Whereas the beautiful city of San Francisco is known for its renowned culinary experiences, the stunning wine region known as Napa Valley, just an hour north of the city, has always received most of its accolades for its wineries. That is until recent years when Napa’s restaurant scene exploded, making Napa not just a destination for those looking to sip their way through some of the best tasting rooms in Wine Country, but a destination for those eager to enjoy restaurants comparable to those in San Francisco—and and oftentimes even better (don’t tell anyone we said that!).
Of course, in a region with dozens and dozens of amazing restaurants, a few of which have Michelin stars, it’s hard to pick “the best” 15 restaurants in Napa Valley. So what follows is a list of our favorites, including several that will not leave you with sticker shock (and, several that will). And, no, The French Laundry isn’t on the list, because it goes without saying that the Three Michelin-starred restaurant, which Anthony Bourdain once called “the best restaurant in the world,” is… well, one of the best restaurants in the world. Or at least in Napa Valley.