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The French Laundry
The French Laundry

The French Laundry Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.frenchlaundry.com
  • Phone: (707) 944-2380
  • 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 (707) 944-2380

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Best food overall and service I've ever had. I had high expectations going in - they were exceeded. We upgraded a few of our menu items and are happy that we did. The macaroni and cheese was amazing, and the wagyu beef was simply the best piece of meat I've ever had. When asked if I've ever had food as good, I would say I've had some individual meals that come close or exceed some of the meals we had on our tasting adventure. However, I've never been to a restaurant where every single dish was so amazing. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "After every bite my husband was speechless and just said wow!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It was spectacular from start to finish. The service was impeccable and friendly. The food. Was the best I have ever eaten. We took everything as was on menu but upgraded to Wagyu beef with black truffle, and it was Devine. I are things I normally wouldn't eat such as caviar and Tuna, and they were scrumptious. Every course (felt like 13+ courses) was a work of art as well as devine tasting. Hands downt best meal and restaurant experience ever for us. Worth it? For us yes. It will be an anniversary we will never forget. And yes you can ask Chef to autograph your menu if he is there."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • " The service was implacable. Each course was just as delicious as the last. The Oysters and Pears was the best thing I've ever put in my mouth. The most knowledgable, non pretentious staff. If you have any concern about the cost- don't go. The tasting price is just under $300 per person, but you need to add quite a bit of wine to your 4-5 hour meal. There are also opportunities to chose additional items or alternate tastes for an additional charge. After dinner bourbon (they have a pre-prohibition 1911 Jim Beam! A few from the 1800s! It's Amazing historically!!) and cigars are available- including pre-embargo Cubans. You could spend thousands!! You won't spend less than $500 per person."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Service, presentation and quality of food were outstanding (no surprise there). Though I have to say I expected a far better meal than what was served. Courses were beyond small and too many desserts. I've had better meals at Bouchon and it never dissapoints"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It was everything my hopes and dreams made it out to be, and more! Seeing as I have a tattoo based on an illustration out of the French Laundry cook book, I may be a bit biased. Hands down one of the most amazing experiences of my life."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Nothing else compares -- at all. Temple of gastronomy of the highest order."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The dining experience is unique and no detail is overlooked or expense spared. Oyster and pearls was the shining star for us."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I was expecting to be amazed by an incredible meal/experience, and I was. I had the best scallops, chicken, and beet salad that I have ever had, as well as very tasty lamb. Desserts were also great (and there were plenty of them)!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had been waiting to dine here for some time and were somewhat disappointed. Maybe ppl make things out to be more than they should in their heads but this did not live up to 3 Michelin stars for us. Execution of dishes was there but several did not seem to grab my attention the way Robuchon or Ducasse have. The service was completely impersonal and the girl that brought the dishes seemed so disengaged and walked away before finishing what should have been a description that illustrated the hard work coming from the kitchen but instead was so oversimplified it was insulting. It is not to say this isn't a great restaurant just not near the best restaurant in the country. It hurts to say this because I wanted it to be."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Amazing food combinations and wine parings. It's a little too pricey, but I guess it's the big time for chefs and staff so they need to be paid well (at least I hope they are). "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "What can I say, The French Laundry epitomized culinary perfection! I have been trying to score a table for the past 3+ years. Year after year, reservations are fully booked and lo and behold, this year, a table opened up and was very fortunate to snag it! Excellent service from TFL's Maitre' d and the staff as well as the Sommelier, you'' definitely get a rockstar treatment. Yes, the food is FANTASTIC. Every dish of the 9-course meal from Thomas Keller's kitchen is perfection! He elevates simple/fresh ingredients and transform them into out of this world dishes. TFL deserves all the accolades it receives. Certainly, one of the best restaurant in the world!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This is the restaurant I've compared all other experiences too for 7 years. Interesting to compare it to our 1st visit. Only down side was that CA no longer allows foie gras, because the French Laundry 7 years ago had the best I've ever tasted! This restaurant continues to not just provide amazing food, but a fabulous experience."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The meal is $295 base. Add-ons included 75 bucks for non-Caspian caviar, 100 bucks for mac and cheese and 100 bucks for wagyu steak. Then there's wine of course. For two people the total was right under $1000. You're really paying to eat pieces of art. Everything is exquisitly sculpted.The food itself was on the salty side. Still it was on the bucket list and now it has a check by it. Do it once and move on."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have always dreamt of dining at the French Laundry. I was lucky enough to find reservations close to my birthday. There was 6 in my party, we arrived right on time. We were seated immediately. I asked if it were possible to view the kitchen and they said, of course. I was able to meet the head chef for the evening, Michael Wallace. The food was absolutely spectacular. From the starters, to the breads, to the mains, to the desserts, each bite was delicious. Everything was well explained to us prior to each course. At the end of the meal, our Captain Kevin Macway surprised me once again with this beautiful and delicious birthday cake. The whole night was magical. I certainly plan on coming back...maybe after I visit Per Se."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "This was definitely the best dining experience I've had! My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate my birthday and it was simply amazing. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable! The wine list was extensive but it really boils down to the food--high quality, innovative, great presentation and portion size. Everything was just perfect! I would come back in a heartbeat! Will definitely visit again next time I'm in the area. "
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This restaurant belongs to the fast food industry sector. From the moment we entered it was obvious that the first sitting should leave the premise in about 2 hours. Food was bland and boring, not a single dish worth of a “WOW”. At our table we were 4 foodies that ate in at least twenty 3 Michelin star restaurants in 7 countries and we were never so disappointed with the food – so far. We were on a 5 day tour starting with Matsuhisa in Los Angeles, to Sierra Mar in Big Sur (Carmel), Goose & Gander in St. Helena, The French Laundry in Yountville and Bar Tartine in San Francisco. The French Laundry was supposed to be the top, but it was definitively the bottom of our tour. It was an interesting cultural, not culinary experience. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We were lucky to get a reservation while visiting Napa. This is rated as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world and it doesn't dissapoint. The portions are small as they are merely tastings. Each was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I can still remember how amazing the Peas & Carrots were. Peas & Carrots! Crazy right? The service was excellent, not at all stuffy. We had champagne in the courtyard before dinner and then dinner upstairs. It is pricey and the wine list is even pricier but we picked a red & a white from two of the local wineries that we had visited. If you bring your own, the corking fee is $150. If you are a foodie you have to dine here,at least once."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "A perfect fine dining experience. This was our second visit and both visits were incredible.. The wine, food, and service were stellar and the execution flawless. The sommelier always knocks it out of the park regardless of the price point and preferences stated. And the knowledgeable staff have always been able to answer our detailed questions about the food. This is our favorite special occasion spot to fine dine in the U.S."
    Dined on 6/30/2013
  • "Whenever you set out for a meal at a place like French Laundry, you know it has the chance to be the best meal ever. Sadly, our experience missed the mark. Overall the food was good, though nothing seemed to be pushing the creative limits or raising the ceiling. I think it did at 1 point, but perhaps they haven't changed while others are doing more and more. The service was very poor, we were shocked. The waiter did little to explain anything about our foods, where the ingredients were from, or what made them special. The wine selection as well, no explanation of why the wine they chose for us (at our request) was good for what we were having. When I go to a restaurant of this level, I want to know everything and why it's unique and special"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Never reviewed before but this place deserves my first. Worth every penny. Simpily amazing. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "A wonderful meal, anticipated for years. The restaurant completely lived up to expectations. I'm not sure it gets better than that."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "For all the nitpickers who complain about the cost all I'll say is you know it's going to be very expensive when you walk in the door and you're paying the same amount as those before you and after you. However, in my opinion, you get what you paid for. This place is truly amazing. The food was sublime with creative flavor combinations and perfect preparation. We went with the standard lunch (I paid up for the wagyu--amazing) and both loved it. The service is perfectly choreographed--attentive without hovering. If you're going to pay up for a special meal, you can't do better than this."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a once in a lifetime experience. Great food, great ambiance, great service- totally worth the price!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Simply the best dining experience I have ever had. The combination of flavors in each dish was just amazing. Presentation was spectacular. Service was splendid. Hats off to chef Thomas Keller and his culinary team for creating such a fine establishment."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "it is a foodie destination, and more expensive than several good restaurant meals combined, but it is definitely worth a trip for the experience. The food is terrific, the service, even better. I will start saving now for my return visit. We are very spoiled to live in Northern California. Periodically, they have cancellations and make tables available on OpenTable. What a terrific surprise to see it available. We made the pilgrimage and were blown away by the experience. We will be back for a special occasion somewhere along the way."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The best one in the usa, perfect like Robuchon,creative like Gagnaire,modern and single line like Bras, Fantastic"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I think that says it all. After fifteen years in the wine business, FL's reputation didn't disappoint. It was a once in a lifetime experience that none of us will soon forget. Thank you to everyone at French Laundry for a very special night!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The experience and ambiance is what you pay for. The service was immaculate. We choose to go to lunch. The food was beautifully presented. The servers would always check on our table to see if we needed anything. The dishes were very tasty. I loved the oysters and pearls, the lobster, and all of the desserts. I did not care for the sole, it has a very fishy taste. I think this is a one in a lifetime kind of place. It was amazing."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We were able to get a 5:30 reservation two months in advance. I was so surprised that TFL had printed 'Happy BIrthday Brenda' on our menus! I had forgotten that I had mentioned dinner was a birthday gift for me. Every course was unique and truly divine. The menu changes nightly…you have a choice between two dish for several of the courses. Usually one of the options adds an additional $75 to the $270 per person charge. With 2 bottles of wine and coffees, the night's bill topped $2000. The staff was kind, helpful, and down to earth. They made the evening very special for me and my guests. I received a small birthday gift from The French Laundry and a birthday cake. The total cost was worth every penny. I can check this off my 'bucket list'."
    Dined on 4/24/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our evening. The food was delicious and the service perfect!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I am a huge fan of Thomas Keller but had a disappointing experience. This review is to provide constructive feedback. The food was not very flavorful or memorable. Even the truffles we ordered did not seem to have the normal truffle flavor. We were a party of 4, so it was not just someone's taste buds being off. We were disappointed we suggested FL for our friends. The waiter was not professional and even brought us the wrong bill at the end of the meal which was obviously for a much larger party and much higher than our bill should have been. We were shocked to see this bill and the waiter did not seem to care that this happened. Then he only brought us a credit card ticket with no itemized bill for our meal."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "sure the price is somewhat over the top, but it was in fact the best culinary experience of my life. If you can manage, it's one of those "bucket list" experiences."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "You can't beat The French Laundry for a unique dining experience in Napa Valley. The ambiance in nice. The service is impeccable. The food is varied and amazing. Each serving is a new and wonderful adventure for your palate. The wine list is monumental. You won't want the evening to end even when you realize you've been there 3-4 hours! It's a dining experience like no other on earth. It's what dining must be like in Heaven."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "According to the price, I expected great service, extraordinary food. The tasting menu isn't special at all, you can have those food in most restaurant."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Like most, we had very high expectations going into our dinner. We were not disappointed. The food was incredible, the wine was outstanding and matched our preferences exactly, and the service was impeccable. The main dishes were delicious but honestly what stood out the most was dessert. There were three separate courses for dessert and they kept getting better and better each time. This is one of those bucket-list places you need to get to at least once. I thought it would be primarily because of the food. But it turns out that the service and staff were what made this place stand out. They were down to earth (we are casual people), joked with us and even let us visit the kitchen afterwards. That was the highlight of the night."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "One of my passions is dining out at restaurants. I invited 2 guests and didn't look at the prices ... Wow When I saw it, I knew two things - this would be the most expensive alcohol free lunch of my life and 2) if be paying for all 4 of us. For people who don't know it's $295 per person without WINE. It was a once in a lifetime type experience and I'd recommend it. It was voted the top restaurant in the US 2003 & 2004. Plan on 4 hours ... Menu and price is same for lunch / Dinner. Lunch is only Friday, Sat, Sunday. If it's special occasion tell them ahead of time. I won't spoil the suprise but they have a classy little touch for you."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "When hosting guests of renown and you desire to honor them at the highest personal level, then the French Laundry assures you that you have chosen the best. It is a terrific place for your most honored guests."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I have been to TFL numerous times now and each time I'm astounded by the level of knowledge with the food they're serving, great wine list and SUPERB service."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "raelly enjoyed it great service, excellent food, good vibe only negatrive thing i can say was the wine service. the first bottle ordered was opened in cellar- totally unacceptable. second bottle was served to the last drop - with all sediments"
    Dined on 2/24/2014