Wine country special occasion meal advice
We're going to Napa for two nights at the end of October and I'm looking for some advice on a restaurant for a tenth wedding anniversary dinner. I'm on the waitlist for FL, but not holding my breath, but that being said, my husband is not a fan of extensive tasting menus, but would happily make an exception for FL. We have a reservation for Medowood (three courses in the bar; I couldn't persuade him to do the nine course menu in the restaurant) the day before our anniversary and a lunch at Bouchon the day after, but we need a restaurant for the day itself. Really good food is the most important criteria, but also want it to be nice enough to wear a suit and not feel out of place. We went to AQ in SF last year on your recommendation and had a great time (and have returned there multiple times). Something a little along those lines would be great but I'm not sure it exists in the wine country. We'll have a car so anywhere in that area is possible.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.
thanks so much for the recommendations; we ate a Etoile a number of years ago, but found it a bit stuffy--could just have been our mood that night. I've also been to Redd--also a number of years ago and did the tasting menu with my sister. Found it somewhat overwhelming with both of us getting different dishes, so ended up tasting 10+ courses.
However, I've made a reservation at Redd and we'll stick to the a la carte! I'm happy that I'll still get to taste some of the offerings at Medowood as well, if only in the bar. My husband will not be swayed and I want us both to be happy on our anniversary dinner!
Thanks again for your help.
re: Ruth Lafler
thanks for the recommendation; we actually went to Terra to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and I toyed with the idea of returning ten years later, but I think we want something more contemporary. I think the restaurant we're really looking for probably exists in SF and not the wine country.
Thanks for your help!
I'd call Meadowood and tell them what you'd like to do, or what would suit you. Let them know it's your ten-year anniversary. The nine-courses are not filling, or you can scale back to five. A meal there is truly is a memorable experience. The Meadowood staff is very accommodating, and the setting and service are exemplary.