Acacia House, chef Chris Cosentino and partner Oliver Wharton’s St. Helena restaurant, is now open for dinner. The new venture is part of Las Alcobas, a luxury boutique hotel (read: it ranges from around $695 to over $3,000 per night) that replaced the dilapidated Grandview Apartments. It’s a super prime location, in an area with very few hotels— Acacia House will cater to a very rarefied crowd of Wine Country tourists by default, though it also aims to draw in locals.
It’s definitely a departure from Cosentino’s SoMa restaurant Cockscomb, which is located on a gritty corner and filled with a variety of inventive meat creations (like these pig skin noodles). The new restaurant’s building, originally an inn, is 100 years old and was completely upgraded through a collaboration with the hotel group’s CEO Samuel Leizorek and partners Guneet Bajwa and Sushil Patel of Presidio Companies. The resulting updates fall in line with the modern aesthetic of the hotel property, filled with warm grays and textured wood, and featuring a working fireplace in the 50-seat dining area. A ten seat bar offers an option for drinking and snacking.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu featuring Napa Valley ingredients, like a lamb tartare with green harissa, mint, and chickpea crackers, and local radishes with sea urchin, butter, and sea vegetables from the coast. Breakfast includes fresh turmeric shots, and croissant milk toast, a bread pudding with whipped cream and mascarpone.
Drinks skew classic and lean on garden staples for inspiration, like seasonal bellinis. Negronis, bloody marys, and a margarita (an homage the the original Las Alcobas property in Mexico City). Craft beers will be on offer, including a beer brewed on site.
Hotel guests will have the opportunity to kill their friends with jealousy by Instagramming photos of the picnic baskets filled with cold fried chicken, and poolside drinks that are also part of Acacia House’s offerings. Cosentino, an avid cyclist, even has musette bags for riders (essentially goodie bags packed with energy dense food items for cyclists to eat during their ride).
It’s a hotel property, so it will open seven days a week from 7 a.m.- 10 a.m. for breakfast, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. for dinner. The bar and lounge will open from 7 a.m.- 11 a.m.