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Napa + Sonoma restaurants

The wine country dining scene is an extension of San Francisco's—expect to find some of California's top tables. The most famous restaurants feed you like medieval royalty, with five or more courses, many laden with powerful sauces. To avoid stomachaches (and an empty wallet), book only a few fancy dinners during your visit, then visit smaller, lesser-known spots for fresh, simple meals in between.

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Ad Hoc, Yountville

When Thomas Keller sent a memo to his staff on April 1, 2006, suggesting they take over a recently closed restaurant without any remodeling whatsoever, everyone...more

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Auberge du Soleil Restaurant, Rutherford

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...more

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Barndiva, Healdsburg

Thanks to the travertine floors and wooden walls of this converted red barn, the dining room can get a little noisy, but it's a happening spot for dinner, and...more

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Bouchon, Yountville

An offshoot of the celebrated French Laundry, Bouchon is a classic French brasserie, right down to the mosaic tile floor, zinc bar imported from France, and red...more

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Bovolo, Healdsburg

This order-at-the-counter rustic trattoria on the Healdsburg town plaza is the perfect wine country lunch spot. Big antipasti platters of earthy salumi come...more

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Cyrus, Healdsburg

Helmed by chef Douglas Keane and owner/maître d' Nick Peyton (the team behind St. Helena's popular Market) the dining room at Cyrus has soaring vaulted...more

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Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg

If you're loath to surrender high heels and urban style just because you're in ag country, you'll appreciate celeb chef Charlie Palmer's Sonoma County outpost,...more

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El Dorado Kitchen, Sonoma

At the El Dorado Hotel's surprisingly sceney restaurant (located in low-key Sonoma), large parties gather at a communal table fashioned out of wood from a...more

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Farmhouse Inn, Forestville

Sonoma County's Farmhouse Inn looks and feels like a classic New England country inn with a sunny clapboard exterior, big whitewashed porch, and a dining room...more

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French Laundry, Yountville

At this culinary mecca, perfectionist chef Thomas Keller coaxes otherworldly flavors and textures from familiar ingredients. His famous salmon tartare "ice...more

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