Answers from Our Experts (1)
The Five-Star French Laundry, housed within a circa-1880 rock and timber cottage, is situated in Napa Valley’s charming village of Yountville, Calif. The restaurant is a straight shot — and between an hour and an hour and a half drive — north of San Francisco. If you’re behind the wheel, there are a few different routes to choose from. Take I-80 East and CA-29 North to Yountville, or just take CA-20 North out of San Francisco. Whichever route you choose, you’ll take exit 19 for CA-29/Sonoma Boulevard toward Napa, turn right onto CA-29/Sonoma Boulevard and continue for about 20 miles, then turn right onto Madison Street and finally take the first right onto Washington Street, where you’ll find the restaurant on the left. If you’re staying at one of Yountville’s inns or its recently opened, upscale boutique hotel Bardessono, you can reach The French Laundry by taking the quick five-minute walk through town.