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Jan 25, 2007 08:40 PM

Wine country birthday spot

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. girl and the fig in sonoma

    don giovanni's

    fume bistro

    1. 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)

      1. 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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        1. re: Chile Head

          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...

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          1. Pilar in downtown Napa
            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