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Goose & Gander

Goose & Gander Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://goosegander.com
  • Phone: (707) 967-8779
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday through Thursday 12-11pm
    Friday-Saturday 12-Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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A word from Goose & Gander
Goose & Gander is a charming restaurant in St. Helena, located in Walter Martini's historic 1920 bungalow. Lunch & Dinner is served daily in the basement bar, the dining room, & in the garden. Goose & Gander is a wine country public house and a local favorite, as well as the perfect spot to host events up to 100 people.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Great spot for both cocktails and food. Fun, top notch service, friendly staff, charming atmosphere inside and out."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "One of the two best patio-dining spots in town, with a creative cocktail list and dependably good food. The downstairs bar is cozy but lively and full of atmosphere - can be crowded but that's part of the fun. Good wine list too - but I wish they had more wines available by the glass and those that are tend to be pricey ($18 for a glass is high in my world). That's the only reason I'm giving it four instead of five stars. We love to take people to G&G and I recommend it often."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Everything was great. Will def return. Wonderful food and service."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "G&G was such a cool experience that I invited a friend up with me in a week. She was impressed."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This gem of a restaurant has amazing food, the valley's best cocktails and live music on Sundays. Sit outside or in and enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This is proof that San Francisco is the only place for foodies and ambiance. My best friend is in SF and is hesitant to travel to Sonoma county which is where I live, so when he comes up I try some really cool digs to make it worth its while. SUCCESS!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food was good but our server was snarky and seemed to have an "edgy" comment to everything we asked. Perhaps he was trying to be friendly/familiar, but it was unwelcome and inappropriate, especially because we were celebrating a birthday. No need for us to go back to G & G and we will recommend our friends not to go there."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "From entering the door to leaving, the staff was the best we've encountered;friendly, warm, professional... The menu seemed standard, but the surprise was in the flavor parings and presentations. Delicious, generous, creative. Never have had fettuccine like it and was just the perfect amount of sauce; not saturated in cream sauce, just right for us."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fantastic burger! Would high recommend the fries as well!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Everything looked so good on the menu, the fish, the pasta, everything. But I had to try the burger, with bone marrow, and the side of duck fat fries. The most welcomed food comma of my trip!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Loved sitting on the patio at Goose and Gander. We had loved Martini House and when we found ourselves back in St Helena we were looking forward to going again. Now it's Goose and Gander. The food was very good, the waiter was attentive until the end of the evening when we had to chase him down.......... The cheese plate was great, the mushroom soup was excellent and quite filling and the fried Chicken Salad had enough fried chicken on it to stop me from ordering "dinner" which was perfect for me that evening. Loved sitting in the courtyard under the trees. Will try it again on our next trip to St. Helena."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Most of the plates came drenched in oil or butter. There were long delays between course, took forever to get appetizers. Had to ask for bread to accompany salads (might be carb phobia motivating this, not sure). The main courses were pretty good. Wouldn't put on my list of must return places."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Went there on a Sunday night and had a great experience on the patio. The wait staff were very accommodating and gave us some useful recommendations for things to do and other restaurants to try. We started with their delicious bread and a nice glass of wine. Followed that with a fantastic octopus appetizer...I would go back for that alone! The sturgeon and prime rib that followed were excellent and the strawberry shortcake was to die for. We will definitely make a return visit the next time we are in the Napa area. The bar in the lower section looked like a great hangout spot and we will give that a try the next time as well."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We're food-value snobs. We favor 1 or 2 dollar signs with 3 or 4 star ratings. This place was absolutely great: food, service, comfort, price. Will definitely return when in Napa (from San Francisco)."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent food we've been to the restaurant 8 times. Our waiter had gone AWOL . We sat in the garden which is lovely but had to wave him over to get attention. Please work on this as we want to come back but will give it only one more try"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Outstanding cocktails!! The beat we've ever had. Amazing ambience and friendly service team. Food was incredible, unique, fun and delicious."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I have just enjoyed my 4'th visit at Goose and Gander. Each time I consider eating at an establishment in St. Helena, I attempt to branch out, but I always come back to the Goose. I am a great fan of the grilled octopus and sturgeon. This time I ordered the sturgeon but decided to mix it up a bit with the roasted dates "bites" stuffed with Gorgonzola. What a treat! Then dessert, where do I begin! Strawberries resting on cookies, topped by a whipped cream that was refreshingly not sweet and so let the strawberries shine on their own. If you have never tried a Moscow Mule, this may be your new drink. The Goose has other specialty drinks, but if you appreciate a strong Ginger Beer, you won't be disappointed in this."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "At $25, the Sunday prime rib is a solid deal: a healthy slab of beef, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, fresh veg and a terrific arugula salad. Begin with one of their superb specialty cocktails."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The vast variety of appetizer got the meal started very nicely"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Menu was minimal on entrees and fair in taste. appetizers were interesting and better in taste. Hopefully this is a meter of growing pains and filling the shoes of the Martini House."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We have dined here several times and all of the entrees are very good. But their house burger with cheese and smoked bacon is just a truly amazing and rich lunch! And their duck fat fries, while not tasting of anything duck-like, are just excellent. Service is both low key and very good. Ambiance is fine for both inside and outside dining. Corkage is a reasonable $15 for each bottle. The burger is very filling and very rich and, if consumed for lunch, should lead to a very light dinner!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Always wonderful food. Service never quit hits the mark, nice but always a bit lacking in service. Outside dining, a nice spot, patio chairs a bit uncomfortable."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Loved Martini House. Love Goose and Gander. We had an excellent waiter. The wine list is very nice and well priced. The cocktails are inventive and tasty. The food is just lovely. I had the clams with fettucine and it was hands down the best dish of pasta I've ever had. Will go back - but next time and night and sit inside. Shade only goes so far to keep you cool in Napa Valley in the summer!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. The service was good. Loved the patio!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We sat in their gorgeous garden and it was very nice. However, the food was just OK: the salad was overdressed and too vinegar-y, the octopus came out charred black (really, kitchen? You'd send this out to paying customers?), the fish and burger were OK. Waiter kept trying to push cocktails and wine, even though we told him we didn't want to drink extra between all the wine tastings. Music outside was way too loud. So, lots of areas need improvement if they want to keep up with the big boys of Napa."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This place is a must go to! Excellent and extremely creative cocktails at an affordable price. We let our server pick our dinner and everything was incredible. Swordfish was cooked perfectly, Mushroom soup is OUT OF THIS WORLD...a carryover from Martini House. You can eat inside, outside, in the cozy old school bar downstairs, it's got a place for whatever your mood. A+ for food, drink, location, style"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My wife and I had an enjoyable dinner here last week. The burger was very good, but messy (best eaten with a knife and fork I think), as was the octopus we shared as an appetizer."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is a difficult review for me to write because we like this restaurant very much but we had a disaster of an evening. We went there on my wife's birthday because of a number of lovely evenings there previously. Unfortunately, it was one of the hottest evenings of year so we opted to sit inside. Big mistake. Noisy and poor service. Started well but when my wife's clam dish came, clams were served on congealed pappardelle pasta rather than fettuccine as stated on menu. When we pointed this out to the waiter, he was indifferent. Hostess stopped when she noticed my wife not eating and she said that it was "wide" fettuccine. It was wide but not f. Waiter also forgot 2 items I ordered and then forgot one of them again after I pointed it out."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The G&G burger was outstanding ! Duck fat fries the best ever"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The shrimp, octapus, and muscles were all amazing, and I'm not even a huge seafood fan. The burger was great, but only if you get it with marrow, otherwise it's just average."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Evidently they were working on their wine list, so the waiter gave us the wines by the glass verbally. We were quite surprised to find out the sub-par wine was $18 a glass. In the future they should give us the prices as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We arrived early for our reservation, was escorted to outside table. Lovely patio and then our server appeared, was delightful! He explained the menu completely and we ordered the special "BLT" that was delivered with an egg on top of fried green tomatoes, crisp bacon, arugula and english muffin plus fresh farm to table side salad. We also ordered off the menu the Fried Chicken Wedge Salad. The chicken was tasty and the traditional wedge was fresh and with great dressing. Highly recommend this spot."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Really enjoy the beautiful outdoor dining area only steps away from St. Helena's bustling and scenic downtown - terrific ambience, wonderful food - I especially enjoy their daily specials and the burger with duck fat fries is not to be missed! Entrees can be on the pricey side so I mainly stick with the sandwiches and salads - but their special cocktails are absolutely amazing and worth the splurge!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A great spot to sit under the trees and relax with excellent service after a day in the Napa Valley. We are locals and have never been disappointed by this restaurant. They deliver great food and wonderful service."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed dinner June 26, dining in the garden. The service was very good--the food, excellent. We were particularly impressed wit the mushroom soup and the meatball appetizer. My guest had not ordered an opening course to match my soup but she was served a small cup of the soup--a very thoughtful gesture. I also appreciated the wait-server repeating the ingredients of each dish as it was served. The menu does an excellent job here but the reminder on arrival was another nice touch showing care for our experience. We certainly will return and highly recommend this restaurant among St. Helena's best."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We've been to Goose and Gander on our semi-annual week stays in the Napa Valley and it continues to maintain a delicious and interesting menu, great service and, the last time, was quite friendly to our grandson. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Goose and Gander was recommended to us from a frequent traveler to wine country. The recommendation was spot on. Great service and food. Scallops and pork chop were superb. We will be back on our next trip."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was good in spots. Their burger was juicy to the point of annoying and the bun was super chewy. Desserts and appetizers were great. Drinks were overworked and overdone. Too many ingredients! Which may be why it took so long to receive our drinks from the time they were ordered. Our server was a really great guy, the manager on duty that night, not so much. He seemed young and just not invested in dealing with issues. Plus we saw him check the bill of a party after they left and then leave it on the table.... Weird. The patio is great, if not a bit cumbersome if you're seated in one of the corners. The interior is gorgeous, lot of manly touches. But very warm and inviting. Hopefully, they were just having an off night."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Nice food, good service, dirty table We had a mostly nice Sunday brunch at Goose and Gander. The food was good, the service was very capable, and the patio was quite pleasant. The only two problems were 1) obnoxious neighbors and 2) a table which had not been cleaned. Of course, the restaurant was not responsible for the raucous party seated next to us, nor for the overwhelming perfume worn by one of the people at that table, making us gag from at least 6 feet away outdoors. But the staff should have paid more attention to cleaning our table. It obviously was never throughly wiped, since there was quite a bit of old food stuck to it. Because of that lack of cleanliness, I downgraded my rating from 4 to 3 stars."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We've been hear twice in the past two years, and the food and service have always been excellent. THE item to get are the Fries cooked in duck fat! Delicious!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014