Recommended Places to Visit
Part of being a great merchant of any type is to be a great ambassador for your neighborhood. This applies ten-fold when you live in a tourist destination such as Napa Valley.
For places to taste, drink and eat, here are our recommendations.
Check out their websites for more information and contact.
If it's listed in Downtown Napa then it's easy walking distance from Back Room Wines.
This list last updated January 2, 2015.
Wine Tour Transportation
We recommend KMA Limousine Service.
KMA has a variety of cars available to fit any size party.
Owner Gerry Brenner knows The Valley and the best places to take you.
Call KMA at (707) 249-4477 with questions and for reservations.
Our Recommended Restaurants
Yountville. Owned by Thomas Keller (French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon).
One meal a day: you eat what they serve!
Alexis Baking Company
Downtown Napa. Great bakery and breakfast. Popular local hangout.
West Napa. Casual. A tiny location (found at a carwash!) with one of the best burgers in town.
Downtown Napa. French country restaurant. Refined bistro fare, wine & cocktails on the Napa River.
Azzurro Pizzeria & Enoteca
Downtown Napa. Thin crust, blistery pizzas, pastas, salad, antipasti.
Yountville. Michael Chiarello's restaurant, opened a couple of years ago.
It's like Tra Vigne in the "good ol' days."
Oxbow District, Downtown Napa. Tacos but not just your ordinary tacos; buffalo, lamb.
Downtown Napa. Probably the best steak in the valley. Do NOT miss the hash browns!
Great cocktails and desserts.
St. Helena. Tiny Italian joint swamped by locals, come by early to put your name in or cozy up to the bar.
The Fremont Diner
Sonoma Carneros. If you are in the mood for great southern food then look no further!
Breakfast and lunch only.
Goose and Gander
St. Helena. Rustic American food and mouthwatering bar bites served in the pub-like dining room. Great cocktails!
St. Helena/Oxbow Market, Downtown Napa. Founded as Taylor’s Refresher in 1949. Outdoor seating.
St. Helena 707.963.3486 / Napa 707.224.6900
Hog Island Oysters
Oxbow Public Market. Great selection of oysters and raw bar fare. Perfect for happy hour.
Calistoga. JoLe is a Contemporary American Restaurant owned and operated by husband-and-wife team.
Oxbow District, Downtown Napa. A "one-one-of-a-kind social gathering place" with "multi-ethnic comfort food".
St. Helena. La Condesa is an award-winning modern style Mexican restaurant. Check out Taco Tuesdays!
Downtown Napa. At the Westin Verasa Hotel. Napa Valley/French Haute Cuisine at its finest.
Chef Ken Frank is one of Napa's standard-bearers for fine dining.
La Toque's food and wine pairing menu is the best in Napa Valley by far. 707.257.5157
Mango on Main/Mini Mango
Downtown Napa. Mini mango is a small slice of Thailand in the wine country with a hint of a Californian accent.
Downtown Napa. Best sushi in town, lively atmosphere!
Norman Rose Tavern
Downtown Napa. Gastropub. Very good food, and hearty. Very good local wine and beer glass selections at both.
Downtown Napa. Authentic Italian. Great food. Get the Salumi platter!
The Q Restaurant and Bar
Northwest Napa. “Upscale” Tennessee style barbecue in north Napa town.
Yountville. Influences from Asia, Europe, and Mexico in a relaxed yet elegant environment. Amazing cocktails!
Yountville. Perfectly blistered wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas with locally sourced ingredients.
Squeeze Inn Hamburgers
Northwest Napa. Great casual joint known for their fried cheese cheeseburger.
East Calistoga. Delicious food: fresh, intense flavors. Share "Lucky Pig" with a friend and thank me later.
Terra Restaurant and Bar Terra
St. Helena. California-Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese sensibility. Great spot for a romantic evening. 707.963.8931
Downtown Napa. Featuring locally produced ingredients is enlivened by a wood-fire grill. Best cocktails in Downtown!
Uva Trattoria Italiana
Downtown Napa. Busy Italian restaurant popular with locals. Full bar, music on the weekends.
Northwest Napa. Great casual American Mexican food. Get the burrito wet with Enchilada Style.
Downtown Napa. Spanish Tapas Restaurant. Delicious small plates, solid California and Spanish wine list.
Napa tasting rooms to visit. All open for drop-in visits unless noted otherwise.
Near Oxbow Market.
Vintner’s Collective Tasting Room
Up Valley Vintners
Napa & Sonoma wineries to visit. All open for drop-in visits unless noted otherwise.
Carneros. Walk ins welcome. Beautiful grounds. Check out the 'Artisan Series' wines.
Stags Leap District. By appointment. Fun big rich Cab Sauvs, pretty Pinot Noirs and Chards. A favorite!
Behrens Family Winery
Napa. By appointment. Big, rich, intense red wines with eclectic labels.
Bell Wine Cellars
Yountville. No appointment required. South of Yountville, look for their "Clone 6"!
Howell Mt. Visiting by appointment. Great new winery. Big, drinkable, Cab Sauvs and Sauv Blanc.
Spring Mt. Visiting by appointment. Very well built/thought out Bordeaux inspired wines.
Pritchard Hill. Visiting by appointment. Known for their Cab Sauvs and Cab Blends, pretty rich Chard.
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Yountville. No appointment required. Outstanding Sauv Blanc, Cabernet and, if lucky, "Poetry" to taste.
Napa. Walk ins welcome. Exceptional Viognier, Cabernet, Merlot, and Shiraz. Great staff, cool building!
Domaine Carneros Winery
Carneros, Napa. No appointment required. Beautiful view overlooking Carneros while sipping bubbles.
Yountville. No appointment required. Small-production, bigger-styled, mostly red, wines.
St. Helena. Visiting by appointment. Many great Pinot Noirs, some Chards and Syrahs.
Frank Family Vineyards
Calistoga. No appointment required. Big fruit! Known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Zin, and Chard.
Keever Family Winery
Yountville. Tasting and tours by appointment. Great family-run winery with stellar wines.
Kelly Fleming Wines
Calistoga. Visiting by appointment. Amazing Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Beautiful winery.
St. Helena. No appointment required. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a great value wine.
Napa. Visiting by appointment. Great Syrah, Chardonnay, and Merlot Blend. Amazing wines with restraint.
St. Helena. No appointment required. Classic styled Cabernet Sauvignon and Port. Age worthy wines.
Mt. Veeder. By appointment. Part art gallery, part winery, this historic location has some pleasant wines.
Yountville. Walk ins welcome. Easy going tasting room can be found in northern Yountville. Good cab!
Calistoga (south of town). By appointment. Rich, earth-driven Cabernets, blends and Sauvignon Blanc.
Calistoga. Visiting by appointment. Great wines for amazing prices, very nice staff. South of Calistoga.
Rutherford. No appointment required. Try sitting al fresco at Mumm with a glass of their sparkling. Silverado Trail.
Oakville. Visiting by appointment. Some of the best wines in Oakville for the $!
Patz & Hall
Napa. Visiting by appointment. Looking to taste Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Napa? Look no further!
Rutherford. By appointment. Beautiful wines and architecture.
Reynolds Family Winery
On Silverado Trail a little north of Napa. Walk-ins welcome. Bright fruit and big structured Cabernets.
Robert Craig Winery
Napa. Walk in welcome, but best to call ahead. Chardonnay, Cab Sauv, Zin and red blend "Affinity."
Round Pond Winery
Rutherford. Visiting by appointment. Fantastic sit-down tasting of Round Pond Cab Sauv and Sauv Blanc.
Calistoga. By appointment. Some of the best bubbles found in Napa. Historical location. Cave tour.
Stags Leap District. Visiting by appointment. Great, if not the best Cabs found in the Valley. Try Relentless Red!
Napa. Walk ins welcome, but best to call ahead. Big, “heady” wines and great Chardonnay.
Ask about their food & wine pairings.
Somerston Winery/Priest Ranch
Yountville. Walk-ins welcome. Big, bold wines, all well done. Schedule a trip to their vineyard.
Downtown Napa. Walk ins welcome. Two small wineries share the space. Good personality.
Tres Sabores Winery
Rutherford. By appointment. Mostly reds, Cab Sauv, Zin, Petite Sirah, Sauv Blanc. Big and very drinkable!
Calistoga. Walk-ins welcome. Great selection of Rhone-style reds and more in a brand new spot off Highway 29.
St. Helena. By appointment. Powerful and elegant wines with a spectacular view.
Whetstone Wine Cellars
Napa. By appointment. Chard, Viognier, several Pinot Noirs & Syrah. Mostly Sonoma Coast wines.
White Rock Vineyards
Off Silverado Trail. By appointment. Sturdy, structured classic styled Napa Cab Sauv blends, nice Chard.
Rutherford. Walk ins welcome. Beautiful estate, top-notch hospitality and, of course, great wines.
Tasting Room in Kenwood, Sonoma Valley. No appointment required. We like all their wines.
Sonoma. By appointment. The best age worthy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma. Great Pinot.
Sonoma. By appointment. Fantastic Cab Sauv, great other wines. Wonderful place to visit.
Downtown Sonoma. By appointment. REALLY good Pinot Noirs and a big, Napa Valley Cabernet.
Entertainment in Napa Valley
Silo's Jazz Club
In the Napa Mill, in Downtown Napa, just 3 1/2 blocks from Back Room Wines. Fine entertainment for a good price with shows Wednesday through Saturday and an occasional Sunday. Check out the calendar on their website.
Great room, really good shows, outstanding sound.
Wine Shop & Wine Bar:
BACK ROOM WINES, of course!
First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa. Great selection of rare California wines, strong import selection, professional service, wine shipping, wine flights and bottles served in the wine bar every day & all day, delicious cheese & charcuteries plates served, great tasting events, wine club. If you can’t come by, then definitely visit at www.backroomwines.com.