1429 Main Street
Photo by Ann Ernish Backen
Sat, Sun 9am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 9pm
Mon, Thur, Fri 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9pm
Dine in True Wine-Country StyleArchitect and founder Howard Backen designed the space occupied by St. Helena’s Archetype (he’s also the owner), so it’s no wonder the bright and airy dining room is a sight to behold. Everything in the restaurant revolves around the wood-burning oven, which sees most dishes for at least a few moments before they’re delivered. Cuisine here can be described as American, with favorites such as avocado toast, grilled lamb chops, and mussels. Brunch is a big favorite, too; the lemon-ricotta pancakes are light and fluffy without being overly tangy. Perhaps the most popular part of the Archetype lineup happens on Thursday nights, when the kitchen serves fish tacos. The restaurant also offers workshops and classes throughout the year.