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napa alone for diner, where to go?

I'll be in napa overnight alone. No time for wine tasting, but will need to eat dinner. I'm a vegetarian who eats fish. I was thinking of either finding a good wineshop that doesn't gauge (I'm on a lot of mailing lists ) and grabbing a pizza or something for the room, or a casual restaurant with a good wine list. I tried Oxbow on my last trip, but did love it.

any suggestions?

thanks

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  1. Terra, Cook and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen (all in St. Helena if that works) have some great seafood entrees and great wine menus to boot.

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    Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
    1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

    1. Vegetarian in Napa? Ubuntu! Fabulous.

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

      1. Ubuntu is the easy, almost cliche, answer. In addition, I'd suggest going and sitting at the bar at Ad Hoc and telling them you'd like a vegetarian-coursed meal. They're happy to oblige and do some pretty good stuff!

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

        Ad Hoc
        6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

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        1. re: openhelix

          After recent trips to both, I would highly recommend Ubuntu.

          Avoid Ad Hoc like the plague!

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

          Ad Hoc
          6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

          1. re: gregb

            gregb... what about Ad Hoc makes you say this? It was one of my favorite/most memorable dinners in Yountville.

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            Ad Hoc
            6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

            1. re: billraymond

              The service was pathetic (wine bottle left to pour ourselves, empty water glasses and water containers for long stretches of time, empty plates left on our table for 20 minutes on a couple different occasions, having to be offered coffee by our bus boy, etc.), an uninspired menu that was ordinary at best, 2 ribeye steaks (for 6 people) that were cool to the touch, inconsistently cooked, and nearly half fat, incredibly small portions (3 asparagus per person for the salad, 2-4 ounces of beef per person for the main), and a stale pound cake for dessert that was soaked in a simple syrup to make up for its lack of freshness. All of what I have listed and much more leads to a meal I would describe as nothing short of a rip off at $52 per person. If Chef Keller were at our table, I cannot even imagine what his reaction would have been.

              ...maybe we caught them on an off night.

              1. re: gregb

                Wow did you have a completely different experience than me! The service was outstanding and the food was portioned really well. I will admit the meat was a bit on the cool side but they informed us it would not come out ripping hot and we all kind of liked the way it was served. Either I had a good night or you had a bad night :-)

          2. re: openhelix

            I would like to heartily reject "almost cliche" and just call Ubuntu cliche!
            Bar at Ad Hoc is the way to go. Never had an cliche or ordinary meal at there.

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

            Ad Hoc
            6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

            1. re: mmerino

              If the OP has never been, then does cliche matter? It's a great meal. And, I too, have had an outstanding meal at Ad Hoc. Service was terrific and kitchen was very accomodating to a vegetarian. My guess is every single recommendation on here won't dissapoint.

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              Ad Hoc
              6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

          3. If I were dining by myself and wanted a really nice meal but also wanted to enjoy a bit of the messiness that is Napa, I would sit at the bar at Mustards.

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            Mustards Grill
            7399 St. Helena Hwy, Yountville, CA 94558

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            1. re: billraymond

              Sitting at the bar is a favorite pastime of mine. Lots of options.

              Napa: Ubuntu, Farm at the Carneros Inn

              Yountville: Bouchon, Mustards

              St. Helena: Cyndys, Cook, Go Fish

              Given your one night and Napa location, I'd do Ubuntu or Farm.

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

              Go Fish
              641 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574

              Bouchon
              6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

            2. I'd head to Grace's Table. I dine alone in Napa weekly (live here) and the quality at Grace's Table never ceases to impress without being pretentious or expensive.

              If you eat fish and want to splurge, the sushi bar at Morimoto can be quite fun as well but prepare for a $100 meal versus a $30 meal.

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              Morimoto
              610 Main Street, Napa, CA

              Grace's Table
              1400 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559

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              1. re: CarrieWas218

                Second Grace's Table . . . lots of locals eat there. I like eating solo at their bar too. The food is always delicious.

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                Grace's Table
                1400 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559

                1. re: vday

                  Sorry, cannot "third" Grace's Table. Many options though, especially if sitting at the bar works for you.

                  Napa: Zuzu, Morimoto, Angele, Oenotri (though the bar is small)

                  Yountville: Bistro Jeanty, Redd

                  St. Helena: Cook and I've heard Bar Terra is good but haven't been

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                  Bistro Jeanty
                  6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

                  Oenotri
                  1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

                  Morimoto
                  610 Main Street, Napa, CA

                  Grace's Table
                  1400 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559

                  1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

                    I'll second your Bistro Jeanty nomination. They have a bustling room and sitting at the bar there seems like it would be a great option.

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                    Bistro Jeanty
                    6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599