Friday, November 12, 2010

Best Napa Valley Restaurants - 2010/2011

The new "Zagat 2011 Bay Area Restaurants" and "The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2011" were recently released. Here's an update on the critics' favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley.

Joining the The French Laundry in Yountville as the only restaurants to receive three stars from the Michelin Guide in the entire Bay Area is The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena. Thirty-nine restaurants received one star from Michelin. The Napa recipients are Etoile at Domaine Chandon, Bouchon, and Redd in Yountville; La Toque and Ubuntu in Napa city, Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, Terra in St. Helena and Solbar in the Solage resort in Calistoga.

Only 4 of the 25 most popular Bay Area restaurants, according to Zagat, are in the Napa Valley: The French Laundry, Bouchon, Ad Hoc (Yountville), and Auberge du Soleil. Other Napa Valley restaurants on the 50 most popular list are Bottega (Yountville), Bistro Jeanty (Yountville), Mustard's Grill (Yountville), Redd , and Hog Island Oyster (Napa city).

The top rated restaurants for food in the Napa Valley according to Zagat are The French Laundry (29 points), La Toque (27), Redd (27), Ad Hoc (27), Auberge du Soleil (26), Terra (26), Ubuntu (26), The Restaurant at Meadowood (26), Martini House (26) (now closed), Bouchon (26), and Bottega (26).

"The San Francisco Chronicle's" top rating is four stars, which were awarded to two Napa Valley restaurants:  French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood. The following Napa Valley restaurants received 3.5 stars: Bistro Don Giovanni (Napa city), Etoile, Redd, and Terra. Fourteen restaurants are the recipients of three stars.

My favorite lunch spot in the Napa Valley remains Auberge du Soleil. The combination of food, service, and view can't be beat. I've taken many happy guests to this restaurant. If you would like to take a private tour of the Napa Valley that includes a meal at one of these great restaurants, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.

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