Fine Dining, save for the service. We celebrated our anniversary with dinner at La Toque. We were seated next to the fireplace in a very nice room. The food was heavenly! The service had equalled the food, until a large party was seated behind us, at which point our waiter never returned. For the cost, this is simply unacceptable. When we asked for the manager to complain about the service during the meal, a genuine effort was made to correct this, including providing excellent service for the remainder of the meal, a complimentary glass of wine with dessert, and removing the mandatory 18% service charge(allowing us the discretion to tip what we deemed appropriate).
Sooo close.... As we neared the completion of our third hour of dining at La Toque and peered through wine-bleary eyes at the tired and inebriated seated in the lovely room around us, we looked back at the fine meal that had been served. Five beautifully-presented courses with expertly matched wines, capped off by a splendid cheese finale. Impeccable service and a delightfully warm maitre d'. But after three+ hours, it became an ordeal, even for a restaurant-savvy 30-40-something couple. And at $400 for the two of us, it felt, in retrospect, like an elaborately-staged cash-extraction ceremony. Fine dining is always a morsel away from grotesque self-indulgence, and La Toque brings one perilously close to that line.
Hats off to La Toque. Get the wine pairings. It makes for an expensive, but truly exceptional, night out.
What Fun!. We recently had a company party for 18 people at La Toque and it was great! We had a private room all to ourselves. Our host had prearranged to have the wine pairing package with our meals. With each course a different wine was poured with each dish. What a great way to taste new wines I'd never heard of befor. The food was wonderful, service was personal and knowledgable and we were able to have a much fun as we wanted....Which we did!!
Blown away. My husband took me for my birthday last year as a surprise and it was the best meal I've ever had. We were seated by the fireplace and it was very romantic. The service was warm and friendly but very professional and the wines they chose to match the menu were incredible. We'll be back soon I hope.
The Fav. If you haven't been, you must! Probably the best meal I've had with service to match.
Hats Off!. A sweeping bow with a plumed toque to Ken Frank for his unqualified success in Rutherford. If only we lived closer!
Great overall experience. The food is always terrific. And of course there's a great wine list and La Toque does a unique and wonderful "wine pairing". Yet what really sets this restaurant above the rest is the wonderful staff. They set the standard for a friendly, knowledgable yet professional team. I can't wait to go back tomorrow.
yummy for the tummy. A full meal with no bloated feeling is what I like best about La Toque. I usually just order whatever my dinner partner did not order so we can taste more delicasies. And the wine paring menu is do die for!
Superb French Fare. Ambitious and rewarding dining, fulfilled every expectation, La Toque is the quintessential Napa restaurant, far surpassing anything in its very special league.
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