米其林三星级餐厅 – The French Laundry
The French Laundry is a French restaurant located in Yountville, California, in the Napa Valley. The chef and owner of the French Laundry is Thomas Keller. The restaurant building dates from 1900, and is in the National Register of Historic Places.
The French Laundry is frequently honored by inclusion in the annual Restaurant Magazine list of the Top 50 Restaurants of the World (having been named “Best Restaurant in the World” in 2003 and 2004). Since 2006, it has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide to San Francisco. It received a favorable review in The New York Times and was called “the best restaurant in the world, period” by Anthony Bourdain.
History of the building
The building was built as a saloon in the 1900s by a Scottish stonesman for Pierre Guillaume. When a law was passed in 1906 prohibiting sale of alcohol within a mile of a veteran’s home, Guillaume sold the building.
In the 1920s, the building was owned by John Lande who used it as a French steam laundry, which is the origin of the restaurant’s name.
In 1978, the mayor of Yountville renovated the building into a restaurant. Don and Sally Schmitt owned the French Laundry for much of the 1980s, and the early 1990s. In 1994, Keller bought the restaurant.
In 2004 the restaurant installed a geothermal heating and air conditioning system.
This vegetable tasting menu was one of three menus available for Sunday December 4, 2005 There are two nine course prix fixe menus daily as well as several tasting menus. During the holiday season, the restaurant may offer special dishes. The most-current menu has priced their meals at $270 per person, including gratuity for the base meal, not including additional supplements such asfoie gras and duck. The food is mainly French with contemporary American influences, giving rise to such unique specialties as Cuisse de grenouilles sur un bâton (frog’s legs on a stick).Every day, the French Laundry serves two different nine-course tasting menus, none of which uses the same ingredient more than once.
Notable alumni of the French Laundry’s kitchen staff include Grant Achatz of Alinea, Eric Ziebold of CityZen, Jonathan Benno of Lincoln Ristorante, René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, Clay Miller of Trummer’s on Main, Ron Siegel of The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton, and Duff Goldman. Current Chef de Cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth won the Bocuse d’Or USA semi-finals in 2008, and represented the U.S. in the international finals in January 2009, placing sixth.
Obtaining reservations to The French Laundry can be notoriously difficult and should be done two months in advance. Booking can be made online through OpenTable or by phone, and tips on making reservations can be found online.
The restaurant is open for dinner every evening, and lunch is also served Friday through Sunday. They also typically close for 1–2 weeks each winter and summer.
If you would like to make a reservation, please call reservations office at 707-944-2380.
In February 2004, Thomas Keller opened the East Coast version of his Yountville restaurant, which he named Per Se. The kitchens of both restaurants are connected via a real-time video feed on a television screen.
The French Laundry
6640 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599