Top Choice Californian in Yountville

French Laundry

The pinnacle of California dining, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is epic, a high-wattage culinary experience on par with the world’s best. Book one month ahead at 10am sharp, or log onto precisely at …
Top Choice Market in Napa

Oxbow Public Market

Graze this gourmet market and plug into the Northern California food scene. Standouts: Hog Island Oyster Co; comfort cooking at celeb-chef Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door; Venezuelan arepa (corn-cake sandwiches) at Pic…
Top Choice Californian in Sonoma

Cafe La Haye

One of Sonoma’s top tables for earthy New American cooking, La Haye only uses produce sourced from within 60 miles. Its dining room gets packed cheek-by-jowl and service can border on perfunctory, but the clean simp…
Top Choice American in Sonoma

Fremont Diner

Lines snake out the door peak times at this farm-to-table roadside diner. We prefer the indoor tables, but will happily accept a picnic table in the big outdoor tent to feast on ricotta pancakes with real maple syru…
Top Choice Californian in Healdsburg

Madrona Manor

You’d be hard-pressed to find a lovelier place to propose than this retro-formal Victorian mansion’s garden-view verandah – though there’s nothing old-fashioned about the artful haute cuisine: the kitchen churns its…
French in Sonoma

the girl & the fig

For a festive evening, book a garden table at this French-provincial bistro, with good small plates ($12 to $14), including steamed mussels with matchstick fries, and duck confit with lentils. Weekday three-course p…
Deli in Oakville & Rutherford

Oakville Grocery

The definitive Wine Country deli: excellent cheeses, charcuterie, bread, olives and wine – however pricey. Find tables outside, or ask where to picnic nearby.
French in Yountville


Details at celeb-chef Thomas Keller’s French brasserie are so impeccable – zinc bar to white-aproned waiters – you’d swear you were in Paris. Only the Bermuda-shorts-clad Americans look out of place. On the menu: oy…
Californian in Yountville

Ad Hoc

A winning formula by Yountville’s culinary patriarch, Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc serves the master’s favorite American home cooking in four-course family-style menus, with no variations (dietary restrictions notwithstand…
Cafe in Yountville

Napa Style Paninoteca

TV-chef Michael Chiarello’s cafe (inside his store, Napa Style) makes camera-ready salads and paninos – try the slow-roasted pork – that pair nicely with his organic wines.