Need help with romantic Napa dinner....
I will be visiting Napa in late October with my boyfriend and I'm looking for a romantic restaurant with great food. Nothing too pricey (no more than $30 a plate) and we love all types of food. I've read the posts and there's just so many options. I've narrowed it down to these and hope you can help me choose:
Also, recommendations would be helpful as well!
There are better options. Food is OK with the new team at Brix,
service is somewhat off, and IMO it's not romantic.
I'd also recommend Bistro Jeanty for a small, intimate and romantic place.
It's like a little French bistro. Lots of good reports, some by me.
Bistro Don Giovanni. The enclosed patio, like a little room with both fireplace
and heaters, is quite romantic. Decorated beautifully with autumnal harvest stuff,
and the food is great, always consistent, with especially great apps. I've eaten
there probably 40 times. Inside is the large dining room, and though it looks
great, the two-top tables aren't what I would consider romantic. If you can
reserve a booth inside for two people, then that would also work, but I'd opt
for the enclosed patio -- very charming.
Terra. My favorite in Napa. Terribly romantic in an old beautiful stone building,
and this may fit your budget if you are judicious about ordering. Tim there is
very talented at recommending wines that are not at all expensive.
Wonderful, exquisite Cal-Asian food. You may give them a call (good people)
in the afternoon and enlist their support in keeping within your budget and
having a nice meal. I'd recommend that for Martini House and La Toque (below)
Martini House is very lovely and also may fit your budget, again if your order
judiciously. It's in an old Craftsman-style house that's beautifully decorated. Rob
can help you with a beautiful wine that is withink your budget, whatever it is.
With the last two restos, check the online menus and do a little math to see
if they'll work for you.
As to your other ideas, Celadon feels romantic but I'm not sure the food is
good enough. Redd is not at all romantic but the food is great. I don't at all
recommend Go Fish unless you eat sushi only, from my own experience and
from reports I've heard lately from locals. Tra Vigne appears to be
on its way back (a ways to go); I don't think it's there yet. Overpriced compared
to others for what you get. Lovely setting, though, and attractive -- though
not romantic -- dining room.
With all these restaurants, do a separate search for each and read more reports.
Consider Bistro Jeanty in Y'ville. I've only been there for lunch(es) but imagine that the tables in front of and around the fireplace in the back room could be quite romantic on a chilly October evening (ask for that when you reserve)... food is great and you may even come in under budget. Check out their website and have a great evening!