Auberge du Soleil Restaurant, Rutherford
180 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford , California
Tel: 800 348 5406 (toll-free)
Tel: 707 963 1211
Concierge.com's insider take:
Auberge du Soleil was a gastronomic pioneer when it opened in 1981, and it still serves the wine-country cuisine that it helped to invent. Chef Robert Curry draws on the cornucopia of fine produce cultivated in Napa Valley to turn out dishes such as pan-seared duck with wild mushrooms, pea tendrils, and cannelloni. The dining room is clubby and compact, lined with windows overlooking the terrace. But the best seats are outside on the terrace. On a clear night, you can see the glittering lights of San Francisco in the distance; daytime diners enjoy panoramic views of the olive groves and vineyards. For the ultimate in ambience, eat at sunset.
Open daily 11:30 am to 2 pm and 5:30 to 9:30 pm.