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One night in wine country - where would you eat?

My wife and I will be in wine country next April for one night (maybe two). My question is, besides The French Laundry, where would you eat?

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. I was in wine country last April for one night and failed to achieve French Laundry reservations so we ended up going to Adhoc, Thomas Keller's casual family style restaurant, we loved it. He has a cookbook for this restaurant as well and we use it all the time.

    1. Where in wine country? A search of this board using the specific area might help. Examples Healdsburg, Russian River, Sonoma, Yountville, etc. Lots of excellent places and no need to drive far if some place is convenient to your lodging and winery choices.

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      1. re: wolfe

        We haven't decided where to stay yet and are willing to drive anywhere within Napa or Sonoma Valley for a great dinner.

        1. re: chefconti

          The top three dining destinations in wine country are The French Laundry, The Restaurant at Meadowood, and Cyrus. Other places that receive good reports include Redd, Bouchon, The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Terra, and Auberge du Soleil.

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          The French Laundry
          6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

          Terra Restaurant
          1345 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

          Farmhouse Inn
          7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

          Cyrus Restaurant
          29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

          Auberge Du Soleil
          180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, CA 94573

          Redd
          6480 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

          Bouchon
          6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

          1. re: Paul H

            Terra and the Farmhouse Inn are my favorites in the wine country (now that, sadly, the Martini House has closed).

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            Farmhouse Inn
            7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

      2. I live in Napa so these are my favorites - in order of preference:

        JoLe (Calistoga)
        Terra (St. Helena)
        Meadowood (Rutherford)
        Bouchon (Yountville)

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        JoLe
        1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515

        Bouchon
        6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

        1. My favorite place in Sonoma Valley is Vineyards Inn, though if the French Laundry is your idea of fun, maybe not.

          I find Napa Valley too touristy and Yountville intolerably so, but I'll put up with it for Bistro Jeanty, since I love classic old-school bistro dishes such as lamb's tongue, pig's foot, blood sausage, and veal kidneys and they do them very, very well.

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          Bistro Jeanty
          6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

          Vineyards Inn
          8445 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452