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Best French in Napa Valley

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Angèle Restaurant & Bar

Wish to work up an appetite? Just visit Angèle and look through the menu—you won't know what to order by the time you're done, because your growling stomach will prove to be a major distraction! A family restaurant with a wholesome atmosphere, Angèle is always inviting, and the food blends ancient French recipes with modern tastes, making sure that your dining experience is worthwhile. As for the wines, well, you're in Napa, so you know you can expect nothing but the best!

Napa, CA, United States
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The Girl & The Fig

On the ground level of Sonoma Hotel, The Girl & The Fig offers scrumptious, French-influenced delicacies. The decor is casual and laid back but can get loud when the crowd streams in. From the Steak Frites and Panisse Cake, to the Top Sirloin Burger and Croques Monsieur, each item on the menu guarantees a scintillating experience. The menu changes weekly, so you are always assured of delicious, innovative dishes crafted using ingredients at the height of their season. Moreover, the bar has a great selection of French wines and cocktails.

Sonoma, CA, United States
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Bistro Jeanty

This neighborhood French bistro has won numerous awards and was named top ten of the Bay Area by Gourmet Magazine and best 20 of San Francisco by Zagat Survey. Locals flock here at Bistro Jeanty nightly, while tourists are abundant during the weekends. The decor is rustic, taken right out of the French countryside. The service is attentive and knowledgeable. The menu pays homage French home-style cooking. The Coq au Vin is a knockout while the chicken and the mushrooms are engrossed with the rich flavor of the red wine reduction sauce. The dish is presented in a pristine white serving bowl, a beautiful contrast to the vibrant burgundy color of the dish. No trip to Bisto Jeanty is complete without the Citron Givre, lemon sorbet. This desert showcases the chef's personality and commitment to refined homey foods. The lemon sorbet is served in a hollowed lemon, presumably the same lemon used to make the sorbet. The lemon is plated whole, reconstructed on the plate. The presentation is whimsical and the sorbet is a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Throw in a world-class wine selection and you have completed a wonderful dinner by a renowned chef from the Champagne region of France. In 2007, the inaugural year of the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country, Bistro Jeanty was awarded a Michelin Star.

Yountville, CA, United States
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Bouchon

Fans of Thomas Keller's French Laundry (conveniently located just down the street) will enjoy the more casual Bouchon on Washington Street in Yountville. This affordable fine-dining establishment serves delicious French bistro treats with a warm Epi baguette. If you can't get a table, try sitting at the bar and getting a drink or enjoying oysters flown in from around the world. The simple menu (served for both lunch and dinner) contains classic bistro dishes, such as Steak Frites, Lamb, Mussels, Croque Madames and Roasted Chicken. Be sure to save some room for dessert! Try the Mousse au chocolat noir or the Profiteroles for a taste of delicious French sweets. Bouchon is often very busy, so be sure to book ahead, especially for parties larger than four.

Yountville, CA, United States
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The French Laundry

Foodies from all over the world flock this romantic jewel in the Napa Valley, considered to be one of the most outstanding restaurants in the world. The exquisite American-French food defies description or convention. Chef Thomas Keller takes care to use as much produce from the restaurant's own private garden as possible, as well as making sure no ingredient is repeated anywhere on the nine-course daily tasting menus. The French Laundry's extraordinary food is exceeded only by its excellent service. Patrons are always impressed by the breath and depth of knowledge of Master Sommelier Paul Roberts, whose recommendations are as tasteful as they are informative. A table at the French Laundry is a heavily coveted prize, so make sure to reserve far in advance.

Yountville, CA, United States
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