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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry to see it go! A favorite of ours!

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Davidb
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen was one of our favorite Napa restaurants. Sadly it closed for business on July 7. We enjoyed many great meals there, and were always happy to take our out-of-town guests there. See you at Mustard's!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Fabulous but it’s closing! 😢

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LindaP
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m glad we got to go there, as the food was wonderful, and I understand they are closing soon

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vipClosdesducs
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad to see a Saint Helena institution closing but it was a memorable last meal. Best wishes to all of the staff and owner Cindy Pawlcyn!

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TDIVA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Overall disappointing and overpriced, slow service. Cute place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We reserved a table at Cindy’s however when we showed up for our dinner the restaurant was closed! Surprised that opentable/ restaurant failed to let us know

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and our daughter’s birthday. The food was great as was the service. We first dined at Cindy’s 7 years ago and were excited to return. It was one of the best meals we had during our 4 day visit to the Napa Valley!

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NapaValleyFoodie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Sadly, this was our last dinner at Cindy’s since it is closing on 7/7/18.

We’ve been patrons since 2004, and it was our go-to place for celebrations and out of town guests.

The food was excellent, as usual, but with the restaurant only half-full at 5 PM Sunday, the service was slow. It took 10 minutes to get drink orders. A second round sat on the bar with no one paying attention. Inexplicable.

Courses arrived promptly.

We’re sad to see Cindy’s close. It was a Saint Helena institution.

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AshleyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We have been to Cindy's a handful of times and wanted to go one last time before they closed. I'm not sure if the staff was new or part time help, but our service was absolutely terrible.
First, the bottle of wine that we ordered, they said they didn't have, then they found it 10 minutes later. Our server was nice, but it took him a long time to event greet our table.
Another person ended up taking our order, and then our server came over and asked what we wanted for dinner. (?) The menus were cleared from our table and we weren't sure who was actually taking care of us. We had to ask for our water to be refilled and we waited for our food for over 45 minutes! The only saving grace was that the food was good, but living in Napa for the past 6 years, I have never experienced service this bad before. I couldn't recommend this place to any of my clients.

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vipLeah
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will miss this place so much when they close next week. It's been a great run and we've enjoyed every bite and every sip at Cindy's over the years. Cheers to the whole staff and the owners-- hope to dine with you all again.

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vipwe2eat
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Always is at Cindy's

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DanielG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had not been there in 6 years having moved from 30 miles away to 3000. Sad to hear it is closing in one week.

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vipMashie55
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our final lunch at Cindy’s, and it didn’t disappoint as usual. Stuffed pepper appetizer, duck burger and crispy fries, roast chicken. No room to have the campfire pie. Great server, who will stay local post-Cindy’s. This was a restaurant that understood its clients and place in St Helena - understated, convivial, great food.

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vipMobile575
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another wonderful Napa Valley Restaurant passes into history. It will be missed by one and all. Best wishes to you Cindy!!!

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WoodyG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in all of Napa. Always go there when in town. I am super bummed to see them closing. Thank you for all of the great meals.

Cheers

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Lgregpry
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place great food. It’s a terrible shame they are closing

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JeffE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too bad this great spot is closing. Unfortunately, the staff appear to have already left the building.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to miss CBK! Another great experience and killer fried chicken :)

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maura
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Table was near the stairs and bar area, so there was constant traffic going by. Wines by the glass and half bottles were expensive, so we ordered a bottle even though we did not want to drink that much. Fish and chips was good but overpriced for one piece of cod and potatoes. My companion ordered the quail salad and got an ahi tuna salad instead; had to send it back and it took forever to be replaced with the right order. My meal was finished by the time hers arrived. Waitress said she "misunderstood" the order but she was obviously distracted, stressed or just wasn't paying attention. I had read beforehand that service was bad in recent months and almost cancelled the reservation. Wish now that I had as the overall experience was not commensurate with the cost of the meal. FIrst time there and would think long and hard before returning. Had a much nicer meal and ambiance in Bistro Jeanty in Yountville earlier in the month, and this was with a three year old in tow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, waitress took forever, cozy place but seating neighbors were really loud.

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vipEstB
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent quality of ingredients and creative seasoning and preparation so that "simple" dishes were wonderful. Only the dessert was disappointing

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pattir
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Super service!!

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vipToni
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a 4-way birthday celebration for my husband and his 3 adult kids. Was PERFECT for the food, the ambiance and the great service by Hugo. Cindy's was with us every step of the way...planning and always a menu that makes you want to return to try all the dishes!!! Thanks, Cindy's!

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vipFamilyPack
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are so sad that Cindy’s is closing, but are always supportive of amazing chef Cindy and will continue to enjoy Mustard’s Grill! Cindy rocks!!

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vipgregorio
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

sat outside, great service, very good and REASONABLE wine list---much appreciated these days!

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vipFarmTableCreativeComfort
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a fan of all restaurants Cindy Pawlcyn related for as long as I can remember. I am at Mustard's a couple times a year for the last 20+ years. It never disappoints and anyone I take falls in love with it. Hadn't been to CBK for many years but my husband picked it for Father's Day this year and we loved it. Creative, Farm to Table, Comfort Food, great ambiance... In all my years of being a foodie I had never had Fried Green Tomatoes - they were delicious and topped with a grilled prawn and served with remoulade sauce. The Caesar is the best on the planet. Delicious grilled quail and spinach salad and my husbands special baby back ribs served with mac n cheese and grilled corn on the cob was bone lickin worthy! Perfect end to a day of bike riding and wine tasting (Larkmead!!!)

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trinhn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in downtown St. Helena. Very quaint and rustic. Food was excellent and the service was on point. Great for everyday occasion.

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MALN
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the ambiance and food were wonderful. We always enjoy ourselves and look forward to coming back again and again. Thank you.

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vipVasumaS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I could not wait to get out. It seemed like a local place with a lot of the same people coming again and again. But, it took forever to get our food and water refilled. It was Soo hard to track down a waiter. They seemed to be walking around a lot. But, they weren't coming to our table. Overall, the service and environment didn't make the food worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch spot, food was top notch and will revisit in the future. Rabbit tostadas were excellent !!!

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EclecticB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After I accidentally booked the wrong evening, the staff could not have been more accommodating when we arrived. Cocktails were on point and atmosphere is great. Love this restaurant! Will always come back when in town.

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RobH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dined at the bar and met very friendly local people. The service at the bar was really good thanks to Wilbur. It’s a very comfortable atmosphere with fantastic menu options.

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KevinD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cindy's has a comfortable, charming interior, an historic buildling that has been carefully rennovated in a classic, bright and open way. Excellent service -- staff couldn't have been nicer, even bringing us complementary champagne for our anniversary. Table spacing and noise level were just right for an active restaurant.

For food we ordered a mix of things including the wild mushroom flatbread, Caesar salad (it was not overdressed like most Caesar salads), and fried chicken. It was all quite good.

Cindy's is on our list of places to return.

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vipSjtkaakk
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would go back in a heartbeat! Food was incredible, every bite! Thank you, Juan for fun and efficient service. We will ask for you next time!

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DAVID
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Cindy's does not let us down, food ambience and service were all as usual excellent. The Halibut dish was par excellence and my all time favourite is the Rabbit Tostada. Well worth the visit.

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Bobmmmmm
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food was wonderful as always but the service was awful. They were apparently missing people somewhere and that threw the operation off. The couple next to us could not get their food, then his came, then he finished, then hers came. We tried to order wine but could not get it. Luckily, we ordered identical dinners and they both came out at the same time. That was good.

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CoryB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place we ate in whole Napa area, incredible food and service

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JandJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The service for our dinner was poor. We ordered a starter, but it was never delivered. No water refills were offered during our meal, and when I requested more when the bill was brought out, I was only given a refill when I was about to leave. The food is fantastic, but the service does not live up to it.

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pbjp
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Nice small outside space

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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 963-1200.

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is rated 4.3 stars by 2756 OpenTable diners.