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 the Napa Valley, picking a place for lunch can quickly become overwhelming. Not to worry - we’ve asked our local staff for their expert opinions and rounded them up for you here:
I love getting lunch from the Bruschetteria food truck at Clif Family Winery in St. Helena. Their patio is the perfect shady spot to enjoy some amazing food and a glass of wine. All of the bruschette are delicious and seasonal, but the half chicken cooked on a rotisserie with rosemary and lemon is the stuff of dreams.
Kitchen Door in Oxbow Public Market is one of my favorites - the mushroom soup is divine, and the duck bahn-mi is to die for! If I’m further up-valley, I always love stopping for lunch at Brasswood - the menu is fantastic (and don't forget the secret mozzarella that's not on the menu!).
My favorite workweek lunch spot is Heritage Eats. The carnitas salad bowl with boom sauce is my go-to. Not only is the food delicious, but it's inexpensive and you can order online ahead of time so you can skip the line and get back to work with a fresh meal in tow.
Velo Pizzeria in downtown Napa is great for lunch on the go. The staff is friendly and it has a great atmosphere- you can be comfortable sitting alone at the bar or at a table with a friend. The service at Velo is always excellent and the food is consistently yummy! I love their special pizza slice of the day (always interesting and delicious) along with a side of their Caesar salad. And it is $9! Lunch under $10 in Napa? Awesome!
Redd Wood in Yountville is the cutest little lunch spot! Their wood-fired pizza is legendary, and the stunning courtyard, surrounded by citrus trees with a backdrop of the rolling hillsides, is the perfect spot to chill out in between wine tastings. Try the mushroom pizza and the burrata appetizer!
The Fatted Calf near Oxbow Public Market- Their pre-made sandwiches with house-cured meat are the best I've ever had. My favorite is their mortadella sandwich on Model Bakery bread - it's life-changing. They also have a good selection of non-alcoholic beverages (good for mid-week) and wine (good anytime!). The picnic benches encourage communal dining resulting in meeting both locals and visitors from all over the world.
Ristorante Allegria’s Lunch Box menu is best deal ever! For $18.50 you get bread with dipping sauce, a Napa cabbage salad, grilled teriyaki skirt steak with mashed potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and onion rings, plus sorbet and a cookie for dessert- it’s enough to share!
I love to go to Goose & Gander and sit outside in the gardens listening to the live music on summer afternoons. The mushroom soup with a side of the duck fat fries is a perfect lunch, and the cocktail menu is wonderful! The drinks look like pieces of artwork when they come to your table.