Was surprised about the new "tapas"style menu. It was not what we were looking for when we booked the reservation.
Picked this spot on a birthday trip to the wine country.
The food was not good, frozen and no flavor, menu disappointing. Will not go back
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.
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.
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.
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.
Had the Prime Rib and it was excellent. Asparagus was the side and it was way over cooked
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
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.
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.
Great ambiance but the food is a little over priced
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.
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.
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.
Very pleased with the ambiance, service, & food! Thank you for the great evening & making our anniversary so special! We highly recommend this restaurant.
Always one of our stops when in calistoga
0ver priced for so-so food.
Bar scene is much more interesting than restaurant. Great bartender.
Easy to get a last minute reservation
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.
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.