Napa Valley is one of the world’s most beloved destinations and is regaled as much for its scenic landscape and delightful wineries as it is for its delicious restaurants. In fact, the restaurants in Napa Valley include a perfect mix of well-known favorites, award-winning establishments, and surprising new additions, each one providing unique and memorable meals. Whether you want to grab a quick bite on your way to a wine tasting, or you are celebrating a special occasion and want to get dressed up for a fabulous meal in an upscale eatery, these Napa Valley restaurants are sure to satisfy your appetite and keep you coming back for more.
As an added bonus, many of these recommendations are within walking distance, or a very short drive, of Churchill Manor, a circa-1889 stately mansion that has been lovingly turned into one of the finest bed and breakfasts in Napa. Visit the Restaurants page on our website for additional Napa Valley restaurants we suggest to our guests.
Offering diners the perfect blend of Japanese and Western cuisine, Morimoto Napa is one of the many Napa Valley restaurants that Churchill Manor guests enjoy visiting time and time again. Led by world-renowned Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, this restaurant first opened in 2010 and immediately began receiving accolades including Food & Wine magazine’s “Best U.S. Restaurant Openings.” Since then, it has continued to delight customers whether they are in the mood for lunch, dinner, dessert or a cocktail in Napa Valley’s first sake lounge. Highlights of Morimoto’s menu include Toro Tartare, Tuna Pizza and Morimoto Sashimi, each made with only the freshest ingredients available.
Award-winning Executive Chef Rodney Worth transports your taste buds from the Pear Southern Bistro in Napa to the Deep South with a menu infused with home-style cooking. Beer-battered pickles? Check. Rotisserie-roasted chicken with Carolina mustard sauce? Check. Shrimp and grits, Shrimp po’ boy, and Chicken and dumplings? Check, check and check. Enjoy a stick-to-your-ribs meal at the Pear Southern Bistro while taking in the sights and sounds of this riverfront restaurant. Or, pick up one of their boxed lunches to enjoy in one of the many scenic locations the Napa Valley has to offer.
As one of the newest restaurants in town, Basalt opened in March 2016 in the site formerly known as Fish Story. Basalt features seasonal California cuisine with the flavors of Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Led by Chef Estaban Escobar, the restaurant currently serves dinner, offering a varied menu that includes mouthwatering entrees such as achiote-cocoa marinated black cod, grilled hanger steak, slow-roasted pork shoulder and array of succulent seasonal specialties.
Angele Restaurant is ideal for those looking for an intimate dining experience. Located in the Historic Napa Mill, just one block from Churchill Manor, you’ll find a warm, rustic French country ambiance in which to dine on artfully prepared cuisine. Highlights of the seasonal menu include Classic French onion soup, and Steak tartare served with Dijon mustard, a farm egg yolk and arugula salad. Enjoy lunch, dinner and cocktails at Angele during your stay in Napa.
You’ll delight in a variety of tastes and flavors when you dine at Celadon Restaurant at the Historic Napa Mill. This menu is brimming with “Global Comfort Food.” Enjoy an assortment of fare from around the world including Asian, Mediterranean and American dishes that are expertly prepared. Whether you partake in lunch or dinner at Celadon, you’ll be able to select from an array of lighter bites, such as Butter lettuce salad with cherry tomatoes and tarragon-champagne vinaigrette. Delectable entrées include their Five spice-rubbed duck breast served with a fonduta grit cake, radicchio, black figs and a port reduction.
When a craving for pizza strikes, Ca’ Momi is one of the best places in town for wood-fired pizza and other Italian favorites. Enjoy traditional recipes prepared with the best organic, local and Italian ingredients at both of its locations. Ca’ Momi Osteria offers a casual sit-down atmosphere and features a full menu for lunch and dinner. If you’re on the go, pick up a slice of pizza or a flatbread sandwich (and more) at Ca’ Momi Enoteca at the Oxbow Public Market.
One meal at La Toque and you’ll understand that pairing wine and food is their passion. This fine-dining experience includes a French inspired prix fixe menu paired with wines selected nightly by the Sommelier. The restaurant offers three menus each evening including the fabulous Chef’s Table Menu, which consists of nine courses (six savory dishes, cheese and two desserts). Locals, visitors and critics alike have applauded the culinary creations served at La Toque for many years, and it has earned Michelin Stars every year they have been awarded in Wine Country. The restaurant was also the recipient of Wine Spectators’ highest honor, The Grand Award, for its wine list and service excellence.
As you might imagine, given its name, the cuisine offered at this Michelin-starred restaurant is French with American influences. Located in a building that dates back to 1900, and has been included on the National Register of Historic Places, The French Laundry has received many accolades since it opened in 1994 including Wine Spectators’ Grand Award, as well as recognition from Restaurant Magazine as one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the World. And then there is the bold statement by chef Anthony Bourdain that The French Laundry is “the best restaurant in the world, period.”
Two tasting menus are offered daily including the Chef’s Tasting Menu and the Vegetable Tasting Menu. Each menu features a series of small courses to “satisfy your appetite and pique your curiosity.” You must try this institution yourself, just be sure to plan ahead and make reservations far in advance of your trip.
Napa General Store & Café is a fantastic location to browse for souvenirs as well as enjoy classic bistro fare. The Café’s lunch menu is filled with sandwiches, pizzas and daily specials featuring locally sourced items, all of which are sure to hit the spot after a morning of shopping or visiting local wineries. Be sure to sit outside on the patio to enjoy the warm California sunshine. You’ll also want to make time to stop in the General Store either before or after your meal. It’s the perfect place to pick up something for the wine lover in your life – or yourself!
Expertly flavored, colorful and fresh cuisine is the focal point at Ninebark in Napa. Led by acclaimed Michelin-star Chef Matthew Lightner, Ninebark opened in October 2015 with distinct, balanced flavors and rave reviews. The restaurant serves dinner, brunch and Sunday supper and offers menus that include a bevy of appetizers to share, salads and inventive entrees that make use of the freshest seasonal ingredients. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to dine at Ninebark this visit, you should make time to enjoy one of their specialty drinks on their rooftop patio.
Breakfast is the focal point of each morning at Churchill Manor. Of course, your first meal of the day should provide you with the energy you’ll need to spend a full day exploring the local wineries, shops, galleries and more. But, it should also be inspiring and delicious. The three-course breakfast at Churchill Manor is all of these things and more as guests can enjoy an excellent breakfast in either vineyard frescoed sunroom or outdoors on the expansive veranda that wraps around three sides of the mansion overlooking the rose gardens.
Our evening wine and appetizer reception are a very good time to meet other guests, mingle with the innkeepers, sip on local wines and enjoy delicious small bites. You can play a game of croquet in the side garden or just unwind on the expansive veranda.
Let Churchill Manor serve as your home base during your stay in Napa. Our gourmet breakfasts and luxurious rooms are the perfect antidotes for your busy life. Explore all of the incredible things to do in the Napa Valley in our free Vacation Guide and start planning your trip today!
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