Sunday, October 30, 2011

Best Napa Valley Restaurants - 2011/2012

The new Zagat Bay Area Restaurants 2012 and The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2012 were recently released. Here's an update on the critics' favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley.

The French Laundry in Yountville and The Restaurant at Meadowood near St. Helena remain Michelin's only three-star restaurants in the Bay Area. 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.

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

The top rated restaurants for food in the Napa Valley, according to Zagat, are The French Laundry (29 points), The Restaurant at Meadowood (28), Terra (27), Ad Hoc (27), Redd (27), and Auberge du Soleil (27).

"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: Bar Terra (St. Helena), Bistro Don Giovanni (Napa city), Etoile, Redd, and Terra. Twelve 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

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