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
187 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (114)neighborhood gem (102)great for lunch (79)great for outdoor dining (64)special occasion (55)notable wine list (48)good for groups (37)romantic (35)great for brunch (28)kid-friendly (16)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had the three cheese arepa, the grilled Spanish octopus and lamb meatballs for appetizers. All were delicious! However, the duck breast entree was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal
    Visitor
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Cindy's last weekend. The food was well thought out, perfectly executed, portions were ample. We shared a classic Caesar salad laden with anchovies. My husband loved the pulled pork. I had a small plate of Spanish octopus over Rancho Gordo beans with marinated lemon and radish slices. It was perfectly prepared and seasoned. For dessert we had a flourless chocolate cake, really a Reine de Saba served with berries. This is a great place for a quiet meal and perfectly prepared food in a choice of the patio or restaurant proper. Imaginative culinary whimsy in fine form. I mean octopus with beans? Who would have thought of this combination? Yet it works superbly for a warm summer night's dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local Gem
    Spunkers
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is a local gem, serving excellent and varied foos with daily specials. The food offers many dishes that are comfort foods,but others that are creative and imaginative. The service is attentive but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great eclectic selection
    mechilton
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great place. Small but with a great menu with unusual but not crazy dishes. Ok maybe a few crazy dishes. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We come to the Napa area once a year and Cindy's is always a dining must. Always a dining delight. Love the roasted peppers. Great wine list also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for party of four!
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was our second visit. I much prefer the private outdoor dining to the busier inside close to the bar. As the name suggests, the entrance is in back. You enter off the street and travel a narrow floral, tree lined pathway, through a small area of outdoor seating with an outdoor pizza oven/fireplace in the corner. A large fig tree creates a canopy for lighting, shade, and privacy. Half chicken...mmm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic
    palmdesertdog
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Sat outside on a cool evening. Only one other table was occupied, so it was fairly quiet. Service was ok, perhaps a little too presumptuous. Food was very good. My wife and I both had Mexican style meals. She had the pollo loco (excellent) and I had the enchiladas stuffed with mushrooms and spinach. Both were served hot, a trait in restaurants that I like (not all do that!) hazard a half bottle of Conumdrum wine that might have been past it's prime (2007.) All in all, an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    FabesVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The poor service really put a damper on the meal. It was extremely slow and inattentive. Food was not described to us in any detail. We would have ordered differently had we been more informed. The busboy brought out our drinks and our food. The waitress did not come back to check until we were nearly done and then realized we did not have a sharp knife that was needed for the entree but said we did fine without it! Huh? We were really looking forward to this restaurant but it was a disappointment. Duck was ok, but limp-no crispiness on the crust.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome from start to finish!
    mandysd
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was amazing and wasn't too pricey for the quality. I loved the decor and seating was very comfortable. Our server was so fun and did a great job explaining the menu and helping us choose wine. What a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Step out of the usual
    Artistlin
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen has a remarkable menu of things you didn't know people ate (Chinese duck burger with mushroom ketchup, for instance). Couple that with the warm, happy atmosphere, the attentive service and huge wine list, you have the recipe for a wonderful evening with friends (or as a couple). Make sure you leave space for a sinfully wonderful finish; try one of their desserts...our favorite was the Campfire Pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food; reasonable price
    Condor
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I've now been here twice. Referred by a local the first time. Each time the dinners have been excellent. The heirloom tomato salad was fabulous. Oysters great. The one thing that shocked both of us was the size of the entree. Very large and we both couldn't finish. We could have had half the amount and would have been more than satisfied. Nice atmosphere and they don't squeeze you in like other places. They have a nice bar. Hard to find because it is behind the main road and parking can be a challenge but you can park and walk a short block. Worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • St. Helena foodie
    MickeyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My guess is that the food here is generally very good. Two of us had a delicious meal and two of us felt the meal was mediocre. It may be that the specials are more predictable, just don't know. Worth giving a try.
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  • Great food and service!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great food and spectacular service!! Mary was our server and she was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Little Gem
    CB2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Cindy's was just the thing me and my family needed after a long relaxing day at the spa. The menu selection was great and the staff was very friendly and attentive. I ordered the meatloaf and mashed potatoes and it was delicious. Great vibe and really nice décor. This is one of my new favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of our favorites in Napa Valley
    localdiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is always superb. We had a vegetarian dish, spinach and cheese enchilada that surprised us that it could be so good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal in Napa
    Devldave
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    If you're a foodie enjoying Napa, don't miss Cindy's Backstreet. Great food in a non-snobby atmosphere. Creative and wonderful taste combos. Don't miss the rabbit tostadas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great lunch in between winery's - definitely a great find . A must!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining with a Mexican accent
    JAMsGems
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    E thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Larger than expected portions, delicious sauces and a divine strawberry rhubarb shortcake
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visitor from afar.
    Gsky
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was a wonderful place. I'm a foodie. I had heard about it and it met my expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Disappointed. They were out of an appetizer before 6:30 on a Saturday night and forgot to bring a vegetable side dish. They did n9t charge for either!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cindy come back
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Cindy's has been my favorite but this visit was not to par. The duck burger was charred, burned and dry. The enchilada was bland. The appetizers (paquito peppers and octopus salad) were still great. The service was wonderful offering to replace my entree without charge.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Cindys!
    francly
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Strength to strength... wonderful family lunch... lovely ambiance and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodfan
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The best pasta dish (linguine with chanterelles) and blistered pepper appetizer we've ever tasted. The service was absolutely flawless and we enjoyed the passion and energy level of the manager who visited our table and helped describe the specials. This restaurant was recommended by several of the tasting room personnel we talked to and will now be one of our favorites when visiting northern California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Not Great
    pleroma18
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We happened to be visiting on a rather warm day which is common in St.Helena in July. The restaurant was very warm inside, and we were uncomfortable throughout the meal. Seating is cramped and parking is meager. My burger was very good, but I ordered it because the prices are high for regular entrées. Prices on wine are also very high, so we stuck with cocktails for lunch. Don't think I will go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner and dessert
    SJSL
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We stumbled upon Cindy's when we were looking for dessert one night during a recent mid-week getaway. The s'mores-inspired Campfire Pie was so good that we came back the next night for dinner. Cindy's does not disappoint. Everything we had was delicious. And the very attentive staff went out of their way to make us happy. The lamb meatballs were amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch spot
    GregS
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went for lunch. Service from start to finish was superb. Food was also outstanding. Great choice!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a great lunch on the patio and terrific service by Michael our waiter. He has a great sense of humor and was very entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor overall experience at Cindy's
    SFfoodluverVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This review is for dinner on Friday night on the patio during Festival del Sole. We arrived 45 minutes eArly and they sat us promptly on the patio, which is nice but missing touches like candles, torches or heaters. Our (worse waiter ever) server forgot to put our order in until we asked about it (having noticed others around us receiving entres) then he flat out refused to bring us "something" to snack on during the extended wait when he told us they were out of bread. We had to wait so so long for our meals (mushroom enchilada and brisket were both solid) that we finished entire bottle of wine, on empty stomachs, bad on many levels, he apologized but no offer of price reduction and then he topped it with complaints about festival crowds
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  • JeffP
    hoteljeff
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Just an all around go to favorite!! Great drinks, great food, great service!!! Thank you also for being so wonderful with the set of 90+ year olds that tagged along!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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