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The French Laundry

French Restaurant and New American Restaurant$$$$
  • The experts at Eater and Epicurious recommend this place
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    • Epicurious
  • Paola V.
    "Everything! Please start with the oysters and pearls!"(5 Tips)
    Thomas K.
    "Nine course tasting menu with a few chef extras was fantastic."(8 Tips)
    The Daily Meal
    "Chef Thomas Keller’s iconic restaurant"(4 Tips)
    Paul L.
    "Perfect service, delicious food, epic wine list."(2 Tips)
106 Tips and reviews
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  • Eater
    EaterAugust 15, 2014
    Bill Addison recommends mac and cheese: "Handmade tube pasta, sweetbreads, and a binding sauce fashioned from fava of the staffers giddily buried the dish in black truffle shavings. Read more
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurJune 7, 2016
    For the refined foodie, this is mecca, and it's worth every penny. Service is top notch and the impeccably plated meal spans hours, with no single ingredient used more than once. Read more
  • Mel M.
    Mel MendozaFebruary 5, 2016
    Take your time & savor every minute of every bite, enjoy their complimentary Bubbly! Prepare for upgrades on food, wine & ask for different types of menus they have for the day. Ask for a Kitchen Tour
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BouludJuly 30, 2014
    A wonderful place to go for a special occasion and every bit as delicious as it was 20 years ago. First time visitors will be very much impressed by the classic “oysters and pearls”.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KeatingJuly 8, 2016
    Lived up to all the hype. Nine course tasting menu with a few chef extras was fantastic. You won't regret going here, if you can get a reservation. Food is the #1 reason, but service outstanding.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Menu changes nightly, signature dishes include Oyster and Pearls (pearl tapioca with oysters and caviar); cornets of salmon tartare; Coffee and Doughnuts (espresso mousse and doughnuts). Read more
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LFebruary 19, 2016
    All the dishes were delicious! Excellent service and great ambiance. Was there for Valentine's Day and was a memorable experience. One of my favorite dishes was the oysters and pearls
  • Paola V.
    Paola ViscogliosiMay 21, 2016
    Everything! Please start with the oysters and pearls! The service here is great. Free having been at Per Se a number of times- I am excited to be having a meal here.
  • Harris O.
    Harris OrangesFebruary 4, 2013
    Ask you server about Blue Apron Brown Ale, a special bottle fermented beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Only found at TFL, it is excellent to share with your cheese pairing.
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MMarch 23, 2015
    Best meal I've ever had in my life, bar none. Over 1 dozen (small) courses that just kept coming. Sacrilegious, ordered French wine while in Napa, but awesome. You need reservations well in advance.
  • Eater
    EaterNovember 14, 2016
    Thomas Keller’s restaurant is currently charging $175 extra for a truffle supplement on the tasting menu. Have it over hand cut tagliatelle on the vegetable menu too. Read more
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueAugust 14, 2016
    3* Michelin perfectly deserved and, more importantly, perfectly well executed, from produce to technique to wine, service, setting and cutlery. Worth a tidy little fortune and worth every penny.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 28, 2011
    Get 9 of your friends and book the private room. You won't be disappointed. One of the best meals I have had in my life. If you can sneak a peak of the kitchen afterwards, its a must!
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    The setting is serene, the food very sophisticated & delicious, the service of outmost grandeur. Overall it's a very unique experience from a very caring team guided by one of the world's leading chef
  • Henry P.
    Henry PhamSeptember 16, 2013
    If you really appreciate excellent food, this restaurant have to be in your bucket list to scratch.. Spectacular. The staff is just amazing. The ambiance is simple perfection.
  • Håkon S.
    Håkon SMay 10, 2015
    Absoulutely fantastic! An iconic 3 star restaurant. You have to book exactly 2 months in advance at 10am on the very same day you want a table. Good luck !
  • Christian F.
    Christian FengFebruary 3, 2016
    3 Michelin stars is no joke. Expensive but it's some of the best. It's an experience. Our lunch was around 4 hours though. Not sure if that's normal. Reservation was 6 months in advance.
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WongJune 28, 2013
    can something so amazing, so spectacular, be real? it seemed like the waiter shaved the black truffle for a good eternity. 9 courses felt like 1000++ courses. i don't know, man. was it all a dream?
  • Jon G.
    Jon GluckFebruary 2, 2012
    If unforgettable experiences and magical mouthfeel are your thing, then consider this legendary place for your next epicurean investment. $400 per, 4 hours, 12 courses later we were left Kellerized!
  • Marshall M.
    Marshall MansonMarch 6, 2012
    Look, it's the best dinner you'll ever have by a long way. Settle down and enjoy it. Let the staff guide you along. They know their stuff better than anyone.
  • Rony C.
    Rony ChammasSeptember 3, 2012
    Many of the ingredients come from their garden across the street. Don't even look at the menu, let the chef surprise you with every dish.
  • Colleen D.
    Colleen DourneyJune 20, 2013
    Between the food, sommelier-suggested local wines, incredible staff and amazing conversation, this was one of the best experiences I've ever had.
  • JustLuxe
    JustLuxeOctober 13, 2012
    Try the Sweet Butter-Poached Maine Lobster Tail With Farro Verde, Fairytale Eggplant, Moroccan Olive And Cilantro Shoots - #fabulous #thefrenchlaundry #chefkeller
  • Burt H.
    Burt HermanFebruary 7, 2012
    If you can actually get in, it's an experience to remember. One trick to get reservations: Try local hotels where concierges hold tables for guests (but you have to then also stay there)
  • Paul L.
    Paul LomaxSeptember 1, 2013
    It certainly lives up to expectations. Perfect service, delicious food, epic wine list. Make sure to roam their gardens across the road.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Expect 13+ unique courses like fresh cornets of caviar, oeufs en gelée, rabbit sirloin, chocolate + kumquat vol-au-vents. – Green Guide Editor
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LamDecember 4, 2013
    Unparalleled. Explore their vegetable garden, then savor the 9+ course tasting (I've had as many as 20, your mileage may vary) and truly epic wine program. Maître d' Larry will take great care of you.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 25, 2010
    Request a fireside table in one of the tiny stone rooms and settle in for a tasting menu that is whimsical, flavorful, and worth every minute of the two full months you waited to get a reservation.
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TranApril 12, 2015
    Food is delicious as expected. The restaurant is using a shipping container for their temporary kitchen during the remodel. Very cool.
  • C-Lyte
    C-LyteFebruary 18, 2016
    The food is superb! The wine list is amazing! The service is impeccable! Everything you expect from a world's top 50 restaurant!
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 26, 2014
    No question, one of if not the best meal I have ever had. If you are a party of 6 get the table in the garden. Absolutely incredible experience.
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PaiceSeptember 6, 2014
    It's every bit as good as you think it'll be. Worth every penny, so don't hold back.
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 11, 2013
    The hours will melt away as you savor dozens of small plates filing like clockwork out of the bustling kitchen. There is no undue pageantry in this mecca of haute cuisine.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsFebruary 24, 2016
    They're happy to create a wine pairing for you in your price range, and it's unbelievably worth it
  • Jude R.
    Jude RoviraMarch 25, 2010
    All in all the best meal I have ever hat to privilege to place on my palate. But the greatest thing I have ever given my palate in my life was the Sous Vide Bacon Wrapped Shad Roe.
  • Juliet M.
    Juliet McNallyFebruary 28, 2013
    When they come by with bread, just turn it down! Trust me, you will end up way too full if you start filling up on bread.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CoatsJuly 27, 2012
    "...and you do dinners at French Laundry and Napa Valleyscallops and glasses of dolce, that s**t right up your alley..." from The Ride by Drake ft. The Weeknd
  • Burt H.
    Burt HermanMay 18, 2013
    Try making a reservation at a local hotel if you want any hope of getting to eat here, they have some saved tables
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealOctober 3, 2011
    Taking over what had been a good but far simpler restaurant, chef Thomas Keller approached contemporary American food with French technique and established new standards for fine dining in America. Read more
  • ruben p.
    ruben pranataApril 4, 2011
    Amazing dining experience... corkage is $75/bottle if you plan to bring in a special bottle from your own collection...
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    The French Laundry was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VaughanAugust 19, 2011
    What more is there to say? Everything was amazing. I had the highest expectations and they were exceeded.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 11, 2016
    Tasting menu. Expensive & not easy getting reservations but a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thoughtful dishes. Upgrade options $$. Jacket required for men. 🍴
  • TimSamsTravelUSA
    Find a seat and sit enjoy the vegetables growing.
  • Will K.
    Will KivinskiMarch 13, 2013
    Food was good but not as memorable as other Bay Area restaurants. Numerous flaws with service but still a magical evening.
  • Christopher G.
    The finest restaurant from the finest chef staffed by the finest people.
  • Yas A.
    Yas AbSeptember 2, 2016
    Had the most amazing meal of my life here. I really have no words. Especially in the form of a foursquare comment.
  • Marshall M.
    Marshall MansonMarch 6, 2012
    Have a walk around the French Laundry's unique garden before dinner -- you won't want to afterwards.
  • Visit Napa Valley
    Visit Napa ValleyMarch 14, 2012
    Got a bucket list? Add having the pleasure to experiencing a meal at The French Laundry to your list! This is food taken to the highest level.
  • Alison C.
    Alison Clay-DuboffMay 19, 2013
    Let them choose the wine And have the princess cake!
  • Tom L.
    Tom LeeApril 1, 2013
    How did a failed Manhattan chef who was L.A.-bound emerge in the Napa Valley to create a restaurant that rivals the three-star establishments of rural France? Taking over what had been a simple res...
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveMarch 17, 2011
    Alicia Silverstone had her best vegan meal here. “They do these incredible vegan menus".
  • Craig C.
    Craig CampMarch 9, 2010
    Before or after your fabulous meal at French Laundry taste our wines at Cornerstone Cellars - we're a 5 minute walk south just across from the post office. Foursquare visitors taste 2 for the price Read more
  • Kathy J.
    Kathy JohnsonMarch 7, 2010
    I still can taste and smell my last meal. Divine truffle permeated the air and rendered me intoxicated on first bite. Pricey but ohhhh so worth it!
  • Alison
    AlisonMarch 5, 2011
    Classic french cuisine, done well. Service of course is spectacular!
  • Jeremy L.
    Jeremy LippsSeptember 8, 2014
    Insanely good. A damn culinary journey.
  • Maggie L.
    Maggie LFebruary 3, 2014
    Tasting menu worth trying once
  • JustLuxe
    JustLuxeOctober 8, 2012
    Try the Salad Of K&J Orchards Plum - Looks and tastes like a piece of #art.
  • Vince T.
    Vince TMarch 30, 2010
    Still the best dining experience we've ever had. This place sets the bar SO high it's your reference for life.
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TroutmanJuly 14, 2012
    Request "coffee and donuts" upon arrival. It's the proverbial post coital cigarette to an orgasmic tasting menu.
  • ginny h.
    ginny hAugust 28, 2014
    Save room for multiple courses of dessert!
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    The location is amazing. Their food is extraordinary. -Timothy Dean, Top Chef
  • Yve F.
    Yve FontileaSeptember 11, 2011
    One word: Opentable. You sometimes get very, very lucky.
  • Donna N.
    Donna NoviMay 21, 2012
    Plan on spending 4 hours for a party of four and bring your wallet!
  • James F.
    James FranklinMarch 3, 2013
    Try the Hand Harvested Maine Sea Scallop -
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 15, 2010
    With a tasting menu, best meal EVER. -Mary Schmidt Amons, Real Housewives of DC
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KOctober 20, 2011
    I don't need to tell you this, but probably the best restaurant in the country.
  • AJC
    AJCJuly 1, 2013
    Want to know how to get a reservation? We have the scoop. Read more
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealMarch 4, 2011
    Chef Thomas Keller’s iconic restaurant is located in a buildingthat used to be a brothel. Read more
  • Heidi C.
    Heidi ConnollyFebruary 21, 2014
    What's not to love! It's worth the splurge.
  • Isaac G.
    Isaac GDecember 1, 2012
    This is a garden of theirs.
  • Mar d.
    Mar de OjedaMay 4, 2012
    Amazing place. One of the better meals in CA.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out French Laundry as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • James F.
    James FranklinMarch 4, 2013
    Try the Passion Fruit "Swiss Roll" -
  • Mr V.
    Mr VitanzaJuly 12, 2010
    I try to come here at least once a week. It reminds me of my days as a French poet.
  • christina s.
    christina smileyMarch 16, 2010
    Best food I ever had! Was worth the wait and the money!! I hope I get to eat there again. Read more
  • Travis W.
    Travis WiseDecember 31, 2012
    Take the clothespin home as a souvenir.
  • Dev A.
    Dev AnandDecember 17, 2011
    Scallops and glasses of Dolce, thats right up your alley.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa ScottJuly 11, 2015
    Everything is wonderful!
  • Fábio M.
    Fábio MoonMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the hibiscus sorbet
  • Jorge D.
    Jorge DaccarettApril 2, 2011
    awesome ... worth every penny of it
  • Abby F.
    Abby FinkelOctober 5, 2014
    Best meal I've ever had.
  • James F.
    James FranklinMarch 3, 2013
    Try the Oysters and Pearls -
  • Dave B.
    Dave BoudreauFebruary 3, 2012
    Average check size: $957 (Source: Wired Magazine, February 2012)
  • I-yen L.
    I-yen LinbergOctober 2, 2015
    just about everything.
  • Prev
    PrevFebruary 17, 2014
    Worth every penny!
  • Mario S.
    Mario SundarOctober 24, 2012
    Michelin 2013, 3 stars
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJuly 20, 2015
    Walk the garden outside and across the street.
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapNovember 26, 2010
    Tasting menu = spectacular!! Try it, please. :-)
  • Stasch K.
    Stasch KurasNovember 10, 2011
    #3 on Bourdain's Places to eat before you die
  • Fábio M.
    Fábio MoonMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Oysters and Pearls
  • Mike C.
    Mike CoatsJuly 27, 2012
    Make sure you say what up to Larry the Maitre D'!!! He's such a savage
  • Kjell
    KjellDecember 23, 2012
    Like Arnold said in Pumping Iron, I am cumming.
  • Hilmi O.
    Hilmi OzgucMarch 23, 2013
    It was either this or In-n-out burger...
  • Alejandro
    AlejandroMarch 27, 2013
    Fantastic Food !!!
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 17, 2013
    Three Michelin stars
  • Russell M.
    Russell MisakiAugust 2, 2011
    Lovely flowers :)
  • Mark S.
    Mark SaltzmanAugust 21, 2015
    It just doesn't get any better than this.
  • Fábio M.
    Fábio MoonMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the peach melba
  • Zane R.
    Zane ReinhardMarch 13, 2013
    Dessert lasts over an hour! You are warned.
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