Food isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when people think about California’s Napa Valley. After all, Napa is one of the most visited wine regions in the world, so beverages are usually at the top of mind when traveling in this region. However, there are plenty of great places to eat in Napa Valley, and you can find everything from burritos to amazing pastas. Here are some of the best, and in some cases, little-known eats in Napa Valley.
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
This restaurant takes the “farm-to-table” mentality to a whole new level. Virtually every ingredient used in every dish is grown or harvested on one of the Long Meadow Ranch’s properties. You’ll find a fantastic menu for lunch and dinner, daily, but if you want a real treat plan a Sunday brunch date while you’re in the region.
Goose and Gander
If you feel like taking a break from the wine and instead want to enjoy a fantastic cocktail, the Goose and Gander is the place for you! The bar at the restaurant is located in the basement of the house, which was built in the 1800s, and it’s rumored that during prohibition it was also a speakeasy. Aside from having the best selection of spirits in Napa Valley, it’s also the only place in St. Helena where you can get food after 10 p.m.
La Luna Market & Taqueria
A true local favorite, La Luna Market & Taqueria, is where the vineyard and cellar employees go for lunch. Part of the reason is that you’ll find amazing views of the surrounding countryside without the glitz and glamour that comes along with high-end vineyard tours, but the biggest reason is that it’s home to the best burrito in Napa Valley.
This downtown Napa restaurant is committed to only using local, sustainable food sources in their menu. Environmental awareness aside, the food alone is worth the trip. You’ll find a fantastic breakfast menu, and of course lunch and dinner. The best time to visit is during happy hour in the late afternoon, where you can sample small plates from the dinner menu.
Another favorite among locals, Angele offers a menu full of the rustic, French rural cuisine. You’ll find staples like roasted quail and duck confit, and it’s a great place for oyster lovers.