Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cindysbackstreetkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (707) 963-1200
  • 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.
A word from Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
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
190 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (123)neighborhood gem (106)great for lunch (67)great for outdoor dining (53)special occasion (52)good for groups (52)notable wine list (46)romantic (31)great for brunch (23)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (14)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fun and deliciious...How can you beat that?
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Terrific service person who honestly told us her faves. Delicious food. I think the meat loaf got the prize of the night! We'll be back again....and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This was the second time we decided to meet at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, having been hear a year ago. We had another wonderful reunion lunch. Even though half our party was late, having been caught in traffic, the staff was friendly and accommodating. The food did not disappoint. The only down side was that it was hard to hear each other because it was a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Party of four and we all enjoyed our dinner at cindys backstreet. The service could have been better my coffee needed to be refilled for a long time but all in all it was a good evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Favorite!
    SusanneVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We've never had anything but a wonderful meal at Cindy's! Don't miss the Oysters Bingo and Caesar Salad. Their daily pasta special, also, is usually outstanding. At our latest visit, waiter Shawn (from Brooklyn) took great care of us. (He obviously likes working in the Napa Valley!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Not Be Returning
    DinerM
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Waited for a long time to be even seen at the front. Someone finally turn the corner and saw us at the door. The response - "I will be right there" - not really right there, actually. He seemed to be bothered that we are standing at the door and interrupted whatever he was doing. Then, we were seated. The waitress and support staff were just fine. In fact one of the better served experience. Food was ok but not anything to write home about. Menu items were limiting. Been here multiple times, but next time, we will have to find another place for a breakfast or lunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review from 2 happy foodies
    ShamelessGlutton
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised at how quaint and quiet Cindy's was, having heard it was rather small and tight. Food was superb, service even better. Will look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special weekend
    LuvGoodFood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Outstanding food, very good service, and the ambiance very elegant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Bad Experience
    NapaPrince
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    They seated us at a round table facing the wall just 4 feet in front of us. It took 50 minutes to get our food and when it was brought it came at 3 different times. Drink orders took 10 minutes. When I complained to another waiter because our waiter was unattentive, she said that she would get the manager. The manager never came. When the food came, it was cold and simply not good. There are so many other reasons why this place is simply not a place you want to visit. I however want to enjoy my day.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous St. Helena Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had dinner on the patio, the fireplace oven was lit up and mushrooms were being roasted inside. Our food and service was simply outstanding! We had the Caesar salad, meatloaf and duck burgers - all delicious! Their corkage policy pushed this place over the top for all of us. We will definitely make this one of our must repeat!! But shhh..don't tell too many people!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This place is always lively and wonderful and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay
    geobird
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Had heard about it. Was expecting more. It wasn't bad-- I'm not saying that. Just wasn't as good as expected. I would go back just for the polenta fries -- they were that good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    SharonNYVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    After hearing great things about this place, was really excited to try it. The food was mediocre and wasn't particularly cheap. For the same price, there are infinitely better restaurants options to eat at in the Napa area! The flavours were uninteresting, and either overly salted or just fell flat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Farm house....
    1travellerVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    A great stop when visiting the vineyards in the Napa area. Highly recommend it. Inventive menu and lovely setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy and yummy
    GInnyVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    the food never disappoints. The service was spectacular, the wines wonderful and the booth cozy and quiet for talking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • thebellyrulesthemindVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    A real representative of the Napa Valley food mind set. Local, interesting, uncomplicated and inventive. Rerally enjoy it here, I return each time I'm in St. Helena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and atmosphere!
    Beachgirl9999VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had an awesome dinner with great wine! The server was very friendly and accommodating! Even with a big party upstairs. Dinners were a little slow coming out of kitchen but that was because of the big party going on at same time. Food was exceptional! Will definitely go back when we are in the area again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic