Napa/Sonoma Dining

Mar 26th, 2006, 05:56 PM
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Napa/Sonoma Dining

Looking for good restaurants in Napa or Sonoma Valleys that don't require a reservation 6 months ahead and don't cost a fortune. Upscale but reasonable preferred
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Mar 26th, 2006, 06:00 PM
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There is a great restaurant in St. Helena called the Martini House. Not too outrageous for the area but still quaint. (In an old house) check it out!
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Mar 26th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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thanks gmom....we have been there and loved it. Taking some friends in the fall and was hoping to find another one or two to try.
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Mar 26th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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the old Christian's Brothers' winery is called Greystone...very elegant inside, also the site of the Culinary Institute.
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Mar 27th, 2006, 11:29 AM
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Hi-I ate at Mustards in St. Helena in February. I thought it was great -- nice ambience; lively bar; casual yet upscale. Food was great - interesting choices. It's a pretty spot, too.
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Mar 27th, 2006, 11:51 AM
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Napa County
St. Helena:
Terra
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
Rutherford:
La Toque (yes,pricey)
Yountville:
Redd
Bouchon
Wine Garden
Napa (town):
Budo
Celedon

Sonoma County:
Jenner
River's End
Healdsburg:
Willi's
Manzanita
Ravenous
Barndiva
Cyrus (again,pricey)
Santa Rosa:
Zazu
John Ash
Petaluma:
Hiro
Central Market
Graffiti
Sonoma (town):
Carneros Bistro
Meritage
Cafe La Haye
Swiss Hotel
La Salette

I'm sure a forgot a few
Happy Dining !

R5
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Mar 27th, 2006, 11:53 AM
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we ate at the Rutherford Grill in Rutherford- great ribs! I dont think they take reservations- there was a 70 min wait when we arrived but ended up being able to eat at the bar -
I thought the food was good - the place was packed
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Mar 27th, 2006, 12:33 PM
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sjbgrappa-slipping in a question

razzledazzle:
Is there a reason that you did not put Dry Creek Kitchen on your Healdsburg list?
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Mar 27th, 2006, 12:49 PM
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www.brix.com
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Mar 27th, 2006, 03:14 PM
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You can access opentable.com and see the links to various rest-os in the area. Easy to book a reservation from this site. I've used it all over the US.
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Mar 27th, 2006, 07:57 PM
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Brix was great food but they do require a reservation (however, not months). We walked in and had a great table for lunch. For dinner, how about Tres Vigne? Love their food there and the terrace area is quite nice. I don't think you need months in advance for a reservation although one sooner rather than later is always better. ;-)
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Mar 31st, 2006, 10:03 AM
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Love the Swiss Hotel!
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Mar 31st, 2006, 10:13 AM
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In Healdsburg we ran into a wonderful small restaurant right across form the city square: Restaurant Charcuterie - tons of little pigs and big pigs - but the best dish we had for lunch was a vegetable burger with eggplant, etc.

Still in Healdsburg, Cyrus is very, very good and pricey as R5 has pointed out.

At Manzanita, you should try something from their wonderful oven and cooked over manzanita wood.

In Napa Valley, our favorite restaurant is Bistro Jeanty (pricey, but not so pricey, given the terrific quality of their food). Given a choice, we would prefer Bistro Jeanty over Cyrus in Healdsburg.

There are just so many wonderful restaurants, you can't go wrong with any of the choices that others have pointed out here.

happy dining!

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Mar 31st, 2006, 01:57 PM
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I second Tra Vigne; this used to be chef Michael Chiarello's (Food TV, etc) place and the food is terrific and the atmooshphere is friendly and relaxed.
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