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Napa/Sonoma/Healdsberg/Guerneville restaurant suggestions

dublinchef Aug 7, 2007 03:31 PM

Looking for suggestions for all of the above areas please. Any kind of cuisine. Nice ambiance. Not too loud. Will consider up to $100/head each.

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    strephking RE: dublinchef Aug 7, 2007 03:39 PM

    Guerneville Area - Zazu and Farmhouse Restaurant are top notch as well as Applewood Inns restaurant (however space is limited)
    John Ash is also great - in Santa Rosa
    Healdsburg - Barndiva and Ravenous
    Check out the Wine Spectator from about 3 months ago. they featured Sonoma restaurants.

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      Eat_Nopal RE: strephking Aug 14, 2007 11:29 AM

      The view at John Ash is unbelieveable.... the food is good but not particularly exciting (don't order anything by created by the current exec chef).... get a vineyard view table... have wine, a few apps & desserts.

    2. maria lorraine RE: dublinchef Aug 7, 2007 09:37 PM

      Use the "Search this board" link above for each of those areas. Tons of recs and info.

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        strephking RE: dublinchef Aug 11, 2007 10:47 AM

        Another comment - in Napa avoid Julia's Kitchen or anything involved with COPPIA.

        Martini House (upstairs) has wonderful aimbiance.

        Ravenous is an old renovated house, really cool spot.

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          Benny Choi RE: strephking Aug 11, 2007 11:14 AM

          Had lunch at Ravenous a couple days ago. The food was very good, as was the relaxing outdoor patio in the back. However, while the service was friendly, it took a very long time to get our food. We enjoyed the chick peas cakes, the penne with chicken sausage, the burger with oven fries (huge seasoned potato wedges), the portobello mushroom sandwich, and the tuna sandwich. Only the tuna sandwich was a slight disappointment (using canned, albeit high end, tuna). Lots of usage of fresh farmers market produce. Definitely recommended if you're not in a rush.

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            Dan Wodarcyk RE: strephking Aug 11, 2007 12:26 PM

            Is this from recent experience at Julia's? There have been a few conversations on this board lately about their quality now but no one has reported.

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              strephking RE: Dan Wodarcyk Aug 11, 2007 12:38 PM

              yes, in June. food was mediocre at best, and the service was snobby, and the desserts fell flat.

              there are so many great places in Napa, i wouldn't want anyone to get sucked in to Coppia.

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                Dan Wodarcyk RE: strephking Aug 11, 2007 02:34 PM

                Too bad. In concept, Copia was a great place. Hope it rebounds.

                Back to the original question, for Napa at least, Martini House in St. Helena I agree with, Bouchon or Bistro Jeanty in Yountville, Pilar in Napa, and Angele in Napa.

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            Lindarita RE: dublinchef Aug 12, 2007 11:55 AM

            We just tried The General's Daughter in Sonoma for the first time, and loved it. High quality, flavorful southern-inspired food, interesting wines, excellent service, and a lovely atmosphere. It was exactly $100 each for 4 courses plus wine pairings plus cocktails. On the square we also really like The Girl and The Fig & La Salette -- much more casual and less expensive than TGD.

            1. meganinlosfeliz RE: dublinchef Aug 12, 2007 06:12 PM

              Just 10 min from Healdsburg in Windsor is Mirepoix, which I highly recommend. Reasonably priced, intimate setting, very good food and a nice wine list.

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                rln RE: dublinchef Aug 13, 2007 04:57 PM

                I was just up in Guerneville this past weekend and will post more, but my boyfriend and I had one dinner at Mosaic in Forestville, recommended by the B&B we stayed at. We loved the food, and the atmosphere was great. 2 other couples at the B&B went there as well, and all had good experiences. Will write more soon but wanted to throw it in.


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