With our hyper-local foods from land and sea — plus world-famous wine (as well as an up and coming beer scene) — our slice of Napa Valley creates delicious experiences in a variety of gorgeous settings. Tuck into some of our best places to eat, drink and enjoy the best of St. Helena scenery!
Yes, the Napa Valley Wine Train is a luxurious journey. A one-of-a-kind adventure. But it is first and foremost a restaurant. Yellowfin tuna tartare. Pan-seared Pacific halibut. Roasted tenderloin of beef. Fresh local produce. Napa-style, multiple course gourmet meals. They take pride in the decadent quality of their cuisine. And the fact that it’s created onboard a moving antique train makes it all the more special. Their four onboard kitchens allow their chefs to create culinary works of art from scratch, made to order. Whatever dish you choose, the luxurious ambiance is always served.
All seats on the train welcome incredible views of Napa Valley. Take in the vineyards from your window as you trundle up valley towards St. Helena. Looking for even more views? Choose the Vista Dome for added ambiance. The best time to travel is during lunch, as you’ll be afforded full sunlight for your train ride up valley and back to the station.
The CIA Gatehouse Restaurant, located at The Culinary Institute of America’s historic St. Helena facility, is the capstone experience for CIA students after two years of rigorous culinary, baking and pastry, hospitality and beverage management instruction. These future industry leaders transform the freshest regional ingredients, as well as those from the CIA’s own farm and herb gardens into creative contemporary dishes, served graciously in a refined yet casual dining room. Your dining experience is orchestrated by CIA faculty-led students, making for a memorable event. Prix-fixe dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
The CIA Greystone overlooks vineyards in the heart of St. Helena. These vineyard views stretch on for two miles to hug the Palisades Mountain range, making it a must enjoy!
One of St. Helena’s newest restaurants, this casual spot offers a selection of meats from local producers that are smoked over Freemark Abbey winery’s cabernet barrels staves. Don’t miss their beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, salmon, fried chicken burgers and more! Vegetarian options are available too. Enjoy their house cocktails and/or their extensive wine and beer list.
Roadhouse 29 is a non-tipping restaurant whose prices include a percentage to provide the kitchen staff as well as the servers a guaranteed true living wage.
Opt for their very chic but cozy rock-walled outdoor patio. Choose between multiple seating areas surrounding modern firepits. During the day each area is shaded by native valley oaks and olive trees, while on weekends you’ll enjoy live music nightly.
This artisan bakery, deli and culinary boutique serves distinctive, hand-made baked goods and picnic provisions – sandwiches, pastas, salads and sweets just north of St. Helena. Their resplendent grounds are best enjoyed with a selection from their menus featuring locally-inspired, fresh ingredients sourced from farmers and vendors in the Napa Valley and Bay Area. Picnic lunches, pizza parties, catering, group and private dining available!
Brasswood Bar + Kitchen is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, serving farm to table comfort food inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley. Oak-paneled walls, leather banquettes, and black-and-white checked marble floors provide a cozy and warm atmosphere for all to enjoy. Step outside and you’ll enjoy their iconic fountain, the centerpiece to their property or take in the vineyards rolling up the Mayacama’s hillside.
For 35 years, Auberge du Soleil has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Executive Chef Robert Curry showcases the freshest, seasonal ingredients, sourced locally to provide dynamic and delicious restaurant, bistro and bar, and private dining experiences. With 13 consecutive Michelin Star awards, The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil consistently provides a memorable feast for the eyes and the senses. Whether taking in the awe-inspiring vista views on the outdoor terrace or enjoying the comfort of the intimate dining room, the delectable Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is perfectly complemented by the atmosphere and the extensive selection of wines from the hotel’s award-winning 15,000 bottle cellar.
This Napa Valley stalwart was named for the wild mustard flowers that bloom in the vineyards every spring, which helps to nourish the soil. Mustard is an integral part of Napa Valley’s wine growing diversity, makes for one heck of a condiment, and is beautifully blooming in the springtime either!
After 30 years of feeding Napa Valley and its visitors, Mustards Grill is still the hub of the food and wine community where winemakers lunch and chefs come to dine on their night off. Alternately known as the fancy rib joint with way too many wines, Mustards is the place to go for a heaping plate of honest American fare with worldly sophistication, washed down with a glass of the valley’s finest. Large windows cover all sides of the dining room that overlook working vineyards and Cindy’s verdant garden, you can’t go wrong with any seat in the house!