The French Laundry
The French Laundry

The French Laundry

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.frenchlaundry.com/
  • Phone: 7079442380x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Keller is the Owner/Chef
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The French Laundry Restaurant can accommodate private parties of 8-12 guests in our Private Dining Room or a facility rental for up to 62 guests. Private parties can be reserved up to one year in advance.
  • Private Party Contact: Amali Svien 7079442380x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Creek Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking Available on Washington Street, Parking Lot on Creek Street
A word from The French Laundry
Built in 1890 as a French Steam Laundry, this rustic two-story stone house is surrounded by a country garden planted with vintage roses, perennials and seasonal herbs. The French Laundry Restaurant has an intimate dining room with 17 tables. The dining time is 3-4 hours with two prix-fixe menus to choose from. Reservations are taken two months in advance to the calendar date (i.e. Reservations for April 1st are taken February 1st).

Jackets are required for gentlemen, although ties are optional. We also ask that no one wears tennis shoes, shorts or t-shirts in the dining room.
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The French Laundry reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)special occasion (37)notable wine list (31)romantic (27)neighborhood gem (10)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (3)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Amazing! The service crew
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Amazing! The service crew was friendly and knowledgeable; there was not a single course that didn't blow my mind. We have already decided to visit again. You definitely get your money's worth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing! The best dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Amazing! The best dining experience we have ever had. Well worth the "laundry ticket."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This may be the best meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    This may be the best meal of my life. So creative, and perfectly prepared. One of the highlights is we went for the lunch seating, and arrived around 30 minutes before our reservation. Waiting to go in, we watched 6 or 7 of the staff walk across the street and select the product from their very own garden. Its not often you get to watch someone pick your lunch! Extraordinary experience.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • An amazing experience, not
    ddeshopper
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    An amazing experience, not to be easily matched. Great service and terrific food.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lives up to its reputation.
    jkwdvmVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    Lives up to its reputation. If you can afford it, have the sommlier pair wines for each course. Expect to be there at least 3 1/2 hours- this is a dining ADVENTURE and experience, not just a meal. Great service- formal without being too stuffy or snooty. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the food was great but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    the food was great but the deserts were disappointing did not enjoy their chocolate desert candies or shortbread, too sweet. Also too much food. Overpriced and overated but still great (except deserts) other restaurants are more enjoyable, less pricey and pretentious
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I can't top what has already
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    I can't top what has already been written about The French Laundry... it's all true. Exciting food, friendly service, beautiful ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Outstanding experience. Worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    Outstanding experience. Worth the price and I hope to be able to return some day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The French Laundry takes food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    The French Laundry takes food to a level I've never experienced before. This was the best meal I've ever had. The service was extraordinary. This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience...which we hope to enjoy again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect experience from the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Perfect experience from the food to the service. As a chef it was extremely inspiring to see local cusine being used with the highest respect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service. Than
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    Excellent food and service. Thank you for the memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It worths the waiting finally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    It worths the waiting finally dinning at French Laundry, exceptional service and food. we will defintely go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    The service was excellent, the best of all restaurants I've been to for sure. The food was good. There were dishes I did not fancy at all and there were dishes I really loved. I would say I loved 5 of the 9 dishes, was okay with 2, and did not care at all for 1. Good spacing of tables and division of space. The cute bathrooms upstairs stood out to me. They reminded me of the bathrooms at my New England, all-girl boarding school. Good memories :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lives up to reputation--and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    Lives up to reputation--and more! Service was impeccable and not at all snooty (waiters answered all of our questions). Food is out-of-this-world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The a/c needs to be set to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    The a/c needs to be set to a lower temperature, this was my second visit to the French Laundry and the little problem persists.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It is amazing. If you are
    foodgalVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    It is amazing. If you are a foodie it is a must. Though some dishes seem pretty far out try them you will be surprised. Dinner is not cheap and reservations very tough to come by but it is well worth.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I expected more from the French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2008
    I expected more from the French Laundry. I found that some of the dishes were too salty with the fancy salt they use. Sometimes, I felt there was too much lag time in between dishes, especially since we had the 9 pm reservation. Overall, it fell short of my expectations although I would recommend my friends to just try it once in their lifetime.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • One of the best dining experiences
    ChuckieS
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    One of the best dining experiences ever. Each course offered a new flavor and texture experience. Could not ask for better service. Attentive but not hovering. Did not think that we would be "stuffed" at the end of the last dessert, but we were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A perfect experience. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/10/2008
    A perfect experience. The food was incredible, the grounds are beautiful and the service was effortless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not much can be said about
    Wwpilot
    Dined on 3/7/2008
    Not much can be said about the French Laundry that hasn't already been written. Quite simply, this much-anticipated meal lived up to all the high expectations. Imaginative preparation and presentations made this the event meal of the year. Every detail was looked after from the food, to the service, to the friendly way everything was presented. All was spectacular. I will look forward to a return trip in the future, and savor the memories of a perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An exceptional restaurant
    RobJon
    Dined on 3/2/2008
    Everything about our experience was exceptional...the food, the classic 3-star French service, the "hushed" tones in the room. A truly memorable dining occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have eaten at the French
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2008
    I have eaten at the French Laundry several times over the last five years. My last experience was very good, and the service is quite exceptional, but the food was not quite as impressive as in the past. For visitors to the Wine Country, I'd say it's something no one should miss, but we have many other equally extraordinary restaurants in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Singularly the very best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/16/2008
    Singularly the very best. It's worth it. Go!! (if you can get a reservation!) I tried everything...calling and calling. OpenTable must have gotten a cancellation and we got lucky!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Being here is like going on
    la99VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2008
    Being here is like going on a pilgrimage. Wow, I am a believer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The French Laundry is long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2007
    The French Laundry is long drive for me but that is a good thing. The journey was a declaration of the seriousness of my intent. I must admit I was nervous entering the restaurant but the staff is so warm and patient that my nerves melted quickly after we sat down. The food was excellent... other worldly. Perfect? Thomas Keller does not seem to believe that it can be reached but he is as close to it as can be. The cone, the butter poached lobster, the Waygu beef, my God they were nothing like I have experienced in my life. The pastries had intense flavor and yet had an ethereal texture. I am still learning about wine but my server suggested 2 wonderful wines for me to try. We will be back to see what they do with summer ingredients.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Once in a lifetime incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2007
    Once in a lifetime incredible experience for my wife's 40th birthday. We went with another couple. Great food and service without being overbearing. Won't forget it. Was incredulous they didn't feature Napa wines. Not environmentally friendly for going half way around the world for comparable selections.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took almost 10 years to get
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/1/2007
    Took almost 10 years to get a reservation. Was not disappointed in the food except for the fact they tried to charge for twice the number drinks we ordered. The wine steward and waiter were not on the same page. A little disappointing in a restaurant of that quality. We will go back to Cyrus and the Ritz Carlton before the French Laundry. Cyrus and the Ritz give you a much more overall pleasurable dining experience and the food is just as good.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I feel very lucky to be able
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/11/2007
    I feel very lucky to be able to be able to go there. The service is flawless.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was over the top. Amazing!!!!
    HebtyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2006
    Food was over the top. Amazing!!!! Deserves at least 25+++ stars!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The standard by which all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/7/2006
    The standard by which all other restaurants should be judged. The dining experience of a lifetime.
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  • Truly a once-in-a-lifetime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2006
    Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, memorable, a must-do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE, COMFORTABLE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/25/2005
    GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE, COMFORTABLE TIME AT THE TABLE, NO UP SELLS. WORTH ALL STARS. IJ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just go and enjoy. worry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2005
    just go and enjoy. worry about paying for it later.
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  • Meh. Food was transcendent,
    foodiegrlVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2004
    Meh. Food was transcendent, but service was uncomfortably impersonal, and, well, off. Mispronounced menu items, the wrong plates being put in front of the wrong people and a wine steward who was downright rude really made this visit fall short of our very high expectations (and very high tab). I can say now that I've done it, but I'm not motivated to ever return
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Here's the deal. I reserved
    EZeatsVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2003
    Here's the deal. I reserved at French Laundry, included a note about my husband's allergies to fish and nuts, re-confirmed the reservation and the allergies. We arrived, sat, again mentioned the allergies and the waiter said, "you won't have to worry about anything -- we will take care of you -- no problem." My salmon roe amuse-bouche arrived with a perfect, visually matched, no-fish dish for my husband. Next course, they first presented him with my fish, then gave him his dish, but with nuts on it. Things went okay until after dessert, when they brought an extra little sweet bite. He had them. We paid and left, and my husband told me there were nuts in those last little cookies. Sheer luck that he didn't die. No apology. Phooey.
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