Dining in Napa Valley, California
The Napa Valley offers many world class dining experiences. We have listed a few of our personal favorites here. A good site for planning, accessing reviews and checking table availability is www.opentable.com Search under wine country restaurants or a specific Napa Valley town.
Our new favorite restaurant in town. Matt and Sonja Spector deliver on their tag line of "Farm to Table" with beautiful, tasting menu sized, dishes that showcase their love of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients in combinations that will wow your taste buds. Highly recommended.
Calistoga Inn. www.calistogainn.com/restaurant.html
American comfort food and grilled classics. Outdoor dining in summer, cozy dining room in winter. Live music weekends and some weekdays in summer.
Friendly, simple, family style Italian.
California cuisine in a great old building. Live music most weekends.
Bistro classics and fine dining. Smaller and more intimate than Brannan’s Grill.
Bar Vino. www.bar-vino.com
Trendy wine bar with light Tuscan style fare.
Chic casual dining at Calistoga’s new upscale spa resort.
Seamus Feeney showcases the very best local ingredients, featuring Long Meadow Ranch's superb grass fed beef. Tiny corkage fee that goes to local charities so take your latest find to enjoy.
Cook. Click for SF Chronicle Review
A local favorite. Italian comfort food in a cozy setting.
Outstanding pacific rim cuisine in a fine stone building. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two.
Tra Vigne. www.travignerestaurant.com/tv.htm
Fine Tuscan cuisine, lively atmosphere, great for groups.
Everything for the sea food lover, raw bar, sushi and classic fish dishes.
Steak, steak and steak, great quality, high price, simple preparation.
Rutherford Grill. www.rutherfordgrill.com
Comfort food at relatively modest prices, no corkage charged so take that bottle you just bought and can’t wait to try.
Fine dining in the restaurant and simpler fare in the grill. Both overlook the croquet lawns and golf course.
Watch the sun go down over the vineyards while you dine in luxury. The perfect spot for that special romantic dinner.
French Laundry. www.frenchlaundry.com
If you love food and you can get a reservation - take it! The only restaurant we can’t even try to get you reservations for.
Approaching French Laundry standards with a hipper atmosphere and a fraction of the price. Probably the best value fine dining tasting menu in the valley.
Lots of visitors choose Thomas keller's other restaurant when they find the French Laundry impossible to get into. It is very different. Service is fast and even frenetic at times. Food is French Bistro classics. It can be noisy and crowded so a good spot for a group of friends, perhaps not the best place for an intimate romantic dinner.
Ad Hoc. www.adhocrestaurant.com/
Another Thomas Keller Restaurant and well worth a try. Serves a fixed menu so, if you have strong dislikes, check what they are serving when you reserve.
Well worth the pretty drive north to Healdsburg to sample outstanding fine dining.