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.

Auro Napa Valley
Executive chef Rogelio Garcia’s five-course tasting menu earned Michelin-star status in less than a year. Modern American $$$$

Chefs with San Francisco and Wine Country cred run this beloved downtown restaurant, keeping locals and tourists happy with eclectic fare and weekend brunch. American $$$

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 $$$

TRUSS Restaurant + Bar
Casual-chic fine dining with a Napa Valley view at Four Seasons resort; designer cocktails, too. American $$$

Focal-point beams at Four Seasons Napa Valley’s TRUSS Restaurant + Bar.

Among Calistoga’s Best

Bricco Osteria
Instant-hit family-owned Cal-Italian farm-to-table cuisine opened in 2023 in a downtown storefront. Italian $$$ 

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

Creole influences enliven the fare at Evangeline.

Fleetwood Calistoga
A high-pedigree Bay Area chef helms 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
Laid-back restaurant at Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort and Mineral Spring serves healthful Southwest-inspired cuisine. Modern American $$

Laid-back scene, healthful cuisine at House of Better.

Mangia Mi
Voluminous antipasto offerings, from-scratch pasta dishes, New Haven–style pizza, chicken Parm, and other Italian–American favorites are prepared in casual restaurant’s open kitchen. Italian $$–$$$

Poolside Picobar at Solage.

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

Worth Checking Out

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

Buster’s serves up southern-style barbecue and weekend jazz, “Calistoga Restaurants Cheat Sheet.”

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 $

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
Brews and brew-friendly cuisine at riverside restaurant with large patio and beer garden; seasonal apps often among the best bites. American $$$

Palm-shaded beer garden, microbrews made on-site at Calistoga Inn.

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

Patio at Sam’s Social Club.

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 most recently updated in 2023.

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