We were lucky enough to get a waitlist reservation at the
We were lucky enough to get a waitlist reservation at the last moment to TFL, and it fell on our anniversary, so my husband and I decided to splurge. We're picky when it comes to food--doesn't matter if it's haute cuisine or home-cooking served at a mom-and-pop restaurant, the food has to actually taste good--and we were a bit wary about the hype. Luckily, we needn't have worried. We had a wonderful experience! Service: Top-notch and not in a stuffy, pretentious way. The staff were friendly, enthusiastic, and worked seamlessly as a team. Lots of small touches throughout the night--e.g., when you leave the table, they take your used napkin, replace it with new one perfectly fanned on the table--done unobtrusively and in a way that makes you feel looked after. We had pleasant interactions with ALL the staff, which is amazing given how many folks there are. Everyone knew what they were doing, described the dishes wonderfully, answered our questions, and made us feel welcomed and celebrated on our special occasion. One waiter even joined in on our analysis of the latest Mandalorian episode, which was lovely :-)Ambiance: Not quite what we expected, but in a good way. When we approached the restaurant, we were surprised to hear "Don't You" from The Breakfast Club playing (we were like...is that coming from the TFL lol)? The music choices continued with a mix of 80's, 90's and even earlier classics that created a wonderful sense of nostalgia for my husband and I. According to one of the staff, this was an intentional decision to make 3-star Michelin dining approachable, and I personally applaud this decision. The restaurant itself is nice, with a pretty garden. I would say the interior seemed a bit dated, but well maintained. Weirdly, there seems to be only street parking, but this was not an issue for us as we walked from our hotel.Finally...the Food: A delicious haute-cuisine take on comfort food and nostalgic everyday dishes. For those who say TFL isn't cutting edge in terms of inventiveness, I would agree...but then again, I don't think it's trying to be. I read somewhere that Chef Keller's intention for his food is to bring happiness, and he certainly accomplished his goal with us.Out of 5 stars, I'd give everything 4-5. Presentation was beautiful, flavors were interesting and creative but never over-the-top or trying too hard. Standouts for me were the "peas and carrots" (halibut with peas); quail with the cutest little hidden quail egg; oysters and pearls (this from someone who doesn't even like oysters or caviar lol); and oh my god, the desserts. So many and so good! I was completely stuffed by this time and still somehow managed to eat a donut, Irish coffee ice cream, and a delectable chocolate-and-banana confection. Things that I enjoyed less were the cheese and cracker amuse bouche and the final cheese course (this may just be my subjective dislike of the cheese flavors). Oh, and the delicious "corned beef" course had a pierogi that wasn't very good in my opinion (but I grew up eating amazing Ukrainian food). Given how many courses there were--10? 12? we lost track--the stumbles were few in far between. Overall, the food was delicious, pleasing to all the senses, and worthy of its reputation. Overall Experience: We didn't finish our meal until nearly 11:00 pm (started at 7:30!), yet we didn't notice the time pass at all. That was how much we enjoyed ourselves. To top it off, we were presented with an amazing gift bag FULL of goodies (a box of their gorgeous chocolates, shortbread cookie tins, signed menus, etc.), and one of the wonderful staff members offered us a tour of the kitchen where we chatted with one of the chefs and they took our picture. The whole experience was top-notch, from beginning to end, and well worth even the considerable price tag. Thank you TFL for such an amazing evening. We will be back.
Beyond the beyond in every way! Exceptional food, service
Beyond the beyond in every way! Exceptional food, service and ambiance! Each taste was exquisite and beautifully presented. The wine pairings were perfect. We couldn't have had a more perfect evening!
Aloha, if you're a foodie, TLF is a must.
Really. The service is impeccable, the food and wine pairing is superb and the ambiance is amazing. Probably the best restaurant in America. If it's your birthday even the menu is catered to the individuals with your name on the top, nice touch. Every dish and wine pairing is amazing so perfect. I can't even elaborate as no justice would describe such perfection. And you come home with goodies too. 2 tins of shortbread cookies, a tray of chocolate truffles and a folder with your menu. Wow. Please see pictures it really taste better than it looks. Enjoy and be prepared to spend a lot!
It's strange to think about leaving anything but 5 stars
It's strange to think about leaving anything but 5 stars for such a legendary place. But I sent my dietary restrictions in advance and it felt like they were just improvising with the most expensive meal I have ever eaten in my life. I thought such a high end place would have planned a menu around my dietary restrictions, but instead it felt like I just kind of got this and that thrown together, even with the desserts which would have been easy to accommodate had they tried and planned ahead of time. They also seem to have misunderstood my restrictions and didn't send some things out that I could have eaten. Bummer for sure and I don't think I would return if I had the chance. It just didn't meet my expectations and they weren't that high. Just a lovely meal that I could eat, just like everyone else at my table. Also, my table was offered a piece of chocolate but not one of each to take home like they have done in the past from what I understand. We weren't offered a tour of the grounds or the kitchen either. No picture taken of us out front, no offer of it either. Again, for the price, we would have liked what others have experienced before us.I want to mention that the head somm was excellent and attentive. The servers were polite and helpful as well. It was a busy night but everything looked like it was running smoothly. Beautiful venue and mood lighting was a nice touch.
Not much I can say about this place that hasn't already
Not much I can say about this place that hasn't already been said, but I do feel there is some value in the opinion of a guy who ordered Dominos Pizza over 50 times in one year.First let me say I walked in a bit reserved a bit intimidated, obviously this is a legendary place so I fully expected to feel like I didn't belong. Let me say though that I could not be more wrong!I felt EXTREMELY welcomed since my first step in. Right away we were given some champagne and chatted up. Chef Keller himself walked up to us and chatted with us, later on he even gave us a tour of the kitchens!Next the food was fantastic, we were here for a special collab between French Laundry and Paris's La Tour d'Argent and it was a lot of fun! I enjoyed how they each took turns presenting us their dishes. In the end I think I preferred the food from French Laundry best.The dishes were extremely unique and interesting and not something I have had before. I think for me the goat milk ice cream took me by surprise the most! Anyway at the end they gave us all these chocolates, I took as many as my pride would allow and then some!
It feels silly trying to find words to describe this
It feels silly trying to find words to describe this unforgettable experience. Without question, this was the most extraordinary meal of our lives. The French Laundry is perfection. Every culinary offering was flawless. The food was met by an enchanting ambience, unbelievably stunning service, and a world-class wine program. The most beautiful lifelong memory was created by Chef Thomas Keller and his brilliant team - and, we couldn't be more appreciative.
This is well-known 3-star Michelin restaurant that you must
This is well-known 3-star Michelin restaurant that you must try at least once in your lifetime if you enjoy fine dining.After dining at a handful at this point, I will say that I felt that the food was exquisite, but there was some elements lacking in the service.PARKING: We came here on a Saturday at 7:45pm on a particularly stormy evening. To our dismay there was no valet parking or parking lot available. Dressed in nice attire and heels, we had to find street parking and run across the rather gravel-textured street. A call to inform your customers of your inconvenient parking situation should be a minimum courtesy.UMBRELLA/COAT CHECK: We were told to put our umbrellas on a rack, no tagging service, and as expected, ours was (mistakenly) taken by someone else. I'm glad that although they offered coat check-in we declined and avoided further mishap.LIGHTING: Ambiance was formal-romantic, but the lighting was lacking. We had one candle in the center of a table of 6. With no additional lighting overhead, I was unable to fully appreciate the colors and presentation of my food. You can see how dark it was from my (unedited) pictures.FOOD: Every dish was a delicate medley of flavors, colors, textures, and aromas. I was impressed by the vegetarian tasting menu (you won't find this at all places). For some of the dishes, they kept it looking true to the non-vegetarian equivalent dish - the plant-based caviar was beautiful and delicious. I enjoyed the use of less common spices - cumin, paprika - and appreciated some elements of Indian and Mediterranean influence (lentil and hummus). I was happy that I chose the black truffle risotto. They were generous on the truffle shavings, which they add for you right at the table.SERVERS: Some were experienced and some were clearly not. I had the vegetarian tasting and everyone else had the non-vegetarian. Often the servers had to be reminded to tell me what mine consisted of. One dropped a fork at my husband's feet and didn't bother to pick it up. Napkins were taken away and not replaced. At a high-end restaurant it must be more polished.SPECIAL OCCASION: We were not asked if we were here celebrating a special occasion. This is the only Michelin place I've dined at that does not bother with this.DESSERT: We were each given 6-7 desserts all at once in a "grand finale" type manner. (I noticed the tables seated earlier were given a couple at a time, perhaps because our reservation was at 7:45pm and they wanted to go home?) But for how much you pay, that's unacceptable. Two of the six were melting and turning into a soup.TEA: DO try the tea menu. They have teas from all over the world! I had a cherry raisin year and it was memorable. I almost wish they had a afternoon tea tasting.RESERVATIONS: It took us 2 years of trying to get a reservation for a party of 6. All in all, fun experience, was nice to try out once, but I don't see us rushing to come back here.
Securing a reservation for The French Laundry is not
4/5 by Ju L.
Securing a reservation for The French Laundry is not impossible. You just have to make sure you book 2 months out and get on Tock at 10am sharp on the 1st day of every odd numbered month. You will get first of your pick but if you waver and take too long to checkout, your reservation might be gone.I hate to say this but we were disappointed with The French Laundry. On this night, we waited ~20 minutes before being seated even with a reservation. The fall tasting menu was unimpressive and the food was overly salted. The food was not terrible, but it was not on the level it should be. Normally between courses, waiters would come around with their crumb cleaners and sweep the tablecloth, but strangely not at The French Laundry. The coolest part of dinner though was meeting Thomas Keller himself. He caught us gawking at him from afar and actually came over and said hi. Then offered to give us a tour of the kitchen. He was super nice and even posed for pictures with us.
French Laundry is a dining experience unlike any other.
This restaurant is legendary, known for its exceptional cuisine, impeccable service, and stunning atmosphere. From start to finish, the dining experience at French Laundry is a journey of flavors, textures, and sensations that will leave you in awe.The menu is a true work of art. Each dish is meticulously crafted and beautifully presented, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and creative flavor combinations. The tasting menu allows you to experience the full range of the chef's expertise and creativity. Each dish is like a symphony of flavors, with each element perfectly complementing the others.The French Laundry is considered one of the best fine dining experiences in the country, offering an exceptional dining experience. It is expensive but worth the price for foodies willing to splurge or those who appreciate fine dining. Definitely a special occasion restaurant for me. For the average diner, there are better value options available.
Big Machines/Credit Cards Accepted
This laundromat has big commercial machines and takes credit cards. Easy to get to right across from Walmart.
Ambiance:Warm, elegant yet tempered.
Quite and intimate. Food: 3 Michelin star perfect. So many tastes and mind numbing culinary stimulation. It is a food opera, with 7 scenes to contemplate. There is no point in describing the dishes, because that is not the complete experience. Service: The best I have ever experienced any where, any time, for any thing. Crisp, abundant, personal, almost limitless. They have spent as much time cultivating wait staff as they have food, and educating them. You don't go to The French Laundry to eat. You go to The French Laundry to feel special, to raise the bar as to what the best of anything should be. For that it was worth the money. Ok, my one criticism, beverage service. They need a cocktail service, menu and mixologist to match the rest. Also, the $390 per person, starting price for wine pairing is unapproachable, and a little silly. I cracked myself up got stressed and had a beer.
A flawless symphony of fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients meticulously prepared and designed to delight the eyes as well as the pallet. The FL is a beautiful historic building surrounded by a beautiful patio; you should take time before or after your 3 hour dining experience to appreciate the grounds, the intricacies of the architecture, and the gardens across the street which must be visited. The FL is spotless throughout; even the bathrooms are renovated and constantly kept immaculate. The invitation to visit the new kitchen should not be missed so you can get a glimpse of the tenacious dedication of the staff working to execute the culinary delights. The dining adventure is highlighted by the friendly and accommodating staff as well as the well timed presentation of the dishes, well orchestrated with the utmost detail and without pretentiousness. Others have also reviewed the dishes which were truly delectable, in our opinion; but you can clearly conclude that it is the quality of the ingredients originating from fastidiously chosen suppliers, the talent of the chefs, the conscientiousness of the staff, and the dining experience that they flawlessly deliver that make their 3 Michelin stars well deserved. Because this was my birthday, they also graciously prepared a beautiful layered cake accompanied by a festive sparkling candle and sent us home with a chef signed personalized copy of the menu, fresh shortbread cookies and K and M chocolate, which was a very gracious send off after a memorable adventure.
Like myself The French Laundry has changed a lot since February 17th 2009, a landmark meal from Cory Lee and Thomas Keller then costing roughly 40-hours of pay while solidifying an interest in dining that has only continued to grow. Now with more seats, more light, an extra thousand feet in the kitchen and even music America’s foremost fine dining institution is currently guided by Chef David Breeden while GM Michael Minnillo continues to lead a service team second to none. Still accessed by the famous blue door and a small foyer, the same two-top as prior waiting with a clothespin and tri-folded napkin, dinner began with Champagne and Canapes including the Salmon Coronet followed by silky Cauliflower Soup. Seated with the words “Have fun,” a phrase one may not usually associate with a Michelin 3* Restaurant, the night continued with a quartet of Seafood before the Mother of Pearl spoon accompanying timeless “Oysters and Pearls.” Selecting Riesling to pair with lighter courses, a topped-Egg with Truffles then bold Blood Sausage alongside Falafel, the night’s Lobster came as a Cake brightened by Citrus before “Bread and Butter” in the supplemental form of housemade Kugelhopf beneath a Parmesan Tuile liberally covered by shavings of a baseball-sized White Truffle. Barolo from the Italian Truffles onward, Pork “Pate” never so refined and Duck with crackling Skin each an exercise in precision, A5 Wagyu carries with it a premium price matched by its sourcing alongside Beef Fat Toast and Wagyu Kielbasa. Using yesteryear’s Gougere as a Cheese course, then the Bocuse-fashion flood of Desserts highlighted by Maple Ice Cream plus “Coffee and Donuts,” it is alongside the bill that Mignardises arrive in excess along with a copy of the menu and Shortbread Cookies for later. Beginning to end a remarkable meal The French Laundry remains America’s definition of excellence and in an era where the destination Restaurant “arms race” evolved to include social messages, science and cultural preservation, Chef Keller’s vision remains rooted in luxury with premium Ingredients used liberally, each bite precise and complex while staff encourages guests to have fun.
It is hard to believe that such excellence and care can produce such fresh, creative cuisine year after year. Our last visit was pre-pandemic. Thankfully, TFL not only survived, but has thrived. The Chef de Cuisine, David Breeden, carries out Chef Thomas Keller’s visions so well. We were treated to some standards revisited (oysters and pearls, a cornet variation on bagels and lox, and a dessert array that never disappoints). Just picked veggies from their extensive garden accompanied most of our dishes - a delight, since I had walked through the garden shortly before service. And was amazed at the variety. Though the entire meal was spectacular, particular raves go to the Pekin Duck and the Snake River Farms’ beef. Once again, a wonderful experience nearly impossible to replicate - and they keep doing it over and over again. Bravo to the entire staff!
5/5 by Annie
...and worth every penny! Our party of 4 enjoyed dinner in the courtyard and it could not have been more perfect. The menu offered an amazing display of courses, all perfectly plated and served. Staff was friendly and gracious - Phillip was our host, Aaron helped with our wine pairing. Each course was served timely and Phillip was nearby to keep those glasses from being empty! Highly recommend the experience, would definitely return. The courtyard would be my preference again if weather permits. Perfection!
Bought an 'experience,' at £800, for my sons 50th in August. You can only book on the first of every month as they release dates. They haven't been able to book as all gone when you ger through even though constant dialling. I think there is something suspect going on. Wasted up to now.
The food was mediocre, but the wine was great. I booked The French Laundry for my husband’s birthday, and was disappointed. We had the chef’s tasting menu on 10/3/22, and it was beautifully plated, but the food was only ok. The ambiance was also not what I expected, as I felt we were shoved into a corner in a back alcove. It felt cramped and warm. My husband upgraded to the wagyu steak (which he enjoyed), and I got the lamb. I did not realize that it came dressed in curry, which I hate, and didn’t take a single bite. I was surprised that the woman who cleared my plate didn’t notice or ask why it was uneaten. I double checked that menu we had looked at earlier did not call out the curry. In addition to the food being mediocre, I was extremely surprised that the table next to us had a sparkler and cake for a birthday, but no one even acknowledged my husband’s birthday (despite me having put it in the reservation and mentioned it once we were seated). Overall this was a very disappointing experience for $1,500. I would not go back.
Highly recommend stopping by. All my friends love The French Laundry Yountville
If I could rate zero stars, I would. This overpriced dinosaur is a tourist trap with unfriendly service, pretentious food from a generation ago, and a poorly executed shuffle of untrained children. I could not wait to leave. They offered us a kitchen tour, like that is some grand exclamation point, we passed. Save your money and go to Single Thread Farm. The French Laundry is in great decline. If this is a great restaurant, then American dining should be the laughing stock of the world. What an embarrassment
DON'T GO TO THE TOURIST TRAP FRENCH LAUNDRY
The food is horrible, the pairing is worse. This is a tourist trap. You may spend about $1k for one dinner and you will be sorry. I come from the historic landmark restaurants of Wall St, I know. Don't get ripped off. Go to Silverado or Meadowood instead.
It was an unforgettable experience.
They gave us a tour of their kitchen, wine room which lead us to our board room. Food quality and presentation was amazing. Meeting chef Keller was icing on the cake.
Would love to visit this place again.
Everything was great. The excellent team Work of professionals at every step and every moment. Thanks a lot for delicious food and wonderful atmosphere.
My friend invited me to dinner to celebrate her 60th
My friend invited me to dinner to celebrate her 60th birthday. She was able to get an reservation for 7/31/2022 for the first seating at 4:00 p.m.I've eaten at Per Se in NY, so I was looking forward to the experience at French Laundry. We arrived early and once the curtains to the outdoor area were drawn, we could proceed to the front door. We took our requisite photos in from the the French Laundry sign and was welcome to come inside to be seated. We were seated in the main dining room. It appeared seating was staggered so as not to bring all in at once which made the experience much nicer. The meal was a dream. The menu was personalized for my friend's birthday. Each dish was amazing -- so wonderfully presented, delicious -- a work of art. We were very full by the time the last dishes arrived. I was trying to eat slowly to savor each bite that was so lovingly prepared by chefs. Service was impeccable. My friend's birthday was recognized by a long rectangular cake and a huge sparkler candle! As it turned out, we received slices of the cake to be eaten with the other desserts. We were so full, we took most of our desserts home.My friend was having a milestone birthday and was presented with a specially personalize bottle of champagne! It was so nice of French Laundry and was extremely touching for my friend. Our bag home also included tins of shortbread. We requested a tour of the kitchen and was graced with one when we were done with dinner. The Michellin stars were proudly displayed in the beautiful venue where the most wonderful dishes were prepared for us.
Although we went there for dinner, It can not be classified as a dinner. It was an experience. We had the Evolution Menu and a bottle of Opus 1985. It was not cheap but it was really worth it. We had an amazing time, the service was great. It was my wife’s birthday, at the end of the dinner they gave her a bottle of Champaign with her name and birthday labelled on it. Her name was also typed in on the top of the menu with the words Happy Birthday on there. A few little things made the difference. We had the opportunity of touring the kitchen. It was an extremely clean kitchen. With the kitchen being so clean I could not understand how all that food was coming out of there. Loved every minute of it.
We were really excited to try French Laundry and had gotten
We were really excited to try French Laundry and had gotten a table out of pure luck. We just happened to be checking the reservation website one night and saw a table for four open the next day and of course had to snag it. When we went there Thomas Keller actually wasn't in the area, so I'm not sure if that would have made a difference in the food quality at all. We were pretty disappointed in the food, it seemed to be more of a one star than three stars. I think restaurants like plumed horse and adega are a lot better than French Laundry. A lot of the dishes were really overpowering and a lot of the sauces didn't really go well with the dishes. I would say that the dessert selection was amazing though, they give you maybe 4-6 different desserts and bring out a tray of chocolates at the end. Overall, it really doesn't live up to expectations but it was worth the experience.
We finally made it here and it exceeded its hype! We dined
We finally made it here and it exceeded its hype! We dined outdoors and I don't think it took anything away from being inside. In fact, I think the view was probably more suburb than being inside. Of course, we have heard so much about the restaurant so we were half expecting to be let down, but I think the experience went above our expectations. Our table was on the quad corner, facing the front door of the restaurant. It was a spectacular spot because we could watch the kitchen working and there were no other tables around us. It was an intimate experience. The staff was fantastic. Everyone was super friendly. I expected a bit or an attitude for working at the most well known restaurant in the US, but I was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. We worked with the sommelier to wine pair our meal. The food was great and the portions were not too large. Upon being seated we saw the menus had been customized with Happy Anniversary and our names. The left side had a vegetarian menu and the right side was non-veg. I don't eat beef and I expected the staff to tell me there could be no substitutions on the non-veg menu. To my delight our waiter asked what proteins I do eat so the kitchen could substitute. My favorite is lamb, but I didn't expect it to be prepared for me. Lamb is exactly what came out! I was seriously impressed. Our meal was great and there was ample time in between each course so we didn't feel rushed. After our meal the staff chatted with us and learned we had two kids. They gave us some goodies to take home to them. We were also invited into the kitchen to checkout the workspace. We really enjoyed chatting with the staff. The meal and setting were delicious. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.
The absolute best dining experience I have ever experienced
The absolute best dining experience I have ever experienced in every aspect. The service was superb. The staff was very knowledgeable of every dish and the presentation of each course was outstanding. The ambiance is spectacular. 5-star all the way.
So, I'm giving this review 4 out of 5 since everything
So, I'm giving this review 4 out of 5 since everything about this restaurant is top notch except for its Prix Fixe menu. I realize a lot of people don't mind a Prix Fixe menu but I prefer a Static or A La Carte menu. Regardless, the food quality, service & ambiance are all top notch! So while I can see the appeal, for me, the price you pay is too much figuring you don't really get a choice in what you are going to eat (mind you, they were quite accommodating to my adversion towards oysters) in addition to how ridiculously impossible it is to get a reservation. Anyway, definitely worth the experience if you're going to be in the area. Tip: get a reservation FIRST, then plan your trip around that date since it's so difficult to get in.
After dining at fellow three star restaurants like
After dining at fellow three star restaurants like Singlethread, Joel Robuchon, and Benu, we were excited to go to "big napa" and see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately it was operating at probably a 1 Michelin star level that evening. Huge shock, especially since we saw Thomas Keller himself there on the floor that night.The food was good for the most part. The menu was surf and turf, which was fun. Many of the caviar courses were delicious. However, other courses were hit or miss. The tar tar course was probably the worst of the offerings; we both sent it back. Far too mustard-forward for either of us. I don't necessarily need to be floored with every course at a 3-star restaurant, but this is the first time I have ever sent anything back at one. Number of small errors in terms of the service that night. Table was not marked nor cleared properly at least three times. Hosts were professional and very accommodating, but servers seemed to range drastically in experience. More than once they mumbled into their chests as they announced the courses. Did not give me the impression some of them understood the food or were confident in the experience.Wine pairings were good, but pairing structure was strange. I got the base level pairing ($500) and my partner got the mid level pairing ($1000). At times, both pairings offered one wine for every few courses, which seemed a little conservative to me since none of the other 3-stars I've been to are doing this. At this Michelin level and price point I would expect each course to be individually paired with its own wine.Lastly, it was simply too long of an experience. Certain courses came out too quickly, others took far too long. The bread and butter course took 25 minutes, and the meat course after that took another 30 minutes. When we (and the table next to ours) complained, they responded by pommeling us with the final three dessert courses all at once. This, plus the dessert wine, plus coffee, plus the last course's wine still on the table, was simply too much. The meal had lost all sense of momentum by that point. After this point I stopped eating and waited patiently for the check.Final bill was over $4000; considerably higher than any of the competitors listed. Restaurant neither apologized nor offered to remunerate for the experience. Will not be back.
Disappointed in the Mac&cheese dish-weird flavors & ugly
Disappointed in the Mac&cheese dish-weird flavors & ugly gray colors! Not sure why it was called Mac & Cheese? $135 extra cost too! Awful dish!Disappointed in the lamb dish-sauces especially the curry was overpowering & the rest didn't go well with the lamb. Disappointed in the desserts except the donut bites & the chocolate boxes-delicious! Other accompanying desserts were blah!The rest of the dishes/servings were fantastic!! Superb flavors & creatively displayed. A real treat!
From the moment we stepped inside their blue, front "side"
5/5 by K L.
From the moment we stepped inside their blue, front "side" door, we were greeted with warmth. Once we were seated outside for our 5pm reservation, we felt as if we were at a close friends' beautiful and intimate backyard, being served by more friends. Of course every bite of the Chef's Tasting Menu was delicious, but we were more entranced by how we were treated from beginning to end by our server Christina and all the staff, to Chef David in the immaculate kitchen, who greeted us like an old friend we hadn't seen in a while, even though it was our first time meeting him. But my husband was especially delighted by all the attention he received from having just completed a half-marathon that morning and was able to share a few "runners highs and lows" with Chef David and other staff members who ran the race as well. Our three and a half hours at the French Laundry flew by, and we left the restaurant wanting more. We will return again and again with family and friends, since this amazing experience must be shared with all our loved ones.
From the moment we stepped inside their blue, front “side” door, we were greeted with warmth. Once we were seated outside for our 5pm reservation, we felt as if we were at a close friends’ beautiful and intimate backyard, being served by more friends. Of course every bite of the Chef’s Tasting Menu was delicious, but we were more entranced by how we were treated from beginning to end by our server Christina and all the staff, to Chef David in the immaculate kitchen, who greeted us like an old friend we hadn’t seen in a while, even though it was our first time meeting him. But my husband was especially delighted by all the attention he received from having just completed a half-marathon that morning and was able to share a few “runners highs and lows” with Chef David and other staff members who ran the race as well. Our three and a half hours at the French Laundry flew by, and we left the restaurant wanting more. We will return again and again with family and friends, since this amazing experience must be shared with all our loved ones.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary this week at TFL. This was our second time dining at the restaurant; it was better than the first time and far exceeded our expectations. Inventive and delicious food serviced with warmth and precision. We had been gifted the dinner, which included pickup in the restaurant's BMW X7 from our hotel, as well as the restaurant's cookbook, personally signed to us by the chef himself. Kudos to Chef Keller and his management team for continuing to reinvent and execute at such extremely high levels. We understand that a material amount of staff retired or moved on during the pandemic. The team has done an absolutely incredible job bring a lot of new people on board and still continuing to provide extremely great service. We look forward to returning!
Food reasonable. Meat was less than bio grown but was clearly vegan based not bio sensitive. . Additionally, I introduced myself a beep bop but multiple times the waitperson misidentified me as beep boop. Not entirely affirming of identity.
Excellent experience with expensive wine.
beautiful courtyard dinning. Food: classic 3 Michelin Star. Wine: high end wine list for billionaire. There is no medium price wine and no wine paring option. I gave them 4 star because the wine list and no wine paring offered. The cheapest bottle of wine is $150 and the average price in thousand
Just phenomenal in every aspect
5/5 by RB242
We enjoyed a wonderful evening at this exquisite restaurant together with friends. The food was unbelievable good in taste, texture and presentation with great variety along the set menu. The wine selection excellent ... although with some unfulfilled desire for more Napa wines to choose from. An incredible evening of super food, excellent service, talking to Thomas Keller and visiting the kitchen at the end of a wonderful evening. We will be back ...
We were there for the experience and the FL delivered. Could only get reservations for the courtyard which was a $100 upcharge. The courtyard tables only had one seating per night so we were there over 3 hours. Food was amazing. Wine list was incredible. Service was spot on. Probably a once in a lifetime experience but was worth it.
Kept clicking on the reservation screen as soon as they became available….and scored a wonderful culinary experience.
An absolute don’t miss experience. We had the chefs tasting menu and every course was unique and filled with flavor. We had a wonderful time with an extremely attentive and friendly staff, superb food, and a wonderful tour of the kitchen. Would go again
Oh wow, bucket list item and dream come true.
I was fortunate enough to snag reservations to celebrate my 30th birthday at the French Laundry, and I'm so glad I did. Truly the best culinary journey I've ever been on, and so well worth the hit to the wallet!We got there 30 minutes ahead of our reservation and was promptly seated and offered the extensive wine list on an ipad and personalized menus offering a choice between the chef's tasting and the tasting of vegetables. There wasn't a pre-set wine pairing, but I gave the sommelier a budget of $400 and got some of the best wines I've ever had in my life - each elevating the dishes to unimaginable levels. The wine pours were so extensive and generous that I couldn't even finish my pairing, and very regretfully left some behind.Onto the food. I came into dinner with very high expectations and TFL didn't just meet those - they blew it out of the water. Each course was meticulously planned and tied together so cohesively, and I almost cried trying the signature oyster and pearls dish.Amuse Bouche: dinner started with a complimentary amuse bouche of everything bagel with salmon mousse and capers. Oyster and Pearls: The dish I was most excited for and it was incredible. This was paired with an amazing Krug Grand Cuvee.Garden Salad: We had a chance to stroll the gardens before dinner, so it felt lovely to see that come full circle and end up on our plates. This was paired with a 2019 Franz Hirtzberger Gruner Veltliner, which had the most luscious notes of lychee and starfruit. Lobster Galette: Crab cakes are amazing, but lobster cakes? Next level. This was served with another new-to-me wine - a 2019 Caroline Morey Blanc. Absolutely incredible. Halibut: I'm a huge fish person, so this was a very welcome surprise on the menu! The halibut was so buttery and flaky, and the hollandaise sauce was to die for.Intermission, aka bread course: the cocoa laminated brioche from bouchon was one of the best things I've had in my life. The butter from the happy cows served alongside? The second best. I want this to be my daily breakfast for the rest of my life! We also got 2018 pinot noir from Radio-Coteau alongside the bread, which might be my favorite pinot noir to date. Definitely a star of a course all around.Truffle Risotto: TFL brought out this incredible box of truffles - the smell was heavenly and then they started shaving it in front of us until the risotto was covered in truffles. Wow - so decadent and luxurious, and every bit worth the additional supplement. A5 Wagyu: Another supplement course and so well worth the money. The A5 wagyu was unlike any other A5 I've had - it was so juicy and cooked in a way that it seemed like the wagyu had a fatty confit inside it. This was served with the best wine of the night - a 2012 Clos du Marquis bordeaux. Unfortunately, by this point I was about to pass out from the food and generous pours of wine, and left so much of it behind. (If only I had a time machine)Cheese Course: The choux pastry was one of the best twists on a cheese course I've had! The inside was gooey and delicious, and underneath was the richest truffle fondue.Dessert: Dinner ended up with dessert courses, all served at once. From sponge cake, macarons, caramels, ice cream, beignets, coffee, sliced birthday cake, and copious chocolate bonbons - this course was visually astounding and absolutely delicious. Served with a Royal Tokaji dessert wine - it was the perfect ending to a perfect meal.The French Laundry not only has incredible foods, but wonderful staff to make the experience extra special. One of our servers was the son of the patrons dining next to us, so he would come around to say hi and introduce the amazing dishes. Another brought out a cake with a roman candle to celebrate my birthday - so much fun and sparkle. After our meal, yet another staff member gave us a tour of the kitchen and presented me with a birthday gift - an engraved personalized bottle of Modicum wine! We were also lucky enough to see Chef Keller - he greeted those around us that were partaking in the evolution menu, but we didn't get a chance to say hi to him! No worries - there's always the next time, and mark my words, we'll definitely be back for the evolution experience!
What an amazing experience! Definitely a bucket list item
What an amazing experience! Definitely a bucket list item that more than lived up to its billing. As expected the food was stellar and our wine pairings were both generous and on point. But the service was stellar. They really take their customers experience to heart and it shows with every staff member we encountered. But I have to say Patrick provided such wonderful service and care that I wanted to mention him here. For me, a 5+ star experience that I will remember for quite a long time. Well done!
The French Laundry is most certainly an exceptional place
The French Laundry is most certainly an exceptional place and moment to experience. I cannot stress enough how important it is to dine here with a company that you love to converse with, that brings you joy to be around because this can elevate your experience of sharing a meal.The richness and intrigue of each dish are topics on their own as you dine. We adored the wine pairing (their sommeliers are brilliant). Expect humble exquisiteness and passion for the culinary craft to be immediately apparent. The ritz-y style crackers amuse-bouche are the stuff of dreams.We went with close friends (a party of five), some pescatarian/vegetarian, and other omnivores, the options were perfectly accessible and didn't disappoint for vegetarian options. The truffle mushroom pasta dish essentially vanished on serving. We highly recommend dining here as a treat for all the senses, not just for the top-notch comfort food but also for the camaraderie of company, otherwise the price-tag may not match up.
Words can't describe this place.
It is absolutely worth a visit. Each and every coarse is amazing in its own different ways and it really changes your concept of just how food is and what it can be. The employees are absolutely amazing extremely attentive and really care about the customers. This is absolutely an amazing place to experience and really deserves 3 Michelin Stars. Thankyou to "The French Laundry" for an experience of a lifetime and a night full of amazing memories. Certainly something I would love to experience again in the future. 100% worth the price
The French Laundy's reputation is very well deserved
The French Laundy's reputation is very well deserved transforming food into a form of art. The kitchen is the most beautiful I have seen and they are very liberal about allowing guests to take a look. I especially loved dessert and would love to go again if getting a seat wasn't so difficult. My one gripe is that their co-owned bakery closes too early and I didn't have a chance to visit on my way out. Preparing menus for their customers to take home was also a great touch (other 3-star restuarants I have visited allow it but don't specifically prepare them for you).
Visited a few times, top destination for some of my friends
Visited a few times, top destination for some of my friends and family as well. Unique culinary experience!
My all time favorite place to dine.
Reservations are hard to come by but once you get one it's the best dining experience ever! We had a smaller budget of $150 per person for wine & they did not disappoint in creating a great wine paring for the night. They typically recommend starting at the $200-$250 a person for wine. Multiple courses over about 3 hours. Food & flavors are out of this world. Service is on point always!