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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "the manager/owner was a jerk. staff was great but first impressions are everything Marcus. I guess lessons from the L St wine bar were not learned. Will not return or reccommend. Its a shame because we made reservations and were looking forward to a great lunch."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My friend ordered a steak medium well and came out way rare. Good cocktails"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our visit to Goose and Gander was a culinary highlight of our trip to St. Helena. While the aesthetics were upscale casual, the dishes from the kitchen were anything but. From the appetizers which featured duck fat fried olives and delicious chicken wings, to the entrees which featured an exceptional pork t-bone, roasted chicken and an outstanding hangar steak, the food was really top notch. The desserts we ordered (peanut butter cup with salted caramel ice cream and a strawberry shortcake) were beyond description - out of this world. Service was efficient and friendly. So many great restaurants in St Helena, this is one not to be missed if you have time."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "There is some glitch and my reservation never reached the restaurant. Luckily we didn't need one, there were plenty of empty tables. We ordered the octopus as an app and it was really chewy. The special, ahi tuna wrap, was really good and game with a really fresh salad with lots of spring veggies."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Lovely place in the heart of Napa. Laid back elegance with a great bar."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Had a relaxing time and great food following a massage in Calistoga. Love the outdoor dining and the bar was comfortable with a large variety of speciality drinks. Would be a great place for a group of friends and or family gathering especially outdoors."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food just gets better and better. Love that they have so much outdoor dining - which is private and not right on the street."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We recently ate at the Goose and Gander in St. Helena. We love the location and enjoyed many meals when it was Spring St. Cafe and The Martini House! We ended up ordering a bunch of appetizers for dinner and two of us had the famous mushroom soup from the Martini House days...everything was delicious! Definitely try the corn croquettes and the chicken wings (warning - messy but delicious)! Our server, Kara, was a delight and gave us the perfect amount of attention and excellent service during a busy Saturday night!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food and cocktail concoctions never disappoint here. I was turned on to this by a salesperson at one of the local stores on main street. This is truly a gem in St. Helena. Food is fresh, simple, and delicious. Drinks are also fun and perfect for a nice warm napa afternoon after some shopping."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love the location in downtown St. Helena. The outside area & bar are vibrant & great for hanging out. The food & service was exceptional. Love, love the cocktails. Next time up in wine country will defiitely come back to this restaurant"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very accommodating....stayed at bar past our dinner reservation....no problem. Had some delightful dishes...marrow, octopus, burger and sturgeon. Our waiter was very attentive but when the patio got busy he was hard to pin down. Guess it's part of being a good restaurant-lots of diners-less attention!!:("
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Corn croquettes had no corn inside, only corn meal. Basically overpriced hush-puppies. If corn not in season, take item off menu. Has had corn in past. Burger, ordered medium (per server recommendation) arrived VERY well done. Sent it back, and server (not ours) left fries, and brought back new burger, rather than replacing the whole plate, which seemed tacky. My friend's sturgeon was very fishy, however he didn't tell me until after we left, because he wasn't comfortable sending back both entrees. Also, the chef is crazy for fennel/fennel pollen, and puts it in almost everything, but doesn't say so in description on the menu. If you're not a fan (which I am not), tell your server. Our server was excellent."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Amazing is actually an understatement. For cocktails, you just can't go wrong. The Bali Spice Old Fashion and the Shrub were made with excellence. Details all the way down to the large hand carved ice cubes show the dedication of this restaurant. The burger couldn't be more perfect. We also had the fettuccine with homemade chorizo, it was to die for. The cherry desert topped it all off in an excellent manner. We had a great server who truly cared about the restaurant, I hope when you dine here you get the opportunity to be served by her as well. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014