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Ultimate Tasting Menu if it can't be French Laundry

I wanted to treat my parents to a meal at the French Laundry as a wedding gift (my wedding), but my dad will be out of the country after next month for several months and I don't think I can get a reservation before he leaves. I want the meal to be very special and an excellent and memorable food and wine experience that is creative but also doesn't leave you hungry from tiny portions or put-off by overly stuffy service.

I just moved back to the bay area from Seattle, so I don't know the food scene here well yet. Where do you think I should treat them to?

Here are tasting/multi-course dining experiences I'm considering. What do you think and do you have other suggestions?

Manresa
Cyrus
Morimoto Napa
Benu
Saison
Alexanders Steakhouse

Thanks for your help!

Jennifer

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Manresa Restaurant
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Morimoto
610 Main Street, Napa, CA

Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. All good choices, but don't leave out the Restaurant at Meadowood

    1. My group ranking in terms of quality:

      1.
      French Laundry
      Manresa

      2.
      Coi
      Cyrus
      Meadowoood
      Benu

      3.
      Saison (service suffers in comparison)

      4.
      Morimoto Napa
      Alexander Steakhouse

      1. Chef is leaving Meadowood (in SF Chron last week.)

        You didn't mention area -- Wine Country or the city.

        We've had exceptional food and service at La Toque, now in Napa. Ken Frank is a terrific chef and Scott runs a top flight wine program. Portions are reasonable and we've always finished our meals very satisified but not overdone by food that's too rich.

        In the city, Gary Danko never fails.

        Miromoto gets raves but it's a high energy place, the opposite of what you'd experience at Manressa, La Toque, French Laundry or Cyrus (another thought).

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        The French Laundry
        6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

        Gary Danko
        800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        La Toque Restaurant
        1314 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559

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        1. re: MRMoggie

          The Chronicle reported that Joseph Humphrey who was at Meadowood before he left to cook at Cavallo Point, was opening his own restaurant. The current Meadowood chef, Christopher Kostow, who has received three stars from Michelin, and four stars from the Chronicle is still there.

        2. I actually prefer Manresa to TFL. It was more interesting creatively and outside the box. I'd go there ahead of TFL.

          Might also consider The Dining Room at the Ritz Carleton since it changes over to something else in Sept.

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          Manresa Restaurant
          320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

          1. Manresa. No-brainer.

            Meadowood, based upon others' reports, would be the #2

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            Manresa Restaurant
            320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030