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Baume Restaurant

4.5
518 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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About

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."
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Californian
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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;
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Phone number
(650) 328-8899
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bruno Chemel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Park Boulevard
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Parking details
Easy street parking and public parking lots close to restaurant.
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Public transit
One block from California Avenue train station, Palo Alto, CA
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Additional
Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.3
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vipDrLainey (San Francisco)
4.0  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!

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vipRaffaele (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2012

simply the best experience in a long time

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2012

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

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vipSunnyvaleFoodies (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2012

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

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CJSD (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  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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vipAndrew57 (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  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

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vipMarnie (San Francisco)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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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