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Legendary roadside eats, organic farm to table cuisine, and plenty of casual, inviting dishes are on the menu for lunch in St. Helena. You’ll find excellent wine selections, meals with fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients, and creative twists on classics that will leave you satisfied and wanting more. Whether you’re on your way to or from a winery, or just out around town, stop in for lunch at one of these great spots.

Popular Local Deli

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Giugni W F & Son Grocery
1227 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3421
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 194 reviews

Giugni W F & Son Grocery is known for its craveable sandwiches, Guigni juice, personal service, and local tradition. It’s a staple amongst the locals and visitors, and a great place to pick up a picnic lunch before heading to the wineries. Don’t be intimidated if there’s a long line, it moves quickly—and you can check out the menu by the deli case. Insider tip: It’s cash only, so come prepared with at least $10 per person for a sandwich, chips, and drink.

Organic Farm to Table Delights

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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
738 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-4555
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 1293 reviews

You can’t get your food much closer to the source than this farm to table restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch. Offering estate grown wines, organic produce, grass fed meats, and more, Farmstead offers a delicious taste of responsible farming. Visit on the weekend to shop the farmer’s market, enjoy live music, or join the cycling ride. Insider tip: Their cheddar biscuits with homemade honey butter are not to be missed.

Guacamole and Tequila Heaven

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La Condesa
1320 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-8111
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 167 reviews

This isn’t your ordinary Mexican restaurant: La Condesa offers an eclectic menu with modern takes on classic dishes and an extensive tequila selection. Ideal for an indecisive crowd, La Condesa’s salsa, guacamole, and taco samplers have a little of everything. The guacamole flight is particularly enticing with versions including apple, almond, and pomegranate. Insider tip: Look for the crab huarache and prickly pear margarita to round out a great Mexican meal.

Italian Al Fresco

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Tra Vigne Restaurant
1050 Charter Oak Ave.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-4444
Yelp: 4 stars, 759 reviews

Enjoy warm, professional service and exceptional Italian cuisine for lunch at Tra Vigne. Menu highlights include a fresh, hand pulled mozzarella appetizer, and incredibly tender 18 hour smoked and braised beef short ribs. Enjoy a selection from Tra Vigne’s extensive wine list, or bring your own (corkage fees are waived for your first bottle). Insider tip: Ask for a table in their lovely outdoor seating area with plenty of shade and ambiance.

Burger Tray Gourmet

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Gott’s Roadside
933 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3486
Yelp: 4 stars, 1233 reviews

Previously known as Taylor’s Refresher, Gott’s Roadside has long been a popular spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a great burger. Gott’s is considered to have one of the best burgers in Napa Valley—in fact, you’ll probably have trouble choosing which one you want, with mouth watering selections including the blue cheese burger, seared ahi tuna burger, and green chile cheeseburger. Insider tip: You can feel good about it, too. Burgers are made with local vegetarian fed beef not treated with hormones or antibiotics.

Casual Cuisine

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The Grill at Meadowood
900 Meadowood Ln.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-1200
Yelp: 4 stars, 42 reviews

Meadowood stands out for lunch with fresh, seasonal ingredients, thoughtful accompanying wines, and satisfying dishes. Favorites include the classic Wagyu burger, crispy Watsonville artichokes, and lavender iced tea. You can also enjoy fresh, cold pressed juices and nut milks. Insider tip: Sit outside on the terrace for beautiful golf course views with your lunch.

Comfort Food off Main Street

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Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen
1327 Railroad Ave.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-1200
Yelp: 4 stars, 658 reviews

Located in a historic 1800s building that was once a railroad station—and later, a bordello—Cindy’s neighborhood hangout is a favorite for locals with its unpretentious food cooked from scratch. Favorites include the duck burger and oysters bingo. Insider tip: Leave room for dessert, treats such as the signature campfire pie are to die for.

Classic Food Fresly Prepared

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1347 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3799
Yelp: 4 stars, 441 reviews

Market’s food is legendary for its modern, creative twists on classic dishes like jalapeno peppered seared steak sandwiches and crisp lobster spring rolls. All food is sourced from local organic farms and presented with excellent, inviting service. Insider tip: Try the popular butterscotch pudding for dessert.

Wine Country Public House

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Goose and Gander
1245 Spring St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-8779
Yelp: 4 stars, 363 reviews

Sit down for lunch at this public house for rustic, seasonally driven American food. You’ll find a casual, intimate atmosphere that’s great for a lunch date, especially on the patio. The duck fat fries are raved about, and the Goose and Gander burger with bone marrow just might be one of the best burgers you ever have. Insider tip: Want more? Stop by the basement bar for carefully crafted cocktails.

Getting hungry? Start planning your next St. Helena adventure and in the mean time, vote for your top spot for lunch below!

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