Archetype (fka French Blue - St. Helena)
Archetype (fka French Blue - St. Helena)

Archetype (fka French Blue - St. Helena)

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.archetypenapa.com/
  • Phone: 7079689200x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast M-F 8:30am - 11am

    Lunch: M-F 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Brunch: Sat-Su 9:00am-2:30pm

    Dinner: M-Su 5:30pm-9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ryder Zetts
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adams Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Archetype (fka French Blue - St. Helena)
Archetype offers an iconic Americana menu that takes a contemporary out-of-the-box approach to classic dishes from our heritage. Nearly every preparation from our kitchen bares the signature char from our wood-burning grill or is complimented by an infusion of smoke from our wood-burning oven. Dishes feature local, seasonal ingredients, perfect for pairing with a thoughtful selection of regional wines and handcrafted cocktails from our list. The dining room - designed by Archetype founder and renowned architect, Howard Backen, and named as one of the “10 Most Beautifully Designed” by Architectural Digest - reflects distinctive wine country style with a relaxed, comfortable sophistication.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Archetype (fka French Blue - St. Helena) reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (127)great for brunch (103)neighborhood gem (97)great for lunch (84)special occasion (64)great for outdoor dining (64)romantic (59)good for groups (53)notable wine list (25)hot spot (20)kid-friendly (16)vibrant bar scene (13)scenic view (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • change of the spots
    francly
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had a very nice time for dinner at Archtype, the make-over from French Blue is physically less dramatic then the changes to the cuisine. Food items were very well done and precise - a couple of appetizers lacked a little pow - but the entrees were superb. We are glad for the recent changes and plan to dine there more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great, fresh food menu with a wonderful selection of lunch options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visit to Archetype
    bob1VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Their peanut crusted shrimp was a dish we had never tried before - it was fantastic. But the hit of the table were their BLTs - absolutely phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still thinking about it!
    LuvGrdntotble
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had dinner with five girlfriends Saturday night at Archetype and we all had a wonderful time. This Howard Backen gem exceeded our expectations on all levels (and that is hard to do). The ambiance, food and service were fantastic! It was the perfect setting for a party of six. We could have stayed all night and everyone is still talking about it. We ordered a large variety of food and everything was memorable. We can't wait to go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was disappointed that there were not more gluten free items on the main menu and the dessert menu. I have required a gluten free diet for 40 years and have been very pleased in recent years that most restaurants offer many gluten free choices or adaptations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing transformation
    KirklandboyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Archetype is a vast improvement over French Blue which was in itself a pleasant bistro. Our waiter was attentive and engaging. His wine recommendations were spot on. The Pope Valley peach salad was amazing. The mains were terrific. We will be back and frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Rhodion
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Sometimes it all comes together. The space was large and open, furnished"Restoration Hardware" style. Maybe that does not sound too appealing but the chairs were comfortable and the colors and designs were muted and geometrical and relaxing. Our server was very helpful and friendly. Finally the food was superb. Obvious attention to detail in every dish with carefully chosen ingredients and mix of flavors. We were loving every minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    HowieVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Duck confit waffles are a must. A respectable Ramos gin fizz as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    cubs421
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had lunch here Friday 9/5/14 - fresh, great service and great atmosphere. Loved the Sand Dabs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner!
    Katat49
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The best halibut we've ever had, amazing oysters and heirloom tomato salad with delicious cheese :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience
    Napalover
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    They best food in the valley. The service is knowledgable and friendly. They made us feel like locals and were not! The highlight of our trip. Even after the earthquake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal!
    EstherVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We happened upon this restaurant on Open Table for our past night in wine country and found the food fresh, flavorful and very well prepared. That staff were great and made our experience a great one. They even allowed us to share all of our dishes and so we ended up dining family style! More food to taste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Enjoyed brunch here before a day of wine tasting. The restaurant has lovely clean decor that makes you feel at home. Lemon-Ricotta pancakes were delicious and scrambled eggs were cooked to perfection. Overall the meal was really filling. Service could have been better - our beverages were low a few times. Holiday weekend crowd could have contributed to service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    menu was so inviting! too bad we couldn't try everything at once! we came in a bit late, so opted for small plates ( out of our entree choice) both of them! the flavors were perfect. although, we had two dishes that were fried, both excellent but too much like fair food to have both- our fault the dessert was like a fig pop tart.. i loved it! Service was fine, seemed a bit to laid back and slow for a foodie- wine list could be more expansive. Ovid advertised in restaurant but not on menu??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute Brunch Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've visited St. Helena before our winery visit. It was very pleasant and cute place for the brunch. I wished there were a lunch menu as I went there at 2:30pm. Service was very nice and cheerful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LP
    finediner
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great restaurant. Perhaps the best north of Yountvill in the Vally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent midweek Lunch
    robinVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    First time at Archetype. The food is very tasty! Our Server was knowledgeable of all ingredients (fresh, organic, local, fresh caught, etc.), how food was prepared, and delivered topnotch service. The restaurant manager - Kelly was attentive as well and stopped by to ensure we were enjoying our experience. The restaurant is lovely and has a huge table in the middle of the room where I could envision large parties. The patio is lovely and could also be used for special events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful, relaxing place
    CharVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    with excellent, beautifully presented and delicious food. Creative chef. Comfortable chairs and setting. Waiter was a little snotty. I had told him we had limited time -- going to a concert, but he ignored us and was snippy when I said we needed to see the dessert menu and wanted to order it right away. Rest of wait staff excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blissfull
    BeachtimeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time since ownership change and it was just as wonderful. Can't wait to revisit
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    miketrace
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Incredible staff and food --- in no particular order
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar restaurant!
    IWFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Ate here for the first time and everything was great, so good that we made a reservation to return in a week. We have been on a 2 month trip eating up & down West Coast and this was one of the best meals we have had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pretty but stick to the basics
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Archetype has one of the prettiest dining rooms in Napa Valley. But on my last visit, the food did not live up to the decor. The peach and burata salad started out strong. It was beautiful and tasty. Padron peppers were fine, though the accompanying sauce did not add much in terms of favor. The fried green tomatoes were very disappointing. They were served with a gooey pepper sauce that made the tomatoes soggy and added far more acid than the dish needed. The open faced BLT was good and had a lovely presentation. The uninspired tuna salad looked like chunks of canned tuna over some greens. Overall, I'd recommend sticking to the simple dishes, like BLTs and seasonal fruit salads. I am told the brunch is very good. Will give it a try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Foodie614
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is our first time returning to this restaurant since the name changed to Archetype. Still the same fabulous decor, wonderful food, exceptional service. We will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My husband loves wild game and thought the duck breast was wonderful. Heirloom tomato with parmasean cream was amazing as well as the flat iron steak. Service was superb and the ambience was most enjoyable. Anxious to return!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    desserts were disappointing; otherwise very good. that's really all i have to say. cheddar chive biscuits were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pickyeater
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was fabulous…a must-try! Locally sourced food, amazing combinations, excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DesperadoVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food, service and ambience were all good but the wait between the courses was unacceptable. I would have to give it another try before recommending it to a friend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    happycamper
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my fav restaurant that I visited when I was recently in St. Helena on business. The food was amazing and the staff were great. I am making it a point to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the service and the meal. The menu is just right with plenty of appetizers to choose from. I love the blue and white decor and the great servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third visit and never disappoints!
    cinsolVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    One of my favorite finds anywhere in wine country. The food is wonderful with unique combinations, excellent presentation and fantastic taste. From the service staff to the owner/GM who somehow always finds the time to check in on you (I really don't know how she pulls it off!) you feel well cared for and welcomed. I can't recommend highly enough and can't wait to visit again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful with superb food
    CharVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Everything was wonderful at this absolutely lovely, comfortable place. Appetizers delicious -- entrees wonderful. Desserts varied -- one delicious (peach cobbler type), the other good but not great (ice cream sandwiches). Need more dessert choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Skip the rock stars
    Diner
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Of all the restaurants we visited in the area, this was our favorite. The menu met everyone's needs (meat eater, vegetarian, large and small appetites) and the service was attentive, but not formal. We really enjoyed our evening here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New is Good
    INFood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The name may have changed, but the food is fantastic, service outstanding and the dining spaces perfect. During our recent trip we had a wonderful dinner and memorable brunch. On both occasions, several of the items were described by my family as, "the best I've ever tasted," especially the sliders appetizer from the bar menu, the halibut and the flautas at brunch. We loved French Blue, but Archetype has moved things up several notches.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish you were in the Hamptons...
    QueenVVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Dine here. It has a wonderful relaxed and chic vibe. VERY Napa
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS
    Pepper1VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Exceptional. Everything. Food, environment, staff, drinks, wine list, SOME OF THE BEST FOOD I HAVE HAD IN ST. HELENA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delight for the tastebuds
    Hari
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was amazing. The Waffle was light and fluffy. The eggs perfect. Great brunch !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming
    food4pearlVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Hot summer evening, ready to relax and enjoy a lovely dinner in St. Helena, we chose Archetype for its inviting atmosphere. Host was friendly and seated us 10 minutes early for our 7pm reservation. Sevice went downhill from there. Ten minutes later we received our water, then the waitperson arrived took our drinks (2 gin and tonics) and appetizer (salmon stogies-good!). The appetizer arrived first, but it took another ten minutes for them to "put the finishing touches" on our drinks (what, a lime?). When we asked what the house specialties were, the server said, "Gosh, I don't know, everything's good. Maybe the halibut?" How's the lamb? "I don't know -- I don't eat meat." The food was average and expensive. We won't rush back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Iwillbback
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Lovely restaurant! The food was amazing! I ordered the calamari app. - GREAT! The Naan - wonderful and entree was the salmon - spot on! Perfectly wonderful dinner! Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable - perfect! Thank You and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    From the moment, we walked into the light, airy, beautifully-appointed dining room, we knew we were in for a delightful dining experience. We were warmly greeted as we were seated, and the service remained impeccable throughout lunch. The menu was very innovative and appealing, and we enjoyed everything we ordered. We definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Beautiful restaurant. Friendly and prompt service. The food was delicious. Highly recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet