Napa Valley’s 12 Best Breakfast Spots

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  • on JANUARY 18, 2022
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A visit to the Napa Valley isn’t complete without a few great meals while out and about. When it comes to deciding where to grab that first bite of the day, there are plenty of enticing options, but how to choose? We’re shining a spotlight on the tastiest places for breakfast and brunch in Napa Valley. As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you plan on indulging in some daytime wine!

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Restaurants / Napa

Boon Fly Café

Boon Fly Café at the beautiful Carneros Resort and Spa makes for a sumptuous breakfast stop before a day of wine tasting in the Carneros appellation. This contemporary roadhouse attracts regulars and travellers alike for its fresh fare and bright, lively location. Here, you’ll find comforting farm-to-table favorites, such as corned beef hash and triple stack pancakes, as well as California cuisine, such as the smoked salmon flatbread and avocado toast with unexpected seasonal toppings. A visit to the Boon Fly would not be complete without an order of their “world-famous” mini cinnamon sugar donuts, so be sure to order some for the table.

Insider Tip

Brunch martini, anyone? You read that right. The cocktails at Boon Fly Café are fabulous, including the spicy bacon Bloody Mary, making for a fun way to kick off a day of wine tasting.

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Restaurants /

La Cheve Bakery and Brews

La Cheve Bakery and Brews is a family-owned Mexican bakery, craft beer taproom, and a restaurant all in one, located in one of the oldest buildings in Napa at the Old Adobe House. This fast casual establishment is known for their ever popular conchas, chilaquiles, and their rotating house brews. No doubt that the freshness in their bites will make your tastebuds undergo a Mexican ‘zapateado!’ Vegan and gluten free diners will appreciate their numerous options, while dog owners will love that four-legged friends are welcome, too.

Insider Tip

On the weekends, come by early to avoid the lines and snag the Flan French Toast, delicious traditional Mexican pastries, and fresh Jamaica Mimosas.

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Restaurants / Napa

Jax White Mule Diner

After opening in 2014, Jax White Mule Diner quickly became a go-to breakfast spot in Napa, earning a loyal following for its home-style cooking and large selection of brunch classics. In true Napa fashion, the food is sourced locally and the menu changes seasonally, where you’ll find everything from chicken fried chicken and eggs benedicts to chilaquiles and a breakfast burrito. They also have a wide assortment of brunch cocktails and caffeinated beverages to get your day started off right.

Insider Tip

Order their signature beignets with caramel dipping sauce for a sweet, shareable starter.

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Restaurants / Napa

Monday Bakery

Whether you’re looking for a pastry, bagel, coffee, or a custom cake, the up-and-coming Monday Bakery is the place. Owned by a CIA-trained chef, everything served here is baked fresh daily, with a rotating seasonal menu of sweet and savory goodies to note. The breakfast menu may be on the smaller side, but it is big on flavor, featuring such items as a sinfully delicious buttermilk biscuit, a seasonal frittata, and a chorizo breakfast burrito, to name just a few.

Insider Tip

On Sundays, the bakery offers quiche specials, available by the slice or whole. Enjoy a slice there then get a whole one to-go to make your Monday extra special.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Lucy Restaurant and Bar

Located at the chic Bardessono hotel in downtown Yountville, Lucy Restaurant & Bar is known for its approachable take on fine dining. Specializing in seasonally-influenced fare, Lucy is open for breakfast daily, with a special brunch menu on weekends. Lighter, more health conscious options, like the honey almond oatmeal and whole grain breakfast bowl, don’t skimp on flavor, while heartier dishes like steak and eggs and chilaquiles satisfy hungrier breakfast goers.

Insider Tip

Lucy is all about farm-to-fork eating, which is why the restaurant uses sustainable, organic, and biodynamic products whenever possible, some of which is grown on-site in their own culinary garden.

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Restaurants / Napa

Napa General Store

Situated on the Napa Riverfront, Napa General Store offers visitors a taste of the relaxed charm and fresh, locally-sourced food for which the Napa Valley is known. Part of the historic Napa Mill complex, Napa General Store includes a cafe, wine tasting bar, and gift shop housed within one large, converted space. The rustic ambiance extends to the shaded outdoor patio, which offers scenic views of the Napa River. The menu features a wide range of delicious options, such as huevos rancheros and brioche french toast, but is mindful of current health trends, so you’ll also find items like a paleo scramble and diet-friendly spa scramble.

Insider Tip

Everyone will find something tasty to sip on while eating, thanks to the restaurant’s assortment of beverages, from boozy “adult drinks” like the Hand-Shaken Horseradish Bloody Mary, to kid-friendly freshly squeezed orange juice and hot chocolate.

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Restaurants / Napa

Grace's Table

Known for its global flavors and cheerful ambiance, Grace’s Table welcomes visitors to its downtown Napa locale for breakfast daily. Recognized as a “Michelin Bib Gourmand” restaurant, Grace’s Table draws its influence from North and South America, France, and Italy for items like their pulled pork and egg taco, shrimp and grits, Argentine empanada, burrata salad, and seared tuna nicoise salad.

Insider Tip

While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, we suggest starting off your meal with the iron skillet cornbread with lavender honey butter.

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Restaurants / St Helena

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

While Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch focuses on lunch and dinner during the week, on Sundays they also offer brunch, which is a treat for the tastebuds. Start your experience off with a mimosa or Bloody Mary then prepare to feast on deviled eggs, a warm cinnamon roll, biscuits and sausage gravy, a grass-fed cheeseburger, and more. The menu does lean towards more lunch-inspired offerings rather than the omelettes and benedicts typically found at brunch, but you won’t mind because everything is mouthwatering and delicious.

Insider Tip

If you’re visiting on a day other than Sunday, you can still grab an espresso and a muffin or egg sandwich from the Farmstead’s outdoor Garden Lounge area, a relaxing al fresco café ideal for a casual breakfast on-the-go.

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Restaurants / Yountville

Bouchon Bakery

It’s hard to come to Napa and not dine at one of Chef Thomas Keller’s famed restaurants, but when you want something on the more informal side, pop by his Yountville bakery. Styled like a traditional French boulangerie, Bouchon Bakery features an assortment of artisanal breads, croissants and coffee cakes, sandwiches, salads, and, of course, delectable desserts, like the melt-in-your-mouth French macarons inspired by Keller’s memories of life in France.

Insider Tip

Looking to skip the line? Order online and your order will be ready to be picked up within 30-40 minutes, or later at the time of your choosing. More time to hit the snooze button!

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Restaurants / Calistoga

Sam’s Social Club

Since opening in 2015, Sam’s Social Club has become a mainstay in Calistoga. Located at the Indian Springs Resort and Spa, this airy, modern restaurant boasts a vibrant indoor dining room plus an expansive outdoor dining area featuring fire pits and a geyser-fed fountain. The seasonal menu features American cuisine with an inventive twist, including such highlights as a breakfast pizza with bacon and egg, coconut chia pudding with berries, or smoked salmon benedict, but if something more traditional is your speed, you can’t go wrong with the two egg breakfast with a side of bacon or sausage.

Insider Tip

Even if you don’t eat sweets for breakfast, you can’t leave without trying the Candy Cap churros. These sinful house-made creations are served with dulce de leche and whipped cream, and promise to be a highlight of your meal.

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Restaurants / Calistoga

Solbar - Solage, an Auberge Resort

Those seeking seasonal and sustainable fare in the early morning will enjoy the offerings at Solbar, Solage Calistoga’s casually refined on-site restaurant. While the menu tilts toward lighter fare, including coconut chia pudding, egg white omelettes, and antioxidant smoothies, there are plenty of heartier options to choose from – think a crab cake benedict or chilaquiles with house chorizo. Add a “breakfast” cocktail or two to stimulate the palate, then sit back and savor the chic setting of the restaurant’s elegant interior or expansive, tree-lined outdoor patio.

Insider Tip

If you just can’t get enough of the cuisine, mimosas, or sun-dappled patio, no need to rush out after polishing off your breakfast. Solbar serves food pretty much continually from breakfast through dinner, allowing you to keep the tasty food and drinks coming well into the afternoon, should you so desire.

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Restaurants / St Helena

Model Bakery

Model Bakery may be one of Napa’s most talked about bakeries, thanks, in large part, to Oprah, who named Model Bakery’s English Muffins as one of her ‘favorite things.' Along with delicious English Muffins, which shouldn’t be missed, the bakery offers breads, pastries, and coffee, as well as a small menu of breakfast sandwiches, quiche, and parfaits. Though their flagship St. Helena bakery is where it all started nearly 90 years ago, Model Bakery has since branched out and now has shops in Yountville and in Napa's Oxbow Public Market, making it easy to pop in for breakfast no matter where you’re staying in Napa Valley.

Insider Tip

You should definitely order a few items to-go for noshing on later in the day, but in case you fail to stock up, don’t fret; the bakery ships nationwide through Goldbelly, so you can satisfy your English Muffin cravings anytime from the comforts of your home.

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