Tried La Toque for a birthday dinner treat - after reading dozens of mixed reviews - it really goes to show that reviews can be so subjective! We had a perfectly nice time. Service was friendly, professional, polished, and attentive (not snooty). Went on Sat night for early seating. Dining room was about 75% filled throughout meal. Meal lasted 2 hours. We had the prix fixe ($98 each) and the wine pairings ($62 each). Total bill is about $400 (18% service charge included). Once you know the numbers beforehand, you won't get sticker shock. So just sit back and enjoy. Sommelier v. friendly and knowledgeable (not snooty). 4 courses and 1 dessert course, every course delicious, some more than most (foie gras and slow cooked bream with crispy edible scales stand out). Had table by fireplace, did not ""hear other people's conversations"" as other reviewers complained. Room is done in a plain, French countrystyle, not super luxe but still quite pleasant. There is outdoor patio seating but not that nice (and can be cold). If on Highway 29, you can miss Rutherford Road turning into restaurant, so slow down it's immediately to the right once you see Rutherford city sign - blink and you will miss it. Please don't complain that ""for this price you should get a perfect experience"". No experience is perfect regardless of price, and this was an expensive meal but it was worth it IMHO and birthday person was v. happy which is what mattered. Wines are very well picked, too. If you don't do the wine pairings, you might regret or think the food isn't as good on its own, so might as well go for the pairings. Can't understand why some reviewers complained food not enough - was splitting at the seams - this was at least a 4000 calorie meal! Maybe restaurant changed tactics after reading complaints.
Pros: polished attentive top notch service (not snooty), well-made and delicious food
Cons: a bit pricey but ok if special occasion and mentally prepared for sticker shock beforehand