Best Lunch in Napa Valley

The Wine Country region is associated with many things aside from its namesake wine. Kind of Disneyland is more than just rides, people come here for the full experience — the Michelin-star restaurants, the cheese tours, barrel tastings, and lots of photos in sundresses and floppy hats. We didn’t make the rules, that’s just how it is.

But it’s unfair to write off this dynamic area as single-faceted. Whatever your flavor and vibe is, it’s here to be explored. Here are some of the best places to get lunch in Napa Valley Wine Country.

Feature photo: Courtesy of Gott’s Roadside


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Oxbow Public Market

OK, so putting this place on a list is kind of cheating. Oxbow Public Market boasts 40,000-square-feet of local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms. A gathering hub of sorts in downtown Napa, there’s also an outdoor deck with seating along the Napa River, which has made it a central gathering hub in downtown Napa. Some of the many vendors include the Fatted Calf, The Model Bakery, Hog Island Oyster Co and C Casa.

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Loveski Deli

This Oxbow newcomer is worthy of its own shout out. From matzo ball soup to hand-carved pastrami on rye, to mini potato latkes — you might want to think about skipping breakfast to prepare. Whatever you choose, add on a Loveski pickle.

Mothers Tacos
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Mothers Tacos

A bit off of Napa’s beaten path, Mothers Tacos is a delicious diversion. Pair Mexico City style tacos on handmade tortillas with housemade horchata sweetened with coconut cream.

Or try something outside the box like waffle fries loaded with options ranging from Sinaloan style braised pork, to grilled steak and marinated chicken.


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Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery

1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga


With its welcoming fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs, the patio of Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery is an ideal place to kick back and relax. Order beer from Napa Valley Brewing Company, the award-winning microbrewery that’s on-site, located inside the historic water tower, and one of their pizzas — the prosciutto topped with arugula is a keeper.

Buster's Southern BBQ
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Buster’s Southern BBQ

Louisiana barbecue in Napa Valley! Buster’s Southern BBQ is located on the edge of downtown Calistoga, at the end of Lincoln Avenue, the city’s main drag. From pork and beef ribs to tri-tip steak, pulled pork, and hot links, you’ll find all of your barbecue favorites here. Be sure to try the seasonal barbecue oysters!

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Picobar at Solage Auberge Resorts Collection

The deliciousness of Ensenada, Mexico overlooking one of wine country’s swankiest pools. You’ll want to try everything, so go to Picobar with a friend who likes to share. We’re big fans of the Esquites (corn kernels with lime, cotija cheese, chile piquin aioli) and the Ahi Tuna Tostada. Try and save room for the churros.

St. Helena

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Giugni’s Deli

The go-to place for to-go sandwiches in St. Helena since 1911, Giugni’s always delivers great service and great food. The amount of toppings, cheeses — there are more than 15 kinds including horseradish cheddar — and types of bread can be overwhelming, but no matter the combo you choose, get the Giugni juice. A proprietary mix of herbs, oil and vinegar, this will liven any meal. Equally impressive is the selection of snack-size chip offerings, so be sure to grab one as well.

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Gott’s Roadside

Opened in 1999, this is the first Gott’s location opened by brothers Joel and Duncan Gott. The menu offers everything from burgers and salads, to chicken schnitzel sandwiches and Ahi poke crispy tacos. If you’re further south in Napa and craving Gott’s, there’s also a location in Oxbow Public Market.

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Rutherford Grill

Rutherford Grill offers fresh, seasonal ingredients and dishes intended to complement Napa Valley wines. With a menu consisting mostly of modern American comfort food, people flock here before and after tasting for the French dip, iron skillet cornbread and veggie burger. And while this is Wine cCountry, the martinis here are not-to-be-missed.

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