Monday Night Laundry

by arnold on December 5, 2008

We’ve wanted to go to Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry for a while now, and my wife and I agreed that we would actively try to get a reservation for this winter or spring. What I didn’t expect was that I would get lucky while looking on OpenTable.com the other day when I snagged a reservation for Monday night.

The French LaundryWe’re going on Monday!

The French Laundry is one of the toughest reservations in the world and most people that call them directly end up on a waiting list. They do have two tables available (one at each sitting per evening) allocated to OpenTable.com, which gives you another option for getting a reservation, but I think luck is a big factor in booking success.

Due to the price per person ($240 including service), Monday night’s meal is going to be our Christmas, my wife’s birthday, which is the week before Christmas, and maybe our next anniversary all rolled into one. Luckily we’re not drinkers or else the wine pairings could easily push this meal close to the $1000 mark. I did read that The French Laundry does non-alcoholic beverage pairings, so we’re definitely going to look into that.

While the overall cost is daunting, we also know that this is likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so we’re going to roll with it.

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Joseph Bayot December 6, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Good for you guys! Heh I want to eat at per se for my 21st birthday so I can order the wine pairings. If I were to spend the money on per se, might as well go all the way haha

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Sooj December 7, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Happy eating to you both! Looking forward to reading about it.

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Dave December 7, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Enjoy! Take pictures! Make sure you take the kitchen tour!

Your reservation might had something to do with this..

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/06/MN0J14IDRA.DTL&feed=rss.bayarea

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Marvin December 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm

You are so lucky to have gotten a reservation! My wife and I did something similar last year when we ate at a nice sushi resto in L.A. We don’t always eat so extravagantly, but we did make it a combined birthday/christmas event too and it’s something we will never forget. I can’t wait to read about your night at French Laundry.

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Arnold December 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Thanks everyone! I’m actively clockwatching right now…can’t wait to go home and get ready. I’ll try to have pictures up by tomorrow morning.

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Arnold E. December 8, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I’m so jealous right now…Can’t wait to see your pics and read all about it.

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David December 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Where’s the review and pictures???

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Arnold December 9, 2008 at 7:49 pm

@David: It’s coming! Hold your horses, ha!

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