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25 Destination Restaurants in Napa Valley

From fine dining stars to country fried chicken, these restaurants make wine country a world destination

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This essential list of Napa Valley restaurants maps out the most celebrated dining destinations in wine country: it goes far beyond Michelin Guide icons like the French Laundry, and covers buzzy downtown eateries with epic local wine lists, as well as the meatiest delis for picnic-worthy sandwiches ahead of a long day of sipping cabernet.

With wine country reopening and welcoming visitors this spring, many Napa restaurants have reopened for indoor and outdoor dining, but there are also plenty of takeout options that hit the spot — and the Napa standard of quality eats.

Here are 25 Napa Valley restaurants worth seeking out on your next trip to wine country.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Solbar

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755 Silverado Trail N
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 226-0860
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This longtime Calistoga mainstay offers a quintessential Napa Valley dining experience, especially with their posh poolside patio that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For dinner, start with their iconic Chips & Dip (caviar, potato chips, and, onion crème fraîche), Parker House rolls, and Santa Barbara sea urchin before moving on to more classic entrees, like New York strip and rib-eye, or maybe something a little more inventive, such as sake-marinated black cod. Lunch isn’t too shabby either, starring a wagyu burger and Maine lobster roll. 

Solbar at Solage
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2. The Model Bakery

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1357 Main St, Saint Helena
CA, 94574
(707) 963-8192
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Model Bakery has the best English muffins in the world — and some of the world’s best breakfast sandwiches made with said muffins. They’re so delicious that Oprah has admitted to having them flown to her house. But that’s not all: The pastry case is stacked with buttery croissants, moist banana bread, cookies, savory bread puddings, and more. Model Bakery has grown from its original digs to two additional locations in Napa (by Oxbow) and Yountville, but several specialty items (like avocado toast on sourdough bread with a hard-boiled egg and crispy bacon) are only available at the flagship bakery in St. Helena. Breakfast goodies sell out fast, but you can place your order online ahead of time and get some extra muffins to take home. 

A version of eggs Benedict covered with fresh herbs, featuring Model Bakery’s English muffins The Model Bakery

3. Giugni’s Deli

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1227 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3421
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Salami still hangs from the rafters at this circa 1970 Italian grocery store, where for decades, locals and tourists alike have lined up at the counter for a meaty sandwich dressed with “Giugni Juice,” the deli’s special vinaigrette (which you can also purchase by the bottle). A Guigni’s sandwich and chips is the perfect sustenance for a hike up Mount Saint Helena. For now, Giugni’s is still doing pick-up online, so order online before you go. 

Giugni’ Deli

4. Pizzeria Tra Vigne

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1016 Main St
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-9999
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The legendary Tra Vigne restaurant may have closed a few years ago (and is now the Charter Oak), but its sister pizzeria keeps the legacy alive with several of Tra Vigne’s iconic dishes, like the must-order Mozzarella al Minuto. Pair that with one of Tra Vigne’s signature pies, like the Ducati (capicola, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella, marinara, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes), paninis, pastas, or even a burger, if you’re not feeling the Italian vibe. They’ve also got one of the best happy hours around. Offered seven days a week, you can get oysters on the half shell, wings, and arancini for $1.50 each and drinks as low as three dollars.

Pizzeria Tra Vigne

5. Gott's Roadside

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933 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3486
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This classic burger shack was known for 60 years as Taylor’s Refresher, but the name was changed in 1999 when it was sold to Joel and Duncan Gott. Luckily, aside from a recent paint refresh, that’s pretty much all that’s changed. The restaurant still draws lines for its old-fashioned burgers (they’ve got ahi, turkey, veggie, and Impossible burgers on offer, too), fish tacos, protein-loaded salads, milkshakes, and soft serve. For something boozier, there’s a lengthier list of beers on tap, and, lest ye forget that you’re in Napa, more wines by the glass and half bottle than most other roadside dives. Gott’s is notorious for long lunchtime lines, but place your order online ahead of time and avoid the wait.

Gott’s Roadside

6. The Charter Oak

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1050 Charter Oak Avenue
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 302-6996
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This casual restaurant from Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow has quickly become a staple in St. Helena, beloved for its simple, seasonal, and family-style menu of Napa Valley’s bounty, much of it cooked in the huge hearth that is the centerpiece of the main dining area. The cheeseburger is a top contender for the best burger in Napa Valley, the crudité is both good for you and delicious, and as for the housemade bread with cultured butter, you’ll be sorry if you don’t go for the whole loaf. The cocktails too are simple, yet memorable, like the Thyme for a Cosmo (vodka, cranberry, thyme, vermouth, and lime) and they even have large-format cocktails, served in a delightful, Art Deco punch bowl. 

The Charter Oak

7. Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

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738 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-4555
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This ranch has both a restaurant, a cafe, and winery. Farmstead’s menu focuses on beef from the Long Meadow herd — steaks, meatballs, meatloaf, beef tartare, and more — and spotlights LMR produce, olive oil, and honey. Don’t miss their mini ham sandwiches, featuring salty ham on biscuits slathered with pepper jelly or the Dungeness crab roll (when in season). Farmstead also has “weekly traditions,” like fried chicken Tuesdays and BBQ Thursdays. In the mornings, a commissary next to the restaurant offers grab-and-go coffee, green juice, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches.

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

8. Press Restaurant

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587 Saint Helena Hwy S
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-0550
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Press has been a Napa Valley fine dining staple for 15 years, best known for its meticulously sourced cuts of aged beef that pair well with big Napa Cabs and black truffle hashbrowns. Miraculously, chef Philip Tessier (a Le Bernardin, Per Se, and French Laundry alum) has raised the bar even higher. Whatever you do, don’t sleep on the ricotta gnudi or sweet and sour pig ears for apps. Press also has one of the best and most comprehensive Napa Valley–exclusive wine lists around with more than 1,800 selections.

Press Restaurant

9. La Luna Market & Taqueria

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1153 Rutherford Rd.
Rutherford, CA 95473
(707) 963-3211
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Though one of Napa’s main attractions is its upscale restaurant scene, fine dining fatigue is real. Thankfully, the valley is also dotted with taco trucks and small bodegas with back counters that serve good food in a casual setting. La Luna has tacos, quesadillas, and more, but it’s famous for its fully loaded burritos, especially the version stuffed with its delightfully crisp carnitas. If you can get there before 11 a.m., the massive breakfast burrito will lay solid groundwork for even the most ambitious day of wine tasting.

10. Oakville Grocery Co.

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7856 St Helena Hwy
Oakville, CA 94562
(707) 944-8802
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This venerable sandwich shop and deli sits conveniently along Highway 29 and has soothed the soul of many a hungry traveler. The restored historic grocery — which has been in operation since 1881 and claims to be the oldest in the state — makes great sandwiches (the muffuletta is locally famous) and wood-fired pizzas. While you’re there, shop for high-end coffee, desserts, wine, olive oil, and other pantry provisions.

11. Mustards Grill

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7399 St Helena Hwy
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 944-2424
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Going on almost 40 years, this Napa Valley landmark from chef Cindy Pawlcyn is a go-to lunch spot for local winemakers and is beloved for its comfort food classics that pair great with Napa’s best wines. You can’t go wrong with Mustards Mighty Meatloaf, the Crazy Good Chicken Wings, Famous Mongolian Pork Chop, or Chalkboard Pasta, which changes each day but never disappoints.

Mustards Grill

12. North Block

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6757 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-8080
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This exciting new addition to Yountville adds a fresh perspective to a sea of French and Italian. Former Momofuku chef Nick Tamburo combines wood-fire cooking on a Japanese grill with Asian flavors and local ingredients. Case in point: the duck liver mousse with rye crackers and matcha. The wood-roasted half chicken is an early favorite for North Block’s signature dish and the house cocktails are in a league of their own. 

North Block
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13. Ad Hoc & Addendum

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6476 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2487
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Ad Hoc’s four-course, family-style dinner menu changes daily, though snagging a table on fried chicken night is the ultimate goal (add the Maine lobster mac ’n’ cheese; it’s worth the extra cost). Luckily, Chef Thomas Keller’s legendary buttermilk fried chicken is also now available for takeout by the bucket daily (for now — it tends to change). Pro tip: Splurge for the large bucket; legend has it this chicken tastes even better the next day.

Ad Hoc + Addendum

14. Bistro Don Giovanni

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4110 Howard Ln
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 224-3300
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Ask a Napan where to go when you’re craving Italian, and there’s a very good chance they’ll point you in the direction of Bistro Don Giovanni. Legendary dishes include the fried olives, ravioli half and half (equal parts red sauce and white sauce), and the seared Scottish salmon filet, which has been known to convert many carnivores to the seaside. Save room for the Top Shelf Butterscotch Pudding for dessert.

Bistro Don Giovanni

15. Oxbow Public Market

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610 1st St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 226-6529
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The Ferry Building’s high-ceilinged little sister has a serious concentration of Bay Area restaurants (plus shops) under one roof. Slurp oysters at Hog Island Oysters, order the famous duck tacos at C Casa, or share some sushi rolls at Eiko’s. Don’t miss the Oxbow’s newest tenants, Bar Lucia, a rosé and sparkling wine bar; Lappert’s Ice Cream, a seasonal ice cream cart; and San Francisco’s El Porteño Argentine restaurant. Coming soon is Milestone Provisions, a butchery, eatery, and creamery in one.

Oxbow Public Market

16. Gran Eléctrica

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1313 Main St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 258-1313
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This energetic outpost of Brooklyn’s Gran Eléctrica has delicious salsa, guac, and chips, five kinds of tacos (including a vegetarian option) and traditional plates like chile relleno from chef Ignacio Beltran (Meadowood, Ad Hoc). Wash them down with a cerveza or one of Gran Electrica’s many margaritas, like the Margarita Helada de Mango Picante, a frozen, spicy, mango rendition. If you’re a small party, you may be able to snag one of the restaurant’s grassy planter box-turned-picnic beds as your “table.”

Gran Electrica

17. Cole's Chop House

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1122 Main St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 224-6328
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A downtown Napa staple that’s beloved by locals, Cole’s Chophouse is the neighborhood steakhouse. Start with the lobster and shrimp bisque or classic Caesar, choose your favorite cut of meat for the entree — perhaps the 21-day dry-aged New York steak — with sides like potato and gruyere gratin, and finish with the whiskey bread pudding. Mondays to Wednesdays, Cole’s offers a four-course prix-fixe menu for just $65.

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18. Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant & Merchant

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1300 1st St #312
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 492-8150
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A triple threat, Compline (pronounced like Compton) is a wine bar, restaurant, and wine shop in one. Started by two sommeliers — co-founder Matt Stamp is a master somm — Compline’s impressive collection of bottles goes far beyond Napa Valley and includes selections from all over the world, including some regions and grapes you’ve likely never heard of. Compline’s burger and duck fat fries are Compline’s reigning royalty, but the new fried chicken sandwich from Chef Jammir Gray has a shot at the throne. Those can be snagged at lunch while dinner brings other delights, like locally sourced duck breast and black cod.

Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant & Merchant
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19. Zuzu

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829 Main St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 224-8555
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This popular and longstanding Spanish tavern on Main Street specializes in tapas and paella. Feast on the likes of boquerones, flounder ceviche, and empanadas, all washed down with a pitcher of red sangria. Don’t skip the burnt Basque cheesecake for dessert. Zuzu is also offering takeout paella, which you can even bring home in the paella pan it was cooked in for a small deposit.

Zuzu

20. Contimo Provisions

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950 Randolph St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 782-6424
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Breakfast here, offered Tuesday to Saturday, is all about biscuits with jam, pimento cheese, or bacon and molasses, or the weekly special Baller Biscuit. Lunch brings light takeaway options like beet poke or the heavy artillery like banh mi sandwiches stuffed with mortadella and miso turnips. As the name implies, there are also goods by the pound, like sliced meats and cheeses, bacon, pickled onions, coffee beans, and jars of hot sauce.

Contimo Provisions

21. AVOW

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813 Main St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 203-8900
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After changing hands and concepts a few times in the last several years, Napa’s historic Fagiani’s bar (built in 1908) reopened as AVOW in 2019 by fifth-generation Napan Joe Wagner of the Copper Cane Wine & Provisions brand. The building has three eclectic and uniquely designed floors (including a rooftop terrace) for a true elevated Napa experience. You can start your evening with oysters, caviar, and roasted bone marrow with a whiskey luge. The menu has options for both meat lovers (duck confit gnocchi, anyone?) and plant-based diets, like the crispy mushroom calamari and BBQ carrots. Open for lunch and Sunday brunch, AVOW is also a great spot for a cocktail during a night out in downtown Napa.

AVOW

22. Oenotri

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1425 1st St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 252-1022
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Oenetri’s Southern Italian fare is the ultimate comfort food. Start with some of chef Tyler Rodde’s housemade salumi, then move into thin-crust pizza, fresh pasta, and seasonal entrees with produce from the restaurant’s culinary garden paired with a peppery Nebbiolo. Don’t skimp on dessert either; the strawberry granita is the perfect ending to the evening. 

Oenotri

23. Angèle Restaurant & Bar

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540 Main St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 252-8115
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Serving up escargots, sweetbreads, steak tartare, and ratatouille, this classic French gem at the end of Downtown Napa’s Main Street has unparalleled river views and one of the best patios in town. Open for lunch and dinner, sip a cocktail, like the Angèle Spritz (bubbles, vermouth, strawberries, mint, and vanilla) on a warm Napa day and watch stand-up paddle boarders and kayakers float by.

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24. Southside Café

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2770 Old Sonoma Rd
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 492-3733
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A Napa coffeehouse and cafe, Southside has achieved low-key cult status in wine country for its all-day breakfast, and has grown to three locations. A solid mix of light and hearty dishes with a focus on veggies, Southside is known for California cuisine with a Latin twist — try the ceviche tostadas or biscuits with chorizo sausage gravy — for founders Irma and Morgan Robinson both have roots tied to Mexico. The “Fried Chicken Friday” is a favorite among locals: Get a bucket of Fulton Valley buttermilk fried chicken to go with sides, biscuits, and a bottle of sparkling wine.

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25. Farm at Carneros

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4048 Sonoma Hwy
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 299-4880
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True to its name, Farm is hyper-seasonal — sourcing ingredients from local farmers and their own culinary gardens — plus diners enjoy their meal in a bright, airy, and spacious farmhouse at Carneros Resort. With no clear cuisine theme here, there’s truly something for everyone (dinner dishes range from gnocchi to diver scallops to roasted brassicas), yet one of Farm’s best offerings is Sunday brunch. For $55 a person, the table gets to choose four items to share, like a lobster shrimp roll or crispy duck confit hash. 

Farm at Carneros

1. Solbar

755 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515
Solbar at Solage
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This longtime Calistoga mainstay offers a quintessential Napa Valley dining experience, especially with their posh poolside patio that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For dinner, start with their iconic Chips & Dip (caviar, potato chips, and, onion crème fraîche), Parker House rolls, and Santa Barbara sea urchin before moving on to more classic entrees, like New York strip and rib-eye, or maybe something a little more inventive, such as sake-marinated black cod. Lunch isn’t too shabby either, starring a wagyu burger and Maine lobster roll. 

755 Silverado Trail N
Calistoga, CA 94515

2. The Model Bakery

1357 Main St, Saint Helena, CA, 94574
A version of eggs Benedict covered with fresh herbs, featuring Model Bakery’s English muffins The Model Bakery

Model Bakery has the best English muffins in the world — and some of the world’s best breakfast sandwiches made with said muffins. They’re so delicious that Oprah has admitted to having them flown to her house. But that’s not all: The pastry case is stacked with buttery croissants, moist banana bread, cookies, savory bread puddings, and more. Model Bakery has grown from its original digs to two additional locations in Napa (by Oxbow) and Yountville, but several specialty items (like avocado toast on sourdough bread with a hard-boiled egg and crispy bacon) are only available at the flagship bakery in St. Helena. Breakfast goodies sell out fast, but you can place your order online ahead of time and get some extra muffins to take home. 

1357 Main St, Saint Helena
CA, 94574

3. Giugni’s Deli

1227 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574
Giugni’ Deli

Salami still hangs from the rafters at this circa 1970 Italian grocery store, where for decades, locals and tourists alike have lined up at the counter for a meaty sandwich dressed with “Giugni Juice,” the deli’s special vinaigrette (which you can also purchase by the bottle). A Guigni’s sandwich and chips is the perfect sustenance for a hike up Mount Saint Helena. For now, Giugni’s is still doing pick-up online, so order online before you go. 

1227 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574

4. Pizzeria Tra Vigne

1016 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574
Pizzeria Tra Vigne

The legendary Tra Vigne restaurant may have closed a few years ago (and is now the Charter Oak), but its sister pizzeria keeps the legacy alive with several of Tra Vigne’s iconic dishes, like the must-order Mozzarella al Minuto. Pair that with one of Tra Vigne’s signature pies, like the Ducati (capicola, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella, marinara, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes), paninis, pastas, or even a burger, if you’re not feeling the Italian vibe. They’ve also got one of the best happy hours around. Offered seven days a week, you can get oysters on the half shell, wings, and arancini for $1.50 each and drinks as low as three dollars.

1016 Main St
St Helena, CA 94574

5. Gott's Roadside

933 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574
Gott’s Roadside

This classic burger shack was known for 60 years as Taylor’s Refresher, but the name was changed in 1999 when it was sold to Joel and Duncan Gott. Luckily, aside from a recent paint refresh, that’s pretty much all that’s changed. The restaurant still draws lines for its old-fashioned burgers (they’ve got ahi, turkey, veggie, and Impossible burgers on offer, too), fish tacos, protein-loaded salads, milkshakes, and soft serve. For something boozier, there’s a lengthier list of beers on tap, and, lest ye forget that you’re in Napa, more wines by the glass and half bottle than most other roadside dives. Gott’s is notorious for long lunchtime lines, but place your order online ahead of time and avoid the wait.

933 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574

6. The Charter Oak

1050 Charter Oak Avenue, Saint Helena, CA 94574
The Charter Oak

This casual restaurant from Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow has quickly become a staple in St. Helena, beloved for its simple, seasonal, and family-style menu of Napa Valley’s bounty, much of it cooked in the huge hearth that is the centerpiece of the main dining area. The cheeseburger is a top contender for the best burger in Napa Valley, the crudité is both good for you and delicious, and as for the housemade bread with cultured butter, you’ll be sorry if you don’t go for the whole loaf. The cocktails too are simple, yet memorable, like the Thyme for a Cosmo (vodka, cranberry, thyme, vermouth, and lime) and they even have large-format cocktails, served in a delightful, Art Deco punch bowl. 

1050 Charter Oak Avenue
Saint Helena, CA 94574

7. Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

738 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

This ranch has both a restaurant, a cafe, and winery. Farmstead’s menu focuses on beef from the Long Meadow herd — steaks, meatballs, meatloaf, beef tartare, and more — and spotlights LMR produce, olive oil, and honey. Don’t miss their mini ham sandwiches, featuring salty ham on biscuits slathered with pepper jelly or the Dungeness crab roll (when in season). Farmstead also has “weekly traditions,” like fried chicken Tuesdays and BBQ Thursdays. In the mornings, a commissary next to the restaurant offers grab-and-go coffee, green juice, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches.

738 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574

8. Press Restaurant

587 Saint Helena Hwy S, Saint Helena, CA 94574
Press Restaurant

Press has been a Napa Valley fine dining staple for 15 years, best known for its meticulously sourced cuts of aged beef that pair well with big Napa Cabs and black truffle hashbrowns. Miraculously, chef Philip Tessier (a Le Bernardin, Per Se, and French Laundry alum) has raised the bar even higher. Whatever you do, don’t sleep on the ricotta gnudi or sweet and sour pig ears for apps. Press also has one of the best and most comprehensive Napa Valley–exclusive wine lists around with more than 1,800 selections.

587 Saint Helena Hwy S
Saint Helena, CA 94574

9. La Luna Market & Taqueria

1153 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, CA 95473

Though one of Napa’s main attractions is its upscale restaurant scene, fine dining fatigue is real. Thankfully, the valley is also dotted with taco trucks and small bodegas with back counters that serve good food in a casual setting. La Luna has tacos, quesadillas, and more, but it’s famous for its fully loaded burritos, especially the version stuffed with its delightfully crisp carnitas. If you can get there before 11 a.m., the massive breakfast burrito will lay solid groundwork for even the most ambitious day of wine tasting.

1153 Rutherford Rd.
Rutherford, CA 95473

10. Oakville Grocery Co.

7856 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA 94562

This venerable sandwich shop and deli sits conveniently along Highway 29 and has soothed the soul of many a hungry traveler. The restored historic grocery — which has been in operation since 1881 and claims to be the oldest in the state — makes great sandwiches (the muffuletta is locally famous) and wood-fired pizzas. While you’re there, shop for high-end coffee, desserts, wine, olive oil, and other pantry provisions.

7856 St Helena Hwy
Oakville, CA 94562

11. Mustards Grill

7399 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558
Mustards Grill

Going on almost 40 years, this Napa Valley landmark from chef Cindy Pawlcyn is a go-to lunch spot for local winemakers and is beloved for its comfort food classics that pair great with Napa’s best wines. You can’t go wrong with Mustards Mighty Meatloaf, the Crazy Good Chicken Wings, Famous Mongolian Pork Chop, or Chalkboard Pasta, which changes each day but never disappoints.

7399 St Helena Hwy
Napa, CA 94558

12. North Block

6757 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599
North Block
Maria Calderon Photography

This exciting new addition to Yountville adds a fresh perspective to a sea of French and Italian. Former Momofuku chef Nick Tamburo combines wood-fire cooking on a Japanese grill with Asian flavors and local ingredients. Case in point: the duck liver mousse with rye crackers and matcha. The wood-roasted half chicken is an early favorite for North Block’s signature dish and the house cocktails are in a league of their own. 

6757 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

13. Ad Hoc & Addendum

6476 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599
Ad Hoc + Addendum

Ad Hoc’s four-course, family-style dinner menu changes daily, though snagging a table on fried chicken night is the ultimate goal (add the Maine lobster mac ’n’ cheese; it’s worth the extra cost). Luckily, Chef Thomas Keller’s legendary buttermilk fried chicken is also now available for takeout by the bucket daily (for now — it tends to change). Pro tip: Splurge for the large bucket; legend has it this chicken tastes even better the next day.

6476 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

14. Bistro Don Giovanni

4110 Howard Ln, Napa, CA 94558
Bistro Don Giovanni

Ask a Napan where to go when you’re craving Italian, and there’s a very good chance they’ll point you in the direction of Bistro Don Giovanni. Legendary dishes include the fried olives, ravioli half and half (equal parts red sauce and white sauce), and the seared Scottish salmon filet, which has been known to convert many carnivores to the seaside. Save room for the Top Shelf Butterscotch Pudding for dessert.

4110 Howard Ln
Napa, CA 94558

15. Oxbow Public Market

610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559
Oxbow Public Market

The Ferry Building’s high-ceilinged little sister has a serious concentration of Bay Area restaurants (plus shops) under one roof. Slurp oysters at Hog Island Oysters, order the famous duck tacos at C Casa, or share some sushi rolls at Eiko’s. Don’t miss the Oxbow’s newest tenants, Bar Lucia, a rosé and sparkling wine bar; Lappert’s Ice Cream, a seasonal ice cream cart; and San Francisco’s El Porteño Argentine restaurant. Coming soon is Milestone Provisions, a butchery, eatery, and creamery in one.

610 1st St
Napa, CA 94559

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16. Gran Eléctrica

1313 Main St, Napa, CA 94559
Gran Electrica

This energetic outpost of Brooklyn’s Gran Eléctrica has delicious salsa, guac, and chips, five kinds of tacos (including a vegetarian option) and traditional plates like chile relleno from chef Ignacio Beltran (Meadowood, Ad Hoc). Wash them down with a cerveza or one of Gran Electrica’s many margaritas, like the Margarita Helada de Mango Picante, a frozen, spicy, mango rendition. If you’re a small party, you may be able to snag one of the restaurant’s grassy planter box-turned-picnic beds as your “table.”

1313 Main St
Napa, CA 94559

17. Cole's Chop House

1122 Main St, Napa, CA 94559
Emma K. Morris photo

A downtown Napa staple that’s beloved by locals, Cole’s Chophouse is the neighborhood steakhouse. Start with the lobster and shrimp bisque or classic Caesar, choose your favorite cut of meat for the entree — perhaps the 21-day dry-aged New York steak — with sides like potato and gruyere gratin, and finish with the whiskey bread pudding. Mondays to Wednesdays, Cole’s offers a four-course prix-fixe menu for just $65.

1122 Main St
Napa, CA 94559

18. Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant & Merchant

1300 1st St #312, Napa, CA 94559
Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant & Merchant
Emma K. Morris photo

A triple threat, Compline (pronounced like Compton) is a wine bar, restaurant, and wine shop in one. Started by two sommeliers — co-founder Matt Stamp is a master somm — Compline’s impressive collection of bottles goes far beyond Napa Valley and includes selections from all over the world, including some regions and grapes you’ve likely never heard of. Compline’s burger and duck fat fries are Compline’s reigning royalty, but the new fried chicken sandwich from Chef Jammir Gray has a shot at the throne. Those can be snagged at lunch while dinner brings other delights, like locally sourced duck breast and black cod.

1300 1st St #312
Napa, CA 94559

19. Zuzu

829 Main St, Napa, CA 94559
Zuzu

This popular and longstanding Spanish tavern on Main Street specializes in tapas and paella. Feast on the likes of boquerones, flounder ceviche, and empanadas, all washed down with a pitcher of red sangria. Don’t skip the burnt Basque cheesecake for dessert. Zuzu is also offering takeout paella, which you can even bring home in the paella pan it was cooked in for a small deposit.

829 Main St
Napa, CA 94559

20. Contimo Provisions

950 Randolph St, Napa, CA 94559
Contimo Provisions

Breakfast here, offered Tuesday to Saturday, is all about biscuits with jam, pimento cheese, or bacon and molasses, or the weekly special Baller Biscuit. Lunch brings light takeaway options like beet poke or the heavy artillery like banh mi sandwiches stuffed with mortadella and miso turnips. As the name implies, there are also goods by the pound, like sliced meats and cheeses, bacon, pickled onions, coffee beans, and jars of hot sauce.

950 Randolph St
Napa, CA 94559

21. AVOW

813 Main St, Napa, CA 94559
AVOW

After changing hands and concepts a few times in the last several years, Napa’s historic Fagiani’s bar (built in 1908) reopened as AVOW in 2019 by fifth-generation Napan Joe Wagner of the Copper Cane Wine & Provisions brand. The building has three eclectic and uniquely designed floors (including a rooftop terrace) for a true elevated Napa experience. You can start your evening with oysters, caviar, and roasted bone marrow with a whiskey luge. The menu has options for both meat lovers (duck confit gnocchi, anyone?) and plant-based diets, like the crispy mushroom calamari and BBQ carrots. Open for lunch and Sunday brunch, AVOW is also a great spot for a cocktail during a night out in downtown Napa.

813 Main St
Napa, CA 94559

22. Oenotri

1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559