Napa Valley’s 12 Best Breakfast Spots

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  • on APRIL 12, 2024
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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 griddle cakes, as well as inventive California cuisine, such as the smoked salmon flatbread and an 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.

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Brunch martini, anyone? You read that right. The cocktails at Boon Fly Cafe 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 / St Helena

Acacia House

Located at the adults-only property, Alila Napa Valley, Acacia House is set in a restored Georgian Farmhouse with nearby vineyard views. The cuisine here is elevated American with bold flavors that showcase sustainably farmed, local and organic produce. You’ll find a hearty breakfast menu during the week and a fun brunch menu on weekends with favorites like croissant bread pudding French toast, smoked trout benedict, and prime steak and eggs. Don’t forget to compliment your meal with a steamy cup of Joe from Naysayers Coffee Roasters or a signature juice. The morning menus may not be extensive but they certainly make up for it with perfectly executed specialties that will have you dreaming about your next meal here.

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Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays until 2:30 pm. You’ll find dishes like moules frites and tuna niçoise among breakfast faves like chilaquiles and a basket of their freshly baked pastries—the perfect way to slide into a weekend of wine tastings.

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Restaurants / Calistoga

House of Better

Hidden inside the mid century modern-inspired Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Spa, House of Better is focused on providing hungry Wine Country visitors with nutritious meals that just so happen to be delicious! Even better, House of Better serves both brunch and breakfast every day so you can enjoy Southwestern-inspired plates, like the red chile huevos rancheros or a breakfast protein bowl, all week long. While you might have wine on the brain, don’t miss out on one of their zingy brunch cocktails, like the pineapple + lemon Mimosa or the Irish coffee sweetened with maple syrup.

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Tempted by Calistoga’s famous mineral pools? Book a day pass or one of the cabanas at Dr. Wilkinson’s for a perfect post-brunch soak sesh in the restorative waters.

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Restaurants / St Helena

Forum Meadowood

Napa wineries aren’t the only place where you can taste world renowned terroir. At its core, Forum at Meadowood is focused on all things local produce, grown by Napa farmers in Napa soil. If you’re staying on-site, pop in for breakfast or brunch in their elevated, country-cozy space that is all things light and airy. Enjoy a well-deserved weekend brunch cocktail at their outdoor lounge or simply saddle up to the bar for a quick stop. Their weekly breakfast menu features simple options like organic acaí bowls, seasonal scones or muffins, and hashes alongside rejuvenating cold-pressed juices. Brunch is a decidedly more decadent affair with bakery-fresh croissants and english muffins, as well as dishes like the beef osso bucco and fried chicken and biscuits. Of course there are plenty of yummy cocktails to go with.

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Forum’s menu changes based on the seasons. They even have seasonal “celebrations” of local produce, like the Mustard Season Celebration, with specialty menu items that are also featured on their weekend brunch menu.

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Restaurants / Napa

The Grove at CIA Copia

Chefs from the Culinary Institute of America dishing up brunch? We’ll take a table! The Grove at CIA at Copia brings together some of the newest culinary minds in America to create a casual dining option that delivers Mediterranean flavors with a distinctive California flare. Only open for brunch on weekends, you’ll have to plan ahead to snag a seat, but you’ll want to for delicious dishes like the rye sourdough & semolina pancakes, jammy eggs with Strauss Greek-style yogurt, and the decadent brown sugared bacon-style guanciale. You can choose to have a lazy brunch outside, beneath their grove of olive trees, or grab your weekend bites in their indoor space featuring an open kitchen for a front row seat to the action.

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The Grove at CIA doesn’t skimp when it comes to brunch drinks. You can continue your Napa vino pursuits with their carefully selected wine list or opt for a twist by grabbing a locally brewed beer or cocktail like their signature Grove Bloody.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 / 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.

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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 / 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, and seared tuna niçoise salad.

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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 / 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 Sam’s two egg breakfast with a side of bacon or sausage.

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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 / St Helena

Model Bakery

Model Bakery is certainly one of Napa’s most talked about bakeries, thanks, in large part, to Oprah, who named Model Bakery’s English Muffins on her ‘favorite things’ list many years ago. 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 the Oxbow Public Market in Napa and in Yountville, making it easy to pop in for breakfast no matter where you’re staying in Napa Valley.

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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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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.

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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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