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May 30, 2009 04:39 PM

5 evenings South of Napa, need recs

I am heading to the Vallejo/Benicia area for five nights mid-June. A couple nights I would like to treat myself to someplace special for dinner. Cost is not a huge option, as I will be working hard and away from home, so I can justify some luxury. (French Laundry probably won't happen though). While not a deal breaker, I would prefer to eat in a nice bar area. But I am open. Thoughts in Napa in particular, or not much further north than that?

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  1. The Oxbow Market is in south Napa. There are several places where you can have a meal in a bar setting. Only wine and beer. Just wander around and see what looks good.Also nearbye is Cole's chophoouse good steak and full bar.

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    1. re: mick

      What are your thoughts on Celadon, Cole's sister restaurant?

      1. re: lotta_cox

        Celadon is excellent - never had a bad meal there. It's a little more affordable than the Chop house. I often see the owner, Greg Cole at Celadon - sometimes he has waited my table during lunch! Both places are great with good attention to quality and detail. I've only eaten at tables at both places - the patio at Celadon is especially nice. The steaks and sides at Chop house are awesome and worth the splurge. Not sure either/both places serve food at the bar . . . You'd have to check that out.
        At the Oxbow Market - the Hog Island Oyster bar and the Wine Merchant both have eat at the bar options for seating/eating.

        1. re: lotta_cox

          Celadon is consistently excellent and has a nice bar; though on a warm evening I would prefer the patio.

          500 Main St., Napa, CA 94559

      2. Welcome to the 50's at Jonesy's at the airport.

        Jonesy's Famous Steak House
        2044 Airport Rd, Napa, CA 94558

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          1. Check out Boon Fly Cafe at the Carneros Inn.

            1. I'm pretty sure Ubuntu serves their full menu at the bar, but I'm not certain.
              I really like the barbecue at Bounty Hunter, and it's definitely a bar setting - more funky than upscale, but good BBQ and wine list.
              Pizzeria Azzuro is tasty, but not extravagant, but I don't think they serve food at the bar.
              Not much further north, you have Yountville, which offers Ad Hoc, Bardessono and a lot of other options...

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              1. re: cyberroo

                Yes, Ubuntu will serve the entire menu at the bar.

                Just a note about Jonesy's. While I think it is great, it is not a great bar scene if you are looking for something other than a Bud and a well drink. It really is 50's food ... which doesn't necessarily mean good or bad. It is just stuck in time. If you want good broasted chicken or hasbrowns topped with shredded cheese ... this is the place.. If you sit at the bar, you don't have a view of the small airport which is a big feature for me. Read the reports on that link to see if it is for you.