Napa Valley built its reputation on world-class wine. But tasting isn’t just about what’s in a wine glass. More and more, it’s becoming about what’s sitting on the plate next to it. At Ca’Momi Osteria it could be wood-oven roasted vegetables with house-pulled burrata. At Carpe Diem, a simple bowl of popcorn isn’t so simple when it’s topped with truffle oil. At Charlie Palmer Steak Napa, lobster corndogs tend to disappear in record time. If the many chefs that call the Napa Valley home have anything to do with it, world-class wine will soon have to share the spotlight with world-class dining.
One of the world’s most famous wine regions, Napa Valley has figured out the combination of good wine and good food isn’t just an award winner, it’s a way to attract new visitors. Well fed guests are happy ones. And if dinner includes a great glass of wine, the smile can be even bigger. But where to go for dinner in Napa Valley isn’t an easy question to answer. Awarded more Michelin stars per capita than any other wine region in the world, sometimes it seems like delicious dishes outnumber wine grapes. Picking the 10 Best spots for dinner is a next to impossible task. The list can easily change depending on one’s mood and just as important, what ingredients are in season. Here’s 10 favorite Napa Valley restaurants to get you started, but don’t overthink it. Enjoy eating out, indulge and plan on visiting again.