10Best Restaurants for a Romantic Meal in Napa Valley



When planning a romantic evening in Napa Valley you don’t need to overthink the small stuff like chocolate and roses. With what looks like little effort, wine country has all the makings for romance: acres of vineyards, seemingly never ending glasses of wine, and eateries that make your mouth water just thinking about them.

Wine may be what made the area famous, but eating in Napa Valley is an anticipated part of any visit. With more than 125 restaurants, Napa Valley has earned more Michelin Stars per capita than any other wine region in the world.

Good wine and good food taste better together. And with the two, romance just seems to come naturally. Whether you’re dining in the cozy courtyard at Celadon, eating at Napa Valley’s first and only “Izakaya-style” (Japanese pub) restaurant Miminashi, or were able to snag a sought-after reservation at French Laundry, enchanting meals are a daily occurrence in Napa Valley. Some are pricey, but it’s not all about Michelin stars. Delicious dishes are made for every taste, budget and romance.


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Bistro Jeanty


 

Whisk your loved one off to France, without leaving Napa Valley. Dinner at Bistro Jeanty should easily score you some bonus points with your other half. Quaint and charming, it has the feel of an authentic French bistro. The dining room at...  Read More


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St. Helena


 

A food truck for a romantic meal? I know what you're thinking, but bear with me while I explain. The Bruschetteria Food Truck is part of the Clif Family, the folks responsible for those famous energy bars. The kitchen on wheels is usually parked...  Read More


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St. Helena
Harvest Table
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Harvest Table is the on-site restaurant at St. Helena's Harvest Inn. Menu ingredients are sourced from local growers and the restaurant's culinary gardens. Starters include options like chicken wings with harissa-red pepper sauce, and deviled...  Read More


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Ca' Momi Osteria
Photo courtesy of Ca'Momi Osteria


 

If you're looking for a romantic meal that's lighthearted and fun, think about Ca' Momi Osteria. The space is sleek and modern, but at the same time comfortable and rustic. Lighting is just low enough to allow the Acunto Napoli wood-burning oven...  Read More


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Napa Valley Wine Train Excursions


 

There's something magical about a train ride. Add dining on the train at a table set with china and white linens, and the whole idea becomes even more romantic. The restored Pullman rail cars roll through some of Napa Valley's most scenic...  Read More


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Miminashi
Photo courtesy of Emma K. Morris


 

Hop into one of the cozy booths at Miminashi and start ordering. Don't be shy. Dishes here are great to share. Favorites include the Roasted Japanese Sweet Potato with miso butter and fermented chili, and the Vegetable Fried Rice with Shimeji...  Read More


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Celadon is the type of place that if you didn't know it was there, you might walk right by without realizing what you were missing. Tucked in a shaded, garden-like walkway just off the Napa River, Celadon is located in the Historic Napa...  Read More


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St. Helena
Goose & Gander
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Goose & Gander is a favorite spot for locals and St. Helena visitors. A bit off the main drag, when you arrive it feels a bit more like entering someone's home than a restaurant. The menu changes with the season, but favorites like the...  Read More


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Congratulations, if you've snagged reservations at The French Laundry, you don't need to do much more to impress. Opened in 1994, Chef Thomas Keller's Michelin three star restaurant is the spot many Napa Valley visitors dream about eating....  Read More


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FARM at Carneros Resort and Spa
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Casual, relaxed, and quiet enough to carry on a conversation, the Farm makes date night easy. Located at Carneros Resort and Spa, an upscale property in southwest Napa, Farm serves dinner seven days a week. Couples are welcome to sit inside, but...  Read More


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Meet Dana Rebmann

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

A former television producer for NBC News, Dana is a regular...  More About Dana

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