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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

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Quiet Conversation (7)
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Notable Wine List (6)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2011

Although I had heard good things about this restaurant, I was disappointed in the food. I ordered the homemade meatloaf which I found bland and unnotable. My husband ordered the hangar steak entree which was stringy and chewy. The ambiance was nice, the service more than adequate, but I would not go back there with the plethora of fine restaurants in that area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2011

We went to Cindy's to celebrate a birthday and loved it. We shared the polenta fries and stuffed peppers which were both very delicious! Cindy's was also very accommodating and helpful in making a dish vegetarian for me. Our server insisted that I give him feedback about the dish to make sure that it actually tasted good, which it did! I would definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2011

great food and service as usual

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Ambience was good. Very busy yet not loud. Service was friendly but not always timely -- food was served before settings placed several times.

The food was uneven. The salads were disappointing. The soup of the day had wonderful fresh sweet peas in it. The specialty drinks were interestingly described with unique and
intriguing combinations but did not live up to the hype. The fresh pasta, crab cakes , grownup grilled cheese, and polenta fries were a hit. Coffee was wonderful & flavorful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2011

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is a small, wonderfully thought out restaurant. The service is very good and the menu is varied and interesting. It is obvious that great attention is paid to items in season. The wine list is thoughtful with something to interest everyone. I look forward to my third visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 6, 2011

We love Mustard's, but we found our meal here to be disappointing. We were seated in the bar, which was very loud, and the food was really only fair.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2011

Fantastic again and again. Our favorite place for a late lunch. Very quiet at that time. Susan is always very helpful and the perfect waitperson.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2011

We reserved ahead and were delighted! We loved our food, wine, service and ambiance! Good job Cindy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2011

We made a late Saturday night reservation but they were still busy at that hour.

The server was inattentive - it took quite a long time for him to acknowledge us. We ordered appetizer and glasses of wine and the appetizer came out immediately, followed much later by our wine. It took quite a while for our server to come out and take our entree order.

My girlfriend ordered the ahi tuna salad and enjoyed it. I had the chicken fried steak and was very disappointed. I was expecting a special twist on it but there was nothing unique about the steak, potatoes or accompanying spinach. It certainly was not worth $22.

Cindy's came highly recommended by friends and other reviewers - which made it more disappointing.

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vip
·Dined on April 2, 2011

One of us really enjoyed his entree, the duck l'orange, the other found her entree to be run of the mill---it was a pork ragu penne pasta dish. The servings are a bit too big.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2011

We tried this one after Mustard and Go Fish. Probably the more humble of her restaurants. The food was good, but not amazing. But understand me here, Mustard is really good and some of the dishes are just stunning... At Cindy's kitchen the food was good, butu we did not get impressed as we had in mind... Sadly our waiter was really bad... He forgot to order an appetizer, I had to remind him for my wine, my wife got up to get the desserts menu... And we had an early reservation at 5h30 on a Saturday because of a play... You figure that around 6h30, the volume of guests should be that you have a full staff around 5h30... But anyway... My two cents

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2011

I like this place because they have good food without costing an arm and a leg. The location is cozy and would be more romantic if they weren't right along the Napa wine train's railroad tracks. The portions are also decent so that you don't need three courses to fill up.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2011

We were vacationing in Napa and the hosts of our B & B recommended Cindy's. Thank goodness they did! The duck burger was so delicious. And desserts are to die for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2011

If you haven't already, try Cindy's. You can't go wrong.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2011

We went with five diners at 7:30PM but were still seated immediately even though I had not been able to spot the open table in the crowd. The menu was multifaceted and engaging. The daily specials were well explained by our server who was also a solid promoter of their wine selections. One thing I really liked was the "Dinner Club" specials which offer the diner a globetrotter's adventure if the guest was to return often enough. For our visit they were offering South American fare I had just seen on one of the travel channels. Other days would cover other locations. It was fun. The star of the table was a regular side dish. The Polenta Fries were subtle in taste and texture yet managed to be the item most fondly remembered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 27, 2011

Food was great! Wait-staff was grumpy!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2011

ervise was good but attitude of servers was poor, very forgetful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Just fine but quite a lot of money it seems.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Ahi tuna - Asian style - was the best! Apparently it's a new format.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2011

I've never had a bloody mary drink that tasted this good and I don't think I will ever find a better one. I would go here just for the bloody mary's, its just that good! They told me all the ingredients were made fresh and I believe it. The duck is also spectacular, definitely one to try. I can't wait to go back and try something else, along with another bloody mary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2011

This was our first time dining at Cindy's and it was fabulous! We loved the quaint atmosphere and the food was delicious! We will definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2011

Great place, one of the best in town, and the most likely to have a table on short notice. Great service. Listen closely for the specials, the menu is good, but the specials can be amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2011

This was a wonderful experience!!! We were greeted so well at the front desk by a delightful, cheerful, friendly hostess!! it got even better!! It was my friend's 80th Birthday and at the end of our lunch, the young hostess came over and expressed her congratulations!! A friendly gentleman at the next table overheard her and was so very kind and expressed his congratulations as well!!! when we were ready for our bill , our serviceman informed us that the gentleman at the next table had all ready taken care of our lunch bill!! Everything was not wonderful at the restaurant but your other customers were most kind and made our experience one to remember!!! When you reach the age of 80, these surprises seldom happen.!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 22, 2011

It was a wonderful dinner: the food was fantastic and the staff was attentive and knowlegable. It's not up to them how loud other patrons converse, unfortunately, two of the neighboring tables were quite loud and distracating.... took away from the overall experiennce, HOWEVER, I'll go back there again and again and again....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2011

Good for groups if the upstairs seating is available - Jamie and Michael are outstanding at their jobs and will always treat you well if you are seated in their areas. Warm, welcoming, they make you feel like you just came home, but perhaps a bit more fun!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 19, 2011

Yummy comfort food. If you are watching your calories, this may not be the right place for you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2011

Wait Staff was great, she took time to suggest, direct, and even asked the Chef about a spice I could not indentify. Always a warm and inviting place where you get to try new dishes and enjoy the old favorites.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2011

Great menu, in terms of possible choices and exceptionally high quality of ingredients--all artfully prepared. The ambiance and service are just right--friendly, accommodating, relaxed. Definitely worth a detour to its backstreet location!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 12, 2011

My quail dish was perfectly cooked with a delicious sauce to go with it. My two daughter's dishes were just as good and sophisticated. We loved the pineapple upside down cake. The place was friendly and welcoming.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 10, 2011

Remarkable and extraordinary down to every minute detail.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Omaha)·Dined on March 9, 2011

Our Server was outstanding. She was very attentive and fun. The Manager on duty was extremely helpful with a special request and the bartender was also friendly and helpful. However the food was disappointing. The meatloaf lacked character and was virtually flavorless. The quail was also uninspiring and "just okay". We had read so many great reviews of Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen that our expectations perhaps exceeded what the restaurant was capable of delivering.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2011

This is my second time at your establishment. The flavors of the food are complex and deeply satisfying. I felt very conscious, with every bite, of the combination of different flavors that created the combined taste that made up each bite. I love the fact that the no-heat-o is on the menu -- as someone who does not drink for religious reasons, I often find myself feeling as though there is nothing special on the menu to drink, but this drink means that I can also order something special, which I really appreciate. My only suggestion is that an excellent gluten free bread be added to the menu so that those of us with gluten allergies can enjoy the bread and butter, and potentially, some of your delicious sounding sandwiches.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2011

The seating arrangements are not comfortable. Conversation at a table for 3 opposite the bar was impossible not because of the noise but because of the seating configuration. 2 side by side along the wall and 1 stuck at the end of the table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2011

Basic fare very well done. The appetizer was good (rabbit tostada) though the side of fries was too oily and the mayo-based dipping sauce had no flavor.

For main courses, we had winter-ish meals at lunch : the duck and osso buco and they were delicious. Dessert was overpriced for what it was (Sour cherry bread pudding) and not well made. Skip dessert and enjoy the main courses.

Very friendly and attentive service which was appreciated as we arrived early for our reservation and we were seated immediately.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2011

Cindy's is excellent! Great food, great service, Nice ambiance. We love it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2011

I really enjoy this place. For the money you get a really great menu. Very cute place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2011

Good food in attractive surroundings. Our server was pleasant and efficient.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2011

I wish that place was in SJ where we live, food is amazing for a low price, drinks wonderful, loved our waiter!!! We will be back in May!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2011

Cindy's was quite impressive. The selections offered were not the usual fare. I was in a group of four and all ordered a different entree which each raved about. In fact, as we entered and were seated, the lady leaving the table next to us suggested two meals which she said were also excellent. The wine was superb and the service fabulous! Our every need was catered to. The food arrived hot and the entire meal was well paced from appetisers to desert.
The interior is well designed, very clean and the other patrons as well as the help were very friendly!
This is a great place to dine and worth every penny you spend!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2011

In a word, dynamite. Try the Thai-tini. And the duck burger. A welcome and delightfully fresh respite during your adventures in wine country.

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