When traveling, it’s always a bonus to know where the locals go, especially when it comes to a good meal. And with more than 150 restaurants in Napa Valley, picking a place for lunch can quickly become overwhelming. We’ve asked our local staff for their expert opinions on where to go for lunch so check them out below.
The Charter Oak
Amy O., Business Development
You never have to convince me to eat my vegetables at The Charter Oak in St. Helena. It's simply not a meal if you don't start with their amazing raw vegetable plate. You'll find yourself eating things you never even knew you liked! Bring friends so that you can order the bread as well. Everything is so good here – delicious wings that change flavors each month, fabulous salads, juicy burgers, grilled chicken, and don't forget the sides. If you're on vacation (or it's the weekend) try one of the punch bowls.
Favorite Menu Item: Raw vegetables with fermented soy; TCO punch bowl
Ashley O., Partnership
C Casa at Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa is one of my favorite places for lunch because it’s usually pretty fast and I love how fresh the ingredients are. There's also a nice variety of things so if you are going with a group, everyone can find something they like.
Favorite Menu Item: Chicken tacos or steak tacos
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Becky B., Business Development & Sales
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, located in St. Helena, is a great spot for lunch, specializing in local, sustainable, and organic dishes. They source many of their ingredients fresh from their own Napa Valley farm, ranch, and vineyards. With cozy seating inside and casual outdoor seating, it is a great spot for year-round dining. Everything is good here, and their Long Meadow Ranch Rosé pairs with everything on the menu. Be sure to save time to sample their wines and olive oil at the adjacent General Store.
Favorite Menu Item: Start with the deviled eggs, followed by the lacinato kale salad and a side of the cheddar biscuits
Brice G., Marketing
Oakville Grocery in Oakville is my favorite spot to come for sandwiches for an on-the-go lunch or when I'm picking up food for a winery picnic. All the ingredients are sourced locally so I know the meals are fresh, plus they have hundreds of wines on hand so I can pick up a bottle as well. When I have time, I love to hang out on the outside patio with a glass of wine and have one of their woodfired pizzas. Plus, their mercantile has lots of cute gift items.
Favorite Menu Item: Mt. Tam & Sky Hill Chevre sandwich with bacon fig jam
The Dutch Door
Genie L., Communications
The Dutch Door in downtown Napa uses high quality, local ingredients and have an amazing team. I love going here for my lunch during the week as I can try anything on the menu and know it will be delicious, whether I'm in the mood for a healthy salad or have a hankering for their fabulous fried chicken. You can also find many vegan and vegetarian options here.
Favorite Menu Item: Cajun fried chicken sando
Hannah R., Business Development
Acacia House is a hidden gem located at the stunning Alila Hotel in St. Helena. I love going as a local and pretending like I am on vacation. The ingredients are fresh, straightforward, and always satisfy. The Tenbrink Gold Shovel Farms salad with added grilled chicken is my go-to for a light but flavorful lunch, and its Zinfandel Vinegar is a fun and tasty nod to wine country. Pair it with one of their signature cocktails or a refreshing cucumber lavender lemonade.
Favorite Menu Item: Tenbrink Gold Shovel Farms salad with chicken
Isaias S., Guest Experience
Gott's Roadside in St. Helena has my favorite garlic fries EVER – I order them every time. I love this location because of the great outdoor space. There are a ton of picnic tables so it's easy to go with a group. The line looks intimidating, but it always moves fast.
Favorite Menu Item: Double cheeseburger with garlic fries and a black & white shake
Boon Fly Café
Jennifer D., Marketing
Boon Fly Café in Napa has such a great brunch menu. Pretty sure that I have tried everything on it at least once. The chicken and waffle and the eggs benedict are hands-down my favorite in the valley. Plus, let's not forget about those little donuts – they are served perfectly warm and fluffy. (And shh...don't tell, but I may have even had the donuts as an entree!) Dessert is considered a solid square meal in my book.
Favorite Menu Item: Chicken and waffle, eggs benedict, the donuts
Kameryn T., Guest Experience
Hop Creek is nestled in Browns Valley in Napa. It has a large outdoor seating section, can accommodate large groups, and is great for families or a casual date night.
Favorite Menu Item: Pretzel bites and a chicken pesto sandwich with fries
Karen W., Marketing
Addendum in Yountville is Thomas Keller's best kept secret. Addendum is only open seasonally on the weekends for lunch. You'll find it tucked away behind Ad Hoc, in a grove of redwood trees. With picnic tables and boxed lunches, it's the perfect charming, casual wine country setting. You can order from the shack or online ahead of time. And most importantly, the buttermilk fried chicken is the stuff of dreams.
Favorite Menu Item: Buttermilk fried chicken
Lauren T., Guest Experience
At Taqueria Maria in Napa, the staff are authentic and friendly, and the food portions are generous and very tasty. I enjoy their outdoor seating along the river as well, and, during certain times of the year, they also have a mariachi band playing. It's casual, unassuming, and great for families, too.
Favorite Menu Item: Any of the burritos
Buster's Southern Barbecue
Magaly C., Guest Experience
Besides excellent BBQ, Buster's Southern Barbecue in Calistoga has friendly staff and atmosphere. It’s a great local spot with music, and has both indoor and outdoor dining.
Favorite Menu Item: Four-piece pork rib dinner with baked beans, potato salad, side of bread, and hot BBQ sauce
Azzurro Pizzeria E Enoteca
Melissa M., Guest Experience
Azzurro Pizzeria E Enoteca is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Napa. Azzurro is always a wonderful experience. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and they have a wide selection of menu items using locally sourced ingredients and prepared authentically. Daily specials offered as well.
Favorite Menu Item: Caesar Manciata (Caesar salad placed on top of freshly baked pizza dough!)
Angèle Restaurant & Bar
Nichole P., Partnership & Guest Experience
The staff at Angèle Restaurant & Bar in downtown Napa is amazing and delivers wonderful service. I love the beautiful atmosphere and the outdoor seating with views of the Napa River. Just blocks from downtown, it's my favorite spot for an afternoon spent exploring downtown after a delicious lunch.
Favorite Menu Item: Little gems salad to start with the Angele Burger (only served at lunch). The Diane Lane is a delicious cocktail to sip on.
Bistro Don Giovanni
Sarah G., Communications
Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa is a classic for a reason and one of my go-to lunch spots to welcome friends from out of town, meet a work colleague out of the office, or celebrate a milestone. This restaurant is the essence of Napa Valley’s gracious hospitality. While the exact menu items evolve with the seasons, there are a few must order items including the beet & haricot verts salad, insalata mista, the Mandilli pasta with pesto, and the grilled salmon. Finish lunch off with the “top shelf” butterscotch pudding. (Yes, you have room.)
Favorite Menu Item: Impossible to pick one favorite!
Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
Teresa C., Finance
Take a beautiful drive north to Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery – it is worth the drive! Have a seat on the beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the Napa River and just take in the laidback Calistoga vibe. If you and your guests are hungry, I recommend starting with the cheese & charcuterie board (Humboldt Fog goat cheese is to die for).
Favorite Menu Item: Turkey & brie sandwich