Best known for world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignon and stunning wine country vistas, Oakville is also a great place for fabulous food and fine dining! Oakville winegrowers make it their business to know how to find the best local meals, and below is a list of some of their favorite local spots.
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558 | 707.944.2749
Owned by the Kelleher Family (of the Kelleher Family Vineyard wines) with a menu guided by Chef Cary Delbridge, Brix is an ideal spot for local, farm-to-table dining. A perfect place to eat in Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation, the restaurant is nestled in beautiful gardens planted with fruits, vegetables, and flowers—you might even spot a chef gathering ingredients for your meal! Vineyards supply a dramatic backdrop to the view--not to mention inspiration for the restaurant’s name, which refers to the sugar density of ripening wine grapes. Hundreds of bottles, many rare, are available on the wine list, but of course, you can always bring your own for a modest corkage fee. Be sure to call ahead for reservations, and visit the site to check out the ever-changing seasonal menus.
7399 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558 | 707.944.2424
Named for the wild mustard that turns Napa Valley’s vineyard rows golden each spring, Mustards Grill offers dishes right out of Owner and Executive Chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s garden--and from other local farms, ranches, and businesses as well. The restaurant has been feeding Oakville locals for thirty years, now, and is known for seasonal menus and “way too many wines!” A mainstay of wine-country cuisine, Mustards is a local favorite place to eat in Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation, and while walk-ins are welcome, reservations are recommended. Make sure to order dessert at the end of the meal, like Cindy’s Ultimate S’more, which was featured in Sunset magazine.
7856 St. Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94562 | 707.944.8802
For a more casual meal (or snack, or second breakfast) try the Oakville Grocery. It’s been a fixture for drink and food in Napa Valley’s town of Oakville since 1881, and currently features sandwiches and breakfast fare seven days a week. But more than that, you can find artisanal products including wines, olive oil, jams and jellies, cookies, pickles, baked goods, and much more! Enjoy a picnic lunch or grab some goodies to go. Truly, this is one of the most well-known places to eat in Napa Valley’s Oakville, and should not be missed!
Everyone knows about the most famous product from Oakville, but great wine tastes even better with great food. The Oakville Winegrowers have lots of experience when it comes to enjoying some truly world-class cuisine!
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Steve Howe (Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:40)
There are so many great places to eat in the Napa Valley. Do you have any recommendations for restaurants for breakfast?
Joyce Stavert (Thursday, 17 August 2017 13:43)
Steve, there are some great breakfast spots. We like Gilwood's in St. Helena, and in the city of Napa, ABC Bakery is terrific as well as the Napa General Store, and for something a bit more old school, Buttercream bakery. Enjoy!
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As a food enthusiast I would travel far just to have a taste of the fine dining experience in Oakville! It has been a while since I moved from place to place to have a taste of unique and new delicacies out there and this summer might be the time for me to do so. Napa Valley has always been on my destination list but unfortunately I couldn't go there last year because I had to focus more on my career. I might as well buy a couple bottles of wine for my friends. It's a pleasure to see this blog, thanks for reminding me of visiting this place!
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