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R+D Kitchen - Yountville
R+D Kitchen - Yountville

R+D Kitchen - Yountville Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hillstone.com
  • Phone: (707) 945-0920
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Stefano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from R+D Kitchen - Yountville
R+D Kitchen offers crisp and flavorful cuisine in quintessential indoor-outdoor spaces. Be sure to try our versions of classic American dishes like the Ding's Crispy Sandwich, the Thai Steak and Noodle Salad, or our Three-Layer Carrot Cake with toasted walnuts and mascarpone icing. We look forward to welcoming you soon.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to a couple of these restaurants in various locations and the food is always good. The burgers are great. The menu is small. This particular R & D has a beautiful outdoor space and bar for large groups."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We LOVE R+D for after work drinks, lunch, post wine tasting or a dinner out- you name it! Great cocktails, wine and beer list and always a great tentative server in or outside. Everything we have tried on the menu has been delicious. My only wish for change is the ability to have dinner outside at the tables."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great place! Nice atmosphere, food was very good, although the super thin slice of fish on my sushi could have been a bit thicker. There were only 2 offerings for dessert, which I found strange. It seemed like our waitress forgot a lot, but perhaps she was new. Overall a place I would def. recommend!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Had a reservation. We were 5 minutes early. Upon arrival, we were told there was a 20 minute wait.....however, the place was nearly empty. Once seated, we were ignored for another 15 minutes. Once the waitress came to our table, it was obvious she didn't want to be there. We were pretty-much ignored the entire time we were there. This was by far the worst service we have ever had at a Yountville restaurant....or any restaurant."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great food, pleasant service, good recommendations, but lousey tea..."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed dour dining experience, nice outdoor beachy area for a drink then good dinner inside at a reasonable price for the Yountville area. Avoid wine tasting in the area though, tasting prices are out of control and ludicrous."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food is great and service is excelllent. I would definitely recomment this place."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the selection of food items, the portions and the price at R & D Kitchen. The variety of items on the lunch menu from gorgeous sushi rolls to amazing sandwiches with pickled onions on house made rolls and breads,was great to have in one place. The prices were reasonable, and the portions were just right! We were looking for a nice place to have lunch, without going too casual or too formal, and close to home (Napa). It was like a mini vacation spending the afternoon in Yountville, enjoying a nice meal and very attentive service."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "R&D is another in the Houston's concept restaurant portfolio. Food is great and portions are super sized. We split a salad and then the pork sandwich and even at that we struggled to waddle out of there. Food quality is fantastic and service is excellent just as it is at all the Houston's chain. They have transplanted the concept and even the look into Napa. Wine list is short which being IN Napa you would think they would have beefed it up. This is a reservation only situation in the evening. I highly recommend but you need to book it at least day in advance for the weekend."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "One of the worst dining experiences ever!! Poor service - we specifically asked the waitress to not hurry the meal then when we were still eating the appetizer the main course arrived. The entrees were taken back to the kitchen but when the food came back to the table, the ribs were dry as if kept under heating lamps and my wife's steak was very rare after asking for medium. The steak was returned to the kitchen, five minutes later it was brought back to the table looking just the same and cold as if it had sat out and not been cooked further. The manager came to the table and flippantly remarked that he'd heard a rumor we weren't happy - he seemed to think it was some kind of joke."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had a group of 11 work friends together to celebrate an upcoming wedding - we were a little loud :) and a little crazy... and Ashley and the R + D crew were beyond accommodating! Thank you for your perfect service and tasty lunch. We appreciate all that you did for us."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Outstanding service, eclectic menu, nice wine country ambiance. As a local this will become a regular go to spot for me. Loved the sashimi appetizer and also had the tomato salad special (with jalepeno viniagrette adding just the right spice), the deviled eggs, and the Thai Steak and Noodle salad. The salad is a must try!. Liked the ambiance - sorta like the Oakville grill run by the same group - but hipper with a more diverse menu. Try it, you will like it!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I've eaten at R+D many times, unfortunately this experience was not so good. My chicken in the chicken sandwich was like rubber. The constant staff walking by staring at tables to pick up your dish and or rush you out of the restaurant is getting old."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Had a nice dinner Monday evening. Sat at the bar for a bit, enjoyed a great cocktail, then we were seated in a comfy spacious booth. The food was delish. My wife had the meatloaf and I enjoyed the ribs. My wife is trying to figure out how to duplicate the meatloaf. Carrot cake for dessert....nice beginning to the week."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "All the portions were not only very large but the flavor and quality was fantatstic"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "R&D is one of my favorite spots and the food is always very good. Underwhelmed by the fact that the short (but good) wine list could not be up to date by vintage year (2010 v 2011) - always give this restaurant top marks but an updated revised menu is in order!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We have eaten at R&D Kitchen in Santa Monica and Newport Beach. The Yountville facility is the very best. The food is good and comparable at all of the locations we have visited."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We enjoy every Hillstone property and this is true to form. The food at R&D is very tasty and definitely unique from it's relative up valley - The Rutherford Grill, but very much in the same style, i.e. very fresh, visually interesting and delicious. The atmosphere is much quieter though, perhaps due to the wood plank barrel ceilings, because it's always full of guests, but you can actually hear the conversation. They have a great cocktail list and of course excellent choices in wine. It's our new favorite in the valley."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Good food, good service, table ready for us with our reservations. Would have liked to have a basket of breads and butter on the table while waiting for out lunch."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I certainly did not have a bad experience, but it was somewhat lackluster. The menu seems overly simplistic and blase although all the food was well prepared and well seasoned. I realize that the concept is unpretentious simplicity, however the menu lacked personality and the items could be found at almost any other restaurant in the same category. The service staff did all the right things and efficiently, but again without much personality or warmth. I would recommend going to R&D to sit outside and enjoy a cocktail and lunch on a beautiful Napa day."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Terrific simple menu. good service. A little generic looking."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Our group of six was treated to outstanding service. The food was equally great. The ambiance clearly mirrored other restaurants in their group like Rutherford Grill but the restaurant had its own character. All dishes were brought out timely and presentation was great."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was tasty and well presented; the service was efficient. The bill was a little high, so I won't be coming as often as I might otherwise."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We live in the Napa Valley and when we are looking for a place that has great service and great food, R & D Kitchen is at the top of our list. We manage to visit R & D at least two or three times a month for either lunch or dinner. R & D Kitchen is a great and safe place to send guest because you know they will be taken care of. We also love their no-corkage policy -- this policy should be standard throughout the valley."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We love R&D. It is the place to go for locals and tourists alike. This visit was for our friends bday...just us ladies. Everything was amazing. We took forever to order bcuz we were chatting. Had the dip duo and pressed sushi ( both fabulous) then ordered meatloaf (5th time ordering-I cannot get enough of this) macho salad, and kale salad. We all raved about every item. Then had the incredible sundae for dessert. I have to say the menu doesn't read as wonderfully as everything tastes. It seems simple but is spectacular. To top it all off Matt J is an outstanding waiter who is incredibly attentive!!! We always ask for him and will wait to sit in his section. This place really is a place for making fond memories !!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We just spent a week in the Napa Valley. Obviously the town of Yountville is Foodie heaven with many great restaurants. We were fortunate enough to dine at them all. Simply put, I would go here again and again and again. The food might be the best in town!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Two of us were new to R & D, and one had been there before. From the moment we walked in we were impressed with the staff, ambience and the food. I can hardly wait to return."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "R&D Kitchen is a consistently satisfying restaurant with a staff that really wants you to be pleased with the experience. This is not haute cuisine but a well conceived California style of comfort food. There's a good variety of dishes so everyone is likely to find an appealing option"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We had lunch on sunday 7/27. We ordered drinks from the bar, super delicious. Our other guests arrived and were seated promptly which was great. Our server was attentive and friendly, took our oder for appetizers and drinks. The apps were served but no drinks. When she stopped by to check on us, we informed her that our two guests had not received their drinks. She got on it promptly. When drinks arrived separately, they were placed in front my husband and myself who already had drinks. I brought it to the servers attention and she apologized, but seemed to have an attitude. We love the atmosphere, and will return, I'm sure it was a one time deal"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had the best lunch. Food was great, service was fantastic. Kudo's to Matthew, our server!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food was very well prepared and the portions are generous. I started with a sushi roll appetizer and then had the short ribs for my entree. The meat was well seasoned and was so tender that it fell off the bone."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We kind of stumbled upon R & D for lunch. Made a reservation on the way there from the car which was a good move because when we arrived, other walk-ups were told it was a 20 minute wait. We both had the "Macho Salad" and it was outstanding! The outdoor bar area looked really nice."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food at R+D was great as usual. We both had chicken sandwiches and liked them. We also started the meal with a sushi roll and it was tasty as well. Our only complaint was the wait time for our reserved table. We checked Open Table an hour before and there was plenty of availability. We arrived 15 minutes early, and were told the table would soon be ready. We sat at the bar and had a cocktail while waiting. Finished the cocktail and saw it was past the reservation time. 15 minutes later we checked with the hostess and she said the people at our table were finishing their dessert. We were finally seated 25 minutes after our reserved time. What happened to all that availability on Open Table?"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A reservation was made for 8 but I was told at first that we might have to be separated putting two of our family members at a table for 2 in front of the table for 6 - when we got to restaurant- even though I had the reservation it took quite awhile to sit us and then my daughter noticed a table for 8 unoccupied right next to our two tables. Then the waitress moved us to the table which I do appreciate but don't understand why they would want to split us up when that was there and being a family ( two toddlers we would eat fairly fast - we were eating early 4:45 pm That finally worked out but took awhile. Lunch arrived in a timely matter-- no condiments with fries so we needed to get some. Overall it was a good experience not great!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We were treated to a lovely evening at this great restaurant. The food was outstanding...meatloaf superb, deviled eggs wonderful, heirloom tomatoes out of this world and service was amazing. There were a few minor errors with our order and they were quick to apologize and not charge us for the error. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "was with friends from london and their twin boys (24 months). r & d had amazing high chairs that clamped onto the round table we were sat at, and a friendly and efficient service team that took great care of us from start to finish. working in the industry i understand how frustrating groups like this are, and how a 4+2 top that's going to be in and out isn't a great money maker for the restaurant, but r & d did not seem to care one bit! it was refreshing and made everyone's night. food quality as good as always. really nice tuna tartare. ice cream for the kiddos' birthday, very classy, super sweet. thank you r & d crew!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went for lunch and really enjoyed everything. The servers are mostly college students during the summer so they are working hard to ensure good service and good tips which was delivered. The special sandwich for the day was a giant Tuna Burger which was fabulous. Not quite worth $20 dollars but we were on vacation and it was delicious. Everything is a la cart so 2 people can split their giant portions and order some side dished to try. Fries were good and Tabbouleh salad was one of the best I have had. Perfect place to enjoy lunch on a beautiful summer day."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We so enjoyed our dinner at R+D that we're returning Saturday with 4 other family/friends. Delicious + great service. A. Allegra"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good food, excellent service and always friendly!!!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Lunch was beautifully presented, more than ample and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 7/14/2014