Yountville is home to many of the finest dining destinations in Wine Country. In fact, Yountville restaurants are among the best in the whole country. You don't want to pass up this foodie haven.
7399 St. Helena Hwy, Yountville * 707-944-2424 * Mustards Grill * $ to $$
Mustards Grill, owned by chef Cindy Pawlcyn for 30 years, knows how to put a sophisticated spin on hearty dishes. Think of it as an inventive rib joint with an enviable wine list. Specialties include grilled Hanger Steak with red wine onion jam and hand-cut fries, Niman Ranch (half-pound!) Burger, Thai Chicken Salad, and out-of-this-world seasoned onion rings.
Bardessono Hotel, 6526 Yount St., Yountville * 707-204-6000 * Lucy Restaurant * $ to $$
Chefs here take their culinary cue from the organic garden just steps away. Freshly picked veggies arrive on your plate with colorful character. Even the sweet corn, squash and pole beans seem chic. Standout entrées include locally raised lamb, duck, beef and poultry. You have plenty of seafood options too.
Head to the bar for both big and small bites. Creative cocktails, featuring unexpected twists of pineapple, cucumber or chiles, plus specialty beers and wines-by-the-glass round out the delectable menu.
6755 Washington Street, Yountville * 707-299-5030 * Redd Wood * $ to $$
Think of this casual, loft-style eatery as a younger, hipper version of Redd's restaurant down the street. Open all day, with a spotlight on its wood-oven pizzas and house-made pastas. Stop in for a hearty breakfast, midday small plates between wine tastings, or a relaxed late-night dinner on the patio, enveloped by citrus trees. Opened in early 2012, Redd Wood has already received raves and the coveted Michelin star.
6480 Washington Street, Yountville * 707-944-2222 * Redd * $$ to $$$
Redd was opened by chef Richard Reddington in 2005. California cuisine is infused with ethnic flavors for all-out-original dishes. Contemporary decor makes Redd refreshingly unpretentious.
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6476 Washington Street, Yountville * 707-944-2487 * Ad Hoc * $$$$
Chef Thomas Keller opened this spot in 2006, charming guests with hearty, down-home meals. The price is set ($52) and so is the nightly menu, so you won't know what you'll be served when you make your reservation. If you just can't stand the anticipation, call the day before to ask for the menu. Love stick-to-your-ribs dishes like succulent hickory-smoked ribeye with spring vegetable succotash and sweet potatoes? Then, you'll love this casual-yet-somehow-chic restaurant.
7377 St. Helena Highway, Yountville * 707-944-2749 * Brix * $$$ to $$$$
You'll find a hearty, meat-and-potatoes menu here for lunch and dinner, plus a Sunday brunch buffet. Surrounded by 16 acres of orchards, grapevines and vegetable gardens, Brix offers gorgeous scenery along with fresh flavors. Head to the spacious patio and drink in gorgeous views of the Mayacamas mountains. Indoors, vaulted woodbeam ceilings and earthy tones make Brix inviting. Want a quiet spot to relax? There's a cozy little lounge in front, where you can savor a glass of Napa Valley wine by the fire.
6510 Washington Street, Yountville * 707-944-0103 * Bistro Jeanty * $$ to $$$
Chef Philippe Jeanty opened this charming bistro in 1998. Bistro Jeanty is a casual spot with serious French comfort food. You'll find the menu filled with stick-to-your-ribs French classics, such as coq au vin (it's superb), cassoulet and crème brûlée.
6534 Washington Street, Yountville * 707-944-8037 * Bouchon* $$$
Bouchon has a luxurious Parisian mood and a menu to match. Renowned chef Thomas Keller (of the French Laundry) is behind this gem. It's no wonder this is one of the busiest Yountville restaurants.
6640 Washington Street, Yountville * 707-944-2380 * French Laundry * $$$$
Owned by chef Thomas Keller, French Laundry is one of the finest in the country, if not the world. Two nine-course prix fixe menus are offered each day, and each dish is a work of art. Easily the priciest in the valley -- dinner for two with wine, tax and tip can surpass $700. Tables are coveted here and reservations hard-won. Call two months in advance.
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6770 Washington St., Yountville * 707-945-1000 * Ciccio * $ to $$
At the north end of a street lined with restaurants is Ciccio. It is family-owned and its roots in Napa Valley run deep. Fresh veggies and herbs come from the family farm that's been here since 1855. You'll find the menu is divided into two parts: "pizza" and "stuff that isn't pizza." The menu here changes often to showcase the freshest ingredients available. Open Wednesday through Sunday.
6525 Washington St., Yountville * 707-945-1050 * Bottega * $$$
Bottega is a foodie's dream-come-true. This hot spot showcases celebrity chef Michael Chiarello's signature Italian dishes with a twist. You'll savor the ambiance, too. Bottega is located in the historic Groezinger Estate, one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley.
6518 Washington Street, Yountville * 833-682-8226 * La Calenda * Open Daily 11am - 11pm
La Calenda is Yountville's new kid on the block -- and Thomas Keller's latest venture. Chef Kaelin Ulrich Trilling brings traditional Mexican cuisine infused with California style -- all wrapped up in a family-friendly eatery. Unlike many favorite restaurants in town, you won't need reservations here.
6528 Washington St, Yountville * 707-944-2253 * Bouchon Bakery * Open Daily 7am - 7pm
This is Wine Country's answer to the sort of bakery you'd find in France. Another brilliant gem from chef Thomas Keller, it's worth a visit if only to take in the delicious aromas and gaze upon the sweet indulgences in the glass case. But I bet you can't resist the scrumptious lemon tarts, buttery croissants and bite-sized Chocolate Bouchons. Stop in for the perfect pick-me-up while strolling through town -- or for satisfying picnic fare, such as quiches, sandwiches and salads.
6476 Washington Street, Yountville * 707-944-1565 * Addendum * Open Thursdays - Saturdays 11am - 2pm
Grab a boxed lunch to go at this popular spot behind Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc restaurant. You have only two choices here. But you won't mind because for $16.50, you'll savor the hearty, down-home goodness of buttermilk fried chicken or barbecued pork, along with some tasty sides. Order ahead and be prepared to wait a bit. You can snag a picnic table behind the restaurant.
6525 Washington St., Yountville * 707-944-4455 * Pacific Blues Cafe * Open Daily 8am - 9pm
Set in an old train depot, this popular spot takes its name from the railroad line and a salute to heart-tugging blues. Head to this family-friendly cafe anytime you need a nibble. Or stop in for happy hour 3 to 6pm. This Yountville restaurant is at the V Marketplace 1870, featuring upscale shops, salons, art galleries, renowned Kollar Chocolates and more.
6498 Washington St., Yountville * 707-944-2002 * Yountville Deli * Open Daily 6am to 3pm
What's your favorite sandwich? From the eye-opening California Salmon Bagel (it's a satisfying breakfast all on its own)...to the hearty Y-Deli Club (roasted turkey and ham stacked with avocado, crispy bacon and monterey jack on toasted sourdough)... you're sure to find it among the specialties here.
Budget-friendly, this is a hot spot for locals (which says something in this restaurant-rich town). Vegan options, fresh salads and scrumptious sides round out the menu. Oh, wait... don't leave without trying Annie's freshly baked cookies (yum!). In a hurry? Get a boxed lunch to go.