La Foret

4.7
823 Reviews
$50 and over
French
La Foret offers fine French dining in an old country setting. We are proudly now offering outdoor dining!!!The historically significant building rests next to a quietly meandering stream in the verdant foothills of New Almaden. Picture windows surrounding the entire dining area allow you to fully enjoy the quietly beautiful surroundings during your meal. Specializing in fine French cuisine, La Foret has earned its place among the area's finest restaurants and in fact has been listed among the 50 best French restaurants in the United States.

La Foret ha an extensive wine list, which includes French and Napa Valley selections. It offers a tasting menu and brunch on Sundays.

This restaurant has private rooms for catering banquet-style private events. It also hosts weddings with capacity for up to 130 guests.
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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Wed - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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drgerm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. We were there during a power failure, but they still managed to provide fantastic food. If anything, it was probably nicer than normal, with only a few battery lights placed around the dining area. Staff was great too - attentive, knowledgeable, and just the right amount of conversation.

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vipGFOOD
San Francisco
240 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Foret is a wonderful restaurant! The place is beautiful with spaced out tables. The food is superb! It was the best ahi tuna and scallops appetizers we ever had. The butter lettuce salas was very good, but way overpriced! Salmon and lamb entree were terrific! Definitely want to go back to La Foret!

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bwdotts
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to La Foret; it was amazing. This is now our favorite special occasion restaurant. The food was amazing and the service was terrific.

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RayY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allen is the best server ever.
Made our experience so special.

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Christ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu of great meats and some fish. As with all French foods the sauce on the plates was excellent. The server Alan was excellent with menu advice.

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vipNickM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Foret was excellent. The service, food, ambience were all great.

We ordered the scallops, beef tartare, and tortellini for our appetizers. All were fantastic.

For our entree we ordered the Tournedos of Beef and the Bison Ribeye. Neither disspointed!

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lawmom
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a spectacularly beautiful creek side setting

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NelsonS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a great dining experience. service was outstanding

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vipMarieZ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is superb. Service was attentive, food excellent, ambiance lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing first time! Will be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance. Excellent outdoor eating area

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KellyN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would go again. Lovely evening celebrating. Impeccable service and fantastic food.

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CharlieH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Excellent presentation. The only thing is the food was a little heavy for my pallet. My wife and I always have wanted to go there because we run at Quick Silver Park across the street. The smoked salmon was to die for and the elk was killer. Very romantic so take your wife or girlfriend there for a special occasion. We just went on a whim. Also service is top notch.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fine except the room I was in had slightly flickering overhead lights. Also the lighting at the table made it difficult to read the wine list.

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vipLosGatosGuy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal last night! The appetizer (shared tortellini) and salads (Francaise and Romain) were excellent. The entrees (beef tornadoes and rack of lamb) were some of the best we have ever had. Great service, location and atmosphere.

La Foret
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the entire experience. If we can personally assist you with a future reservation it would be our pleasure to assist you with a future visit with us.

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Svru
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food & service. We feel very special when eating there. Excellent French style food, especially love their sauces

La Foret
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. If we can personally assist you with a future reservation it would be our pleasure to assist you with a future visit with us.

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vipThelmaF
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We like the entree but why in the world do you serve kale, Brussels spouts cauliflower. The only three vegetables we can’t stand. Maybe you could offer asparagus, or green beans.

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HughS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, ambience, and selection were excellent. A quiet Sunday brunch, we chose an inside table with a view over the stream.

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KateD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at La Foret. It was a real pleasure to dine in this beautiful restaurant. Food was very good, service both good and friendly, ambiance warm and inviting. Loved the creekside setting too. We felt catered to the entire time. We will be back.

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vipDindi
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Pretty place but the food gives no emotions.
Appetizer quail arrived completely alone on the plate: not even a tiny bit of garnish.
Quite disappointing.
Pricey for the food they serve
Beautiful view onto the forest, but not a place for foodies

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place wonderful food.

La Foret
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your positive review. On behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. If we can personally assist you with a future reservation it would be our pleasure to assist you with a future visit with us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my partner’s second 21st birthday we came here for the six course tasting menu with wine pairings. The meal was exquisite, the service was excellent. I will be back, definitely. Everything was stunning to my palate but if I had to pick favorites the scallop with the chardonnay was my second favorite and the elk with the merlot was the best. The dessert course blew my mind.

We met another couple who was raving about the meal, sais she had been coming for 30 years, and stated La Foret is the best of the best. I agree.

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MichaelR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My first visit back since it was taken over by new management a few years ago. We ate outside on the back patio. The atmosphere there was great, though you should expect a few gnats to fly into your wine glass since you are right on the creek.

Appetizers:
Beef Tartare: Excellent. The potato/truffle puree combined with the beef is an exceptional flavor. It comes with toasted bread which I found to detract from the overall taste.

Tortellini: The sauce conflicts with the tortellini stuffing. Unimpressed with this dish.

Salad:
Spinach and Beet special. Excellent dressing. Only two very small beets were present, I would have expected more.

La Foret Bay Scallop. This was good, reminded me of a filling for a shrimp salad sandwich.

Entree:
Beef Tournedos: Good, very tender. Uninspired sides, though the kale did pair very well with the sauce.

Elk: Also very tender with the same uninspired sides. The sauce on the Elk and the Beef tasted similar if not the same. That was sort of unimpressive.

Dessert
Grand Marnier Souffle: It is nice to see this has remained excellent as always.

The two of us had wine with each course and paid just under $400 for the meal (before tip).

We had a nice time, and the service was good, but the overall experience was just OK. I would have expected to be more surprised or delighted with the tastes, creativity and presentation of the courses. Anybody looking to try something new probably won't be disappointed by La Foret, but I would be hesitant returning in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming to La Foret for 36 years now. Every special occasion is celebrated here. The food is over the top delicious and everyone is extremely friendly.

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Neurobay
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening all around. Fine dining in a relaxed environment.

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RyanD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect and our server, Allen, was on point.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the staff were great.

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Connie
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside was lovely. Food and service outstanding. Highly recommend!

La Foret
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for your positive review, on behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. We are so happy you enjoyed your meal, along with the service and our creekside dining patio. We hope you will join us for another La Foret dining experience soon!

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RobertH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foret is Such a gem - my fiancé and I came here for a romantic date night and were not disappointed. I really couldn’t think of anything that wasn’t great. The food is amazing and the patio is quiet and intimate. This is my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area , and I’d rate the overall experience better than anywhere else in the Bay Area. There aren’t many places that even come close to the ambiance of their patio, and again the food is superb. The service was perfect too; just the right amount of attention.

La Foret
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for your positive review, on behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. We are so happy to have our creekside patio offering for our guests and it does make for a tranquil dining experience. We hope you will join us for another La Foret dining experience soon, we look forward to serving you and your guests again soon.

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Zasupitts
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Beware of mosquitos on the patio. Otherwise, great dinner!

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BlakeN
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We got the tasting menu with wine pairing. The food and the pairings were excellent. The only qualm we had was that midway through our meal, a party of 3 drunk guys, one in a football jersey, another in shorts and flip flops, were seated nearby. They were loud and disruptive. This was not the ambiance I expected given the business casual dress code listed, and the amount of money that we were spending. Maybe they wouldn’t have seated them inside, we were seated outside on the patio. I understand these are difficult times for restaurants, but it was still disappointing.

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BK778
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a memorable evening meal at this delightful creekside venue. Food never disappoints, service is attentive and ambiance adds a finishing touch that makes you start thinking about the next visit before you leave!

La Foret
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for your positive review, on behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. We hope you will join us for another La Foret dining experience soon, and if we can personally assist you or your guests with your next occasion to visit us please let us know.

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RoseS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Greeted with Happy 50th anniversary! After seated did not offer to take a photo, dessert came no special attention to Happy anniversary on the plate.

When asked for pepper on the entre we were handed a small pepper shaker, not offered ground pepper.

Disappointing experience.

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glennm
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have noted the noise level was low. If I am honest, the chirping frogs and skreeing crickets were quite loud….and lovely. Quite a spot to dine.

La Foret
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for your positive review, on behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. So glad you enjoyed nature's symphony as you dined with us. We hope you will join us for another La Foret dining experience soon, and if we can personally assist you or your guests please do not hesitate to reach out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great dinner with friends

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Beth
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner. Food was excellent. Extensive wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Loved the La Foret salad, lobster appetizer, Elk was outstanding as was the shrimp. The elk was a standout. Service was top notch. Can’t wait to go back!

La Foret
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for your positive review, on behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. The Elk is absolutely one of our favorites too, we hope you will join us for another La Foret dining experience soon. If we can personally assist you or your guests please do not hesitate to reach out.

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ALBAA
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it because we were literally next to the woods. The staff very nice and the food delicious.

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JulieX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience with great food!

La Foret
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for your positive review, on behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. We hope you will join us for another La Foret dining experience soon and to explore more of the wine menu as well. If we can personally assist you or your guests please do not hesitate to reach out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter Allen was amazing

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La Foret is rated 4.7 stars by 823 OpenTable diners.

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