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Wine Country Restaurants with a View

We are coming into Napa Valley for three nights and staying at the Marriott Napa Valley. I've done a search of Chowhound and it looks like Angele Restaurant fits the bill for one of the nights but I'd like some suggestions on other venues for the remaining two evenings and one lunch. The wine tastings are all set.

We'd prefer Italian, French, American, Mexican or Californian cuisine. Money is no object. We've rented a convertible and wouldn’t mind a half hour or so drive but don’t want to be up too late. No price fix.

We went to Sterling Vineyards and were so blown away by the beauty we’d like to take in as much as we can with what little time we are there so I’m sorry to say the view is more important than the food.

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  1. There are really only a few that have a view: Bistro Don Giovanni and Brix. The current problem is that the sun sets so early this time of year that by the time you are sitting down to dinner, the view is dark and there is nothing to see so you might wish to relegate those restaurants to lunches if you want that view.

    1. There aren't many restaurants with views because the vineyards are zoned for agriculture.

      1. If money is no object, the restaurant at Auberge du Soleil offers a spectacular view of Napa Valley from the hills east of Rutherford.

        1. "money no object...view is more important than the food"
          Auberge Du Soleil

          On our first overnight trip to Napa, DH & I had cocktails here then dinner elsewhere. It was good...once. Wineries with views are easier to come by and preferable. Just my 2 cents.

          A few you might enjoy...Joseph Phelps, CADE & Chappellet. If you don't mind a windy drive up the mountain, there are several on Spring Mountain including Pride.

          1. Auberge du Soleil really does have a great view, but I don't know how good the food is, since it has been a long time since I have eaten there. Another possibility is to go there for a drink on their bar/patio at sunset and then go else where for dinner. No view, but I always enjoy the food at Bistro Jeanty - French, but more of a casual French, with many options. And after dark, you can't see anything anyway.

            1. Thanks, We'll be there in June. I thought about Auberge du Soleil but hadn't heard much about the food. My husband is not a foodie and if he doesn't see anything he like he won't order anything at all.

              1. Brix is the spot. Good view, nice food. Not much view at Don Giovanni, but the ambience is fantastic, and the food is good. You could go to Bardessano and ask to eat on the roof by the pool, I guess.
                OH yes-Etoile at Domaine Chandon overlooks a nice garden and some vineyards. Ask for a window table or eat on the terrace, weather permitting.

                1. Just wanted to bump this thread back up, as my bf and I are visiting Napa next week and I'm trying to get a third dinner reservation squared away. We are coming into san francisco on saturday, doing two days there, then three nights in napa, then flying down to san diego for the rest of the week. For our napa meals, I already have reservations at redd wood and oenotri for monday and tuesday, now I'm trying to find a spot with a view for our last night in napa. It sounds like Brix was the spot in February, is that still the case? Or are we better off doing cocktails at auberge de soleil and then dinner elsewhere? Thanks in advance from a boston hound!

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                  1. re: BlueTrain84

                    What you have at Redd Wood and Oenotri are REMARKABLY similar... Wood-fired pizzas, charcuterie plates, and Cal-Italian offerings.

                    Honestly, you can do better. And there has been a recent staff/chef/ownership upset at Oenetri that we are all still waiting out...

                    Zuzu in downtown Napa for great tapas.
                    Goose & Gander in St. Helena
                    Farmstead in St. Helena
                    Redd (not their pizza house, but the more upscale restaurant)

                    1. re: CarrieWas218

                      Thanks for the heads up on Oenotri, I just replaced that reservation with goose & gander. Redd looks fabulous but a little more expensive than we were hoping for with a week of hotels, dinner reservations and vineyards (plus flights from the east coast).

                      Is brix worth a visit or should we just do cocktails at auberge de soleil and then dinner elsewhere?

                      1. re: BlueTrain84

                        I loved the happy hour at Brix but recent reports indicate yet another chef change so it is probably advisable to steer clear...

                        If you want great food that won't break the bank, consider Grace's Table; it is a locals favorite by far and if you can get there between 3:00 and 6:00, they have a VERY extensive happy hour where their appetizers are 50% off.

                        Oxbow Market is another place that one can dine on a budget; lots of grazing with interesting eats!

                        And definitely have cocktails at Auberge! It is gorgeous up there...