Calistoga KITCHEN
Calistoga KITCHEN

Calistoga KITCHEN

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.calistogakitchen.com/
  • Phone: (707) 942-6500
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: F-Sa 11:30am-3:00pm
    Dinner: Th-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
    Brunch: Su 9:30am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Warkel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Calistoga KITCHEN Catering has been creating memorable custom menus since 1996. Our list of clients include wine producers like Joseph Phelps, Fisher Vineyards and Schramsberg to small residential gatherings, and local charitable events. Our catering crew are asked to return year after year to annual family events as well as once in a lifetime weddings, anniversaries, and milestones. Chef Rick’s signature dishes are created from the finest ingredients and always seasonal. Fully licensed and insured, we customize your menu to your taste, budget, and style.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln Ave
  • Public Transit: Napa Valley's The Vine transit bus stop is located just half a block from the KITCHEN. Calistoga Shuttle, a local public van stops right at our front.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The private lot is located behind the restaurant.
A word from Calistoga KITCHEN
Calistoga KITCHEN offers casual dining with exceptional food, wine, and company. Find us in downtown Calistoga on the corner of Cedar Street and Lincoln Avenue. We are an ingredient driven restaurant that produces delicious dishes, simple and clean. We work with local farms, ranches, and orchards to bring you the highest quality, and freshest ingredients. Our retail-priced wine list features small producers from the Valley, mostly Calistoga AVA with some exceptional finds from outside our area. Open for Lunch, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Reservations are recommended.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Calistoga KITCHEN reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (28)fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (16)romantic (13)great for brunch (13)great for lunch (12)good for groups (7)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Service left a lot to be desired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The day went to Calistoga Kitchen there weren't but 2 other parties. That being said it felt as though our server has forgot she had our table. We sat without refills for a good 8 mins.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We first tried Calistoga Kitchen for lunch a month ago, mostly for their lovely patio. We ordered simple fare, but were very impressed by the quality of the preparation and the menu. We decided to return for dinner last week and it far exceeded or expectations. The quality of the food, preparation, and flavors were second to none! We had a fantastic time and it was certainly the best meal of 2014. We had tried JoLe just the night before and Calistoga Kitchen offered a MUCH better meal and experience. It would have far surpassed JoLe at double the price, but it was actually about ~30% less expensive. Another bonus! The service was also excellent and our Server was both knowledgeable and attentive. Truly exceptional all around. I give my highest recommendation, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Brunch
    Tresbon1
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I had wanted to dine in the garden since it was a beautiful day, but our table for five was waiting for us inside. Waitress was friendly and helpful, but we had to request water a few times. The food was good, especially the mushroom omelette that 3 of us had. It was uncomfortably warm inside. Next time I would choose the garden that looked very quaint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dinner
    leel
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We went to Calistoga Kitchen after local tour guide recommendation. Not on some web sites for Calistoga. Food was excellent. Chef checked on us too. Very good service. Hard to find but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Evening
    WineLover
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Cozy space with a special menu for the evening. Server was personable and took great care of us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Calistoga
    Fritzthedog
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is by far my favorite restaurant in Calistoga. Very comfortable atmosphere, nice and reasonably priced wine list, terrific food. The Roast Duck soup is the best soup I've ever had, anywhere. The servers are always friendly, concerned, timely, and accommodating. It's not a large place and has a cozy atmosphere. Very unpretentious. We are in town two or three times a year and go here at least once each time. The chef/owner is always on premise, so there's a great deal of personal attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great space, great steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Rick always does a great job, but the Cowboy steak was a step above. Easily the best steak I've had in a long time. Sunday brunch there is also a favorite - don't miss the french toast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hoped it would have been better
    SuSu
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We we arrived for our 7pm dinner reservation the tables were nearly empty, but walking past another restaurant 4 doors down the place was bustling. We wondered if we made a mistake. There were hit and misses. The salmon was dry. The beet salad presentation was lovely but the beets were slivered and small versus cubed. The goat cheese on the salad was scant. The gaspacho was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Calistoga Kitchen
    Lisa1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We absolutely loved this place. The server was extremely attentive and friendly. The food was outstanding and the setting was very intimate. All around loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    By far, the best prepared food (pork chop)i have eaten in Sonoma County/Napa County. I ordered 10oz. special of rib eye. It was well seasoned and cooked perfectly medium rare. However, it was over shadowed by my girlfriend's pork chop. I wish I had ordered her meal. Sweet potato puree and brussel sprouts were perfect. We were completely satisified by the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • September Dinner
    paontheroad
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Loved our dinner. Server was tremendous. Only complaint - sound level was too high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WineGroupies
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Perfect venue to kick-off our wine tasting and concert weekend in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loud!!! Too noisy for normal conversation but the food was good and nicely presented
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B- for this place
    LesterBurnhamVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was very good and ambiance was fine. Service not great as our waitress was not overly welcoming or charming and the transition between courses was clumsy and slow. Also, i have never been charged for bread before in a restaurant. It's not so much the cost ($1.50 per order) that bothered me, but just the principle of paying for two little pieces of half stale unremarkable bread with olive oil was very offsetting. I wouldn't go back or recommend with so many other options in the valley.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Rick never disappoints Thanks For great food and service Always a special evening Peggy
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Another excellent meal at one the the top area restaurants. Consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific dinner
    VickiVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    As tourists, we found this gem through opentable and had such a terrific dinner we made reservations for a second dinner the same week on our way out. The outdoor patio was lovely and the food was out of this world. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Kevin
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    All around great dinner, friendly attentive staff, wonderful food, comfortable patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • artichoke
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I am a regular..This is a great restaurant.. The food id excellent, great choices on the menu..The brunch is one of the best
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must in Calistoga
    TeddVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A truly charming restaurant with food that is beyond excellent! Friendly, well trained staff. Attractive contemporary dining room indoor and a lovely terrace with outside dinning overlooking Lincoln Road, Calistoga's main street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful- great food, good wine.
    RedWineandStrongTea
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We needed a great healthy meal and a good glass of wine after a long day of travel, and had a marvelous experience at the Calistoga Kitchen. The arugula in the delectable beet salad seemed as if it had just been picked 5 minutes before it arrived at our table. The menu is filled with a sensible variety of options for every palate, and the portions were generous. The value was fair; the wine list is small but filled with excellent local choices; the servers are personable and knowledgeable. The style and ambiance are casual and friendly. A little gem in a quaint little town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We discovered this place last year and were pleased to note it is still the best restaurant in town. Can't wait till next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 26 reviews are from the Calistoga KITCHEN reviews archive.
  • Great Place
    RickyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Calistoga Kitchen on a Friday and had an outstanding night. The food was outstanding and the service was very good. The Chef came outside and spoke to us and that was classy and very nice. We ate outside and it was beautiful. What a great place for outdoor eating and drinking wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2 nights in a row :) Liz & Marty...
    lizmarty123
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We would eat at "Calistoga Kitchen" breakfast, lunch & dinner, if we could, but only get to visit Calistoga 4x a year and just finally got to eat there, since we usually come to visit in the beginning of the week. Good reason that you're open Thursday dinner - Sunday brunch. This restaurant is spot on with ambiance, service and serious top notch cooking. The menu is a breath of fresh air, in that the choices are simply stated, without all the pedantic "foodie" nuances that coax you into a mediocre meal. We know exactly where we are going to eat dinner from now on in Calistoga, haven't tried brunch or lunch there yet, but know it will be good...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Jani
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It was the perfect place for 4 ladies to meet and have a birthday brunch. Great ambiance, and food and not noisy so we could talk and laugh and not disturb anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Consistently excellent food and great location. Weekly specials add to a well thought our menu and service is friendly and helpful.Wine list contains many local wine and good variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • longtimeresident
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    A bit expensive - but for a relaxed and special occasion - perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calistoga dinner
    bayareadiner57
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was quite good and the chef, who came out to greet guests, was very charming. Ingredients were fresh and delicious. Loved the ambiance but the wait staff was slow to notice and respond. Never refilled water unless asked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • interesting menu, not executed well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Well done chops, no juice or flavor. Had to complain as not edible. Owner tried to bring a new dish, but my date was nearly finished with the pasta dish. The pasta vegetables were chopped so small, the snipped ends of the green beans were in the sauce. Very odd to include. Nice restaurant setting in a house. Need kitchen and wait staff to round out the menu and setting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to eat
    everylocal
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Highly recommend this great place. Locally owned. Creative menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude server
    firstreviewever
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Dark bald guy with gross earrings scowled at me as I entered with my 2 dogs. Since the restaurant welcomes dogs on the patio and there were two others already there, this surprised me. Both my dogs sat immediately down (one big/one small) and didn't move for the entire time I was there. When he came to wait on the party next to me, I got another very direct look of disapproval. I asked if there was a problem. He suggested my dog was in the way and that I should "move him over." Really? If dogs are allowed then be welcoming to their owners - not grumpy and scolding. My waitress was lovely and almost made up for her co-worker's rudeness. Dinner (lamb salad) was marginal. Pleasant but hardly an entree.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Calistoga Kitchen
    BigRay
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very well executed comfort food. The outside seating is attractive and well used but is situated next to a State Highway. Inside seating is understated and quiet. Service is casual but attentive. Lots of street parking close by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calistoga find!
    michaelngini
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This has quickly become one of our very favorite places to eat in Calistoga. Combination of very good (and slightly unusual) menu and extremely friendly staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    MikeyP51
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The best meal I've had in a long time. I had the duck egg and bacon sandwich on a jalapeño roll with home style potatoes. I was not only excellent but it looked great too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • calistoga kitchen
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The sign out front says Good Eats. That is correct!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Brunch
    judy2shoes
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    As always, we were not disappointed! We love the Calistoga Kitchen for any meal. Warm, comfortable and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cottage Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This is a great restaurant and moderately priced! Nine dishes to choose from and each one is a hit! It is located in an old house/cottage style and has just a few tables. A lot of locals frequent this place, so you know the food is excellent. The night we were there, the owner/chef was rotating around and making sure we were having a good meal/time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sunday Brunch
    Susilla
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I wish I could really rave about this spot as it is so cute and rather an historical site. The food was excellent by the way. But the entire waitstaff, hostess experience was really not flowing. Mind, the place was not that busy.. We were two, so we were rather shoved in a far away table although by a window. We waited a long time to see someone. She was really not interested in us for the entire meal experience. And waited even longer for drinks. Asking for water, it never came We waited for food for some 20 minutes, ugh. I had to ask for the check and then she served us the wrong one. No manager on the floor as well, as far as I can see, certainly not helping out with larger parties! Shame!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT DINNER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This restaurant was outstanding. The owner chef came by many times and made suggestions. What a place. Outstanding food and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    Molly
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was perfect, and we love the cozy atmosphere and the warm reception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.