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Jul 19, 2009 11:55 AM

Bistro Jeanty, Girl and the Fig or Somewhere Else?

Visiting hound from Philadelphia looking for a third dinner to fill out a short trip to Napa. We're eating at Bottega and Redd on our second and third nights, and are looking for a Sunday dinner spot.

Is there a consensus on which of these two French spots is superior? We're a 30 year old couple travelling out West for our 5th anniversary. Has the Sunday Supper at Press gotten positive reviews? Thanks for your help!

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  1. I think Press is horrifically over-priced for what they offer, although three courses for $55 *might* be okay, depending on what is being offered. To me, it is still basically a hunk-o-meat restaurant. Other highlights in the area are Ubuntu (my favorite), Terra, or Martini House.

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    1. re: CarrieWas218

      I second Carrie on the Martini House. Have a drink at the very cool, speak-easy like bar downstairs; then go upstairs (or not) for dinner. Amazing spirits list; more like a Bible (or an Imbible, hee-hee). If they're serving mushroom soup-GET IT!! If not, the onion soup is deliciously over the top- more onions than soup. Haven't been to Terra, but hear only great things about it. adam

      1. re: CarrieWas218

        Haven't tried Ubuntu yet, but concur with Martini house. I haven't eaten at Terra recently, but last time I was there the food was excellent too. I think the vibe is a little more in keeping with your age category at Martini House. Terra seemed a little more formal to me.

      2. second Carrie's suggestion for Ubuntu. . recently had dinner there and it was phenomenal. . .ate outside which I enjoyed more than eating in the main dining room. . .had a gnochetti that I won't soon forget. .. it was sensational. . the menu changes almost daily so it will most likely be different when you go. . but they offer the same items but in different "sets" so I would suggest the Carta Musica, the gnochetti, and this time I loved the set for the housemade fregola - which I did not love last time. The signature cauliflower "gratin' is always on the menu but it's not my favorite - but it is very well regarded. They changed their signature chick pea fries and now they are little bunches of chick peas fried in a pakora-like batter. . they are even better than the amazing chick pea fries. Desserts are amazing. .. again, my least favorite of the bunch is the signature "cheesecake" - it's good but the rest are better! I think missing this restaurant while being in Napa would be a shame.

        1. I haven't been to Bistro Jeanty, but I don't think that Girl and the Fig is necessarily worth the drive over the hill to Sonoma, unless it's part of a larger part of a visit to the town. It's a good little restaurant, but nothing exceptional. If you do decide on it, request patio seating - the dining rooms are crowded and loud, but the back patio is lovely.

          But if it were me, I'd go to Ubuntu or Ad Hoc. I find it difficult to talk about either of these without sounding like a teenage fangirl, but suffice it to say that Ubuntu is genuinely remarkable and it's a lovely space. Ad Hoc is my next favorite, but gets occasional mixed reviews - mostly from people who didn't like the menu on the night they went, which is a risk.

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          1. re: cyberroo

            Ditto on Girl and the Fig, very underwhelming food but the patio area is nice for a snack, perhaps the fries. But don't have a full meal there.

          2. I agree with Carrie Martini House in St Helena is amazing. Honestly I'd skip Bottega it is very ordinary. Go across the street to Bouchon. It is truly excellent.