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 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 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…
Californian in Calistoga

Calistoga Kitchen

A sparsely decorated cottage surrounded by a white-picket fence, Calistoga Kitchen is especially good for lunch in the garden. The chef-owner favors simplicity, focusing on quality ingredients in a half-dozen changi…
Modern American in St Helena


An enormous open-truss barn with big leather booths and rocking-chair porch, Farmstead draws a youthful crowd and grows many of its own ingredients – including grass-fed beef – for an earthy menu highlighting wood-f…
Californian in Sonoma

El Dorado Kitchen

The swank plaza-side choice for contemporary California-Mediterranean cooking, El Dorado showcases seasonal-regional ingredients in dishes like market salads and housemade pasta, served in a see-and-be-seen dining r…
American in St Helena

Gott's Roadside

Wiggle your toes in the grass and feast on quality burgers – of beef, turkey, ahi tuna or veggie – plus Cobb salads and fish tacos at this classic roadside drive-in. Avoid weekend waits by phoning ahead or ordering …
Californian in Guerneville

Boon Eat + Drink

Locally sourced ingredients inform the seasonal, Cali-smart cooking at this tiny, always-packed, New American bistro, with cheek-by-jowl tables that fill every night. Show up early or expect to wait.
American in Occidental

Howard Station Cafe

Big plates of comfort-food cooking and fresh-squeezed juices. Cash only.
American in Calistoga

Calistoga Inn & Brewery

Locals crowd the outdoor beer garden on Sundays. Midweek we prefer the country dining room's big oakwood tables – a homey spot for simple American cooking. Live music on summer weekends.