After a long day of wine-tasting (we see you, oenophiles) or relaxing into your weekend getaway, there’s nothing better than tucking into a delicious, nourishing meal filled with local ingredients. From cozy to elegant-chic to rustic farmhouse, Wine Country has something to offer. As expected, wine is somewhat prominent in this historic region, but the food is as unmatched as the beverage offerings.
With an overwhelming amount of eateries to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the cream of the crop dinner spots. Bon appétit!
Photo: Courtesy of Ad Hoc
Thomas Keller opened Ad Hoc in September of 2006. The restaurant’s four-course menu changes daily and features classic American dishes like fried chicken and barbeque, all served family-style. Drinks here include signature twists on classic cocktails and small, straight-forward wine list. Offerings may include the likes of The French Laundry (TFL) Garden Lettuce Salad with fennel torn croutons and rigatoni carbonara with Hobbs’ bacon. Hours are Monday and Thursday from 4pm to 9pm and Friday through Sunday from 12pm to 10pm. thomaskeller.com
Get a delicious taste of France, without boarding a plane. For more than two decades, this charming bistro has wowed diners with coq au vin, escargots, and cassoulet. Even on a summer day, we find it hard not to order the Crême de Tomate en Croute (tomato soup in puff pastry) or Soupe a l’Oignon. (onion soup gratinee). bistrojeanty.com
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Long Meadow Ranch is a family-owned business that produces grass-fed beef and lamb, extra virgin olive oil and estate-grown grapes and wine among other items in the Mayacamas Mountains. The restaurant, which has been reset to provide a safe eating space, showcases this bounty on its refined, yet approachable menu that includes home-smoked ribs, warm burrata and a selection of well-balanced cocktails. Tequila fans, check out the Porch Swing — Tanteo jalapeno tequila, watermelon, combier, lime, agave, basil, and a chili salt rim. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:30am to 8:30pm, Friday 11:30am to 9:30pm, Saturday 11am to 9:30pm and Sunday 11am to 8:30pm. longmeadowranch.com
After more than a decade at Oxbow Public Market, Kitchen Door has settled into its new space just a few blocks away in the First Street Napa retail development. Fan favorites including the cream of mushroom soup and Korean short ribs share the menu with plenty of new dishes from around the world. We recommend grabbing a seat on the outdoor patio; the firepit keeps it cozy even on cool wine country nights. kitchendoornapa.com
The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil
Located at the luxurious Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, The Restaurant has 14 consecutive Michelin Star awards to its name. Choose from a three- or four-course prix fixe or six-course tasting menu for dinner. Reservations are a must. For last minute cravings, tables can typically be found at its casual neighbor, the Bistro and Bar. aubergeresorts.com
The Restaurant at North Block
Grab a seat on the patio and you’ll be the envy of those that stroll by thanks to dishes the likes of yellowfin tuna toast, smoked pork ribs, and wood fired sourdough pizza topped with asparagus, burrata, Meyer lemon, and vella dry jack. Take a break from wine and try one of their signature cocktails. northblockhotel.com