The French Laundry

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#1 of 41 restaurants in Yountville
#1 of 90 places to eat in Yountville
Average price: $75-150
Closed. Opens at 11:00
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6640 Washington St, 94599
Yountville, California, USA
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Besides Yountville Park, visit The French Laundry in the vicinity. Many visitors say that waiters serve fantastic caviar, salmon tartare and amazing sturgeon here. This restaurant offers you divine shortbread cookies, chocolate macarons and fascinating chocolate truffles. Degust terrific Sauvignon blanc, champagne or tasty scotch. Wonderful iced espresso, cappuccino or superb tea are what may make you come back to The French Laundry.

Visit this place to celebrate an anniversary, wedding, or a birthday party in a beautiful interior. The awesome service and the exceptional staff are its great pluses. You will like fair prices. This spot is known for its delightful atmosphere. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that deserves a special trip.

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Nothing more needs to be said, but our meal in November was truly magical. I don't know that each dish was the "best" of whatever it was that I've ever had, but when you look at all the courses as a whole, it was truly the dreamiest meal we've ever had. The service was impeccable (not at ALL stuffy), and they made us feel right at home (I'm guessing they are experts at quickly determining which "style" of service -- more formal or casual -- a group prefers). My only add-on was the foie gras, and it was my favorite dish of the night. It made me wish I would have tried a few of the other add-ons. We also loved the oysters and pearls (of course) and the cheese course (some sort of gruyere I believe) was to die for. Now I just need to get back!
What can I say that hasn't already been said about The French Laundry? If you can easily afford it, go. If you cannot, figure it out and still go. From start to finish our meal, wine and service were all EXQUISITE! We have already booked our return visit and I can hardly wait.
It pains me to write this review, but this place disappointed. We went for lunch last spring and although the food was delicious, at times it felt like some of the dishes were lukewarm, not because of intent but because they had been sitting. At one point we even had to wait 45 minutes between our second fish and first meat dish. As a result, the three hours we spent there dragged on and at no point were we provided an explanation (we deduced that there may have been a shift change but we will never know). I had had this place on my list for a long (how could you not), and I know that this is a culinary institution, but I would recommend that you try any of the other high end restaurants in the area.
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6640 Washington St, Yountville, California, USA, 94599 Get directions
Opening hours
SundaySun 11:00-13:00, 17:30-21:30
MondayMon 17:30-21:30
TuesdayTue 17:30-21:30
WednesdayWed 17:30-21:30
ThursdayThu 17:30-21:30
FridayFri 11:00-13:00, 17:30-21:30
SaturdaySat 11:00-13:00, 17:30-21:30
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