St. Helena restaurants offer plenty of variety to satisfy tourists and locals alike. This charming town also has its share of wine shops, top-notch bakeries and gourmet markets to delight foodies.
1016 Main St., St. Helena * 707-967-9999 * Pizzeria Tra Vigne * $ to $$
Next door to the recently closed Tra Vigne restaurant, this pizza restaurant takes its pies seriously. You'll find lots of variety here, with exceptionally good toppings such as heirloom tomatoes, house-made mozzarella, chicken apple sausage...and that's just the beginning. Choose from one of the brick oven specialty pizzas--or dream up your own. Don't feel like pizza? Try the scrumptious pasta dishes, freshly made salads, hearty sandwiches, gelato and more. You'll find the atomosphere open, relaxed and friendly.
1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena * 707-963-1200 * Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen * $ to $$
Renowned chef Cindy Pawlcyn knows what folks like and keeps them coming back. She sets this country-casual eatery apart by infusing fresh flavors into down-home classics. Small and large plates will satisfy your hunger, plus salads and sandwiches like you've never tasted before. Dig into Grilled Rare Ahi Tuna salad with an Asian flair...or JT's Crispy Quail with bleu cheese...or the (half-pound!) Backstreet Burger and fries. Save room for the Campfire Pie -- an upscale take on the lipsmacking s'mores favorite.
587 Highway 29, St. Helena * 707-967-0550 * Press * $$$$
This first-class steakhouse is a meat-lovers paradise. Looking for a grilled, dry-aged ribeye to go with a bold Napa Valley cab? You'll love it here. Wood-fired rotisserie chicken, chops and seafood also please the palate. If you save room for dessert, the chocolate souffle is decadent and delicious.
Rustic wood floors, soft leather chairs, an oversize fireplace and the luxurious walnut bar lend a warm and inviting balance to the expansive glass panels and vaulted ceilings. Head outside to the stone patio, if it's warm, for a seat near the outdoor fireplace, overlooking the vineyards.
900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena * 877-963-3646 * Restaurant at Meadowood * $$$$
Located in the luxurious Meadowood Resort, this Michelin three-star restaurant is a favorite destination of local residents as well as tourists. The restaurant's guiding genius is Chef Christopher Kostow, recognized among Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs 2009. Give your taste buds a treat...try the Chef's Tasting Menu for $225, including nine or ten courses perfectly paired with fine wines. If you want a quiet, relaxed evening, this is your place.
1345 Railroad Ave., St. Helena * 707-963-8931 * Terra Restaurant * $$$$
Stone walls, soaring windows and polished wood add a rustic-yet-refined ambiance to Terra. Creative chef Hiro Sone puts an Asian spin on delicious dishes, such as Lobster Tortelloni with Tarragon and Shimeji Mushrooms and Sake-Marinated Alaskan Black Cod and Shrimp Dumplings in Shiso Broth. You'll find the wine list (with prices) online, including a fair number of wines by the glass. It's dinner-only here (open every night except Tuesday), but worth the wait. Service is impeccable.
If you haven't visited here in the past couple years, you may be surprised to discover that Terra has split in two -- Bar Terra is adjacent to the popular restaurant, with a casual new vibe. A few Terra menu staples are offered here, but mostly it's lighter fare. You'll find taste-tempting nibbles to enjoy with wine, beer and cocktails.
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1400 Oak Ave., St. Helena * 707-963-4491 * Napa Valley Coffee * Open 7am-7pm
Stop in for a freshly brewed cup and a sweet roll or cookie at this charming spot. Friendly staff, free Wi-Fi and a neighborhood book swap make it a favorite for both tourists and locals. It has a comfortable, homey feel -- a place where you can relax and refuel while exploring the shops in town.
933 Main St., St. Helena * 707-963-3486
Can a 1950s-style drive-in turn out good food? In the case of Gott's Roadside, the answer is "YES!" It's all fast food here, but with a gourmet twist. Niman Ranch cheeseburgers are big enough to hold with both hands and the chili-spiced sweet potato fries are out-of-this-world tasty. Seating is picnic table only, but isn't that part of the fun?