One of the hardest reservations to land is at Thomas Keller’s Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The French Laundry.
There’s only one way to procure a reservation: You must book online through The French Laundry’s website. The Yountville, California, restaurant releases two months of reservations two months in advance on the first day of every odd-numbered month. For example, on September 1, reservations will available for tables in November and December.
So if you have your heart set on dining on a particular day or visit, you’ll need to be first with that table request at 10 a.m. PST two months in advance.
The Napa restaurant does not take walk-in guests; if this sounds strict, it’s only because The French Laundry is one of the most buzzed-about culinary destinations in the U.S., making it a meal here something of a pilgrimage for foodies, wine connoisseurs or those simply looking for Five-Star caliber food.
At the time of booking, choose to have your meal in the dining room, the board room (a private dining space for eight to 12) or the courtyard (outdoors across from the restaurant’s culinary garden).