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Smooshyface Jan 9, 2007 03:17 AM

I will be going up to Napa with my boyfriend in February for his birthday. We will be staying at The Cottages of Napa Valley for 2 days and 1 night so we'll have to make it a short but sweet getaway. For you Hounds that are familiar with this area, can you please make some suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner? I'd like to make it special but my budget is somewhat limited. I'd say I'll be able to spend up to $120 for dinner.

Thanks in advance!

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    DavidT Jan 9, 2007 03:29 AM

    Have you done a search for Napa on this board yet? You will find many, many helpful suggestion already here for you.

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      ngardet Jan 9, 2007 04:36 AM

      Pilar on Main street downtown Napa, not to be missed. Great food, according to market. Lunch is a great deal.

      1. swag Jan 9, 2007 05:10 AM

        Don Giovanni is pretty special if you can get out there during the daytime (if the weather is decent) and it won't cost you an inheritance. Otherwise, places like Tra Vigne or Zuzu are good. I even like Celadon on the even cheaper end for lunch.

        I'd avoid Cole's Chop House, though. Like many steakhouses, you'll get fleeced before you make it past the appetizers -- wondering why everything is so overpriced.

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          ooroger Feb 21, 2007 12:24 PM

          Any more details on what makes Pilar so special? You've piqued my interest, and am looking for recs for Napa for a dinner there next week.

          1. Carrie 218 Feb 21, 2007 01:09 PM

            Pilar is pretty consistently getting top ratings for being innovative and exceptional. Pilar herself was the head chef of the CIA (pretty unusual for a woman) and her husband, Didier, was the head chef of Meadowood resort.

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              ooroger Feb 22, 2007 05:27 AM

              sounds great. I just booked a table there, and am very much looking forward to trying it.

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                ngardet Feb 22, 2007 07:59 AM

                Yes the cooking is innovative, the service friendly, the wine list short but original. Lunch has pretty much the same dishes as dinner and is quite a bargain.
                But it's really the cooking that got me hooked. Simple yet original, according to market and very well executed. My favorite restaurant these days.

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