At this former French steam laundry, chef Thomas Keller has raised the standard for fine dining in America. While the country locale — a circa-1880 rock and timber cottage — makes diners feel at home at the Five-Star French Laundry, tables topped with Limoges china, crystal stemware and floor-length linens, set the tone for the nine-course French or vegetarian tasting menus that change daily but always rely on seasonal produce and organic meats. Dishes are small and prompt contemplation on the perfect marriage of fresh, pristine ingredients on each plate. The affable staff keeps the experience casual and comfortable, yet refined and memorable. Reservations are taken two months in advance, so be prepared if you're hoping to snag a table at this perennially outstanding American classic.