The Restaurant at Meadowood

900 Meadowood Lane St. Helena


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The fine dining restaurant at Meadowood has long been one of the Napa Valley’s most renowned restaurants. Chef Christopher Kostow cemented that reputation and achieved three Michelin stars. Named one of Food & Wine magazine’s best new chefs, Kostow has a surprisingly mature grasp of how to strike the right balance in an haute setting. His food is serious but not pretentious; playful but not undisciplined; rooted in contemporary French cuisine but also quintessentially Californian and with an unshakable love of farm-to-table.

It’s worth splurging on the chef’s innovative tasting menu here, which includes up to ten courses, all perfectly sized and paced, leaving lots of time to discuss the brilliance and care behind each concoction. Alternatively, opt for the lighter "Snacks" menu, which can be enjoyed in the lounge areas. Says the chef about what inspires him: “I embrace food memories, traditional combinations that work together, and then distill those flavors into something that is very much different, and very much stands on its own.”

That the food combinations and cooking techniques are perfectly mapped-out is evident in every deliciously precise bite, but Kostow’s joy for cooking and creating unique dining experiences shine equally bright. The presence of this talented young chef makes a return trip to Meadowood the more enticing. Request a table at the window or, during the warm months, on the dining patio, overlooking the natural splendor that surrounds this special Napa resort.

Written by Simone Girner

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