Join Pursuitist as we take our readers on a photo culinary journey at chef Thomas Keller‘s renowned The French Laundry.

Yountville, California, is in the heart of Napa County. Located in the middle of the Napa Valley wine growing region, Yountville is also the home of The French Laundry, a gourmet restaurant owned by chef Thomas Keller, with a three star rating from the Michelin Guide. Every day, The French Laundry serves two different nine course tasting-menus, none of which uses the same ingredient more than once.

Keller’s fine-dining nirvana awakens the senses with soul-satisfying French-American tasting menus paired with amazing wines and served with formal flair in a setting that oozes class and sophistication. Dining at the French Laundry is an otherworldly event (plan on three to four hours), but the finale is an astonishing meal that you’ll remember the rest of your life.

The exterior of The French Laundry:

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Most casual travelers can’t get a reservation unless they’ve booked it months in advance. If you aren’t one of the lucky diners, console yourself with a trip around the restaurant’s culinary gardens. Here are the gardens across from The French Laundry:

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Chef Keller’s chickens:

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And a few of the chef’s BMWs.

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Then, the meal begins… Enjoy our photo tour of the French Laundry experience…

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Afterwards, we visited Chef Keller’s kitchen:

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Also read: A Weekend In Napa With The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé