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.
Popular wisdom holds that this is the restaurant that kicked off the latest round in the fine dining craze in the North Bay. That may or may not be true. What is a fact is that chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who has since been influential in the creation of many other Bay Area restaurants, started here and is still involved in kitchen operations at her flagship restaurant. The atmosphere at Mustards is upscale roadhouse with an airy dining room and walls that are almost entirely made of windows. The staff is lively and and efficient.
Located in the Carneros Inn, Boon Fly Cafe offers healthy breakfast and brunch options. Hamburgers, parmesan prosciutto, eggs Benedict, Canadian bacon, sourdough bread, and of course, mac 'n' cheese are well done and highly acclaimed. Inn guests and those on a wine tasting trip generally fill the place and therefore breakfast times are booked way in advance. Waiting guests are treated to gourmet coffee and parking is convenient.
The Carpe Diem Wine Bar serves delicious local Californian cuisine paired with a variety of the finest wines from around the world. Established by three friends in June 2010, this venue has quickly become renowned as the go-to spot in Napa for local singles, friends, and anyone who enjoys a relaxed dining experience. Although the restaurant section of this establishment closes earlier, depending on the day, the bar remains open and active well into the night.
Providing freshly baked breads and deserts for Chef Thomas Keller's Yountville restaurants: The French Laundry, Bouchon and ad hoc, Bouchon Bakery delights its customers with many of the same treats. The bakery is small and quaint. Inside you'll find a small display case filled with macaroons, tarts, cookies and Chocolate Bouchons. The delicacies of sweets doesn't end there, though, more often it starts with Chocolate Bouchons. Chocolate Bouchons are up-right, moist brownies with a warm chocolate center that bursts into your mouth with the first bite, all lightly sprinkled with confectioner's sugar. On weekends, the bakery serves decadent donuts. The "TKO" (Thomas Keller Oreo) is an unusual treat of two buttery chocolate cookies with a white cream filling sandwiched in between. The bakery also serves ready-made sandwiches on baguettes. Prices may seem high, but sweets are so rarely made or packaged with so much detail and passion.
This popular gem opened in 1996. Its celebrated owner and chef, Greg Cole, a graduate of New York's Culinary Institute of America, also has extensive training in wine-making. Chic yet unpretentious, the cozy interior contains brick walls, huge arched windows, high ceilings and colorful paintings. On a sunny day, join locals and tourists at one of the outdoor tables fronting Napa Creek. Lunch includes delectable dishes like the Grilled Tombo Tuna Salad with Macadamia Nuts and the notable Oyster Po' Boy. Specialty dinner items include the Jerked Pork Chop with Black Beans and the daily fish special. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list.
It is hard not to notice the Mayan paintings and petite wooden tables. The Yucatan menu with European and Caribbean influences is sometimes spicy but can be modified to suit your taste. Prawns Diablo, rib eye steak and Maya carnitas are interesting entree choices. While Lime tortilla soup and Maya house salad are innovative culinary treats that tease your palate. Margaritas can be sipped at the Temple of Tequila which is an aptly named bar. Mayan memorabilia is also available at the restaurant.
Steiners Tavern is your friendly and casual neighborhood bar and restaurant. During the day it servers snacks and local delights including tasty pizzas but as the evening sets in, the space is transformed into a cool bar. Karaoke nights, DJ sessions on weekends and unlimited fun attracts younger crowd to this outlet. You can also rent the place for your private celebrations. Call for details.
Visit Murphy's Irish Pub for a true pub experience. You can listen to live music or watch plays or take part in literary events held at the pub. An interesting feature of this place is that it is also open for kids. The back room is a good venue for small family gatherings or parties. The menu offers a wide variety of cocktails, beer and wine, and delicious sandwiches. Various quiz competitions and games make this a lively place for you to drink, enjoy and hangout.
La Sallette, located in the middle of Sonoma, offers Portuguese cuisine cooked in olive oil. All dishes are served hot, right out of the oven, so the dining room is often filled with the delicious aroma of tasty Portuguese food. The specialty of the restaurant is the seafood dishes, which are served with a combination of various ingredients from across the globe.
With awards adorning the walls, Basque Boulangerie Cafe has proven itself as one of the best places for breakfast and cheap afternoon snacks since its opening in 1994. The restaurant is especially known for its different varieties of bread. However, the Russian tea cakes, Danish pastries, beehive cake and oatmeal cookies are equally delicious. For a more hearty meal, diners can try out a bowl of soup and any of their wide array of hot and cold sandwiches. The lively counter-service restaurant is definitely worth a visit while in town.
Della Santina's offers the best pastas, rotisserie meats and other dishes from the Italian cuisine. The tables are neatly arranged with comfortable seating, and decorated with the best flowers, which has become a hallmark of the restaurant. The dining hall is spacious and offers a good view of the street. For more privacy, you can sit on the back patio. This restaurant also has a garden which is available for corporate functions, cocktail parties and banquets.