Calistoga restaurants serve up fresh local flavors you've come to expect in Wine Country. With the region's bounty and so much effort devoted to the pursuit of the best food and wine, you can count Calistoga among the most sought-after restaurant towns in the valley.
755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga * 707-226-0850 * Solbar * $$ to $$$
Tucked in the Solage Calistoga resort, Solbar serves farm-to-table California cuisine with a southern accent. From grilled Bodega Bay king salmon to tasty smoked shortribs, you'll find plenty to please you at this Michelin-starred bistro. The expansive fireplace gives a warm, intimate feel to the contemporary decor. Get a table on the patio for beautiful mountain views.
1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga * 707-942-5938 * JoLe * $$ to $$$
Owned by husband-and-wife chefs Matt and Sonjia Spector, JoLe is in the Mount View Hotel.
This upscale eatery offers adventurous gourmet dishes at small-plate prices. From the Mediterrean Octopus to the Chicken Fried Quail, I'm betting there's something here you have yet to try. Boutique wines are on the menu, offering a variety not commonly seen, even in Napa Valley. Don't skip the seasonal desserts, such as the Warm Caramel Pecan Tart with Vanilla Bean Bourbon Ice Cream. If you didn't save room, head to the on-site Bake Shop showcasing cupcakes, pies, cookies and housemade ice cream to go.
1374 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga * 707-942-2233 * Brannan's Grill * $$ to $$$
Beamed ceilings, red leather booths and a rustic stone fireplace make the big dining room feel cozy. Come here for a hearty lunch, a late-afternoon cocktail or a juicy rib-eye to go with a bold Cabernet. The menu is for meat-lovers, but you'll find satisfying salads and seafood here, too. The wine list is all Wine Country...but hey, when in Napa...
This classic steakhouse takes its name from Sam Brannan, an early pioneer who made his fortune selling gold-mining tools to prospectors. Brannan loved the area's hot springs so much that he bought thousands of acres here.
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1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga * 707-942-9111 * All Seasons Bistro * $ to $$$
Refreshingly unpretentious, All Seasons serves fresh, seasonal fare in a casual setting. Ceiling fans and checkered tile floors give the place the look of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. The owners opened this restaurant in 1976, before tourism exploded, and were among the first to serve cuisine with a conscience.
You'll find plenty to like here...organic veggies and fresh seafood, with an emphasis on sustainable farming and fishing. The (big!) menu changes with the season, offering upscale comfort foods: chicken, fish, steak, burgers, pastas, salads and more, plus decadent homemade desserts. An award-winning wine list includes stellar hand-crafted wines.
1226 Washington St., Calistoga * 707-341-3131 * Evangeline * $$ to $$$
This stylish bistro is a recent and welcome addition to Calistoga's dining scene. Tucked away from the main drag, Evangeline's is already drawing the crowds. And it's no wonder...the elegant Solage hotel is behind this gem.
Chef Sharp and Chef Rios put a fresh spin on French classics (duck cassoulet), plus bold flavors with more than a hint of New Orleans (gumbo ya-ya). This new eatery blends into the streetscape, but step inside and you'll feel instantly warmed by the ambiance of posh leather banquettes, polished wood tables and soft lighting. Try to snag a table on the trellised garden patio...it's a beautiful oasis where you'll want relax a while.
1364 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga * 707-942-9088 * Boskos Trattoria * $ to $$
Bosko's serves delicious wood-fired pizza, fresh salads, hearty sandwiches and homemade pastas. Warm and welcoming, this casual eatery is family-friendly and easy on your wallet, too.
Bring your appetite. Big portions of spaghetti and meatballs, chicken marsala, linguini with shrimp...simply scrumptious. Even the salads are generous. You'll find a good wine and beer selection.
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1426 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga * 707-942-5757 * Calistoga Roastery * Open Daily 6:30am-6pm
High ceilings, big tables and wood plank floors give this neighborhood coffee shop some character. In fact, it kind of fits the Old West spirit of Calistoga.
Stop in for a bagel and a white mocha latte before you hit one of the spas in town. Or choose from scrumptious muffins, scones and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch menu is made up of salads, sandwiches and fruit smoothies. On Calistoga's main strip, it's a nice place to relax and people watch. If you just don't have time to sit a while, all items are available for carry-out.
1217 Washington St., Calistoga * 707-942-4358 * Yo el Rey Roasting * Open Mon-Wed 6:30am-3pm and Thur-Sun 6:30am-5pm
This hip coffee shop feels like a holdover from the Beatnik era. But the coffee is better...organic beans, freshly roasted at just the right temperature...it's superb actually. Owner J. Kirk Feiereisen knows his stuff and will tell you all about it.
Opened in 2008, this cozy spot is a welcome addition to town. Some Calistoga restaurants already have Yo el Rey coffee on their menus. Come here for your morning cup...or on a lazy afternoon to see the local artwork, poetry and philosophical writings that cover the walls. The relaxed vibe invites you to linger over your cup of espresso and pastry a while longer.