Written for VineAdvisor.com
1. The Restaurant at Meadowood
Experience everything Napa has to offer at Meadowood resort’s critically-acclaimed on-site restaurant with unique tasting menus of Californian dishes and wine pairings. The harmony of Napa’s country setting and fine dining in a stylish atmosphere makes this lavish establishment a Napa Valley must. We must caution you that The Restaurant at Meadowood is quite pricey, but it is also worth every penny especially if you are looking for an upscale restaurant for a special occasion.
2. The French Laundry
A beautiful, rustic stone farmhouse that is home to the French-American concoctions of Thomas Keller, both the owner and chef of this elegant eatery. His prix fixe (two different nine-course tastings to choose from) meals keep sweeping foodies and wine lovers from all over the country off their feet. The French Laundry has not only been named one of the top 50 restaurants in the world repeatedly, but it also received the Wine Spectator Grand Award back in 2007. As pricey as The Restaurant at Meadowood is, you get a nine-course meal that is hard to measure up to.
3. Goose & Gander
With their potent craft cocktails & selection of fine wines, Goose & Gander is the most exceptional Gastropub experience in the Valley. You can try their exciting small plates or life-changing, rustic American dishes in their laid-back dining room, beloved basement bar, or their beautiful patio. The Beef Chicharrones and Duck Fat Fries come highly recommended.
If you have read our article on the most romantic getaways in California Wine Country, then you might be familiar with Solage Calistoga. It is easily one of the best resorts in California, and not just in wine country. Their on-site restaurant/ bar, Solbar, is also nothing short of spectacular with creative Californian fare & exceptional wines offered in a trendy, chic atmosphere. The Lucky Pig and the Chilled Dungeness Crab Salad are only two of their most exciting menu items.
The most zen, creative, and extraordinary Japanese restaurant you can find in Napa. They are known for their innovative cocktails that look like works of art. The duck confit fried rice is a patron favorite, and of course, their sushi is out of this world. Morimoto is not overly pricey and is the perfect place for a relaxing and delicious lunch.