The Best Restaurants in Northern California Wine Country
Collected by Matt Villano , AFAR Local Expert
1339 Pearl St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
When Japanese video game magnate Kenzo Tsujimoto founded Kenzo Estate winery on Mount George, high above the Napa Valley, he dreamed of eventually opening a restaurant that would serve authentic kaiseki, or multi-course, prix fixe dinners. That...
1050 Charter Oak Ave, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Simplicity reigns at The Charter Oak, the gamechanging restaurant owned by Christopher Kostow (who also helms the kitchen at The Restaurant at Meadowood). The family-style menu by chef Katianna Hong features “elemental” cooking, with...
330 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
A trendsetting Italian restaurant just off the plaza in downtown Healdsburg, Campo Fina is where locals go for a night out. The eatery sponsors an annual bocce tournament on a regulation court in the back, hosts after-hours dance parties on summer...
821 Coombs St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Locals will tell you one of the best things on the menu at chef Curtis di Fede’s Japanese izakaya-style restaurant is the soft-serve ice cream, which changes every night and is available for roadies through a take-away window near the front...
11 Central Ave, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
Tamales, tamales, and more tamales. This is the story at El Molino Central, arguably Sonoma County’s most authentic Mexican restaurant. Sure, the tiny eatery on Highway 12 in Boyes Hot Springs has a full menu that features a variety of...
738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Just about every aspect of the farm experience comes to life at Long Meadow Ranch’s public-facing facility in St. Helena. The relaxed destination includes an outdoor café, a restaurant named Farmstead, and a general store with wine-...
900 Meadowood Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Don’t let the understated name of the restaurant at Meadowood Napa Valley fool you—the place is a temple to fine dining that repeatedly earns three stars from Michelin and is considered one of the best in the world. Executive Chef...
6948 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
As the name suggests, Ramen Gaijin is all about the noodles. Sure, the menu features small-plate, izakaya-style dishes such as briny Miyagi oysters, pork-shoulder gyoza, rabbit confit fried rice, and tako salad, but the real star of the show is...
131 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Farm-to-table dining meets Eastern philosophy and culture at this unparalleled Michelin-starred restaurant and inn in downtown Healdsburg. The 52-seat restaurant prides itself on creating food that is as much about ancient Japanese technique as it...
610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Think of the Oxbow like a high-end shopping mall for food and wine. On the east side of the Napa River, the market brings together a number of epicurean purveyors under one roof (well, technically, it’s three different roofs). The result:...
25 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Healdsburg SHED dubs itself a “modern grange,” and the name is both original and apt. In the olden days, the grange was where a farming community gathered to share experiences and meals. Today, in downtown Healdsburg, SHED serves a...
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