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About The Restaurant at Meadowood
The Restaurant at Meadowood offers an elegant, but relaxed dining experience featuring the singular Napa Valley cuisine of Chef Christopher Kostow. The Restaurant features a three hundred thirty dollar Tasting Menu in the dining room and a five hundred dollar Counter Menu enjoyed at the Chef's Counter in the kitchen. Both menus are inclusive of service. A tailored wine and spirits pairing experience is also available to accompany the menus.
In addition, The Restaurant offers a fixed three course menu for ninety dollars that can be enjoyed exclusively at the bar. The Restaurant Rotunda features a snack menu for forty dollars, intended to be enjoyed with the celebrated cocktails of bartender Sam Levy. Given the nature of the set menus for each evening, we invite and encourage you to contact us once booked online to make us aware of any severe dietary restrictions several days in advance of your reservation.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Restaurant offers complimentary valet services
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Restaurant at Meadowood Ratings and Reviews
Our party all agreed that the meal at Meadowood was likely the finest dining experience we have ever had. Food was divine! Everything was perfection. Service was top-notch and goes to show you how great staff can enhance the dining experience. Ambiance unparalled.
The elegant surroundings, personal service, outstanding wine and unique food made for an unforgetable experience.
Our host, Olin, made the night special. His soothing voice, sincere manner, and personal touch made for an unforgetable experience.
Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cab has been on my to try list since learning about it a few years ago. Surprisingly, the excellent 2005 vintage was available for very reasonable $145. As imagined it was spectacular.
Of course, the food was great too with several unique and delcious tastings. Perhaps I expected a bit more considering the 3 star rating, but overall we enjoyed every serving.
We had a very nice evening. One disappointment, however, was that on the two occasions I spoke to the restaurant regarding the reservation, each time they asked if the dinner was for a special occasion, and I replied "yes." Very disappointingly, however, absolutely no mention or acknowledgement of the special significance of the dinner was noted at any time during our dinner.
The Chef's tasting menu was overall disappointing. The highlights were the foi gras and an amazingly delicious plum sorbet. My wife ordered off the ala carte menu and it was fantastic especially the lobster and beef courses. Service and wine better than the food. Does is merit Michelin three stars? Maybe. Is it better than The French Laundry? No, not even close.
Great food! We didn't realize the chef is that young. Outstanding and attentive service. Wine list for "wine by the glass" is a bit lacking, but still, this restaurant deserves every Michelin star it garnered. One of the best meals I've ever had in my life. Will definitely come back again.
I'm not sure if our palates aren't meant for 3 michelin starred restaurants but the food here underwhelmed us.
What did I like? The service was uber-excellent and I liked that they didn't have a stuffy dress code, especially in this summer heat.
I agree with one reviewer who said they left feeling hungry. We left feeling the same way.
The food presentation was nice but.... the food was all cold (not that it arrived cold but it was actually meant to be cold), and there was way too much fresh carrot in every single dish. I mean, I'm all for natural / fresh foods - I really loved the food at Coi in downtown SF - but this was overdoing it.
Spot Prawn Cocktail - honestly, the prawn tasted slimy. (cold)
Garden Carrots - balance
The dilema: 4 course or 9 course :-) Good problem to have - haha. It is a MUST to have the wine pairings, regardless of your decision. We chose the 4 course (with wine pairings of course), as there were 3 items on the 9 course we did not prefer. There were also numerous other dishes brought between courses, which made us not regret ordering the 9 course. There is absolutly nothing negative to say. We were celebrating our anniversary and there was a hand-written notecard on the table thanking us for joining them on this special occasion - NICE TOUCH. The entire experience was delectible. There was nothing that disappointed. Total cost (incl. 2 bottles of sparkling water), with tip was roughly $540 for 2.
Very much enjoyed our dinner celebrating my husbands birthday. But DO NOT COME HERE if you area vegetarian- no veggie options at all and they would not even try to accomodate me. Had the only dish without meat which was good, then a cheese plate and dessert while my husband had the decadent 9 course meal with wine pairings. He absolutely loved his meal and rates it one of the best of his life (and we have been to many michelin starred restaurants). The outdoor seating would have been nice if it wasn't 100 degrees outside. Ondoors is very well decorated and cozy. To be picky, they did not offer me a black napkin, had to ask several times for iced tea refilles, and service was slow at first, but was very good at the end.
My partner and I are both foodies. When we travelled around the world, we would not missed any great restaurants, El Bulli, Noma, Arzak, Le Calendre etc. We trust Michelin Stars. However, meadowood disappointed us very much. I do not know how the restaurant can receive 3 Michelin stars. For me,one star is max for the scenic view. The tasting menu is not inspiring. We chose 4 courses dinner. The dishes were not creative and very salty. The ling cod was pan fired that you can prepared at home easily. Thd duck had gammy taste. All service people only memorized the lines to describe the dishes and didn't understand the contents of the lines. Comparing with El Bulli, El Bulli is up in the sky and Meadowood is on the earth. Both are 3 stars?
fantastic food but somewhat stigmatised by a routinely executed and absentminded service, no real passion in descriptions, no dialogue. I tried Benu in san francisco earlier that week and it was in fact a better overall experience with food even a nudge above Meadowood and service personal, passionate and engaging.
it is not a typical 3 michelin starred restaurant like one would expect in Paris or London. The food is definitely very whimsical and is driven by fresh ingredients of the season. We enjoyed the food very much because it is very different from our other experiences and we enjoyed the surprises. The service at first was spot-on, more like a 3 star establishment but once the restaurant got busier the service seemed less polished than some other places, especially in comparison to dining experiences in Europe. But one can feel that the restaurant is trying hard and is heading towards the right direction.
The food, while a bit gimmicky, had outstanding flavors and textural contrasts. The canapé overload was truly appreciated and outstanding. However, the service is what killed the meal. After entering the restaurant, we immediately felt uncomfortable. The maitre d's greeted us in and awkward manner and from there, having not ordered any wine, our server was instantly and visibly angry. He continually kept returning to push us on the wine even after we continually said no. Plates were put down in an incorrect manor, flatware was just thrown onto the table, and the food runners continually reached in front of my face to put down a dish. They also kept saying, excuse me. Seen and unheard my friend. I can't believe this place has 3 stars.
We had high hopes for 3 stars! We were taken aback when we showed up about a minute before our reservation & weren't let in to sit in the waiting area. Then no one came to get get us to be seated as we were told would be done. The starter dishes were fantastic, But from there it was downhill. We both had the tasting menu. To me it was bland & to him the flavors just didn't seem right. I ordered wine parings & they they filled them too much for just a taste. Plus they came out with the next one before I was finished the last. My head was spinning by the third course, which made it more difficult to enjoy anything. We felt rushed, underwhelmed, & disappointed. Compared to French Laundry this just doesn't make the grade
This is one of the Michelin 3-star restaurant in the bay area. I knocked the door with huge expectation. Yes, atmosphere, service, staff are very good. Foods are .. it's good but not sure if it's worth for 3-star. Tasts are too strong for me. I prefer F.L. rather than this place. Probably, I don't come back again (if someone treat me a dinner at the restaurant, willing to go though ).
Fantastic dinner, impeccable and attentive service, all of the servers were very knowledgeable about the food being served. My husband got the 9 course tasting menu, I opted for the 4 course dinner, and we both agreed that the 9 course chef's tasting menu is well worth the extra cost. I got the wine pairing with the 4 course dinner, definitely recommend the wine pairing. The highlights were the twice cooked foie gras, chermoula rubbed duck, roasted guinea hen (the hen is supposed to be for 2, but the restaurant graciously served a single serving to me), blu "cheesecake," and one of the most whimsically delectable desserts I've ever had the pleasure of eating, strawberry and pistachio vacherin paired with an INCREDIBLE 2004 Sauternes.
This restaurant certainly deserves it's 3 Michelin stars. And for being one of two west of the Mississippi that is quite and honor. I have eaten at the French Laundry, Per Se, Alain Ducasse, and many more of the best restaurants in the world and have never had food prepared with such finesse and artistic skill along with incredible taste sensations in any other. This is a must dining experience. Hopefully the chef will not become too famous and open several other restaurants so that the food suffers like the other 3 star restaurant in the area.
I had the delight of enjoying my first dinner at the Meadowood last night. The multi-couse tasting menu was balanced, delicate, splendidly portioned, and the ingredients world class. The twice cooked foie gras was of a superb quality, and the Chermoula rubbed duck, serving both the breast and a confit style, was succulent, with great balance of moisture, texture and taste. I could go on. Chef Kostow was personable, frequenting the dining room to check first-hand on his guests, and he's supported by a talented staff, each fully knowledgeable on each dish, wines, the restaurant history; the total picture. The sommelier and his assistant accommodated the wines beautifully for the pairing, masterfully blending a special request into the flow
The tasting menu is a magical experience. The courses are pleasantly small but perfectly prepared, from the flavors to the textures to the presentation. It is clear that a lot of care has gone in to every course. The experience is a costly one, but for those looking for a long evening of consistently great of culinary delights, I can't think of a better place in California.
A few friends had highly hyped this place before we visit. I was worried that all the hype would lead to disappointment no matter how great the meal. The Restaurant at Meadowood lived up to the hype.
In addition to serving wonderful food, unlike a certain other well known restaurant in Napa valley, you can enjoy your meal in the comfort of jeans (with a nice shirt
My wife recently made plans to celebrate my birthday while we were vacationing in Napa Valley and needless to say, our experience at the Restaurant at Meadowood was one of our best meals we have ever eaten and truly a perfect evening.
The resort is tucked away somewhat secluded on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. The dining room in intimate and perfect for romance and special occasions. Our service staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Not once did we have to ask for anything and they took a good amount of time to answer any question we had. In particular, Olin, our captain, provided us with some of the best service we've had anywhere.
The Chef is Christopher Kostow whose tasting menu that evening w
Excessive rain did not dampen our expected enjoyment at Meadowood. We were inundated w/several ami bouche, all wonderful on the palate but a bit overwhelming. The menu seemed limited in choices & we weren't bowled over by our choices. The service was choice-each person doing their job well; the ambiance was pleasant. From all we had heard & read about Chef Kostow we found ourselves a bit disappointed by the selections & their appearance-nothing was really remarkable or a stand-out in our minds. We never quibble over the cost of a meal but think this was over-priced & over-rated! Having been there, done that, we will continue in the future to return to restaurants that we enjoy in the vicinity, as well as Bay Area where we live.
I had read various reviews of this restaurant. It was highly recommended for Foodies. which I would agree with, IF the ambience weren't SO awful. The Chef and food were great, but the ambience and the accompanying price tag (prix fixe menu $125 PP, tasting menu $250 PP) and the fact that they charge you $8 PER PERSON for Filtered water is just a bit ridiculous. If you are into pretentious country club atmospheres and wearing diamonds bigger than your knuckles to impress others, this place is for you. If you're looking for great food in an amazing atmosphere, it isn't. In order to take full advantage of their amazing Chef, Meadowood needs to seriously consider giving the Restaurant a revamp and some vibe...
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