La Foret

4.6
783 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter Allen was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Celebrate birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

La Foret has been an institution in San Jose for 40 years. It was a go-to place for special celebrations. The location out in Almaden Valley is special and we love the historic aspect of the site. We enjoyed our twilight drive past Calero reservoir and the oak-studded golden hills.

I don’t usually post negative reviews but I just want the buyer to beware.

We arrived 5 min early for our 7:30 reservations. We had made reservations for outdoor dining on Open Table, which requires a choice between indoor and outdoor dining. When we presented our party we were informed there were no outdoor tables available. But I had reserved a table outside. Did they give it away? She replied: you need to come early to get an outdoor table. Well, no, I RESERVED an outdoor table. She responded that there were no outdoor tables. We could wait for 45 minutes if we wanted to wait. At 7:30, 30-45 minutes from anywhere? No. So we grudgingly said, ok, we will eat inside. She then lead us to a table in the back corner of the room. We requested the table by the window that had been vacated. What a start to the evening. What a representative of the restaurant. Either train her or fire her.

The waiter was very experienced and tried to cheer us up. We ordered soup and the La Foret salad to start, and the seafood pasta, wild boar, and veal. The shrimp had been thawed too long. The soup was lackluster. The seafood in the pasta was good. The pasta was marred by an intense herbaceous flavor. Meyer lemon seemed absent.
The boar and veal were just ok. Nice selection of vegetables but the greens were dry. We expect more with entrees priced in the $50s and $60s. We saw other people served bread but we were not. How basic is that? No one noticed.The wine list is extensive with many nice selections but prices are at least 3x retail, even on higher-end wines.
We were served a lovely birthday dessert sampler.

Bottom line: a nice location, but the service and food do not justify the prices.

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vipWalt
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ANOTHER ECELLENT DINNER.

La Foret
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your positive review, on behalf of all of at La Foret, we appreciate it very much. We are thrilled to hear your entire experience was excellent. We hope you will join us for another La Foret dining experience soon, and we can personally assist you or your guests please do not hesitate to reach out.

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DDH1
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It seems like they might have been short of staff. Our waiter was very knowledgable and did his best but we found ourselves looking for him.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a fabulous experience. Such a quite place for intimate dinner.

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GregG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening from start to finish. Every course was delightful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After we finished our salads, we waited for 45 minutes for our dinner to be served. My husbands venison dinner had to be returned, it was blood red raw. He had asked for medium raw.
And I has to return my pasta prawn scallops dish. It was so salty, I couldn’t eat it.

I wouldn’t waste my time going to eat at that restaurant. Also, the waitress never apologized for the time it took to get our dinners and never offered us a hors d’oeuvre to tide us over.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service (Christian took great care of us) we’re impeccable!

La Foret
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your 5 Star review, on behalf of Christian and the whole team we appreciate it very much! We hope you will join us for another La Foret experience soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and experience at La Foret is excellent.

La Foret
Responded 2 days ago

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

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wushuwannabe
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Got the 7-course tasting menu. Other than the lobster and the dessert, the rest of the courses were mediocre. They also placed bread plates and butter knives in front of us, but never brought as any bread. For $220 a person, we left quite underwhelmed.

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bovie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate outside, quiet table by the stream. Wonderful service. Scallop appetizer cooked to perfection. Had the bison and rack of lamb, both cooked to the doneness requested, lovely sauce, tender. A couple of yellow jackets joined us but were happy with the fat and bones we put in a saucer on an empty table. Perfect anniversary dinner.

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CharlesI
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience wast “the best”. Food is wonderful

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WilliamW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French styled dishes with great flavor. Portions are just right. I had tasting menu #1/5 course and was not uncomfortable after finishing.

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Anniversary20
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service was great. We ate indoors however they have a beautiful outdoor patio. It’s a quiet subdued location that is warm and inviting while relaxing at the same time.

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vipJames
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my fiancé here for his birthday on a weekday evening--he got the Tasting Menu #2. Peaceful and romantic environment with upscale French cuisine. Thoughtfully executed dishes. He recommends the wine pairing. The quail I ordered was some of the best food he has ever had (I agree). Expensive but you can tell that the food is high quality all the way down to the spinach. We sat outdoors and it was really lovely--only saw a few mosquitos. Be prepared to be there for at least 2 hours if you do the tasting menu. Not a long wait between dishes but definitely takes time to get through everything. Staff was friendly and attentive. Recommend wearing business casual at least.

La Foret
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thank you for you positive review, on behalf of all us at La Foret we are proud to earn your 5 stars. We are so happy we could create a special celebration for your fiance on his birthday. If we can personally assist you for a future visit please let us know, we look forward to your return visit with us.

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viplockjaw1
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to La Foret to celebrate my retirement! We had the Prix Fix #2 selection, a 5 course meal. Everything was delicious and perfectly prepared, and Eva was the best! Perfect ending to a perfect day! The service was impeccable.

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vb307
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely anniversary dinner with friends. Excellent food, excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible anniversary meal there! Everything we got was amazing and appreciated the complimentary bubbles while we were waiting for the bottle to chill

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Sioux
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful anniversary dinner, served so elegantly.

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Rusty
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, great service and outstanding food. You come here for an experience.

La Foret
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thank you for you positive review, on behalf of all us at La Foret we are proud to earn your 5 stars. If we can personally assist you for a future visit please let us know, we look forward to serving you to another La Foret experience soon.

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vipDanny
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been celebrating special events here for over 40 years and have never had a disappointing experience. The transition to the new owners was seamless and the new outdoor dining option is amazing. Go early and get a table overlooking the creek!

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BillP
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting (creekside) is picturesque. Service was excellent, as was food. The elk was especially good. Well worth the money.

La Foret
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thank you for you positive review, on behalf of all us at La Foret we are proud to earn your 5 stars. We are so proud to offer our guests the tranquil creekside dining experience that was launched due to the pandemic, but it is here to stay and we can't wait for our guests to enjoy it for years to come. If we can personally assist you for a future visit please let us know, we look forward to your return visit with us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life

La Foret
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thank you for you positive review, on behalf of all us at La Foret we are proud to earn your 5 stars. We are really proud to have served you one of the best meals of your life! If we can personally assist you for a future visit please let us know, we look forward to your return visit with us.

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DebraW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and the outside seating was lovely. However, the food was not nearly as good as in prior visits.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great experience.

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RobynN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place, I definitely would come back and try more of the awesome menu 😋

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vipsylphqueen
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We went for the 6 course tasting menu, and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. All the food was perfectly cooked (the elk was spectacular and by far the stand out dish of the evening), but the salad course was uninspired to say the least, and the lamb portion was far too big for a tasting menu. It was basically the same as the main menu. If I went there again I wouldn't bother with the tasting menu. It isn't worth the price compared to others I have had.

The restaurant itself is lovely. It's an older building in a lovely garden setting. Be prepared for your signal to drop on the way out there. It isn't hard to find the place though.

The service was friendly, but could be better. There were several times we had to flag people down to clear the plates, or remind them of our wine pairing. We were also the last ones in our section, and they started moving the tables and chairs around for the next day. Not exactly relaxing or a great experience for us, and not what I would expect from a restaurant which is not exactly cheap.

Overall I am not sure I would go back of my own accord.

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JanetK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Stef
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and eating outside was great. The ambiance was wonderful and I really enjoyed watching the wild turkeys walking around while we ate (from a distance). It's pricy but I'd definitely go back. Our server Christian was great as well. I highly recommend the scallops and the elk.

La Foret
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for you positive review, on behalf of our wonderful server Christian and all us at La Foret we are proud to earn your 5 stars. If we can personally assist you for a future visit please let us know, we look forward to your return visit with us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world charm, great service, excellent food, and exceptional wine selection. Always a treat on a nice summer night in old Almaden!

La Foret
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for you positive review, on behalf of all us at La Foret we are proud to earn your 5 stars for service, food, our wine selection and offering your guests a wonderful ambiance. It is our pleasure to be a part of Almaden's history and community. If we can personally assist you for a future visit please let us know, we look forward to your return visit with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were here for our 12th anniversary and had the last 9pm reservation which is their closing time. We reached late and still the management was super accommodating. He also served us the tasting menu which they would usually not be able to do after 9pm. We were the last people to leave but the staff was super sweet and took great care of us! Thank you ! We appreciate it!

La Foret
Responded on August 18, 2021

Happiest 12th anniversary! On behalf of all of us, we are happy we were able to make your celebration extra special. We hope you can join us on another occasion soon, we would love to serve you another wonder La Foret experience.

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TimC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

La Foret
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for you positive review, on behalf of all us at La Foret we are proud to earn your 5 stars and we are thrilled to hear about your "outstanding' experience! If we can personally assist you for a future visit please let us know, we look forward to your return visit with us.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and nice ambiance. Food was amazing too.

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Laro
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent special occasion restaurant. I do not know what could have been done better. Pricey, but worth it.

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DonW
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in San Jose. It is pricey, but for a special occasion, guaranteed to be memorable. We celebrated our 23rd anniversary there last night, our 3rd time there for dinner. My wife had the quail, my mom the veal, and I had the elk tenderloin. All 3 entrees with their sauces (!) were amazing. This was the first time we ate on their outside patio, overlooking a brook. We will try to reserve outside from now on.

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MoTravel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat clients to the restaurants here. Friendly and attentive staff, great food especially if you enjoy game meat. Great outdoor setting by a creek with lush green plants all around. Sound of nature, sight of big birds souring the skies, heater and soft lights. You can't have better outdoor setting than this for a special celebration. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Megan and the entire wait staff were fantastic
The food? So so so good!

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vipDaveD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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La Foret is rated 4.6 stars by 783 OpenTable diners.

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