3 Best Restaurants in Rutherford, Napa and Sonoma

Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Possibly the most romantic roost for brunch, lunch, or dinner in all the Wine Country is a terrace seat at the Auberge du Soleil resort's illustrious restaurant, and the Mediterranean-inflected cuisine more than matches the dramatic vineyard views. The prix-fixe dinner menu (three or four courses), relying mainly on local produce, might include caviar or diver scallop starters, delicately prepared fish or vegetable middle-course options, and mains like prime beef pavé with béarnaise, spiced lamb loin, or Japanese Wagyu A5.

La Luna Market & Taqueria


The burritos, tacos, and quesadillas at this unassuming pit stop will fill you up before wine tasting or help absorb what you've imbibed. The super burrito laden with cheese, beans, sour cream, guacamole, and your choice of meat—winery workers swear by the crispy carnitas—provides a day's fuel in itself; for breakfast (before 11) there's a burrito with eggs, your choice of meat, and potatoes, beans, and salsa.

1153 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, CA, 94573, USA
Known For
  • vegetarian variations with chiles rellenos
  • homemade-tortilla nachos
  • outdoor seating
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner

Rutherford Grill


Dark-wood walls, subdued lighting, and red-leather banquettes make for a perpetually clubby mood at this Rutherford hangout where the patio, popular for its bar, fireplace, and rocking chairs, opens for full meal service or drinks and appetizers when the weather's right. Many entrées—steaks, burgers, fish, rotisserie chicken, and barbecued pork ribs—emerge from an oak-fired grill operated by master technicians.

1180 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, CA, 94573, USA
Known For
  • iron-skillet cornbread direct from the oven
  • signature French dip sandwich
  • reasonably priced wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

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