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Tom Hall Feb 26, 2008 11:56 AM

My wife and I are heading to Calistoga for the hot water. Need a Saturday night dinner with wine that doesn't cost too, too much but is still good. Looking over prior posts, Barvino may be the place?? Thanks.

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    shaden RE: Tom Hall Feb 26, 2008 07:15 PM

    I recently ate at Wappo in Calistoga. It is is the middle of town so walkable from the hotels in town. The menu was eclectic and very good. I was there with 18 people so I got to sample a lot of the food and a lot of the appetizers. The only item I did not love was the duck confit, which was overdone. All the others items I tried made up for this. Lovely setting and great service. I would recommend.

    1. Carrie 218 RE: Tom Hall Feb 26, 2008 07:21 PM

      I used to review restaurants in that area and besides Wappo, I greatly enjoyed Brannan's.

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        ambercontegssa RE: Carrie 218 Feb 26, 2008 08:03 PM

        Calistoga Inn consistently serves a great menu. It's quaint, comfy and never dissapoints. The patio is even open this time of year. Although they make their own beer, they have an excellent wine list.

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        skitamura RE: Tom Hall Feb 26, 2008 10:32 PM

        Wappo is great. The food and service were very good and it is quite affordable. I remember there being a bar right around the corner that was a lot of fun too.

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          chadders RE: Tom Hall Feb 27, 2008 11:33 AM

          I live in Calistoga and I think you may enjoy All Seasons Cafe if you are willing to spend a little more. They have a great menu and a huge wine list. They only charge 15% above retail, so it is a good place to try new wines from the area.

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            souvenir RE: chadders Apr 2, 2008 09:26 PM

            I second chadders' All Seasons suggestion. I think the quality of the ingredients, their preparation and the wine list make it a very good value (quality/price ratio).

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              maria lorraine RE: souvenir Apr 2, 2008 11:16 PM

              Have you dined there lately, souvenir? I've read and enjoyed your posts, but I don't get the All Seasons rec. I've been disappointed time and time again there. What did you have that you enjoyed?

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                souvenir RE: maria lorraine Apr 3, 2008 01:41 PM

                Grrr... this is my second attempt to post. Google analytics appeared to hang. Anyway, I said something like...

                ML-The last time I was there was either late Dec or early Jan. I was in the mood for, and had, a burger and shared a lovely zin. I was very happy, but then it was exactly what I wanted at the time. Maybe not the best last memory to write a rec, but I don't have any memories of anyone else unhappy with their choices or the experience.

                Have you always been disappointed? There are places, that for one reason, or a number, just don't live up to expectations.

                The best example that springs to mind is that I love Chez Panisse's cafe, actually like it better than the restaurant, and a friend of mine, that I cook with, and eat out with, and feel we have similar taste preferences, just is underwhelmed by CP period, and won't go there anymore.

          2. maria lorraine RE: Tom Hall Feb 28, 2008 02:01 PM

            I live in Calistoga and Wappo is the spot.

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              Tom Hall RE: Tom Hall Apr 2, 2008 07:57 PM

              We had a great dinner at Wappo. We started with a Middle Eastern bread and 3 sauce appetizer which had great textures and flavorful sauces. I had the cassoulet which was a little short on meat but very, very tasty. My wife had the osso buco. We had a really good Paso syrah and a yummy, way over the top dessert. Really nice and laid back place.

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