Located in Almaden Valley, La Foret is a fine French dining establishment from Chef John Davoudi.




In the mid 1800s, just a few years before the great California Gold Rush, Andres Castillera, a Mexican officer with the Artillery discovered his own riches in the lush green hills of an area known as New Almaden. Castillera's bounty was cinnabar, a precious metal commonly referred to as "quicksilver," and word of his discovery spread quickly. It wasn't long thereafter that the small community was thriving with miners anxious to stake their own claims.

In 1848, a creekside boarding house was constructed in New Almaden to house the area's hard-working crews. The two-story building (the first two-story hotel in California) provided the miners with a comfortable place to sleep and hot meals, served in a rustic dining room downstairs. The old boarding house remained in operation in this capacity up until the 1930s, when it was converted into the Cafe Del Rio, a popular restaurant which served New Almaden for almost 40 years.

Today, this historically significant building houses La Foret, an exquisite French restaurant named appropriately enough for its lush forest surroundings. As one of San Jose's finest dining establishments, La Foret is proud to carry on the time-honored tradition of hospitality that began in New Almaden more than 100 years ago.

Deliver a memorable fine dining experience with friendly, attentive staff serving premium quality and delicious food with expertly crafted traditional French sauces, while preserving a historical landmark and the natural beauty of our surroundings.
— Our Mission

Our Cooking Philosophy

In Northern California, we are blessed with many great restaurants that represent hundreds of styles and tastes. We distinguish and pride ourselves on offering authentic Classic French Food.

We draw most of our flavors from this classic French cooking style. This labor intensive style is primarily executed through a carefully crafted mixture of marrow, wine, and herbs over slow heat for a lengthy period - extracting all flavors from the bones, which produces the incredibly flavorful sauces.

We have been operating under this classic style for over three decades, and we will continue to do so. Come and enjoy!


Zagat Survey Raves, "Excellent game", "outstanding service" and an "exceptional setting" on a creek bank make this "very fancy" San Jose French restaurant situated in an old boarding house "well worth the drive" for a "special celebration".

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For Reservations, Banquet or Wedding Information, please call us at 408-997-3458


A Message from the Owner

As the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.”


My business partner and dear friend Mike, who runs Le Papillon Restaurant, and I opened La Foret Restaurant in 1978. Many may ask why I have chosen to retire while we are still running a very successful business. Unfortunately, for health reasons.


As I begin to reminisce on all the memories of this restaurant, I begin to feel a great gravity of emotion – of happiness, humility, and gratefulness. La Foret has been my home! In 1978, I practically lived on the second floor of the building, which today is a banquet room. I always felt that anybody who walks into La Foret is my house guest – a part of my family and I treated them so. Retiring and closing La Foret will not be easy. I have genuinely enjoyed working with our present and past staff; some of them since day one of opening. My sincere thanks to all of them!


And now about my gracious customers!

Admittedly as I start writing this, there are tears of joy and sadness.

How do I express my appreciation to all those beautiful people who spend all their birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, company dinner parties and many special occasions with us the last 38 years?  To ALL of you: thank you!

To the people who got married here and celebrated all of their subsequent anniversaries with us and introduced their children to La Foret… to all of you, thank you!

And to all those who celebrated wedding rehearsals, baby showers, communions, Bar mitzvahs

And to all of those who dined with us on regular basis for years and years…to all of you thank you!

And to all those whom we created a bond of friendship!

How do I express my gratitude for all of their support even in the midst of our mistakes and imperfection?

Unfortunately, words cannot express how I feel.

I will miss greeting you, and your beautiful laughter in the dining room, your life stories and your sincerity. And of course, the deep sadness I’ve felt from the loss of some of our great customers who became dear friends of mine.


Finally, I have to say: It has been our great pleasure to serve you.

I will be forever grateful to all of you.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you, and appreciate all of your support!


Best Wishes,

John Davoudi





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