10 Best Restaurants for Dinner in Napa Valley



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.

 


Grace's Table


Grace's Table is a little off the typical walking route through downtown Napa, but it's a nice walk and easy detour. This charming bistro isn't French, but classic Napa Valley wine country. The garage door styled wall rolls right up and on...  Read More


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Yountville
Ad Hoc


Expect to enjoy dinner with a fun, lively bunch when you sit down at Ad Hoc in Yountville. (Another one of Thomas Keller's many hit creations, it is just down the way from The French Laundry.) Five nights a week, the popular spot draws a crowd...  Read More


Bistro Jeanty


Experience a little slice of France in Napa Valley at Bistro Jeanty. Serving traditional French bistro fare in the town of Yountville, the dining room at Bistro Jeanty is small and cozy, but charming and the outdoor Bistro Terrace is enjoyable...  Read More


Carpe Diem Wine Bar


Expect to find a happy, lively crowd when you walk through the doors at Carpe Diem. The menu makes it easy to try something new like an ostrich burger with triple cream brie cheese or butternut squash risotto balls. If you're out and about with...  Read More




If you didn't know Celadon was there, you could easily walk right by, especially at night when you are headed to dinner. Located in downtown Napa, it's one of those hidden foodie spots, tucked in the Historic Napa Mill. The dining room is...  Read More


Miminashi
Photo courtesy of Emma K. Morris


Park the car and forget about it. Miminashi is a nice walk from just about anywhere in downtown Napa.The extensive dinner menu includes sashimi, noodles, rice and teppanyaki. Vegetable choices are plentiful including the likes of grilled sweet...  Read More


Ca' Momi Osteria
Photo courtesy of Ca'Momi Osteria


Located in the heart of Downtown Napa, Ca'Momi Osteria serves traditional Italian dishes using California grown organic ingredients, and locally sourced meats. Most dairy, meats and vegetables come from within a 50-mile radius of the restaurant....  Read More


Charlie Palmer Steak
Photo courtesy of Charlie Palmer Steak


With a name like Charlie Palmer Steak, non-meat eaters might rule out this new downtown Napa hot spot, but they'd be missing out. Yes, beef is big here. Steak selection includes the likes of: Wagyu, Snake River Farms Strip, 21-Day Dry Aged,...  Read More




It's all about southern Italy and food as fresh as it gets at Oenotri. The open kitchen means diners can watch chefs in action and maybe even spy their pizza emerging from the wood-burning oven. Along with a variety of handmade pasta, all breads...  Read More




For some, The French Laundry is the end all be all when it comes to dining out. Chef Thomas Keller's Michelin three star restaurant tops many Napa Valley visitors dining wish lists. Serving classic French cuisine, two prix fixe tasting menus (a...  Read More


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Dana Rebmann moved from San Francisco to Wine Country in search of sunshine. Amazing wine and food was a delightful bonus.

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