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About Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is the place to be in the Napa Valley!

1327 Railroad Ave.
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
11:30am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Hunt St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 963-1200

Website:
http://cindysbackstreetkitchen.com/

Parking Details:
Spaces reserved for restaurant parking only.

Executive Chef:
Cindy Pawlcyn

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (24)
Great for Lunch (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Local Ingredients (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Casual (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Cozy (12)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Seasonal (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Organic (6)
Fun (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Our food was just ok. They don't know what they stand for. Menu was too varied to be successful from fish and chips to bibimbop. Pretty restaurant though.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 6, 2017

The food, service, & ambiance were all superb. This is a great place for lunch in St. Helena. The wood fired roasted duck, ahi tuna salad, and polenta fries were amazing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Impeccable service, and lovely varied menu with fresh and vibrant ingredients, to suit all tastes (vegetarian through meat lovers and healthy through comfort). The menu is the same for lunch and dinner - which is a bonus, if you fancy trying a couple of different items on the menue over a holiday or long weekend. We had dinner and then squeezed in a delightful 1 course lunch in the garden pre a wine tasting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Save room for dessert. The cocktails and the desserts are amazing. I think they are known for their Campfire Pie.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Always excellent food and fun at Cindy's.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband and I visited Cindy's for the first time for a Sunday lunch and it exceeded our expectations. Service was a bit slow and I wished for more frequent coffee refills but the food was fantastic and servers aimed to please. We look forward to coming back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our waiter was fabulous! His recommendations for entrees and desert were spot on. Not one person out of our 6 person group was disappointed!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The atmosphere of the restaurant was cozy and inviting, the waiters were all very friendly, however, the food was nothing special. I expected better tasting food. My sister ordered the duck and she felt it was not cooked as it should be. Their campfire pie dessert was good though! I would come again just for dessert, but not their meals.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Awesome, a must try!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Loved it! I had the adult grilled cheese and my husband had the duck burger. We had a caprese burrata salad to start that was so flavorful and the peach upside down cake to finish. All were amazing!! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food and service were excellent. We had the special lamb chops and sirloin. It was cooked just right and was delicious. The peach upside down cake and the lemon buttermilk souffle cake should not me missed.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2017

OMG. We had a fantastic dinner at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. Both the food and the service were top notch. We're looking forward to returning in the near future. We highly recommend.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Loved Cindy's backstreet! Amazing wine selection, excellent service and we all loved what we ordered. We are all vegans and wished there were more vegetarian/vegan options because there were only like two items on the menu that qualified but other than that would definitely go back!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food is truly exceptional. You hear a lot about Napa Valley Restaurants--but we've had mixed experiences at some of the big names. This place really over-delivers. Charming room, exceptional and inventive food, ang solid service. Employees at two different wineries recommended Cindy's. Awesome dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always fresh food and beautifully presented. Value for the price. Great selection of local wines. Good local business or last minute meal locale.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We considered other restaurants before deciding to come back to Cindy's; we've been several times before and evaluated the thrill/risk of going somewhere new to celebrate a birthday with the knowledge that Cindy's was tried and true and never disappointed.
Our server Alex got our attention right away by calling us ladies versus guys - off to an excellent start. He was attentive not intrusive and we felt in very good hands. The food was over-the-top delicious - every bite was savored. And, then dessert with the chocolate creme brulée sent us over the top. The ambiance is always elegant and comfortable. We'll be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was great. Our server made a few missteps, which unfortunately, soured our experience. We’ll return for the food and ambiance.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Lunch for our party of 10 (which included kids) was fantastic! The service, atmosphere and especially the food was exceptional. We always try and do lunchtime when we have kids with us and we were all pleasantly surprised at having a wonderful menu for them as well. We were there for 2 and 1/2 hours eating several courses and just enjoying the company. We took recommendations from the staff and couldn't have been more pleased. Thank you CBK for your hospitality! We will absolutely be back in the near future.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Beautiful & friendly atmosphere
Over-priced for the food quality

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 14, 2017

My husband & I came here for lunch 3x during our week vacation. We love the Adult Grilled Cheese here, the best we've ever had, and an awesome gazpacho as well. This is our go to lunch spot when we visit Napa. Enjoy!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 14, 2017

The adult grilled cheese sandwich was excellent but the grilled halibut was just ok. The service and atmosphere were excellent but the black flies were horrible

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had such a good time here. Every person we were in contact with at this restaurant was authentically pleasant and a joy to be around. We were late for our reservation, but was able to take a seat at the well-appointed bar for lunch. Jason, the bartender, was not only very knowledgeable about the cocktails, wine, and beer, of course, but also about the the entire menu. We ordered the Oyster Bingo, Mushroom Toast with Duck Paté, (actually ordered this twice because it was so good), and the Grilled Peaches with Creamy Burrata. All were very well made and very tasty. As a couple of foodies from out of town, intent on eating our way through St. Helena, we thoroughly enjoyed the food and people at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

the food was on a par with Mustard's restaurant. SErvice impeccable. wine selection very good. The mussels from Hog Island were the best we have ever had the sauce not overpowering but complementary.
The Rabbit salad was also excellent
WE look forward to returning

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I love Cindy's and this outing didn't disappoint. The Gazpacho was out of this world and the Piquillo Stuffed Peppers were to die for. We were lucky enough to eat on the patio and just had an incredible experience. Don't miss this place!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Have the oyster bingo! Good service, good wine list

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

While my wife and I have been to St. Helena many times previously and have known about this restaurant, unfortunately (for us!), we have never eaten here. Well, that mistake was corrected on our recent trip to the wine country. This place is deceiving from the outside, but it's really quite nice inside. The menu is very interesting and deciding on exactly what to order might be the biggest problem you'll encounter here. What we ate was wonderful, but we saw numerous other menu items being served to other guests that we would definitely like to sample in the future. The service was great and highly competent, but we were not rushed in the least. Our next trip will absolutely include enjoying a meal at this somewhat hidden gem in the Napa Valley.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Delightful as before 3 years ago when we discovered it. Wonderful small plates selection.

Tags: Vegan, Organic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Everything was fabulous. Great flavors and great combinations of fresh ingredients.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Excellent food! Staff very attentive and made terrific recommendations but not pushy. We were able to enjoy are meal without feeling rushed. Overall a great experience!👍👍

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Cindy consistently provides amazing tasting food with a flair. Feel like a tostada? How about rabbit instead of chicken. Creative dishes for those who a little more adventurous, but there is somethimg for everyone (spare ribs, meatloaf, fish and chips). Charming place, bright and cheery with awesome service.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Introducing old friends to new friends, Cindy's is the perfect place to find just the wine and food that meets everyone's needs and special desires. We lingered 2 hours at lunch and shared plates and 2 bottles of wine! Everything was yummy, from duck burger to pasta, grilled peaches to avocado and papaya salad, and the plates were licked clean.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Quaint restaurant with great food. They were out of 2 things that we were going to order (ran out right after we ordered), which was disappointing. But overall, great experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Excellent fresh food. We loved it so much that we came back for dinner! Pollo loco and papaya avocado salad were both so good! Yum

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Fabulous in every single way! Food was amazing, service impeccable, quiet, lovely setting- just everything was wonderful . I would recommend it to everyone and can't wait to go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Organic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, excellent food in the wine country.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The food is outstanding as would be expected from Cindy. It was fresh, creative, and delicious. The service was also excellent, friendly, and helpful. The dining room was noisy with two loud parties, one on a cell phone using a lot of profanity (not the restaurant's fault) and there was an uncomfortable number of flies inside the dining room - gross. This is not something I would have expected from a fine dining restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 29, 2017

All in all a great time
Wife and i visiting Napa heard about Cindys
Food definite plus and ambiance even better
Resturant in a strange locale near a railroad but who knows as they say
Definitely going back next time in Napa

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The drinks took a long time to get, they were not that crowded and the waiter had zero
personality and did not come back enough to check on us.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food was amazing and our server described everything perfectly

Tags: Late-night Find, Healthy, Spicy, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

OMG! Best BLT I have ever eaten. 'Nuff said! Duck burger was also unbelievably good. First time visiting but will be on the list to visit each time I come to the area. Wonderful food.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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