A laid-back alternative to Thomas Keller's high-end French Laundry (that nobody can get into anyway). The decor is understated and meals are served family style (get the buttermilk fried chicken). From May through October, pick up a boxed lunch to go before your vineyard tours at Addendum.
Snag a seat, wine in hand, on the outdoor patio of this rustic farm-to-table osteria on Sonoma Creek. No less enjoyable than the food is the service: casual but attentive, as warm and generous as the act of bringing someone food should be.
With Murano glass chandeliers, Venetian plaster, and Calacatta d'Oro marble, the rustic Italian spot still manages to look right at home on one of Napa's oldest winery estates. The scene is always bustling and the service is incredible. Oh yes, and let's not forget Michael Chiarello’s bold and beloved plates.
Every single tourist in town can’t be wrong. Leave them to their fussy multi-course meal while you make a power play for the bar. Celebrate with oysters, fries, champagne, and their very innovative Vin de Carafe program of local wines made exclusively for the restaurant unavailable anywhere else.
If you're looking for something more classic Napa-style for lunch, this place is Martha Stewart-meets-Frida Kahlo, the mojitos are the best.
Warm and welcoming unpretentious local hang with a rustic Italian menu to match. There’s always homemade pastas and silky pannacotta to build a comforting meal around. All you need is a cliff to your norm.
A bustling French-Creole bistro serving up fresh takes on classic bistro fare, think a croque Marin with "millionaire's bacon" or a blue crab bisque. Lines can get long, but time will fly by at the bar with inventive New Orleans-inspired cocktails and approachable wines.
A farm-to-southern-fried-pit-stop on the outskirts of town. Piping hot coffee, cornbread with maple butter, old fashioned grits, and hearty bowls of peppered brisket hash fortify, though it’s easy to veer in the direction of root beer floats and fried apple pies.
A Sonoma mainstay offering rustic, provencal-inspired cuisine. Go for their signature salad of figs and arugula, stay for the last-meal-of-your-life-good quiche.
The hamburger: revered by live-to-eat enthusiasts and their eat-to-live (yawn) counterparts alike. The Western Bacon Blue Ring (onion ring, point reyes blue cheese, bacon, pickles, red onion, and bbq sauce) burger on an egg bun will give them something to talk about while they wait for a table.
Low-key and super local. Drop by the fast-casual spot for globally inspired sandwiches and tacos — you can't go wrong with the hefty grilled lemongrass pork bánh mì on crunchy Dutch rolls or the Jamaican jerk chicken bao.
Break bread with the locals. By night, crusty artisan loaves from this brick-ovened institution grace the side plates of the best restaurants in town. By day, crisp-edged english muffins slathered with butter and eggy breakfast sandwiches soak up debauchery from the night before.
The Iron Chef's eponymous sushi spot in downtown Napa draws locals and visitors for splurge meals like the omakase or raw bar tower, or for a more affordable meal of tacos and sake on the buzzing outdoor patio. All come for the signature tuna pizza.
Crispy margarita pizzas from the wood-fired oven, bowls of house-made pasta, nearly 20 types of house-cured salami, and a deep Italian wine list present a real problem: making sure you’re hungry enough to really flex the many cheesy, carby, winey options. One solution: go for dinner, come back for lunch.
The mid-century-style new restaurant in Indian Springs serves rustic American cuisine. Nurse a cherry-sweetened Moscow Mule by the outdoor fire pit, or have a seat inside at the more intimate, art-filled bar and lounge.
To say that everything here is fresh, gorgeous, and delicious almost misses the point. It's locavore heaven. The market stocks everything: prepared foods, fresh flowers, cookbooks, produce, you name it, and the café serves farm-to-table goodness, much of it grown by the owners. Head to the fermentation bar for house-made kombucha or a flight of shrubs — old colonial-era concoctions made from macerated herbs, vinegars, fruits, and soda.
At this California-inspired yakitori restaurant, a pair of Top Chef alums take a boldly unconventional approach to wine service —complimentary corkage on one bottle of Napa or Sonoma wine, and only ten limited-edition vintages created exclusively for the restaurant by a local winemaker.