Are you searching for the best places to eat while touring Napa Valley? You’ve come to the right site! Discover the top recommendations on What to Eat in Napa Valley!
Wine is glorious, and that’s a scientifically proven fact. But what would wine be without mouthwatering food? Well, it’d still be wine, but we’d be hungry. Part of planning the perfect Napa Valley wine tour is deciding where to indulge in your obligatory 3-a-day, and Napa offers exceptional options for breakfast, brunch, lunch, lupper, dinner, snacks, and “just because I wanna”. We’ve assembled a helpful list for every taste and budget, from the splurge dinner to the simple-but-magical afternoon picnic. This list includes some money-saving options, plus some ideas for eating ‘like the locals’ do here in the Valley. Bon Appetite!
1. Pick one of the Fine Dining Establishments
The best way to wrap up a long, exhausting, exhilarating day of Napa wine tours is to dine at one of these highly-rated restaurants. You’ll almost always find these listed among the “top restaurants” in Napa, both in local papers and magazines and in the national ratings and lists. They also consistently score excellent marks by review sites, such as Yelp and Trip Advisor. All of these establishments serve Napa wines with their food, so it’s also a solid tutorial on pairing the Napa wines you score during your tour with your own meals back home.
• Hog Island Oyster Company – Seafood and Oysters Harvested Using Sustainable Methods, American Foods
• Bistro Don Giovanni – Italian Bistro and Mediterranean Cuisine, Dine Inside, Outside, Fireside, or Fountain Side.
• Cole’s Chop House – Classic American Steakhouse, Premium Steak and American Foods
• C Casa An Innovative Kitchen – Mexican Cuisine, Eco-Friendly Foods, Gourmet and Mexican ‘Street Foods’
• Mustards Grill – Local Foods, Upscale California and New American Fare
2. Eat Like the Locals
While the above restaurants offer pizzazz for the wine tourists, it’s a nice change of pace to step off the tourist trap bus for a little bit and eat like the locals. Locals in Napa aren’t actually wine snobs at heart. They’re hardworking farmers, up at sunrise and in bed in time to get up and do it again. Here are the hearty meals that keep them up to the task of growing amazing grapes and producing world-class wines for us all to enjoy!
• Heritage Eats – Gourmet Foods Served Cafeteria Style
• Goose & Gander (Formerly Martini House) – Local Produce, Rustic American Food, Seasonal Menus
• Pasta Prego – Authentic Pasta (serving Napa Valley for 25+ years)
• La Taquiza – Mexican, specializing in fish tacos, ceviche, and burritos
• Ad Hoc – This interesting establishment serves one thing: whatever they’re serving for that day! Gourmet American Foods
3. Indulge in the Area’s Best Room Service
Not everyone follows a long day of Napa wine tours with a night on the town. Especially if this is a romantic getaway or a corporate event, you might choose to snuggle in your hotel room and rest up instead. To accommodate our lone wolves (we salute you!), here are the hotels that consistently provide the top tier fare when it comes to room service.
• Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa – Eat in your room or in their onsite restaurant, serving local produce when available.
• Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley – Serving cooked to order breakfast and dinner through their onsite Grill 29 Restaurant.
• Andaz Napa – Featuring two onsite restaurants, Andaz Napa Farmers Table and Mercantile Social, Andaz’s room service focuses on locally grown produce, organic foods, and regional specialties.
4. Picnics & Making Use of that Kitchenette
Are you more of a DIY-er when it comes to your meals? After all, there’s no reason to wait till you get home to begin testing your food and wine parings with your newly scored Napa wines. Enjoy a few meals in your hotel kitchenette or hit the road and stage an elegant picnic at one of the fabulous Northern California parks. We have Redwood and Sequoia trees, stunning cliffs and sparkling beaches. Pick a spot and score some fixins from one of these local markets (all carrying local foods, including homemade jellies, jams, sauces, and dips!)
• Napa Farmers’ Market
• Oxbow Public Market
• Browns Valley Market
• St. Helena Farmers’ Market at Crane Park
• Calistoga Farmers’ Market