La Foret

4.7
880 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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RonaT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a such great experience from the time we walked in. Allen our server went above and beyond to make this experience more enjoyable and exceptional. Food was so delicious and left us wanting more.

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vipGreg
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food, service, and ambiance. Alan was our waiter and was very friendly and made sure we were happy with everything. The wine he suggested went perfect with each of our meals.

All of the food was over the top delicious. Cooked perfect.

We will be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food rich & greatly portioned. Lisa our waiter was amazing and attentive. I would recommend this location to anyone that is seeking a peaceful & historical restaurant to dine at. Hidden gem, delicious French food.

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vipnachop
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a quiet and quality dining experience. We tried the tasting menu 2 (6course) with wine pairing, everything was great - no complaints.

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TiffanyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Romantic and chic place to have a nice celebration dinner. Dishes are not large but tastes very good.

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AndrewK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the taster menu #1. The quail came out on it's own and the beef then came with vegetables. The house salad was nothing special, but the rest was very good. The Mount Hamilton Cabernet was very good.

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vipBbcdine
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Terri’s food and friendly service

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JackO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little noise from the big birthday party in the room next to us.

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MsSanJose
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent services and food in a wonderful rural setting. We had brunch and everything tasted amazing. We also received a complimentary appetizer platter with an assortment of goodies. Great place for special occasion meal!

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JudyO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. We had not been to la forget in a few years, this was a special treat at a special place. Excellent ambiance, service and food.

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lovetodine
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing !!!!

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GilH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasting menu with wine pairings was excellent. We did 5 course and it was certainly enough food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting for a quiet dinner with friends and family. Excellent masking and social distancing protocols.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to Eva and the kind, thoughtful, professional staff. We enjoyed a day after Christmas brunch in a storied, cozy setting. The prawns were succulently sautéed, the quail with huckleberry reduction tender, and the soufflés as light as meringue.

La Foret
Responded on December 28, 2021

We are so happy you enjoyed your holiday brunch at La Foret. On behalf of Eva and our whole staff, we look forward to serving you and your guests again soon.

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Jeffie
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas dinner it was raining hard but La Foret seated me inside without batting an eyelash even though my reservation was for the patio. Alan my waiter was excellent helping with the selection of a main course. The entire evening was memorable for its professionalism and attention to detail.

La Foret
Responded on December 28, 2021

On behalf of Alan and the whole team it was our pleasure to serve you on Christmas, which has been a La Foret tradition for decades. We hope to you will have another opportunity to join us again soon.

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MaureenW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our Christmas Eve tradition.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our first time at La Foret. The service was not high end quality, but better than some. The protein portions and sauces were delicious. We were not provided with butter for our bread and had to ask. The tortellini was a little under cooked. The vegetable medley was the same for every different meal it seemed. The kale had a balsamic type sauce that clashed with the sauce of my veal. A basic salt and pepper seasoning would have been more appropriate. Overall it was good, but for the price it could have been better.

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vipmjl504
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my ultimate favorite places. It’s our “must go” when in the Bay Area. The food is always executed beautifully and everything tastes so amazing. I practically do a “happy dance” with every bite. The service and ambiance is always impeccable. It’s just the best place to go.

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JimB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ordered Cream corn soup. Got Clam Chowder instead

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ChristineN
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was sensational! All the dishes were perfect. The sauces for each dish were outstanding. We had tasting menu 1 and tasting menu 2, and we were so full. The dishes came out a tad slow but that's how we like it so make sure there's plenty of time for enjoyment.

La Foret
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. On behalf of all of at La Foret, we appreciate it it very much. We look forward to serving you and your guests on another occasion soon.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We look forward to an evening at La Foret. Haivng been going there since the 1980's, it is always a great meal.

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vipAlmadensan
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious, warm and wonderful experience...always!

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sharksfan
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We introduced our friends to La Foret and they were duly impressed! They loved the secluded location, ambiance and the excellent food! They both grew up in the area but had never heard of the restaurant. It was nicely decorated for Christmas and we took pictures in front of the tree. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. He encouraged us to try the wild game and told me I would like the venison here…he was right! The venison with cherry sauce, a special not on the menu, was absolutely delicious with no “gamey” flavor. The waiter’s wine recommendation was also spot on. My husband and our friend enjoyed everything on the Tasting menu #1, especially the quail. Ended with always delicious crème brûlée and chocolate torte. A lovely evening, thank you!

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anton7364
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it as the previous times, loved the private room and their amazing elk and venison. And of course their souffle

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KwaiK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Definitely will go back. We had a five course and a six course meal. The brown color sauce is a little too similar from one course to the next. Still a great experience. Food tasted good and presentation was nice.

We sat next to a small group with a young man who talks way too loud. I think he was trying to impress his future parents in law. We decided not to make a big deal out of it.

Ambience is very nice. Pretty, charming, low stress and unpretentious. The waitress and bus people were fantastic. Very attentive. Change silverware and plate after each course.

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GigiS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere, food, and service. I had not been here for 15 years and it was as wonderful now as it was then. A marvelous way to celebrate a special even with friends.

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Julia
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, especially the appetizer Prawns Meunière. We sampled several different entrees, all very good. The best thing about LaForet, though, is the service. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable, but never hover. They anticipate your needs without being obtrusive. Our party had older and middle aged adults plus two adolescents. We all enjoyed it so much. A lovely experience!

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Michellea
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We had the elk and wild boar. The flavors were too farm raised my expectations for both proteins are a natural wild flavor aka a slight gamey taste

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EmmyK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy it was our first b day celebration it was special and totally cool place to have a gourmet meal

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vipPeterC
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

La Foret is lovely! The ambience, the setting deep in the dark woods, the attentive and genuinely caring service, the warmth, the little touches. All of it is lovely. The only thing missing is - the food is not worthy of the place. The food is fine - but it is missing those touches that lift it out of the good but ordinary. Those touches that make you smile when you see and taste and smell a dish. Those, sadly, are missing.

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RobertD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening. We have only been doing outdoor dining for this last year and we’re concerned that due to the cool temperature, would have to be inside. The staff was very accommodating allowing us to still be outside and even had two heaters nearby, making it quite comfortable- even for my 85 year old visiting mother in law! The waiter Christian I believe was just wonderful. We have been here a few times in the last few months as it is just about the only fine dining establishment with outdoor seating. Food was great. I guess it is somewhat old school French but honestly I enjoy it every time. Of course the soufflé was incredible. Thanks for being so accommodating!

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ValerieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not only was the food exceptional, but the wait staff was absolutely top notch!
They left us no regrets about the prices we paid for our meals!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious dinner from start to finish. Ambiance is perfect for an elegant but not pretentious dining experience. Staff is always attentive and helpful. Feel special whenever we dine there. Most definitely we will be back.

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UnlandJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sammy and Lisa made us feel so welcome with their excellent service. The food is still wonderful. We were happy to see our favorite dishes on the menu.

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vipSilky
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was only me second time being here. First time was over 15 years ago. The overall experience could have been much better.
If there are still tables for 4 in a better location, I am not sure why they would seat us at a table for two that is crammed into a small area. The server that we had seemed like she would be better suited working in a 24 hour diner. No attempt at providing a fine dining experience. Other than that, the food was great and the ambiance was very nice.

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Bill
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food in a nice setting next to a forest/creek. Great tasting soup, amazing bison ribeye steak, very tender juicy and flavorful and good sauce to go with it.

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India
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and very welcoming.

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vipfood4thot
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice place for special occasion dining. Service could have been better.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience.

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Ctkm7
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Delicious food. Perfect for a special occasion or a relaxing night out. Our waiter Christian was professional and personable. Such a delightful evening.

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La Foret is rated 4.7 stars by 880 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.