Restaurants in Napa Valley
Sometimes, even when you’re traveling among the world’s high temples of gastronomy, all you really want is a good, messy hamburger.
Originally opened as the casual compliment to partners Douglas Keane and Nick Peyton’s very formal Cyrus restaurant, Market was sold to executive chef Eduardo E. Martinez in 2008. The restaurant has retained its simultaneous casual and sophisticated pub atmosphere.
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.
The flagship restaurant of the Plumpjack Winery—owned Carneros Inn, Farm combines the architectural elements of an American farmhouse, including a central hearth, hardwood floors, and an A-frame roof, with the styling of a contemporary restaurant—open kitchen, white tablecloths, and purple booths
A cutout of a wild pig hanging from the rafters of Oxbow Public Market denotes the entrance to this food- and wine-focused antique shop.
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.
The newest incarnation of the pioneering 30-year-old restaurant at Domaine Chandon is Étoile. Executive chef Christopher Manning cooks with a robust American sensibility, and the occasional French accent.
Set just off Highway 121 in a cheery, bright red farmhouse, the Boon Fly (part of the lovely boutique Carneros Inn) is packed around the clock.
Grab a table by the fireplace at this rustic-yet-elegant bistro, for escargots, coq au vin, and fine wines.