Napa Valley Area Restaurants for 30 people?
Time to put in the research - I was wondering what places in the Napa Valley area would be able to handle a nice celebratory dinner for a really large group (with possibly a fair number of children to boot)?
At this point, I'm not so much concerned about prices or cuisine; I'm just getting an inventory of places that would be able to handle this large a group and then we'll go from there. Thanks!
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St Helena has an upstairrs area with a few private rooms that would easily accomodate 30. The menu has some kid friendly dishes as well.
Try this list (select "Wine Country" from the pull-down menu on the right to narrow your list).
Also, contact the local chambers of commerce. They live to drive this kind of business to their member merchants.
I would also suggest checking out some wedding info sites. We found our rehearsal dinner space on a directory like this one:
Napa Valley Grille - is accustomed to large groups; has private dining rooms
Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant (CIA at St. Helena campus) - private dining area
Meadowood (resort) - accustomed to large groups (hosts the Auction NV)
Bistro Jeanty (Yountville)
Bistro Don Giovanni
Domaine Chandon (very nice for large groups)
Napa Valley Wine Train - reserve a car for the entire party. Kids would have fun. I hosted a winery meal on the train, and the chef prepared a remarkable meal to show the wines to best advantage. Great fun for people to see the valley from a different perspective. Was it the best meal I've had in the valley? No, but it wasn't the worst either. The experience was simply fun.
Thanks all...the event won't actually be until May or so, but I figure the earlier we get this thing together, the better.