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Napa Valley Restaurants

Top 10+ Napa Valley Restaurants
— Our Favorites & Most Popular

Fun Foodie Haven
Napa Valley Wine Country is one of Northern California's Top Culinary Destinations — and Yountville, a fun foodie haven, is known as the "Culinary Capital of the Valley."

We've put together a list and a brief description (in no particular order) of some of our favorite — and most popular restaurants:

Tell us about a few of your favorites!



Yountville

1. Brix (Yountville)
Brix Restaurant
Brix Restaurant & Gardens is one of the most beautiful settings in Napa Valley. We love dining outdoors on the spacious patio, overlooking the gardens, vineyards and mountains. Keep a look-out for the Napa Valley Wine Train as it passes by — watch video below:

 

2. French Laundry (Yountville)
French Laundry
It's very expensive and hard to get a reservation, but dining at the French Laundry is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Critically-acclaimed chef/owner Thomas Keller (winner of consecutive James Beard Awards, is the only American-born chef since 1900 to hold multiple three-star Michelin ratings. World-renowned for its creativity, fresh seasonal ingredients, sensational cuisine, fabulous presentation (as you can see from the pic below, each plate is a work of art), and impeccable service, the pricey restaurant is worth every penny!

3. Bottega (Yountville)
Bottega
Bottega is the brainchild of Emmy-award winning Food Network celebrity and cookbook author, Michael Chiarello (former chef of St. Helena's Tra Vigne) — and it's one of the hottest restaurants (and bars) in Yountville!

4. Bouchon Bistro (Yountville)
Bouchon Bistro
One step into Bouchon and you'll feel as if you're inside a stylish Parisian bistro. The Napa Valley restaurant is the brainchild of restaurateurs Thomas Keller and Joseph Keller. (Thomas is chef/owner of the popular French Laundry.) Enjoy wonderful French bistro food in a fun setting.

Be sure to visit Bouchon Bakery (located adjacent to the bistro) — it's Yountville's most popular bakery, so don't be surprised to see a line out the door. Bet you can't resist one of their yummy pastries.

5. Bistro Jeanty (Yountville)
Bistro Jeanty
Classic brasserie-style French food and recreations of Philippe Jeanty's favorite childhood dishes have put Bistro Jeanty (a Michelin-star restaurant) on Napa's culinary map. The Creme de Tomate en Croute (Tomato Soup in Puff Pastry) appetizer is sensational — this dish alone is worth a trip to Bistro Jeanty!



6. étoile Restaurant
@ Domaine Chandon
(Yountville)
étoile Restaurant @ Domaine Chandon
Enjoy wine-tasting, followed by a magnificent lunch or dinner at the Michelin-star étoile Restaurant — it's the only fine dining restaurant within a winery in Napa Valley.

St. Helena

7. Tra Vigne (St. Helena)
Tra Vigne
Tra Vigne's Tuscan-style eatery is one of the most popular restaurants in Napa Valley. Cuisine combines Italian and Californian influences. One of their "must-try" appetizers is the "Mozzarella Cheese "Al Minuto" (hand-made at the moment ordered, grilled bruschetta, vestri olio nuovo) — the combination of the warm cheese, olive oil, and crispy bread is incredible! It's a great way to start your meal. And their Caesar Salad rates as one of the best too. Enjoy romantic al fresco dining — the large patio outside feels very Mediterranean. And at night, when all the lights are twinkling in the trees, it's absolutely magical!

8. Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
(St. Helena)

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
This St. Helena "hot spot" is popular with locals and tourists alike — Cindy Pawlcyn, a James Beard award-winning cookbook author, is the chef and owner of the delightful Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. Sensational food and Cindy's cool zinc bar/ lounge is great for cocktails and people-watching. If you have time, check out Cindy's other highly successful Napa Valley "sister" restaurant — Mustards Grill in Yountville.

9. Wine Spectator
Greystone Restaurant
(St. Helena)
Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant
(The Culinary Institute of America)

Flavors of the Mediterranean are highlighted and the restaurant also grows its own organic herbs and vegetables — providing diners with the freshest of ingredients. It's a FUN dining experience. The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone offers Cooking Demo Classes, plus One-day, Three-day and Week-long intensive programs.

10. Gott's Roadside (St. Helena)
Gott's Roadside
(formerly Taylor's Refresher)

Popular casual-style diner; Juicy Hamburgers, Crispy Fries and killer Malted Milkshakes! Their menu also includes Hot Dogs,Tacos, assorted Sandwiches, Soups and Salads, home-made Chili and Fish & Chips. Fun for kids and big kids too!

Note: There's also a Gott's at Oxbow Public Market: And if you're visiting San Francisco, check out Gott's SF location at the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero.

Rutherford

11. Rutherford Grill (Rutherford)
Rutherford Grill
Great food, terrific ambiance in a casual, comfortable setting, friendly service, reasonable prices and a FUN bustling bar best sums up the Rutherford Grill. Be prepared to wait because this restaurant is very popular, especially during peak times and the busy tourist season. Whatever you do, don't pass up the Cornbread in the Skillet (stuffed with a hint of mild jalapenos) and crisped to perfection — it's the BEST cornbread we've ever tasted, bar none!

12. Auberge du Soleil
(St. Helena)
Auberge du Soleil
Fabulous food in an upscale setting. We like dining outside on the terrace — the views here are stunning, especially as the sun is setting. It's also an interesting place for people-watching — during our last visit, actor Robert Redford was seated at a nearby table.

Downtown Napa

13. Oenotri

Oenotri
Oenotri is one of Napa Valley's most popular restaurants —and considered by some as one of the best Italian restaurants in the U.S. Co-chef-owners Tyler Rodde and Curtis Di Fede create incredible Southern Italian specialities of Sicily, Campania, Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia.

Off Hwy 29

14. Hwy 29 Cafe
(off Hwy 29)


Hwy 29 Cafe
Great for breakfast and lunch (a nice truck stop). Whenever we drive up to Napa, we like to stop by for breakfast or lunch. The Hwy. 29 Cafe has all the right ingredients for a great truck stop — good food, enormous portions, cheap prices, casual atmosphere, and fast service

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Alana and Barry dining al fresco at Brix restaurant and gardens, just north of Yountville off Hwy 29 in Napa Valley, CA

Alana, Barry, Carrie and Steve enjoying dinner al fresco at Tra Vigne, St Helena, Napa Valley, CA

Snake River Farms "Calotte De Boeuf Grillée" with Morel Mushrooms, English Peas, Nantes Carrots, Spring Garlic, Bone Marrow Pudding and "Sauce Bordelaise" at the French Laundry in Yountville, Napa Valley, California

Soft-Shell Crab and Arugula at Oenotri in downtown Napa, Napa Vallety, CA

Tra Vigne in St Helena, Napa Valley

Alana, Gill and Vaughan (and Barry) dining al fresco at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen under the 100 year-old fig tree, St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

Bottega's Risotto del Giorno with English Peas - Bottega Restaurant in Yountville, Napa Valley, CA

Bouchon in Yountville, Napa Valley

Bistro Jeanty, Yountville, Napa Valley, California

Special Heirloom Tomato Salad at Rutherford Grill, Napa Valley

Lamb Burger topped with Feta Cheese and Pomme Frites at Brix, just north of Yountville off Hwy 29, Napa Valley, CA

Brix Restaurant & Gardens, located just north of Yountville off Hwy 29 in Napa Valley, CA

Domaine Chandon winery, Napa Valley Wine Country, CA

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

French Laundry, housed in this rustic two-story stone building, surrounded by luch gardens, in the heart of Yountville, Napa Valley

Gott's Roadside Hamburger (formerly Taylor's Refresher), St Helena, Napa Valley

Spice-Rubbed Quails, Goat Cheese Polenta & Caramelized Onions (Cindy’s Favorite)

Hwy 29 Cafe


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