12 Restaurants in Napa Valley
During the past years of visiting Napa Valley, I've had the chance to visit many delicious restaurants. This is not a detailed restaurant review, but more of a quick read with options on places to eat. And please, don't judge these pictures. A lot of these pictures were spontaneous from my cell phone with no intention on blogging about it. There is no sponsored content in this article, so you can say that this blog cost me a lot of money throughout the years! haha...Just kidding!
I'm going to start my list with one of my favorite places to eat in downtown Napa, The Oxbow Public Market. Oxbow Public Market is a place with many options to eat and very popular for its local food vendors and artisan cafes. It's also a great gathering place for locals, offering dining options at all budgets! There's many options for dinning and I can't wait to go back and try some of the other places in Oxbow Market.
1. Hog Island Oyster Co.
Hog Island Oyster Co. is a favorite place for Oysters! They have selections of other foods and local wines, but oysters is the way to go. Its a small restaurant and worth the wait!
2. Red Door Pizza
Red Door Pizza inside Oxbow Public Market is so delicious and it faces the Napa River. The restaurant offers a wide selection of food and wine on the menu! I love their pizzas!!!!
3. The Press Napa Valley
The Press Napa Valley is such a pretty restaurant and reservations are recommended. The restaurant is located in Yountville and close to many wineries. Every dish we had was delicious and can we talk about how awesome the wine list is!
4. The Acacia House at Las Alcobas Napa Valley
The Acacia House at Las Alcobas Napa Valley is located in St. Helena and sits on top of a little hill. The Acacia House is a luxury hotel on a Georgian-style house, which was built in 1907. I got to eat at this restaurant during a wine bloggers conference with Napa Valley Vintners, so I got a different experience. However, the chef was the same and our plates were paired with the appropriate wines. We had three winemakers from Napa Valley pair their wines with cuisine at the restaurant. The award winning restaurant is ran by Chef Chris Consentino who provides a sustainable seasonal menu and an unforgettable culinary experience. This hotel and restaurant is located near Beringer vineyards and Castello Di Amorosa.
5. Cole's Chop House
Cole's Chop House is a "Classic American Steak House" and a go to restaurant for us every time we visit Napa. We always know we're going to have a great steak and fish. They also offer a nice selection of wines by the glass, as the sommeliers use a coravin, a contraption that allows you to pour wine without opening the bottle.
6. Compline Wine
I ate at Compline Wine last December when I was up in Napa during my WSET 2 examination. This restaurant is owned by Master Sommeliers, Matt Stamp and Ryan Stetins, with one the best wines list I've seen. The restaurant was recently named as one of the Top 100 Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and it also offers delicious small dishes for dinner and classes in the evenings and weekends.
7. Lucy Restaurant
We ate at Lucy Restaurant, which is located inside the Bardessono, on Christmas Eve last December. We had such a lovely and quiet dinner, but it was pricey. The plates were a perfect size and everything we ordered, we ate.
8. Silverado Resort & Spa | The Grill
We stayed at the Silverado Resort and ate at The Grill restaurant during Christmas last year. Let me tell you how relaxing this resort is and close to many places including Whole Foods. We ate at the restaurant, which had a beautiful view of the golf course and the Silverado Mansion's historical charm.
9. Torc Napa Valley
Torc restaurant is located in downtown Napa next door to Cole's Chop House. To be honest, I felt like I was at Cole's, but with a different vibe and menu. The ambience was super intimate an cozy. We enjoyed our nice dinner with a bottle of Trinchero Napa Valley Cabernet, courtesy of my friend Raquel. This is a place to have a nice quiet adult dinner after a day of wine drinking.
10. Downtown Joe's
One of the ONLY restaurant open on Christmas was Downtown Joe's in downtown Napa. The place was filled with people when we arrived and couldn't find a seat at the Pub bar. We went to the other side, and realized there was no wait on the restaurant. The food was typical American Grill food and the wine selection was minimal. Regardless, we had a view of the Napa River and enjoyed our Christmas lunch very much! I can see the patio getting filled with guest during the summer.
11. Bistro Don Giovanni's
Bistro Don Giovanni's is restaurant we enjoy returning to very time we visit Napa. We love the pasta's and their desserts. I'm not sure why I happen to take pictures of all my desserts. It's conveniently located walking distance from Ashes and Diamonds Winery, which is a must visit. The restaurant has the cutest decorations with tables and chairs stacked outside. The corkage fee here is $20 and we usually bring our own wine to go with our dinner.
12. Rutherford Grill
Rutherford Grill is located next door to Beaulieu Vineyards in the Rutherford area. The restaurant is semi-causal restaurant where flip flops are not encouraged. Many locals gather here and eat at bar where seasonal dishes can be enjoyed. One of the coolest things about The Rutherford Grill is that your first bottle corkage fee is waived.