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About Baume Restaurant

Leave it to Baumé Restaurant to introduce you to an extraordinary meeting of solid traditional French cuisine and dramatically innovative cooking. Chef Bruno Chemel loves taking his guests on a fun and unexpected journey of the senses, where saveurs and textures shine in entirely new ways. The path that led him from Paris to Tokyo to Palo Alto has enabled him to develop a rich creative palette, yet his love for adventurous cooking is grounded in his passion for simple, high-quality ingredients sourced sustainably. Influenced by his days in Asia, the stylish dining room was designed with guests' privacy in mind, while discreet and impeccable service contributes to lending this Zen-like space a flavor of exquisite tranquility. Enjoy a 12 course tasting menu. The wine list was thoughtfully selected to provide perfect pairings."

201 South California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday ONLY: 11:30am - 1:00pm;

Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm,

Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm;

Cross Street:
Park Boulevard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 328-8899

Website:
http://www.baumerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Easy street parking and public parking lots close to restaurant.

Public Transit:
One block from California Avenue train station, Palo Alto, CA

Executive Chef:
Bruno Chemel

Additional:
Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Baume Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2012

The nine-course lunch is a delight for foodies. Each dish is artistic and creative, a flavorful blend with each bite. We enjoyed the surprise each dish brought, though our surprise at seeing no choices other than the prix fixe menu was not as enjoyable.. as well as the price. We weren't expecting so many courses for our work lunch, but the wait staff were great at accommodating our time limitations. Lunch at Baume is a special treat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2012

I would have rated it higher, and I agree with other reviews that food and service were very good and worth trying, but I have to say both the overview on OpenTable and their website don't go out of their way explaining that the only available option is their 12 course dinner (at 'slightly' more than $50 per person)

Also not very well explained: they require a credit card to make the reservation but only AFTER making the reservation they inform you that you can only cancel with 72 hours advance notice (I made the reservation a couple of hours before) and you'll be charged a cancellation fee of $100.

Anyway, again, for a very special occasion and as long as you know, it is worth the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 7, 2012

Come when the boss is paying, but expect an unforgettable foodie experience. Best filet mignon EVER! 15 courses of taste and food worth taking pictures of. Dessert unremarkable though. One of the best restaurants in the whole Bay area, including Napa

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2012

simply the best experience in a long time

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2012

le meme souvenir d un passage a l Astrance Paris il y a quelques mois, bravo chef ....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2012

I took my wife for her birthday. It was an exceptional meal. Everything was amazing, fresh, and beautifully presented. It is expensive, which you know going in, but perfect for that very special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2012

The food was terrific - interesting and unusual. We were especially pleased by waitstaff who were friendly and informative. They were able to describe both food and wine clearly and precisely. I thought the squab, which they said was a relatively recent addition, was especially delicious.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2012

Food was tasty, wine pairing was solid, dessert was lacking in quantity and variety.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2012

Outstanding food although a little light on the portions - for what I paid I would have expected to be full at the end, especially after what 12? courses! The food was delicious and creative, and the wait staff was friendly, accommodating and extremely professional. Outrageously expensive and hard to justify unless money is not really meaningful to you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2012

The service was great up until after we were rushed out of the restaurant. I couldn't believe I paid that much to be rushed. We needed more opportunity to enjoy the food. There was even another gentleman two tables down that arrived the same time, but was not asked to hurry.

The decor was, but there wasn't much privacy. The conversations around us were very distracting.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2012

Of the 12 courses in the tasting menu perhaps 2 didn't quite work, 8 were superb, and 2 were out of this world mind blowing. Is it wrong of me to want, at these prices, maybe a few more mind-blowing dishes? Service is impeccable and the ambience wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 23, 2012

Some really memorable inventive food, but some others that were a bit of a reach and "trying to hard". Overall a really nice meal, good service, albeit a bit pretentious at times. Way too expensive and the wine pairing were good, but not a good value. Better to just buy a bottle off the list. Overall the restaurant was not special enough to justify the price point. Eleven Madison Park in NYC was cheaper for example, and much more special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on August 19, 2012

impeccable french cuisine with surprises and very tasty, a discovery evening, expensive with premium pairing but worth it. will be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2012

Extraordinarily overpriced food and wine. Tries to be the French Laundry and about as expensive and only a fraction of the value and pleasure.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2012

The culinary artistry was thoughtful and refined. One of the best amongst restaurants of similar caliber

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2012

The whole experience was absolutely wonderful, every single dish was as flavorful, as original and beautiful. Service was very good as well: informative but not intrusive. One of the best in the Bay Area

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2012

I have no issue with the food - the meal we had was very good. The problem was the price. As good as the meal was, no way was it worth $178/person (no wine or other drinks). I'd expect to pay that much at Gary Danko or the other high end places in San Francisco, but not in Palo Alto.

I was also disappointed with the ambiance. Baume's location is unassuming and the interior looks like a two room office. It's well decorated, but nothing visually impressive. Maybe I'm being overly critical but for the price, I expected a much nicer setting.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2012

Quite simply put - absolutely superb. One of the world's greats with terrific food, polished and professional service and very friendly staff. fit for special occasions.

All the review are richly deserved and we had a wonderful and memorable evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2012

Fantastic presentation, superb services, however, the actual taste of the food was rather bland considering the unique menu. That said, a 9 course tasting for lunch isn't something I could ever again recommend for a business meeting. While it was interesting, it was also way over priced for the value.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2012

Baume gets better and better,food presentation and blast of seasonal flavors combination as always,loves it.
will be backsoon

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2012

Outstanding way to celebrate a 25th anniversary. Wonderfully prepared food and great service. Would recommend for any special occasion - extremely pricey, but a unique place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2012

This was my first time to dine at Baume and it was a great experience. The food was amazing...Great technique, great flavors. I will definitely return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2012

pretentious there is not menu you cannot pick any food, they have one 12 course fixed menu

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2012

This is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in all of the bay area! Everything on the menu is amazing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2012

Came here with my wife and her parents. Her dad had read about it and wanted to take us there. My wife and I had been curious about coming here for quite some time. Food was really delicious -- standouts were the filet mignon (which typically I'm not a fan of due to lack of flavor), the lobster in one course, and the well-known 62 degree egg. Service was good though not without faults (accidental knock-over of water glass, eek). Overall, it's not a place I would go again -- especially if I were paying for it myself -- since in particular for the price it's in the same category as area restaurants that are far better in our opinion (French Laundry, Coi, Cyrus).

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2012

We had the most spectacular experience at this restaurant. The food, service and the entire evening was amazing. We indulged in the tasting menu with wine. It was quite a feast. It was my wife's birthday and they made us feel very special. They gave her a card as we sat down. it was the most expensive meal ever, but it was quite an experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2012

outstanding food ,love the turbot, also squab dishes. superb service and perfect premium wine pairing, will be back.

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vip
 (東京)·Dined on July 26, 2012

Amazing! Just amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2012

Outstanding food and service . We will be back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2012

A terrific and romantic experience. Everything was perfect--food, service atmosphere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2012

of all restaurant eaten in the bay area, this is one of the best, price is expensive, but well worth it!! Service outstanding along with the 12 course...Servings are small, but at the end its enough ...As an Architect, eating here is like an Art, every serving is a design of itself.......keith

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2012

Lovely restaurant for special occasions. Definitely could not afford to eat here all the time. Food presentation and flavor was amazing. The prix fixe menu with wine pairings is the way to go. Every morsel had wonderful flavor. Enjoy for that very special occasion!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2012

very special place for people who understand what it take to be at that level of cooking,surprising dishes full of flavor and labor.superb service and premium pairing match perfectly.Places like that in the US, not many. will be back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2012

Everything was perfect and it was a treat to be in a quiet restaurant

It is rare to find such imaginative dishes

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2012

This was really important meeting for my boss and a few other CEO's. They spent a lot of money for this diner, and then next morning my boss told me that the service was horrible, I was shocked and embarrassed because I am the one who made this reservation!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2012

As always very impressive food presentation and full of flavor, impeccable sevice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2012

I've eaten in top rated restaurants around the world, but nothing quite like Baume. From the hand towel service (shh, a secret) to the last tiny bite of delectable dessert, it was a phenomenal experience. I have never tasted such exquisite flavors and unique preparations. It was, in a word, perfection. We took along my young nephew who is a passionate foodie and aspiring chef, and the restaurant was exceptionally nice to him. After meeting the chef personally and having his menu signed by him, my nephew left truly delighted and inspired. He counts his meal at Baume as one of the best times in his young life. We agree completely.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2012

one of the best food i ever have,full of flavors explose in your mouth, do not look for quantity but qualiy and try to understand what you eat like every educated human being should be........look below

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on June 30, 2012

prix fix menu. 178/person. Without wine! Odd food. And not much of it

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 27, 2012

Absolutely outstanding from start to finish! Beautiful presentation, excellent food and impeccable service! Dining experience of a lifetime.

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