La Foret

4.7
708 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was inviting and friendly. The food was outstanding and the ambiance could not be beat.

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vipDianeT1
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although it is a bit dated, La Foret offers a varied french styled menu. The service was really good and the outdoor eating area is romantic. Nice drink and wine list, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Picturesque. The beef tartare was very good and so was the veal.

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vipTerry
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Dined at La Foret on Fathers' Day and overall the meal was enjoyable. Pros and Cons:

Pros: Lobster with beurre blanc sauce; complimentary brunch plate with shrimp, artichoke hearts, fruit and cheese; grand marnier souffle.
Cons: Initial serving of champagne was warm, they ran out of caviar, served frozen carrots as part of side veggie.

Overall, below what I would have expected based on past visits to the restaurant.

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vipLarryC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service for a Sunday Father's Day Brunch. I like all their entrees. One thought is it may be better if they have am expanded list of breakfast / brunch items.

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GeneC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need to update pricing on website. Menu is more expensive.

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CharlesD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at LaForet and really enjoyed the experience. Great staff , excellent service and great food!

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KatieN
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The tasting menu left us wanting for more. We kept waiting to be "wowed" and it never came. The food was good, would return and order a la carte. The servers were not very informative about the food or wine and made small errors in the service that separated it from a 5-star experience. This made it seem like the food, especially wine pairing, was not worth the money. A good place to bring your parents, but not for a cutting-edge culinary experience.

La Foret
Responded 2 days ago

Than you for your feedback. We will take your comments to heart. We are curious if you let your server know about the hair? Unfortunately this does happen in our industry from time to time, but it's always an issue we wish to correct right away. We look forward to hearing back from you.

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vipWinopaul
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio was long over do. Initially created to allow outdoor dinning during Covid, it now provides a relaxed setting to hear the Creek flowing by.

Of course the food presentation has always been wonderful. I had the Venison Chops and my wife had the Salmon with the Chambord sauce.

The service is always professional and attentive.

La Foret
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are loving the new creekside space and it's such a tranquil setting for our guests to enjoy! On behalf of all of us a La Foret we hope to serve you and your guests and soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It is French-wanna-be cuisine.

Dessert are ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was very slow. We arrived at 6 and finished our meal at 9:30. The elk was outstanding but the rack of lamb was disappointing. The wine pairings were excellent. The wait staff was nice but not attentive and the amount of time we waited for each course was very long. Our main entree came and we were without utensils for a long time while our food cooled down. It took over fifteen minutes for us to see our wait staff after we arrived. Perhaps they are out of practice post Covid??

La Foret
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your feedback, we apologize that it sounds like our pace was a bit off and that we could have been more attentive. We are truly passionate about hospitality at La Foret, so we apologize for not meeting your expectations. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the elk and the wine pairings. As for the lamb, never hesitate to send a dish back if you are not completely satisfied.

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ThatRickFella
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine dinner for a special occasion (in my case, double birthdays). The location is quaint, the food was great, and service was excellent.

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vipThelmaF
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ordered 6 course tasting menu. The prawns were slightly overcooked and the sauce was too thin to get onto the fork.
Elk extremely tender. Sauce was a little too tart.
Lamb was fabulous
Butter leaf dressing needed a little sugar or something
Missed the Berries on the soufflé
Scallop was great but too small

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and outstanding service! La Foret always classy, tasty, and so romantic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing anniversary dinner

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DeDeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting , service is great and the food is always superb!

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Dianne
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The outdoor setting is gorgeous, and the presentation of the food is amazing. The food is consistently good, French food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was okay, great to be out anywhere!

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Graham
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alan was our server for the second time and he is amazing! Makes for such a fun evening and his recommendations are always spot on! Would highly recommend paying a visit to La Foret!

La Foret
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate it very much! We are so fortunate to have a wonderful server like Alan who is passionate about service and hospitality. We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again to another wonderful time soon! La Foret

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Smurf
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent.
All the staff were friendly and professional.
The outside dining by the creek was charming.
We are sure to return soon.

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DoloresM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Foret never disappoints. The service and the food are always outstanding.

La Foret
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate it very much! We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again to another wonderful time soon! La Foret

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LarryS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My niece and I ate outside on the patio and enjoyed the lovely scenery. The service was simply superb - working with us to accommodate specific requests with a smile. We did the 6 item tasting menu which was perfect - just the right amount of food to permit total enjoyment over a variety of dishes. The scallops were very sweet - a clear sign of freshness, and the subsequent courses were all superb. If you want to spoil yourself, or someone close to you, this is the place!

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RickM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good night!

La Foret
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate it very much! We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again to another wonderful time soon! La Foret

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Violet
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue to celebrate a special occasion. They will make sure you have a wonderful time.

La Foret
Responded on May 25, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate it very much! We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again to another wonderful time soon! La Foret

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DIANAT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Foret is our favorite "special occasion" restaurant. It is a lovely restaurant in a beautiful setting near where we live. The food is classic and outstanding, the staff is so gracious and helpful. We love it.

La Foret
Responded on May 25, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate it very much! We look forward to another opportunity to serve you for your next special occasion soon! La Foret

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SidnieD
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, beautiful atmosphere. We should have skipped dessert; it wasn't as good as the rest of the food. The prawns and tortellini were amazing. Service was extremely friendly but not the most prompt we've ever experienced. We will definitely be going back; it was a really lovely night out that felt a world away

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CarrieH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special place! La Foret is in such a beautiful location and has that something special feeling to it. Everyone who works there is so lovely and welcoming, and the food is delicious!

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TheoT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

This restaurant is positioning itself and is priced like a Michelin star one. I’ve been to many such restaurants and this one is just not anywhere near that level yet it is priced as one (we paid $900 for 2 people having the tasting menu and wine pairing).

The setting is fine; nothing to write home about but it was pleasant and they had to adapt to COVID so I’ve got no issues with that.

The food is ok but it does not remotely justify the cost. In addition, the tasting menu had lobster tail as one of the courses, and they replaced it with prawns without warning us. We had to call it out at the end when we saw the bill and they were like “oops, oh yeah right we did change that”. Note: lobster and prawns are not the same thing or price.

The Service was fine, the personnel was very nice and polite but again, not at the level one would expect at this price (we had to wait a long time between the courses, the paired wine sometimes came 5 minutes before the course, sometime it was the opposite; at times we had to remind them to bring the wine or the course depending on what was missing and they were like yeah the bar is too fast or too slow …).

Then there was the cherry on the pie: We ubered in because we wanted to enjoy our wine pairing yet we found ourselves in a situation where we could not call an Uber because there’s no cellphone coverage and their wifi was down (since a week apparently). We ended up leveraging an arrangement the restaurant has with a neighbor who is also a private driver (a lovely gentleman, adorable and helpful) and happened to be available at the time we finished our meal. Here also, when we pay $900 for 2 people I expect the restaurant to have a reliable way to call us a means of transportation - or have a clear warning that people should NOT uber/taxi in lest they be stranded in case “the neighbor” is not available. Especially when their wifi is down and they know there’s no coverage, I expect them to be proactive … and get their wifi fixed.

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CharlesL
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every thing was great ----Had a very enjoyable evening

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LisaW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and meal for our annual anniversary dinner. We love the new outdoor seating set along the creek. Perfect backdrop setting, and plenty of patio heaters readily available once it cools down. The sound of the birds & creek set the tone. Food was fantastic, portion sizes well thought out, and high quality. Still too pricey for us to frequent throughout the year, but once a year treat is still a must.

La Foret
Responded on May 25, 2021

Thank you for continuing to celebrate your special anniversary with us! At La Foret we value tradition and we are thrilled to be a special part of yours! We are happy you had a chance to try our very tranquil outdoor dining space, creekside. We look forward to seeing you at your anniversary (or half anniversary???) soon! La Foret

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RamH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

50th anniversary celebration. We noted the celebration on our reservation. We also requested a table by the fence. When we arrived, the hostess asked if we were there to celebrate a special occasion. So we advised her since it was obvious she never looked at our reservation. When she seated us, the waitress came over and asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. We told her too. Also, we were not seated by the fence as requested. The appetizer we ordered was excellent and so were the salads. We ordered a steak medium and it arrived very rare. The Brussels sprouts were too hard. We did not say anything to the waitress. The service was fairly good and personable. The restaurant never really acknowledged our anniversary as they did not offer any complimentary drinks or desert.

La Foret
Responded on May 26, 2021

Dear Ram, We are sorry we missed the opportunity to treat you to something special on your anniversary. Although we do not guarantee specific tables, we do always try to fulfill requests. We would love the opportunity to makes things right on your next visit, which can be arranged via a private message. We hope to serve you and your guests on another occasion again soon. La Foret

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DouglasG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Appetizers were great, we all ordered the bone in ribeye, they did not say they were putting a sauce on it. The meat was under seasoned, fatty and not very good.

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NanB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, as always. We have been coming here for many years, as have other family members. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

La Foret
Responded on May 25, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate your loyal business very very much! We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again soon. La Foret

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Services was to slow

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have a restaurant of this caliber survive.

La Foret
Responded on May 25, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate it very much! We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again soon. La Foret

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WendyS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

La Foret is the place to celebrate a special occasion! A beautiful setting besides a creek, step into old world class. The chef has skills! The service pampers!

La Foret
Responded on May 25, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate it very much! We are thrilled you enjoyed our new outdoor creekside dining, along with the old world charm and level of service. We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again soon. La Foret

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MarvinW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu with wine pairing and a date night, what a treat.

La Foret
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank you for your 5 Star review, on behalf of all of us at La Foret, we appreciate it very much! We hope to welcome you back soon.

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BillyZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day Brunch. Have been dining at this restaurant for almost 40 years. Truly a wonderful experience!

La Foret
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, on behalf of the entire team at La Foret, we appreciate your loyal business of 40 years! We look forward to another opportunity to serve you and your guests again soon. La Foret

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CCTong
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great.
Waitress is personable.
Positive experience.

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Foodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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 on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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La Foret is rated 4.7 stars by 708 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.