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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!
Morimoto Napa is named after its founder, the renowned Masaharu Morimoto, more widely known as the Iron Chef. This establishment is his first restaurant on the west coast, and it lives up to his reputation. His cooking philosophy, which this restaurant embodies, focuses on combining an eastern menu with western ingredients and preparation techniques. Signature dishes to ask for include tuna pizza, Morimoto sashimi, and toro tartare.
Excellence has no restraints when it comes to this restaurant, which Wine Spectato magazine named "America's Best Restaurant" in 2000. It features a nightly five-course prix fixe menu, showcasing an array of sublime textures and flavors. Menu items have included roasted New England Monkfish, Veal Tenderloins with Cabernet Foie Gras Sauce and Panko Crusted Frog Legs. Naturally, its wine list is massive. Take advantage of the restaurant's wine pairing menu - the sommelier presents each bottle. The decor is sleek and modern. Weekend reservations must be made four to six weeks in advance. In 2007, the inaugural year of the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country, La Toque was awarded a Michelin Star.
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.
Don't miss the luxurious four-star dining experience at Domaine Chandon, where the wine never stops flowing. After a tour around the vineyard, diners can sample Chef Boyd's culinary delights—Rosemary-Scented Rack of Lamb, Tuna Charlotte, Agnolotti and more can be found on the seasonal menu. Salads, cheese platters and dessert menus also boast of mouthwatering delicacies. The wine list consists of Californian varietals. Wine tasting, theater performances, winemaker dinners and other such events are organised throughout the year.
Bottega is located in the food mecca of Yountville, in the heart of the Napa Valley. Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello puts together a seasonally changing menu featuring authentic Italian dishes (following the traditional Italian menu progression) made with local, organic and artisinal ingredients. Almost anything they can make themselves in house, they do. And then there's dessert, which is a whole different story featuring the popular sweet fritto misto with chocolate arancini and crispy fried cream. The ambiance is cozy and elegant, featuring warm colors, a fireplace and a covered outdoor lounge perfect for enjoying warm Napa nights. Bottega is truly one of the Napa Valley's culinary crowned jewels.
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.
Santé is a Michelin starred restaurant located in the beautiful Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in the Sonoma Valley. This beautiful and elegant restaurant is definitely the height of dining, one of Wine Country's culinary crowned jewels. The kitchen creates contemporary French-Californian cuisine and dishes like the favorite "Grown Up Mac & Cheese" with lobster and black truffles. Menu selections are available a la carte or diners can enjoy the eight course tasting menu, with wine pairings (hey, it is Wine Country after all). Everything about Santé is first class, and diners will not be disappointed with their experience.
The Auberge du Soleil, located in the Napa Valley's Rutherford, is one of the area's premier luxury accommodations, so it should come as no surprise that the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil is one of Napa's most delicious and coveted reservations. The restaurant serves up contemporary California cuisine taking heavy influence from the Mediterranean palate which is all too deserving of the Michelin star they have maintained for many years. The prix fixe menus of three or four courses include always seasonal dishes utilizing fresh and locally sourced ingredients where possible. Being in the heart of wine country, of course the wine list is nothing less than stellar. Make sure you try to get a seat on their always popular and gorgeous terrace for some of the most popular tables in Napa and the best in al fresco dining.