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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SJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 !!!

OT
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
7 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.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoy this plant-based restaurant with Organic and grass-fed Meats. They are very creative in coming up with dishes that are both delicious, satisfying and inventive. And I especially love the chocolate peanut butter cake which is more than enough reason to go there. I plan to try a different dessert on my next visit since the waitress told me that the chocolate magic bomb is coffee ice cream with a chocolate coated shell. Can't wait. And the Chef and his Baker are open to sharing recipes when emailed which makes the experience even better. My husband is waiting for the Cauliflower Steak recipe, the entree that he enjoyed immensely.

BP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always loved the look and feel of the restaurant. The menu is eclectic but in a way that educates you on interesting combinations and opens your mind to try new things. The non-animal based protein items are great to see on a menu. I am starting to cook this way at home and got several ideas of what I should be trying for ourselves and our friends. BRAVO!

RT
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding dinner. The decor is great and the ambiance is very conducive to great conversation. I highly recommend the beet hummus and the fish tacos. Desert was also spectacular with the peanut butter cake and the chocolate globe. We'll be back soon.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the service was great and food was fresh and delicious! Ambiance very cozy

PT
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and environment were outstanding. Our waiter was pleasant.

ZR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great gluten free options. The corn soup and chicken with dumplings were really great.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding with our dinner at Archteype. The friendly staff provided impeccable service from start to finish. The food was fresh and hot, and among the most delicious of meals we’ve had. We felt the prices were very reasonable for the quality of both the food and the service. We also enjoyed the lovely ambience of their enclosed patio.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere and less jammed in tables than some of the other restaurants there. Food was average for a steep price.

MF
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd time eating here and loved it just as much as the 1st time!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance & wonderful variety of food. Love the vegan options, especially the plant-based vanilla “ice cream”.

A
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I love the ambiance and decor of Archetype - but their brunch food is totally underwhelming for the price. My omelet was undercooked, so was my brothers eggs. His sausages were not fully cooked and potatoes were lukewarm and hard. This is not the first time we've been disappointed by brunch. Hopefully they can figure things out in the kitchen because I love the ambiance inside and on the patio.

ML
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow, portions were small/ and food presentation was odd. We were in the wine country for a holiday, and this meal didn’t live up to the expectations for this region. Ordered a salad and the chunks were huge. Added chicken to the salad for a main course, and it was dry, and served on the side, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of the dish. My friend ordered fish, and portion was so small and dry, she left hungry!

AH
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience4

I would recommend the cocktails, chicken dumplings and donuts. Everything else was just okay.

ST
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our brunch at Archetype and plan to visit again for dinner!

N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic first experience at Archetype. The food was amazing. Get the chicken and dumplings for sure!

AS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was middle of the road and the prices were reasonable. Our reservations were on a Saturday night so the restaurant was filled and some vociferous drunks were at a table in the middle that were distracting from the ambience. My biggest complaint is the wine list - you are in the middle of Napa Valley wine country and why wouldn't you have selections that cover the full range of choices. Most of the wines on the list at Archetype are wines I would not keep in my cellar collection.

M
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service by our server Julian. Assist from Estela was equally comparable. Shout out to Charlin and Ana for facilitating our table.
The food was over the top. Cucumber & watermelon gelled with the padron peppers. Everything we ordered was fabulous.
It was a momentous dinner

b
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Creative menu (cauliflower steak!). Very nice relaxing and stylish atmosphere.

OD
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best cream of corn soup ever
Great service at start of dinner that got worse during the meal, needing water etc

Lots of healthy options

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love it here! Food is always good and even though they were out of the wine we requested, they were quick to recommend something else that was just as tasty

G
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Love it as my neighborhood spot! Service a bit slow ! Food great. Please bring back my avocado today salad!!

RF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great new menu
Vegan friendly
Super happy hour
Beautiful interior

C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience from the moment we stepped off the street into the afternoon porch paradise. Can’t wait to return.

GB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place. It's my go to when ever in Calistoga or St. Helena to have brunch with girl friends, special event, or with husband. The interior decor is so comforting that you instantly become relaxed. The food is excellent.

SM
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Normally a great dining experience but not this evening.
Slow service, missing utensils, ingredients and no manager
made for a mediocre dinner this evening.

VG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The service was slow but the food was worth the wait! I love their lemon ricotta pancakes and the Norwegian Benedict.

HT
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space in charming downtown St Helena. Lunch was delicious and service was thoughtful and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend to a friend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

$4.00 for a piece of gluten free bread!
Really?
C’mon. That’s outrageous.
The waiter grumbled at having to give us separate checks. We have to do that for business reasons. It’s uncomfortable to be grumbled at.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Nice staff. The food was good, not mind blowing, but we enjoyed ourselves.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Super cute place, unfortunately we went for our anniversary which wasn’t even acknowledged. Then the food I ordered tasted like it was cooked the day before and reheated. High prices for below average food and average service.