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Great dinner in Napa or Sonoma -- but not French Laundry?

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I'm meeting a friend in SF to celebrate our 30th birthdays together. We couldn't get reservations at the French Laundry and were a little iffy about the price tag -- though not opposed to splurging a bit (just not quite as much as we would at the French Laundry). So, I guess my question is, if you were to have dinner in wine country but not at FL, where would you go?

Thanks!

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  1. AUBERGE DU SOLEIL! This place is amazing. make sure to sit outside!

    1. The Girl and The Fig in Sonoma! Delicious and won't break the bank

      1. Many great suggestions in this recent thread. Search this board for specific on each.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/563691

        1. Terra is my favorite for flavor.
          Also, Martini House.
          Splurge other than TFL: Meadowood. No reports on the new La Toque yet.

          1. I second the Terra/Martini House suggestions. I also enjoyed Redd when I went about a year ago, but have heard mixed reviews since. We have lots of reviews, etc. here: http://www.uncork29.com/