The Courtyard is where you sip Champagne while waiting for your table to be prepared.
My husband and I have been fortunate to dine at The French Laundry on several occasions but the best experience was dining next to Brad Pitt and the cast from Friends. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston had just begun dating and no one knew it yet. Their group and our group had the entire upstairs for a 5 hour dinner. Yummm! After dinner Chef Thomas Keller paid his respects to our table and my husband congratulated him on providing the delicious meal as well as the wonderful entertainment.