This is not just a meal but an amazing experience. Each course is well thought out and creative, the service is impeccable, and I am looking forward to returning.
I want to warn you all, my fellow fine diners, about my experience at Meadowood. I urge you all to look elsewhere for your culinary needs or risk the same problems I had during my visit and subsequent communications with management.
My wife and I went to dinner with our friends and all of us disliked EVERY COURSE of food. It was over $1400 for the four of us without any alcohol, this is simply unacceptable. We frequent Michelin starred restaurants and understand how great food tastes [we had been at the French Laundry the night before which was tremendous - as any establishment with THREE Michelin stars should be]. The fact that none of us liked any of the numerous courses of food is hard for us to believe. We left the restaurant in shock that we all felt the same way.
I had my travel concierge reach out to the restaurant’s management. Meadowood’s assistant director, Chitra Samanta, told him that my group was intoxicated and argued with each other outside. Instead of addressing the bad food, they went after us personally. After some simple questions from my concierge, Chitra admitted that her staff said we had not had any alcohol with our meal, that they had not addressed the alleged intoxication with us, and that we had not made any staff or restaurant guests uncomfortable.
At this point, I called Chitra and spoke with her myself. I calmly relayed our disappointment. She agreed to speak with the head chef and restaurant director. A few hours later I received an email [not even a phone call] stating that they were not going to do anything about our negative experience. Instead, the email insituated that our palettes were not up to par with their food!! Unbelievable!
It is clear to me that Meadowood cares more about keeping our money than doing ANYTHING to resolve this situation. They insulted our characters with baseless claims of intoxication and poor behavior, which are totally false. FOOD LOVERS BEWARE! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY AT MEADOWOOD!
The best service experience we've ever had... can't say enough about the staff, food, and overall experience.
Totally impressed by their attention to details and service. The food was pretty creative and delectable. I give it five stars.
I should preface this review with the fact that I'm actually not a picky person and really laid back and hardly ever complain. This is a 3-star Michelin restaurant, so we were expecting the best of the best. However, in one of our courses, they left the crab shell in the food (I left the shell for the waiter to see - they apologized profusely which was a nice gesture). On another occasion, they dripped some wine onto the placemat after pouring us some and didn't wipe it up until they were told about it. Normally this stuff doesn't bother us at all and I would normally just toss the shell to one side and wipe up the wine myself; But because we were at a 3-star Michelin restaurant, it somehow became magnified and unacceptable. The service (people) were fantastic though and super nice/cordial! The ambiance was magnificent (love the tree in the middle of the room)! Maybe my expectations were too high considering this was a 3-star, but I felt the food was probably on par with most 1-2 star Michelin restaurants and the service was on par with other 3-star restaurants I've been to. We went to another famous napa restaurant for lunch the next day (no stars for that one though it probably should get one) and they've never screwed up a meal I've had there before - which is why it's one of my favorites up there. After our meal at Meadowood, we were given a tour of the kitchen (in between the two reservation time slots when there was a little bit of downtime for the kitchen staff). There is a chef's table in the kitchen that seats 4, so if you make a reservation ahead of time, you can ask for it and see your food being prepared. I've heard it's quite an experience! The birthday cake and note from the restaurant were a nice touch at the end also! The table next to us had some pretty unorthodox requests and the restaurant aimed to please and were able to fulfill their requests. I was impressed with that!
For the price we paid, food lacked of flavor while the presentations were simple. Some of the dishes were salty. Luckily, the service is impeccable! Too expensive for the quality of food it serves. Disappointing to say the least! Meeting the Executive Chef Christopher Kostow and touring the kitchen were the highlights of our dinner. It's hard to imagine it earned 3 Michelin Stars which was the sole reason why we dined here.
Beautiful and elegant room. The service was impeccable and the people friendly when appropriate. Not every dish was wonderful but overall a great experience.
Un souper mémorable!
Dining at The Restaurant at Meadowood is a culinary experience. The attention to detail in all that they do creates a memorable experience; from greeting us by name, to spending time with us to know what we enjoy to drink, and eat was very personalized. Each course was served with a description of it and stunningly plated. The food was perfection! The dining area must be expertly insulated because we were able to have a conversation among ourselves without hearing others. And not one patron took out their phone to snap pictures or to talk on it.
I highly recommend dining here at least once in a life time, because chance are you will want to come back.
The service and the food is good. Friends had told us portions would be large, but it was lighter than expected. Service was friendly and answered our random questions. All and all a good night. Visiting the kitchen was an unexpected perk!