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The French Laundry

by Katie Skrzek

Aug 19, 2019

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Reviews / Restaurant

My husband and I snagged lunch reservations at The French Laundry ahead of our trip to Sonoma and Napa. As people who love to experience unique and exciting dining options while traveling, we were thrilled to try the iconic restaurant.


We arrived in time for our lunch reservation and were immediately brought to our table in the first-floor dining room. The fine-dining restaurant offers two tasting menus, one vegetarian, for each dining service. The menu changes daily, including from lunch to dinner service. With each menu there are options to upgrade select courses for an additional fee.


My husband and I both selected the non-vegetarian menu for our meals, with my husband upgrading his first course. We asked our attentive waiter for wine pairings to go with our meal. I started with a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a white and finishing with a red. The nine-course meal is a decadent feast, with a variety of dishes for every palate. While I truly enjoyed every course, my favorites were the first course of oysters, an Alaskan king crab raviolo and a Peking duck dish that reminded me of Thanksgiving.


The dessert course was also memorable, with an indulgent assortment of treats. We capped off our meal with coffees and a brief tour of the kitchen. Guests are also treated to a parting gift of a tin of cookies each, plus of a copy of the menu from your particular meal.


The service, food, wine and atmosphere at The French Laundry contributed to an incredible dining experience I won’t soon forget.


6640 Washington St.

Yountville, CA 94599

tel 707 944 2380



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