There are plenty of Napa Valley restaurants worth your time and your dollar. With this wealth of options, we wanted to simplify things for you a little. Between all the wine tours and other exciting and relaxing Napa activities, you might be tempted to stop at the first place that catches your eye. So we’ve done the research for you.
Which Napa Valley restaurants do you need to visit this summer?
If you’re coming to St. Helena this summer, you won’t go hungry. Add these three spots to your itinerary.
For fine dining: PRESS St. Helena
This isn’t molecular gastronomy. This isn’t your typical overpriced plate with a disappointingly bite-sized portion. While on the expensive side, the experience is worth it and the plates are generous. Order a great bottle of wine to start. (Very romantic.) Go in on the appetizers — you’ve never seen such beautiful things done with fresh vegetables. Plus, with exciting new entrée combinations as well as the old standby steaks and “elevated” macaroni and cheese, everyone in your party will find something to love at PRESS.
Just a quick bite: Gott’s Roadside in St. Helena
Just don’t call it fast food. Service may be quick and their thing might be burgers and fries, but this is roadside Americana at a whole new level. Gott’s has been an institution since the 1940s. Vegetarians will love this place too. And make a point to grab some onion rings for the road.
Middle of the road: Market in St. Helena
If “fine dining” isn’t your deal — or it’s not in your budget, and no worries! — but you still want a great “sit-down” meal, we can’t say enough good things about Market. Locals and Napa Valley newbies alike love this restaurant. Everything is made in-house, and everything feels special. Expect hearty American staples like meat loaf, fried chicken, lobster rolls, and chopped salads — but better than you’ve ever had it before.
P.S. Another great wine list. As it should be.
What are your own favorite Napa Valley restaurants?
What are your plans this summer? Will we see you around St. Helena soon?