With so many great restaurants, and a long pedigree of fine dining, the options are plentiful in the Napa Valley. If you ask 9 different locals or visitors to pick their favorite spot, you'll likely get more than 9 answers. It's hard to pick just one. It's even tougher to go wrong. Just check out a couple review sites, and you'll quickly realize, there is a ton of great food available in Napa Valley.
The following list is in no particular order. Odds are, you'll have a great time in Napa Valley, and one of these restaurants will add to the pleasure.
Mustards Grill has been feeding people in The Valley for over 30 years. If you're looking for options, Mustards is a great bet. Their offerings include pastas, salads, sandwiches, and the beloved signature Mongolian pork chop, you can't go wrong with. It's a quaint, delicious spot, and part of Napa Valley's culinary heritage you have to try at least once. I bet you'll go back.
7399 Highway 29
The Restaurant at Meadowood
Every dish served at The Restaurant at Meadowood is a thoughtfully crafted celebration of food and art. After being awarded three michelin stars, it has become a tough place to reserve a table, so call as early as possible. Care is taken with every detail of your dining experience. The menu, the location, and pretty much everything else about this place is simply magical.
Details: 900 Meadowood Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574,
900 Meadowood Ln.
St. Helenca, CA
Gott's Roadside / Taylor's Refresher
The classic style drive-in, in Napa Valley. Enough said. This affordable place has some of the best burgers in the area and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. This is not a place you should go if you want fine dining, but if you want a fresh and delicious take on American classics, Gott’s Roadside is popular for a reason. The name changed, but the Taylor's Refresher (since 1949) sign still hangs streetside.
933 Main St.
St. Helena, CA
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Utilizing only the freshest ingredients, Farmstead is an affordable option that offers fine American cuisine. They have a fantastic Sunday brunch that you must experience at least once. Some favorite dishes here are the cheddar biscuits with honey butter, and the heirloom tomato salad (seasonal). You'll find something you love here, and go back for more.
738 Main St.
St. Helena, CA
The French Laundry
A staple in the community since the late 70's (Chef Thomas Keller owned since 1994), The French Laundry is a Napa Valley gem that garnishes international attention. Awarded 3 michelin stars in 2006, it is a top choice for any foodie pilgrimage to Wine Country. Each night a prix fixe menu features classic French cuisine, with the highest quality ingredients, some grown just feet away. A focus on amazing customer service and artistic creations really sets this place apart.
6640 Washington St.
Rutherford Grill has American cuisine in a stunning and historic location. They make their food with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients possible. A great bonus here is no corkage fee, which is pretty rare in high-end restaurants. Some favorites of frequent flyers are the skillet cornbread, bbq ribs, french dip sandwich, and the spinach artichoke dip for starters. There are so many great offerings on the menu that you really can't go wrong.
1180 Rutherford Rd.
Designed by architect Howard Backen, Press restaurant's modern farmhouse style interior is gorgeous. The back patio is a great space as well. Order cocktails and appetizers, or get a mouth watering meal. You won't be disappionted with anything you order.
587 Highway 29
St. Helena, CA
Known for its high quality French cuisine, Bistro Jeanty is somewhat of an unknown gem. A long time local favorite, some of the sought after dishes are its French onion soup, the tomato soup in puff pastry, and its Creme Brûlée is worth the visit on its own. You'll have to visit this place a few times to sample everything.
6510 Washington St.
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is somewhat of a hidden spot, being that it's not right off of Highway 29, as most places St. Helena are. Cindy Pawlcyn, also owner and chef of Mustards Grill mentioned above, creates casual but inspired dishes. It may not be on the menu, but be sure to save room and order the absolutely delicious campfire pie for dessert.
1327 Railroad Ave.
St. Helena, CA