Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Best Napa Valley Restaurants - 2013/2014

The new Zagat Bay Area Restaurants 2014 and The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2014 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. Twenty-nine restaurants received one star from Michelin. The Napa recipients are Bouchon in Yountville; La Toque in Napa city, Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, Terra in St. Helena, and Solbar in the Solage resort in Calistoga.

Seven of the 50 most popular Bay Area restaurants, according to Zagat, are in the Napa Valley: The French Laundry (Yountville), Bottega (Yountville), Bouchon (Yountville), Hog Island Oyster Co. and Bar (Oxbow Market, Napa city), Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford), Ad Hoc (Yountville), Bistro Jeanty (Yountville), and Mustard's Grill (Yountville).

The top rated restaurants for food in the Napa Valley, according to Zagat, are The French Laundry (28 points) (Yountville) and Terra (St. Helena), Cole's Chop House (Napa city), The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena), Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford), and Redd (Yountville) (all 27points) (Yountville).

"The San Francisco Chronicle's" top rating is four stars, which were awarded to two Napa Valley restaurants:  French Laundry (Yountville) and The Restaurant at Meadowood (near St. Helena). The following Napa Valley restaurants received 3.5 stars: Bar Terra (St. Helena), Bistro Don Giovanni (Napa city), Etoile (Yountville), Redd (Yountville), and Terra (St. Helena). Thirteen 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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