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Wine country birthday spot

Carrie Jan 25, 2007 08:40 PM

We're looking for someplace special to go for my birthday this year. In the past, we've eaten at Mustard's Grill for special occasions, but I'd like to try something new. Maybe Italian? Preferably in either Sonoma or Napa counties... Something upscale, but casual and fun. Any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. alpine chef RE: Carrie Jan 25, 2007 09:06 PM

    girl and the fig in sonoma

    don giovanni's

    fume bistro

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      WCFoodie RE: Carrie Jan 25, 2007 09:21 PM

      The current hotspot is Cyrus in Healdsburg, but I have heard it is quite difficult to get in.

      Went to Don Giovanni (Italian) in Napa a couple of weeks ago. Very nice spot. Others I like are:

      Brix (California-wine Country Cuisine with a nice vineyard view)
      Martini House (the Kuleto spot in Wine Country)
      Tra Vigne (the original top0of-the-line Wine Country italian Bistro, still good, but nothing like it once was)
      Bistro Jeanty (Country French Bistro)
      Domaine Chadon (expensive, French, snooty)
      Haven't tried but heard good things about:

      Terra (expensive)
      Cindy's
      Redd
      Cole's
      Celadon

      1. Chile Head RE: Carrie Jan 25, 2007 09:23 PM

        Ad Hoc in Yountville is casual and fun. The food is served family style and is excellent. There's only one daily menu so if you are picky I wouldn't recommend it.

        The General's Daughter in Sonoma is great... French cuisine with a southern twist. The restaurant is an old Victorian home.

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          susancinsf RE: Chile Head Jan 26, 2007 03:52 PM

          I had a very dissapointing anniversary dinner at General's Daughter in October, even though I had really been looking forward to eating there. But now I can't find my post (when are we going to get the search function really working again?).

          I'd much rather go back to La Salette in Sonoma, or try Ad Hoc...

        2. Junie D RE: Carrie Jan 26, 2007 03:07 PM

          Pilar in downtown Napa http://www.pilarnapa.com/
          La Salette in downtown Sonoma
          also Celadon in Napa - but demand an inside table. Sitting outside on lawn furniture, while it is covered and they keep things plenty warm and cozy with heat lamps, still feels like sitting outside on lawn furniture.
          and I'd second or third Bistro Don Giovanni - it always feels like a party in there

          1. TonyO RE: Carrie Jan 26, 2007 03:55 PM

            On our visit, we enjoyed Bouchon, Celadon, and Brix. We ran our of time for Don Giovanni and really did not enjoy the CIA (one of the worst servers we have ever encountered)

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