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“Simply the Best”
Review of The French Laundry

The French Laundry
Ranked #5 of 31 Restaurants in Yountville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$240
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Creek Street
Reviewed 6 May 2014

The well-known French Laundry with top chef Thomas Keller at the helm, does not disappoint an any aspect of the experience. The food is, without question, very unique and extremely creative. It is a minimum nine course tasting menu that leaves you wanting mor of what you just ate until you get the next plate and then you want more of that. The service is impeccable. The atmosphere is classy. It is expensive and shoud be saved for a special occasion for those who don't usually spend over $500.00 for dinner for two without wine.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Our reservation was for 9pm for the 4 of us. We got there exactly at 9 pm and our table was not ready. We had to wait half an hour to get seated at our table. Our waiter was very unpleasant and the food started coming out one after the other in a hurried manner. We felt that we were being rushed to eat and leave and the food wasn't even something to rave about. I will never go back to that place. It is overpriced, there is no atmosphere, no décor, rushed service and there are so many nicer restaurants in the whole area that offer so much more. It was a big disappointment not to mention the bill that amounted to $ 1,400 for the four of us.
No thank you.

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10  Thank 707Natasha
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

After an unnecessarily complicated reservation process and quite a rude approach in which the guest has to call the restaurant to confirm the reservation (is it too expensive for them to call?), our expectations were quite high.

The dinner started in a speedy manner and the tempo was extremely fast. For such an exclusive restaurant to feel they got us in and out in under 2,5 hours was offensive.

The food was uninspired and relatively bland. Some of the dishes were almost a joke. It isn't enough to serve small portions for a dish to be exclusive. I won't analyze the meal dish by dish, but most of them showed not only a lack of inspiration but also a complete disregard for the guest and an approach that is oriented towards making a quick profit. The dessert, although the best part of the meal, were not in sink with the meal. Too many of them and without any particular logic...

We will never eat here again.

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27  Thank DanasJedem
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

My husband and I recently celebrated our first year anniversary by having dinner at The French Laundry. Not only was our meal exception but the attention to detail blew us away. Upon receiving our menus we noticed they were personalized and congratulated us on our first year anniversary. What a wonderful momento! Dining at The French Laundry is not just receiving a meal, but an experience.

The reviewer who complained about the dress code obviously does not know what kind of standard this restaurant has. There is no a way a restaurant with *three* Michelin stars would allow flip flops and jeans in their dining area. There's plenty of cheap chain restaurants you can go to for that. I appreciate that this restaurant has a high standard.

Exceptional!

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Thank OkieJeannette
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

This is the only fast food restaurant that demands men to wear jackets. Mediocre food at stellar prices. If only they would devote the same amount of energy on food and guests as they do on complicating reservations and elaborating the dress code! This is the wrong type of engineering!

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23  Thank DVonTravel
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