La Foret

4.7
621 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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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
14 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!

MB
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
1 review
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
1 review
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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RichardS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience to celebrate a birthday and particularly enjoyed being creek side on a warm evening.

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KentG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful Anniversary dinner. The foods and services was wonderful. It was a beautiful evening. One of our favorite place to go.
Thank you for making us special on our special day.

Stay safe and healthy.
Kent and Cora Gaynor

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TraciC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Upon arriving, I was told there was no outdoor dining available despite indicating it the reservation and calling 30 minutes prior to confirm. They did accommodate us outdoors, but the maitre d' seemed annoyed. The food was good but not great. For the price, I expected to be blown away by great culinary creations. The ambience was lovely, but I probably won't come here again.

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BOBW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was perfect. We had the middle priced tasting menu. Our seating by the stream was delightful.

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vipDanny
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the menu items we have come to love, excellent service, and a relaxed pace. Just like it was before Covid-19. But now even better as they have outdoor seating by the creek. Just a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. Pricey but worth it.

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Rose
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Our table was located 10 feet from the parking lot. Creekside dining in not true for all. We were so disappointed. It was like a hallway where we sat, no decor whatsoever.This was a special occasion celebration for us and we were stuck in the hallway. I would not go back unless guaranteed a creekside table. We paid the same price as those tables but with zero ambience and cars coming and going in the parking lot. Super disappointed.

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EileenE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love this restaurant. We always pick it for special occasions.

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RichardS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to La Foret to celebrate my wife's birthday and the experience was excellent. We had a table by the creek and the food and service were both excellent, especially the Grand Marnier Souffle.

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vipAlmadensan
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have thing set up so beautifully outdoors in a romantic setting by the creek! 💕 All precautions are well followed and everyone is very professional! The food is always on the level of perfection.

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JohnN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful (amazing, actually), the service impeccable, and the outdoor atmosphere was great! I actually like it better than inside - it is so nice to sit and listen to the creek.

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Fourfilm
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming for two years in a row for my girlfriends bday and it is really a great experience!

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Kapi
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We used to come here for special events and special occasions. There are some items here we really love but this time I tried the rack of lamb and was disappointed. For that price I would really expect more. This restaurant is not cheap by any standard. Paying 250$ for dinner and leaving disappointed is not what I was looking for.
I would still recommend this place but be ware its very expensive and some of the items on the menu are not at this high level.

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MelisaM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 25th Anniversary and made last minute reservations the day of. We were initially seated in an outside breeze way, but then I asked if there were any creek side tables. While at first there were none, the maître de moved us out to the open patio, which was very nice. While deciding on our wine, the maître de came back and said a table near the creek was paying and getting to leave, and would we like to move after our cocktails? We did exactly that, and we enjoyed hearing the creek and view during our delightful dinner. All the food was delicious, as expected. I can't say enough about how the servers and staff went above and beyond to make our celebration very special. If you want extremely attentive service, and wonderful food and atmosphere, go to La Foret.

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GlennD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The best part about La Foret was the food: delicious. I got the 6-course meal with the 6 drinks that are paired with each course. I also loved the ambiance: quiet, next to a stream, with a “woodsy” feel. It is, of course, very pricey: very few bottles of wine for under $100, and several that were over $1,100. The service was average. I had high expectations for my investment. I was also surprised not to see a cheese course in a French Restaurant. Overall, I spent a very enjoyable 2 1/2 hours with my wife, belatedly celebrating our anniversary 2 months late, due to the restaurant having been closed due to COVID-19.

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1PickyMom
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Elk was outstanding. Prawns were a little over done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the grand marniere soufflé. Delicious.

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class service with exceptional menu. Wonderful to be pampered while dining on a meal most likely to not be prepared at home.

JW
JWG76
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The setting was beautiful, the food was divine. Service was good, a bit slow at times.

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VickiD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

We were disappointed in the Grand Marnier soufflé. It was one of the main reasons that we went. When we sat down we told the server that we wanted the soufflé and couldn’t wait to have it. The meal was good but when she brought out the soufflé there was only one and a creme brûlée which we didn’t order. So she said we usually have an extra in back and brought out another. They were terrible. Flat and the sauce wasn’t right at all. That is why the mediocre rating.

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La Foret is rated 4.7 stars by 621 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.