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Help me find a Napa Valley restaurant for this weekend.

vulber Aug 3, 2009 12:10 PM

The criteria (going this Sunday):

-In Napa Valley
-Good selection of meat-free AND gluten-free entrees under $20 (they don't have to be both veg. and glutenfree, I'll be with one celiac and one person who eats fish but not meat).
-Not Italian
-Quality is the most important part, but ideally something that would give my guests a real "California experience."

I was thinking of a few, but I have issues with each
-Bistro Jeanty (heard questionable things, questionable online prices, and nothing really California about it)
-Mustard's or Cindy's Backstreet (seems like we'd be forced to order one of the sandwiches - not that that's necessarily a bad thing, although it could be with the gluten issue)
-Rutherford Grill - (heard great things, and free corkage, but there are amazing steakhouses/grills in every city)
-Barbers Q - (Limited non-meat items)
-Bar Menu at Press (very meat-heavy)
-Ubuntu (pricey)

  1. d
    dump123456789 Aug 3, 2009 02:19 PM

    Piggybacking on your thread:

    I went to Mustard's for the first time this weekend, and wasn't particularly impressed. We had the lamb and the ribs, and a couple apps and a dessert. While the food was solid, there wasn't a wow that I was expecting given the prices. I would expect the same caliber for 20% cheaper elsewhere.

    Am I missing something ?

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    1. re: dump123456789
      napawinegirl Aug 4, 2009 12:52 PM

      Press has great food and lots of seafood options. Not to mention hearty portions ( you can split things for sure.
      Fresh veggie side, Lobster Cobb for lunch , great shrimp cocktail and amazing scotish salmon.
      House made bread basket and great spot. Very High Quality.

      It will be tough to mfind many entrees below $20 most are about $22- 25 here in the valley.
      Angele may be another option here in the valley they are on Main street in downtown Napa great patio.

      1. re: napawinegirl
        rworange Aug 13, 2009 01:22 AM

        Where did you go?

        587 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA

      2. re: dump123456789
        maria lorraine Aug 13, 2009 12:42 PM

        >Am I missing something ? (at Mustards}


        Unless you mean to say everyone who dines there is missing something.
        Huge downhill slide.

      3. c
        cyberroo Aug 4, 2009 03:25 PM

        Well, Ubuntu definitely meets your "California" criteria, and the individual plates aren't particularly expensive, so I'd think you could get away with it, but I know that it's not always fun to be ordering cautiously.

        I wouldn't recommend BarbersQ for a non-meat-eater, it just wouldn't be fair/fun.

        You might want to look at JoLe in Calistoga. It's also smaller plates, good for sharing, but if you order reasonably, you should be ok price-wise. We ordered really meat-heavy when I was there last, but they also have an ample seafood selection.

        1. s
          scfinson Aug 13, 2009 08:14 AM

          Redd had very reasonably priced food for the quality. Not sure about the dietary requirements you have, I thought price to value was best of anyplace we ate on our trip to Sonoma/Napa in July.

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          1. re: scfinson
            Raisel Aug 13, 2009 12:37 PM

            We were there in July as well. one of our favorites.

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