Almost every restaurant in the valley has a vegetarian or vegan option on the menu – so don’t let your diet restrict your indulging in the dining scene on your Napa Valley vacation. But to make your quest for the ultimate veg dish easier, here is a round up of the most veg-friendly restaurants in the Napa Valley (along with some of my favorite seasonal dishes).
The Grill at Meadowood Napa Valley
Chef Victoria Acosta’s menu changes seasonally so that she can use the freshest local produce. Choose from a variety of fresh cold pressed juice, nut milks, and elixirs (this is one of the few places you can find these types of drinks in the valley). Then order a seasonal salad, like the Farmers Market salad with burrata and heirloom tomatoes or the Garden Beet salad with local chevre, topped with pistachios and orange vinaigrette.
This Michelin-starred restaurant features a vegetable tasting menu along with an optional wine pairing. Their menu evolves continuously to showcase the finest seasonal ingredients and they source the freshest products from local farms and purveyors to create unique flavors and textures. The menu constantly changes but I loved the amazing crimini mushroom potpie.
This ultra chic restaurant with a beautiful bar and outdoor terrace also features a menu with delicious vegetarian and seasonal offerings. Start with a handcrafted cocktail like the “Lavender Lemon Drop”, and enjoy a FARM salad or the Di Steffano Burrata, followed by the FARM flatbread complete with fromage blanc, caramelized shallots, pistachios, pesto and seasonal greens.
The Clif Family food truck, Bruschetteria, is mostly parked in front of the Velo Vino tasting room in St. Helena. They feature a Northern Italian-inspired menu of farm fresh bruschetta, salads and sweet treats. There is always something new on the menu as it changes daily. Try the funghi bruschetta with seasonal grilled veggies, like asparagus with aioli and pecerino.
This farm to fork restaurant receives fresh harvest each day from the gardens of their Rutherford Estate, 90-acres of benchland dedicated to organic fruit and vegetable production, hand-tended beehives, and vineyards. Try their cheddar biscuits with honey butter, rancho gordo beans with salsa verde, and their California Arborio rice with winter squash, mushrooms, or other seasonal items.
Oenotri offers fresh rustic Southern-Italian dishes with a daily-changing menu to provide the season’s freshest ingredients. Their menu always has a variety of veggie options – I like to share a salad and pizza as an appetizer (try the funghi, marghertita, or other vegetable-style pizza) and for the main course, have a vegetable pasta like the Cresta de Gallo pasta with cavolo nero pesto and roasted Zuckerman Farm asparagus. They make all their pastas in-house, so no matter what you get it will be extra delicious.
This Mediterranean inspired grill features fresh local produce and many delicious vegetarian friendly items. Start with the Meze Plate, which includes dolma, tzatziki, hummus, pita, olive, zucchini cakes, and baba ghanoush. For a salad, try the barley salad with apricots, kale, pistachios, apples, pickled red onion and raisins with vinaigrette. For entrees they feature stuffed eggplant, or a seasonal risotto (like white truffle and mushroom).
This one-stop-shop market features a plethora of veg-friendly restaurants including: C Casa, which features gluten free everything along with veg options like delicious salads and their amazing white bean taco. Gott's Roadside is now serving up the meatless but convincingly meaty Impossible Burger, which comes with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and Gott’s “secret sauce” served on toasted egg bun (obviously this one is not vegan, just vegetarian). Finish your meal with Three Twins ice cream that features vegan ice cream and vegan sorbet. Depending on availability, this is what you can find in their store: rice milk horchatta, mocha difference (rice milk coffee ice cream with chocolate shavings), rice milk mint confetti, and much more.
Photo from: The Grill at Meadowood