Now is the time to dine in Napa Valley. The region's first ever Restaurant Month kicked off this January to complement Yountville's second annual Moveable Feast, offering sweet specials all over the valley. With over 30 participating restaurants--nearly all of which have different fine print on their deals--assessing the options can seem overwhelming. To save you time and headaches, I offer you my top picks for the most incredible, can't miss values on offer during this month only.
Boon Fly Cafe. Few people realize this breakfast and brunch star in The Carneros Inn is open all day, every day... or that their famed spice-dusted donuts are also available at dinner. This month, $20.11 scores you an absolutely enormous mountain of deliciousness in the form of a three-course dinner featuring some of the restaurant's cult favorites (spicy fried chicken and waffles, and Kobe burger when I was there), as well as those donuts with chocolate dipping sauce for dessert. Every night after 5pm.
Siena Restaurant. The Meritage Resort & Spa just south of the City of Napa hides an Italian-inspired restaurant beloved by many for its Sunday brunches. This month, Siena Restaurant is amping up the enticement with not only a three-course dinner for $20.11, but also a special selection of wines discounted to $20.11 per bottle. That means you get a seasonal three-course dinner for two with a full bottle of wine for only $60.33. Let me know if you find a better price for that kind of dinner at any other restaurant in wine country. Nightly.
Auberge du Soleil. This luxurious Michelin-starred establishment is without a doubt one of Napa Valley's finest restaurants--an d not surprisingly, it does not come cheap. Ordinarily $20 would only cover the cost of a single starter, but in the best spirit of Restaurant Month, Auberge is offering a two-course weekday lunch for only $20.11. Mon-Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Bouchon. Thomas Keller's one Michelin star bistro in goes brasserie with a late-night Restaurant Month special. The $25, three course prix-fixe (available only between 10pm and midnight) gives you a choice of French onion soup or oysters, followed by a Croque Madame or Boudin Blanc, and enfin, a tangy tarte au citron or unctuous pot de crème. Nightly 10:00pm - 12:00am.
Barolo. Calistoga's first and only contemporary Italian trattoria opened in 2006 in the historic Mount View Hotel on Lincoln Avenue. In keeping with their trailblazer reputation, Barolo is offering three courses of dinner for an eye-popping $19.99--the lowest price of any participating restaurant. Hip décor, a full bar, and upbeat music set the scene for the kind of celebration that ridiculous pricing merits. Monday through Friday nights.
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