Calistoga Restaurants Cheat Sheet

Fine dining, comfort food, breakfast, and specialties.

No need to wade through thousands of user reviews to find Calistoga’s top stops for a meal or a cuppa joe. Narrow your search with this handy cheat sheet.

Truly Special

Evangeline
California take on a New Orleans bistro; if the weather’s nice, dine on the outdoor patio. American $$$

Lovina
Chefs with San Francisco and Wine Country cred took over a beloved downtown restaurant, keeping locals and tourists happy with eclectic fare and weekend brunch. American $$$

Solbar
The Solage resort’s casual-elegant restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all with a seasonal farm-to-table focus, and there’s a bar menu of sushi and small bites. American $$$

Executive chef Gustavo Rios oversees the cuisine at Solbar.

Truss Restaurant + Bar
Fine-dining restaurant at new Four Seasons resort is set for late-2021 or early-2022 debut, but Truss Living Room is open for breakfast and upscale-casual lunch and dinner. American $$$

Among Calistoga’s Best

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
Brews and brew-friendly cuisine at riverside restaurant with large patio and beer garden. American $$$

“Wood-fired fine foods” are the specialty of Fleetwood Calistoga. (Photo courtesy of restaurant.)

Fleetwood Calistoga
A high-pedigree Bay Area chef is behind Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa’s hangout for casual cuisine (pizza, roast chicken, a popular burger), much of it from two wood-fired ovens. Mediterranean $$–$$$

House of Better
Casual restaurant at Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort and Mineral Spring serves healthful Southwest-inspired cuisine. Modern American $$

Picobar
For the Solage resort’s poolside restaurant, Solbar executive chef Gustavo Rios draws on his Mexican and Northern Californian roots. Modern Mexican $$$

Sam’s Social Club.

Sam’s Social Club
Smart-looking spot at Indian Springs Calistoga open from early morning until bar closes, with various menus.  American $$

Sushi Mambo
Country-Japanese dishes with adventurous and traditional sushi choices. Japanese $$$

Worth Checking Out

Buster’s serves up southern-style barbecue and weekend jazz.

Buster’s Southern Barbecue & Bakery
Tri-tip, pulled pork, and beef ribs are this roadside stand’s specialty; the sides include cornbread muffins. American $$

Café Sarafornia
Local diner (lead photo) serves breakfast all day—which here means until 2:30; the place closes after that—with sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, salads, and pasta dishes for lunch. American $  

Coffee and more at Sam’s General Store, part of the Brannan Cottage Inn.

Cuppa Joe

Bella Bakery
Full range of baked goods at downtown fave, good for breakfast, lunch, or a pit-stop for sweets; coffee is made with care. American $

Calistoga Roastery
Coffee stop roasts its own beans and serves breakfast (tasty egg sandwiches) and lunch (wraps and sandwiches); smoothies, including blueberry cheesecake (!) are a major sideline. American $

Sam’s General Store
Coffees and pastries served inside original 1862 cottage erected by Calistoga founder Sam Brannan. American $


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This story first appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in 2021.

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