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The French Laundry

6640 Washington St. (Creek St.) Send to Phone
707-944-2380 | Menu
Chef-proprietor Thomas Keller’s iconic Yountville destination. Thomas Keller was GAYOT's 2013 Best Restaurateur in the U.S.

 Read a profile of chef Thomas Keller and check out GAYOT's review of his The French Laundry Cookbook.
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The French Laundry, Yountville, CA

The French Laundry Restaurant Review

: There are few restaurants where dining inspires a pilgrimage. The French Laundry’s vortex compels zealots from around the world. Many document their odyssey here, relaying every detail from their journey beyond the blue door. Each bite is recalled in detail to those who live to hear about it and sigh, anticipating their own someday passage into culinary adulthood. The wizardry unfolds inside chef-proprietor Thomas Keller’s understated French country sanctum where two daily-changing multi-course prix-fixe meals (Chef’s Tasting Menu, $310; Vegetable Tasting Menu, $310) are executed in Harry Potter-like fashion --- one wonders if the perfect execution isn’t magic? Behold the “Oysters and Pearls,” “sabayon” of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters and white sturgeon caviar. Butter-poached Maine lobster pairs with corn, bacon, tomato confit and roasted tomato butter, while charcoal-grilled “calotte de boeuf” is complemented by onions, beets, spinach “custard” and “sauce bordelaise.” Chocolate, ice cream, fruit and candies comprise the “Assortment of Desserts.” The cheese course is composed and presented in the same labor-intensive fashion as the rest of the meal, with accompaniments that have included pickled pearl onions, broccoli and whole-grain mustard. The wine list is appropriately extensive. Servers have telepathic powers; they are intuitive, scrupulously precise and deliberately paced, allowing you to soak in the three or four hour experience that, alas, seems to vanish all too soon. For reservations, potential diners no longer have to endure wait times on the phone line. Tables are now booked via the online reservation system Tock.

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French Laundry is SO not worth what they charge you.
by aanraku on Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:18 pm
We dined with a party of ten in Sept. 2006 and 2007. At our 2007 seating they forgot the promised birthday cake and 5 of the 9 dishes were the same as the previous year. When we emailed and asked them to vary the menu, they called us personally and said, "If you don't like what I serve, don't come." We cancelled and will now dine at Gary Danko's in S.F., a much better restaurant. French Laundry is SO not worth what they charge you.
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