The French Laundry Restaurant

The French Laundry Restaurant in Yountville, California may have food to die for, but can you pay for it? Chef and proprietor Thomas Keller was named Best American Chef by TIME magazine in 2001. The restaurant gets consistently top ratings. Still, when you see the prices of the meals, you might want to start saving up now if you ever want to eat there! The bill shown here is not the only one you'll see in this post, and you'll also get a "taste" of the portion sizes as the food is presented.


From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by rappin.

Portion doesn't have anything to do with price, it's about cost of effort, ingredients, and presentation of the dish. Also quality is always paramount, if something is wrong with the dish, it's always remade and replaced, because reputation is everything.
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Looks like what the chef had left over from another plate. Still costs $210.
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So you could easily drop a couple grand on dinner there and from the looks of it, you'd still be hungry when you leave. How can a single (tiny) plate of food truly be worth $800? Maybe if it's a black rhinoceros filet gently simmered in a panda bear roux and garnished with red diamonds?

WTF. I'll never understand rich people.
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"I'll never understand rich people."

Rich people do what they do simply to remind themselves that they're not poor people. That's the only way to rationalize their vulgar tastes.
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The French Laundry doesn't serve a la carte choices, only tasting menus, and at the moment, the menus cost $240 in total, with service included. All those photos are of individual courses from the nine-course menu. This post is misleading.
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Actually, you'd be glad those portions are small, as there are at least 8 courses, and by the end, you really are quite stuffed. And as the last poster said, yes, there is no ala carte, so those "prices" are randomly culled out of the total somehow. Rather misleading to make a point about how expensive it is. And it is expensive, but it's also one of the finest dining experiences in the world. If that's your passion, you'll pay for it.
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Having been to French Laundry (in fact, where my husband proposed), it is worth every penny. Even though each dish is small, we ended up with probably about 11 courses and were completely stuffed when we left, happy and satisfied. Each bite is perfection.

The quality and ingenuity of Keller's menu, along with the freshness of the ingredients, in unparalleled, even at his NYC restaurant Per Se (also been to). It is a meal like no other, worth the years of waiting for a table and money put into it. Not a place you go regularly, but a meal you will never, ever forget.
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FYI, for Ratatouille, Pixar had several dozen 'learning days' where the storyboard artists, animators, and others dined at The French Laundry...Pixar picked up the tab.

Another darn good reason to work at Pixar
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This post is totally misleading - the meal costs $240 per person. It includes 10-12 of the dishes included in the post, they are not available individually. The bills shown are clearly for 4 to 6 people. Not saying it's cheap, but the post is just incorrect and doesn't deserve the link.
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I love how people who think Outback Steak House is the height of dining find experiences like this to be personally insulting. Hey, guess what? You don't want to eat at a particular restaurant then nobody is forcing you!

@Lola: Self righteous much?
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