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The French Laundry

4.8
760 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

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About

Built in 1890 as a French Steam Laundry, this rustic two-story stone house is surrounded by a country garden planted with vintage roses, perennials and seasonal herbs. The French Laundry Restaurant has an intimate dining room with 17 tables. The dining time is 3-4 hours with two prix-fixe menus to choose from. Reservations are taken one month in advance to the calendar date (i.e. Reservations for April 1st are taken March 1st).

Jackets are required for gentlemen, although ties are optional. We also ask that no one wears tennis shoes, shorts or t-shirts in the dining room.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:15pm
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Phone number
(707) 944-2380
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Thomas Keller is the Owner/Chef
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Private party facilities
Private dining reservations and events can be secured up to one year in advance. No matter the occasion of your party, be it an intimate luncheon for 8-12 guests in our private dining room, a unique social gathering for 60 with access to the entire restaurant and its courtyard or a celebration at a venue of your choosing, we offer a number of settings and accommodations for your private event. Everything from menu selection to wine pairings, flower arrangements to parting gifts, can be custom designed for a memorable occasion.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Creek Street
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Parking details
Street Parking Available on Washington Street, Parking Lot on Creek Street
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8  based on all time ratings
4.8
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4.8
service
4.6
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4.2
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2017

Fantastic meal. Service was also superb. Thx to Caitlin we had a lovely tour of the kitchen after our meal

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viptjsk (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 3, 2017

We were a group of six, all very excited for our long-anticipated evening at the French Laundry.
The food was incredibly unique and beautifully prepared and presented....and so delicious, of course. We all agreed we had a magical evening, topped off with a wonderful conversation with Thomas Keller as we were departing. It was a special evening.
However, I was disappointed in the constant "fussing" around our table. What was intended to be attentive service became, in fact, very disruptive to our socializing. There was constant activity from the staff, refilling water glasses after every sip; likewise with wine, and glasses removed, glasses added; cutlery removed and added....not to mention the flourish of servers and plates for every course. It just all became very hectic and disconcerting after awhile.
I would suggest fewer servers hovering, and a less frantic pace to the service.

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Angel (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2017

An amazing experience, service, staff, atmosphere and food/dining experience exceeded my expectations. You definitley pay for what you get, no doubt they are a 3 star Michelin restaurant. I plan to be back very soon.

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vipPaul (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2017

Great service and excellent food as expected

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

I had mixed reviews about TFL. I had high hopes and for the most part they were met but there were a couple of hiccups including our sommelier/captain who steered us in the wrong direction for wine pairings. Twice. At the risk of sounding like a #firstworldproblem, we didn't have a wine with one of our courses. It diminished that course. I wouldn't expect this at such a renowned restaurant such as FTL whose food and service should be flawless and impeccable. We got to meet Chef Keller so that was a nice surprise but I'm still thinking about that damn wine-less course.

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vipMcElvis (Houston)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Phenomenal experience! Service was exquisite. Food and wine pairings were spot on. Truly a once in a lifetime culinary experience.

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averageguy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 22, 2017

One of the few Michelin 3-star restaurants in the bay area that doesn't leave you hungry after a three hour dinner! Absolutely top tier menu featuring a lot of local seasonal produce (they have their own garden across the street) along with impeccable yet friendly service. This place and Saison (San Francisco) belong at the top of a list already very short.

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vipJuan (Miami)
5.0  Dined on March 20, 2017

We had an amazing experience. Starting with the beginning, all the way to the ending when we were offered a tour of the kitchen and we had the great pleasure of meeting Chef Thomas Keller, who was a complete gentleman. He made us feel as though we were the only ones there that night. The food, the service, everything. The best culinary experience that we have had in the entire world. Believe me we have been all over, but this was the best by far!!!!!!!

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vipWill (Houston)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2017

Best meal of my life. For such a highly rated and well known restaurant, we were happily surprised to have such down to earth waiters and service. Not rushed or snooty, just an all around unforgettable experience. Took our party back to the kitchen after lunch. An awesome meal and great family time. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2017

I read reviews and got nervous. When you're spending this kind of money on a meal, you want perfection.

I had read that Thomas Keller's goal is to make you want just one more bite of each dish, but by the next course you're feeling the same way about it. He delivered perfection on 10 plates last night. The service was impeccable, the staff friendly, and the food was absolutely perfect. It was the best 2 hours of this foodies' restaurant life. We are still talking about dishes, ingredients, tastes, etc. I walked away thinking TK deserves every star he has. We have visited lots of highly rated restaurants; this is an experience like no other.

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vipnapalgal (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2017

Been waiting a long time to dine at this restaurant , exceeded our expectations .
Tyson was absolutely amazing
The food was so exciting and flawlessly delicious
Yes, it was hugely expensive, but it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences
Our som was fantastic

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vipMaryB (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2017

The French Laundry has been on my bucket list for years and it was well worth the wait! The food and wine combined with the outstanding hospitality made for the most beautiful family dinner in Yountville. Half of our group chose the Tasting of Vegetables and half chose the chef's Tasting menu. If you have ever considered trying rabbit and octopus this is the place! On the vegetarian menu stuffed morel mushrooms, potato crusted la ratte potato and almond wood grilled cabbage are never a regret. All delicious and artistically presented. The dessert course was filled with fruit, chocolates, ice cream and more. All decadent and once in a lifetime delicious. This was one of the most fantastic "foodie" experiences for my young adult children. It will be a lifetime memory for our family and The French Laundry is back on my bucket list. One must experience this twice in a lifetime!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

This was a truly fabulous experience and the food and wine were only surpassed by the service. We read a tremendous amount of reviews that The French Laundry was overrated. In all honesty, a couple decades ago we dined here as well and we were not wowed; so we hesitated to revisit. However, something about this trip was fabulous. We all found it to be very worth it. Four of us dined and all four enjoyed every course. The recommended wine pairings were spot on and the selection was endless. Three in our foursome are quasi sommeliers and they were appreciative of the wine selections.

It is certainly not for those on a budget, but if you are one who can manage it, I highly recommend giving it a try. It is worth the trouble and I would bet my first born that if you feel anything is not absolutely perfect, politely communicate your concerns and the unparalleled staff will be immediately remedy any issue beyond your satisfaction.

I am confident that everyone in the restaurant on our night left with smiles on their faces and I am confident you will too.

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vipDjcook (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

This was a once in a lifetime dining experience for us. This is a dining experience - food, service, ambiance - it was all amazing. However, you do pay for amazing. It was the most we've ever paid for a meal, but we had an amazing time.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2017

Once in a lifetime experience loved it The interior could use an update

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