Where to Eat
Redd Wood: The laid-back sister restaurant to six-time Michelin recipient Richard Reddington's Redd, Redd Wood puts out some of the most delicious pizzas, housemaid pasta, and small plates around. This means, wood-fired asparagus pie with bechamel, bacon, pecorino, and chili; creamy burrata on grilled bread; rich cacio e pepe over whose last bite I cried; and an epic cheese and meat plate, made from in-house charcuterie and local cheese, that will prove that not all cheese-meat plates are created equal.
Clif Family Bruschetteria: I'd never been a bruschetta person until I tried the piping hot one that this food truck, adjacent to the Clif Family tasting room (in fact, you can do a bruschetta and wine tasting), offers. While the menu rotates seasonally with options for vegetarians and carnivores alike, I have had a porchetta version with pecorino and aioli on two of my visits, and it's delicious and greasy and exactly what you want to pair with/after you had too much wine. Note: The bruschetta is actually the size of a flatbread, so don't try to get three like I almost did the first time.
Gott's Roadside: If a burger is what you're after, head to Gott's, a casual eatery that draws a long line during peak hours. Pick your burger of choice—ranging from old-fashioned classics to a kimchi, green chili, and Impossible Burger variations—and pair with one of its signature milkshakes. For those not wanting to travel to St. Helena, there's also a location inside the Oxbow Public Market downtown.
Goose and Gander: This modern American restaurant is known for dishes like wood-roasted cauliflower, chanterelles and Meyer lemon fettuccine, and roasted chicken breast with Perigord truffle gravy. This is where you also go for well-made cocktails featuring buzzy ingredients like yuzu, shrubs, and garden herbs.
Boon Fly Cafe: Housed inside an engine-red barn, this restaurant is famous for its breakfast and brunch offerings that include made-to-order doughnuts, eggs benedict with jalapeño hollandaise, smoked salmon flatbread, and, yes, some healthy options. Don't miss the morning cocktails including the Bloody Fly's Spicy Bacon Bloody Mary, and the evocatively named Beauty in a Glass, a vodka concoction made with rose water.
Mustards Grill: If Keller is Napa's culinary king, Cindy Pawlcyna is its queen. With the recent closing of Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Pawlcyna's other restaurant Mustards Grill—a neighborhood grill that serves fresh fish, barbecue baby back ribs, and the famous Mongolian pork chops along sides like housemade potato chips with creamy blue cheese dip and citrus black beans, sour cream, and scallions—is bound to get really busy.
The Charter Oak: A favorite of locals, this family-style, seasonally driven restaurant, owned by a three Michelin star chef and James Beard Award winner, focuses on highlighting the beauty of simple produce made with minimal ingredients. Their vegetable dishes are particularly striking and include grilled cucumbers, cauliflower with raisins and brown butter, crispy potato "tostones," and raw vegetables with fermented soy dip, though meat-lovers will be more than satisfied by the smoked beef rib and buttermilk chicken.
Oenotri: Another frequented-by-the-locals institution, this southern Italian restaurant serves 20 (!) different types of housemade salumi, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and consistently delicious mains that use ingredients from the restaurant's own four-acre garden.