The 8 Best Places to Eat in Yountville

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Yountville has become one of the most sought-out destinations for foodies from around the country. The town is known for its celebrity chef restaurants and down-to-earth charm, and with easy accessibility from both of the valley’s main routes, Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail, it’s a cinch to get to. Washington Street is where all the action happens: A stroll down the main drag will provide eateries catering to palates as varied as the visitors who flock here. This guide highlights some of the best restaurants in Napa Valley’s beloved town of Yountville.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Ciccio

This cozy, Italian restaurant specializing in wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes is one of Yountville’s newest additions. Ciccio’s selections change with the seasons—the daily menu is so seasonal that it is even hand-written! The restaurant features a “Negroni Bar” with a list of seven specialty cocktails that highlight this quintessential Italian aperitif.

Insider Tip

Ask to sit at the large community table for an opportunity to make new friends and exchange stories about your day in the Napa Valley.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Ad Hoc

French Laundry founder Thomas Keller’s casual dining restaurant features a four-course menu that changes daily. Ad Hoc delights patrons with an elegant, fresh take on American comfort food in a lively, contemporary setting that never feels stuffy for an instant. A typical four-course meal (today) may include a chopped romaine salad, grilled ranch ribeye, raclette, and coconut pudding or quinoa and kale salad, St. Louis ribs, Cowgirl Creamery burrata, and cherry clafoutis. Tomorrow, it will be different, but no less tantalizing.

Insider Tip

Stop by Addendum, Ad Hoc’s “footnote” to the Ad Hoc family, to pick up a boxed-lunch for a picnic on the go. The selection includes Ad Hoc’s famous buttermilk fried chicken and pulled pork sandwiches.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Bistro Jeanty

Bistro Jeanty has long been considered a favorite among Napa Valley locals. Chef Jeanty, who comes from the Champagne region of France, has created a menu of regional cuisine including provincial and house classics like coq au vin and steak frites. This charming bistro has a warm, inviting vibe well suited for a romantic night for two, and an out-of-the-movies aesthetic plucked from the Provincial countryside. Just stroll by the covered patio on a summer evening and you’ll be enticed to join the lively crowd rehashing their adventures of the day.

Insider Tip

Regulars rave about the tomato soup with the crumbly pastry crust.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Bottega Napa Valley

Michael Chiarello’s restaurant is the place to go for Italian fine dining in Yountville. The covered lounge area with heat lamps is great for getting a pre-dinner drink. Save room for dessert—the seasonal housemade gelato is worth the indulgence.

Insider Tip

Take a look at their shop next door for cooking accessories and unique dips and sauces.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Bouchon

Thomas Keller’s famous French bistro offers fine dining in an intimate setting. This Michelin star rated favorite is the place to go for romantic ambiance and cozy conversation. French favorites such as steak frites and roasted chicken are served with fresh, seasonal produce. For a more casual, but equally elegant experience, sit at the bar and order a glass of champagne with the “fromage du jour” plate.

Insider Tip

Stop at Bouchon’s next door bakery to pick up some treats. It started out as a place to bake up one-of-a-kind breads for Bouchon Bistro and the French Laundry. Today it stands alone as a highlight of any Yountville visit.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Lucy Restaurant and Bar

Bardessono Hotel’s restaurant, Lucy Restaurant and Bar entices visitors with its contemporary vibe and New American cuisine. Named for the matriarch of the Bardessono family, this hot spot is mixes inventive cocktails and touts an extensive local wine selection. The patio adorned with tiny, white lights, offering a romantic setting for lingering over a relaxing dinner of locally-sourced Half Moon Bay sole or Schmitz Ranch dry-aged beef.

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Locals rave over Lucy Restaurant and Bar’s incredible weekend brunch and inventive dishes like duck confit hash and classics such as chicken and waffles.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Redd

Chef Richard Reddington’s upscale, contemporary restaurant is one of the most well-regarded destinations on Washington Street. In warm weather, the covered patio and fireplace are a great place to spend the evening as Chef Reddington created exciting seasonal dishes like duck breast served with buckwheat blini, pickled blackberries, and pinenuts. Vegetarians love the pasta options, which include Parmesan gnocchi served with summer vegetables and herb salad.

Insider Tip

For a more casual experience, head down the street to visit Reddington’s sophisticated pizzeria. Redd Wood serves wood-fired pizza topped with gourmet toppings in a stylish environment.

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Restaurants / Yountville

R + D Kitchen

R+D Kitchen brings American favorites like rotisserie chicken and flat-iron steak to the table in a dark, modern setting. Their fresh, seasonal take also includes a daily selection of sushi. R+D Kitchen may quite possibly be the best place to go in Yountville for a gourmet burger and fries.

Insider Tip

The outdoor bar and fire pit area is a fine choice for pre-dinner drinks, but does not offer the restaurant menu, only a limited selection of appetizers. Head indoors for full food service.

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