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About Archetype

Archetype offers an iconic Americana menu that takes a contemporary out-of-the-box approach to classic dishes from our heritage. Nearly every preparation from our kitchen bares the signature char from our wood-burning grill or is complimented by an infusion of smoke from our wood-burning oven. Dishes feature local, seasonal ingredients, perfect for pairing with a thoughtful selection of regional wines and handcrafted cocktails from our list. The dining room - designed by Archetype founder and renowned architect, Howard Backen, and named as one of the “10 Most Beautifully Designed” by Architectural Digest - reflects distinctive wine country style with a relaxed, comfortable sophistication.

1429 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon, Thurs,Fri 11:00am-2:30pm
Brunch Sat-Sun 9:00am-2:30pm
Dinner: Thurs-Mon 5:30pm-9pm
Happy Hour: Thurs-Fri 5:00pm-7:00pm
Closed Tuesday and Wednesdays
Beginning July 31st, Archetype will be open for service on Mondays and closed for service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Cross Street:
Adams Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 968-9200

Website:
http://www.archetypenapa.com/

Parking Details:
Parking lot adjacent to the restaurant is available after 6pm daily.

Executive Chef:
Anthony Paone

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
From a full restaurant buy-out to a small reception, Archetype offers a variety of beautiful venues to make your special occasion spectacular!
For inquiries, please contact us at 707.968.9200 or info@archetypenapa.com.

Archetype Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.2

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4.7

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4.0

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87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Fit for Foodies (17)
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Great for Brunch (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Healthy (13)
Casual (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Fun (10)
Business Meals (9)
Romantic (9)
Organic (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Seasonal (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Vegan (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Authentic (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 16 hours ago

Incredibly beautiful restaurant with always great food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

This is our favorite restaurant. The food is fresh, creative and delicious. The portions are generous with a varied menu and reasonable value. Great service, great acoustics, great atmosphere. On top of that corkage is waived for locals.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We ate here twice in one week, one dinner one lunch, because we liked it so much. The decor is a warm white and very inviting . On each occasion our server was very attentive. The menu, while not extensive, was creative and delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Truly enjoyed my first visit and happy to have made it here. The dining room at Archetype in St. Helena is mesmerizing, the service is flawless, and the food and drinks are even better.

The restaurant is adjacent to the St. Helena Post Office on Main Street, across from Lyman Park, and hard to miss.

We ordered their Full Stack Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes and Corned Beef Shortrib Hash (with roasted brussel sprouts, soft onions, and poached eggs) on our first visit and truly cannot wait to return. The pancakes were the best I've had in recent memory and their Espresso drinks were exceptional. Impossible to leave this place without smiling.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with fantastic food and service. Had the chicken and dumplings, halibut & lamb. All were excellent but the chicken really stood out which I wouldn’t have expected.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Ambiance and decor were awesome. Food, not so much.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The wine list by the glass was limited to three wines for each. The food was okay but not outstanding. The check with only one glass of wine, two entrees, a side of potatoes and one dessert and coffee was $85 plus tip. We see no reason to go back given the over very fine restaurants for lunch or brunch for less or the same cost.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was slow. Food was cold. Portion size was small. I ordered a draft beer and after 15 minutes I ask where my beer was and they said they were working on it. It’s only a beer...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Saturday Brunch - very warm and inviting wait staff and ambiance. So many choices for brunch. Lemon ricotta pancakes were amazing and delivered hot off the griddle. The crispy potatoes lived up to their name, and were nicely spiced as well. I could see the steam from the over easy eggs across the table. The cinnamon roll was oversized and too much for two. Don’t miss the freshly squeezed juices. Orange was a bit sweet for me, but the grapefruit was perfect. The heated bench seat in the porch was most toasty on a chilly morning!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Sat at counter - comfortable, nice view of kitchen & bartender, Hannah, provided top notch service. Recommend cocktails (Hannah is a pro), beet hummus, Buddha Bowl w Smoked Trout and swordfish. Can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The interior design of this restaurant is beautiful and on trend but the food leaves you longing for more. The menu looks great with thoughtful descriptions of the food and amazing ingredients. It was plated beautifully but there was no complexity of flavor in anything we had. I kept reaching for the salt but there wasn't any on the table. Our server was less than helpful too. I love going into a restaurant I've never tried before and have the server tell me about the menu and what dishes they are known for. None of that happened, he was distracted and had zero friendliness or personality. We ended our meal with cappuccinos and donuts. Coffee was so so bad. It tasted as if they had burnt the milk or espresso or both. The donuts were just ok. I had high hopes for Archetype but don't waste your time. So many other better choices in the valley

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Very good food. The tacos were excellent. The soup was very good but a little pricey. Will go back for Sunday brunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were excited to eat brunch but the menu is kind of strange with trying to order something that sounded good other than basic eggs. The coffee was excellent. It came right away. But it took forever for the waitress to come back & take our order. I noticed other people seated nearby who started complaining to nearby busboys they were still waiting for a long ago ordered drink(s). I asked the hostess if she would let our server know we were ready as she sat people behind us. Then the server just kept going to newly seated tables to take their drink orderes, & would swiftly disappear. Finally I waved her down after sitting there for over 20 minutes telling her we were starving. After an even longer wait, 2 of our entrees came out but not the 3rd. In fact it never came out & we were more than half way done. Finally flagged down another server that was walking around because our server never came back. He said he would go check. Then our server came back to see how everything was & we told her the entree never came & hubby wasn’t too happy. Finally it came out, but the experience was lacking in service & attention. It seemed like the waitress was given way more tables than she could handle both out on the patio & inside. But also I think the kitchen was either short handed or slow because all the surrounding tables seemed to have to wait forever. Plus my omelette was not hot when it arrived. We will not be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Such a cute place and such a disappointment. Service was so slow. They were out of our appetizer choice (normal item on the menu) and our food was not good. I had been there before several years ago and loved it. Such potential. Menu is great.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

I did not like the service or the food. The fried chicken sandwich was not very good. Super dry and an off flavor.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Really beautiful spot with great menu choices for brunch; the corned beef hash and the breakfast sandwich were both outstanding, as were the maple sugar donut holes and the deviled eggs. The biscuit and gravy was a bit too much of a departure from the traditional for my tastes, but still good if you like lamb and quite rich. Very tasty Bloody Mary and delicious cappuccino. Really loved the vibe and aesthetic, lots of light and uber-comfortable seating. Definitely recommend for a great meal where you can visit with friends without a lot of noise.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Brunch was lovely. Don’t miss out on the ricotta and lemon pancakes!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was great from our service, food, ambience. We brought our friends and it was their first time - we are all definitely returning!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Tapas, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved the fish tacos!! Gluten free!!
Our server did not pressure us at all— we had a lot of catching up to do and felt totally welcomed.
This is my 3rd visit— and I’ll be back!

Thanks to all!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We love brunch st Archetype. They did forget our sauce for the delicious lemon ricotta pancakes and we couldn’t get our servers attention, but they were yummy even without the sauce.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Not as good as it once was. Ordered lamb medium came out undercooked. Had the broth in a mason jar, needed weders gloves ro pick it up because it was soooo hot

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Interesting restaurant serving brunch on a weekday. The choices were perhaps restricted on the vegetarian options but what we chose was very good to excellent. (Great Merguez by the way for people who love these lamb sausages). The service was wonderful and the decor and surrounding comfortable.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Comfortable environment, fireside table. Excellent menu options. We enjoyed the whole sole, and the chicken. Nice cocktails and wine list as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant was elegant yet casual with great food and service. We had the tuna which was cooked to perfection. We also appreciated being able to bring our yorkie and sit on the patio. Not often that such an upscale place allows pets

Tags: Fun, Casual, Vegan, Cozy, Healthy, Organic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful!!!!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our best pick for restaurant week. Great value, beet salad and two hefty fish tacos with housemade sauces (some hot too). Staff was accommodating and kind. Food choices were many and good healthy choices. We will be back for sure!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My favorite lunch location in St. Helena. Food always good, and conversation is encouraged by well-arranged seating.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We both opted for the Restaurant Week lunch, and ordered the beet salad and avocado toast with fish. The presentation and accompanying wines were great. However, we both remarked that the beets in the salad had no flavor--too bland. We loved the goat cheese and the greens.
I found the toast somewhat difficult to cut. Part of my fish ended up on the tabled when my knife slipped.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very pleased with the comfortable and cozy dining atmosphere. The indoor fireplace was welcoming. Came here with my girlfriends for a Saturday brunch. We loved everything Archetype offered. Their take on waffles is awesome - the waffles with pork belly is absolutely scrumptious; paired with their Bloody Mary made for a perfect brunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It was an excellent experience! A must stop when we are in town!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Vegan
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Have wanted to try Archetype for a long time - really glad we finally made the visit. Great food, great vibe, great service. Recommended!

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The whole fish was amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

One of our “go to “ restaurants. Enjoy the food and staff. Has a nice ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Archetype has never disappointed and is always a stop for when we are in Napa. On this occasion we went for brunch and it there was not a single plate that left that was not delightfully consumed :). Yes to the Kale salad with almond dressing, cheddar biscuits in gravy, lemon-ricotta pancakes... Beautiful diningroom that is rustic and modern and unfussy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Romantic, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch for table of 2. Got French 75s to start off the meal. Got the half sandwich/soup, specifically fried chicken sandwich and butternut squash soup, and the Norwegian eggs. The eggs were pretty standard, above average. The sandwich was delicious, loved the beet. Butter nut squash soup was also well done. Lovely restaurant interior and very relaxing atmosphere. I recommend sitting indoors instead of outdoors. Service was a bit lacking, our waitress took long to take our order, we didn't get water until we asked for it, etc. But overall very good value and ambience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great overall ambiance. Good All-American food. Comfortable dining experience.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Organic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was very good. There are a lot of exceptional restaurants in the area, so it is difficult to stand out, but Archetype is definitely competitive. Wines by the glass list was a bit lackluster. Environment is cozy, but bright and cheerful. Service is attentive and friendly. Would recommend, but not on my "must-do" list.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was good. Service was terrible. It took an hour and 20 minutes to get our meal. Our waitress did not come to the table to check on us or give us the status of our dinner. After waiting about an hour I was able to flag her down asking her to check on our meal as also asking her to bring over some bread as we were drinking our wine on empty stomachs. Without our asking the manager removed the dinner charges from our bill. At that point it was to last to salvage the evening. We were never told what the problem was.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We have dining many many times over the past 5 years. We stayed away when the chef and management team was replaced some time back. Decided to give them another chance. Same comfortable environment. Food was delicious, well prepared and presented. Kale Salad, NY Steak, Tuna were perfect. Service was lacking. Way too slow for everything from wine service onward. As far as we could see everyone had bread at their tables, when we asked for bread, after we received our salads we were skoldied, "Bread I on Request Only". That's what I was asking for bread please. The waitress finally recognized things did not go well for us and did apologize. All that being said; I would definitely return for the food, not sure if we will return based on the poor service.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Really disappointing considering it was our second visit. The chicken was not cooked, meat was undercooked, the servers description of the entree was not even close, we waited way too long for our second round of drinks and the smoke from the kitchen was horrible. Manager reimbursed us for 1.5 meals and gave us dessert but unfortunately all of the above ruined our experience. We will not go back.

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