La Foret

4.8
640 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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SteveM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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

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SylviaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago
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
3 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
2 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 6 days ago

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!

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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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1swissmiss
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LeForet has done an outstanding job creating a peaceful outdoor garden setting ambience to enjoy a delicious, yes a bit on the expensive side but worth it, dinner.
Give it a try, you wont regret it.

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WineR8R
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You will simply not find a better cuisine anywhere nearby. La Foret has been my go-to for *very* special meals for 20 years. Absolutely lovely food, and a mature ambience that I hugely appreciate. The wine pairings are all great, occasionally brilliant. Please don't change anything!!

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DavidT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful outdoor set up for COVID, with great views. However, the food was just OK. It might be due to a busy night (Valentine dinner), and the wine pairing for the fixed price dinner was not that great. Overall, it was a nice experience, but the food/wine and the price we paid for it might not worth it. We'll probably try again on a less busy night.

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sharksfan
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Foret is a favorite romantic restaurant for celebrating special occasions. We weren’t sure it could be as special during COVID, but we were pleasantly surprised and quite delighted with our lovely creekside outdoor dining experience. All COVID protocols with appropriately distanced tables were followed, with hand sanitizer at each table. Despite plentiful heaters, it was chilly after dark, so dress warmly. We enjoyed the exquisite tasting menu with the suggested wine pairings. Caesar salad, tortellini with a luscious porcini cream sauce, prawns in a lemon, garlic and white wine sauce, followed by a choice of salmon or tournedos of beef tenderloin. Both entrees were great and perfectly prepared. The chocolate torte dessert was delicious. I am not a big fan of Port wine, so the only improvement I would make is to instead order decaf coffee with the chocolate torte. Parking is convenient in the large parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.

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DavidT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Ambiance beautiful setting, food nice presentation, taste not top notch but good, service a bit slow at 1st but had a good time.

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michellem
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing night out. We had tried to go to our "go-to" night out spot , which hadn't yet re-opened, La Foret was a place we had wanted to go but just hadn't made it there yet, so we gave it a shot.

What a treat it turned it to be! Our waiter was awesome, the set up on the back patio was perfect , the food was amazing! We will definitely be back!

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vipBobB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an excellent atmosphere, excellent food, excellent service.

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vipDanny
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming here since it was called "New Almaden Food and Beverage" ... and that's over 40 years. Never a bad meal and this visit was no exception. The effort that has been put in to making the outdoor seating impervious to the elements and temperature is extensive. Highly recommend it for special occasions. We can't wait for them to restart the Brunch service.

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RobertO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had just opened for outside dining one day before our anniversary. Considering that, they really did a great job!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely old world restaurant experience with great service and food.

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vipJacob
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We’ve been wanting to eat here for over 8 years and it was definitely worth the wait!

We’ll be back!

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MikeB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cuisine with an attentive staff. Always an enjoyable experience.

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NancyD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such delicious food and attentive service! The outside creekside was cozy and a perfect venue for my husband's birthday dinner.

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CalebS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good gourmet food, all was delicious and to our liking.

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TomH
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply, a remarkable best kept secret. The food, the ambience, and the service were wonderful.

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Alex
Adelaide
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and decor. We a great evening and we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday

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LauraR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was lovely - food was excellent (a bit pricey but knew that going in). Loved the indoor / outdoor seating options. Tables well spaced for Covid-19 protocols. Loved that they take your temp before seating you at a table to confirm you don't have a fever.
Lovely night

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Lenny
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor seating area to keep everyone safe during this pandemic.
It started to cool down fast, and the attentive staff offered to place a patio heater next to our table.
They surprised us with a dessert for our special occasion.

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AliM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Outdoor seating area in the back of the restaurant

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Bria
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This restaurant had such a romantic ambiance. The music playing was actually French and beautiful to listen too! Will go back again

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Suja
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, as usual!

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Coconut
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything here is wonderful but a bit pricey for other than something special (my opinion), service is great and every bite is heavenly

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vipSteph
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our anniversary dinner at Le Foret ( had delayed it from August); Both of us selected one of the tasting menu; and I did select the wine pairing for the menu

Le Foret staff were welcoming and very conscientious about social distancing and masks.

Food was outstanding

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JeffW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all around. Great service, wonderful food - Martini was one of the best I've had.

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mitchellB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French restaurant around!! Also has the best service around!!

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SSCupertino
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always been a special place for us. Sad that they have had so much trouble. Problems we had were excusable since they are really just reopening.

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vipRun2eat
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with Outstanding service! Loved the Elk and the wine pairings! Definitely will be back for a special celebration. Sat outside by the creek - perfect ambiance.

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Bill
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as usual. Ate outdoors and there was a good crowd

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InMyOpinion
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We enjoyed our night out having dinner at La Foret, but due to the restriction, etc., we had to eat at the entrance outside rather than on one of the patios despite having reservations. That part ended up being okay aside from the loud motorcycles and cars driving by. We had the tasting menu and while the dishes were good, they were not great in my opinion. The restaurant is a bit dated in it's design and the food seems a bit dated as well. I guess it would be considered classic. For the price that we paid, it's just not my preference.

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La Foret is rated 4.8 stars by 640 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.