Napa Valley

Restaurants in Napa Valley

A converted 1923 Craftsman-style bungalow (low wood-beamed ceiling; two fireplaces) is the backdrop for chef Todd Humphries’s three-course tasting menu of roasted spaghetti-squash soup, Liberty Farms duck-leg confit, and chocolate panna cotta.

The Wine Country Inn was the first bed-and-breakfast in the Napa Valley—and although still family owned and operated—is now a luxurious boutique hotel. It has 24 individually designed rooms and five private cottages with antiques, fireplaces, and quilts handmade by the owner’s grandparents.

Chef Sheamus Feeley grew up on an Arkansas farm with cows, chickens, and pigs, then received his tutelage in seasonal produce while living in Peru.

In the Fall of 2008, Food Network celebrity chef Michael Chiarello launched this low-key dining room with wood-beamed ceilings and Venetian-plaster walls.

What It’s Like: On the banks of the Napa River in a 100-year-old white-and-blue-painted (former) boathouse, this family-run bistro is loved by locals throughout the valley for its French-inspired menu and cheery ambience—think oversize bouquets of loosely bundled meadow flowers,

One of the world’s hardest-to-score tables (where diners have been known to wait a year for reservations) has been praised to the heavens for more than a decade now—and deservedly so.

Occupying a scenic, 16-acre estate in St. Helena, Brix is a combination restaurant, wine shop, and vegetable garden owned by the Kelleher family.

Adjacent to the Classic Car Wash in downtown Napa, this tiny drive-through café is well known for its unfussy, inexpensive hamburgers. Umbrellas and a red-and-white wooden awning shade a patio of approximately six tables, while three bar stools and one small table are available inside.

One of Napa’s most recognizable restaurateurs, Cindy Pawlcyn opened this restaurant as an ode to her culinary-inspired globetrotting. Originally built in the 1800’s, the building has served turns as a private residence, bordello, and cooperage.

Grab a table by the fireplace at this rustic-yet-elegant bistro, for escargots, coq au vin, and fine wines.

Located in the downtown Bel Aire Plaza shopping center, this restaurant is owner Gene Tartaglia’s ode to Memphis-style slow-cooked barbecue.