The 5 best wine restaurants and wine bars in Napa wine country 2024

Napa is truly a classic ground for every wine lover. Of course, Star Wine List can show you the way to the best places to drink great wine, whether you just want a glass or two, or enjoy a fine dining experience. The guide is created by our ambassador Morgan Harris MS.

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  1. Phone: +1 (707) 967-0550

    Address: 587 Saint Helena Highway, St. Helena

    The baby of Leslie Rudd, founder of the Dean and Deluca luxury grocer franchise, and Napa Valley’s Rudd winery, Press was the first Napa restaurant to really celebrate Napa-qua-Napa. Revered sommelier Kelly White, who wrote the absolutely definitive, academic guide to Napa Wine, Napa Valley: Then & Now made a significant amount of the research for her work here at this restaurant, serving Napa’s history out of this cellar. There’s no restaurant that more directly revels in Napa’s history than Press. While you can drink Napa wine anywhere in Napa, if you want to drink the history of Napa and...

  2. Phone: +1 (707) 944-8037

    Address: 6534 Washington Street, Yountville

    Bouchon is chef Thomas Keller’s (The French Laundry) ode to the French bistro, right in the heart of Napa Valley’s charming town of Yountville. Baguettes, seafood platters, boudin blanc, steak frites, croque monsieurs… if it’s classic old-school French cooking, they’ll have it on the menu. As someone who finds this food deeply satisfying, a trip to Bouchon is always a treat. The wine list straddles between traditional French and new wave California, but given the fame of Bouchon’s executive chef, and its location in the heart of the Napa Valley, most of the tourists who visit Bouchon tend to...

  3. Phone: +1 (707) 944-2380

    Address: 6640 Washington Street, Yountville

    Without a doubt, Chef Thomas Keller invented fine dining in America, and this is the restaurant that he first did it in. Unsurprisingly, he wanted a wine list to go with it, and the stewardship of this beverage program has been handled by some of America’s greatest wine professionals, including Frasca’s Bobby Stucky, Protege Palo Alto’s Dennis Kelly, and Gregory Castells. The wine list at The French Laundry has never been cheap, but it has always included some of the very best wines on the planet. There’s no doubt you’ll find something canonical and incredible to drink, but you’re not necessa...

  4. Phone: +1 (707) 252-3292

    Address: 1140 Main Street, Napa

    Sean and Cynthia O'Toole have created one of the best places to drink and eat in the Napa Valley; after years of working in fine dining kitchens across America and Europe, in their own words, they’re, “proud to be 'dismantling' the fine dining experience, replacing it with a sophisticated yet relaxed evening that doesn't break the bank”. In a place as expensive and as luxury-oriented as the modern-day Napa Valley, this perspective and experience is certainly welcome. While you can certainly blow out the bank here with wines like DRC and Krug, there’s plenty of great more affordable options as...

  5. Phone: +1 (707) 224-4400

    Address: 930 Franklin Street, Napa

    When travelling in North Coast wine country, there are plenty of opportunities for blowout meals, but it’s rare to find a solid venue for an interesting bottle of wine in a more casual, patio/bar atmosphere. Cadet, located in downtown Napa scratches that itch, with a thoughtful, extensive wine list of largely unheralded, unadorned Californian wine next to European classics and more natural-focused bottles from around the world. The wine offering is served next to small plates and snacks, but it’s a great place to explore new wines. You’re likely to rub shoulders with locals, tourists, and a f...