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 WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Archetype (fka French Blue - St. Helena) reviews from OpenTable diners
197 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (123)great for brunch (105)neighborhood gem (95)great for lunch (95)great for outdoor dining (68)special occasion (67)romantic (59)good for groups (50)notable wine list (23)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (17)vibrant bar scene (11)scenic view (5)late-night find (4)Show More
  • LP
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad customer service
    OpenTableDiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I can't really rate the restaurant experience because after making a reservation, we arrived at Archetype to find it closed. Yes, there was an earthquake in Napa Valley the day before. But most other restaurants in St Helena were open, since that part of Napa Valley was not nearly so much affected as Napa itself. I do think the least the restaurant could have done was to put a notice on their answering machine or website, or call or email people who had reservations to notify them. There was no way I could get through to them to find out if they were open. Fortunately we could get in to Tra Vigne up the road, where we had a delicious meal with excellent service -- so I'd like to give Tra Vigne a big thumbs up!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't waste your time, bad service!
    BruzuVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We came for a lunch on a Saturday and had to sit outside ( no free tables inside). It was extremely hot. We had to wait approximately 45 min until they had served our table. The food was ok, but not many options to choose. There was a couple trying to pay their bill, they waited so much for somebody to take it, that they went inside to pay it. I guess it was to hot for them to serve the tables outside.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went in for lunch and had a terrific meal and great service...could not ask for more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clean cut chic
    MwardVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Amazing food and service right in the heart of shopping in st Helena
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SFSGAL1
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We enjoyed Sunday brunch at Archetype and every one of us ordered something delicious - we were all very happy! We can't wait to go again, and we even talked about planning a future party there while we were dining!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SuzGrothVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great spot in St. Helena. Kelly, and the rest of the gang always makes it special
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Archetype A Home Run
    MobileForager
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Now under new management Archetype has become a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. The food is terrific with the right blend of basic fare and more exotic choices and lots of local, seasonal product. The hand-crafted specialty cocktails are hard to resist. Good wines by the glass and attentive service seal the deal, not to mention the airy, welcoming design of the interior and exterior space. Make a reservation, it crowds up on weekends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative Fantastic
    Linda
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Incredible food! I hadn't been to Archetype (or French Blue) butI chose the restaurant to share a meal with cousins visiting from the east coast. We visited on a Saturday and I was disappointed to find that only a brunch menu was offered. I got over that fast when I saw what was on the menu: from egg dishes or pancakes to peanut crusted prawns or trout. I had trout like I've never had it before, paired with a fabulous crisp white wine and great company. A very memorable day and meal was had by all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much better!
    dine2wine
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The new Archetype is awesome! Love the menu, the food is much improved over the previous French Blue, while keeping the brilliant layout and ambiance of the building's design. Their small plates are simple yet delicious (Tater tots are amazing!).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal!
    Kkwood
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    One if the best meals I have ever had and I have been to great and notable restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Lunch at Archetype was truly spectacular. Wonderful food, service, ambiance. I'd recommend it to anyone. (There was considerable traffic noise in the outer area, but if that had bothered us, we could have chosen the interior.) We had dinner the previous evening at Bottega. There is no comparison - these two places are in entirely different leagues in every respect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food in a nice ambience
    Blondiej
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great food, fast & friendly service. Wonderful ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice airy restaurant
    jazzman
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The two of us had mixed feelings about this restaurant, we like the atmosphere a lot, service was good but not outstanding. We both ordered the soup of the day which was a cold cucumber soup. It was just so so. The entries, were much better, we both had fish, halibut and salmon, each with an interesting combination of sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    nyroth
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Wonderful meal & ambiance. Terrific staff, friendly with a great knowledge of the ingredients. Soup, salad, grilled fish entrees were impecible. Salmon & halibut dishes are not to be missed. The desserts need a little tweaking. The lemon meringue & strawberry turnover were just OK. The waitress told us later that their ice creams are their forte. Will be returning for another delicious meal in 2 weeks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • STUNNING
    Pepper1VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    One of the best meals I have ever had. From the hostess who was accommodating to my table request, to the quick food service, to the perfect sliders, wine selections.... amazing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet