Entirely self-taught, Michelin Starred chef Ken Frank first achieved national acclaim at age 21 at La Guillotine in Los Angeles. In 1979, he opened the first La Toque on the Sunset Strip. After a 14-year run, Frank sold the restaurant and in 1995 opened the award-winning Fenix at the Argyle.
In 1998, the second incarnation of La Toque made its debut in Rutherford, California. La Toque was awarded a Michelin Star in 2007, the first year the organization published a San Francisco Bay Area guide.
In 2008, Frank moved the restaurant to The Westin Verasa Napa. La Toque has continued to be well-received by the nation’s top critics and reviewers. In October 2009 the restaurant was honored again with a Michelin Star, which it still retains today. Most recently in mid-2014, La Toque received Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, the highest honor for a restaurant’s wine list.