10 Best Value Restaurants to Stretch Your Dollar in Napa Valley

Napa Valley gained fame for its world-class wine, but more and more wine is having to share the spotlight on dining tables throughout wine country. A fancy meal can cost you a small fortune, but good food doesn’t have to be fancy or cost a fortune. Some of Napa Valley’s best restaurants don’t come with white tablecloths. In fact, some of them don’t even technically have tables. The Bruschetteria Food Truck draws a crowd when it’s parked alongside the Velo Vino tasting room. At Buster’s Southern Barbeque in Calistoga, combination plates come with many types of meat, and require many napkins. Napa Valley’s best value restaurants come in a variety of flavors and sizes. Some restaurants produce the makings for a perfect picnic, others include table service, and some can be enjoyed to go. From burgers and tacos, to pie and milkshakes, forget the diet, and grab a menu.

Cook Tavern & Pizzeria
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After a busy day of wine tasting, Cook Tavern & Pizzeria is a nice spot to unwind, and if you're tired of wine, there's more than half-a-dozen beers on tap, along with plenty of bottles and cans to choose from. The snacks menu includes tasty...  Read More

Sam's Social Club
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Menus change daily, based on seasonal ingredients, but the long list of drool inducing snacks and small plates means you may not want to order a large main dish. Fried Brussels Sprouts, deviled eggs, and homemade ricotta crostini with pepper jam...  Read More

St. Helena
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With so many choices, making a decision can be tough at Dean & Deluca. If you're craving it, chances are good you'll find it here. There's a deli, coffee bar that also serves a variety of pastries, and a colorful candy counter. Wandering...  Read More

Napa Palisades Saloon
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Belly up to the bar at Napa Palisades Saloon, and you won't be disappointed. With more than 30 taps focused on Northern California microbrews, having a beer is a given. The menu has a knack for making your stomach grumble, serving reinvented old...  Read More

C Casa
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Fresh, made-to-order white corn tortillas serve as the base for a unique taco menu that includes options like skirt steak, spiced lamb, citrus prawns and seasoned ground buffalo. Rotisserie selections include chile crusted chicken and herb...  Read More



Gott's Roadside boasts two location in Napa Valley. It has the look and feel of an old-school drive-in, with an updated menu that's loaded with dishes to love. Burgers, French fries, and thick milk shakes are a given, but here you can also order...  Read More

Buster's Southern Barbecue
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Lunch or dinner, you better be hungry when you pull into the parking lot at Buster's Southern Barbeque in Calistoga. A favorite with locals and wine country visitors, Buster's serves good food in a fun, casual setting. The menu covers all of the...  Read More

St. Helena


Whether you're a food truck fan, or have never dined at a restaurant on wheels, the Bruschetteria Food Truck is worth a stop during your time in Napa Valley. It's typically parked alongside the Velo Vino tasting room. (Both are owned by Gary...  Read More

Nation's Giant Hamburgers
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There's nothing fancy about Nation's Giant Hamburgers. Walk in and head straight to the cash register at the counter to place your order. The straightforward menu, hanging above the griddle is big and easy to read. Top your burger with cheese,...  Read More



When you're not really sure what you're in the mood for, don't hesitate, just go to Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa. With an assortment of eateries under one roof, at Oxbow Public Market you'll have multiple menus to choose from, and get...  Read More


Meet Dana Rebmann

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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