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Jul 24, 2014 09:57 AM

French Laundry solo? [Yountvile]

Hi. I am going to be in San Francisco by myself on August 31. I am a huge foodie and am dying to try the French Laundry. I understand that the restaurant requires tables of 2 or 4. Does anyone know a way to find someone who might have an extra spot and wouldn't mind if I joined them? It looks like all of the reservations are gone anyway at this point. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated if you know anyone or have any suggestions for places to look.

Thank you in advance for any help.

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  1. Maybe consider somewhere else such as Saison or Atelier Crenn? I'm not sure TFL is any longer #1 on the lists of any of the people on this board who've eaten at all the high-end places.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      That's a pretty arrogant response. Many "Foodies" become too enamored with what is "Next" (pun intended for Foodies) and just move the next great thing like locusts from village to village.

      TFL and Thomas Keller is an institution and I am not saying it is or is not the best (I haven't been there) but it would be a bucket list type of experience.

      1. re: Owtahear

        I don't think most of those people are arrogant. They just like value for money.

      1. re: scoopG

        That's about a restaurant in Chicago. Is that what you meant to post?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          The link there shows two alternatives for the OP to find fellow diners that might be of help.

      2. Appreciate the replies so far. I guess I would add to the question- any recommendations for top end restaurants that will serve a tasting menu to a single diner?

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        1. re: eweis

          most restaurants in SF proper who serve tasting menus (including the two mentioned above by Robert) will serve a tasting menu to a single diner. I can't think of one that does not.

          1. re: barleywino

            Good to know. The two mentioned above didn't have any availability on August 31. Can you recommend any others?

            1. re: eweis

              Coi, Benu, Meadowood or Commis.

              1. re: JonDough

                coi does not accept reservations for singles!

                1. re: estnet

                  Seriously?? Thanks for letting me know.

                  1. re: estnet

                    Coi's online reservation system will take singles.

                    Their ticket system, which starts in September, has buttons for tables for 1 and 3 but they're currently inactive. I suspect that they'll open up those slots closer to the dates if they haven't filled all the 2s and 4s.

                  1. re: eweis

                    Atelier Crenn doesn't look like it is open on Sundays, but calling frequently gets results when Open Table doesn't/

                    1. re: wally

                      When I explained myself, AC put me on a waiting list, told me which days were likely to have me seated, and it worked great. Also, that night, I did see a solo diner. It was a japanese guy who was painstakingly photographing every dish.

                    2. re: eweis

                      Saison, Coi, Atelier Crenn, Benu, AQ, Meadowwood, and Quince are closed Sundays. Manresa is closed for repairs. Commis and Commonwealth are open.

                      For places that are open, if you just checked Opentable, give the restaurants a call. OT usually doesn't always have everything and there are various flaws in the software that hide openings it should show.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Commonwealth is great for sitting at the bar, to boot. I also enjoyed sitting at the bar at Commis but that was over a year ago and I have lost track of their counter seating policy. As others have said, definitely worth calling.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          Michael Mina is open Sundays if you can't find anything else/prefer to stay in SF proper

                        2. re: eweis

                          Wow. Thanks so much everyone for all of the replies. I ended up making a reservation at Commis. Appreciate all of the suggestions and information.

                          1. re: eweis

                            great choice - i did a solo dinner in front of the kitchen. great meal, great watching the chefs prepare.

                            1. re: eweis

                              RE: Commis. You do have to request the counter if you want to sit near the chef. I have gone there solo and been seated at a table.

                      2. There are some great alternatives suggested in this thread, but just in case you want to try anyway:

                        "I understand that the restaurant requires tables of 2 or 4"

                        I'm not sure that's a hard policy - I was there recently with a party of three (we booked over the phone). And there was even a single diner, tucked away in the far corner. So it is possible. Call them up and see if they can help you.