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Bouchon in Yountville

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I live in SF and will be in Calistoga for 3 days at the end of the month. I just booked a reservation at Bouchon, but after reading the recent Yelp reviews, I'm having doubts. Most of the recent diners there seemed to have come away disappointed on one level or another.
Can anyone weigh in on the state of Bouchon today? Is it slipping? Are there other restaurants I should be considering? Rutherford Grill? R+D? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I like Bouchon for lunch, either at a table or at the bar. The liver, when it's on the menu, is a must.

    1. On a summer afternoon, there's nothing like sitting out on the patio at Bistro Jeanty, enjoying their tomato soup with puff pastry, and maybe a steak frites, or one of their other classics...

      I've found Bouchon to underperform against the hype, lines and noise...

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      1. re: RichInMV

        Big fan of Bistro Jeanty, too. The back room renovation is a success. At the end of the day, the two are worthy lunch destinations. Bouchon can get a little frantic but I've learned to ignore that.

      2. Thanks for the replies thus far. Sounds like I'm going to cancel my dinner reservation at Bouchon and consider lunch at Bistro Jeanty. However, this still leaves a dilemma for dinner on Sunday...My 2 guests are from out of town (Truckee and FL). Any thoughts on SolBar?