The "Ten Best" Restaurants in the Napa Valley
1 hide detailContemporary seasonal cuisine with exceptional wine pairings
A proud recipient of one Michelin star, Ken Frank's La Toque draws raves for its contemporary seasonal cuisine and exceptional wine pairing program. The restaurant relocated in 2008, setting up house in the Westin Verasa Napa in the heart of downtown Napa. Diners choose from a nightly five-course Chef's Tasting Menu, or design their own three-course meal from the "Options" menu--think Maine lobster salad with Manila mango and lemongrass (paired with a 2007 S.A. Prüt Riesling Kabinett); ricotta and chick-pea ravioli with Parmesan and wild mushroom broth (2007 Archery Summit Pinot Noir), and lamb loin with cumin-scented carrot puree (2006 Lagier Meredith Syrah). The on-point picks wine pairing are the work of sommelier Yoon Ha and wine director Scott Tracy.
2 hide detailMichelin-starred vegetarian resto, yoga studio upstairs
Our Local Expert Says:
Best vegetarian restaurant in Napa.
Ubuntu is an upscale vegetarian restaurant that garnered one Michelin star in 2011. Ingredients for Ubuntu's creative dishes are primarily grown in the restaurant's own gardens, following the principle of biodynamic farming. Biodynamic farmers place high emphasis on healing and supplying the earth with ingredients that encourage regeneration. Chef Aaron London and his team begin each morning at the gardens, and prepare dishes that bring out the natural flavors of the herbs and vegetables. Ubuntu restaurant is a manifestation of a dream to bring together many of the things that owner Sandy Lawrence enjoys in the hope that it may benefit others. Wines are both local and international, selected for sustainable growing and harvesting practices. After dinner if you're not too full, you can take a yoga class in the studio above.