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Feb 5, 2009 01:13 PM

Chef's Tables Napa ??

First thanks to all who replied to my earlier post.
I'll be in Napa Mar. 23-26 ( no weekend time) with my wife and vegetarian daughter to check out CIA for her. I am considering a chef's table reservation Ken at La Toque who has said he will gladly do vegetarian. Would it be worth the cost or should I look at other choices....

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  1. What about Ubuntu? Is the chef's table the point or the example of uncompromisingly delicious vegetarian dining?

    Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
    1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

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    1. re: Armoise

      So far my plans include Ubuntu for sure, Zuzu, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Brix, Bistro Jeanty, and lunch at the CIA...although I say the Chef's table idea is for my daughter it really appeals to me as well ..if we can combine "uncompromisingly delicious vegetarian dining" and the chef's table experience so much the better

      1. re: pgj98m3

        Sadly, the food at the CIA restaurant is not terribly good -- even though the baking and pastry program is. (I saw your other post.)

        What's better is for your daughter and you to dine where the students and faculty do, in the kitchens on the third floor. Ask if you can be included in that as part of your tour. It's quite common.

        Zuzu is the pits. Nearly the worst dining experience ever. Bistro Jeanty just got a horrible review in the San Francisco Chronicle, and mixed reviews here. Do a search on each restaurant mentioned on Chowhound and read the reviews in several threads. Places that are consistently rated highly by a number of people are likely to be good bets.

        What hasn't been mentioned here or in your other thread so much are how wonderful Terra (California Asian) and Martini House house are, and they're also in St. Helena very near the CIA. No chef's tables, though. Martini House used to have (and perhaps still does) a fabulous prix fixe lunch, and now they offer dinner specials for early diners called Family Dining. Redd is another good one, located in Yountville.

        Finally, since your daughter is a vegetarian, Ubuntu is a must to see how far this type of cuisine has come. Good luck to you and your daughter.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          My husband and I are in Napa 2-3 times a month. Restaurant Terra is very good.
          Chef Michael Chiarello opened his Bottega in Yountville and is quite the hit. Been there 3 times now. We have followed him since the Tra Vigne days in St. Helena. I recommend it. I'm sure he and his staff can fix up veggie dishes. Cindy's Backstreet is also good but quite heavy. Press Restaurant is also good next door to Dean and DeLuca. Pilar's is good Downtown. The Royal Oaks Restaurant at Silverado Resort is one of our favorites. Peter Pak is a great chef. Martini House in St. Helena is very very good.