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 ... More
The French Laundry
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 15 tables. The dining time is 3-4 hours with two prix-fixe menus to choose from. Reservations are taken two months in advance to the calendar date (i.e. Reservations for April 1st are taken February 1st). Jackets are required. No Shorts or Tennis Shoes please.
The dishes are impeccably prepared and artfully presented. The service is amazing and the wine list is every impressive. However, overall I was a bit let down. Maybe it was all the hype ..who knows ....
My expectations for the food were so high, there was almost no way to avoid being disappointed. As a meat and potatoes guy with a penchant for over-analyzing everything, my standard was that this meal would need to be three times better than a trip to a steakhouse (some of my favorites are Wolfgang's in New York or Pete Miller's in Evanston, IL) given that the price is roughly three times as much as a steakhouse. Obviously, this is not the review of a foodie. But, my lofty expectations for the food were definitely met, although I still think it's a stretch to say a meal here is worth 3X a trip to Morton's on the merits of the food alone. What took the experience to the next level was the service. It was fantastic. The staff is warm and inviting, where I expected them to be stiff and formal, and they anticipated every need we had. Also, the little touches (the bill comes on a laundry tag, keepsake menus, etc) made the experience that much more special. Overall, a fantastic experience.
This place was by far the best dining experience I have ever had. The service was the best. The food was the best. The wine was the best. I would recommend the 9 course chef's tasting menu. Everything is prepared with skill and precision.
Well after reading some of the recent reviews I was a little skeptical about our dinner plans. Well it was great. Easy to find, parked right out front. The meal was execptional and the service was top notch. Yes it was the most expensive meal I ever had but the whole experence was worth it. You have to go there knowing the dinner for two will be $700 after tip and tax. Don't plan on drinking alcohol if you are on a budget. Beers are $15 to $25 each and the lowest price wine was around $100 and there are plenty of wines over $1000 per bottle. If you have never been there and you can afford it then go. We were both full at the end of the 3 1/2 hour meal.
Let me begin by stating that I have eaten at 5 star restaurants all over the country, and cost is not a consideration. Value and service are.
This place is a rip off. It is aptly named laundry since you are taken to the cleaners here.
Our experience began with reservations made 2 months in advance for 8. The afternoon of our reservation I was called and told, that our reservation time was being pushed back 90 minutes. No explanation, no apology.
The waiter was the most pretentious individual that I have ever met. The wine list so far overpriced that it was beyond insanity. And forget about bringing your own wine since the corkage fee is $75. per bottle.
The meal was a disaster. Not only were the prices exorbitant, but there were many up charges. Let me give an example. Scallops for about $50; there was only one scallop about 1.5 inches in diameter in this huge plate. It looked lost. Actually all entre portions were about 2 oz. Put this into perspective with the Lobster entre, 2 oz. for $80.
If they didn't bring bread we would have starved to death.
OK so here are the positives. You cannot get fat eating here, nor do you have to worry about a DUI. You cannot afford it. Figure a meal for 2 to cost about $400, IF you do not have wine. A price like that and poor service and you will have truly been taken to the laundry.
I would not give this place one star.
1) Exceptional service
2) Innovative use of ingredients and compostion
3) 9 course menu has a good variety of dishes
1) 7 course menu doesn't give bigger portion than 9 course
2) Fish is overcooked
3) Too many dessert courses and they are not too creative.
After the six month wait to get in, the food was tasty as you would expect for $650 for two for the 5 course meals... They charged one arm and a leg and part of my back to open our bottle of wine...AND to top it off... We had to go out to dinner after to actually be satisfied. It was like $650 appetizers!!! And the service was rude... Probably because the first thing they noticed was my country boy looks and my suit (required) was not Armani...
I would more recommend Burger King (which I won't even eat at) over the French Laundry...
I took my husband there to celebrate his birthday. What an experience. We arrived early and decided to just take in the wonderful country atmosphere and sat down outside in the courtyard.
We entered the restaurant proper still a little bit early, but we were promptly seated and offered glasses of champagne. That night, we were given a choice of three menus, all priced at $175. Two of the menus (vegetarian and Chef's tasting) had nine courses and the regular one had seven. I am vegetarian (by choice) and decided to go with the Chef's tasting menu, while my husband had the regular menu along with a special appetizer (extra $25). Needless to say, the food came out in a steady, unhurried pace. This allowed us to enjoy the setting and each other's company.
Besides the food from the menus we ordered, we were also offered extra dishes free of charge. These were offered before our food came out. I thought it was a great idea, it probably allowed the kitchen to prepare our foo
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