Yountville Restaurants Cheat Sheet

Top picks in the Napa Valley’s premier dining town.

No need to wade through thousands of user reviews to find Yountville’s best restaurants. From haute cuisine to comfort food, narrow your search with this handy cheat sheet.

Truly Special

Bistro Jeanty
The country-French facade hints at the classics served within: tomato soup in a puff pastry, sole meunière, coq au vin, croques madame, steak au poivre, mussels (not always with frites), and much more. French $$$

Chef Thomas Keller’s attention to detail and hyper-fresh ingredients make a meal at Bouchon or The French Laundry a special occasion.

Bistro cuisine à la Thomas Keller, presented with California flair in a lively setting.
French $$$

Famous chef now running this locals’ hangout was a longtime regular.

Chef Christopher Kostow, formerly of The Restaurant at Meadowood and currently St. Helena’s The Charter Oak and Napa’s Loveski Deli, was a regular at this longtime locals’ hangout he revived in 2023 after a lengthy closure.  Italian $$$

The French Laundry
Thomas Keller’s temple to haute cuisine (as of mid-2023, $390 per person to start, not counting add-ons and wine) remains a Napa Valley bucket-list staple; reserve a table well ahead (find bookings-release info here). French $$$$

Among Yountville’s Best

Paella, small bites, specialty cocktails at Coqueta Napa Valley.

Coqueta Napa Valley
Pintxos (bar bites), tapas cold and hot, and paella and wood-fired meat and fish dishes for pairing with specialty cocktails, sangria, and other perky libations. Spanish $$–$$$

“Ridiculously tall brown sugar meringue” tops the famous lemon-lime tart at Mustards.

Mustards Grill
At nearly four decades old, Cindy Pawlcyn’s roadside ode to American cuisine still packs them in, and for good reason: the food and drinks are terrific, and the ambience is convivial.  American $$$

Yellowfin tuna tartare topped with Ossetra caviar at The Restaurant at North Block.

The Restaurant at North Block
The cuisine at the North Block Hotel’s storefront dining spot entices with its intricacy and deft presentation. Modern American $$$

RO Restaurant & Lounge

Chef Thomas Keller and Shaoching Bishop’s showcase for their company’s Regiis Ova caviar added pan-Asian cuisine to the mix in 2024, with Champagne still the featured pairing (along with live jazz most nights) and caviar still on the menu. Asian/Caviar $$$

Regiis Ova caviar plates at RO Restaurant & Lounge.

Worth Checking Out

Ad Hoc + Addendum
Fried chicken, barbecue, and meatloaf are among the staples at Thomas Keller’s casual restaurant serving a family-style four-course prix-fixe menu; from Thursday through Saturday except in winter, pick up fried chicken to go at Addendum. American $$$

Bottega occupies part of a 19th-century former winery.

Soft lighting and redbrick interior set a romantic tone for seasonal, farm-to-table, Italy’s-greatest-hits cuisine. Italian $$$

Garden, vineyard, and mountain views from Brix patio.

Brix Napa Valley
The Mayacamas Mountains, a rose garden, and 10 acres of Cabernet provide a scenic backdrop for diners enjoying well-executed seasonal cuisine and year-round favorites like the Brix burger.  American $$$

The Kitchen at Priest Ranch
“Simple foods done exceptionally well,” the goal of this restaurant next to the Priest Ranch tasting room, translates into smashburgers, BLTs, and crispy chicken sandwiches, with breakfast all day a boon for late risers.  American $$

La Calenda house margarita, tacos al pastor, churros with dulce de leche.

La Calenda
Oaxacan cuisine inspired this Thomas Keller restaurant with a street-side patio good for watching and being watched. Mexican $$

Bardessono’s culinary garden supplies ingredients for dishes and cocktails at Lucy, the luxury hotel’s sleek restaurant and bar. Modern American $$$

R+D Kitchen
The airy restaurant’s varied menu tilts American (rotisserie chicken, Carolina-style beef ribs, pan-seared salmon) but also incorporates sushi, Thai noodles, and a carnitas sandwich.  American $$

Shrimp cocktail, burrata with charred sourdough at RH Yountville.

RH Yountville
Part of a Restoration Hardware complex that includes gallerylike showrooms and a tasting room, the restaurant here serves up a hefty side of glam along with varied haute comfort fare. Modern American $$$

Coffee and Baked Goods

Bouchon Bakery
Excellent stop for pastries, croissants, cookies, and other baked goods.  Bakery $

Madeleine’s Macarons
Family-run café sells multihued macarons to go or enjoy indoors or out; reserve a 30-minute coffee and four-macaron flight online. Bakery $ 

Excellent coffee, English muffins Oprah adores star at Mini Model.

Mini Model
Pick up baked goods from St. Helena’s Model Bakery at its Yountville outpost. Bakery $

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