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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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Private Dining

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

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (34)
Great for Lunch (29)
Local Ingredients (27)
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Neighborhood Gem (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for a Date (23)
Special Occasion (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Comfort Food (17)
Seasonal (16)
Cozy (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Romantic (14)
Casual (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Authentic (12)
Business Meals (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Organic (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Fun (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Cindy's was the second stop on our vacation in Napa Valley and after a very disappointing first dinner the night before at Farmstead, Cindy's followed right along with that theme. We looked forward to this for quite a while and it definitely did not live up to the expectation. Service was fine, nothing special, and even the appetizers were decent. The peach and burrata thing everyone's got going on is getting tired. My meatloaf, which came recommended as one of their staple dishes, came out stone cold and looked like a frozen dinner. My cousin's "short ribs" was nothing more than a cheap piece of flank steak. The other two dishes, the rabbit tostada and the pork special, were good. $350 later for 4 people just didn't quite make a great impression. I'll just keep it to her other restaurant, Mustards.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Off the main drag by a block, but a great place. Updated dishes and hard working owner!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 13, 2017

It was good, nice staff, tasty food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Food was exceptional except for the rabbit tostada which everyone seemed to rave about. We found it bland and disappointing but the other dishes were so great I would come back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Good service, the pasta that I had was excellent. Wine glass pours we’re on the small side for the price although my second glass was more generous.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great place, good food and dog friendly. Enjoy the service and the company as a whole. Friendly environment.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent experience. Fresh, creative cuisine in a delightful restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

My husband got mayonnaise on his hamburger bun after painstakingly explaining that he wanted a plain burger with Ketchup and mustard on the side. The Pinot noir by the glass was so/so.

They did get my duck burger perfect though!

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Always fresh and fun. Consistent food and quality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 5, 2017

We live in Minnesota but visit the Napa Valley often. CBK is a must for us whenever we are in the area. The food is always creative, fresh and delicious and the service is excellent. There is good menu of wines to choose from - on a previous visit the recommendation of our server turned us on to our favorite winery in the region. Try it - you'll be glad you did!

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fun, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Truly creative and well executed. Pork burger. Great salads. Polenta with Basel dipping sauce instead of fries!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

One of our favorites. Best short ribs I have had. Fried chicken special a winner. Duck is superb. Salads are great. Good potions. Terrific waiter

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Shocked there were no fresh vegetables! Burgers over cooked.
Lovely ambience and good service but food didn't match the aforementioned items

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Awesome food. Awesome service. Wish this was closer to where I lived..... in CT. 😊

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Coming back to Cindy's for the second time, we found that the food was still excellent. I was celebrating my birthday, which even though we informed them when we made the reservation, and my friend mentioned it when we checked in, they did not acknowledge. So don't bother asking for this. Had a special that night which was fried chicken with a hot and spicy sauce on it. It was amazing. My husband had the meatloaf and he said it was great. Had a nice cocktail before dinner and brought a bottle of wine. Very efficient service. Will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 2, 2017

One of our go-to restaurants when in St. Helena! Great Chinatown Duck burgers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We had a wonderful evening, that started with the mushroom toast. An absolute perfect starter. We had The halibut and ribeye for our main course. Both done to perfection. The service was attentive and friendly. We asked several questions and our server was knowledgeable and helpful. We will go here again when we return to Napa Valley!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, People Watching, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Thoughtful, ladies-who-lunch type place. Great for a bite before wine tasting.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Fantastic meal in St. Helena. Every dish we ate, from appetizers through dessert, was fresh and inventive. Our server was terrific. Cozy, charming restaurant. Now I know why it's a Napa institution!

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Fried chicken was the best I've had. Loved the grilled peaches for appetizer and lemon chiffon for dessert. I'll definitely be back. Upscale comfort food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 26, 2017

This is a great location for a bit more quiet meal off of Main Street. Mostly indoor dining spaced comfortably within. The paquillos is quite a small app but very delicious. The mole bed was just enough heat and sweet with the pepper. My boyfriend LOVED the meatloaf meal. Unexpected minced carrots added to the loaf gave it a fun crunch! The rabbit tostada was delicious as well! A filling meal that felt like just enough and didn't over do it. The rabbit was very tender.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 26, 2017

It was a great dining experience all around! We will go there again next time we are in the area!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Absolute perfection from start to finish!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

They took excellent care of one of our party that has serious food allergies! Food was great and the service is exceptional. We've eaten at Cindy's many times over the years and their quality and service are consistent. A pleasure.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Seasonal, Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Terrific food and service. Will be back. Spicy fried chicken was spectacular so we're the mussels.thanks

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date, Spicy, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2017

My husband and I were visiting the wine country and looking for a healthy, tasty meal in a casual setting. Cindy'a Backstreet Kitchen was a perfect fit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The service was good, and the food was great although the duck burger was ok. It was a bit dry and not as good as the regular burger with all the regular lettuce, tomatoes, etc. added Too bad....but my muscles were out of this world and the basic salad was wonderful and falloff surprises.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great restaurant, excellent cust service, good parking reasonable priced.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Wonderful service, delicious food and ambience. Truly everything you would expect to experience in Napa dinning.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Have been several times. The food and service were good but it was a bit slow, but that's what you get for going to brunch on Father's Day.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 17, 2017

NEEDS to immediately inventory wine cellar and update wine list. We odered 2 differnt bottles of wine from extensive list only to be disappointed. They had to apologize for not having either of the two bottles we were anticipating enjoying. Gave them 3 additional options, fine, a bottle delivered.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was delicious! Will eat here again!so tasty. Had the Halibut prepared just right

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Quickly led to our table by friendly staff. Group of six and all enjoyed their meals.
The fried chicken of the day was 'korean' with kimchi fried rice and veggies. The chicken flavours were out of this world.
This is one restaurant we return to every time we are in Napa.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Out with friendships . Service was not up to pet on this night,

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Friendly professional staff .. great freshinventive food .. loved the. Hines duck burger . Loved the fried. Chicken butt really loved the perfect Caesar salad always save room for the desert the campfire pie just keep the chocolate meringue marshmallow is absolutely a tree taking you back to fun times in your youth

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Excellent food and the service was outstanding. I love all of Cindy's restaurants. We will definitely come again

Tags: Organic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We have suggested Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen to many. Always look forward to the time there.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Always outstanding! Knowledgeable, friendly staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

All four of us had outstanding meals, start to finish. Couldn't have been happier. High recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Went for lunch and enjoy the different choices. The tacos special cocinita pibil was good. Pasta not really
We love the intimate outside area.

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