Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is the perfect venue for your next event. Built in the 1800’s the building incredibly charming and quaint. With two floors and two private rooms upstairs it is ideal for the smaller group or large.View Private Dining Details
A very nice dining experience! Will definitely go back again.
We were at Cindy's a decade ago and it's maintained itself for quality, flavor, ambiance, service, etc. after all that time. I love the cookbook and I've been cooking those recipes for years and it's amazing how well her food delivers on freshness and flavor. The bread is made exclusive for her from Model Bakery across the street; the sauces and farm to table ingredients are all made in house; the meats are grass fed, sustainable, and beautiful in flavor; the dishes are simple but focused on ingredients: if you order, say, an asparagus dish for $7.50 and it's just asparagus with some toasted breadcrumbs on it, expect the freshest and most perfectly grilled asparagus imaginable smoked over a hearth, crunchy/toasty breadcrumbs with fresh parmesan. You taste every flavor and texture asparagus has to offer and you feel like you've "seen the light" on what it's supposed to taste like. It's an homage to food dining at her restaurant and I love the small plates, the value, the quality, and the enthusiasm everyone there seems to feel and share. Not the lame food scene and name dropping of Yountville. Instead, a discreet and "real" restaurant that feels like you're in Cindy's home with real food and real people. Love it!
I have been coming here for the past 3 years and never in my time of visiting have I received such horrible service. My boyfriend and I decided to make a visit to Cindys as it was our all.time favorite place to visit for lunch. The adult grilled cheese was my absolute favorite and with bf having his heart on that yummy meatloaf, it was a must. As soon as we sat down, the server came up to us and asked what we wanted for drinks. I saw they changed root beers so I figured, why not try something new. That's when things took a turn for the worst. Our server realizated that we weren't purchasing alcohol so he ended up taking his time on our order. The people who were sitting next to us were getting their orders before we did. And on top of that, there was no bread offered. There was another guy helping out, you can say he a supervisor or manager of some sort because he was wearing a suit. I asked that guy if he could bring us some bread. 10 minutes go by and nothing. Perhaps he forgot to mention it to the server or the serve completely forgot. Either way, I waited for the server to stop by again for my second attempt of asking for bread. Still nothing. When our food finally came, I realized that still haven't received any bread. I finally get a moment with our server and asked if he can bring us some warm bread for the 3rd time. He said he would get us some bread again but I knew it wasn't going to happen. We decided to eat our food without it and it turned out to be delicious. The server cleared our plates and asked if there was anything else we needed with no acknowledgement whatsoever on the bread. I asked the check and he threw it on the table and left. We paid for the food that was given to us then got up and left. I have to say that the food here has always lived up to my expectations but service has dropped significantly.
I'm sorry this turned out to be a negative review because the setting looked very inviting. My wife ordered the soup of the day which came to her so spicy that tears came to her eyes. No warning from the waitress and no alternative was offered. The bread was very dry and over done. Maybe next time things will be different.
Well crafted beautifully spiced, not salty high-end Mexican based meals. Many gluten free options. The wine selection was also outstanding. One of the top restaurants in St Helena. Just next to Tera.
We had the Asian sizzling rice dish which was outstanding. We also had the meatloaf which was humdrum and came out of the kitchen lukewarm. I would not order the meatloaf again even though it must be popular since it's been on the menu a long time.
Excellent as usual!
Fantastic Valentunes Day lunch
Will be returning again!!! Recommending to everyone.
We look forward to Cindy’s when in the St Helena area. Always enjoy their selection, setting & service.
Bartender rudely chased us out to the courtyard to pay for our drinks while waiting for table.
Waited an hour before our order was taken once we were seated. Ordered the special (short ribs) very tough and 1/2 was inedible. Should never have been served.
Disappointed bc I’ve had lovely experiences here in the past.
Lovely place to have lunch, (which we did, starting with baked oysters and both of us had the rabbit tostadas- excellent and unique) for drinks or have a great dinner. Friendly attentive service, thoughtful preparations and a robust wine list. We’ll definitely go back and I highly recommend.
Our fifth visit. Never disappoints! Went for lunch, specifically the duck burger. Awesome
As usual Cindy’s did not disappoint and our lunch was a delight for the palate. Unusual dishes and a great service was all we needed to continue a week-long birthday celebration.
My old and dear friend now gone, Barbara Richards was right when she strongly suggested Cindy’s Backstreet Cafe.
Too expensive for which you get, similar experience at mustards.