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USA Recommended restaurants in Northern California
Boonville (Anderson Valley)
Buckhorn Saloon, Highway 128
The Buckhorn Saloon was originally the pub for the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Though they are no longer owned by Anderson, Buckhorn still offers 14 beers on tap,
nine of which are made by Anderson. The menu is typical pub grub -- burgers, sandwiches, nachos, and salads.
Phone:  707.895.3369
Hours:  11AM to11PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  
Lunch from:   5.95USD

The Boonville Hotel Restaurant, Highway 128 at
Lambert Lane, 95415
This restaurant specializing in California cuisine is run by the Schmitt family whose French Laundry in the Napa Valley has reached legendary status. Many of the ingredients here come from the adjoining garden and the menu changes daily, based on what's fresh.
Phone:  707.895.2210
Hours:  Open for lunch Friday
through Sunday in
summer and for
dinner Wednesday
through Monday year 'round
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   11USD

Calistoga (Napa Valley)
All Seasons Café, 1400 Lincoln Avenue
The cute bistro is one of the best places in Calistoga. Lunches may include sesame encrusted ahi, a warm spinach salad with house-smoked chicken, or a charcuterie plate. Pizzas and pastas are also good. You can buy wine in the adjoining wine shop and have it with your meal for a $10 corkage charge or order one of the wines chosen to complement your meal.
Phone:  707.942.9111 Reservations recommended
Hours:  11AM to 2:30PM Thursday through Tuesday; and 5:30PM to 10PM daily
Web:   www.allseasonswineshop.com
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Starters from:   7USD
Main courses from:  16USD

Catahoula Restaurant & Saloon, 1457 Lincoln Avenue
Catahoula's chef Jan Birnbaum grew up in Louisiana and apprenticed under Paul Prudhomme before becoming a legend at Campton Place. In this funky but cool restaurant in the old Mount View Hotel, he pays homage to his roots. The cooking here is a little bit cajun, a little bit creole and a whole lot Southern with dishes like pork porterhouse with red eye gravy, spicy rooster and crawfish gumbo, and cornmeal fried catfish. If you can't get to New Orleans any time soon, this is the next best thing. You can make reservations through their web site.
Phone:  707.942.2275 Reservations highly recommended
Hours:  5:30PM to 10:30PM daily; opens at 10AM Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast/lunch
Web:   Www.catahoularest.com
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Lunch from:   7USD
Main courses from:  10USD

Wappo Bar & Bistro, 1226 Washington Street
When you're in the mood for ethnic food, but can't decide which kind, come to Wappo. The "global" menu here offers flavorful dishes from all ove the world. Vietnamese spring rolls, seared ahi with soba noodles, chile rellenos, tandoori chicken, osso bucco. Dining on the brick courtyard under the grape arbor is a delight. And the wine list is excellent with lots of good values.
Phone:  707.942.4712 Reservations highly recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 2:30PM and 6PM to 9:30PM Wednesday through Monday
Email:  wappo@napanet.net
Web:   Www.wappobar.com/show/xmlsite/xml-wappo/xsl-wappoh
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   12.50USD

Fort Bragg (Mendocino)
North Coast Brewing Company Tap Room and Grill, 444 North Main Street
Best known for their Red Seal Ale, the North Coast Brewing Company is one of the "Top Ten Breweries of the World" according to the Beverage Tasting Institute. Their Tap Room serves good pub grub, including burgers, sandwiches, nachos, salads, and fish and chips.
Phone:  707.964.3400
Hours:  Opens at 11:30AM daily
Web:   Www.ncoast-brewing.com
Credit cards accepted:  
Lunch from:   4.95USD
Dinner from:  9.95USD

Glen Ellen (Sonoma Valley)
Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant, 13670 Arnold Drive
You can dine in the cozy six-table dining room, in the garden, or on the patio at the popular Glen Ellen Restaurant. It's a romantic spot, and the menu changes constantly, based on what's best from the garden. French, southwestern, and Asian influence pop up in dishes like spicy prawns with Thai basil vinaigrette, citrus marinated mahi mahi, and smokin' chicken Napoleon in chipotle aioli. Save room for desserts like spiced pumpkin-mascarpone bavarian. Encyclopedic wine list.
Phone:  707.996.6409 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Opens for dinner night at 5:30PM during summer; closed Wednesdays off season
Email:  Gei@sterba.com
Web:   Sterba.com/ge/inn/restaurant.html
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Starters from:   8USD
Main courses from:  15USD

The Girl and the Gaucho, 13690 Arnold Drive, 95442
When Sondra Bernstein decided to move her popular The Girl and the Fig restaurant from Glen Ellen to Sonoma, she held on to the original location and opened this great Latin restaurant in its place. You can start with "small plates" of tapas -- some olives or almonds -- or something more ambitious like grilled pork loin or paprika prawns. After that, choose a "large plate" of ribeye, swordfish, pork, or chicken and then select side dishes from Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, or Brazil. Opt for "Argentina," and you'll get braised greens, roasted potatoes, sherry onions & chimichurri sauce. The wine list has lots of choices from Spain and Chile. Sampling all those flavorful tapas can add up. But you'll enjoy yourself enormously. The decor is fun too.
Phone:  707.938.2130 Reservations highly recommended
Fax:  707.938.2370
Hours:  5:30PM to 9:30PM Thursday through Monday
Email:  information@girlandthegaucho.com
Web:   216.218.226.66/~girlfig/gaucho
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Small plates from:   4USD
Large plates from:  18USD

Gualala
The Food Company, 38411 California 1
You can dine in the little garden here or pick up a bottle of wine and gourmet picnic supples like wild mushroom lasagna and chocolate souffle roll for an al fresco lunch along the coast.
Phone:  707.884.1800
Hours:  8AM to 10:30AM daily; 11AM to 7PM Sunday through Thursday and 11AM to 8PM Fridays and Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   7USD

Healdsburg (Sonoma Valley)
Oakville Grocery Healdsburg, 124 Matheson Street, 95448
On Healdsburg's historic plaza, this branch of the Oakville country store is a great place to pick up gourmet picnic supplies.
Phone:  707.433.3200
Hours:  10AM to 6:30PM Sunday through Thursday; open until 7PM on Fridays and Saturdays
Web:   www.oakvillegrocery.com
Credit cards accepted:  

Inverness (Point Reyes)
Inverness Store, 12784 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.,, 94937
This country store has everything you need for a gourmet picnic.
Phone:  415.669.1041
Fax:  415.669.7732
Email:  INVERAL@aol.com
Credit cards accepted:  

Manka's Inverness Lodge Restaurant, 30 Callendar Way, 94937
Most of the ingredients used in Manka's excellent restaurant are grown or caught within 15 minutes of the property. Fresh fish and game, wild mushrooms, and shellfish predominate. The menu changes daily. The rustic dining room of the 1917 hunting lodge is cozy and romantic. The wine list is expansive and there are appetizing selections for vegetarians.
Phone:  415.669.1034 Reservations highly recommended
Fax:  415.669.1598
Hours:  Dinner nightly except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Email:  mankas@best.com
Web:   www.mankas.com
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   20USD
Five-course dinners from:  60USD

The Gray Whale, 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Very good pizzas, including some with interesting toppings like roasted eggplant and clams. Pasta with sun-dried tomato, garlic, or pesto sauce. And sandwiches including a hot meatball sub. Great value for money and you can dine on the patio.
Phone:  415.669.1244
Hours:  11AM to 9PM Monday through Friday; 8:30AM to 9PM Saturdays and Sundays; closing at 8PM winter weeknights
Web:   www.stationhousecafe.com/pizza.html
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Pizzas from:   7.55USD
Pasta from:  5.45USD

Jenner
River's End, Highway 1, 95446
Chef/owner Wolfgang Gramatzki has anchored the restaurant and inn here in tiny Jenner for more than 20 years. It's one of the best places to eat in the area and the views from the deck are terrific. The menu has some unusal choices -- several Indian or Indonesian-influenced dishes -- as well as fresh seafood. At lunch, you can get a burger or a sandwich.
Phone:  707-865-2484
Web:   www.sterba.com/bodega/river
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   14USD
Three-course dinners from:  24USD

Kenwood (Sonoma Valley)
Kenwood Restaurant & Bar, 9900 Sonoma Hwy.
Kenwood Restaurant is exactly right. The views of the vineyards from the umbrella shaded terrace are stunning. Service is professional. And the food's great. Owner/chef Max Schacher cooked in Germany, France, England, and San Francsico before opening his Sonoma restaurant and the menu is eclectic and adventurous. Starters include duck pate, Hawaiian tuna sashimi, and steak tartare. For dinner, try the chicken breast with crispy risotto and curry sauce.
Phone:  707.833.6326
Hours:  11:30AM to 9PM Wednesday through Sunday
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   12.50USD

Mendocino
955 Ukiah Street Restaurant, 955 Ukiah Street
Bon Appetit magazine called 955 Ukiah "one of the best..." And Wine Spectator summed things up by saying "everything is yummy." Entrees range from a modest duck canneloni to swordfish with red chili-tomatillo sauce. Seafood is especially good and impeccably fresh. The ambience is cozy and appealing and service is informed.
Phone:  707.937.1955
Hours:  6PM to 10PM Wednesday through Monday
Web:   www.955restaurant.com
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   14USD

Café Beaujolais, 961 Ukiah Street
The top dining spot in Mendocino, Cafe Beaujolais has been going strong since 1977. Owner/chef/cookbook author Margaret Fox has created a lovely restaurant in a Victorian house overlooking the Jean Treesinger-designed garden. As the name suggests, the food owes a debt to France. Entress might include a veal chop with red wine, morel, and foie gras sauce, or pan-roasted sturgeon with a truffle emulsion. Bread arrives warm from the wood-burning oven and desserts are worth saving room for.
Phone:  707.937.5614 Reservations recommended
Fax:  707.937.3656
Email:  info@cafebeaujolais.com
Web:   Www.cafebeaujolais.com
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Starters from:   7USD
Main courses from:  18.25USD

MacCallum House Restaurant, Albion Street, Mendocino Village
The main dining room in this pretty house dating from 1882 is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Mendocino. It's also one of the most formal. Start your meal with venison pate or liberty duck confit and fig pizzetta, then have petrale sole or lamb shanks. Save room for gingerbread souffle with maple creme anglais. After dinner, you can enjoy tastings of brandy, small-batch bourbons, or grappa. Burgers, burritos, and noodles are available in the cafe.
Phone:  707.937.5763 Reservations highly recommended
Hours:  Cafe and restaurant open daily at 5:30PM; Gray Whale Bar opens at 4:30PM.
Email:  macmendo@mcn.org
Web:   Fire.he.net/~macdine
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Starters from:   6USD
Main courses from:  20USD

The Moosse Cafe, 390 Kasten Street
Wine Spectator calls The Moosse Cafe "one of the best restaurants in Mendocino County." Owner Linda Friedman has combined her passions -- food, art, wine, and design -- to create an inviting place to dine. The modern dining room is clean and uncluttered, the service is very good, and the menu is Asian influenced with dishes like Japanese crusted prawns and grilled swordfish over yaki soba noodles.
Phone:  707.937-4323 Reservations recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 3:30PM and 5:30PM to 9PM daily; open until 10PM Fridays and Saturdays
Web:   www.theblueheron.com/panorama.htm
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   13USD

Tote Fete, 10450 Lansing Street
This catering company and bakery is a great spot for gourmet picnic items.
Phone:  707.937.3140
Credit cards accepted:  

Muir Beach (Marin County)
Pelican Inn
This charming inn looks like it was transported from England's West Country. The Tudor style pub here offers British fare like a good ploughman's lunch, cottage pie, bangers and mash, and fish and chips. There's also a good selection of British ales.
Phone:  415.383.6000
Hours:  11:30AM to 3:30PM and 5:30PM to 9PM daily
Email:  Innkeeper@pelican.com
Web:   Www.pelicaninn.com
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Lunch from:   8.25USD
Dinner from:  17.95USD

Napa (Napa Valley)
Bistro Don Giovanni, 4110 St. Helena Highway
After tasting all those big, bold Napa reds, you may find yourself craving Italian food. And this is just the spot to satisfy that longing. The menu ranges from simple, home-made pastas to more ambitious entrees like braised lamb with artichokes. Try anything from the wood-burning oven, particularly the pizzas or whole roasted fish. Grilled vegetables, including corn on the cob, are terrific. And desserts are delicious. The ambience is convivial and when the weather's fine, you can dine outdoors. Great wine list
Phone:  707.224.3300
Hours:   11:30AM to 10PM Sunday through Thursday; 11:30AM to 11PM Fridays and Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   11USD

Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry Street, 94559
Voted one of the "Top 20 Railroads in the World" by the International Society of Railway Travelers," the Napa Valley Wine Train takes diner 36 miles roundtrip from Napa to St. Helena in restored Pullman lounge and dining cars. The three-hour journey includes lunch or dinner with white linen, crystal, and fresh flowers. Those who wish to spend less can take the train for $47.50 and buy an a la carte lunch in the open-air car. If you take the dinner trip in winter, you won't see much and the scenery is a big part of the appeal.
Phone:  800.427.4124 or 707.253.2111 Reservations required
Hours:  Lunch check-in at 10:30AM; Dinner check-in at 5:30PM
Email:  Communications@winetrain.com
Web:   www.winetrain.com
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Lunch from:    90USD
Dinner from:  95USD

Oakville (Napa Valley)
Oakville Grocery, 7856 St. Helena Highway, 94562
What was originally a country store is now a chain with six locations in Northern California. It's one of the best places in Napa for picnic supplies, including dozens of kinds of cheese, charcuterie items, smoked fish, and baked goods.
Phone:  707.944.8802
Hours:  8:30AM to 6PM Monday through Thursday; open until 6:30PM Fridays and Saturdays and until 5:30PM on Sundays
Web:   www.oakvillegrocery.com
Credit cards accepted:  

Point Reyes
Johnson's Oyster Company, 17171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., 94950
You can buy several kinds of fresh oysters at this farm that harvests the shellfish from Tomales Bay.
Phone:  415.669.1149
Hours:  Open daily except Mondays
Credit cards accepted:  

Point Reyes Station (Point Reyes)
Station House Café, Main Street
The Station House Cafe is one of the better places to eat in the Point Reyes area. In fact, Gourmet Magazine called it the "dining stronghold for miles in any direction. In 1999, the cafe published a cookbook celebrating their 25th anniversary. The cooking here runs the gamut from pasta and burgers to Salmon with Yellow Tomato Vinaigrette and Pickled Cabbage Salad with Cucumber, Radish, Scallions & Smoked Trout. The Station House also serves fresh local oysters steamed, barbecued, or deep fried.
Phone:  415.663.1515
Hours:  8AM to 9PM Sunday through Thursday; 8AM to 10PM Fridays and Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Breakfast from:   5USD
Main courses from:  9USD

Taqueria La Quinta, 11285 California 1
When you get the urge for Mexican food, this casual place in Point Reyes Station is just the ticket. Home-made tortillas, seafood specials, and fresh guacamole. Good value too.
Phone:  415.663.8868
Hours:  11:30AM to 7:30PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  No
Main courses from:   4USD

Rutherford (Napa Valley)
Auberge du Soleil, 180 Rutherford Hill Road
If you're not staying at the gorgeous property, do consider coming for a meal. The restaurant actually preceded the inn by four years, opening in 1981. The terrace is the place to be, especially at sunset, when this is one of the prettiest spots in Napa. Although the crackling Spanish-style fireplace makes the dining room appealing on cool autumn nights. The "wine country cuisine" combines French, southwestern and Mediterranean influences and makes the most of what's fresh. This is one of the best restaurants in the region, so order whatever sounds good. If you don't want to spend a fortune, the bar has terrace seating and yummy appetizers like fritto misto of calamari, artichokes and lemon aioli and smoked salmon pizzeta. Twenty of Sonoma and Napa's best wines are available by the glass.
Phone:  707.963.1211 Reservations required
Hours:  7AM to 11AM; 11:30AM to 2:30PM; and 6PM to 9:30PM daily; bar is open from 11AM to 11PM daily
Email:  reserve@aubergedusoleil.com
Web:   Www.aubergedusoleil.com/html/frame-pn.htm
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   25USD

Santa Rosa (Sonoma Valley)
John Ash & Co., 4330 Barnes Road
One of the forerunners of California cuisine, John Ash & Co. has won high praise from just about everyone who matters. Amazingly, standards have not deteriorated since Jeffrey Madura took the reigns in 1991 and the restaurant is as good as ever. The dining room is lovely, as is the terrace. The service is extremely professional. And dishes like smoked tomato bisque with firecracker rock shrimp and blackened mahi mahi with a risotto of cucumber and tomato really sparkle. Those who want to spend less can get pasta, pizza, burgers, and sandwiches in the Cafe. You can make reservations through their web site
Phone:  707.527.7687 Reservations highly recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 2:30PM daily except Saturday and 5:30PM to 10PM daily
Web:   www.vintnersinn.com/john_ash.htm
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Starters from:   7.95USD
Main courses from:  19.95USD

Lisa Hemenway's Bistro, 1612 Terrace Way, 95404
Lisa Hemenway has long been one of Santa Rosa's leading chefs. And her new bistro in the Town and Country shopping center is another winner. The dining room, which has exposed beams and large windows, is attractive and inviting. Hemenway studied in Southeast Asia and offers starters like crab fritters with green papaya salad and Thai prawn pancake with crunchy peanut sauce. But if you're not in the mood for Asian, try brie fondue, followed by beef bourguignonne, bouillabaisse, or coq au vin. There's also a take-out counter for to go goodies.
Phone:  707.526.5111 Reservations recommended
Fax:  707.578.5736
Hours:  11AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday
Web:   www.sterba.com/sro/hemenway
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Lunch from:   8.50USD
Main courses from:  12.95USD

Sea Ranch
The Restaurant at Sea Ranch Lodge, 60 Sea Walk Drive, 95497-0044
Sea Ranch Lodge is perched on a bluff on the Sonoma County coast and the views of the Pacific and dunes are the main draw here. The food is good and the menu doesn't overreach the kitchen's grasp. Fresh seafood and locally grown vegetables are emphasized and the menu changes daily. White linen service and fresh flowers make dining here very pleasant.
Phone:  707.785.2371
Hours:  Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and Sunday brunch
Web:   www.coastalhotel.com/california/sea_ranch/sea_ranc
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   12USD

Sonoma (Sonoma Valley)
Della Santina's, 133 E. Napa Street
Billed as a "trattoria, rosticceria, and pasticceria," Della Santina's offers traditional Tuscan cooking, including succulent spit-roasted meats. Their special dinner for two is a terrific value with a salad, a pasta course, and a mixed grill of three meats costing just $19.95 per person. You can choose from chicken, pork, turkey, rabbit, and duck. The pasta dishes are also satisfying. The rustic patio garden is the place to dine on nice days. The wine list has many affordable choices. This is a friendly, family-run restaurant with no pretention whatsoever.
Phone:  707.935.0576 Reservations recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 3PM and 5PM to 9:30PM daily
Web:   www.sterba.com/sonoma/santina
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Starters from:   4USD
Main courses from:  10.95USD

The Girl & the Fig, 110 West Spain Street
The tag line here at this cute bistro in the Sonoma Hotel on a corner of Sonoma's historic plaza is "country food with a French passion." Given that, it's no surprise to find steak frite, chacuterie platter, and liberty duck confit on the menu. The wine list is great and the cheese cart contains boutique cheeses made locally or in France from cow's, goat's, and sheep's milk. Dessert, especially the warm fig and thyme crisp, are delicious and there's a nice selection of aperitifs. Order anything with figs.
Phone:  707.938.3634 Reservations recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 2:30PM and 5:30PM to 9:30PM daily; brasserie menu available from 2:30PM to 5:30PM and late dinner served from 9:30PM to 11PM Fridays and Saturdays
Email:  information@thegirlandthefig.com
Web:   www.thegirlandthefig.com
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Brasserie entrees from:   9.95USD
Main courses from:  17.95USD

St. Helena (Napa Valley)
Dean & Deluca, 607 South St. Helena Highway
The California branch of New York's legendary gourmet shop is a great place to pick up picnic supplies. They sell 1400 kinds of California wine, and there's an espresso bar, and fabulous deli.
Phone:  707.967.9980
Hours:  7:30AM to 7PM Monday through Saturday; 9AM to 7PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  

Terra, 1345 Railroad Avenue
The chef here came from Japan and worked at Spago in L.A. before opening Terra with his wife. His Asian background is revealed in dishes like Broiled Sake-marinated Chilean Seabass and Shrimp Dumplings in Shiso Broth and Salmon & Tuna Tartare. But you'll also find French (Terrine of Foie Gras on Fig and Endive Salad), Italian (Braised Beef Short Ribs and Potato Gnocchi in Arrabbiata Sauce), and American (Grilled Squab on Sweet Corn and local Cheddar Cheese Bread Pudding). The restaurant is located in a fieldstone foundry built in 1884, and its wonderfully romantic.
Phone:  707.963.8931 Reservations highly recommended
Hours:  6PM to 10PM daily except Monday; open until 10PM Fridays and Saturdays
Web:   www.terrarestaurant.com/location.html
Credit cards accepted:  DC, MC, V
Starters from:   9USD
Main courses from:  19USD

Tra Vigne Restaurant, 1050 Charter Oak Avenue
You won't find a better California interpretation of Tuscan cooking than at Tra Vigne, which means "in the vines." Anything that comes from the wood-burning oven is superb. The restaurant itself in a old fieldstone building with a lovely courtyard seems plucked from outside Siena. The vibe is animated. And it's far less expensive than it could be. Service can be less than perfect, but most will believe the food makes up for it. Reserve well in advance as this is one of the top two or three restaurants in Napa. The Cantinetta sells top-quality sandwiches, pizzas and deli treats. You can make reservations through their web site.
Phone:  707.963.4444 Reservations highly recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 10PM daily; Cantinetta is open until 6PM
Web:   www.travignerestaurant.com
Credit cards accepted:  DC, MC, V
Starters from:   6.50USD
Main courses from:  15.95USD

Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, 2555 Main Street
No visit to the Napa Valley can be considered complete without a meal here. The restaurant is run by the Culinary Institute of America, which shares the magnificent old Greystone Cellars that were once the home of Christian Brothers. The dining room was designed by Adam Tihany and it's stunning. There are exhibition work stations throughout where you'll see chefs hard at work. You can dine on grilled meats or roast duck. But we recommend sharing an assortment of appetizers. Chef Pilar Sanchez offer "temptations" like mushroom bruschetta, pork skewers, and stuffed calamari to the table for $7.95. Accompany them with one of Greystone's flights of wine, and you're in for a memorable dining experience. Reserve well in advance. You can make reservations through their web site.
Phone:  707.967.1010 Reservations highly recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 3PM and 5:30PM to 10PM daily; tapas from 3:30PM to 5:30PM
Web:   www.ciachef.edu/rest/wsgrmenu.html
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Starters from:   16USD
Main courses from:  7USD

Tomales (Point Reyes)
Tomales Bakery, 27000 Highway 1, 94971
This is a good spot near the Point Reyes National Seashore for picnic items.
Phone:  707.878.2429
Hours:  Opens at 7:30AM Thursday through Sunday
Credit cards accepted:  

Yountville (Napa Valley)
Bistro Jeanty , 6510 Washington Street
In 1999, Bistro Jeanty was nominated as the "Best New Restaurant in the U.S." by the James Beard Foundation. This year, chef Philippe Jeanty was nominated as best chef. For authentic French bistro-style cooking, this is the place. The menu contains classics like pieds de couchon (pig's trotters), cassoulet, and coq au vin. You'll need to make reservations well in advance, or be willing to dine at the communal table for ten.
Phone:  707.944.0103
Hours:  11:30AM to 10:30PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   15USD

Bouchon, 6534 Washington Street
Opened in 1998 by Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame and his brother Joseph, Bouchon would be equally at home in Paris. In fact, it's hard to believe you're not in a Left Bank bistro. In addition to bistro classics like steak frites and onion soup, there's a raw bar. It's very reasonably priced and the ambience is upbeat and charming. Reserve in advance or come outside regular dining hours.
Phone:  707.944.8037 Reservations recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 2AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   15USD

Brix, 7377 St. Helena Highway
When you're in the mood for bright, intense flavors, make a bee line for Brix. The restaurant itself is very attractive, whether you dine on the patio with wonderful views of the Mayacamas mountains or indoors where you can watch the action in the exhibition kitchen. Chef Michael Patton uses herbs and produce from the adjoining organic garden to create goodies like Red Wine Lamb Sausage Pizza with Balsamic Onions baked in a wood-burning oven and Maine Lobster & Avocado Martini with Mango Relish. There's also a wine and gift shop.
Phone:  707.944.2749 Reservations recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 9:30PM Sunday through Thursday; 11:30AM to 10PM Fridays and Saturdays
Email:  info@brix.com
Web:   Www.brix.com
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   13.75USD

Domaine Chandon, California Drive
On lovely days, this is one of the most pleasant lunch spots in the Napa Valley. The setting is superb and the three-level dining room is gorgeous. Owned by the prestigious French Champagne house Moet & Chandon, Domaine Chandon was the first French-owned winery in California, a lineage you'll taste immediately. Chef Robert Curry applies classic French techniques to California's bounty of seafood and produce to create dishes that are flavorful and inventive. The menu is constantly evolving but anything from the grill will be succulent and perfectly seasoned. If money's no object, pop for the seven course dinner in which each course is matched with a complimentary Domaine Chandon wine. Jackets are recommended for dinner.
Phone:  707.944.2892 Reservations highly recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 2:30PM and 6PM to 9PM daily; closed Mondays and Tuesdays off season
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   22.50USD

Mustards Grill, 7399 St. Helena Hwy.
One of the most popular restaurants in Napa, Mustards is unpretentious and enjoyable. Many of the ingredients are grown in Mustards' adjoining garden and everything else is fresh and first-rate. The menu is pretty straightforward and is supplemented by daily specials. The wood-burning oven turns out succulent chicken, fish, ribs, rabbit, and other meats, including a good hamburger. Don't miss the onion rings with homemade ketchup.
Phone:  707.944.2424 Reservations required
Hours:  11:30AM to 9PM Sunday through Thursday; 11:30AM to 10PM Fridays and Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   11USD

The French Laundry, 6640 Washington Street
This two-story stone house was built in the 1890s as a steam laundry. Today, it houses one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Northern California. Named "Chef of the Nation in 1997," Thomas Keller is one of America's true culinary stars and his restaurant is dazzling. Since you're here, throw caution (and budgetary constraints) to the wind and pop for the nine-course chef's tasting menu. They're small enough that you'll be able to eat them all, from the sabayon of pearl tapioca with Delaware Bay oysters and Osetra Caviar to the Delice aux Chocolate. The menu changes daily, so just put yourself in Keller's capable hands. Service is impeccable. Reservations are taken 60 days in advance. Exactly. By phone only. If you don't have two month's lead time, lunch reservations are usually easier to obtain.
Phone:  707.944.2380 Reservations required
Hours:  11:30AM to 1PM Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; 5:30PM to 9:30PM daily
Web:   www.sterba.com/yountville/frenchlaundry
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Five-course dinner:   105USD
Chef's tasting menu:  120USD