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Mar 25, 2010 12:02 PM

Two Nights in Napa: One at French Laundry the other at....???

Title pretty much says it all.

I've miraculously secured dinner on our first night in Napa at The French Laundry - which was my main focus - and now I'm left to wonder where my girlfriend and I should eat on night number two. I've scoured Michelin et al., and come away with an extensive list but am curious if you all have a "must dine" recommendation?

Thank you for your thoughts!

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. Depends on what style you want -- upscale like the French Laundry or something totally different?

    For upscale but in a modern, minimalist style, try Redd down the street in Yountville. Outside tables are wonderful. Food is less elaborate the FL, but delicious -- Michelin 1 star.

    Within the Keller family are Bouchon and Ad Hoc. I'd probably opt for Ad Hoc as a complete counterpoint to FL -- family style, one menu per nights, casual, noisy and fun.

    For the total Keller dunking, have breakfast mid-morning after FL at Bouchon Bakery ( we love the ham and cheese baguettes heated in the panini machine) at the tables just outside the bakery. Stroll up the street and see the veg gardens just across from the FL. Then, reserve an earlier dinner at Ad Hoc. You will have had the full Thomas Keller 24 hour experience in Yountville!

    The French Laundry
    6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

    Ad Hoc
    6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

    Bouchon Bakery
    6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

    6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

    1. Meadowood - the only other 4-star restaurant in Napa valley.

      Meadowood Napa Valley
      900 Meadowood Ln St, Helena, CA

          1. I agree with Cortez -- you should think about whether you want to have another upscale meal (especially considering it might be disappointing following right after FL) or something different. Also, what else are you going to be doing? Where are you staying? You might want to do something other than eat down the street from French Laundry in what is becoming sort of a dining themepark.

            The French Laundry
            6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              We were in the wine country a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed our second great meal at Bottega in Yountville. We also loved Martini House in St. Helena. I had the 3 course Fixe Prixe meal with the wine pairing, everything was outstanding incuding the service. We sat right by the open kitchen and enjoyed watching the team of chefs prepare the food. Terra in St. Helena is another good option, in nearby Rutherford there is Auberge du Soleil where we enjoyed dining. The views from the outdoor terrace are spectacular there. Enjoy! :)

              Martini House
              1245 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574

              6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

              Soleil Restaurant
              625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301