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3 Nights in Yountville

jranen Jun 20, 2010 02:40 PM

My wife and I are staying in Yountville for 3 nights in late July. While we will explore all of Napa during the day, I want to stay in Yountville for dinner. These are the three most important restaurant reservation decisions I have for the entire year. I've already secured a reservation for Ad Hoc's Fried Chicken night. Now I need two more recommendations. We love Italian so we are considering Bottega. We are also considering Bistro Jeanty but have heard rumors that it is sliding downhill and the menu did not seem very inspiring to me.

All recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. Barbara76137 RE: jranen Jun 20, 2010 03:59 PM

    Please don't flame me, but if you would like to drive down to Kenwood, Cafe Citti is one of the most unassuming yet wonderful places. You may just want to grab some items from the menu that you can enjoy as you explore wine country. The last time I was there we ordered a whole rosemary chicken AFTER our dinner figuring we would eat it the next day on our wine tastings.....the chicken didn't make it through the night!!

    Cafe Citti
    9047 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452

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      wolfe RE: Barbara76137 Jun 20, 2010 04:08 PM

      Don't know what this flame stuff is but is this side trip realistic? Citti in Sonoma is 34 miles away from Yountville by the reasonable highway but only 17 by my beloved winding mountain shortcut, Oakville Grade to Trinity Road

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        OldTimer RE: wolfe Jun 20, 2010 07:51 PM

        I never clocked it, but it is the scariest trip I ever made, and I've been to many scary roads in the U.S. I'd stick with Bistro Jeanty...try the Coq au Vin.

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          Indy_Foodie RE: OldTimer Jun 21, 2010 11:20 AM

          I agree about Oakville Grade being more than a little twisted. My wife became nauseous. Wouldn't even consider it if I had anything to drink.

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            wolfe RE: Indy_Foodie Jun 21, 2010 04:37 PM

            OT and IF I didn't recommend the grade or any other trip to Sonoma considering the variety of choices available within 10 miles of Yountville, from Ubuntu in the south to Cindy's, Martini House and Cook to the north.

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

            Martini House
            1245 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574

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      metfan630 RE: jranen Jun 21, 2010 07:47 AM

      I am staying in Yountsville for one night in August and am going to Redd. It came highly recommended on this board and other sources. Bottega was an option, but we have some Italian places scouted for earlier in the week while in SF...

      6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

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        minnesotajane RE: jranen Jun 22, 2010 08:01 AM

        We just spent 3 nights in Yountville last weekend. We had all of our dinner reservations in town as well- it was lovely to walk to and from dinner every night and also, more importantly, not worry about how much wine we were drinking. We went to Redd, Bouchon, and Bottegga. And here are my two cents:

        LOVED Redd. If you can, try their 5 course tasting menu. The entire table must order but everyone gets a different course and wine pairing. It was lovely and every dish was delicious. Service was attentive and friendly...my favorite meal of the three.

        Bouchon- I have been to Bistro Jeanty (although years ago) and preferred Bouchon. It has such a Parisian feel to it. Although the menu is much "simpler" than Redd, every dish was executed wonderfully. Service also very friendly and the atmosphere lively.

        Bottegga-- Of the three, if I had to rank, this would be last. There was nothing wrong with our meal and it was very good but I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. Maybe too high expectations? We didn't have any entrees- just a starter, salad, pasta, and dessert. Again, I have to say, it was very good...but to me, nothing truly special. It was between Bottegga and Ad Hoc and I wish we would have tried Ad Hoc.

        Good luck!!

        Ad Hoc
        6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

        Bistro Jeanty
        6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

        6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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