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Permanently Closed - Hotel D'Amici Ristorante

4.3
140 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Owned by the Pestoni Family, the Hotel D'Amici Ristorante features traditional Italian cuisine with homemade pastas, fresh seafood, delicious desserts and, of course, Pestoni Family wines from Rutherford Grove Winery.

Critically acclaimed (Gourmet, Los Angeles Times, Zagats,) Southern California protégé of Wolfgang Puck and Marcella Hazan, chef Joe Venezia served as Executive Chef of the Hotel Bel Air, i.Cugini and il Boccaccio. He recently moved to Calistoga where he serves as Executive Chef at Hotel d’Amici Ristorante. Chef Venezia is one of only a few chefs who had the pleasure of cooking alongside Marchella Hazan. Pastas, sausage, wine and even the pickling is made in house and by hand.

We also have private dining available for small groups. See you soon in Calistoga!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


Closed for seismic upgrades. expected to reopen in spring 2017
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Phone number
(707) 942-1400
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Venezia
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Private party facilities
D"Amici Ristorante offers a Private Dining Room in the south end of the restaurant. The PDR accommodates up to 26 guests at a single table or 32 guests at individual tables. D'Amici prefers family style service. Individual service can be accommodated with a pre-selected menu.
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Private party contact
Jonathan Ong: (888) 490-6316
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Ave.
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Parking details
Calistoga is a small town with lots of street parking as well as various parking lots.
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Public transit
1 bus stop on Lincoln Ave.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Loved D'Amici! Sorry it will be closed for retrofitting. Waiting with baited breath for another great meal!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

It was very good, but also very pricey. However, we would definitely go back the next time we are in town.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

I will always come back to this restaurant. Service is the best, food is the best.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Great tasting food, they made me a dish not on the menu and it was exceptionally good. Very attentive

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

We live just up the mountain from both Calistoga and Santa Rosa. Calistoga is only 25 minutes but we often forget to venture that way instead of Santa Rosa or Healdsburg. Last night we wanted to try something new and I had a bottle of 1971 nebbiolo i've been dying to open. I picked this based on prior reviews and it looked like it was reasonably priced.

We generally don't get great service when we try new places (we are late 20s) but last night our server was fantastic from the get go. He expertly opened our bottle of wine, without asking decanted for sediment - and it definitely needed to breath! He could tell we were on a leisurely dinner date pace and didn't try to rush us to order. I always appreciate servers that can read their table.

We ordered the heirloom tomato salad and wild mushroom bolognese papparadelle to share. The tomato salad was a special so you will be hard pressed to find it there going into winter, but the pastas are made in house and not to be missed! Perfect texture, great flavor, and came out piping hot. I had the veal scaloppine and he had the filetto. Both our entrees were great. We were worried we might have ordered too much but we finished everything.

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for unpretentious, great quality italian food on that side of the mountain. Corkage was $15 and they don't have cocktails - beer and wine only.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2016

We had a wonderful that ended up being our favorite in the Napa area. We shared our meals and 2 flights of wine with our meal which made it even better by trying more items. Finished with an excellent affogato and we will be back!

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Delicious authentic Italian dishes. Gnocchi was delicious. Great wine. Our server was Kyle. Very personable, happy, and knowledgeable of the food and menu. We had a great birthday celebration there with girlfriends.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2016

The food was amazing. The service was ok when we arrived but once we ordered our waiter literally disappeared. Someone else served our food and we never saw the waiter until we asked for our check. We were only offered beverages once and bread once.It would have been nice to have been offered seconds of both. We were there at 6:45 so it wasn't busy when we arrived but continued to get busy which may have been the issue for the poor service.
The dishes we had were:Cruda “in Bagna”,Pera e Gorgonzola,Strozzapreti Al Frutti Di Mare and the lasagna. All was great except the lasagna the cheese on top was hard and it was dry. We also were not offered fresh grated cheese on our dishes.
I would go back but would be more assertive with the waiter.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

This is definitely one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Calistoga. The food is fresh with delicious sauces. Menu prices are reasonable. Service is excellent. We highly recommend a visit.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Delicious food just don't expect a helpful server!

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Restaurant was clean, quiet and enjoyable. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. We had an outstanding experience. Our waiter was excellent and gave great service.

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3.0Dined on October 2, 2016

Food was delicious with unique sauces & portions weren't overwhelming--just right. Wine list was extensive, as expected for the area.
Busy for a Sunday night. Initially not a good impression. No one at the maitre d' station when we arrived. Things seemed hectic as he was bustling around taking things to tables and took quite a while to even get to us. Meanwhile other incoming diners started backlogging behind us and we were all standing in the aisle right next to diners at tables. Not sure if our reservation made a difference (he never asked us and the folks behind us didn't have one). He was harried. There was one small table for two (which would have been fine) but he mumbled something about why it wouldn't work which made no sense. So we and everyone else were left standing even longer as he waited for other tables to open up and prep them. Meanwhile he kept going back to help the waitstaff serve.
Once seated things got a bit better. Our waitress was personable and didn't seem to let the surrounding bustle bother her, though it did slow things down. Our food wasn't as hot as it should have been; I watched our plates sit on the pick up shelf for quite a few minutes as she chatted with the couple who came in after us.

The decor was very nice and the food was super, so I'd go back-- just hope for a quieter night with more staff.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2016

We always enjoy our dinners at Hotel D'Amici Ristorante. The food is excellent, the wine list is terrific, the service is exemplary! We always make sure we eat there on each of our twice-yearly visits to Calistoga.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Food was exceptional, service was perfect and the whole experience was fantastic!

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1.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Very disappointing the only saving grace was that the waitress was fantastic but she couldn't make up for the lousy food

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

My family and I had a fantastic experience at D'Amici. We were celebrating a birthday and couldn't have been happier in our choice of this restaurant. The cuisine and service were impeccable. The traditional Italian meal was delicious, and the wine selection diverse. We had a superb lasagne, creative puttanesca with surprising flavors, and appetizers that showcased the seasonal, local produce to perfection. I will be making a stop at D'Amici anytime I am in the Napa area. It's one of the best restaurants in the region. Calistoga is a must for anyone touring wine country.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Nice restaurant and good food. A bit pricey but would recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Had a free night in the Wine Country. Saw this reviewed on Open Table and gave it a try. Great start with Tomato Tart. Fresh, great pastry. NIce salad. I had a pasta puttanesca - with fresh anchovies - which were mild and tasty. Not salty at all. And my husband had a pork cutlet. Well seasoned and tender. Would go back if we were in the area.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

This is a well designed restaurant with very good service , nice meal choices, ang excellent service . They comped our corckage which was not expected and much appreciated.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2016

excellent italian. great service. very good value and good wine selection ;-)

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

First time at the restaurant--and after a day of pampering (mud bath, mineral bath, steam room, massage), it was a great end to the day. The food was excellent, the service quite good. Price was a little high, but that's the Bay Area. Would recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2016

This is a great place to dine. The pasta is very special.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2016

Great service and very good food. The desert was amazing and we went back the next day for another round!

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2016

Despite being in the Napa wine region, Calistoga has much more of an Old West feel to it. So finding a really good Italian restaurant was a bit of a surprise. The food was delicious, the seating was comfortable, and the noise level made conversation easy. Attentive service made it all the better.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2016

Best Italian in the valley. Truly Italian food, everything made on premises. Also, great service, very accommodating. This will be our new "go to" place being just a bit out of the way in Calistoga.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2016

Both of our dishes were unbelievable. Awesome gourmet Italian cooking. Staff was very friendly. Menu was perfect, and the wine list complemented each dish perfectly.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

The food and service was fantastic. The homemade mozzarella and homemade pasta were especially good, as was the salad with peaches with an incredible dressing with Gorgonzola. The server's recommendations were spot on. We also enjoyed meeting both the chef and the owner. We are looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2016

Delicious food!!! The pastas were amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

The food and service was impeccable. I highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2016

We came here after a very long day of travel and just wanted to unwind with some good food. Being steps from our hotel and having good ratings, this was an easy choice. Kyle, our server - farmer by day and restaurant expert by night - was super attentive and more than willing to chat with us about some general Napa Valley topics. Although not on the menu, my boyfriend asked if they could accommodate a request for a chicken Parmesan entree - not only did they accommodate, but it was one of the best versions we had ever had. The lasagna was rich and meaty and even though I was nervous about the lack of ricotta cheese, it delivered on all levels - I even asked for an extra portion of sauce as it was so delectable. One of our best meals in Napa by far and a great start to our trip.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

Really excellent pasta- great texture and interesting sauces
Very attentive service
We will be back

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

The pasta was excellent. Some of best I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2016

What a pleasant surprise! The food was excellent with helpful and attentive wait staff. Nice wine list. We enjoyed it so much we went back a second time during our visit. I would highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2016

D'Amici, in Calistoga, has become one of our very favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley. We have eaten there about 6 times and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding! The service is excellent! Really top drawer! Highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

We got a table Saturday night, and had delicious food! I was surprised that they didn't have a bigger wine list, being in wine country, but the bottle of riesling we got complemented the meal well. I ordered the steak, which was tender and delicious, perfectly cooked. The potatoes it sat on were melt in your mouth delicious! We shared 3 desserts, the fried dough (so addicting), the apple tart (tender crust) and the pie of the day, which was apple rhubarb pineapple (interesting combo, not my favorite). The only downside was the noise! It was crazy loud until two huge parties left. I know the restaurant can't shush patrons, but maybe they could put in some sound absorbers? Overall a great place!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2016

Fantastic Italian menu and very attentive service from Luis, as usual. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Very good food in casual and comfortable setting. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2016

When I made the reservations, I mentioned that it was my partner's (my other half) 80th birthday. I requested for a table in a nice quiet area if possible. I also requested for a cake with a candle at the end of dinner would be nice. Though the food was good, none of my requests were granted. It was our first time there too. Not sure if we'd go back. I was hoping to surprise my partner with a candlelit cake to make his 80th birthday dinner more special. We ordered dessert nonetheless. When we were seated in the middle of the dining room, I noticed a couple of empty booths. I asked if we could change tables, they said sorry they were spoken for already. My reservations were made ahead of time but I guess we didn't look that important to be accommodated. It was a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Great food. Would definitely recommend and will revisit on my next visit to Calistoga

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

Great service. Delicious pasta and salad. Easy location in downtown Calistoga. Would definitely go back.

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