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French Laundry

Culinary alchemy in Yountville, Sonoma

Good food shouldn't be rushed. It's as simple as that at French Laundry, voted "Best Restaurant in the World" by Restaurant Magazine.

French Laundry in Sonoma, is one of 3 restaurants in the trendy, but upscale chain (the French LaundryFrench Laundryothers are in New York and Vegas). It opened in 1998 and offers authentic French bistro fare - if you're willing to wait at least 2 months for a reservation.

It's worth the wait though. The service is formal and seamless, the pace unhurried and languid and Chef Keller a master of his trade. Expect to spend at least 3 hours as course after course parades across your plate.

The décor is just as beautiful as the food with a French zinc bar, a mosaic floor, antique light fixtures and an expansive hand-painted mural by French artist, Paulin French LaundryFrench LaundryParis. During the summer, take a seat on the flower-filled patio, the perfect complement to Keller's cuisine.

It's enough to make even the most seasoned foodie, well, drool.

If you go...

A word of warning. Dress appropriately - shorts, sneakers, jeans will revoke your reservation. And it's a fixed price menu:

  • Vegetarian menu: $80US
  • 5-course menu: $105US
  • Chef's tasting menu: $175US
  • French Laundry
    6640 Washington Street

    Phone: 707 944 2380

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