Brannan's Grill

3.9
691 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse

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About

In 1998, Brannan's Grill opened its handcrafted doors to Calistoga, the most pedestrian friendly town in the Napa Valley. Owners Mark Young and Ron Goldin look forward to providing their guests with outstanding customer service and the flavors of farm to table on the New American menu in one of the most beautiful dining environments in the wine country.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 942-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Colin Curtis
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Catering
Off site and in house catering is offered for any event and most budgets. We can customize any menu to fit your event. We are a restaurant that can cater, not a caterer that can "restaurant"
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington
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Parking details
city parking lot behind the restaurant and on street
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Public transit
The Vine, # 10 bus stops a half block away and offers service from San Francisco via BayLink Ferry to Vallejo, Napa, Yountville and St Helena .
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Was surprised about the new "tapas"style menu. It was not what we were looking for when we booked the reservation.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Picked this spot on a birthday trip to the wine country.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was not good, frozen and no flavor, menu disappointing. Will not go back

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Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The menu is designed for sharing small plates. The dishes were tasty but some were not presented in a way that made them easy to share.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were very surprised and disappointed to find out that the menu had changed. The food was of course great as always, but Brennan's has always been our go-to sit down restaurant for special occasions. Now they serve their food as if it's a tapas place, only the servings aren't really big enough to share properly. Each serving was much smaller than the standard serving size, but they didn't change the price much (if at all) and they kind of forced us to share... they bring the food out as it's made and will not accept a request to have it all brought out at once.

While I like the idea (because I have tapas with my friends all the time) it is far more expensive than your usual tapas place, and the ambiance of the restaurant does not fit with the new tapas style mwnu. Unfortunately I don't believe we will go there again because my party was extremely disappointed and only went there for the fact that it was a sit down dress up style dinner.

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MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Started off great, but after getting our drinks and appetizer our server never came back to us. He passed up at least 6 times to ask the other 3 couples around us if they needed something. Food is good, but service is sub par and not worth the price you pay for a good dinner.

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CF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent as usual. The food I ordered was halibut and it was overcooked and dry. The string beans and baby carrots were overcooked. Not a very substantial meal.

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the Prime Rib and it was excellent. Asparagus was the side and it was way over cooked

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Waiter was snobby made you feel unwelcome forgot drink no apologies. Mashed potatoes from a box rest of old food was OK but server attitude ruined everything

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MO
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My husband and I visited Brannan's after a day of tours and tastings in the Napa Valley. We were immediately welcomed by the friendly hostess and seated right away since we had reservations. We loved the layout of the restaurant and felt it was clean and inviting. Since we'd been wine-tasting all day, we decided to stick to nonalcoholic drinks. Our waiter was quite obviously not thrilled about this, which was a bit off-putting and uncomfortable. He seemed even less thrilled when we told him we'd be passing on appetizers. We both ordered filet mignon, which was one of the priciest entrees on the menu, and yet we continued to feel that the fact that we passed on wine and appetizers displeased him. Regardless of our discomfort with our waiter, we enjoyed our entrees and thought the steaks were flavored well and cooked to perfection. We also enjoyed the creme brulee dessert. The food and atmosphere were great, but the waiter's attitude definitely had a negative effect on our experience and our willingness to return in the future.

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E
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a popular restaurant located amongst a lot of restaurants in downtown Calistoga. We enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad with burritos and pesto. The filet mignon tartare was equally delicious.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance but the food is a little over priced

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brannan's has been our go-to spot for at least one dinner anytime we come to Calistoga. As always, their local wine list is amazing. They recently hired a new chef and the new dishes are amazing. We split three appetizers: shrimp cocktail, grilled asparagus, and heirloom tomato salad. Yummy! My pork chop was tender and the pickled cabbage it was paired with was fantastic. My husband had the most tender fillet with a red wine reduction sauce. Amazing. We will be back.

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Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Have been here several times . The service was good the ambience was good pretty pricey for lunch . We found one thing kind of strange we ordered the cornbread in the skillet soon there after the waitress came back and said something about it being burnt so we thought OK do you have more than one ?? We just ended up ordering the wings which were OK The drinks were good the food was good too.

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CT
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were concerned when we arrived because no other customers were there and it was the weekend. However, we were very pleased with the French Dip and the Wedge Salad. I would return if I find myself in the area again.

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M
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very pleased with the ambiance, service, & food! Thank you for the great evening & making our anniversary so special! We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Des Moines
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always one of our stops when in calistoga

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

0ver priced for so-so food.
Convenient location.
Bar scene is much more interesting than restaurant. Great bartender.
Easy to get a last minute reservation

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Brannan's! The food is always so good and the oysters are to die for! I've been coming here for over 20 years and have never had a bad meal or experience. The staff is always friendly and attentive.

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Portland
25 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here from the small list of quality fine dining venues in Calistoga, as I was there to enjoy the hot springs. Service was attentive, and our seating was right before the wide, open windows, where the breeze came in and kept us cool as we enjoyed our meal.

The food itself was above average, executed well, but none of it was above and beyond the traditional fare you might find in this price range. The chef appears to keep things simple -- the chicken was accompanied by a side of routine mashed potatoes and unadorned broccoli, the chicken itself in a fairly typical gravy. It was all enjoyable, but none of it stood out.

The halibut was cooked perfectly, and I would even say the crab balls were creative, and very, very tasty. Yet the greens were overly seasoned beneath the fish, and became soggy in the juices of the meal.

I did enjoy the drinks immensely. My ginger beer concoction was very refreshing, as well as the mocktail my dining partner ordered.

We finished with the cheesecake, which was equally on point alongside the dinner, but once again a simple dish that might be obtained at any other restaurant of this value.

All in all, this was a safe, enjoyable dining experience. In no way was it inspired, but in keeping in line with what people expect, and nailing those requirements, it certainly deserves a modicum of praise, and no negativity. I would dine here again, but not before trying some other restaurants in the area.

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Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were staying nearby and chose this because it was close. The food was excellent, but the wine was disappointing (of all places!). The list is very short, and not well curated. There were no passable $100 bottles of wine. They had $200 and $300 bottles, but these were mediocre (and mispriced ). I would recommend bringing your own and pay a corkage fee.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This the second time my friends and I have had a bad experience at Brannan's. We gave them a second chance and it was bad. The service was very slow and the waiter was a little rude. One person in our group got very sick, don't order the duck.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

All places in Calistoga claimed they were all sold out for Mothers Day. We had brunch the day before. Our Eggs Benedict were cooked tough and spinach layer it sat on was bitter. Our biggest disappointment was limit of three oysters on shelf that in total added up to one oyster, way to small actually tiny! Limit of three per person...really!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very nice staff. we called ahead that we would be late and they held the reservation. service was excellent. food was very good. try the Branhattan.

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c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner. It was our anniversary which I noted when we made the reservations and they had a glass of champagne waiting for us which I thought was a very nice gesture. Food was excellent. We had a nice booth and the service was excellent. Wood recommend to friends.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Owner nice to us when we were just looking. Ignored us after we were seated. Waiter gave good service but nothing beyond the call of duty. Water never refilled. Did not ask if special occasion. Did not say come again. Just did his duty and nothing more. Another table was constantly attended to . Must be big wigs or known about town. Nice to have people be pleasurable and not just do their duty.

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Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful evening for myself and my husband. The food and service was wonderful and Tim, the pianist, was spectacular.

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BB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service adequate at best. My wife and I shared a salad and an entree. Each was brought to table as single portion with extra plate: OK but out of touch with style and cost of dinner.
Food was good but undistinguished.
Better choices available in Calistoga.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful at Brannan's! The ambiance was great, the decor was beautiful, clean bathrooms and OH YEAH the food was great. It was a wonderful place for us to reconnect with friends! The had a variety of choices and a very nice wine list! Recommend!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an outstanding evening for a romantic special occasion. We enjoyed ourselves immensely as we were seated near the pianist who was curtious and friendly.
Thank you for the special moment,
Charles S.

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San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We have dinned at Brennan's Grill many times during our annual visit to Napa Valley. This was not a very good experience. Our order of flat-iron was not correctly cooked. We asked for medium-rare and got medium. The manager came over a blamed the waiter for getting someone else order. Also the waiter check out the meat at our table. Like we were wrong! They did not take my order and let us eat together. We also had a free corkage coupon which the waiter complained about since he comp the flat-iron. We are still waiting for our credit since the waiter had to run the bill twice. NOT a good experience.

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CF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food demonstrated imagination, quality ingredients, and attention to detail. Menu offered , quite reasonable variety. Service appropriately attentive.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. ................,,,,,,,,

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M
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have eaten here many times and have always been happy with our meal and service. Tonight however everything was off. We ordered soup and and a salad which did not come before our entree. Entrees came and we asked where was our salad and soup. They brought everything at once. Not a good thing. We ordered prime rib asked for it to be medium with pink showing. Instead we got a pan fried slice with quite a lot of salt on it. It was only slightly pink inside but was salty. Hostess did offer a free dessert. Waitress did not charge the salad. Restaurant did the right thing. However this was a birthday celebration with a disappointing meal.

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AB
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service! An always go to place in Calistoga

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TW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service! Everyone from the wait staff to the bus boys and the managers seem to genuinely care that you enjoy your meal. I hope the staff are treated well because they always go the distance!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My husband and I are visiting Napa on vacation from NY - on the outside Brannan's is very attractive with big open-air windows, so we stopped in for lunch . But the service was slow - we got there at 1:30pm, and didn't even get my husband's soup until after 2pm - the rest of the food about 2:15pm (forgivable if a very busy time, but there were only a few other people there). They also got my order wrong - I got French fries instead of a salad, but didn't want to waste more time sending it back. My husband's corned beef was very fatty. A very nice setting, but not a great experience for the money.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Average food by Bay Area standards. Beet salad quite decent. Poke was palatable but the person who took our order and the person who delivered the food disagreed on what fish it was! The lamb duo was appropriately cooked but the meat was full of sinews - perhaps it was a more senior lamb. Not on our return list

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B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This was not our first time here. The risotto was a little flat and salmon was a bit burnt. Piano player was great

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The filet was amazing, but the other items (short ribs, frito misto appetizer & chocolate cake) were nothing special. Drinks were soso. Not a bad dinning experience but we would probably choose somewhere else next time

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