10 Best Spots for Fine Dining in Napa Valley



It’s true. Most folks visiting Napa Valley come to drink wine. But with more than 150 places to enjoy a meal, wine country has mastered the art of eating well. Coveted Michelin stars are the norm in this scenic stretch of Northern California, making finding the perfect meal a relatively easy task.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find it in Napa Valley. For those craving French cuisine, Bouchon and The French Laundry are just a couple of the restaurants ready and waiting to wow guests. Auberge du Soleil offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine worth splurging on. Kenzo transports diners to Japan. It's tough not to dream of Italy when you bite into the pizza at Oenotri.

Dishes at many eateries are inspired by daily harvests from onsite gardens. From Napa to Yountville, Rutherford, and beyond, there’s fine dining to be discovered in just about every corner of Napa Valley. It’s easy to be overwhelmed. With so many choices, how do you decided where to splurge? To help you get started, we’ve listed 10 of our favorite fine dining experiences for inspiration.



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TORC
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If you're looking for a lively scene, TORC won't disappoint. With a high ceiling and open kitchen, the downtown Napa hotspot has fun energy you can feel when you walk inside the door. The menu is driven by local ingredients. The dinner menu can...  Read More


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Oenotri serves rustic, southern-Italian cuisine. There are no white tablecloths but don't worry, you won't miss them. The dinner menu at Oenotri changes daily, but it's always loaded with difficult decisions. Antipasti or pasta? Braised short...  Read More


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Bouchon
Photo courtesy of Deborah Jones


 

Chef Thomas Keller opened Bouchon in October 1998, four years after introducing diners to The French Laundry. (The restaurant is also located in Yountville, less than a five-minute walk from The French Laundry.) In addition to a seasonal menu,...  Read More


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Kenzo
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Kenzo is an authentic Japanese restaurant in the heart of downtown Napa. A year after opening, it received a Michelin Star. A Prix-Fixe Kaiseki menu is served daily. The cost is $225 per person. Guests can choose if they'd prefer to sit at the...  Read More


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Solbar


 

Solbar, the restaurant at Calistoga's Solage, knows how to make fine dining a comfortable experience. There's nothing stuffy about a meal here. Dine inside or out. Along with palm trees and a fire pit, the terrace comes with views of the...  Read More


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FARM at Carneros Resort and Spa
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FARM at Carneros has an elegant vibe, but yet the space still makes it easy to relax. Guests can dine inside, or lounge in a covered outdoor patio with comfy seating and fireplaces. The a la carte menu includes the options like chilled melon...  Read More


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La Toque has star power, earning a coveted Michelin Star every year they've been awarded in Napa Valley wine country. Diners have three menus to choose from. The Core Menu includes savory dishes and desserts that can be combined to create a four...  Read More


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Auberge du Soleil boasts 13 consecutive Michelin Stars. Open daily, the Six Course Chef's Tasting Menu may include the likes of roasted local lamb, foie gras torchon, and day boat scallops. It costs $165 per person. Diners can also personally...  Read More


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The Restaurant at Meadowood
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Menus change daily at The Restaurant at Meadowood, but guests dining here have numerous options. A Tasting Menu is offered in the dining room every evening for $285 per person. For those who like the idea of being in the thick of things, the...  Read More


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Thomas Keller's The French Laundry is the go-to restaurant in Napa Valley when it comes to fine dining. The three-Michelin-starred restaurant offers two tasting menus that change daily; diners can choose from the Chef's daily nine-course tasting...  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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