Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cindysbackstreetkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 7079631200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    11:30am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Cindy Pawlcyn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hunt St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Spaces reserved for restaurant parking only.
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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is the place to be in the Napa Valley!
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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)neighborhood gem (107)great for lunch (70)special occasion (59)great for outdoor dining (57)notable wine list (48)good for groups (47)romantic (30)great for brunch (21)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (16)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Sunday lunch
    5starVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We have been going to Cindy's for years and always enjoy the food. This time we were disappointed. The duck burger came on a different bun than previously as did my tuna and were tasteless. The fries were terribly salty. The huckleberry & pear tart was awful. Wine prices have skyrocketed. I don't know if the changes are due to Cindy's recovery from the car accident, but someone needs to take a closer look at the kitchen. It will be awhile before we give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was pretty good (if extremely slow) but the service was very bad. After we complained about almost a one hour and one-half hour wait for our mains the so-called manager took over from our clueless waiter and finally tried to make up for the disaster by comping desserts. We hadn't intended to have dessert but accepted the offer, then the desserts took almost 30 minutes!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really liked this restaurant
    RDE1
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    If I lived in the neighborhood I'd probably go there often. It's that kind of place. Very warm, friendly atmosphere. Cozy, appealing bar area. Start to finish all the staff were fantastic. The food was off the night we went. We followed staff recommendations course by course except for the New York steak, which we were told might be "hard" - it was. I liked the fairly priced wine list. I'll give this restaurant a second try.
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  • Lovely stop in St. Helena
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delicious brunch! Loved our server, who was newly transplanted from the east coast. Had the sweet potato peanut soup, which could had been a highlight. The Campfire /Smore dessert was insane. I might skip the grilled cheese, according to my friends... Overall great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A "wow"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Cindy Pawlcyn continues to "wow" with gret food, great staff and seasonal changes that will make me a repeat customer!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, average service
    Lelouch
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Loved the food, but our server made a couple mistakes in our order and lengthened our dinner by at least 30 minutes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CathyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Innovation, selection, seasoning and overall preparation has declined since our last visit. Wine selection is limited as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointing from years past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Always love going to CBK when in wine country, and have had fabulous meals. This visit was different, as a few dishes were delivered to tables incomplete, and although fixed, not what we expected. One dish was spicier than described, and although the server said she would ask the chef how it was prepared, she never circled back with us.
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  • Unique Dining
    cgifin
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We visited Cindy's after a long day of wine tasting in Napa valley. The restaurant is a converted house and is gorgeous. The wait staff was very nice, personable and fun. The menu is unique - there was nothing that really sounded great on the menu but our meals were really good. The desserts were phenomenal - the Campfire Pie is a must have!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch spot
    OneCentRose
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was delicious as usual. A wonderful place to have lunch with my daughter. I'm not sure if they were short staffed or if part of the dining experience is never to see your waiter but the service was poor. It shouldn't take 20 minutes to get a glass of wine. I do like Cindys and will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not have been better!
    fabulousmealVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We received recommendations from many friends to eat at Cindy's and we are SO glad we did! We were in Napa for our honeymoon and they were so lovely to celebrate with us! The service, the food, the ambiance... All perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed.
    Bistro
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Disappointed in the food. Quail was very overcooked.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite lunch spot in napa valley
    MeatloafVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Don't think twice and just GO!! I never miss this place for lunch when in napa valley. The restaurant is beautiful and bright. Perfect sunny atmosphere. The food is a hit and always leaves me struggling what to order. This time we shared pork tacos and piquillo peppers to start. Entrees were meatloaf and swordfish. We talked about the food all day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    DickVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The meal was good but we were disappointed in the grilled octopus was over cooked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tommmyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food. Strange server. Was attentive and then disappeared. Table next to us was terribly loud and very disturbing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • May be losing their way!
    DesperadoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have always really liked this restaurant but the last two times I have been there the service is not as good and the kitchen has missed the mark even to the point that the soup that was served to my wife was cold. Anyone can serve you hot soup. Perhaps Cindy has her eyes on other things but they are certainly NOT on this restaurant.
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  • Restaurant to try if in St. Helena
    RmenascheVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Enjoyed my dinner at Cindy's and I would recommend it. I had the smoked prime rib which was excellent. I thought a bit expensive at $39.95 especially since the waiter did not inform us of the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go back in a second
    tusk
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love a place like this! One of those place you can eat something that you cant get everywhere. Enjoyable wait staff and great food. Yea
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    tennisVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My second time to Cindy's. Brought some friends with us. Our service by our waiter Jason was terrible. Once we did not order wine right away and asked the price of one of the specials he seemed to lose interest in our table. Nearly through the desert news on that table. Don't know if I would come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure what to say
    KevLVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We either caught them on an off night or the service here is suspect. Had several other meals during the week in St Helena and never had service that even approached this lower level. Too many great places to eat here without taking the chance on poor service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Rbranch
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Off the Main Street but easy walk from downtown St Helena. Great food and friendly service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot for locals + tourists
    localdiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It is always a treat to go back to Cindy's. There is a variety of choices for every taste. We save room for the campfire pie for dessert. It is the best chocolate dessert this side of heaven
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food!!
    Cal42VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Some of the best food we had all week during our stay in Napa. A perfect lunch spot. Flavorful, filling and reasonably priced. We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CDMNUPVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great service. Our waitress, Mary was wonderful! The food is always good.
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was not good. Numerous items asked for were never brought . Food was ok, but not worth a trip back
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  • Other than dessert... great!
    wink
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I dine at Cindy's occasionally, and thought it would be fun to take some friends there on a Friday evening. Everything was up to par as usual, until it came to dessert. A butter pecan ice cream dish with caramel. When it was served, it had already melted into a soupy mess. Maybe it was the last remnants in the container, who knows, but it should not have been served like that. The waiter took it back and brought another, only this time the butter pecan tasted more like vanilla bean, and we noticed that the waiter never came back to see if it was OK for us. He did comp the dessert regardless, but still, this is not the what I would have expected to happen at Cindy's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delightful Meal in St. Helena
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had heard good things about Cindy's and we decided to go when we went up to St. Helena. We were certainly not disappointed! The pork schnitzel was so tender and every bite delicious. We also had the tomatoes, which were also delicious! A wonderful gem of a restaurant which we will return to!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turning negative to positive
    QBwashereVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    On the verge of walking out after being ignored as others seated after us received water, bread, cocktails & ordered, my husband grabbed Katrina (?), not our waitress, who immediately recited the specials, delivered cocktails ASAP & the rest went pretty good. She was also neat & professional. The hostess up front was completely useless & officious, the only other waiter (ours no doubt) wore a filthy apron & brought us our check saying something snarky about "getting us out of there". 3 people were squeezed into a corner 2 top next to the bathrooms while 2 roomy booths went unused the rest of the evening. Cindy's doesn't seem to respect their guests...this was a 2nd visit for me & I came back for the brilliant duck burger but I'm done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tough NY
    shoespazVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Corn soup was tasty and had pleasant chile heat, but the "bowl" was a very small portion. I'd hate to see what the "cup" serving looked like. My friend says his was cold. Mine was plenty warm. My friend loved his octopus appetizer. Sunchoke hash was delicious, but the NY strip, ordered medium rare, and as light as possible (no butter, light oil) was completely raw inside, and had to be sent back. Original "sharp" knife couldn't cut through it, so got a heavier, sharper knife, and it was still extremely difficult to cut and chew. I've never had a NY that tough. Flavor was good, but the texture was inexcusable. Our server, Mary, was delightful, as always.
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  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    In our dinning area, there were several large parties of about six persons in each who were very boisterous and annoying. It will be a while before we return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cindy ALWAYS delivers
    Rennie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant is not to be missed! Cindy's always delivers an exceptional meal, with an exceptional one peering topped by exceptional service. We come here every time we visit Napa Valley! You should too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    Cindy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We dined at many fine restaurants during our vacation in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This restaurant was truly outstanding. From the moment we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted by one of the many employees who it is obvious are THRILLED to work there. All of the staff was friendly, "connected" with each guest and were knowledgeable about whatever question you had. We happened to have Summer as our waitress and she was fabulous. We went for a late lunch and really lingered over our meal. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Predictable and Good !!
    SalMemphisVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    On each trip to NAPA we always stop for Mustard's for lunch and Cindy's for dinner. They never disappoint. Adult grilled cheese and meatloaf always yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Are you kidding us?
    TheCorbs
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Cindy's is a must-stop. Make a reservation, enjoy the outdoor courtyard or intimate interior and you're in for a treat! I had the best salmon I've ever had in my 71 years! To perfection. Nothing better. Quietly outstanding. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MrBill535VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Try Cindy's chicken salad. The rabbit tostada is also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Only gets better a long time visitor never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had dinner there a few weeks ago and got introduced to this wonderful restaurant. This time around the waitress still remembered us and was still very attentive and knowledgable about the menu. They pork specialties and steaks that were out of this world... Can only highly recommend it to any foodies who like to have an amazing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe just an off night, but...
    kgofoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our servers were overwhelmed and couldn't keep the upstairs dining room running efficiently. The menu is still interesting - comfort-food meets innovative-farm-to-table - but the execution was spotty, and sweaty, scattered, dish-breaking service undermined the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cindy's never disappoints!
    napanativeVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I've eaten there many, many times, and it's always a pleasure. Great food + comfortable space + non-pretentious staff = Yummy experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Nothing better than Cindy's Cooking. Pablo's oysters and Isaura's dessert! I am now adding Seans wit and personality leaving us laughing and having fun throughout our experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.