The Best Restaurants in St. Helena

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St. Helena may be small, but don’t let its size fool you — this charming town between Rutherford and Calistoga is a hotspot for some of the best dining in Napa Valley. From casual eateries to farm-to-table fare and Michelin-starred dining, the diverse culinary offerings in St. Helena will satisfy every taste and budget. Our restaurant guide singles out the best places to eat while visiting, so bring your appetite and get ready to dine your way through this foodie haven.

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PRESS

Farmhouse meets steakhouse at PRESS, an upscale, stylish Napa Valley establishment with an elegant dining room boasting high ceilings, low-hanging light fixtures, and a wood-burning fireplace. The menu focuses on prime dry-aged beef, as well as enticing vegetarian and seafood options — all with an emphasis on high quality, locally-sourced ingredients.

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Aside from the wonderful food and ambiance, a visit to PRESS is a must if you enjoy drinking Napa Valley wine. Their all-Napa Valley list features the largest collection of Napa Valley wines in the world, celebrating current and library vintages — many of which are offered in half bottle and large-format sizes, too.

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The Restaurant at Meadowood

For a taste of luxury, head to the Three Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood, where exquisitely prepared dishes highlight the best of Napa Valley on a plate. Utilizing their long-established relationships with growers and artisans to source local ingredients for the cuisine, as well as seasonal and organic produce from the restaurant’s own 2.5-acre culinary garden, dining at The Restaurant is an education in Napa Valley terroir. The result is multiple courses of inspired Wine Country fare, served alongside quality wine and spirits in the upscale setting.

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If you’re looking for a fine dining experience without the ten-course commitment, try The Restaurant’s more casual “Fireside Snacks” — a sampling of delectable bar snacks for $110 per person.

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Archetype

From the outside, Archetype immediately charms with its cream-colored brick exterior accented with green ivy and rose bushes. The inviting ambiance continues within the chic interior, which melds Cape Cod-style with Napa Valley aesthetics into an airy space that’s dripping in natural light. It’s no wonder it has been called one of the ten most beautifully designed restaurants by Architectural Digest. The inspired, Wine Country bistro cuisine leans heavy on plant-forward fare, which is made unique by the signature char from the oak-fired oven and grill, but their commitment to “feel good food” means that even the meat dishes come from grass-fed animals.

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Those who avoid gluten will love Archetype, which on any given day has at least half of its menu offerings as gluten-free, with many vegetarian options, as well.

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Gatehouse Restaurant

Situated on the beautiful grounds of the historic Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone, Gatehouse Restaurant offers a taste of Wine Country prepared by the talented student chefs of CIA. The cuisine is seasonal, featuring three to four courses of farm-to-table produce — grown around Napa and within the CIA’s own gardens and farms — and the dining room has a modern farmhouse vibe that fits right in with the surroundings.

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Inspired by the farm-to-table movement? Greystone offers a multi-day Farm-to-Table Boot Camp that offers an in-depth look into sourcing locally to cook according to what’s in season.

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Gott's Roadside - St. Helena

It just wouldn’t be a trip to Wine Country without a stop at Gott’s Roadside. Since 1999, this Napa Valley favorite has been serving up delectable burgers — made using ⅓ pound Niman Ranch beef patties — with classic toppings, of course, and even more obscure ones (kimchi, anyone?). There’s also a menu of worthy non-beef items, like chicken sandwiches, tasty salads, and french fries. Wash it all down with a milkshake, or opt for a glass of locally-made wine, then stay a while to enjoy the charm of this beloved roadside diner.

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You may think that a burger is just a burger, but Gott’s makes sure their burgers and other menu items stand out by sourcing local, quality ingredients whenever possible, from the hormone-free Niman Ranch beef to the locally-baked bread and wild-caught fish that’s delivered daily.

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Harvest Table St. Helena

Located in Harvest Inn’s former lobby, Harvest Table is a bright, airy restaurant featuring seasonally-rotating cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients. In fact, the restaurant has five culinary gardens from which they source shrubs, herbs, and vegetables for the menu, showcased in dishes such as the caesar salad with estate grown lettuce, calabrian chile, house-made caesar dressing, and parmigiano-reggiano, as well as the spring risotto with english peas, short ribs, herb butter, and spring onion.

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Though you may be apt to reach for wine while in Wine Country, start your evening with a cocktail, as Harvest Table has a fabulous mixology program with creative sips that highlight the flavors of Napa Valley. Try the Shiso 75, which blends Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine with gin, shiso, and lemon for the best of both worlds.

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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Housed in a former nursery barn, this Wine Country eatery features modern American farmhouse fare served within the lively indoor and outdoor spaces. In true farm-to-table style, much of what’s on the menu comes straight from the winery’s ranch, including grass-fed beef, honey, estate olive oil, fruit, and vegetables. In an effort to serve only what’s fresh and in season, Farmstead regularly changes up the menus, but you can always expect a welcoming vibe and mouthwatering comfort cuisine, whether coming in for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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For those looking for a more casual bite before or after a day of wine tasting, Long Meadow Ranch has an outdoor café at the north side of Farmstead, open from 7am - 4pm. It’s a great place to order a quick coffee, savor a glass of wine, or grab a panini to-go when you don’t want to dine in the restaurant.

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Goose & Gander

Goose & Gander is Wine Country’s answer to a public house, where rustic, elevated American bar food is served in a dimly-lit, pub-style dining room, downstairs in the basement bar, or out in the garden area. Expect a seasonally-driven menu of bar bites and large plates, as well as a nice selection of craft cocktails, spirits, and local wine worth sipping.

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If you happen to be at Goose & Gander on a Thursday, head down to the Basement Bar for a taste of the tropics. From 6pm - 11pm every Thursday, the bar offers a variety of specialty tiki drinks, as well as the infamous Spam & Pineapple Burger.

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Model Bakery

Located in the heart of downtown St. Helena, Model Bakery has become a mainstay in Napa Valley for its artisan baked goods, including its now-famous English Muffins. While Model Bakery has several locations, its flagship St. Helena location has been a working bakery since 1908, where bread is still baked in the original brick ovens from the 1920s. Stop by to load up on breads to-go, or take advantage of the bistro menu and stay a while, where quiches, soups, and sandwiches are made daily.

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If you live out of town and want to take a “slice” of Model Bakery home with you, no need to fill your suitcase with freshly baked bread; the bakery offers their English Muffins, cookies, and granola online, available for overnight and two-day shipping.

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For more things to do in St. Helena, check out these fun happenings this summer:

Head to the St. Helena Chamber Welcome Center for ‘Sip and Swirl Saturdays‘ every second and fourth Saturday of the month, now through summer. Taste wine from a rotating selection of local wineries, then stroll around downtown to enjoy the shops along Main Street after you sip.

The St. Helena Summer Concert Series is around the corner, kicking off June 13, 2019. Occurring every second and fourth Thursday of the month from June through August, join locals and visitors for this lively musical tradition, which takes place at Lyman Park in St. Helena.