Short List of Napa Restaurants - Advice/Suggestions, Please.
- MMRuth May 13, 2008 06:35 AM
Hello, from the Manhattan board! My husband has a business meeting in Napa in June, and is staying at the Silverado. He's asked me to find a restaurant for him to dine at with a client for dinner on a week night. The suggestions that I've come up with, based on reviewing threads, are:
Auberge du Soleil - maybe too far a drive?
Are the latter two "too casual"? Would appreciate any thoughts on these choices, or if I've overlooked places that I should consider for him. I've read a lot about Ubuntu, but don't think that's for him. I think they'd like to go somewhere that's not too far a drive from Napa proper. I've seen some good reviews of Cole's, but he's not a big fan of steak places. Price isn't a big issue, and he likes pretty much all cuisines.
Edit: He said he'll hire a car/driver for dinner so that he doesn't have to worry about his wine consumption, but probably doesn't want to go more than 20 minute or so away from the Silverado.
The Silverado is slightly up-valley from Napa proper, so anything in Yountville would work out fine. Is the client a local or a visitor? Locals like Bistro Don Giovanni a lot, generally, but is is on the casual side. Is he looking for linen and hushed tones? If so, the country club itself might suit. Or, since he is willing to get a driver, Auberge (or anyplace in St. Helena, like the Martini House) would only be about 25 minutes away from the Silverado.
Ad Hoc is definitely too casual, especially for a client who might have unknown dietary restrictions/preferences, since they have a set menu every night. I think that Bouchon would work (there's been a lot of construction, and people have complained about that, but it will be done by June, I think) and Martini House is also good suggestion.
Bouchon would work but it does get pretty loud. Definitely make sure the construction is over because it's been a mess. Martini House would be a good alternative. Bistro Jeanty would be fine also. I agree with Jasmine G about Ad Hoc, although it's my personal favorite in the area.
Given that this is a dinner w/client...
Implying an ambiance that is sophisticated and not loud:
Problem w./Yountville is that most places are louder except TFL.
In St. Helena either Martini House or Terra (which is closed on Tues.)
AdS has a great view and nice dining experience; so does Meadowood; both offer relaxed wine country resort dining. But Meadowood offers a better experience IMHO.
All things considered, I'd say Martini House.
Meadowood is also the closest -- straight up Silverado Trail, so you don't need to deal with Napa or 29. The only reason I'd pick Martini House over Meadowood would be if I wanted to take a stroll through St. Helena -- which is charming -- or have a drink somewhere different before or after dinner. Despite the St. Helena address, Meadowood is tucked away against the hill on the "quiet" side of the valley and is quite secluded.
It also has two Michelin stars, which should impress a foreign visitor.