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JoLe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jolerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (707) 942-5938
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,& Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Spector
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Sonjia Spector (707) 942-5938

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from JoLe
JoLe is a Contemporary American Restaurant owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Matt and Sonjia Spector, chef and pastry chef, respectively. JoLe is the couple's second restaurant venture. Their first was the wildly successful, Matyson Restaurant in Philadelphia. The menu changes daily and is designed for flexibility: guests can pop in for a few a la carte dishes, or settle in for a multi course tasting menu that they design themselves. This lends itself well to the casual wine country pace. Matt uses organic, locally farmed ingredients as much as possible. Sonjia's desserts are updated versions of things her mom and grandmother made. Everything on the eclectic wine list is offered by the glass, half bottle, or bottle. The beer list is also fun, consisting of a wide variety of microbrews. JoLe also offers a full bar, specializing in small batch liquors. Even without reservations, bar and chef's counter seats are available on a first come, first serve basisContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was fantastic and the food delicious!! I only wish it came with larger portions .lu"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Inventive, flavorful food in a nice setting. Nice wine-the-glass list, too. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food was hit and miss. One appetizer was very good (octopus), the other one mediocre (ahi tuna poke). One main was excellent (pork belly), the other one so so (fish dish could have been great but was a bit over)"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The tasting menu was great. 4 courses for $55. Well prepared and timely service."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Overall a very nice dining experience with good service. The highlights of the evening were probably the wine recommendations and the calamares dish with chorizo! Very good! The disapointment of the evening was the grilled peppers (sorry to say) as they lacked the smokey dark grilled flavour and were a bit too greasy compared to a similar (but exceptional) at Torc the previous night."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I would not choose to eat at JoLe again. There are simply too many other choices in the area with better food, wine lists, and service in the same price range. By contrast, our experience at Market in St. Helena was far better, both in food experience and service level. In addition, Market has a better wine list and does not mark up their wines significantly."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Jole exceeded our expectations! The food was excellent and Becca, our server, was fabulous. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We continue to be impressed with the creative cuisine at JoLe. The flavor combinations are what you would expect out if a much more expensive restaurant. The imagination and flair of the chef is apparent in each dish. Mediterranean Octopus salad is incredible. My husband had the venison and loved every bite. I had Alaskan halibut and the flavors were amazing. I love going out and having the option of eating something I would never make, like chicken fried veal sweetbreads or sweet tea marinated duck. The staff is helpful and generous with their time. This is a place you will not want to miss, with better food than some of its more famous neighbors, at reasonable prices in a lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "WE had a fantastic meal at Jole. All farm to table local produce and delicious preparations California cuisine style. Delicious, can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Reservation not honored once again. It gets dark 9pm now, so made advanced OT reservation for 9pm dinner. Arrived 9pm & Manager again says that "our table" is just paying their bill & "it should be only a few minutes" & we should wait in the adjoining hotel lobby. He then asked if he could bring us a drink while we were waiting. Another table group was already out waiting in the lobby then too. By 9:15 or so, the manager came out & said "it should be a little longer." Nearer 9:30 he came out with 2 complimentary glasses of wine & a good appetizer that he never asked us if we liked or wanted. By 9:40 or so he got us & said he knew we requested a booth BUT had a "table for 4" open & we could sit near one another (we wanted a booth)..."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "If you are looking for a big meal not a good place to go. But if you want to have cocktails and tapas it's perfect. It was energetic. Our waiter was great."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Pricy for modestly good food. Ingredient quality just average. Noise level excessive, rendering conversation difficult."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Went to JoLe with my husband and our two tween/teen daughters. My younger daughter loved that they have a kids' menu (with fries!) and her food was perfect for her. My older daughter has celiac disease and JoLe was able to accommodate her gluten-free diet with no problems, and without the need for us to give excessive explanations about gluten -- they seemed informed. Our meals were both beautifully presented and delicious. Portion size is not overly large, so getting an entrée and a main course is recommended, and our server did tell us that. We all had plenty of food. Desserts were delicious too. If we had gone as a couple without the kids, we would have loved to try the tasting menu -- next time!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We loved the food and smaller portions. Excellent service. Cocktails were great."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The tasting menu with wine pairings was excellent overall. The highlights were the potato gnocchi paired with a crisp Savignon Blanc and the red snapper paired with a more fruity Savignon Blanc. The lamb chop was dressed with a plum sauce that was a little too sweet for my personal tastes, paired well with a Syrah. The cheese course was fine, but not up to the standards of the rest of the courses. The sommelier seemed at a loss when I requested a less sweet wine to pair with the cheese."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Last year, our dining experience was incredible! This year, every course missed its mark---the gnocchi weren't light & fluffy enough, the pork belly wasn't crisp enough, my cocktail wasn't chilled enough, etc. On the whole, we were disappointed. Plus, the non-stop drone of their industrial fan was extremely unpleasant and detracted from the ambiance."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We visit Napa Valley twice per year and almost always dine at JoLe on both trips. The cost of the "small plates" continues to rise dramatically to the point that it is becoming a concern. The prices are approaching those of full size entrees, most being in the mid twenties. When two are not enough for me, and barely enough for my wife, we are getting close to looking elsewhere. That would be too bad given the creativity and quality that has not waned one iota."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have been dining at Jole' for 6 years, I had my wedding party dinner there & have never been disappointed! I have recommended dining there to many people & all have enjoyed it! Great vibe, great food & great wine list...make a reservation!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate a special occasion and were very happy we decided to try JoLe. All the food we ordered was presented attractively. My husband's duck was outstanding, tender and flavorful. My bouillabaisse was perfect, not a huge serving but just enough. My picky daughter's halibut was excellent as well. We only eat dessert if we love the entrees, so we had the cherry crisp and crepe and enjoyed them both. Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive, and respectful. I appreciate that he spoke directly to each of us, not just the man at the table. The only thing I didn't care for was having to sit so close to some other diners, who were loud and encroached on our dining space."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Really good food and very nice winepairing. The waiter and sommelier were supernice and had good knowledge. The only thing I could have wished for were that they should have had only local wine instead of from all over the world."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was amazing, our service was helpful and attentive. We were celebrating our anniversary and it was perfect. We have already recommended that a friend make a reservation there for an upcoming trip to Napa. What a find! We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Went here for our one year anniversary and loved it! The food is fabulous, the servers are personable and non-corporate (unlike the vibe at nearby resorts), and really make you feel at home. We always order a bunch of things and share. Can't wait to go back again when we are in wine country."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "What a great gem...food, service & ambiance are the triple threat. Looking forward, to our return visit"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "What a find. The a la carte selections were delicious. They also have a unique, create-your-own tasting menu option that allows you to choose the dishes you want to sample. The wine lust by the glass is extensive, plus they use a coravin to offer reserve wines by the ½ glass or glass that would otherwise only be available as an expensive bottle. I will definitely be back to try some dishes that we missed this time around."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very nice evening celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary and was very thoughtful and gracious of JoLe starting us off with a glass of Schramsberg! I got the tuna Poke and my husband got the Flatiron steak - both were very good and service was very good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We've eaten here several times, but this night was the best! We will be back soon. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. Thanks JoLe!!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Waitpersons' first day on job. We each had the 4 course pairing. Baby artichoke dish, was just the dry leaves, not the heart. Gnocchi was on dry side. Wine server was not in tune with one dish served, and poured incorrect wine, seemed flustered after that, and had other person pour dessert wine. Long wait between small courses. Over all, disappointing. If we did go back, we would order two dishes each w/o the pairing, and select our own wine. They were nice about giving us a discount for the confusion, but we had to ask. Timing was off, next table over, slow service, three young women were all looking at their iPhones by the second course."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "So, this is good food (grade B), but I just expected a bit more refinement. The gnocchi was very good. But the ribs? Eh. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Very pricy considering the caliber if the food. The menu was imaginative but some dishes fell flat. The plates are pieced as regular size but are medium portions. That wouldn't t be a problem if the dishes were more impressive. Best dish was the lamb t-bone. The baby back ribs were'nt tender or anything special. I could have bought a more impressive set if ribs at the local BBQ joint for 1/8 the price. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Arrived Saturday night to a 1/2 empty room and we were gone within 45 minutes yes out in less than 1 hour. Our waiter suggested we get two main dishes each, thank goodness we didn't the portions were substantial enough but my halibut lacked flavor and was not cooked properly. I would have let our waiter know but he never bothered to come by and ask. My husbands ribs were "Ok" but not worthy of the accolades it received from reviews. Quite frankly I would have preferred a pizza and salad to our meal. The ambience is fine I guess although I would have preferred not to be whisked out of a an establishment that is suppose to represent Fine Dining. Summary overall I left with such a bad taste in my mouth."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife really liked her dinner. She tends to only order vegetables, and she loved what she eat. The steak was highly recommended, but I was impressed. I didn't send it back because I hate the hassle. We probably go again next time we're in Calistoga."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The menu with wine pairing was exceptional-Tried many courses and surely the largest, best portions for a tasting menu I've yet had. The wine is delivered first-I'd take a sip and when the food was brought the wine completely changed and elevated the entire meal, course after course. Absolutely stellar with relaxed friendly professional service. The white peach Manhattan was special."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Just went for early dinner ordering from happy hour menu. Great selection to choose from. You have to go inside hotel to enter restaurant. Bartender was very friendly."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I had lamb T-bone oh so very good. Wife had gnocchi and it was most excellent. The nectarine duck comfit salad was balanced. I could have eaten a five gallon bucket of the duck comfit. The coconut cream pie was godhood rub all over your body good."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Simply put, the food at JoLe was incredible. Try the gnocchi and the mahi tuna if it's on the menu. All the food was spectacular. Probably the best meal we've ever had. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I went here for a romantic dinner out while staying in Calistoga. We opted for the 5 course tasting menu (each) with wine pairings. It's actually a decent value considering the amount and variety of food and wine. The food was wonderful - presentation, taste, variety - everything about it was outstanding! I especially recommend the squash blossoms. Our only slight complaint was that although the wine was specifically paired with each course, it wasn't timed as such. Sometimes we would get a course a full 5-10minutes before the wine or vice-versa, which was a bit awkward. For the price, they should really work this out! I would definitely recommend this place though, and I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything on the menu is delicious ! There was not a bad dish. This is a first for me. Everything exceeded expectations. I thought it could not get any better... and then the desserts came. The tasting menu is a must. Caution- If you go once, you WILL be back. You will plan part of your trip to Calistoga around it!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "JoLe continues to serve delicious, innovative food. The presentations are great. The menu selections are varied and offer many tasty options. The wine list offerings are outstanding -- great variety. The tasting menu option is great or one can just do a la carte. A really terrific dining experience. We look forward to our next meal there."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Just delicious! Every bite was mouthwatering. The lambs tongue was to die for. In hope it's always on the menu. The ribs were literally finger lickin good. Can't wait to return "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great dining experience at JoLe. We had the 5 course meal with the wine pairing. What a great way to dine. The food and wine pairing was outstanding. This place is a great gem. My wife and I will be coming back soon"
    Dined on 5/16/2014