The Finest, Most Decadent Meals in California Wine Country

If you come to Napa Valley and do nothing but eat and drink, your trip will be a success. You will have gotten an excellent idea of what the region is about and how carefully they nurture and coax edibles and potables from the ground and turn them into something more extraordinary. 

Eating well there is easy, however wine country calls for indulgence. If you're visiting for any sort of special occasion--a birthday or anniversary, an engagement or because it's Tuesday, book a white-clothed table at one of the region's truly luxurious spots and let Napa's chefs dazzle you from that first glass of champagne to the last lick of chocolate sauce off the dessert plate. In Napa, luxury can mean breathtaking views along with your Liberty Farms Duck at Auberge du Soleil, flawless fish at Morimoto Napa, perfectly traditional French food at Bouchon, a cheeky, whimsical menu at the French Laundry, or no menu at all at the Restaurant at Meadowood. Whatever flavor of decadence you choose, it's difficult to go wrong. The restaurants below all offer delectable food and spectacular service. To ensure that you get a top-notch, fine-dining experience, it's recommended that you make your reservations in advance. 

While the Neapolitan-style pizzas are good (especially the one with green garlic cream and nettles), the pastas are the knockout at Oenotri, in downtown Napa. The radiatore (a short pasta with squiggly lines like a radiator) is a particular...  Read More

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

While perhaps more visitors know about chef Cindy Pawlcyn's Mustards Grill, a notable spot in its own right, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is the real local favorite. Tucked away off the St. Helena highway in downtown St. Helena, the staff is warm,...  Read More

Farmstead Restaurant

Part of a larger complex devoted to organic farming and sustainable agriculture, Farmstead is the restaurant portion of the enterprise. Housed in the light-filled barn of a former plant nursery, it features post-and-beam architecture, soaring...  Read More

FARM at Carneros Resort and Spa
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The staff at FARM (and at the Carneros Inn) feel all casual and laid back, but it's a perfectly executed kind of calm, with a strong sense of conscientiousness and professionalism below the surface. The food at FARM is like that, too. Everything...  Read More


Something about once-sleepy Yountville breathes francophilia into folks who spend any amount of time within its boundaries. It could be the copious amounts of wine, or the stretching vineyards, or perhaps it's the existence of so many terrific...  Read More

There's something so luxurious about exquisite sushi. Maybe it's because the fish looks so jewel-like, there's a kind of ritual about Japanese food, or that the flavors are so clean and pure. Either way, Masaharu Morimoto is one of the most...  Read More

Auberge du Soleil is a Napa institution, as it was one of the first fine dining establishments in the valley. The food (poached Maine lobster with watermelon and basil, roasted pork belly with kimchee, hopper shrimp risotto, local lamb) is...  Read More


Minimalist and cool on the inside, chef Richard Reddington lets the flavors on the plates that come out of his kitchen bloom and dazzle at Redd. Committed not only to the food, but also to the wine, friendly servers will help guests choose the...  Read More

The Restaurant at Meadowood

With three Michelin stars both in 2011 and 2012, the Restaurant at Meadowood provides a highly personal meal. Their philosophy and approach to food is more open and creative than most restaurants-- each guest has a menu created for them based on...  Read More

This culinary institution is a dazzling, whimsical, and playfully serious bastion of California country French cuisine. Tucked unassumingly into a small stone building in Yountville, Thomas Keller creates an otherworldly culinary...  Read More


Meet Brooke Lewy

Brooke moved to California for the food. After spending the last two years getting her masters in international affairs, she realized that there’s nothing she loves better than bringing people...  More About Brooke