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Recommended Napa Valley and the Surrounding Area Restaurants

Along with world-class wines, Napa Valley is also known for world-class dining.
From wine bars to bistros – here are several we recommend.

(Sorted alphabetically by town)


Angele – Creative French bistro cuisine served in their warm dining room, riverside patio, or inviting bar.
Bounty Hunter – A lively wine bar complete with unique flights of wine and great BBQ small plates.
Carpe Diem – Fun, casual American tapas and extensive wine list.
Coles Chop House – The traditional American chop house, perfected.
Celadon – Sample the cuisine they call Global Comfort Food, either on the patio beside the open fire or tucked into an intimate corner in the restaurant.
Farm – An elegant and exciting culinary experience with wines from our neighborhood and from around the world.
Morimoto – Innovative signature Japanese cuisine of Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America.
Norman Rose Tavern – Traditional comfort food in a causal but sophisticated atmosphere.
Oenotri – Authentic Southern Italian featuring a daily changing menu driven by ingredients that are local, fresh and in season. Hand crafted in house Salumi, and pasta made fresh daily.
The Thomas / Fagiani’s Bar – Inventive California cuisine. Lively rooftop patio and bar.
Torc – Contemporary American with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce.
Zuzu – Indulge yourself in the eclectic delights of this fabulous Spanish Tapas restaurant.


Ad Hoc – – Offers a 4 course family style menu that changes each day accompanied by a small, accessible wine list in a casual setting reminiscent of home
Bistro Jeanty – A casual, charming French bistro.
Bouchon – Fabulous oysters and contemporary French cuisine served in an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere.
Bottega – Chef Michael Chiarello’s signature bold Italian flavors with a refined twist. Menu highlights the bounty of artisanal and house made ingredients, as well as local produce.
Etoile – Located in Domaine Chandon, this breathtaking property is home to decadent French cuisine and wonderful sparkling wine, perfect to toast the evening with.
French Laundry – Thomas Keller’s world-renowned French cuisine served in incomparable elegance. (Note: Reservations must be made two months, to the day, in advance. Call at 10am sharp and be patient – keep calling as the line is always busy.)
Hurley’s – A creative menu of Wine Country favorites in a casual and contemporary atmosphere.
Redd – An architecturally modern setting creating regionally inspired seasonal cuisine with ethnic influences.
Reddwood – The daily changing menu features wood-burning oven baked pizzas, house-made pastas, hot and cold small plates and entrées.


Brix – California with an Asian twist in a beautiful vineyard setting whether indoors or out.
Mustard’s Grill – Seasonal Wine Country classics are served at this well-known fun and lively restaurant.


Auberge du Soleil – This French/Mediterranean restaurant offers the best view in the valley along with its artisan fare, elegant ambience, and spectacular valley views. Michelin star rated.
Rutherford Grill – Lively and casual bar and restaurant, grilled foods, and American favorites at their best.

St. Helena

Cook – This intimate, charming spot specializes in simple but elegant Northern Italian cuisine made from local and seasonal ingredients.
Farmstead – Located on Long Meadow Ranch, they feature seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking with a southern influence.
Greystone at The Culilnary Institute of America – The Culinary Institute of America has its very own restaurant where you can sample the Daily Temptations created by student chefs.
Meadowood – A casually elegant dining experience featuring a modern approach to Napa Valley cuisine that’s approachable, dynamic, evocative and playful. 3 Star Michelin rated.
Press – Enjoy the best meats and produce from around the bay area in this modern chophouse with a legendary Napa-centric wine list.