2016 Napa Restaurant Week: More than Cabernet-Braised Lamb Shanks

Napa Valley Restaurant WeekWe hope you’re ready to do some exploration of the restaurants in Napa Valley because January 24-31 is Napa Valley Restaurant Week. Starting today, whether you’re a visitor, a Bay Area native, or a Valley local resident, this week-long promotion allows everyone to experience the valley’s legendary food and wine culture (and at a discount, no less).  Through multi-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner, you and your family (and/or friends) can try out the latest culinary hot spots or revisit old favorites all week long.

Local chefs have created menus to celebrate the occasion and several of the restaurants offer optional wine pairings at a nominal additional cost.  Many restaurants are also donating their corkage fees to the Napa Food Bank, a program administered by the Community Action of Napa Valley (CANV) providing nutritious food to low-income individuals, families, seniors and non-profit organizations throughout the County.

Chicken & Waffles at The Pear

Chicken & Waffles at The Pear

So if you’ve been meaning to check out Carpe Diem Wine Bar’s return to 2nd Street, Chef Charlie Palmer’s new Harvest Table, or three of Napa Valley’s Michelin Star restaurants (La Toque in Napa, Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, and Solbar in Calistoga), this is a good time to do so. Depending on where you go, you can enjoy delicious Sushi, Fish Tacos, Burger & Fries, Greek Salad, Porcini Mushroom Ravioli, Chicken & Waffles, Pepperoni Pizza, Mahi Mahi, Kurobuta Pork Chop, Hanger Steak or a Cabernet-Braised Lamb Shank.

Keep reading and we’ll share some of the highlights of the 2016 Napa Valley Restaurant Week.

Napa Valley Restaurant Week – Lunch Specials

Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

The CIA, home of The Bakery Café

The Bakery Café by Illy (CIA, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, 707-967-2320) – Enjoy a Greystone Market Lunch for $20, featuring your choice of Soup or Salad, Main Dish, a Pastry, and a glass of Greystone Cellars Wine.

BANK Café and Bar (Westin Verasa, 1314 McKinstry Street, Napa, 707-257-5151) – The Express Lunch for $20 includes a Soup-and-Half-Sandwich Combo with Kennebuck Potato Chips or a Small Green Salad, and your choice of a Crème Brulee, Seasonal Fruit Crisp with Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate Gateau Concorde, or Vanilla Ice Cream and Fresh Baked Cookies for dessert.   (please note: special good only January 25-29).

Goose & Gander (1245 Spring Street, St. Helena, 707-967-8779) – For $20, your 2-course lunch can start with either Mushroom Soup or a Choice of Salad, with a main course choice of the famous Goose & Gander Burger (with Duck Fat Fries) or a Specialty Sandwich.

Harvest Table (One Main Street, St Helena, 707-967-4695) – For $20, you can enjoy a lunch of Harvest Table Greens with Shaved Fennel, Radish and Sherry Vinaigrette followed by a Fried Chicken Sandwich with French Fries, House Made Hot Sauce and Dill Pickle.

Hydro Bar & Grill (1403 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, 707-942-9777) – For $20, your first course is a choice of a Cup of Soup or Small Green Salad, and the second course is your choice of Black Angus, Turkey, Garden, or Fish Burger (with Cheese and French Fries) or a French Dip Sandwich or White Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese or Hydro’s BLT with Avocado or a Classic Reuben Sandwich or Carnitas Style Pulled Pork (and lunch includes your choice of coffee, iced tea or a glass of soda).

Market Restaurant (1347 Main Street, St. Helena, 707-963-3799) – For just $20, your lunch includes the Soup of the Day and Porcini Mushroom Ravioli with Cherry Tomatoes, Pea Shoots and a Parmesan Sage-Butter Sauce.

The Pear Southern Bistro (720 Main Street, Napa, 707-256-3900) – For $20, your 2-course lunch comes with your choice of a Classic French Onion Soup or a Bishop Ranch Salad with Roasted Pears, Candied Walnuts and Point Reyes Blue Cheese to start, with a main course of either Buttermilk Fried Chicken over a Bacon Spiked Belgian Waffle with a Pear-Bourbon Maple Syrup or a Crispy Gulf Rock Shrimp Po’ Boy with Lettuce, Tomato and a Cajun Remoulade.

Solbar at Solage

Solbar at Solage

Solbar at Solage (755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, 707-226-0850) – The lunch special includes Solbar’s famous Fish Tacos and a glass of wine for $20 per person.

Tarla Mediterranean Grill (1480 1st Street, Napa, 707-255-5599) – The two-course lunch here (for $19) offers many choices, starting with either Grilled Chicken Kebab, Grilled Lamb Burger, Stuffed Eggplant, Roasted Salmon Sandwich, or a Grilled Turkish Meatball Platter.   Dessert can either be Walnut Baklava, Stuffed Turkish Apricots or Bourbon Chocolate Bread Pudding.

VinEleven (Napa Valley Marriott, 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, 707-253-8600) – The $20 two-course lunch meal starts with your choice of a Cup of Soup or Bloomsdale Spinach and Pear Salad, followed by your selection of Spiced Chicken Lettuce Cups, Lamb Meatballs, or Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich. Napa Valley wine pairings for each course will also be available for purchase.

Other Napa Valley restaurants offering lunch specials for $20 include Angèle (except for January 30th or 31st), Auberge du Soleil (specials available January 25-29 only), Bosko’s Trattoria, and Napa General Store.

 

Napa Valley Restaurant Week – Dinner Specials

1313 Main (1313 Main Street, Napa, 707-258-1313) – The Chef’s Tasting Menu of 3 courses is $46 per person, comprised of a Salad of Shaved Kohlrabi (with Goat Cheese, Green Apple, Nasturtium and Garden Cress), Prime Beef Bavette (with Smoked Marble Potatoes) and a Walnut Pannacotta (with Vanilla Poached Pear).  Wine pairings are available for an additional $30.

Bosko’s Trattoria (1364 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, 707-942-9088) – An Italian 3-course meal can be yours for $36, including a House or Caesar Salad, any Pizza or Pasta entrée, and Dessert. Pizza choices include Margherita, Quattro Formaggio or Pepperoni. Pasta entrées include Fettucine Primavera, Spaghetti & Meatballs, or Linguine with Baby Clams and Bay Shrimp.

Carpe-Diem-2016 NVRWCarpe Diem Wine Bar (1001 Second Street, Napa, 707-224-0800) – Come seize “A Taste of Carpe” for $36 per person, starting with a Mixed Green Salad and ending with a House-Made “Twix Bar.” In between, you have 3 choices for a main course: Ostrich Burger, Seared Mahi Mahi, or Butternut Squash & Wild Mushroom Ravioli (available January 25-29 only).

Eiko’s (1385 Napa Town Center, Napa, 707-501-4444) – Enjoy a Sushi Date for Two as $46 per person will buy you a Combination Dinner (California Roll, 2 Hand Rolls, 6 pieces of Sashimi, 4 pieces of Nigiri), 1 Ricky Ricardo Roll and 1 Soup or Salad per person, with Ice Cream Mochi Dessert.   For an additional cost, you can add either a Sake Pairing or a Wine Pairing (or, Corkage is waived on Wednesday, January 27).

Goose & Gander (1245 Spring Street, St. Helena, 707-967-8779) – For $36, your 3-course dinner can start with either Mushroom Soup or a Choice of Salad, followed by an entrée of Airline Chicken Breast, Coulotte Steak, or Scallops, with a final course of your choice of Dessert.

The Grill at Silverado Resort (1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, 707-257-0200) – a 3-course dinner starting with Bosc Pears & Fennel with Walnuts and Parmigiano-Reggiano, followed by a Cabernet-Braised Lamb Shank with Goat Cheese Polenta and Seasonal Vegetables, finished with a Chocolate Pot de Crème is only $46 but for an additional $4 each course will be paired with a selection from Twenty-Four Wines.

Grille 29 at Embassy Suites (1975 California Boulevard, Napa, 707-320-9520) – For $36, your dinner starts with your choice of Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Tangy Balsamic and Smoky Bacon Bites or Habañero Hot Wings, followed by Pappardelle in a Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce or Steak Frites Smothered with Charred Onions, ending with your choice of Dessert.

Harvest Table (One Main Street, St Helena, 707-967-4695) – For $36, you have two choices for each of the three dinner courses: a Fennel and Blood Orange Salad with Arugula or Steamed Mussels with Piquillo Peppers, Garlic Aioli and White Wine; Mushroom Ravioli with Pomegranates, Chestnut Purée and Brown Butter Sherry or Porchetta of Pork Belly with Rutabaga Purée, Braised Swiss Chard and a Red Wine Sauce; and Mandarin and Cream with Vanilla Bean Sponge, Mandarin Mousse and Crème Anglaise or Grasshopper with Chocolate Crumble, Chocolate Cream and Mint Ice Cream.

Market Restaurant (1347 Main Street, St. Helena, 707-963-3799) – For $46, your dinner special will consist of a Roasted Beet Salad, Hanger Steak with Parmesan Potato Gratin and Bordelaise Sauce, and Butterscotch Pudding.

The Pear Southern Bistro (720 Main Street, Napa, 707-256-3900) – For $36, your 3-course dinner has choices all along the way: First Course is a Classic French Onion Soup or a Bishop Ranch Salad with Roasted Pears, Candied Walnuts and Point Reyes Blue Cheese; Second Course is Pan-Seared Salmon with Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Spinach or Buttermilk Fried Chicken over a Bacon Spiked Belgian Waffle with a Pear-Bourbon Maple Syrup or a Chicken, Okra and Caggiano Andouille Sausage Gumbo; Third Course is either a Warm Pear Tart or a Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Siena Restaurant (Meritage Resort, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, 707-251-1950) – For $46, you can start with a first course of Frito Misto, Napa Valley Salad or a Quince, Caramelized Onion and Brie Tart. Main course options include Garganelli with White Shrimp, Fresh Market Fish, Snake River Farms Kurobuta Bone-In Pork Chop, or Braised Angus Short Rib. Dessert can be either Chocolate & Rye (Chocolate Ganache and Rye Cream) or an Apple Cake (with Vanilla Gelato).

Greek Salad at Tarla

Greek Salad at Tarla

Tarla Mediterranean Grill (1480 1st Street, Napa, 707-255-5599) – Dinner here (for $39) offers plenty of options, starting with either Turkish Meatballs, a Greek Salad, Spanikopita, or Saganaki.  Main course options include Pomegranate-Cabernet Braised Short Ribs, Grilled Chicken Kebab, Pan Roasted Branzino or Spinach Ricotta Ravioli. Dessert can either be Walnut Baklava, Stuffed Turkish Apricots or Bourbon Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Torc (1140 Main Street, Napa, 707-252-3292) – You’ll find three courses, 2 options per course, at Torc starting with a first course of Violet Artichoke Soup or Chili Pepper Rock Cod Crudo, followed by Steelhead or Porchetta, and finishing with either a Dark Chocolate Maquise with Huckleberries or some P’Tit Basque served with Piment d’Espelette Marmalade.  If you’re interested, a wine pairing is also available for an additional $15.

Other restaurants offering dinner specials for $36 include Bar Terra and Boon Fly Café. Locations with dinner specials for $46 include 1313 Main, All Seasons Bistro, Angèle (except for January 29th or 30th), Archetype, Hotel d’Amici Restaurant, La Toque (specials available January 24-28 only), and Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant.

 

Napa Valley Restaurant Week – Breakfast Special

For something different, you may want to check out the Outdoor Café at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch (738 Main Street, St. Helena, 707-963-4555) where you can get Breakfast for Two for $20, comprised of two Panini and two Coffee Drinks. If you’re up early, the Café opens at 7 am.

To view the complete list of restaurants participating in Napa Valley Restaurant Week, see more details, and/or start making reservations, please go here.

 

Wine Cellar PhotoIf you decide to bring your own wine to a restaurant during Napa Restaurant Week, you will be helping contribute to the local community because these restaurants are donating collected corkage fees to the Napa Food Bank: All Seasons Bistro, Angèle, BANK Café and Bar, Goose & Gander, Grille 29 at Embassy Suites, Harvest Table, Hydro Bar & Grill, La ToqueVinEleven and Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant.

 


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