How do I get a reservation at The French Laundry?

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The hard part isn’t contacting The French Laundry to book a reservation, it’s actually getting one that proves extremely difficult. There are two ways in which to make a reservation: You can either call the restaurant directly or book online. The Five-Star restaurant located in Yountville, Calif. features a reservations office that’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., which you can call to request a specific date and time. Reservations are available two months to the date before, which means 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. You can also attempt to nab a seat through online booking engine OpenTable. The 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 eateries 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.

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