Where to Dine
The Restaurant at Meadowood
Landing the eighth spot in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants in the World for 2017, The Restaurant at Meadowood in St Helena is one the Napa Valley’s most revered restaurants. The restaurant has earned three Michelin stars for its modern American cuisine paired with wines from the Napa region and beyond. Ingredients are sourced from the restaurant’s on-site culinary garden which grows seasonal produce that Chef Christopher Kostow incorporates into his award-winning dishes like the signature borage and oyster leaf in a mignonette of fermented turnip and turnip juice. While its culinary finesse is certainly a highlight, Meadowood is also a luxury hotel with lavish lodgings including the Estate Suite, which was recognized in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Suites Gourmand category, as well as Meadowood Spa which features a culinary menu inspired by the natural treatments. Guests can savor cress, romaine and kale with dungeness crab, meyer lemon and ginseng in the comfort of their spa suite to bring a fine-dining experience to their relaxing day.
The Restaurant at Meadowood is located at 900 Meadowood Lane, St Helena, CA 94574. For booking and more information, please visit therestaurantatmeadowood.com or contact email@example.com, +1 707 967 1205.
The French Laundry
From renowned Chef Thomas Keller, The French Laundry in Yountville is another Elite Traveler reader favorite, ranking twenty-fifth in this year’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World. Perhaps best known for its Jacobsen Orchard mulberries dish, the three-Michelin-starred French Laundry offers two tasting menus: chef’s tasting menu and tasting of vegetables. To keep guests on their toes, the menus change daily and no single ingredient is ever repeated throughout the meal, making the sommeliers on hand essential to creating the perfect wine pairing for your meal. For exceptional French bistro fare, be sure to check out The French Laundry’s one-Michelin-starred sister restaurant, Bouchon, just down the street. Dine on the patio for a beautiful view of Yountville complemented by a raw bar, seasonal dishes and staples like roast chicken or trout amandine.
The French Laundry is located at 6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599. For booking and more information, please visit thomaskeller.com or contact +1 707 944 2380.
If sushi is your speed, Morimoto Napa is the epitome of fine Japanese dining in the region. Its namesake, Chef Masaharu Morimoto, gained prominence as a contestant on the TV show Iron Chef after working as part of the original Nobu restaurant team. At Morimoto Napa, neutral colors and white oak accents create a zen-like atmosphere for enjoying the comprehensive Morimoto Omakase tasting menu. Entrées include innovative versions of classic Japanese dishes such as duck meatball soup with duck confit fried riced in gooseberry compote, seafood toban yaki, as well as a variety of steaks, sushi, sashimi and maki. Try the chef’s sushi combination or take your pick from the caviar portion of the sushi/sashimi menu. For a break from the wine focus of Napa Valley, Morimoto offers Momosan Sake Bar where guests can sample a flight of the spirit accompanied by a Japanese history lesson.
Warm and inviting, Press marries agricultural tradition with understated luxury in this farmhouse-style restaurant. Enveloped in natural light from the custom greenhouse paneling, guests can sit back in sumptuous leather chairs as sommeliers retrieve wines — exclusively from Napa Valley — on library ladders. A standout bottle of California red will be paired with comfort cuisine sourced from Press’s two private gardens as well as from local farmers and markets. The menu includes steaks from the almond and cherry wood grill as well as the favorite Fulton Farms whole organic free range chicken for two. For a bit of everything, order the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing to enjoy by the crackling fireplace.
Sophisticated La Toque restaurant holds a Michelin star for its three nightly menus and expert wine pairings. The core menu offers a selection of dishes with a wine selection, such as prime New York stip loin with 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon from Neal Family Vineyards, and pan-seared sea scallop with 2013 Meursault from Christian Bellang & Fils. Create your own four- or five-course tasting menu, or opt for the chef’s table tasting menu for nine courses of savory meat, seafood and cheese. For the herbivores, a vegetable tasting menu serves six courses including dessert.