Calistoga California Restaurants
Relaxing | California Wine Country Vacation
As a boutique hotel, our concierge staff takes your comfort seriously.
A California wine country vacation should include a huge chunk of relaxation, especially for guests at Wine Country Inn. Let us help you do just that! We would like to help you plan your St. Helena visit and Napa Valley vacation. Please call or e-mail us to let us help you book your dinner reservations and Restaurant Shuttle reservations. Unlike most big hotels, our Front Desk/Concierge staff does not accept tips.
Restaurants located in St. Helena are just five-minutes south of The Wine Country Inn. The town of Calistoga is seven miles north, while Yountville is located 9 miles south (a 15-20 minute drive). Please note that most restaurants open their books only one to two months in advance, and we definitely recommend making advance reservations. We would be more than happy to help set up your dining itineraries.
Here is a comprehensive list last updated 04/13. They are alphabetical by locale.
St. Helena and Rutherford (all serviced by our Restaurant Shuttle)
Auberge du Soleil ~ 963-1211 Upscale dressy French restaurant with an exceptional view of the Napa Valley from both the bar and dining room. Great for lunch also. Located 5 miles South on Silverado Trail. Price $$$$
Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen ~ 963-1200 Fun, casual neighborhood cuisine created by one of our most renowned restaurateurs, Cindy Pawlcyn. Mingle with locals out enjoying the Napa Valley lifestyle. Price $$$.
Cook ~ 963-7088 Great little Italian style café, casual. A favorite with the staff and our guests. Limited seating. Price $$
Farmstead ~ 963-9181 Farm-to-table at its best! Affliated with Long Meadow Ranch. Great bar/cocktails too. Price $$
La Condesa ~ Stay tuned for info
Market ~ 963-3799 Comfortable stonewalled dining room featuring a Raw Bar as well as very interesting “comfort food” with a gourmet twist. A favorite with locals. Price $$
Meadowood ~ 963-3646 or 800-458-8080. This elegant Michelin 3-Star dining room offers both prix fixe and a la carte options with a particular attention to wine pairing. The Innkeeper’s favorite for anniversaries or birthdays (his own). Price $$$$
Pizzeria Tra Vigne ~ 967-9999 Casual spot run by Tra Vigne with Gourmet pizzas, pasta, fun salads and good house vino. Big screen TV for most major sporting events. Price $
Press ~ 967-0550 Dressy a la carte steak house specializing in prime dry-aged beef, wild fish and heritage pork. It looks completely unimpressive from the outside, but surprisingly nice inside. A bit south of St Helena. Price $$$
Rutherford Grill ~963-1792 Lively fun grill that only reserves some of its tables, so good for walk-ins. Excellent outdoor bar and large tasty portions. Where the Innkeeper goes for his red-meat fix. Price $$$
Gott’s Roadside ~ 963-3487 The best walk-up burger joint ever, but not cheap. Price $$
Terra ~ 963-8931 French with Japanese influence. One of those dressy places where you want to whisper throughout your meal. Housed in a 125 year-old stone building it is one of the Innkeeper’s favorite dining rooms. He would probably even wear a tie if he still owned one. So exclusive they have no sign. Price $$$$
Tra Vigne ~ 963-4444 Where Michael Chiarello of Napa Style made his name. Though he has been gone for a number of years, this Napa Valley standard is still pumping out wonderful California/Italian cuisine. Trendy and fun! Price $$$
Calistoga is known for it’s casual, drop-in restaurants. If you don’t want to make reservations for one or two of your nights, this is the place to head. The shops are open late and since most of the lodgings are within walking distance of downtown, the streets are lively and fun. There is usually even live music on the weekends.
All Seasons Bistro ~ 942-9111 Casual Country French. Price $$
Buster’s Southern Barbeque ~ Good ole fashioned barbecue. Perfect for a quick but really good lunch while in the Upper Valley wine tasting. This is a favorite spot for Innkeeper Jim, even though he can’t even handle the hottest BBQ sauce they have available. It makes your hair sweat. Price $
Calistoga Inn ~942-4101 A brew-pub with nice seafood and a wide range of other offerings. Excellent outdoor dining. Casual. Price $$
Brannan’s Grill ~ 942-2233 American Grill, great seafood dishes. Beautiful dining room Casual. Price $$
Definitely a food town. With three restaurants from Thomas Keller and a bunch more with pedigrees a dog would love, there is no shortage of great food and wonderful atmosphere.
ad hoc ~ 944-2487 Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame opened this restaurant with a very unusual format. No thinking, no choices. The same 3-course dinner is served to everyone, so check before you go tp make sure you like what they are offering. Price $$$
Bistro Jeanty ~ 944-0103 We are told this restaurant could just as easily sit in the French countryside with vineyards surrounding it. Since none of us have yet been to France we’ll have to just imagine. Casual. Price $$$
Bottega ~ 945-1050 Chef Chiarello is an acclaimed chef, Emmy-winning host of Food Network’s Easy Entertaining, tastemaker behind NapaStyle, and proprietor of Chiarello Family Vineyards, as well as a longtime Napa Valley resident. Price $$$
Bouchon ~ 944-8037 This bistro, also opened by French Laundry’s Thomas Keller, features a very nice raw bar and one of the best steaks in the Valley. It is lively, cramped and upbeat. The only restaurant in the Valley that will take reservations after 9:30. Price $$$
Brix ~ 944-2749 Nice open feeling to the dining room and outdoor patio. Wonderful views of the nearby mountains. They like to pile their food into artful presentations. Price $$$
Etoile ~ 944-2893 French cuisine. Formal. Glass and cement atmosphere with French cuisine. Located in the Domaine Chandon winery. Price $$$.
French Laundry ~ 944-2380 Considered by some to be the best restaurant in the nation. Must call exactly two months in advance, starting at 10:00 and hitting redial until you finally get through. When they tell you they are already booked, you can try again the next day. $$$$$$$$$
Hurley’s ~ 944-2345 Wine Country Mediterranean. Specializes in wild meats. Great bar scene! Open late. $$$
Mustards ~ 944-2424 Original California Grill. The restaurant that started an entire cuisine. Still pumping out great food. Casual, located just North of Yountville. Price $$$
Redd ~944-8686 Elegant and contemporary this sleek restaurant offers imaginative, fresh cuisine influenced by Europe, Asia and Mexico. Price $$$