Apr 2009

How to Get a Reservation at The French Laundry

First off, thanks to everyone for all of your congratulations and kind words in response to The French Laundry post. Since a few people have asked, I thought I’d share some tips on securing one of the famously elusive reservations. This isn’t really groundbreaking stuff—all the info is available elsewhere on the internet—nevertheless, here goes.

Basically, getting a reservation at The French Laundry comes down to pure determination. They claim there is no special treatment, although I’m sure if you’re someone really important, things would be different. In any case, it is possible for an average person acting alone to get in, but if you are hoping for a weekend dinner, it’s going to take some persistent effort. There are two ways to make a French Laundry reservation; by going to French Laundry on Open Table or by calling on the phone.

Taking the Open Table e-Route

There are three tables for each dinner service available through Open Table, only one of which is for a party of two. All of these tables become available at exactly midnight pacific time, 61 days in advance. Unlike the phone lines, which sometimes seem to be switched on at 10:01 or 10:02 instead of exactly at ten, the Open Table system is completely automated. Using a trusty internet clock, click ‘Find a Table’ at exactly 12:00:00.

If you don’t mind eating at an odd hour (5:30 or 9:30), Open Table may be the best option, particularly if you have a party of four.  In my case, the timing didn’t work—it was easy to pop out of class every day at ten and try calling the phone reservation line over and over for a few minutes, but executing the perfectly timed internet reservation at midnight without The Gastronomer figuring out what I was doing proved to be too difficult.

If you find a desirable reservation on Open Table, it’s not yours until you finish the check-out process, so act fast. You’ll want to open an Open Table account and sign in beforehand. The French Laundry also requires a credit card to secure a reservation, so have that ready as well.

Finally, if you’re fortunate enough to live in northern California or have extremely flexible travel plans, canceled reservations are often made available on Open Table. You can find these by searching for a reservation for a nearby date; when you get the ‘There are no reservations currently available for the day you selected’ message, click on ‘Find next available day.’ There’s a good chance you’ll find at least one table available, probably on a weeknight, within the next thirty days (which is as far in advance as Open Table will look using this option).

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Redial

Phone reservations are taken two months to the calendar day (i.e. call on April 25 to eat on June 25; some months this turns out to be the same timeline as Open Table’s, sometimes it’s different).  If you call before 10:00 PST , you’ll get a recorded message telling you the reservation lines are closed. If you call back after ten, you’ll get a busy signal.  Almost always.  But keep trying.

As it happened, I first called the phone reservation line on January 21, the day The French Laundry reopened after their winter break. The Gastronomer was out of town at the time—so I had the apartment to myself. I started calling at about 9:55 and got the recording. At 9:58 or so I got my first busy signal. 100+ redials later, it was 10:30, and I still hadn’t gotten through. Not surprisingly, the call volume is exceptionally high on reopening day. I took a break and tried again at intervals throughout the rest of the day, but didn’t get through until around 1 PM the next day. Dinner reservations for Sunday, March 22 were all taken, but I was just in time to grab the last lunch reservation. Unfortunately, it was at 11 AM, a ridiculous hour for a $240 meal, but I took it.

The next week, I tried calling again for a Friday dinner reservation. I called a few minutes before ten and got the recording, then a succession of busy signals, and then, at about 10:03, I got the recording again. Frustrated by The French Laundry’s lack of punctuality, I hung up and redialed. At around 10:15, I finally scored. Instead of a busy signal, a voice came on the line, telling me to hold and wait for a reservationist. It slowly dawned on me that this was the same voice I had heard at 10:03—the second recording had actually been different from the first, and if I had just stayed on the line, I would have gotten through twelve minutes earlier. Still, I waited in eager anticipation, but when it was my turn to speak to someone, all the dinner reservations were gone. My heart sank—I had gotten lucky and blown it. It was looking like my proposal might have to be accompanied by a reservation for an early Sunday lunch. Still a nice surprise, but not quite what I had imagined.

The next day I awoke invigorated and determined to try again. By now I was getting the hang of the routine. There was no point in calling at 9:55—I waited until 9:59. At 10:05, magic! I held my breath while I held for the next available operator. If you’ve never tried to get a French Laundry reservation, I’ve got to say, it’s quite an emotional ride. Calling over and over and over and getting busy signals gets tedious, but when you finally get through—what an adrenaline rush! Nearly all of the tables for two for Saturday, March 28 were taken, but I managed to snag one for 5:45. It was the hardest thing not to tell The Gastronomer right then and there. Seven days and 500+ phone calls after I first started calling Yountville, I was set.

Piece of cake!

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193 thoughts on “How to Get a Reservation at The French Laundry

  1. I finally got a reservation yesterday. But only after making 400+ calls, with no result, except for a sore hand and neck. I finally made a reservation for 3 in Sept. 2009. Read my blog to find out how. It’s actually very easy. Just might cost a little… I tried all other methods and this was the only one I had success with.

  2. I finally got one this morning after persistent dialing and redialing, I got through at about 10.10. I also did the midnight opentable thing, but failed with this. But I fully identify with the emotion and the adrenaline rush of actually getting through, when I was told by the recording to wait for the next reservation assistant I was almost shaking! I hope the meal lives up to the hype..!

  3. After many attempts I was able to get a reservation at French Laundry. The only problem is that they only had reservations for a party of 4. There is only 2 of us. I took the reservation, hoping there will be some way to make this work. Either find 2 people to eat with us, or make up some crazy story about how the “other 2 people” in our party couldn’t make it. Does anybody have any suggestions? What will happen if we show up, just the 2 of us for the reservation?

  4. Jennifer — If you show up with two people for a four-person reservation, they will let you eat, but I expect they will charge a cancellation fee for the other two people (something between $50 and $100 per person, I can’t remember the exact amount). Since the restaurant is small and always full, they do lose a significant amount of money when people with reservations don’t show up. It’s possible they’ll be nice if you make up a story about your two friends getting sick or something–it’s up to you if you want to go that route.

    I expect if you know many people who like food, you won’t have any trouble finding some dining partners. Or maybe if you post the date of your reservation, you could find a couple of Gastronomy readers to join you…

  5. Hi, My husband and I have managed to secure a booking for 6 at the French Laundry on Saturday 24 April 2010 11.30am however there is only the 2 of us. If you are a party of 4 and dont mind sharing a table with us please let me know your details! You can email me on [email protected]. Cheers, Melissa.

  6. I was lucky enough (well, more like worked very hard at it!)to secure a reservation at French Laundry, which unfortunately I am no longer able to attend. It is a lunch reservation for 2 people at 11am on Saturday June 26, 2010.

    If you would like to pay a small fee for a guaranteed reservation, without having to go through the pain of securing the reservation, you can contact me on [email protected].

  7. I am trying desperately to get a reservation to french laundry for October 5th or 6th any time for dinner, if that fails I will take any lunch time on those days. I will gladly pay a reward for one of these reservations if anyone can help me out. Please contact me at [email protected] , Thanks so much

  8. Wow, your luck is very impressive. the first day i called, i called over and over from 10 to 10:28, finally got through and they were all booked. since then, i’ve tried 3 other days, and each day gave up after 10:20 without getting through at all. not only that but my wife has been calling from her phone too with no luck.


  9. Hi – My wife and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and we’d basically planned our trip around a dinner at French Laundry. We need a table for 2 for dinner at any time on Friday Oct 8th or Sat Oct 9th (or lunch on Saturday Oct 9th). We have a reservation for lunch on Sunday Oct 10th at 11:00 am, but it does not work with our flights that day. I’d be more than happy to A) pay for a reservation if someone has one they cannot use, and/or trade my lunch reservation for a dinner reservation. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


  10. Hello! My husband and I are celebrating our 5th year anniversary! If anyone is looking share a table with a couple (ie. if you have reservations for 4 but there are only 2 of you) we would love to join you! Thanks! (714)855-8895

  11. I had the same experience. After three days and hundreds of calls I finally got through and was so excited and relieved. My husband and I will eating dinner there next week. I can’t wait. eatingarounddc.blogspot.com

  12. My wife and I will be in the area for a wedding on the Saturday, Feb 26, 2011. We would love to have dinner at the French Laundry on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011. If there are any couples looking to fill a table, we are a friendly, nice couple from Chicago looking to have a great culinary experience. I’m already behind the eight-ball because I didn’t know about the “2-month calendar date” reservation rule. You can contact me at [email protected] if this seems like a reasonable plan.

  13. Looking for reservations for two, or to share a table at The French Laundry on July 3, 4, 5, or 6 2011 for dinner. We’re from Redondo Beach, and have a sense of humor.

    Next stop NOMA and Fat Duck!


  14. Looking for a reservation for 3 for July 5, lunch or dinner, or to share a table with someone. We are fun cousins from CA, Chicago, and Alaska 🙂

  15. Looking for a reservation for four people for either 9/9/11, 9/10/11, or 9/11/11. let me know if you have one to share or one you are cancelling. Thanks!! 🙂 [email protected]

  16. Looking for a reservation on 9/12/11, 9/13/11, 9/14/11, or 9/15/11–Will take anything! Thanks

  17. We are Desperate for table here. Anyone that has 4 open for anytime the 9/9, 9/10 or 9/11. Thanks!!

  18. We have reservations for 9/14/11, table for four at 9:00pm. I’d be happy to give them to Ann J, (or anyone) except perhaps a table for four isn’t what you had in mind??? I don’t know how to reach you, nor do I know how to pass along the obligation that comes with the reservation – in other words getting it into your name.

    I have to confirm by the 11th, at which point, I’m canceling… The date/time just didn’t work.
    ckholder {at} gmail {dot} com.

  19. I am just going to throw this out there. I am looking for a resi for 2 on Sept 15, 2012. I would prefer a dinner time, but right not I would be willing to take any and all opportunities. I know this is more than 2 months out, but I figure if someone happens to get one for the 15th and has to ditch, I would be looking to trade. Please email me at [email protected]

  20. Hi there, we are looking for a reservation for 2. Willing to share a table with anyone. If you are looking for someone to join you to get a larger table, please feel free to contact us.

  21. My wife and I will be in town next Thursday and Friday (March 15th and 16th) and would love to eat at French Laundry either Thursday for dinner or Friday for either lunch of dinner. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it very much!

  22. Hi Patrick, sorry we cannot help for 15/16 March since we’ll be out of town. I was just trying on OpenTable and saw that if you have 5 or 6 peopel, it’s quite easy to find a table. I understand it’d be difficult but if you can get 3 or 4 other people, it should be easy enough to get a table.

  23. Anyone willing to give away their June 27th dinner reservation at French Laundry? if you have a reservation for 4 people table, we can share the table. Thanks!

  24. I am looking for lunch or dinner on June 30, 2012 – if anyone has a reservation they are giving up ..

  25. I am looking for french laundry reservation for week of july 29 th 2012. Anyone? I will be town from July 28 thru aug 2. Please! Thank u Stephanie

  26. I’m looking for a reservation for 2 and am looking to pop the question to my gf! I’m having no luck through a variety of sources getting a res. I’m flexible in July/August, any date or time.

    Please email me at [email protected] if anyone has a reservation! This would give you great karma, and you’d be part of a great proposal story!

  27. I`m going to be in Napa for my Birthday between August 8th and 10th with my gf. I`m looking for a reservation for 2.Even sharing a table of 4 would be great as well. Lunch or dinner is fine.

    Please email me at [email protected]. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

  28. After days of trying,I finally got a dinner reservation! Managed to get a table for 4 for dinner on August 9th. Looking for 2 to join us.

    Let me know if interested.

    [email protected]

  29. I think I finally figured out the BEST way to snag reservations at The French Laundry. So everything the blogger stated above is correct, but there is one MAJOR adjustment.

    As the blogger stated, before 1pm The French Laundry (TFL) keeps an automated voice system running. When this automated machine runs, it first states that the reservation office is not open, and then it prompts you to choose from a number of options (directions, hours, etc.)

    Right at 1pm, or 1:01pm, they switch it to another system. This system asks if you’re calling to make a reservation. If so, hit 1 (I think). Then you wait for a while before the phone starts to ring again. After it rings for another few minutes a real person answers and takes your reservation (if there are any left).

    So here’s the trick. About 15 minutes BEFORE 1pm, call TFL until you get access to the first automated system. (This could take a number of tries, which is why I’m suggesting that you start 15 minutes BEFORE 1pm.) Then hit 5 (for directions) and hit any other number after that. I chose 1 (from N. Bay area). Once that recorded message tells you how to get there, you have the option of hitting * to get back to the main menu, or #. Hit the * key, and it will take you to the front menu which states that the reservation office is not open. Keep on going through that loop over and over again. When 1pm (or 1:01pm) rolls around, you will be one of the first callers to receive the other automated voice answering machine – which allows you to make reservations with a real person.

    I did this and right at 1:00pm, the message switched. I then hit the number to indicate that I wanted a reservation and by 1:09 I got a live person. When I asked for a 2 person dinner reservation they had 5:00pm, 9:00pm, and 9:20pm available. How awesome is that???

  30. Hi all, this is planning WAY ahead, but we will be in Napa from 31 December 2012 to 2 January 2013. Will TFL be open during the holidays? If so, my husband and I would jump at any table opportunities. We are travelling from Australia and also visiting San Fran and Aspen. My email is [email protected]

  31. Hello. I’m trying to secure reservations for two for 8/23 or 8/24 for a very special dinner with my soulmate. I tried the recommendations above but was unsuccessful; I have only 2 days in Napa. Any help is greatly appreciated! Please email me at [email protected]

  32. Hi,
    If anyone needs two people to make up a table on Monday 20 August let me know. It is Hubby’s 30th birthday and we are visiting from Australia and only have a short tie period in which to dine at TFL.
    [email protected]

  33. I’m looking for a reservation anytime (lunch or dinner) between 7/23 and 7/27 for two people. I don’t mind sharing a table and would be eternally grateful!

    bradfordcpatrick (at) gmail.com

  34. I’m looking for a reservation anytime on either Aug 18-19, 25-26, or Sept 1-2, 8-9, of 2012. Occasion is our 10th anniversary.

  35. guys i just called them and made a reservation for dinner at 5.45 on a saturday!! i think im really lucky becuase this is the first time i called at 10am and it worked… before i knew how hard it was to make a reservation i would call in the middle of the day and of course everything would be taken. so this is the first time i called at 10am exactly and of course it was busy but i kept rediling as soon as i hear busy sound, and guess, what, at 10.14 i got the operator and they had dinner options for 5.45 and 9 something.. i took the earlier one… now realized that i should’ve taken the later one too and offer it to our friends… oh well… but anyway…. i think you just need to keep calling starting at 10 and eventually you willl get through

  36. Hi All!

    I am looking for a table for 2 on Sept 16, 17, 18th or 19th 2012. I have been calling, with no luck yet.

    we would take lunch or anytime, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    So if anyone needs 2 more people to make up a 4 top or just any suggestions!

    Thank you!

  37. I got a reservation for 4 on Sept 16th at 5:30. If anyone wants to switch for a 2 top anytime Sept 16,17,18 or 19th, let me know!


  38. Hey everyone,

    Have a reservation for 4 people for the second week of August, and had 2 of our friends cancel last minute. Was wondering if anyone would like to share a table?

  39. Hi
    We looking for a reservation in the 17,18 or the 19 of August.If anybody has these dates available,we can go any time.Thank you so much!

  40. Hi all,

    If anyone has a lunch or dinner reservation for 2 people, ANYTIME between Sept. 05-09, and can’t make it, please contact me. Wanted to take my partner for her 40th, but spaced on the two month thing…

    [email protected]

  41. David,

    I’m sorry that we kind of missed each other on this. I was looking for something earlier in the week. I hope that you are able to find someone to join you. I know that it sure makes me wish we were still in the area!

  42. I’ve been a ‘loyal’ follower of the Gastronomer’s blog, and have enjoyed the ‘fruits of her labor’ for a number of years. I just have to say that this string of emails is probably the strangest and entertaining 🙂 EEK’s has to be the best one, having figured out ‘their system’. (This will be most helpful when we plan our next adventure to TFL).

    Dinner at TFL definitely set THE standard for all the wonderful places my wife and I have experienced since 2001. Perhaps Alinea has come the closest, or shall I say the most memorable to TFL. (At the conclusion of our culinary adventure at Alinea in 2006, none other than Tom Colicchio and Wolfgang Puck showed up ‘unexpectedly’ and were seated the table next to us. We should’ve known something was up, when the othrwise cool and collected staff were suddenly hurried and somewhat frazzled.) They seemed quite intrigured and amused at overhearing the server describe our few remaining courses. We left with the excitement of having experienced something on par, yet different than TFL. But one thing for sure, it wasn’t nearly as difficult scoring that “golden ticket” at Alinea as it was at TFL…

  43. Hi, Looking for 2 people to join us for dinner on Sept 16 at 5:30 at The French Laundry! Please let me know if you’re interested!

    Best Regards,

  44. WE are trying to plan a Napa trip for November (2012)
    We’re looking for a November 2,3,4, 9, 10,11, 16,17,18 reservation.
    Please let me know if you want to sell or share a table. (we are a couple).
    Thank you
    [email protected]

  45. Looking for a table for 2 (or 4) for 10/11/2012.
    please let me know if you have a reservation and can’t attend anymore.
    thank you

  46. If you have a reservation for a 4 top and need 2 people to share we live in the Bay Area and are open to any time any day. If I manage to get a 4 top I will post.

  47. After hours and countless days trying to reserve a table for 2 on a FRIDAY with no luck I put a stop to it all. I applied for the American Express Platinum card and used their concierge service. The very next day later they called me with a reservation for 2 on a Friday night. This is the best way and works every single time. Don’t waste your time and call, much less if you get on their waiting list(totally useless). Works every time! Now i just wish Meadwood was open when were going. Oh well. Next Time!

  48. Well, all, since I was successful not only once, but 2 for 2 on a Friday and a Saturday evening, I will share my success.

    I used my LOCAL (2 blocks walking distance to the FL) hotels concierge to try and make reservations for a Friday evening and a Saturday evening. I made reservations to stay at the hotel about 4 months out and let the concierge know of my wishes.

    I also figured I would call each day and try and make reservations on the day as well.

    Low and behold, I was able to get through around 11:15 AM to find that there was already a reservation with my name on it. There were no other spots available and I was to be put on the waiting list.

    The next day, the concierge called me up and told me they were successful in a Saturday evening reservation and therefore cancelled the Friday night one. I was not able to get through on Saturday by phone.

    Total calls over 2 days was about 325. My suggestion is to try the hotels, they have a weird way to “get through” at the right time.

    Good luck everyone, totally worth every penny.

    BTW, she said “yes”

  49. Hi all,

    I’m trying to get a reservation at French laundry for dinner ANY Friday or Saturday in May 2013 except the first weekend! I want to surprise my boyfriend!

    I’ve called over 500!times with no luck! I’m on all their reservation lists! If anyone has a reservation and can’t make it or has any more tips for me, it’d be greatly appreciated!!!

    My email is [email protected]



  50. Hello!

    I am looking for a reservation on June 3rd 2013. My fiancé and I will be there on our honeymoon and could not get a table reserved today! We are on the wait list. If anyone has or will a table for 2, please let me know!!!

    [email protected]

  51. Hi–anybody want to give up a table for 2 for lunch or dinner any day may 6-9th? I will pay a transfer fee!

  52. Karen,

    I have a couple seats I need to fill on Thursday 5/9 at 5:30. Please email me if you’d like to be added.


  53. My soon-to-be-husband and I are spending one night of our honeymoon in Yountville on Monday 1st July with the sole desire of dining at The French Laundry. We tried today (from the UK) both online and by phone but alas we were unsuccessful. Would anyone be able to help us secure a dinner reservation for 7/1? We know we shouldn’t get our hopes up but keeping fingers and toes crossed!

  54. I am desperate need of a table for 2 anytime between July 5 and the 9th. Thank you.

  55. Hi, I would really like to be able to get a table for three any day May 22-24, 2013. Just in case anyone has a reservation he doesn’t need anymore or need more people to fill their table, please email me at [email protected]. Would really appreciate it! Thanks

  56. Hi there, would love to luck out and find someone with a June 21st or 22nd reservation. Wife and I are there on our anniversary and would love to somehow someway get a table! Let me know if you have a reservation you can’t make either of those days… Thank you!! korysmith at gmail.com

  57. Need reservation for July 27th 2013 for two
    Will pay big bucks
    Please contact me

  58. I am trying to get a reservation for 2 for any date between 9/9 and 9/14. We are going to be on our honeymoon and will reschedule around anything else in order to go!

    I am on gmail at pshydriad

  59. Hello! Looking for a lunch reservation for 3 on sunday, september 8th…or lunch/dinner on saturday, september 7th (2nd choice). Thanks in advance!!!

  60. looking for table for 2 for 9/20, 9/21, or 9/22, lunch or dinner. anniversary lunch or dinner. would be happy to share a table for 4 or larger too. thank you!

    [email protected]

  61. Hi guys
    Is anybody cancelling their table for either the 24th or 25th of Sept?
    We plan to travel to Yountville from Sydney, Australia and missed out on reserving a table!
    It would mean the world for us to go to French laundry for our honeymoon celebrations.

    gookjin (at) hotmail.com

  62. Hi, looking for dinner reservations for 2 on 10/9, 10/10, or lunch on 10/11. We will be in Napa on our honeymoon and would love if anyone can help us out!

    Please contact at [email protected]

  63. Looking for any reservations (2, 4 or 6) for 10/13 – 10/15. Hit me up at dsp (at) alumni (dot) upenn (dot) edu

  64. Hi there,

    Looking for a reservation for two on October 15, 16 or 17. My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary in Napa. We are on the wait list for each night. Please email me if you can help: lindseyacarr (at) yahoo (dot) com


  65. Looking for a reservation any day within the next 2 months except 4-6 september, 13-14 september or 17 september-5 October.
    If anyone has something, please let me know!
    1982starbuck at gmail dot com


  66. Hello! I’m looking for a reservation for anytime – lunch or dinner on 10/10-10/12 or my Hubs and I. We don’t mind eating with other people. Please email me @ [email protected]. Thanks!!!!!

  67. *~* Dear Friends, I am looking for a reservation for 2. I will be in Napa from 10/17-10/20. If anyone has an available reservation lunch or dinner, I will take it! I would be most thankful. *~*

    If so, please email me: [email protected]

  68. Looking for a table for two on November 1 st. It is our ten year wedding anniversary! Would love to cross off our bucket list. If anyone can help, pleas elect me know.

  69. Hi

    I am Singapore and will be in San Francisco from 13 to 26 October 2013. Will appreciate it if anyone who intends to give up their reservation during the said period drop me an e-mail at [email protected]


  70. I have a reservation for 2 tonight (8/25/13) at 9pm. Can’t make it so if you want it, its yours. email me at henrywh -at- gmail dot com


  71. Party of 2 willing to join ANY open reservation on pretty much any day with little advanced notice. We live in San Francisco (1 hour drive) and have flexible schedules. Anniversary and 30th birthday coming up. Thank you! ([email protected])

  72. Hi,

    My wife and I would love to share a reservation with another couple or large party on either 10/26 or 10/27 2013 and are willing to pay a bit extra for it. Tried unsuccessfully too book a reservation. This is our last place to try in the Keller dynasty. We can offer up good manners and good conversation if you are interested.

  73. We have a reservation for party of 4 on Saturday, 9/7 @ 5:30pm and may have 2 seats available for interested guests. Please email me at cwiddes (@) gmail.com if interested.


  74. Aloha,
    Please I need help, my boss promised me a reservation at the french laundry, for my fiance and i. He is an executive chef in Maui and has a “ton of connections”. So i planned my honey moon around the French Laundry. My Fiance and i are both restaurant chefS in Maui as well. I told my fiance that i got reservations and now my boss told me, your not really going there just for the french Laundry are you?…I told him YES! Well turns out he never acutally made me a reservation with his connections and i ended up buying my plane tickets and told the world i was going to the french laundry…
    I get married November 16,2013 and fly out to san fran Monday morninig 11/18. I feel sad and anry and lied to and worst told my fiance we were going to the french laundry and now i have nothing, i failed him. So now im going to try my hardest to get us a table for Either November 18 or 19 i dont even care if its lunch or dinner, just want to take him andy enjoy our honeymoon at an awesome restaurant. Please if anyone can help me i would appreciate it and will compensate you back. Please please help. My email is [email protected]. I will be in yountville two nights and three days. I will buy you lunch when i am there.
    Mahalo for your help

  75. I have a reservation to TFL on Sunday, December 15 at 7:45 for two that I can’t use. I’m trying to get one for Saturday, November 16 anytime. If you’re interested in a trade, let me know by posting here. I will be checking periodically until then.

  76. Would LOVE a reservation for 2 any time in January or February (anticipating that I will have a difficult time getting one). Email me if you have anything 🙂 Anderson.SusanM at gmail.com. Thank you!!

  77. I looked last night and saw few spots available for table of 4 in jan and feb. anyone interested in sharing table with mu husband and I? email me at jenniferwidjaja at yahoo.com. thanks!

  78. Hello! I am looking hoping that someone may have a reservation for March 22, 2014 (anytime) that they would be willing to share or part with. It is my wife’s 40th Birthday and I tried all other methods to no avail. Let me know if you can help me!

    [email protected]

  79. Anyone know if it’s possible to change the name on the reservation? I made one but there’s a chance I can’t go. Can I change to a different name? Or can they check in with my name? Will that put the meal on my credit card?

  80. Does anyone have a reservation for four people on the 3rd or 4th of May that would prefer to have a reservation for two people?

    I can help make something happen.

    Please email me at [email protected]

  81. My wife and I are celebrating our 10th year anniversary from June 8th to June 18. We are traveling from Charleston, SC and are desparately looking for dinner reservations during this timeframe. If unsuccessful in getting reservations, we are up for sharing a table for 4 or more people in order to achieve our culinary dream of dining at The French Laundry. Please reply if interested in specifically 6/12 to 6/17.


  82. Sorry…I neglicated to put my e-mail address. Can be reached at [email protected].

    Please contact me if you have or are interested in reservations from 6/12 to 6/17.


  83. Hi everyone. Thought I’d give this blog a try 🙂 Looking for a table for 2 on 5/9/14 or 5/10/14 lunch or dinner. Please respond with your email if you can help. Thanks in advance. Also I thought I’d share a tip when it comes to being able to contact reservation, this is only if you are more flexible on your date, or planning ahead of time. Instead of calling close to 10am, right when reservations open up, I called at 523pm right when reservation line was about to close, and got through 2x without any busy signal. Live person answered by the 3rd ring. I got on the waiting list but so far TFL is fully booked until May 31, 2014. Also cancel 3 days before your reservation date to avoid being charged a cancellation fee of $100 per person.

  84. FL will be closed for its 20th Year Anniversary celebration July 3-7, the exact same dates I will be in Napa Valley. It has been my dream to go to FL and booked my flights and hotel 6 months ago. My whole trip has been planned around FL.

  85. Luckily, my fiance and I managed to get a reservation at French Laundry today for July 15th 2014 at 5:30pm. We’ve reserved a table for 4 as it was the only one available. We’d be more than happy to switch our table with someone that has a 2 person table reserved on the same day and looking to accommodate a larger party. Alternatively, we’re willing to share our table with another party of two. If your interested, please email [email protected]

  86. Hi Everyone!!

    My fiancé and I are visiting Napa on the 31st July and the 1st August 2014 as part of our honeymoon.
    We would love to hear from anyone that has a reservation for either of those days that no longer requires it or would like to share a table of 4 with us at the FL.

    We would be extremely grateful to hear from anyone interested. Please email me at: [email protected]

    Thank you!!

  87. Looking for a reservation anywhere from June 30-July 2 lunch or dinner for 2. Currently on the waiting list, but if anyone needs to cancel/share a table please let me know. [email protected]

  88. Looking for anyone who might be interested in joining a 4 person reservation at French Laundry on Monday, June 9 2014 at 530pm (we have 2, need another party of 2) or switching a 2 person reservation for our party of 4. Please email [email protected]

  89. I’ve been trying to call and check online for any open reservations, but there are none. I would like to surprise my partner for our 3 years anniversary. We would be extremely grateful to hear from anyone interested. Please email me at [email protected] Any open date would be appreciated. Thank you.

  90. Sorry, but a weekend would be preferable. Lunch or dinner is fine with us. Thanks again. 🙂

  91. Hi all:

    Looking for a reservation for my anniversary, anytime 8/22-8/24 2014 for dinner, or 8/29-8/31 2014 also for dinner, for two. Please email me at [email protected]!

    Thank you 🙂

  92. Hello everyone

    My boyfriend and I will be in the Napa valley area from Sept 3 to 5 and we are looking for dinner reservation for Sept 3-4, or lunch reservation on Sept 5.

    We would be extremely grateful to hear from anyone and if anyone has anything available please email me at: [email protected]

  93. Looking for a reservation for 2 any time from 8/29 – 9/1….Please help. Nikkibabee@Gmail. Com


  94. My husband & I are looking for a dinner reservation for two on September 26 or 27. We’re happy to share a table for four with another couple. If you can help, please email [email protected]. Cheers!

  95. Eating at the French Laundry is on our bucket list, and we are finally going to be in California! We would love to eat there *any time on October 19, 20, 21, or 22.* If you know someone who can’t use their reservation on one of those dates or if you would like to try to book together to get a table for 4, we’d be thrilled. Please contact me at [email protected].

  96. Hi finace and I will be in SF from act 19-25 and have wanted to eat at french laundry for years! If anyone has tickets for 2 (lunch or dinner) sometime during this week, let me know and I will be happy to buy them from you.
    Email me!
    ~Janet and Ryan 🙂

  97. Need 2 tickets to French Laundry on October 14th any time.

    I and my new lovely bride are looking hoping to get reservation for two on October 13th during the day or October 14th anytime.

    Please contact:

    [email protected]

  98. Hello-

    My husband and I will be traveling to the San Francisco area Oct. 25th-29th and have wanted to dine at the French Laundry for years. If anyone happens to have two tickets available for dinner during these dates we would greatly appreciate the reservation. Furthermore, we would be willing to share a table if you have additional space in your reservation.

    Please contact: [email protected]

    Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

  99. Hello all,

    I have a reservation for 4 people at the French Laundry for anyone that’s looking to dine there!

    The date of the reservation is Friday, November 21st at 5:30pm for a table of 4 people. I believe you have to have 4 people to dine or you will be charged for the other 2.

    If you would like the reservation, please email me at [email protected]. I’m looking for $100 for the reservation.

  100. Eating at The French Laundry is on our bucket list.We live in Florida finally my husband & I flying to California.We would love to eat there any time on May 27-30 2015.If anyone has tickets for 2 (lunch or Dinner). We would be willing to share a table if you have additional space in your reservation.Please email me.
    Would appreciate it!!
    [email protected].

  101. I’ll be in town May 15th to 17th and would love to go to the french laundry. If anybody has a current reservation they can no longer make or need additional people, please let me know. I do not mind sharing a table. I will be coming with another person, so 2 in total. My email is [email protected].

    Thanks! 🙂

  102. I have a reservation for the French Laundry on Wednesday 5/27 @ 5:30pm for 4 people. The couple that intended to come with us just informed me that they can’t make it. I would love to find 2 people who would be interested in joining us for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Reservations like this are like winning the lottery for any culinarian or foodie. We are a younger couple, both with a culinary and restaurant industry background. I have been planning our trip to Napa around this reservation for a suprise anniversary present for my wife. If interested please email me. [email protected]


  103. My husband and I will be in town June 6-10, 2015 to celebrate his birthday. We have tried to get reservations for five years in a row without success. If anyone for whatever reason cannot keep their reservation we would love to take it!!

  104. Hello! I am looking for reservations for 2 any day/any time between August 21-30. We would be willing to share a 4 top as well. Thank you!

  105. Hi, two friends and I booked a table for 6 on August 3 for dinner. If you are a party of 1 or a party of 3 that would like to accompany us, please email: [email protected]


  106. My wife and I have a reservation for 6 on Monday September 21 2015 at 915. any couples interested in joining us for a meal of a lifetime?

  107. My husband and I would like to book September 11 lunch to celebrate our 10th Anniversary, been trying to book for the past years. If anyone can help, will be greatly appreciated!

  108. My girlfriend and I will be in Napa August 21st-22nd and are hoping to get in to French Laundry for either lunch or dinner (it’s been on her bucket list and I’m planning an engagement this weekend, so I want to make it special)… if anyone could help us out we would be greatly appreciative! Would take either a reservation for 2 or 4. Thank you all!

  109. Hi Jasnit,
    have you found people to share your reservation at the French Laundry? If not, me and my husband would be interested in joining you on September 21.

  110. My wife and I have a reservation for 4 on Sunday, Sept 27 at 5:30pm. The other couple bailed, looking for another couple to possibly join us. Thank you.

  111. Hello, I’m desperate for a table for 4 at French Laundry for November 21, 22 or 23, 2015. Anytime lunch or dinner. Please let me know if you have a reservation you want to give up! Thanks!

  112. Looking for a reservation for four people October 29. Either evening time will do. celwlu at gmail.com

  113. Does anyone have a reservation for 4 they would be interested in sharing in the next week or two? We are a married 30 year old couple (I am a CPA and my husband owns a 200 plus employee company), and are pretty flexible with our schedules. Thank you.

  114. Does anybody have a cancellation or need two people to join them between May 21-23? Any time would be fine. Thank you.

  115. Been dialing all morning.
    If anyone has a reservation for 4 they can’t use on Thursday, May 26th, would love to take your place. The earlier the better (not that I am really going to be picky about it). 40th birthday and wedding celebration. [email protected]

  116. Hello! We have a reservation on May 26 at 5:30 and are looking for two people to fill our table of four. My husband and I are active 30-somethings, living in the Bay Area with our twin toddlers and are hoping to keep this reservation. Please email me ASAP if you’re interested. [email protected]

  117. Looking for a table for 2 on June 22nd. Email me if you need to cancel your reservation and want to avoid the fee!

  118. Hi there. Looking for spots for two any evening any time on August 15-17 for my fiancée and me during our honeymoon. If any kind person can help, I’ll be forever indebted.

    [email protected]

  119. Hello! Looking for a spot for two people anytime August 24-27 for my fiancé and I for our honeymoon! Very flexible on day/time! Thanks!

  120. Hello – I am looking for a reservation for 2 for anytime from Thursday October 13th to Sunday October 16th (only can do lunch on Sunday though as we fly home Sunday evening – all other days I’ll happily take whatever is available).

    I know it’s still a few months away, but I figure it’s never too early to ask. Please email me at [email protected] for any insight, tips, or help in landing a reservation. I’m trying to surprise my girlfriend with a dinner (or lunch) here.

    Thank you,

  121. Hi! Looking for a reservation for November 21st – 23rd, 2016 for my fiance and I. If you are another couple looking for 2 more for your table or if you have a reservation you need to give up- we would be more than happy to help! He is a sommelier and we are both total foodies. Would love the opportunity to dine here! Please email: [email protected]

  122. Hi there,

    looking for a reservation at the French Laundry for the 4th November. It is my boyfriend’s birthday.
    Let me know if you can help to make it happen: [email protected]


  123. My fiance’ and I are getting married in Napa Valley and spending our honeymoon there as well – I booked a reservation for six for 11/21/16 at 5:30 PM but the rest of our party (family) can’t make it. I have reached out to another couple to see if they can join us as I really don’t want to have to cancel our reservation. If they can, I’ll need to fill 2 more spots (or pray they’ll be in a forgiving mood 72 hours in advance!)

    Please email me at [email protected]


  124. Hi all,

    I’m in NJ and looking to spend 3 days in yountville. I’m going to try like hell to get a rez for march but if anyone has availability for 2 or 4 ( i have a sister in law and husband that would love to dine if needed) that doesnt want to lose their fee, please feel free to reach out at [email protected]

  125. Fellow Foodies,

    Like many of you, I have been unsuccessful at securing a reservation for The French Laundry. If anyone has a reservation for 2 that they would be willing to share on any date for lunch or dinner, I would be so grateful. Please email me [email protected]

    Thank You,

  126. Hello fellow foodies – I’m trying to get a reservation for two at the French Laundry either 5/23 or 5/24. If anyone has any leads please send me an email! Thanks – Naresh [email protected]

  127. Looking for TFL (lunch or dinner)reservations on either May 27th, 28th or 29th for 2. If anybody has any tickets they are looking to get rid of please contact me at [email protected]. THANK YOU!

  128. Hello, I am looking for a reservation for two at The French Laundry anytime for the next three months. I am willing to pay $500 for a verified reservation. Please contact me at [email protected]. Thanks!

  129. To clarify my earlier post, I am happy to pay $500 on top of the cost of the reservation for 2 people at TFL in the next three months. Thanks! Lisa [email protected]

  130. Anyone need to get rid of a reservation on August 6? Lunch or dinner. Any time.

  131. I have a dinner reservation for four on April 7, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. that I can’t use.

    Email me at [email protected] if you are interested, and I can arrange to transfer it to you.

  132. Hi,

    I have a reservation for April 2nd at 8:15pm (2nd seating). I am looking to switch with someone who has a reservation in the earlier seating (5:15pm) but wants the later seating I have. WE CAN SWITCH.

    Please email me at [email protected]


  133. Addition to comment above: I can also switch for a reservation for 2 another day the week prior if anyone is willing to switch and take the April 2nd reservation.

  134. I have a reservation for 2 to the French Laundry on December 2nd at 11:00am. My travel plans changed and I can no longer keep the reservation. Transfer and purchase will take place on the restaurant’s online reservation system TOCK. Total cost is $700.38 for food and tax – beverage charges are separate. Please e-mail if you are interested
    [email protected]

  135. Hi! Looking for a reservation 2/22, 2/23, or 2/24 for 2 ppl. Lmk if you e got anything to offer: 773-758-2010
    Thanks! Melissa

  136. HI! Looking for a reservation at French Laundry for dinner (2) on Saturday, May 18th. Please let me know, will be forever grateful!!

    Thank you!

    [email protected]

  137. Looking to buy reservations for 2 people at any time (either lunch or dinner, preferably dinner though) on any of these dates:

    Friday, August 3
    Saturday, August 4
    Sunday, August 5
    Monday, August 6

    Please email me at [email protected] if you have any to sell.

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