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About La Toque – Westin Napa
Chef Ken Frank’s landmark restaurant, La Toque has earned a Michelin Star every year they have been awarded in Wine Country. We are also the recipient of Wine Spectator’s highest honor, The Grand Award, for our wine list and service excellence.
Pairing wine and food is our passion. The pairings on our menus are considered by many to be the ultimate food and wine experience. Our culinary team and Sommeliers taste together daily, constantly exploring, looking for combinations that elevate both the food and wine, creating harmony.
We offer 3 different menus nightly at La Toque.
The Core Menu, where you can make your selections from a list of savory dishes and desserts.
Or choose the Vegetable Tasting Menu of five courses and dessert.
And for the ultimate La Toque experience, put yourself in Chef’s hands and go with The Chef’s Table Menu, a pre-selected menu of nine courses including 6 savory dishes, cheese, and two desserts.
Napa, CA 94559
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly from 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking is available at the front door of the hotel.
Private Party Facilities:
To insure a seamless dining experience for your group, as well other guests in the restaurant, parties larger than 8 are assisted in selecting a set or “semi-set” menu. We can accommodate groups up to 12 guests in our main dining room & up to 45 on our beautiful glass-enclosed, fully heated terrace.
Private Party Contact:
Megan Menincucci: (707) 257-5157
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Toque – Westin Napa Ratings and Reviews
The first impression of the building was a bit deceptive, but the atmosphere indoor was modern, invinting and cozy. We were greeted warmly. The service was attentive and quick.
We tried chef's tasting menu, which offered us delicious, modern and good variety of courses. Wine quality was high and information we got from the wine director was really professional. This place is really worth a Michelin star.
We went to La Toque to celebrate my fiancé’s birthday. After many fine-dining experiences in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and trying pretty much all levels of a Michelin star restaurants, we had a fairly good idea of what to expect from a 1 Michelin star restaurant but unfortunately left disappointed.
Perhaps, we were unlucky to be welcomed by a conversation between hosts, who wondered whether we should be seated at all, after arriving just 15 min past the scheduled time; or maybe it was a misfortune to be seated close to a noisy group of diners having a corporate event and disturbing other guests with loud conversations and laughters for a couple of hours; or maybe it was the mediocre quality of (perhaps, defrosted?) winter truffles that were still full of smell but already quite tasteless (noteworthy, we like to visit our friend’s truffle farm and know what winter truffles are like when they are fresh and were stored well); or maybe we just missed out with our selection of the food from the a la carte menu and did not get all of the 4 courses cooked and presented as one would expect in a Michelin star restaurant (the steak was remarkable though)... all in all, our entire experience was certainly not worth the occasion, let alone the bill at the end.
Iit would be wise for the restaurant to plan seating of large groups and smaller parties in a better way, or perhaps even design small private rooms for larger parties (using curtains or temporary walls as an option).
This is probably a very good place or was at the time when michlen guide reviewers visited it, one just need to come in a right time when the right seasonal menu is served, the chéf has carefully controlled the ingredients before they are served to the diners, and noisy parties are able enjoy their experience without focing all others to be part of their festivities. As for us, we’ll probably go elsewhere next time we are in Napa Valley. Luckily, it is blessed with many great restaurants and wines.
Many of the best restaurants in the Napa Valley are in hotels, so don't let that bother you. La Toque is one of them (at the Westin but sort of set apart and only open for dinner.
La Toque pairs wine like no other establishment and has a more jovial atmosphere than its competitors. While not inexpensive by any means, it is less than its primary challengers for best in the valley.
Don't miss it.
Very good but for the Michelin star and price I was expecting excellence in every bite. I got the truffle tasting menu: the highlights of it were the ravioli , the John Dory fish and the oxtail. I thought the other dishes were lazy and uninspired with their addition of the truffle. Also felt some of the wine pairings were off.
My girlfriends food was much cheaper and much better than mine. The New York strip (girlfriend ‘s )was just amazing, one of the better cuts of meats I have ever had.
Service was a bit slow but this is a French restaurant and the staff are very professional and knowledgeable. I figure if the service was a tad quicker customers would complain about not having time to savor the meal.
If you go do the build your own prix fixe as you’ll probably leave more satisfied than throwing caution to the wind and going with what the current tasting.
If you were going to eat at only one Michelin star restaurant this year I would not recommend this one.
The restaurant is conveniently located in the Westin hotel where we were staying. We had the four course tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was very good, their signature steak lived up to billing and paired nicely with a Napa (the only Napa wine by the way) red. The octopus was also very good. Wait staff was attentive and the ambiance pleasant, though we were seated by the kitchen, I suppose a chef a table of sorts as you could see the activity. In total a nice experience.
Its rare when every dish fulfills your expectations: interest, novel, appearance, taste, portion, and served with aplomb. But even more rare when accompanied by an extensive list of fairly priced (foreign ..not California) wines and presented with timeliness, grace, and unobtrusive service .. .welcome to our finest meal of the week in Napa / Sonoma
Worth trying once however we got the 4 and 5 course build your own tasting menu and it was so so. They attempted to deconstruct the dishes to make it a bit more innovative, but the different flavors of each ingredient used to make each dish didn’t mix well together.
Service however was impeccable.
We give them props for that.
We consider ourselves foodies and this was an outstanding meal on Jan. 30 to avoid the New Years Eve crowd. Meals are all prefix with 4 to 9 courses with or without wine pairing. We had beef carpaccio, salad, scallops, black bass, ravioli and duck. All were outstanding...served hot and prepared very well. We did the wine pairing and the sommelier was informative and helpful. With the included 20% gratuity it was just over $400.00 for two. If you like food and wine it is worth the occasional splurge to enjoy this Michelin rated restaurant in the Westin, Napa.
Food was average at best. No innovation or creativity. My fish in one of the dishes was deep fried even after I specifically asked the server if it was, and she told me it was sautéed. So disappointed to see it was deep fried after I specifically asked her! Does she not know the difference between deep frying and sautéing? I’ve had much better meals for the same price. Utterly disappointed.
I was really excited to try this restaurant when I was visiting Napa with my family. Our entire party is vegetarian, so the fact that the restaurant offered a vegetarian tasting menu was the reason we chose this specific restaurant.
While the service was impeccable and the wine was phenomenal; the vegetarian tasting menu fell short of expectations. It was obvious each course was well prepared and beautifully arranged on the plate; however, out of 5 courses (I am excluding both the amuse-bouche and dessert), 4 courses included mushrooms. By the end of the meal we were all eating around the mushrooms. Being a vegetarian my entire life, I know there are plenty of other vegetarian fine dining options that could have been offered on the vegetarian tasting menu that didn't include mushrooms. While no one was allergic, it just didn't offer much of a variety for us.
The food was wonderfully prepared both taste-wise and presentation-wise. The staff were professional, attentive yet non-intrusive. The wine pairing was good (if only they can price it more reasonable cos after all they are in the wine producing region)and I have 1 outstanding red which is the 2010 GSM 'L'Autre' from Terre Rouge. My one comment was on the sommelier who was less than friendly. He performed his obligatory narrative on the origin and varietal. When asked further upon the pairing, if he could describe the taste, he did not offered any description, displayed an attitude like 'where should he begin', stayed silence a bit, turned and walked away.
La Toque was the best and the most surprising find on our most recent trip to Napa. Truly a flawless dinner experience for us. The food was incredibly inventive and delicious and very beautifully presented. The service was lovely. Very attentive and polite. I am very happy to have discovered La Toque after so many years of visits to Napa. Now it will become a regular stop for us.
We had an excellent time! My husband has a tree nut allergy and they were so good about making suggestions and figuring out substitutions. It was my birthday dinner and they made me feel so special throughout the night - even presenting me with a copy of the menu signed by the chef as we had our dessert. I was thoroughly impressed with the entire experience.
My wife and I are local to Marin County but not Napa, so we planned a special trip to Napa Valley for an afternoon and evening. As part of the experience, I chose La Toque for dinner based on the recommendation in a recent issue of Wine Spectator.
Highlights for the evening were the wine pairings and the Sommelier. The food was predictably great, and reasonably unique but it was the wine that stood out - the pairings were creative, and covered a broad range of wine - countries (not just US regions and definitely NOT just Napa), grape varietals and winemaking. The Somm was really good - VERY knowledgeable and good fun - took the time to share his personal and professional insights on the wine, the regions, and winemaking technique. I'd add - I'm an adventurous wine drinker, always searching for something new, or unique to pair with food. So it's unusual for me to find a pairing menu terribly adventurous. This one was more adventurous than not - and that's a good thing.
The 4 or 5 course prix fixe menu was plenty for us (as opposed to the full Chef's Tasting Menu). As usual, my wife and I chose different items from each course, and mixed/matched as we went. Great way to get a broader feel for the food, and the wine pairings. FYI - the staff raved about a couple items that I didn't love as much as they did - probably just personal taste, but worth noting.
One last note on customer service - these guys nailed it overall, and really won me over when I almost walked out without my top hat. The maitre d' had checked it at the beginning of the evening. Several of the staff intercepted me on the way out to remind me of my hat, and fetch it. I really love this level of attention when I'm chipping in for a spendy dinner. Thanks La Toque for your great service.
La Toque continues to have the best French cuisine in the Napa Valley. Dinner with friends was made magical by a great menu, sterling wine list and perfect service. Delicious offerings like the foie gras, carpaccio, duck breast, bacon-wrapped port tenderloin and the veal chop were done in outstanding fashion. Dessert and cheese course did not disappoint either. You don't need to go up-valley to have one of the best meals of your life, French or otherwise.
Kudos to Chef Ken Frank and his entire staff for a wonderful evening!!
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