***The French Laundry’s commitment to hospitality begins long before you sit down at our table. We reopen The French Laundry in the same way that has guided us since opening our doors 43 years ago: with keen attention to detail, warmth and hospitality, and with the goal of making happy memories for our guests.
The French Laundry is now taking reservations. With springtime in the air, seatings begin at 4:00pm and continue until 8:15pm. We look forward to welcoming you to experience our Chef's Tasting menu featuring seasonal highlights from the culinary garden.
We are currently operating in accordance with the current State and Local health edicts and look forward to your visit. Guests are always required to wear face coverings when not actively eating or drinking. We look forward to welcoming you and please stay safe. Please continue to check back and follow us on Instagram @_TFL_ for updates.***
Chef Thomas Keller visited Yountville, California, in the early 1990s to find a space to fulfill a longtime culinary dream: to establish a destination for fine French cuisine in the Napa Valley. In his travels, he came across a rustic two-story stone cottage. As he walked into the restaurant’s quaint courtyard, he knew it was where he had been headed throughout his career.
The French Laundry, a 1,600 square-foot structure constructed of river rock and timbers, was built as a saloon in 1900 by a Scottish stonemason. The building later served as a residence, and during the 1920s operated as a French steam laundry. In 1978, town mayor Don Schmitt and his wife Sally renovated the structure into a restaurant, which Keller then purchased in 1994.
The menu, which changes daily, commits itself to serving classic French cuisine with the finest quality ingredients, along with a similarly intense focus on impeccable guest service.
Having celebrated its silver anniversary in July 2019, The French Laundry has received numerous honors and accolades over the past twenty five years. Since 2007, the Michelin Guide has awarded The French Laundry their highest rating of three stars, making Chef Thomas Keller the only American-born chef to have two three-starred Michelin restaurants. The James Beard Foundation gave The French Laundry the highly coveted “Outstanding Restaurant Award” and awarded Chef Thomas Keller “Outstanding Restaurateur” in 2007. Since 2007, the restaurant has been the recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award.
The French Laundry is a member of French-based Relais & Chateaux, Relais Gourmands and Traditions & Qualité; organizations recognized for their dedication to maintaining the highest international standards for hospitality and culinary excellence.