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Good lunch in Napa Valley?

gabandgobble Mar 18, 2014 06:34 AM

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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    streakeasy RE: gabandgobble Mar 18, 2014 07:08 AM

    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).

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      topeater RE: gabandgobble Mar 18, 2014 08:07 AM

      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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        gabandgobble RE: topeater Mar 18, 2014 08:42 AM

        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...

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          CarrieWas218 RE: gabandgobble Mar 18, 2014 09:19 AM

          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.

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            streakeasy RE: gabandgobble Mar 19, 2014 05:34 AM

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

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              gabandgobble RE: streakeasy Mar 19, 2014 05:26 PM

              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.

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          wolmania RE: gabandgobble Mar 18, 2014 09:24 AM

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

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            gabandgobble RE: gabandgobble Apr 13, 2014 06:40 PM

            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:


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