Top Tables

Top Tables: Napa Valley’s Best Restaurants

Indagare is always scouting for the newest best restaurants, classic spots and neighborhood gems that feel like a special find. Though the restaurant scene changes often, here is our current list of top tables in Napa Valley, for any occasion.

Top Tables: Quick Stops

Loveski Deli

Napa

In the Oxbow Public Market, this Jewish-style deli delights with sourdough bagels, cured and smoked meats and house-made pickles. Lot 610 1st Street #20

Bouchon Bakery

Yountville

Open every day at 7:00 am, this bakery is a great place to pick up pastries and coffee in the morning—but go early, because the long line ensures they run out of specialities early. 6528 Washington Street

Oakville Grocery

Oakville

Established in 1881, this wine country institution is a favorite for specialty cheeses, charcuterie meats and excellent take-out sandwiches. 7856 St Helena Highway

The Station

St. Helena

Whether you’re seeking a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner, this hip coffee shop/gas station in St. Helena has it. The offerings include tasty butter croissants, cookies and scones, plus breakfast sandwiches, pizzas, salad bowls and quiches. 1153 Main Street

Noma

St. Helena

Along with the selection of coffee, tea and pastries, Noma has a menu of breakfast and lunch items like lemon ricotta waffles, mushroom tartine, grilled cheese and salads. 1429 Main Street

Top Tables: Lunch

Gott’s Roadside

Napa

This classic roadside restaurant, which looks like a drive-in diner from the 1950s, is where you’ll find the perfect all-natural burger and fries, plus velvety espresso-bean milkshakes. 644 1st Street

Kitchen Door

Napa

This relaxed, family-friendly restaurant in downtown Napa has an open kitchen, a massive square bar and a wraparound outdoor patio with a globally inspired menu. 1300 1st Street Suite 272

Addendum

Yountville

Addendum, a little wooden house behind Ad Hoc, serves up barbecue fare and unbelievable buttermilk fried chicken, but only at lunchtime Thursday through Saturday. (Addendum is not open off season.) 6476 Washington Street

Bouchon Bistro

Yountville

From French Laundry chef extraordinaire Thomas Keller comes another precious culinary destination, Bouchon serves up traditional brasserie-bistro dishes with such high-quality execution. 6534 Washington Street

Charter Oak

St. Helena

Sister to the Restaurant at Meadowood, Charter Oak serves up wood fired vegetables, a top-notch burger and other seasonal specialties to a chic crowd. Charter Oak is also a good option for dinner. 1050 Charter Oak Ave

Farmstead at Long Meadow

St. Helena

Next to one of Napa’s most respected wineries, Farmstead is helmed by chef Stephen Barber who prepares seasonal ingredients in a farmhouse chic space. During the summer the patio is beautiful, but bound to be packed. 738 Main Street

Solbar

Calistoga

Michelin-starred Solbar serves a menu with a clear distinction: on one side are the lighter dishes designed to “nourish your soul,” while those alongside them are meant to “comfort your body.” Solbar is also great for dinner. 755 Silverado Trail North

Top Tables: Dinner

Mustards Grill

Napa

Since Mustard Grill’s inception a quarter century ago, Cindy Pawlcyn has captured the heart of casual diners with her iconic roadhouse—her menu depends on the two acres of farmed gardens. 7399 St Helena Highway

Compline

Napa

This wine bar has one of the best burgers in Napa town, plus a fun mix of dishes like spaghetti carbonara, fried chicken and trout. 1300 1st Street #312

Ad Hoc

Yountville

Conceived by chef Thomas Keller, the daily-changing menu at Ad Hoc focuses on American comfort food and is a four-course, fixed-price that is both delicious and informal. 6476 Washington Street

Bottega

Yountville

Reservations are hard to secure at late celeb chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, but locals and visitors agree that this elegant Italian eatery is well worth the effort, especially if you can get a spot on the terrace. V Marketplace, 6525 Washington Street

Ciccio

Yountville

From the team behind the chic Charter Oak, Ciccio is set inside a 100-year-old Italian grocery store and serves California-Italian pastas and pizzas. 6770 Washington Street

French Laundry

Yountville

Considered by many to be the best restaurant in the country, the French Laundry was awarded three Michelin stars in 2007 and has kept them ever since—Chef Thomas Keller’s nine-course menus make the most of seasonal produce and are revelations of taste. 6640 Washington Street

Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil

Rutherford

A meal at one of Napa Valley’s most luxe properties is a splurge, but the setting overlooking the valley and the regional and seasonal cuisine make it worthwhile. 180 Rutherford Hill Road

Cook

St. Helena

Cook is a favorite spot with locals for chef Jude Wilmoth’s Italian-inspired menu. 1310 Main Street

Updated onJune 6, 2024

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