Napa Valley town’s few options range from Michelin-starred cuisine to inexpensive Mexican.
No need to wade through thousands of user reviews. Below are the best Rutherford restaurants (plus a nearby Oakville option) in a nutshell. Inglenook and the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil require reservations; they’re recommended at Rutherford Grill.
Wine by the glass or bottle (nonalcoholic beverages, too), plus cheeses, cured meats, and small bites à la carte 11–4 daily. Wine Bar $$
La Luna Market & Taqueria
Inexpensive and tasty burritos, tacos, and the like; breakfast and lunch served (if in a hurry, call ahead). Mexican $
Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil
Inspired French-influenced prix-fixe menu at posh lodging’s Michelin-starred destination restaurant (lead photo), casual à la carte fare at adjacent Bistro and Bar with valley-view wraparound deck. Modern American $$$$
Hangout of winery workers and owners, superb cocktails, excellent ribs, grilled meats, and American classics; seasonal grilled-artichoke appetizer a local fave. American $$$
Just south of Rutherford, pastries and breakfast burritos, gourmet sandwiches, good coffee, picnic area. Deli/Grocery/Market $$
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This story originally appeared online in 2018; it was fact-checked and updated in late 2021.