Archetype

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$31 to $50
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Archetype exudes the passion and love of owners Ann and Howard Backen who relish the relationship between design, community and exquisite cuisine. The luxurious dining room still maintains a rustic element, bringing all of the senses together to the table. The inspired menu is comprised of hyper-local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients with a freshness not seen elsewhere in the Napa Valley.
Executive Chef Anthony Paone’s new menu is fresher, cleaner and greener, offering nutrient-dense dishes that might otherwise only be seen on a spa menu. Protein dishes are similarly feel-good food; all the fish, poultry, and meat items are sourced from farms that treat animals, sea life, and workers with ultimate respect. Let the thoughtful design and the power of a shared meal at Archetype elevate your human spirit.
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MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food with real focus on quality and flavors.
The table selection was a bit confused, we asked for quiet and ended up near a hallway to the back so we moved to the patio which is well heated and very sweet. Fireplace and nice views. The noise level was low, although it was a Sunday night, the place was not full.
Overall a very enjoyable experience for a romantic or quiet outing

E
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant is really nicely decorated, the food was only average. We had the soup, fried chicken sandwich and banh mi, none of which we were overly impressed by.

M
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place for it's great food, service and ambiance. Don't miss having the lemon ricotta pancakes and be sure to order enough because they go fast as a shared starter. I had a delicious omelette for brunch that was prepared in a way that suggessted a light layer of herbed cheese on the outside encasing soft folded eggs with cheese on the inside. The side salad greens combined nicely with bites of the omelette. This place continues to lure me back whenever I'm in or near St. Helena.

d
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of our best meals in a long time. It was simple yet unexpectedly delicious. The chef is on the cutting edge of food that is modern, “plant forward” and yet comforting, beautiful but not fussy. The space is lovely. The service, especially our server Ali, was friendly and professional - a hard balance to achieve. All around a wonderful experience and we will be back frequently.

SM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Would recommend if Market is not open. Duck confit was too salty and not much flavor. Starters ( brussel sprouts, and squash in green curry) were good. The entire dinner felt disconnected, which might be due to the wait staff disengagement and/or dis-interestness.

C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by for a late brunch - lemon ricotta pancakes were the best I’ve ever had. My wife had the omelette - equally excellent quality. Lovely, relaxing decor and friendly staff. Will be back for sure!

BB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully designed space. It made me feel like hanging out there for hours! We went for brunch at around 10:00 AM. We were one of 4 tables as it was still early for the Sunday crowd. I had the Belgian Waffle with over easy eggs and feta cheese spicy sauce. I highly recommend it. Absolutely delicious. We also had the cinnamon roll as an appetizer. Also delicious and highly recommended.
I would definitely go back and try their dinner menu.

MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back for sure. Loved the wonderful vegan options, the kids menu and the great wine selection.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! We very much enjoyed the breakfast, ambience and service. Would definitely recommend!

j
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch here is great. Beet hummus delicious. Chef Anthony is a talented chef with a great eye of detail, amazing flavors and fun personality.
I really enjoyed the biscuits and gravy also. Wonderful spot.

g
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was prompt and server was very attentive. Love this place, especially for brunch.

d
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Came for brunch...it was fair. My corned beef hash was way too salty and poached egg over cooked. My wife’s chicken and waffles was okay, just nothing special.

LC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Great food, very friendly staff!

SE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience. The waitress was attentive, able to answer our questions concerning vegetarian options. Food offerings great, drinks delightful, and overall experience a highlight of the day!

EB
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! So gorgeous, light and airy. I wish they had more craft cocktails but everything we got was very good. Had oysters and some brunch sandwiches on a Thursday afternoon. Not many patrons as they were wrapping up service but we were not rushed and the waiter was so nice. Everything was delicious and I would recommend this completely approachable, unpretentious and comfortable restaurant to anyone. Wish hey had parking but we had no trouble finding a spot after driving around for a bit. Love the open kitchen concept and the overall vibe. Its absolutely perfect.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for being so inclusive on your food selections! It was wonderful to have so many tasty vegan options!

b
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great acoustics and lighting. Very cool design with terrific food.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m gluten free and both my husband and I appreciate vegetable-forward cooking. We started with the broccoli two ways and were blown away by the smoky, savory deliciousness of this dish. My husband ordered the zucchini noodle bolognese upon recommendation of our server and I got the duck. Both were perfect. For dessert we got the vegan icecream sundae and peanut butter cake and I promptly declared that Archetype is my new favorite restaurant!

DF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible rude hostess. Food was mediocre and cold. Not worth it at all.

OT
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very disappointing. Food was mediocre at best and service mediocre.

v
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is unique. The food was delicious. Service was on point. Thank you!

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went to Archetype for Brunch last Sunday and had a wonderful experience. I ordered the Corned Beef & Hash and I've never had one so amazing! My husband ordered the Fried Chicken Sandwich, and it wasn't our favorite (far too spicy to enjoy any other flavors). Overall the ambiance and experience were fantastic and we will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, gorgeous decor

KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had one of the best duck breast dinners I've ever had. Perfectly cooked pink, a little smokey, tender and juicy. Excellent!

D
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had heard about Archetype from several people and finally made it there for brunch. We were not disappointed--food, service and ambiance were excellent. Fresh ingredients with a health food bent but tasty and delicious. Now we want to go back and try dinner!

AH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, warm welcoming interior. Just a lovely experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I put that it was my birthday when I reserved but they forgot and I didn’t want to mention it when o was there. I thought they’d remember when I requested the dessert but they still forgot. The lemon ricotta pancakes were amazing before but now they’re small little silver dollar pancakes for the same price or more. They should. It have changed their pancakes because it was one of the reasons I drove there. There was also a spider in my cup and a piece of small hair in my coffee creamer. I asked for a new cup and the coffee creamer I just didn’t use. Overall it was ok but not as good as it was2-3 years ago

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and creative! Caters to gluten-free folks as well!

Thank you!

p
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Archetype! We always bring visitors here for breakfast, usually at 9:00AM on a Saturday morning. Everyone loves the interior design, the comfortable seating and the attentive wait staff. We have had many family meals here, as well, because we all love to enjoy the food and ambiance. Truly, it is the archetypical brunch place!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, bright and peaceful setting, excellent food.

SJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Archetype has been an annual favorite for me while attending the Napa Valley Film Festival for the past 7 years. Suffice it to say that a lot can happen in a year. I entered just before noon on a Friday to a virtually empty restaurant - and for good reason. I’ve always eaten at the bar for and had amazing service, but this visit was abysmal. If the bartender wasn’t high, he was severely depressed - his listlessness and apathy was at a level that I’ve never seen. Anywhere. And the kitchen staff was struggling as well, between a dish that I could see sitting and ready unattended for minutes, poached eggs that were actually hard boiled, and a “medium” fried egg that might as well have been fried extra hard, the struggle was real. But it was the apathy of the server at the bar that made this visit so off putting. He never asked how my drink was, never asked how my food was, never expressed concern or empathy for dishes clearly gone wrong, and brought the bill without asking if I was done ordering...all without my having uttered a word of complaint. Baffling. And truly disappointing.

TS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the many fantastic times we gave dined at Archetype. It is always an awesome experience!
The entire staff is kind and hospitable. They accommodated for all our needs .
Archetype is the best !!!

M
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food and choices for everyone

WD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Haven’t been there since the new menu. Love that there is such a variety of offerings and price points. The special pasta was off the charts! Happy hour wines are wines that you actually want to drink. Delicious!!

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great brunch! The Buddha bowl was our fav along with the mini doughnuts.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This is a lovely spot. It's welcoming, the staff are exceptional, well designed for ambience, and the food doesn't disappoint.

N
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It has a very comfortable airy feeling that makes you feel as though you are on your friends porch.

FL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, comfortable, fresh and local farm to table

NC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, great wine list and relaxed and efficient wait staff. I will be back.