Michelin Star-Studded Restaurants in Wine Country

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  • by HANA-LEE SEDGWICK
  • on MARCH 7, 2022
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Wine Country may be big on wine, but it’s also a food lover’s haven, chock full of fine dining establishments that highlight the flavors and ingredients of Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and beyond. Of course, if you’re looking for the crème de la crème of Wine Country restaurants, there’s only one name to look out for: Michelin.

Known as the gold standard of dining, when you dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, you can expect incredible food, impeccable service, and an all-around elevated experience. Ready to make your foodie dreams come true? Here are the 2022 Michelin-starred restaurants in Napa Valley and Sonoma County to experience at least once in your lifetime.

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Restaurants / Yountville

French Laundry

Three Michelin Stars — Chef Thomas Keller’s iconic Wine Country restaurant, situated in Napa’s culinary capital of Yountville, remains a Michelin darling year after year, and for good reason. Here, you’ll find meticulously crafted French cuisine that is as beautiful as it is delicious, with a daily-changing menu focused on hyper-seasonal ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Choose from one of two tasting menus offered daily: the Chef’s Tasting Menu and the Tasting of Vegetables. Regardless of which menu you decide upon, you can expect one insanely memorable meal. After all, this world-renowned restaurant has held Three Michelin Stars since 2007, so you know they’re doing something, we mean everything, right.

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Restaurants / Healdsburg

SingleThread Restaurant

Three Michelin Stars — SingleThread is the vision of owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton, who spent years researching and fine tuning every detail of their farm, restaurant, and inn concept before opening in 2016. Heavily influenced by their time in Japan, the beautiful 55-seat Healdsburg restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Wine Country, where the seasonal bounty of Sonoma County is seamlessly intertwined with the flavors and cooking techniques of Japan. The 11-course tasting menu, which features vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, and honey from their nearby farm, is truly a treat for the senses, taking you on a culinary journey that showcases food as a true artform.

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Harbor House Inn

Two Michelin Stars — Perched above the Pacific Ocean along the Mendocino Coast, the 25-seat Harbor House Restaurant at the ultra-private Harbor House Inn is a dining destination to remember. The redwood-clad dining room, complete with a vaulted ceiling and wall of windows highlighting views of the crashing waves and rugged coastline, creates the perfect setting for enjoying the delectable land and sea-influenced cuisine. The tasting menu, crafted by rising star Chef Matthew Kammerer, is both impeccable and seasonal, featuring dishes that showcase local, often foraged ingredients from the surrounding area. And, because the offerings are constantly evolving with the seasons, you can look forward to something truly special and unique with each visit.

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Restaurants / Oakville Rutherford

Auberge du Soleil Restaurant

One Michelin Star — Founded over 40 years ago, the restaurant at Auberge du Soleil was one of the first fine dining establishments in Napa Valley, paving the way for elevated Wine Country cuisine. Since then, Auberge du Soleil has maintained its culinary legacy – and held its Michelin Star status for 14 consecutive years – by offering colorful dishes influenced by the vibrant seasonal produce of Napa Valley, served alongside top-notch hospitality and picture-perfect panoramic views. While the six-course dinner menu is a treat for discerning palates, the restaurant is all about creating a customized experience for its guests; Those looking for an abbreviated, yet no less tasty experience will adore the three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus available, as well as wine pairings customized to each individual’s tastes and preferences.

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Restaurants / Napa

Kenzo

One Michelin Star — After establishing Kenzo Estate Winery, owners Natsuko and Kenzo Tsujimoto launched their signature restaurant in downtown Napa, where their exquisitely executed Kaiseki menu celebrates the umami-packed flavors of Japan. Using fresh ingredients flown in daily from Japan, as well as produce and proteins from local farms, Kenzo’s seasonal menus manage to be both traditional and inventive, taking diners on a transformative journey through high-end Japanese cuisine. Completing the experience is the intimate and minimalist dining room, where select seating at the chef’s counter allows you to observe the skillful techniques and presentations that go into each course.

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Restaurants / Napa

La Toque

One Michelin Star — Chef Ken Frank’s La Toque, located in downtown Napa, has earned a Michelin Star every year they have been awarded in Wine Country. The restaurant is also a recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, recognized for its thoughtfully curated wine list. Naturally, La Toque’s menus are carefully crafted to showcase the harmonious marriage of food and wine. Choose from the Chef’s Tasting Menu or Vegetable Tasting Menu (with optional wine pairings) for the ultimate indulgence, or opt for something from their al la carte menu for a less extensive, but equally delicious meal. The best part? Each menu is offered every night they’re open.

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Restaurants / Healdsburg

Barndiva

One Michelin Star — Barndiva is a restaurant, cocktail lounge, event space, and wine bar in Healdsburg, where a large red barn and expansive outdoor space set the scene for an unforgettable (and unpretentious) experience – one that celebrates all things local through their motto: “eat the view.” Dedicated to crafting modern country cuisine, Barndiva’s lunch, dinner, and drink menus showcase the team’s passion for using hyper-local, seasonal ingredients from farmers and artisans who share their belief that nourishing food starts in the soil, vineyard, and field.

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