Diners hungry for a deep dive into Napa Valley restaurants should mark their calendars for the last week of January, as local chefs prepare unique, prix-fixe menus curated for Calistoga Restaurant Week. There are no tickets or passes required; food lovers can simply dine out at any and all participating restaurants (though reservations are strongly recommended), for an array of delicious experiences.
This is a great way to explore newer restaurants, such as Lovina, which opened in 2018 with a New American theme in a cozy cottage space flanked by a landscaped patio. Focusing on popular specialties, the Calistoga Restaurant Week menu offers a supper featuring specialties including chicken and dumplings with root vegetables and roasted mushroom risotto with Napa wild mushrooms, Fontina, parmesan and truffle butter. Additionally, Lovina offers a 3-course weekend brunch menu that includes their divine house-made ricotta and childhood favorite’s such as grilled cheese sandwich and roasted tomato soup.
If the foodie in you is in the mood for French classics, consider the coq au vin at All Seasons Bistro, sure to warm you up on these chilly Napa Valley nights. Other comfort food options include Veraison’s venison meatloaf and mashed potatoes and Calistoga Inn, Restaurant & Brewery’s Cabernet braised short ribs- all perfect choices to wash down with a bottle of Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon or Charbono.
The week is also a great time to revisit longtime standouts. Café Sarafornia is a locals’ favorite diner-style eatery, offering classic American food, and all-day breakfast. During Restaurant Week, it features a $20 lunch that includes their famous Sarafornia chicken salad. Hydro Bar and Grill gives you the freedom to choose from their regular lunch menu-2 courses for $20. A must!