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Sep 3, 2014 02:25 PM

Bouchon in Yountville

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?

        1. First visit last week at Bouchon for lunch with a party of four. I had read Chowhound reviews and should have known better than to waste a beautiful afternoon but two friends in our group wanted to try it. We were seated inside near the bar and the most enjoyable aspect of the restaurant was watching oysters being shucked. The French onion soup was a huge miss. The broth was too oily, salty, and concentrated. For my entrée, I ordered lamb which was sliced in medallions served on top of a flat dried bean. Not flavorful and had an oft putting taste to the lamb. The service was disjointed and not particularly attentive. I would not return for lunch again. Friends who suggested going were apologetic for the suggestion.

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          1. re: foodseek

            Oof. Well, it's good to get a live update. Thanks for taking one for the team.

          2. Had a really nice California Italian meal at Ciccio in Yountville last weekend. Guanciale and brussels sprouts pizza, porchetta, roasted cauliflower and Jimmy Nardello peppers were all outstanding (four separate dishes). Arancini were good. Compares favorably in execution to my local favorite Pizzaiolo in Oakland. Casual, friendly service.