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Wine is Fine, but Where's the Good Food (Napa)?!

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Has anyone been to and would recommend any of these restraurants or others in the Napa area (mostly Yountville)? Anything off the beaten path/ethnic?? Thanks, LM

Bottega (the frontrunner)
Redd (a close second - menu looks amazing)
Ad Hoc (maybe better for lunch than dinner?)
Bistro Jeanty (very french which is great, but anything special?)

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Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Bottega
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. LM, you might notice that there is a blue link for each of the restaurants you mentioned (and I'll link up to Redd for you). Those places are highly frequented and have been reported on many times over the years. You can find those discussions and reviews, advice on what dishes to order, and other tips by clicking on the links to give you a better sense of each place as a start.

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    Redd
    6480 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

    1. If you do a search on this board you will find many many references to the four you have mentioned plus many more. You might want to be more specifii about your spending limits, when you will be visiting and what kind of food you are looking for.

      1. As others have mentioned, those you cited are heavily referenced on these boards and a little searching will produce a plethora of reviews for you to read.

        As for ethnic, I can offer the following:
        Zuzu - great tapas
        Bistro Sabor - understated and great quality Latin American food
        Neela's - expensive and just mediocre Indian food
        Taste of Himalayas - newly opened and a bit more upscale than those by the same name in neighboring cities
        Pica Pica - Venezualan available in the Oxbow market
        C Casa - also in Oxbow, an exciting taqueria unlike every other standard taqueria in the area
        Small World - hole-in-the-wall Mediterranean, only open for lunch; inexpensive and quite good
        Mini Mango - elegant Thai bistro in downtown
        Bui Bistro - French Vietnamese (haven't been)
        Morimoto - Japanese fusion (expensive, but good)
        Eiko's - Japanese fusion (mediocre)
        Juju's Mediterranean - A little better than Small World, but harder to get to, off Trancas

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        Small World Restaurant
        1385 Napa Town Ctr, Napa, CA

        Bistro Sabor
        1126 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

        C Casa
        644 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

        Morimoto
        610 Main Street, Napa, CA

        1. Lots of good spots on Carrie's list,

          NAPA/SONOMA, etc. suggestions? (particularly off the beaten path)
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/698780

          Search results for Napa off the beaten path:
          http://www.chow.com/search?search_boa...

          1. I would go to any of these over the three:
            Cook
            Press (St. Helena)
            Redd
            Auberge du Solieil (Rutherford, but one of the best views anywhere, and great food)
            Wappo Bar (Calistoga, but a great little patio)

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            1. re: demitasse04

              Wappo used to be a favorite of mine, but alas is closed . . .
              Redd is excellent:-)