No surprise: French Laundry among priciest restaurants in the country

by TrevR on November 4, 2008

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What is the priciest restaurant in America? That’s the question set out to answer for us this morning. Here’s an explanation of the methodology they used:

To compile a list of the country’s top tables, we selected what are commonly thought to be the 10 most expensive restaurants in 10 “foodie” cities across the U.S. We narrowed our selection by calculating what the minimum “price of admission” would be to dine at each. That is, how much it would cost to dine there if you were to order the least expensive item on the menu. Those with the highest tabs made the list.

Certainly no surprise to see Yountville’s French Laundry on the list. According to, “It’ll cost you $240 plus tax just for the privilege of taking a seat at a French Laundry table…”

Dining at Thomas Keller’s crown jewel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience (at least for us), but we can tell you we certainly spent a whole lot more than that! Granted, we didn’t go looking to save a few bucks by ordering the least expensive items from the menu (and who in their right mind would?!).

The French Laundry was the only Napa Valley establishment to make the list.

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