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big budget high brow baller status dinner

I have a special, special event coming up. Soon. I tried to score French Laundry reservations but to no avail. Next up, Restaurant at Meadowood? Bouchon? Cyrus? All would be outstanding, I am sure. But what to pick?

Fight!

(oh, and, thanks :)

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Bouchon
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. TFL, Cyrus and Meadowood would be the top 3 for the "no budget restrictions" big deal kind of evening. Bouchon is very good, but is on a more casual basis, eg, Bistro from Lyon comes to California.

    Do you have a hotel concierge who can make the TFL reso for you? Don't give up too soon. Cyrus can be done via open table.

    Good luck.

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    Bouchon
    6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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    1. re: cortez

      Thanks for the tidbit on Bouchon, I dropped it off my list and am inching closer to a decision.

      I am already staying local longer term - any way to or advice in abusing a concierge for this purpose? The big night is a little over a month away, so running short on time at least in terms of TFL resos.

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      Bouchon
      6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

      1. re: tj442x

        Call Yountville hotels, ask to speak with the concierge, tell them you'll book there if they can get you into TFL. That's not abuse, that's their job.

    2. No Coi? Benu?

      Coi is absolutely awesome imo...

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      Benu
      22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. I went to meadowood this last weekend, hoping for a 3-star experience (had tried for TFL but there was nothing available).

        I plan to post a review soon (I feel it's my duty, as there is sooo little information about Meadowood out there), but for now....

        I have no idea how in the world Meadowood got 3 stars.
        Maybe it deserves one star, but I'm not even sure of that.
        The experience has really made me rethink Michelin; I no longer think I can trust them, at least not here in America.

        Avoid Meadowood, or at least go expecting a nice un-michelin-starred upscale experience.

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        1. re: pauliface

          Aha, this is exactly the concern! getting too caught up in stars and having a bummer of a meal. if i was not afraid of their all-of-a-sudden three star status i would already have resos at meadowood.

          So far I have heard one plus and one minus for Meadowood, anyone else have direct experience? Thanks much pauliface!

        2. Is south bay / Manresa out of the question? They very easy to book, kick ass in many directions, have a private back room. Just make sure you have a big balla-bling Hummer limo riding from SF to the south bay.

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          Manresa Restaurant
          320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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          1. re: bbulkow

            Definitely not, and now being considered. Thanks!

            1. re: tj442x

              yeah, I would second Manresa. It's incredible.

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              Manresa Restaurant
              320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

              1. re: tj442x

                Many consider Manresa at par with TFL and the Napa greats. I've found the experience there to be slightly more variable - the highs are higher, the lows are lower. The cuisine is less fat oriented and more veg/taste oriented than TFL, and I've never gotten "glazed over" at their tasting. But the full tasting there is an experience - their arpege egg is always an experience. It will be, by far and away, the easiest michelin 2 or 3 star to book, with large group experiences available.

                Here's a little tidbit on manresa:
                http://sf.eater.com/archives/2010/06/...

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                Manresa Restaurant
                320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

            2. Went with Cyrus. Loved it. Thanks everyone for the input!

              Still gunning for French Laundry at a later date, but also feel a strong pull towards Cyrus for a repeat!

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              The French Laundry
              6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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              1. re: tj442x

                Thanks for reporting back. Were your guests impressed?

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Tremendously! Well, it was our first dinner after engagement, and with our states of mind we probably would have been happy with a fast food burger. Still, it was a meal for the ages. Aside from excellent food at every course, the sommelier was most impressive.

                2. re: tj442x

                  If you're not going to FL, try Manresa next time . . .