Victoria is an outstanding and quite knowledgable master som...Chef and his team a well oiled team.
Amazing food in stunning location. Worthy of the name "The Restaurant!"
Our dinner was a food concert that hit every note perfectly. I would not have changed one thing about the entire experience. Pure perfection!!
Great experience and the food was very well presented. It was a little too progressive for our tastes however. Service was excellent and the grounds were beautiful. We'd go back but not to eat.
Absolutely amazing! If you get the chance to eat here do it. The food was extraordinary as well as the service
Great service as befitting a Michelin star restaurant. My inherent issue with many of these places that serve tasting menu only items is while the food is often creative, they are often missing the "yummy" factor. The Restaurant at Meadowood is an exception. The meal is well thought out. Very creative, beautiful and more importantly very tasty. However, the effort they sometimes put into certain ingredients are not necessarily worth the payoff(a pluot that was prepared using multiple steps basically tasted like a dried smoked pluot). The amount of food is enough to keep you filled without being too excessive or hungry. The wine is pricey especially by the glass. The beer and cocktail selection is much more affordable. This a special event place with amazing and creative food. More importantly, the food is "yummy". Definitely recommended.
Can't say enough good things. Excellent food. Beyond excellent service. Meal of a lifetime.
Outstanding staff and dining experience! From a special prepared menu for our celebrations of three birthdays and myself being cancer free to the wine paring for this amazing preparation of culinary delights!!! Thank you all for making this an A+ memory!
Dining was an amazing experience! Great food served with wonderful wine pairing at a leisurely pace. Each dish was thoroughly explained and all our questions were answered. One of our party was allergic to gluten and the staff did a wonderful job accommodating her.
I had great expectations and an even greater disappointment; I have been at a whole range of Michelin rated restaurants in the US, Europe and in Japan so I have certain expectations and was looking for an exceptional experience in taste, presentation and service regardless of the price. Unfortunately, The Restaurant at Meadowood did not meet any of my criteria. The menu on September 10th started with okra flower oyster, okra seed caviar, which come in a nice presentation however it has tasted as plain oyster, the next course of eel smoked over cabernet staves beef tongue has an overpowering smoky, fishy taste. The braised cucumber rye dried albacore was just plain bad, think about a piece of soft cucumber in a sticky somewhat sweet rye bread and you will get the idea. The fermented potato caviar nasturtium was interesting. This was followed by a roasted gwen (no idea what this means) avocado walnut oil; this represented a pureed avocado with a very distinct fishy taste. The next dish, sunflower pasta spot prawn chanterelle was actually delicious, with a good combination of flavors. Unfortunately the following halibut with fermented squash was a piece of limp fish with no taste and texture at all. The cod cherry tomato bouillabaisse was a strange combination of small pieces of fish in a tomato soup with cherry tomato, not very appetizing. The coal seared squab with fig mustard was actually very good, nicely presented with a great combinations of flavors of the meat, figs, etc. The lamb broth was a clear liquid with the taste of lamb; this was followed with a lamb chop with plum, the meat was not really tender and half of it was just plain fat.
I find the service a bit condescending, snobbish. Overall, the menu lacked the harmony of flavors and at some point it was just plain bad. For a really exceptional dinner experience I would recommend the French Laundry in Napa, the 11 Madison Park, Jean George, Daniel in New York, and endless places in Europe or Japan.
Just outstanding....no other way to describe it! It was our first trip to Napa wine country and we were anxious to try this much talked about restaurant. Luckily we secured a reservation....tho it was a bit later than we had hoped for (as we had flown in early that morning and had scheduled a balloon ride requiring a 5 am wake up the next day). We were a bit exhausted as the time arrived for dinner, but, we rallied and did not regret it for one moment. I had a "pescatarian" tasting menu while my husband had a regular version....I was totally impressed with the ability to tailor the menus to to our dietary preferences (e.g. we both had okra blossoms, but his had an oyster in it while mine had something vegetarian)....but, more than anything, each and every one of the 12- 15 courses were outstanding, just outstanding! Food was not only interesting, but lovely to look at, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! Yes, I would totally recommend and go back again!!! A tour of the kitchen was offered and completed the lovely evening!
Best meal of my entire life! Everything came straight from the local on-site garden and was extremely fresh. Service was 5 Star all the way. This experience will be tough to top!
Extremely over priced for what you get. We went for a special occasion and nothing special was done. The lack of a menu provided a "mystery"meal which gives you no options for things instead of raw fish. The food was under seasoned and the staff was pretentious. The drinks were amazing as was the wine! I think the French laundry is a much better choice if you're going to spend $900 on a meal.
We dined at the bar for the three course tasting menu. Sam provided such warm and attentive service we could not have been happier. Honestly, having dined in the dining room and bar, there is no difference in service or quality of food. So memorable!
Great experience , amazing wine list, world class service...
Best dining experience of all time
One of two Michelin 3 star restaurants in Napa and well worth a visit. The restaurant is unashamedly about fine dining. It's for serious foodies. it scores high in my US experience because the focus is on producing delicious food. There is the - sadly standard guff about every last ingredient - but hte chef does not forget that he has to tempt the palate.
The restaurant was impressive, but not relative to the cost. We had a better meal elsewhere on our trip. The service was good, but not great. It was a fun experience, but I'm unlikely to return.
We have dined here before, for our anniversary, and we previously had a wonderful experience. In the past, we both did the wine pairing with the food and the choices of wine were fantastic and it seemed that every course had a different wine. The food was artistic, eclectic ,and delicious. A good value for your money since the wine pairing was about $125.00 per person and it seemed like they kept pouring if you wanted it.
This time our food was equally as artistic and delicious and everything is served with explanation and good . The only problem was at the beginning when we sat there for a good 10 minutes before we were asked if we wanted a drink. Finally someone came and we were asked about drinks. I decided not to do the wine pairing and I aske for some wine. My husband decided to do the wine pairing. When I received a drink my husband was not served anything to drink even through the first amuse bouchée. . I felt bad since I had a drink and he didn't. Finally with the next course my husband got some wine. All in all the food was fantastic but the wine pairing was a disappointment. The charge was $200.00 per person and it was limited to 4 wines glasses. My husband looked up the wines he was served and they were fairly inexpensive wines which did not translate to $50.00 a glass
We both love the food but we would think twice about doing the wine pairing again. The 10 minute wait at the beginning was probably not per usual, but everyone should get the attention needed when paying such high prices
The food was wonderful. We felt that every dish was a mini master piece. The only two things that we would change would be the amount of noise and the casual dress of people really down grades the experience.
A tasting menu well worth its Michelin three stars. The eel smoked over cabernet staves beef tongue and Matt's wine pairings really stood out. Thanks for the tour of the kitchen.
Not sure what happened here. Was our favorite but no longer. No food innovation. Everything was good but nothing was great. Wine service disappointing. Dessert was a real miss. Service was top notch. Not value for money.
If French Laundry gets a 100, this place is a 98. 12 or 15 courses, I lost count. Every bite was delicious. A well planned menu using fresh ingredients with great imagination and precision. We left there full but not over stuffed. Service was warm, gracious and correct. Not your everyday eatery, but hard to beat for special occasions. Expensive, but good things cost.
p.s. Even the large, clear ice cube in my Old Fashion was carved to resemble a diamond.
Oh dear! I think being the second favourite 3 Michelin starred restaurant in Napa Valley is taking its toll. It feels like they're trying too hard to be different and taking too many risks. For us those risks didn't pay off. The Amuse Bouche of a full sized okra flower, filled with oyster and caviar is recommended to be eaten in one bite. Unfortunately with a mouthful of petals the delicacies can barely be tasted. The smoked eel in beef tongue is good as long as you like eel, which my wife doesn't. It was followed by braised cucumber in rye bread, which wasn't my thing, but was my wife's. The Lamb's broth served through apparatus from a chemistry lab, was interesting, fun and tasty and the pasta spot prawn was fabulous. Then came uncooked gelatinous textured halibut, which my wife didn't enjoy and I couldn't finish. The beautifully cooked cod with miniature potatoes was excellent. There was also a dish covered in Grape-Mite, which to our taste was like Marmite. True to form, Nicki loved it, I hated it (sorry UK cultural reference). Desserts were good, but not particularly memorable. Having said all of that, the wine was the star at this meal. We started with a half bottle of Krug and moved on to a 2012 Pahlmeyer, which was the sommelier's suggestion, based on our preferences. It was fabulous and needs adding to our very favourites list. As for the restaurant, we're hoping for a change of approach (or chef) before our next stay at Meadowood. In the meantime, get a table at The French Laundry. A far better experience all round.
A combination of the most flavorful , freshest, delicate and creative food I've had at any restaurant worldwide.
Have been fortunate to dine many places in the world. Keep in mind, while a fantastic experience, very $$. $1,200 for two was quite the bill...Least expensive local Cabernet $180...terrific staff, tour of kitchen. Attention to every detail. Fun. And $$.
An amazing experience. The food was a work of art and the service was like the French Laundry of years past. They were kind and friendly as well. Even the little things like having our car out front before we walked out the door.
The wine list was vast so peruse through that on line before you go.
The food is with solid execution at pretty high level, but I had high expectations for a Michelin 3 star, I feel I didn't get anything stunning, especially compared to the dinner we had at Benu the day before.
Our expectations were high for Meadowood. With the recommendations and the price point we were expecting a French Laundry/Per Se experience. The service was top-tier. But we felt like the chef was trying way too hard to be out-of-the-ordinary (fresh water eel wrapped is calf's tongue; very fishy oyster in a local garden flour; sushi halibut with squeezed apple). The squab was very good, so was the lamb rib. It was good, not out of this world great, as we expected for a tab for two of $1,100.
Best meal of the year!!!
The Restaurant at Meadowwood is probably the best restaurant that I have been to, and I spend a of effort in trying to good restaurants. Every aspect of the dining experience is handled with meticulous planning and execution. The wait staff are all superb, the sommelier, Ms Victoria, provides excellent advice and her selections for the wine pairings were brilliant.
The restaurant is expensive but worth it. Highest recommendation for anyone enjoys good food.
Excellent food & service if you can stomach the price tag.
Excellent service!!! Hats off to our server Mikail (not positive on name). He went out of his way to make our terrible 3 hour drive up there better with his service and at the end the meal he offered us to enjoy the out door view. Although the sun was already down, but it was okay, it's thought that counts.
As for food wise. Looks good, but far from good ! I can go to Gary Danko 3 times with the price I paid here and I bet all 3 times will not be upsetting as this place did. Towards the end of the meal my wife and I was hoping for something solid to fill us up. We also asked to box a small little piece of cheese for our dog and was turned down. Instead bought us another 2 pieces of grilled toast, that finally filled us up. How sad, we had to depend on bread to fill us up on a $1k meal.
We wanted to try a 3-star Michelin restaurant during our trip to the West Coast and The Restaurant at Meadowood was an amazing experience! Special attention is paid to every detail - from the outstanding fresh-from-the-garden courses to the helpful waiters and elegant yet warm ambiance. Everything is tailor-made. As you would expect, the experience comes with a spicy price... But would highly recommend for special occasions (or to make the night itself a special occasion)!
The tasting menu turned out to be a bunch of uncreative, uninspired American dishes, completely lacking in presentation. To add injury to insult, 90% of the courses required that we use our hands, and yet they never offered us anything wet to wipe/clean our hands. The service was really spotty. Just as one example, one waiter misinformed us that we had our last course, when in fact there were 3 more to go. How is that possible when there's only one tasting menu being served? Wine glasses should never be empty before they were refilled. For a 3-michelin star restaurant, I expected much better service.
The place only has 14-16 tables and was mostly empty when we arrived. It took the somm a good 10 minutes to approach our table, long after the amuse bouche had been served. Even then, it was only because I was getting agitated and forcefully asked for her. She arrived at our table with an attitude, and proceeded to give us an uninspired explanation of what would go well with the tasting menu (which was kept secret from us). Since we only wanted one bottle, I simply asked her whether a red or white would go better with the food. She gave me a non-answer and then recommended either a coastal Chardonnay or a local Pinot Noir, which is actually not what I asked her. She should have just described the attributes that would work rather than pinpoint a varietal from a specific region.
The ten course tasting menu was an extraordinary evening! Beautiful dining room in a gorgeous location, impeccable service, wonderful, innovative food made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, many from their own garden. And a 2000+ bottle wine list with options for every budget.
Expensive, but well worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. I would not be surprised to see The Restaurant at Meadowood knock The French Laundry from their longstanding perch at the "top" of the Napa Valley restaurant scene in the very near future.
Once seated (after waiting 10 minutes past our 9 pm Rez) we waited almost 15 minutes until someone acknowledged us.....very awkward. So many wasted opportunities to make guests feel "welcomed" upon their arrival especially if asked to wait until server/table is available. Definitely won't return nor recommend. We absolutely loved our previous night's dinner @ Atelier Crenn (SF) & the proceeding night at The French Laundry....both amazing!!!!
Excelente restaurant con una serie de detalles dignos de las tres estrellas que ostenta. Todo me pareció perfecto: el ambiente, el servicio impecable y la comida.
Es un lugar que recomendaria a todos aquellos que visiten el valle de Napa y aprecien al buena mesa y servicio.
Absolutely amazing dinning experience. From the drinks to the food it was simply spectacular.
Simply amazing. Amazing service. Amazing wine. Amazingly amazing food.