Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
4-Star meals at 1-2 $ pricesSo many great offerings and at prices well below surrounding restaurants of comparable food quality and ambiance. Had both dinners and lunch there during our stay in St Helena. Never once disappointed. Great service, too!5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a treatThe food is always done spot on here, the winelist is interesting and fairly priced, and the service is friendly and expert. We liked the waiter so much that we tried to bargain for him in a game of rock/paper/scissors, but fortunately for the diners who will follow us, we lost. Dwight will remain at Cindy's.
Whenever we're in the valley we must stop here or feel as thought we've been cheated somehow.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMVery PleasedThird time at Cindy's and every time they get it right. Food, Service, were spot on. Pricing and portions are in line with my expectations. I will most definitely return.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentOn our day of wine tasting, I had booked Cindy's for lunch. What a great choice and the food was outstanding.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMI always love going to Cindy'sI always love going to Cindy's but I may limit that to dinner only since it is very expensive for lunch!! Wish they would have a separate lunch menu with less expensive choices. Also it got very loud when the dining room filled up.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMOur favorite Napa Valley restaurantMy partner and I have had lunch at Cindy's 4 or 5 times. Last week I had 36 hours in the bay area, and we planned the time especially to go back to CBK. The food is amazing, the service is precisely the balance I like of friendly and knowledgeable, and the setting is perfect. It's the only one of Cindy Pawlcyn's restaurants we've ever been to, because we can't bear to miss it when we're in wine country.
Most recently, I had a fried okra appetizer, a standout with very fresh okra that had been roasted before a very light cornmeal coating. It came out just from the fryer with a lemon aioli. We've also loved the house special grilled cheese that changes weekly, the duck burger, and one of the best caesar salads anywhere.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful lunch andWe had a wonderful lunch and the service was superb!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love coming here and it'sWe love coming here and it's always on our list when we visit Napa. I didn't rate the food so high this time as we ordered a curried mussel appetizer that was really tasteless and the mussels were mushy and old, it was a dish someone should have caught in the kitchen and never let out. Our main entrees were fabulous.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMReally good food (save roomReally good food (save room for dessert!). Really friendly staff. Stop reading this review and make your reservation already!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is the second time thatThis is the second time that we have visited Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen and we have not been disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere are all great along with the overall friendliness. We will definitely go back again when we are in St. Helena.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMClearly the most creativeClearly the most creative and innovative menu. When you can't stop talking about the restaurant you know it's good. Service excellent. Look forward to going back.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMBe sure to save room for theBe sure to save room for the Campfire Pie ~ best dessert ever!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AManother Sanoma gemCindy Pawlcyn has another gem in her Backstreet Kitchen. The menue is not as extensive as Mustards but every item is prepared with care. The servers are very helpful with the extensive wine list and their enthusiasm for the food enhanses the dining experience. This is a restaurant that is not to be missed.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLocal favoriteThis is our local favorite and a spot we can always rely on for good food, at,osphere and great service, especially if we happen to have Mike as our waiter. He is fabulous fun, knowledgeable and attentive.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLess stellar experience on EasterI've usually had good luck here, but this time my dining partner got a pancetta pasta with almost no pancetta in it, and some of the food was under-cooked. He doesn't want to go back. We were eating there on Easter, so maybe it was because their regular chef had the day off.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMSurprisingly Mediocre this Time!!I LOVE Cindy's!! It's one of my Favorite places in St Helena, the Oysters Bingo are to die for!! My favorite, the Pollo Loco (Chicken was overcooked) and the Flank Steak was tough. Will I go back, yes!! But I will warn the waiter... Fun Menu!!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great meal here. TheAnother great meal here. The food is consistently good and the seasonal dishes are delicious!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our third time here,This was our third time here, and not our last. Always very freindly, with attentive service.Food is icing on the cake!3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAte at bar with nice bar tender.GooAte at bar with nice bar tender.Good oysters and salad. Great martini. Upsidedown pineapple desert nice.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat as always!! Our guest,Great as always!!
Our guest, a superb jazz pianist from NYC, loved it too.
Cindy deserves all the loyalty she receives.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely restaurant, went forLovely restaurant, went for lunch. Very accommodating and friendly staff. Cozy front room, elegant, comfortable larger dining room. Calamari with lemon slices and peppers were crisp and delicious. Delicious pork tacos. Meyer Lemon NY cheesecake to die for! Service was outstanding. A great place to go with friends, easy to converse. Can't wait to go back3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were a group of 3 couplesWe were a group of 3 couples visiting the Napa Valley. All agreed that Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen was a gem tucked away just off of the Main Street in St Helena. As we visited the different wineries in the valley and shared where we had dined with the winery staffs they all had only great things to say about Cindy's. would recommend to anyone visiting the Napa Valley3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a great time, food wasHad a great time, food was fabulous, excellent wine list and all the servers were upbeat, attentive and knowledgeable.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI couldn't believe that theyI couldn't believe that they fit 5 into a booth, but they did with room for 1 more! Very nice place to meet and eat and we'll go again-as we did this time.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMPortions are a little small,Portions are a little small, fine for me - female, but my husband was looking for more.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Cindy's, we are fromWe love Cindy's, we are from the East Bay and make it a special point to have lunch frequently. The food is especially fabulous and I like the fact that the menu changes so we have the chance to experience new dishes. This is definitely a five in our book!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI have never been to Napa.I have never been to Napa. Cindy's Kitchen was our first night. We were attending a class at the CIA, but we wanted to test the local wines and have something to eat at the restaurant that had so many positive reviews. We ordered wines by the glass, and ended up tasting several varietals. The waiter (Michael) was very helpful, but I particularly appreciated his honesty about meal selections and wine pairings. He seemed genuinely oriented toward helping us to have an enjoyable experience rather than running up a big bill. We had a rather small meal (2 oysters for appetizers, followed by chicken curry salad (me) and ahi tuna salad (my friend). The salads were large and definitely worked as a light meal. The wine was great. Restaura3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst Visit was Phenomenal!!Delicious food and wonderful service in a beautifully decorated restaurant. This was our first time dining here. We made reservations to return the following weekend.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMDiverse, interesting menu;Diverse, interesting menu; food is of high quality, taste and balance; good service.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMCindy's BK is always good,Cindy's BK is always good, no mater what you order. Stuffed poblano peppers are my first choice, the meatloaf is perfect. Soups are always right on.1/18/2013 12:00:00 AMCharming, outstanding foodWe always visit Cindy's when in Sonoma for lunch. Their backyard patio is a terrific place to spend 2-3 hours eating and drinking. Obviously, the wine selection is exceptional, very well thought out. Cindy's also has top notch mixologist who makes outstanding cocktails.8/24/2012 12:00:00 AMThis is a great, casual-diningThis is a great, casual-dining restaurant. It's the closest thing to a "locals' bar" in St. Helena. Great ambiance.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM