Here's your cheat sheet to the wealth of incredible restaurants in California's most famous wine country, whether you're putting together a picnic or ready to splurge on the meal of a lifetime.
Where to Grab a Casual Bite
Yes, it’s possible to find a quick, affordable and outstanding meal in Napa.
If it’s a juicy cheeseburger and fries that you’re craving (made from prime local ingredients, of course), stop here. Pair your order with wine or beer and end it with Straus Family organic soft serve in a milkshake or cone. 933 Main St., St. Helena
Oxbow Public Market
Satisfy all members of your party at this artisanal marketplace, where a diverse selection of local vendors offer everything from oysters to tacos to gluten-free baked goods. 610 & 644 1st St., Napa
This iconic little spot is the oldest continuously operating grocer in the state and the perfect place to grab a hearty, gourmet sandwich for your picnic. 7856 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville
Brasswood at Cairdean Estates
Swing by this modern and tasteful new bakery at the foot of Spring Mountain for breakfast or lunch. The numerous pastry and bread offerings all have a fresh spin, like the croissant with butterscotch and lime. Order a salad or sandwich for lunch in the courtyard or on the lawn. 3111 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena
Where to Eat Pizza
The Napa Valley is a hotbed for authentic Italian pizza.
This downtown Napa restaurant gets rave reviews for its high quality, hearty southern Italian food, especially the pizzas from the wood-fueled oven imported from Naples.
1425 1st St., Napa
Founded by three Italian immigrants with a passion for traditional recipes, this restaurant prepares painstakingly authentic Neapolitan dishes with fresh Napa ingredients. 610 1st St., Napa
A longtime local favorite, this restaurant on the corner of Napa’s restaurant row offers a variety of stellar thin-crust pies. 1260 Main St., Napa
This chic pizzeria from chef Richard Reddington (of the acclaimed restaurant Redd) oven-fires excellent pies. Snag a seat by the fireplace on the outdoor patio if you can. 6755 Washington St., Yountville
Where to Splurge
Open your wallet for a bucket-list-worthy dining experience.
Au Berge du Soleil
This Michelin-starred restaurant at one of the country’s most exclusive resorts is at least as famous as the inn itself. Ponder the breathtaking view of the valley from the dining room while feasting on Mediterranean-inspired dishes that highlight the diversity of local produce. 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford
The Conservatory at Greystone
Talented culinary students led by chef Larry Forgione run this weekends-only restaurant (and even harvest the ingredients from local farmers) located on the historic, castle-style campus of the Culinary Institute of America. 2555 Main St., St. Helena
The French Laundry
Make reservations two months ahead for Thomas Keller’s Yountville restaurant, which has maintained a three- Michelin-star rating for six years running. Choose from two nine-course tasting menus (no single meal ever repeats an ingredient) that change daily for $295. Jackets required. (Look for pop-ups at Silverado Resort while the restaurant is closed for renovations in spring 2015.) 6640 Washington St., Yountville
The Restaurant at Meadowood
Save room for nine-20 courses and prepare your tastebuds (and eyes) for the journey of a lifetime at this three-Michelin star restaurant, where 1,200 different wines fill the cellar. In lieu of a set menu, chef Chris Kustow creates a special lineup of dishes for each guest based on preferences and tastes. The tasting menu is $225 (double with wine pairings), and the 20-course Counter Menu is $500. 900 Meadowood Ln., St. Helena