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Apr 30, 2007 09:58 AM

Napa Restaurants

in june i will be staying in napa for 2 nights (@ The Lavender Inn). i have a reservation for The French Laundry already. where else should i go. i need one more dinner. somewhere that should not be missed; since i don't make it here that often! any tips on the best boutique wineries and maybe some lunch or brekkie stops too.

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      1. You MUST try REDD! It is in Yountville right around the corner from the Laundry.

        1. Be sure to hit the Bouchon Bakery in the morning for breakfast pastries and coffee.

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          1. re: sgwood415

            I second Bouchon Bakery for breakfast. I would eat there every day if I knew I wouldn't gain so much weight!

            For dinner, I would go to Terra in St. Helena. I had a great experience there, and I know many others who have as well. The food is bar none the best I've had in Napa (I've lived here for 2 years and we eat out a lot). They also have a beautiful cookbook!

            Have a wonderful time at the Laundry!

          2. I should preface this with the fact that we have never dined at the French Laundry, but our hands-down favorite for innovative, beautifully-presented food is the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville. They recently had a much-deserved glowing write-up in Gourmet mag, and - for what it's worth - scored a 27 Zagat.

            We also love Cafe la Haye on the Sonoma side for more casual dining. It's a crowded little floor (with - I think - 35 seats?) and the food is amazing.

            If you are out tasting on the Napa side, there is a buzzing little gourmet shop in Healdsburg (I think the flagship is in Oakville) called the Oakville Grocery. They make delicious sandwiches/salads and carry fun local cheeses and wines.

            Hope that helps!

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            1. re: melissalf04

              Cafe La Haye is a good 30-40 minute drive from the Lavender Inn. Not sure I'd want to make that drive after a big meal at night. Especially if you want to enjoy the wine, maybe stick to the places in and around Yountville, there are certainly some great ones.