saw he charged us $120 for the wine! If a server tells you he will make something up to you, isn't it dishonest to charge the customer?After everything was said and done, I found your server's deception during our meal most upsetting. My husband and I have traveled the world and eaten in countless restaurants. Restaurant Bouchon will stand out in our memory - but unfortunately, not for a good reason.
Shawna was so sweet and thoughtful.
It was really top notch service. The champagne and pnw oysters were phenomenal. Great energetic vibe, would love to come back. Really exceptional service and food! I'll day dream about this till I return.
This was our highlight of our Napa weekend! Started the
This was our highlight of our Napa weekend! Started the night with a couple of "Fireside Chat" cocktails which is very close to an Old Fashion with a sweeter twist, which is perfect for my wife. She really enjoyed it. We had a late night reservation and the place was packed but they were able to get us in a little early: 8:30 PM instead of 9:00 PM. First of all, the service is amazing. Our bartenders were so fantastic and it only got better as the night went on. Bsapp, our waiter was so great with suggestions and friendly, he really wanted to make this a memorable night for us; and it was. He suggested the crispy pig ears and they were so good. We took a couple home because we had so much food and he said they would be better the next morning; he was not lying!!! I had the onion soup, which is a favorite of mine and as expected, it was perfect. My wife had the brisket and she was so happy with her choice. I had the mussels and fries, what a huge portion and the buttery sauce was so good. My wife had me taste her mashed potatoes with truffles and wow, amazing. Just amazing!I really want to thank Bsapp for making our night so memorable!!!!
Excellent service and food
Our group of 6 had dinner at Bouchon in late February. Our server Rebecca was attentive without being invasive.She engaged in conversation and provided excellent wine recommendations to accompany our food selections. We sampled so many appetizers - escargots, pigs ears, onion soup, oysters on the half shell. All were delicious. The entrees of beef (chuck roast), duck, steak frites and cod were as well. This restaurant packs them in so you will not be in a quiet, intimate atmosphere. We were aware of this upon making the reservation and others should be as well. The price per person was generally $120 - $150 which included at least 2 glasses of wine for each of us. We all agreed, this meal was the gastronomical highlight of our 4 days in Napa.
Very good Bistro but Michelin?
4/5 by Jan V
Honestly, we would have left if there were other restaurants open and close by. The restaurant was extremely loud, packed and people were seated so close to each other. The staff was very friendly, and we were seated close to another table. Our pate champagne was one of the best I have had in many years. The main dishes among them the steak frites and crab cakes were good, however, dishes that were to be compared to less star's restaurants. Just very good bistro fare. I can imagine they would do very well as well without the Michelin star.
Incredible food , service, atmosphere, and experience. Everything is top of the line and the specials are extraordinary. Get the steak frites, onion soup, croque madame, any soup. Do lunch and breakfast too. Reservations a must. Bakery disappointing because not many choices. Bread (especially the “épi” is fabulous. Don’t miss this place.
The food was salty. You will need a knife to eat the French onion soup. The restaurant has become louder (unlike restaurants in France).
Wonderful Food but Excessively Loud and Crowded
Overall, Bouchon was a good dinner. We had Oysters, Salmon Tartare, Gnudi with White Alba Truffles, Gnocchi with winter veggies and Lamb with brown butter flageolet beans. The Oysters were fresh so we enjoyed these as always. The Salmon tartare was surrounded by a mixture of crumbled hard boiled eggs, capers and chives which fell a little flat for us - when eaten by itself, it seemed under seasoned and fairly bland and when mixed with the salmon, it wasn't really additive and just felt like filler and to detract from the fact that the layer of salmon was fairly thin. The Gnudi was fantastic - it melted in your mouth and highlighted the white alba truffles beautifully. The gnocchi was also very good - I forget what our waitress said but it was not typical gnocchi. I want to say that it was ricotta and not potato so it was little softer than typical gnocchi and the panseared finish paired with the crispy kale and butternut squash gave a great mixture of crispy, soft and crunchy textures. The butternut squash also brightened the flavor and visual appeal dish. The Lamb was cooked perfectly and the beans with the lamb au jus was melt in your mouth creamy - a wonderful dish. Minus the salmon tartare, the food was wonderful. The servers were very nice but it was very loud and quite cramped. We were sitting so close to the other tables, it was hard to not over hear them and we ended up having conversations with the table next to us. When my husband and I go to a nice dinner, we typically like to be able to enjoy each other and have a conversation without shouting at each other. So, while the food was wonderful, the subtraction of the star is due to the ambiance and atmosphere.
A lovely French style restaurant. Plenty of parking. We had a carafe of house wine which was perfect. The French onion soup was everything you’d want it to be. I had the beef special which was perfect. A really wonderful place.
While staying in the area, visiting various vineyards, we made reservations to visit Bouchon for lunch on a weekday, at lunchtime and the place was PACKED when we got there (so be sure to make reservations!). But, we were quickly greeted and seated and our server was prompt in taking care of us, telling us the specials and bringing us water. The venue is beautifully decorated! Looks like a French café and offers a raw bar at the bar. There’s outdoor and indoor seating, but it’s suggested to sit inside and take in the beauty! The menu is very nicely done… Many nice French entrées, salads, soups, etc. The items we ordered were very nicely done and came out in reasonable time. Definitely a nice place to enjoy a glass of wine with lunch and the company you’re with! Service, atmosphere, and food were all great! Highly recommend stopping in!
This restaurant I’m sure owes its popularity solely to the reputation of the French Laundry. Unable to score a reservation there, we opted to book at Bouchon. Firstly, upon arriving for our 5.30 booking, the noise! Dear Lord, the noise! However, we took this as a positive and reflective of its popularity. Next, we were taken to our table. The table had to be pulled out to be seated, as it was so close to its’ neighbours. My seat was the space between the 2 cushions. There was a 2 inch gap! Thankfully, there was an alternative table available when I complained I was uncomfortable. There is nothing worse though, than having to complain before you’ve even ordered. Our departed table was soon filled by another couple who must have accepted the poor seating. Next the bread. Lovely, warm, pretty bread. But no plate or knife. Just rip it apart, crumbs all over the paper table covering and away you go. We opted for the Grand Plateau, a tiered seafood dish consisting of lobster, oysters etc. unfortunately, so small was the table, the dish could not be accommodated comfortably. This resulted in it being elevated to 3 tiers. At this point, I was unable to see my dinner companion. We had to focus on clearing the top tier just so we could continue our date. We followed this up with steak tartare. It was served with bread so burned I had to ask to have it removed from my plate as the smell was overwhelming. The tartare itself was unseasoned and lacked the classic egg yolk. Service was good right up until we received the check. At this time, I’m spite of us having half a bottle of wine left, we did not see our server again. We retrieved our wine from its cooler (it couldn’t be on or near to our table due to the cramped conditions) and finished it off ourselves. Overall, disappointing. Would I return? Absolutely not. Would I recommend to friends? Also no!
Amazing food and atmosphere
Best steak I've ever had. The anisotropic was warm and comfortable. Definitely would recommend if you're in the Napa area!
Love this restaurant! Very nice.
5/5 by V E.
Great food, beautiful decor, and fantastic service!
Their food is always good and consistent.
I usually go to the one in Vegas and this was my first time visiting this location. My only complaint was that the tables were so close to each other so you have absolutely no privacy. Besides that you'll enjoy the food, service and overall ambiance.
Had our anniversary dinner here as there was a lot of hype about it being a Thomas Keller restaurant. The place was full. Reservations are advised. Arrived on time but our table was not ready as the previous seating decided to have dessert. These things happen. The lovely hostess gave us the option to wait or take the table that was available. We can’t fault the service at all. I did expect a luxurious environment and ambiance - It’s not that at all. It’s just a popular restaurant because it’s a celebrity chef’s place. There is no dress code. It had a come-as-you-are vibe. Food was good, service was great.
Our 36th wedding anniversary was spent at Bouchon in
Our 36th wedding anniversary was spent at Bouchon in Yountville. The food was extraordinary and the service divine. Rebecca was amazing and made our day feel very special.
Didn't have any reservations but the hostess was kind to
Didn't have any reservations but the hostess was kind to inform us that the bar was opened and so we took it. The service was fast and friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed all my small plates and the wine. Will be back to do an actual dinner. Thank you!
Perhaps we were at a different restaurant than some of the other reviewers, but our dinner was outstanding! We too have dined at some of the finest restaurants in the world and we would go back to Bouchon in a heartbeat. Welcomed graciously and comfortably seated, we found the staff the staff to most attentive. For starters/first course, we wanted to try a bunch of things, as we like to do, and were impressed with them all. We had the raw oysters, rillettes of salmon, escargots, deviled eggs, and their salad special, the stone fruit salad. I am very particular about escargots and they nailed it. It was cooked beautifully and perfectly flavored. For our main courses, we had the mussels, chicken, and Steak Bouchon. Everyone loved their mains and I am very fussy about my steak. The temperature of the meat was exactly to my requested medium rare and it was so perfectly seasoned that I ate most of it without the bearnaise sauce - I did some pommes frites dipping in the bearnaise! We shared the creme brulee and some ice cream for desert topped it all off with cappuccinos.
Happy to add another glowing review to the thousands of
Happy to add another glowing review to the thousands of raves for this classic French bistro! Managed to get bar seats by walking in at 6:30 on a Monday night. My friend (who works for local winery Alpha Omega) brought a fantastic 2014 Cab -- yes, Bouchon allows BYO (with Corkage fee most nights, but not Mondays. Shhhh! ) , so we both ordered the Steak Frites. A perfect pairing! But here's something new: Our bartender, who has worked in all facets of Thomas Keller's restaurants for the last 20 years, recommended we get it medium or higher. Sacrilege! I thought. I always order medium-rare or lower. But no. With a shoulder cut (which is traditional French for the classic steak frites) the slightly higher temperature breaks down the sinuous fat content and results in a more-tender/less-chewy dining experience. It's the only way the chef eats it himself. Well, guess what? He was right! I love learning new things after a half-century of dining on this earth. He also recommended we sub one of our frites with a vegetable (we got the spinach) since one plate would likely be enough for two--and again, he was right. We topped things off with a creme brûlée and left feeling enlightened, as one should after dining in this very special little bistro in the middle of wine-lover's paradise.
We stopped for lunch on a Monday about a half hour after they opened. We didn’t have a reservation since we had stopped on a whim, but were able to take a seat at the bar. The food was great, as was the ambiance and service. The gnocchi was not the typical fluffy Italian style but a crisp, light French take with seasonal veggies, the mixed greens with goat cheese salad had the best goat cheese I think we’ve ever tasted, a couple croque madames, truffle fries, and ordered a “Paris between the wars” cocktail after seeing the bartender make several of them. He was patient and humored our questions about the drink as well as being knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Great service, great lunch. Went next door to the bakery to pick up treats for the drive home.
Awesome food. Good service. Expensive wine so bring a bottle from your favorite visit that day and pay the $35 corkage fee.
Came by for a birthday dinner, and was happy with my
Came by for a birthday dinner, and was happy with my experience. I had never visited Napa so I thought it would be a great idea to stop by on the way for dinner. My boyfriend and I made reservations ahead of time for dinner on a Friday night, and it was quite busy, so I'm glad we made reservations ahead of time. The service was pretty good and the servers were super attentive and nice. They brought bread and butter as well as pistachios after we ordered, and the bread was warm and fresh, and extremely soft with just the right amount of crunch on the crust. We ordered the steak frites as well as the daily special of fish. The steak frites portion was huge, and the butter compound that came on top of the steak was to die for. The daily special of fish came in a super buttery and rich sauce with lots of seasonal veggies on top. Both dishes were really good, but I definitely got a little tired of it after a while since both of them were quite rich. I would definitely recommend coming if you wanted to celebrate a special occasion. Parking was pretty easy on the street in the surrounding area.
This place never disappoints - although as mentioned in
This place never disappoints - although as mentioned in other posts - it's not inexpensive. We started with the deviled eggs (4 halves per order), very tasty, the soup (chilled corn) - the flavor of the corn and creaminess of the soup were outstanding, and we split the tomato salad - with super fresh heirloom tomatoes and green beans were really good. Main courses we had the pasta with lots of fresh shave truffles, and the Niçoise salad. Both were very good and good portions.
I love this restaurant, we had an amazing experience here,
I love this restaurant, we had an amazing experience here, wine, food, ambiance , service - all of it was amazing!
I tried this one some 5 years ago during my 1st trip to
I tried this one some 5 years ago during my 1st trip to Napa and gratefully found it is still there.Love its bread next to the door, it's red (or pink) style, and the outdoor seating. They have a small parking lot round the corner or you can park across the street. There seems to be a shopping center.Along the street, there are also other restaurants, seems fine and elegant.The steak we had is the best among all the meals in the trip according to my husband. Well I myself is more absorbed in the joy to meet it again.You may want to try it if you like French style. We did not order wine so no comments.
party of 8, engagement party, all was amazing. Highly recommend making room for dessert, too. many places not worth the hype, this is worth the hype
Bastille Day Celebration was a great time to come
A fun day. Lunch in the restaurant. We ordered the heirloom tomato salad, the french onion soup and split the steak and fries main. The food cane out piping hot. The flavors were awesome. We then wandered over to the annual Bastille Day celebration under the tent and enjoyed Bouchon's world famous macaroons in festive colors. Great day!
We had an incredible dinner at Bouchon and are still dreaming about it. I will say for all the lovely entrance and gilded facade, the seating is EXTREMELY tight and the restaurant is very loud. I was squeezed into the banquette and was elbow to elbow with the tables on either side of us. It felt like we were eating family style and it only got comfortable once we all met each other and began chatting. O.k...now to the most AMAZING food experience. The wine list leans French but we had a wonderful Chardonnay to pair with our meal. Bread and butter, top notch. The French Onion soup and escargot were the very BEST we have ever had. Many times these dishes are over salted yet these had just enough to season. The chicken dish we shared had a delicious sauce and presentation. They were happy to split the entree onto two plates. The creme brûlée was also amazing. Dining at a restaurant like this is a once in a lifetime experience for many. It was worth it!!
The food wasn't good. They seatings were so tight, we were less than arm distance to the next table. They had to pull out the table to seat us. There was no AC, and there were flies at our table!
Everything is excellent here : food, service, specials, presentation, friendliness. You can’t go wrong with anything. Soups are velvety, steak frites amazing, croque-madame incredible, bread fantastic, desserts great. It is crowded, noise level is high and the tables are close together. Certainly pricey but worth every penny. Reservations a must. Bakery next door is good but sparse offerings. Looks just like a French bistro. We ate there as often as we could when in Yountville. Thomas Keller knows what he is doing.
Very French Restaurant with Popular Adjoining Bakery
Stopped for lunch that featured very fresh, local breads, meats and produce. The French bread is delicious. I started with chilled carrot soup that was spectacular. My daughter enjoyed a nice flatiron steak while I had the traditional white sausage. The side of fresh peas rounded out the wonderful meal. Attentive staff.
Slow and tardy service which is unforgivable given its reputation
We celebrated a special birthday here for lunch. We especially chose Bouchon because we had dined here before and enjoyed our time here immensely. Unfortunately, the 2nd time was not the charm. We had to ask the staff twice for our dishes to be removed and for our glasses refilled. The attention to detail was missing and when the restaurant is only half full, this is just not acceptable. On a more positive note, the food was very good but it means little when you are sitting at the table waiting for over 10 mins for your plates to be cleared before asking someone to clear your table. Twice.
Superb - everything you could possibly ask for
This is as genuine a high end French Brasserie as you will find in Paris. Brass rails with etched and frosted glass and all! How they lost their Michelin Star during Covid is beyond me!
We were walking around Yountville and spotted it. We had previously tried to book a table for dinner but it was full. We decided to take a chance. We walked in and asked it they might have a table. The host was very polite and helpful, and found us a table for two in the bar area. The rest is history.
The waiter was excellent. The food was excellent. The wine by the glass choices were perfectly paired with the meals.
The overall experience was like being in France while being able to speak English and since they serve an "all day menu" we were able to have the same meal that we might have ordered at dinner! What could be better!
First time dining at this Thomas Keller brasserie since
First time dining at this Thomas Keller brasserie since start of pandemic. Had a reservation for an early dinner at 4:00 PM. We were running late because of heavy traffic on Highway 29 so tried to call to advise we would be about 15 minutes late. First 4 times, we dialed, phone rang and rang until it clicked off. 5th time a person answered. We were seated as soon as we arrived. Restaurant was busy and tables were spaced to allow maximum number of diners. The food was good, not great and very slow to come from kitchen. My wife was very happy with her Salade Maraichere au Chevre Chaud although she thought they could have been more generous with goat cheese. I was disappointed with my Salade Lyonnaise. Not enough frisee in the blend of salad so the warm vinaigrette wilted everything. The salad holds up when there is a majority of frisee. Also the Poulet Roti was dry, not juicy at all burned. Shirley was very happy with her Idaho trout with artichokes barigoule and we both enjoyed the side dish of fresh English peas and our dessert of profiteroles.