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Mar 18, 2014 06:34 AM

Good lunch in Napa Valley?

Hi, I'm making a trip out to Napa Valley, and I'd like recommendations for a nice weekday lunch. In terms of what I'm looking for, if French Laundry were theoretically open for lunch and had a cheaper lunch menu of about $50 a person, then I would be open to something like that. I've made reservations at Redd for now, which appears to have a $50 lunch pre-fixe, but if there are any other better options, I would love to hear about them! Thanks!

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  1. i like sitting in the porch at bottega or even a nice lunch at bouchon. if you are up for a picnic in the sun, try taylors refresher (i know its gotts now).

    1. I agree with streakeasy, I love sitting outside at Bottega and the food is wonderful. That being said, I've had dinner at Redd and it was fantastic. I don't think you can go wrong.

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      1. re: topeater

        Thanks for the Bottega recommendation-I forgot that Michael Chiarello had a restaurant here! There's a Bouchon in new york, so I'll rule that out. Narrowing down between Bottega and Redd...

        1. re: gabandgobble

          Unlike the others, I am a Bottego detractor - finding their food heavy and laden.

          I would sit outdoors at Bistro Don Giovanni.

          In downtown Napa, there is also alfresco dining at Angele, Oxbow Market (Ca'Momi), or Grace's Table.

          Lastly, a *great* Napa lunch is the Bento Box offering at Morimoto. A dinner there is $150+ but their bento box comes in under $25 and gives you a full spectrum of the restaurant.

          1. re: gabandgobble

            bouchon cafe in nyc is totally different as I live in nyc. The one in yountville is bouchon bistro.

            1. re: streakeasy

              that is a valid point - the bouchon in ny is in a shopping center, and i'm sure the experience is vastly different from the one in california. i guess i've at least tried some of bouchon's offerings so wanted to go somewhere different while in napa.

        2. I would stick with Redd although I had a pretty good lunch at Mustards Grill as well.

          1. Hi all,

            Thank you for all the Napa Valley lunch recommendations. We ended up going to Redd on day 1, and Bouchon on day 2.

            Redd was pretty solid. I loved the relaxed, contemporary vibe of the dining room, and for the most part I thought the Asian influences were incorporated well. The lettuce cups were a bit of a disappointment--soggy and overly sweet. I loved the glazed pork belly, a gloriously rich and decadent dish, and the yellowtail tuna and hamachi tartare and petrale sole were well executed.

            Although I'm not a huge fan of old-school French bistro cooking, I also enjoyed our lunch at Bouchon. The special pasta of the day, a tagliatelle with mushroom and fava bean pasta, was amazing. The green garlic soup was comforting, and the simple goat cheese salad was surprisingly tasty. The table bread was also fantastic--we needed to ask for two braided loaves.

            I also wanted to call out Andie's Cafe, a diner located in a gas station that makes terrific breakfast burritos. It's obviously very humble and low key and doesn't get the press of the more renowned Yountville restaurants, but it definitely is worth a visit. The Pear, on the other hand, was not that great.

            For pictures, as well as an overview of some vineyards we visited, see below: