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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

4.5
2649 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is the place to be in the Napa Valley!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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Hours of operation
11:30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 963-1200
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cindy Pawlcyn
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Cross street
Hunt St.
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Parking details
Spaces reserved for restaurant parking only.
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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.

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What 2649 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmyW 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

A very nice dining experience! Will definitely go back again.

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Whitt (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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!

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vipBina (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 6 days ago

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 my 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 realized that we weren't purchasing any alcohol so he decided to take his time on our order. The people who were sitting next to us were getting their orders before we did. And there was no bread offered. There was another guy helping out...you can say he was 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 server completely forgot. Either way, I waited for the server to stop by again for a second attempt of asking for bread. Still nothing. Our food finally came, and we 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 the bread and it still 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 for the check and he threw it on the table. 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had a reservation and were seated in the bar area. It was kind of chilly so I wore my coat throughout the meal. Service was fine but we felt rushed. This visit didn’t really live up to past meals here.

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vipbigcheese (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

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Robert (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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Alfie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent as usual!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic Valentunes Day lunch

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Will be returning again!!! Recommending to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We look forward to Cindy’s when in the St Helena area. Always enjoy their selection, setting & service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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vipCAgigabyte (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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vipLMMK (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Our fifth visit. Never disappoints! Went for lunch, specifically the duck burger. Awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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