Napa Valley is all about rolling vineyards, spectacular natural beauty, fabulous wines, and gourmet cuisine, so when it comes to finding a spot for a romantic dinner, there are plenty of places from which to choose. Home to several world-renowned, award-winning restaurants, the Napa Valley has earned its fair share of Michelin Stars, so whether you are in the mood for fine French fare, contemporary Japanese cuisine, or Italian comfort food, you are bound to find the perfect place to celebrate love.
Located in the bucolic Wooden Valley in the heart of the Napa Valley, Ciccio is a family-owned and operated restaurant that specializes in gourmet, wood-fired pizzas and Italian entrées made with locally sourced ingredients. Part of the Altamura Vineyards and Winery, the delicious homemade Italian fare include hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, and made-from-scratch pasta and sauces, fresh salads and flatbreads and dips, and is paired with family estate wines from the winery. A dedicated Negroni Bar offers seven variations on the classic Italian cocktail, and the restaurant is open for dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.
6770 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, Phone: 707-945-1000
2.The Grill at Meadowood
© The Grill at Meadowood
Based at the luxurious and romantic Meadowood Napa Valley resort, which is surrounded by patchworks of rolling vineyards and just a few miles from the scenic Silverado Trail, the Grill at Meadowood offers a casual dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Using seasonal ingredients picked directly from the Meadowood garden, along with locally sourced meats and fish, Chef Acosta creates seasonal menu offerings such as Comice Pear Soup with Dry Creek leeks, English Pea Salad, and Early Girl Tomato Gazpacho. Outdoor dining is available on the terrace overlooking the golf course in the warmer summer months, and a selection of casual wines from the surrounding Napa Valley, as well as a range of classic cocktails and top-shelf spirits are served from the bar. The Grill at Meadowood is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
900 Meadowood Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, Phone: 707-531-4788
© Ristorante Allegria
Based in a beautifully preserved historic landmark bank building in downtown Napa, Ristorante Allegria is a classic Italian restaurant with soaring ceilings, elegant décor and a refined ambiance that provides the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. Seasonal market-driven menus feature contemporary California cuisine with dishes of fresh seafood, prime steaks and chops, housemade pasta and sauces, fresh salads and vegetables, and delicious desserts such as a classic homemade tiramisu. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, local and imported craft and draft beers, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. Seamlessly blending outstanding cuisine, world-class wines, impeccable hospitality and service, and an intimate ambiance, the restaurant promises an unrivaled dining experience. Ristorante Allegria is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
1026 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-254-8006
Archetype is a beautiful, contemporary restaurant that serves a menu of New American cuisine to match. Designed by renowned Napa Valley architect Howard Backen, the restaurant boasts a light and airy dining space with high ceilings with exposed trusses, modern décor in whites and creams, and large windows that flood the interiors with natural light. Ann Ernish-Backen creates a menu of sustainably grown, nutrient-dense cuisine prepared with fresh, hyper-local, seasonal ingredients such as naturally-raised meats and chicken, and wild-caught fish and seafood. The stylish neighborhood eatery has comfortable outdoor seating for alfresco dining in the summer, and the bar serves a refined selection of casual wines and classic cocktails. Archetype is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Thursday through Sunday.
1429 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, Phone: 707-968-9200
5.Bistro Don Giovanni
© Bistro Don Giovanni
Bistro Don Giovanni is a neighborhood stalwart for classic Italian bistro fare with cozy indoor fireside and outdoor fountain-side seating in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Helmed by Chef Donna Scala, the family-friendly restaurant serves an array of traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients and regional produce sourced from farmers, fishermen, and artisanal producers. Seasonal menus feature freshly baked bread, local olive oil, made-from-scratch salads, sharing appetizers and homemade pasta inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley and accompanied by a large selection of Italian and Napa Valley wines and signature cocktails. Bistro Don Giovanni is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
4110 Howard Ln, Napa, CA 94558, Phone: 707-224-3300
© Bistro Jeanty
Bistro Jeanty brings a delectable slice of France to the heart of the Napa Valley with a menu of traditional French bistro fare and an inviting and intimate ambiance. Located in the charming town of Yountville, Bistro Jeanty is a small and cozy bistro with a lovely year-round outdoor terrace for alfresco dining and serves seasonal menus of French-inspired cuisine such as Coq au Vin, Steak Frites, Cassoulet, and Créme Brûlée. A mouthwatering cheese menu includes locally made and French selections which are accompanied by a variety of fine French wines and vintages from the Napa Valley, as well as a range of classic cocktails and top-shelf spirits. Bistro Jeanty is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599-1385, Phone: 707-944-0103
7.Bottega Napa Valley
© Bottega Napa Valley
Located at the V Marketplace in Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley, Bottega Napa Valley brings the best of Italy and the Napa Valley together in an unrivaled fine-dining setting. The elegant restaurant boasts two beautifully appointed indoor dining rooms adorned with Venetian plaster, soft leather chairs, and exquisite Murano glass chandeliers, and an expansive patio with two large stone fireplaces that cast a warm glow. Five large communal tables are available for group dining and Italian-style dining, and a full-service bar offers world-class Italian and Napa Valley wines, high-end spirits, and signature cocktails. Chef Michael Chiarello celebrates his Italian heritage with a menu of seasonal farm-to-table Italian cuisine prepared with local and sustainable ingredients. Bottega Napa Valley is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday and dinner only on Monday.
V Marketplace, 6525 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, Phone: 707-945-1050
© Bouchon Bistro
Bouchon Bistro is an award-winning, Michelin-star eatery from world-renowned chef Thomas Keller that serves outstanding French bistro cuisine in elegant, old-world surrounds. Located in the heart of Yountville, the Napa Valley gem celebrates the rich tastes and flavors of Gallic and French cooking with a seasonal menu of timeless French fare such as garlic-parsley butter-soaked escargot, Moroccan-braised lamb shank, and sesame-crusted Ahi tuna. A bustling bar exuding charming Parisian ambiance serves an award-winning selection of French wines, European beers and spirits, and classic cocktails, and weekend brunch draws a crowd who come for mouthwatering chicken and waffles, delicate herb omelets cooked to perfection and to-die-for Bouchon pastry baskets. Bouchon Bistro is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
6534 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, Phone: 707-944-8037
Tucked in the Historic Napa Mill in the heart of the downtown Napa Valley Riverfront, Celadon is an unassuming, charming little eatery with rustic weathered brick walls that draws foodies that serves global comfort food in a cozy, upscale setting. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming dining room with enormous mirrors and shimmering brass accents, and a charming rustic courtyard complete with lush potted plants for alfresco dining beneath the stars. Created by Chef de Cuisine Federico Guillen and Sous Chef Rafael Arandaa Martine, Celadon’s award-winning seasonally influenced menu features ‘Global Comfort Food’ laced with flavors from the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Americas. Celadon is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.
500 Main St G, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-254-9690
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10.Cole's Chop House
© Cole's Chop House
Cole's Chop House is a refined steakhouse in the historic Williams-Keyser building north of the Napa creek that serves sophisticated steak house classics in an elegant setting. Hailed as one of the best steakhouses in the region, Cole's Chop House serves house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from the Napa Valley and further afield, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, handcrafted cocktails, and an award-winning selection of over 175 curated bourbons. Cole’s Chop House is open for dinner only, daily.
1122 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-224-6328
© Cordeiro's Steakhouse
Situated at the base of the East Hills of the Napa Valley, Cordeiro’s Steakhouse is a classic American chophouse with an elegant dining space with exposed stones walls and white-clothed tables. Exuding an Old-World grace and modern charm, the stylish restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner for two with an award-winning selection of fine Napa Valley wines and classic cocktails and a traditional steakhouse menu with a fresh farm-to-table approach. Chef Marcos Uribe uses only the freshest, locally sourced, naturally-raised and sustainably-caught ingredients and produces to create dishes of certified 14-day aged Angus and Akaushi beef steaks, Snake River Pork Chops, Oysters Rockefeller, and Duck Confit Flatbread. The restaurant has several outdoor dining areas for alfresco dining in the summer and private dining rooms for special occasions. Cordeiro’s Steakhouse is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
2025 Monticello Rd, Napa, CA 94558, Phone: 707-224-1960
Evangeline is a classic French bistro with a Creole twist that serves a food menu with big, bold flavors and a beverage program of inventive cocktails, crisp craft beers, and tantalizing wines. Featuring a cozy, polished dining space with contemporary décor and a charming patio with aromatic orange trees, Evangeline serves a seasonal menu of fresh French favorites like assiette de fromages, mussels, steak frites, and tour de fruits de mer alongside Creole classics of gumbo ya-ya and shrimp étouffée. The cuisine is accompanied by a wide range of Monde Ancien (Old World) and New World wines from Burgundy, Rhone, Italy and the Napa Valley, New Orleans cocktails, local liquors, and an excellent draught beer selection from Northern California. Evangeline is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
1226 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515, Phone: 707-341-3131
13.FARM at Carneros
© FARM at Carneros
Located inside the luxurious Carneros Resort & Spa, FARM at Carneros is an upscale American farm-to-table eatery that serves market-driven, farm-to-fork fare in a casual and relaxed setting. Open for dinner seven days a week; the restaurant features a beautifully appointed dining room and a heated sheltered pavilion for alfresco dining year-round. An á la carte menu boasts delectable dishes of diver scallops, oysters, and ricotta gnocchi, while a seasonal five-course tasting menu highlights a single ingredient such as beets, corn, and English peas and features dishes centered around it. A 40-page-long wine, beer, and handcrafted cocktail list boast a wide variety of libations, and a bocce court offers some post-lunch fun. FARM at Carneros is open for dinner nightly and Sunday brunch.
4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-299-4880
14.Goose and Gander
© Goose and Gander
Located in Walter Martini's historic 1920 bungalow in St. Helena, Goose & Gander is a charming restaurant with an elegant, clubby dining room, a basement bar and a beautiful garden that serves contemporary New American cuisine and fine wines. The wine country public house is a local favorite with leather chairs, dark wood accents, and a rustic, tavern-like ambiance and serves a seasonally changing menu of fresh locally-sourced cuisine like beet salad, grilled octopus, and pork belly. A large fireplace offers cozy fireside dining, and a charming outdoor patio with blooming flowers and a pond full of colorful koi fish is ideal for alfresco dining in the summer. The full-service bar serves a refined selection of casual wines and classic cocktails, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1245 Spring Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, Phone: 707-967-8779
© La Toque
La Toque is an award-winning Michelin Star-level restaurant that offers an unforgettable dining experience. Based in downtown Napa’s Westin Verasa Hotel, the restaurant is helmed by Napa Valley maestro, Chef Ken Frank and serves authentic French cuisine in a modern, wood-accented setting with leather-topped tables, and a sizeable crackling fireplace. Well-trained, knowledgeable waiters present a choice of a la carte and tasting menus which features sublime dishes like seasoned tuna tartare or clams with apple vinaigrette, dry-aged duck breast with poached pear, and braised squid with dates, almonds, and Greek yogurt. An extensive wine list boasts rare vintages from around the world which can be paired with each dish on the expert advice of the sommelier, and the innovative Bank Bar serves Napa Valley’s top cocktail program. La Toque is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
1314 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-257-5157
© Market Restaurant
Based in a historic building with exposed stone walls and an antique bar on Main Street in St. Helena, Market Restaurant is a cozy bistro that serves seasonal American comfort fare in a warm and welcoming ambiance. A turn-of-the-century serves a variety of libations from local and imported craft and draft beers and top-shelf spirits to classic cocktails and fine wines from local Napa Valley vintners. Seasonal menus offer contemporary farm-to-table cuisine with dishes of fresh seafood, prime meats, from-scratch salads and vegetables, and housemade pasta on the list, all of which can be paired with local wines as per the knowledgeable sommelier’s recommendations. Market Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily and Sunday brunch.
1347 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, Phone: 707-963-3799
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Miminashi in downtown Napa offers a sublime Japanese dining experience. Owned by Italian Curtis Di Fede, whose travels through Japan inspired his love of Asian cooking, the restaurant serves an extensive dinner menu, which includes everything from sushi and sashimi to teppanyaki. A daily-changing chef's five-course menu known as Omakase is served family-style and has something for everyone from roasted Japanese sweet potatoes and grilled sweet corn to fresh seafood, rice, noodles and more. Signature entrées include Brussels sprout with marinated tofu and a wasabi vinaigrette, yellowfin tuna sashimi, and kombu-grilled albacore belly with grilled orange. A range of drinks from hot and cold sake to classic cocktails are available. Miminashi is open for dinner, daily.
821 Coombs Street, Napa Valley, CA 94558, Phone: 707-254–9464
© Morimoto Napa
Tokyo-meets-Wine Country at world-renowned Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto’s award-winning restaurant on the Riverfront. The first West Coast concept from Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Napa serves inventive, high-end Japanese fare, super fresh sushi and sashimi, and creative cocktails in glamorous surroundings. Using the freshest seafood available, as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables from supporting farmers, Morimoto's contemporary Japanese menu blends traditional culinary techniques with fresh ingredients to create dishes like a terrine of seared Toro, smoked salmon, barbequed eel, and tuna, and bacon-heavy Sea Urchin Carbonara. An elegant lounge and bar serve world-class wines, house brews, and innovative cocktails, and a patio overlooking the Napa River is perfect for alfresco dining. Morimoto Napa is open for lunch and dinner daily.
610 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-252-1600
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© Mustards Grill
Named for the wild mustard flowers that bloom in the vineyards every spring, Mustards Grill is a wine country stalwart that has been serving upscale Californian-New American fare for 30 years. Set in an iconic roadhouse on the St Helena Highway, the restaurant serves foodies and hungry truckers alike with a seasonal menu of hearty farm-to-table fare and some of the Valley’s best wines. Tuck into fresh salads from the restaurant’s garden, gourmet sandwiches, housemade pasta and sauces, and prime meat, chicken and fish hot off the grill. The cuisine is paired with a selection of casual wines from the surrounding Napa Valley, as well as a range of classic cocktails and top-shelf spirits, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
7399 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558, Phone: 707-944-2424
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© Rutherford Grill
Nestled among some of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley, the Rutherford Grill is an upscale chain of high-energy dining establishments that serve classic American steakhouse fare in an elegant setting. The restaurant boasts a clubby interior with dark wood and leather accents, an open kitchen, a buzzing island bar, and a large patio for enjoying pre-dinner drinks. The menu features modern takes on traditional favorites like bacon and cheddar hickory burgers, kale and rotisserie chicken salad, steak and enchilada platter, and vegetable platters heaving with wild rice salad, braised red cabbage, and buttery Brussels sprouts. The cuisine is paired with a selection of casual wines from the surrounding Napa Valley, as well as a range of classic cocktails and top-shelf spirits, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1180 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, Phone: 707-963-1792
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Tucked away in the luxurious Solage Calistoga resort, the Michelin-starred Solbar is a romantic, fine-dining restaurant that promises an unforgettable experience. The Napa Valley gem is helmed by Executive Chef Brandon Sharp who delivers inventive new twists on time-honored California soul food recipes using Napa Valley’s finest local ingredients. Ensconced in cozy leather banquettes in the romantic dining room, diners can savor sublime dishes like grilled octopus with Ibérico ham reduction, faro gnocchetti with asparagus and clam velouté, and crispy petrale sole tacos with sweet and sour cabbage. The outstanding cuisine is accompanied by world-class wines from the Valley and abroad, as well as inventive cocktails which can be sipped in the shaded courtyard overlooking the palm-studded pool and the Palisades Mountains. Solbar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
755 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515, Phone: 707-226-0850
22.The French Laundry
© The French Laundry
The French Laundry is an award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurant that specializes in the finest French cuisine and wines in the Napa Valley. Helmed by world-renowned Chef Thomas Keller, the 1,600 square-foot restaurants once operated as a French steam laundry and was transformed by Keller in 1994 into the pilgrimage-worthy, fine-dining establishment it is today. The Relais & Chateaux restaurant serves a seasonal, daily-changing menu of classic French cuisine in the form of two prix fixe tasting menus (a Chef's Tasting and the Tasting of Vegetables). The cuisine is paired with fine French wines and rare vintages from around the world by professional sommeliers, as well as top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails.
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, Phone: 707-944-2380
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23.The Restaurant at Meadowood
© The Restaurant at Meadowood
Nestled in the mountains is the lush Meadowood Resort, the Restaurant at Meadowood is a Michelin-starred, fine-dining establishment that offers a dining experience like no other. Chef Christopher Kostow’s award-winning eatery takes diners on an extraordinary culinary journey with two types of menu that follows the contours of the seasons, using only the freshest, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The seasonal prix fixe four-course tasting menu includes canapés and a selection of four plates, and the chef’s tasting menu is a 10-course, three-hour-long feast that will leave a lasting memory. The clean, locally driven California cuisine is accompanied by wine pairings selected by the restaurant’s master sommelier. The Restaurant at Meadowood is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
900 Meadowood Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, Phone: 707-531-4788
Set in a lofty, exposed stone space on Main Street in the heart of Napa, TORC is a cozy, farm-to-table eatery that serves classic American fare with global influences. Owner and chef Sean O’Toole focuses on fresh, locally sourced ingredients from farmers and ranchers in the area to produce a seasonally-changing menu of hearty dishes like local wild boar loin and belly in a pho broth, artichoke velouté with ricotta and lamb ravioli. An open kitchen creates a warm and welcoming vibe in the otherwise airy and spacious dining area, and a full-service bar offers a wide range of casual wines, craft and draft beers, and creative cocktails. TORC is open for dinner, Wednesday through Monday.
1140 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-252-3292
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Zuzu is a Mediterranean-inspired, riverfront spot with Spanish-style tile floors, honey-colored walls, a pressed-tin ceiling, and long picnic tables for communal dining. Exuding an enchanting old-world vibe akin to that of tiny tapas bars across Spain, the vibrant restaurant boasts two levels of airy dining spaces where diners can tuck into sharing plates of traditional tapas like shrimp ceviche with Cara Cara oranges, Monterey squid, Gulf coast shrimp, fried Tolenas Ranch quail, and dried salt cod with white truffle oil. Steaming platters of paella make up the entrées, and an exciting wine and beer list from several Spanish labels is available from the bar. Zuzu is open for lunch and dinner in the week and dinner only on the weekends.
829 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-224-8555
25 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley
- Ciccio, Photo: Ciccio
- The Grill at Meadowood, Photo: The Grill at Meadowood
- Ristorante Allegria, Photo: Ristorante Allegria
- Archetype, Photo: Archetype
- Bistro Don Giovanni, Photo: Bistro Don Giovanni
- Bistro Jeanty, Photo: Bistro Jeanty
- Bottega Napa Valley, Photo: Bottega Napa Valley
- Bouchon Bistro, Photo: Bouchon Bistro
- Celadon, Photo: Celadon
- Cole's Chop House, Photo: Cole's Chop House
- Cordeiro's Steakhouse, Photo: Cordeiro's Steakhouse
- Evangeline, Photo: Evangeline
- FARM at Carneros, Photo: FARM at Carneros
- Goose and Gander, Photo: Goose and Gander
- La Toque, Photo: La Toque
- Market Restaurant, Photo: Market Restaurant
- Miminashi, Photo: Miminashi
- Morimoto Napa, Photo: Morimoto Napa
- Mustards Grill, Photo: Mustards Grill
- Rutherford Grill, Photo: Rutherford Grill
- Solbar, Photo: Solbar
- The French Laundry, Photo: The French Laundry
- The Restaurant at Meadowood, Photo: The Restaurant at Meadowood
- TORC, Photo: TORC
- Zuzu, Photo: Zuzu
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