La Foret

4.7
670 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.7
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CCTong
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great.
Waitress is personable.
Positive experience.

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Foodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Extremely unhappy with the quality of the food. Not only was it not worth the price, it was BAD. The tortellini was hard and had no taste, the quail was smothered in an overpowering sauce, the veggies had a bad sweet taste to them that didn't go with the meat, that also had a bad sauce on it. I eat out a lot, am not a picky eater by any means and enjoy fine dining often. This tasted worse than something you would get from a cheap diner..and they have the nerve to charge $$$$. SMDH. Lower rating on ambience for lack of bug control - lots of moths and mosquitos around the table. But the food is what through me off so much. I could maybe handle it being average..but to actually taste BAD...never coming back, waste of money.

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YoshikoT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious foods and quiet place inside. We are so satisfaction.

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DaveM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so happy this place is still in business after more than forty years!

This was our first time dining at a restaurant since pre-COVID and the outdoor dining arrangements were just perfect. Nice covered patio with a tall, airy roof and well-spaced tables, creekside with the sounds of the stream, and the beautiful trees filtering the late afternoon sunlight, fresh flowers on the table.

The service was very good. The waiter was very knowledgeable, helpful and professional, while at the same time being casual and friendly. The staff had good timing on their pace and presence, where we never felt rushed, nor abandoned.

As ever, the technical skills and artistry of the kitchen staff were well-presented in all the dishes. They have a very nice wine list of bottles, glasses and half-glasses with some very nice premium wines offered by the glass/half-glass. Not to mention a wonderful selection of ports for dessert.

This is more of a special occasion place, as it is not inexpensive.

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beths
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Foret is the perfect restaurant for celebrating a special occasion, treating an important client, or for a romantic dinner. I've been here twice and both times the service was outstanding. The staff is respectful, attentive and friendly. The food is beyond delicious. I highly recommend the tasting menus.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, La Foret offers a respite from the Bay as a place to enjoy a consistently quality meal in a classy dining establishment. You get what you pay for, and I'll continue to come back.

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GregP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always love the food and the selection of wine is amazing

La Foret
Responded on May 2, 2021

Thank you for your your 5-star review. We are so thrilled to hear your enjoyed your La Foret dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back for a romantic, cozy dining experience again soon!

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Tana
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

La Foret restaurant is a place to spend a quiet and romantic evening. The service was outstanding. The souffle was scrumptious and the cocktails we had were very good. The pinot noir paired with the poached salmon was excellent.

La Foret
Responded on May 2, 2021

Thank you for your positive review. We are thrilled to hear your service and yummy cocktails were outstanding. We have to agree the souffle is something unforgettable, we have been serving this up this delicate dessert for decades. We hope you will join us for another quiet and romantic evening soon! La Foret

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doltond
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and beautifully located, right by the stream. Food was awesome, we really enjoyed ourselves!

La Foret
Responded on April 23, 2021

Thank you for your positive feedback. On behalf of the entire staff at La Foret we appreciate it very much. We are so glad you were able to enjoy our newly appointed creekside outdoor dining space, it really is a tranquil dining experience and we are so please to be able to offer this to our guests. We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again soon. La Foret

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TomV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I’ve been here before. Food was superb, great quality and unique choices. For the cost and what you would expect for service, I was not impressed. From trying to get pepper on my salad to chasing someone down to send back a piece of meat to be adjusted on the cooking, it was challenging to find someone. I’ve never had to “chase” down service in the past. When you are at a restaurant spending $150-200 a person, you really shouldn’t have to do that. They were kind and polite. Just not the caliber of service I expected or have experienced in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s Birthday Dinner at one of her favorites.
As usual it never disappoints. So happy we are back to dining there after Covid got in the way.
Safe clean and awesome as usual.

La Foret
Responded on April 17, 2021

Thank you for the positive feedback, Happy Birthday to your wife and we hope you have another occasion to visit us again soon. La Foret

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Spensational
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. It was a wonderful fine dining experience. We did entrees of beef and bison and they were both great. The soufflés were delicious. We sat on the patio near the creek and my wife loved it.

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NatasjaSchipper
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, so nice to sit inside at a 6 feed distance. Nice wine and I love the ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Not impressed at all. Food was average, grounds beautiful and service just OK. Scallops were slimy for Easter. $500 for 3..wine selection great.

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Sortasatisfiedcustomer
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Allergic reaction even after questioning ingredients in a salad dressing, souffle was served already collapsed and broken. The wild boar, bison ribeye and elk were delicious. 7 course tasting menu all courses were good but the wild boar serving was one extremely small medallion that could not have even been 2 ounces. The 38 dollar lobster appetizer was 1/2 a tail

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RichardK
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service, fabulous setting!!

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VishyK
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the quality of the dishes - tried both the 5 course and 6 course tasting menus plus the tournedos of b=Beef Chanterelle and the Tortellenni La Floret. We got seating indoors at 6.30 pm - corner table with a beautiful view of the stream and surroundings. Our server Alan was very attentive giving us good information on the food and keeping the conversation lively. We also tried the Manhattans and the kids got to try out the non-alcoholic Roy Rogers and Shirley Temple. It was quite an experience to - the food, the ambiance, the quality of service and the location. The meats were just cooked right and the sauces were incredibly flavorful. All in all the value for money was quite worth it. Looking forward to coming back again

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MelissaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Forest never disappoints. We always love the food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great staff love this great local spot for us

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Paula
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved celebrating our anniversary at La Foret! Love the new room outside! Such a special place!!!!

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Jules
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Its a nice place, the food is good what more can I say

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Justaguy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We ordered the pre-fix #2.

The food was tasty, but nothing exceptional for the price, so if this was a more moderately priced restaurant it would have certainly received a 4th star, but considering the prices, it's best as a singular experience.

To be fair, I seldom think the high end food places are worth it. If I'm going to spend $500 for dinner for two, it should be something memorable.

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RaanaA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will return for our next special occasion. Thanks

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LindaP
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for that special someone or occasion.

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jchas
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and wine. Service was superb. Wonderful atmosphere.

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SydneyD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was amazing. The food was delicious. Great birthday celebration.

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dionna
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a special occasion. Beautiful setting, great staff, excellent food. A must go!

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vipMIKEC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!
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vipFillmeup1
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service and amazing food

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gostoso
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hadn't been here in ages, forgot how good both the food and service are. Definitely will be back in the near future.

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took Gma & her boyfriend for her 92nd birthday, neither had been there before. Alan was an amazing waiter that made it even better. The food was AMAZING AS USUAL....
We're already planning next time. The supporting staff was excellent as well. We splurged a bit and wanted to get the La Forte experience which we all did...

Thank you

Steve & Karrie Miramontes

La Foret
Responded on March 9, 2021

On behalf of all of us at La Foret, thank you for the positive review! Happiest 92nd to Grandma! We are so thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us and, Alan's wonderful service, and your meal! We hope to continue to surpass your expectations and serve you and your guests to another La Foret experience again soon!

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SylviaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were married here and come back every year on our wedding date to celebrate. Everything was perfect, as usual.

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Tennyp
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My bf had an amazing bday dinner. Our waiter, Alan was wonderful and very acknowledgeable with the menu and he recommended us a phenomenal dishes to us and I really enjoyed them all. Thank you

La Foret
Responded on February 28, 2021

On behalf our our entire staff we thank you for your 5 star review! La Foret

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MicaJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, I must mention that all the safety precautions were being adhered to. Temperature checks, masks, etc. with instructions on the table of how to maintain space and be responsible for safety at tables. Food was amazing and they have transformed the outdoor into such a beautiful area to eat. Service was wonderful. Maurice and his staff were so super catering, which made the meal so special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an amazing experience. Server was great and made wonderful suggestions. I tried Elk for the first time and I was blown away! Cocktails were delicious and the new outdoor space is phenomenal! Highly recommend for a special occasion or just to make a day special.

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Craig
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30+ years of being a patron. Sami always makes you feel special.

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LindaW
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great new outdoor tent.

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HoeiL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Outdoor patio dining, not too crowded on Sunday evening. Service was great. Recommended wine for me and cocktail for my wife were on point, exactly what we wanted to pair with our food.

The escargot appetizer was one of the better ones that we've had at high end restaurants like La Foret. We used our starter bread with butter to suck up all the olive oil mix on the plate. The beef tartar appetizer was also really good. Soup of the day was Boston style clam chowder. I'd probably pass on that next time. It was good, but nothing special.

For the entree we had the Veal and Elk. I didn't know Elk could be that good. Cooked medium rare, it was lean but very soft. The veal was also good, but I love that Elk dish.

Ended the night with their famous Grand Marnier Soufflé. It was soft, sweet, warm and cold at the same time. Sweet goodness with maybe a touch too strong on the Grand Marnier. But it was still very good.

Price was at par with other high-end restaurants, but this one was worth the $$$.

La Foret
Responded on February 28, 2021

On behalf our our entire staff we thank you for your 5 star review! La Foret

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JennyZ
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done a nice job with adapting for the pandemic!

La Foret
Responded on March 14, 2021

On behalf of all of us at La Foret, thank you for the positive review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us and all of our Covid protocols and outdoor spaces. We hope to continue to surpass your expectations and serve you and your guests again soon. La Foret

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GregD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been awhile since we have dined at La Foret. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner -service, food, and setting were great! The temperature with heaters under the tent was comfortable too.

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La Foret is rated 4.7 stars by 670 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.