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Business Trip in Napa

jess524 Mar 20, 2007 11:58 AM

I'm planning a business mtng w/ a 1 day trip out to Napa. I need to find a spot for a quick lunch (about 1 hour) but need a place to sit down. I'm more familiar w/ the grab and go (Oakville Grocery, etc.) but the business execs aren't into eating on their laps. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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    jscarbor Mar 20, 2007 03:02 PM

    Pilar Excellent food.

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    1. re: jscarbor
      Carrie 218 Mar 20, 2007 04:57 PM

      Concur - Pilar.

      1. re: Carrie 218
        lizziee Mar 20, 2007 05:31 PM

        Absolutely Pilar.

        1. re: lizziee
          jess524 Mar 21, 2007 08:20 AM

          Excellent - will check it out.

    2. Junie D Mar 20, 2007 03:03 PM

      Are you looking for somewhere to both have the meeting and lunch? Or just lunch? Prefer Napa, St Helena, or other town? How many people?

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      1. re: Junie D
        jess524 Mar 21, 2007 08:22 AM

        Just lunch, about 1 hour (busy day planned). Will be mostly in the Rutherford area.

        1. re: jess524
          Carrie 218 Mar 21, 2007 08:49 AM

          The only restaurant that Rutherford really has going for it is the Rutherford Grill. It is owned and operated by Houston's Restaurant Group but because the Napa valley does not allow chain restaurants, it couldn't be called "Houstons." It is mostly a Houston's with a few wine-country twists here and there.

          I have always found Rutherford Grill to be tantamount to a chain restaurant in feel, service, and especially the wait required (think Cheesecake Factory-kind-of-wait). But a lot of locals hang out at the bar and there can be some good meals to be had - I just never liked the scene.

          1. re: Carrie 218
            singleguychef Mar 21, 2007 09:05 AM

            I agree that the scene at Rutherford Grill is a bit much, but the meals I've had there have always been good. The ingredients were pretty fresh and tasty and didn't necessarily have a chain-like feel like Olive Garden or TGIF. But this was two years ago so can't speak for the quality currently. Still, it's right in Rutherford where you'll be. However, if you don't want to deal with the wait, you might want to make reservations at a restaurant on Washington Street in Yountville, which is the nearby town just south of Rutherford. Several good restaurants and bistros there. Not sure which one's serve lunch. Bouchon might, since it also has the bakery.

            1. re: singleguychef
              jess524 Mar 21, 2007 10:07 AM

              Far Niente just recommended having a picnic catered at Diamond Oaks Vineyard overlooking the Valley. It looks beautiful. Anyone been there?

              1. re: jess524
                maria lorraine Mar 21, 2007 10:28 AM

                It was just written about on these boards. Please see

                1. re: maria lorraine
                  maria lorraine Mar 21, 2007 10:37 AM

                  Otherwise, a big roomy leather booth at Don Giovanni's might work nicely.
                  Always wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Good wine list. Right off Hwy. 29
                  about 10 minutes south of Rutherford.

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