Restaurants in Napa
Given how good the wine is, the restaurants in Napa could get away with being an afterthought—but they are so much more than that. Fresh produce, creative chefs and a thoughtful interplay with the local wines make for unforgettable meals. Wine and dine at some of the best restaurants in Napa.
Diners have been known to wait a year for reservations at French Laundry. This Yountville-based, Napa restaurant legend; chef Thomas Keller provides a sublime, virtually flawless dining experience. His dishes can seem delightfully whimsical: for instance, his famed smoked salmon cornets, tissue-thin shavings served in sesame-seed-flecked whorls of tuile, look just like miniature ice cream cones. If you get in, you meal will likely last three hours, but you’ll want to remember it forever. French and California cuisine reign in Napa, but the Morimoto Napa has been a hit since it opened in 2010. Highlights at this Japanese Napa restaurant include the foie gras chawan mushi and a whole roasted lobster with lemon crème fraiche. Three Twins Organic Ice Cream is a nice reminder that great dining experiences in Napa need not always feel exclusive. Lemon cookie, burnt caramel, and cardamom are just a few of the 100-plus rotating flavors available at this all-natural ice cream shop in Oxbow Public Market.
Since moving to a new location on Main Street in 2008, Azzurro Pizzeria has a more streamlined, slightly industrial setting with blue, black, and white tiles lining the 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,
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.
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.
Located in the downtown Bel Aire Plaza shopping center, this restaurant is owner Gene Tartaglia’s ode to Memphis-style slow-cooked barbecue.
Situated in the Historic Napa Mill district established in 1884, the Napa General Store contains several operations: a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch; a wine tasting bar specializing in small-batch local wines; and a gift store selling everything from jewelry to vases made with grape vine
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
Lemon cookie, burnt caramel, and cardamom are just a few of the 100-plus rotating flavors available at this all-natural ice cream shop.
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.