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tj442x May 5, 2011 11:04 AM

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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    tj442x Jul 19, 2011 03:56 AM

    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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      Ruth Lafler Jul 19, 2011 12:43 PM

      Thanks for reporting back. Were your guests impressed?

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        tj442x Jul 19, 2011 01:36 PM

        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.

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        zin1953 Jul 19, 2011 03:09 PM

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

      3. bbulkow May 5, 2011 03:55 PM

        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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          tj442x May 5, 2011 06:28 PM

          Definitely not, and now being considered. Thanks!

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            cavolonero May 5, 2011 06:55 PM

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

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            Manresa Restaurant
            320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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              bbulkow May 5, 2011 07:26 PM

              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

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            pauliface May 5, 2011 03:48 PM

            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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              tj442x May 5, 2011 06:27 PM

              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!

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              deylamian May 5, 2011 03:32 PM

              No Coi? Benu?

              Coi is absolutely awesome imo...

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              Benu
              22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                cortez May 5, 2011 02:28 PM

                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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                  tj442x May 5, 2011 03:20 PM

                  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

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                    Robert Lauriston May 5, 2011 03:33 PM

                    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.

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