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Dec 11, 2006 09:31 PM

Napa on a budget?

A month ago I asked for restaurant recommendations for Napa (thank you!). I started going through my list and looking up the menus online. A lot of the restaurants recommended are on the pricier side.

My BF and I will be there for 3 nights and can probably afford to do a nice dinner one night - but probably not all 3 nights. Being recent graduates, we don't have *that* much spending money. :)

Are there any reccomendations for places that are tasty but won't break the bank?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Not sure what was recommended or your price range:

    Cindy's Back Street Kitchen


    Foothill Cafe (couldn't find the website


    Red Rock Cafe/Backdoor BBQ

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    1. re: Scott M

      Foothill is under new ownership and has gone downhill :-(

      1. re: megamalone

        Sorry to hear this, but thanks for the information. I've been asking if anyone's tried it under the new chef and you're the first to report. Have you been to Gordon's in Yountville to see how it's faring with the chef's departure to Foothill?

        1. re: megamalone

          Bummer! Thanks for the update, I hadn't realized it changed ownership.

      2. I totally hear you on the issue of spendy menus in Napa.

        Bouchon, Taylor's Automatic Refresher, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Bistro Don Giovanni, and Market Restaurant in St Helena are all a lot more affordable than most of the high end Napa spots.

        1. Another way to go is to eat from the bar menu at Redd or Press. Both are significantly less than in the dining room proper.
          Press's bar menu is on line. I was just in Yountville and Redd's bar menu is comparable in price, although not found on line.

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          1. re: Oakland Barb

            this is a great tip - thank you! just checked out the sample bar menu for press. fish tacos for $12? kobe beef burger for $14? these are definitely prices we can do.

          2. This actually helps me, too (thanks for posting, katg!) I'm going to Yountville in a couple of weeks and this post made me think about pairing down a meal or two to keep costs down. Redd's bar menu sounds like a plan!

            1. Bistro Don Giovanni's - and if you want a nice place to stay that is VERY resonable when you are on a budge, try the John Muir Inn in Napa. You can get a fair price and be close to everything and then maybe be able to splurge on more dining and such!

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              1. re: chef chicklet

                make sure you get a reservation, though! It's ALWAYS super busy.