Cook St. Helena

4.7
303 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Specializing in elegant but straightforward Northern Italian cuisine made from local and seasonal ingredients; we opened Cook in 2004 to show the locals and tourists alike, that food doesn't need to be complicated to taste great! A family-owned business, Cook St. Helena is a neighborhood establishment through and through that continues to bring people together around fresh, handmade, delicious food in a warm, casual atmosphere.
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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. The quality is excellent and service matches.

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M
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great wine, really different and wonderful dessert. You can’t go wrong at “Cook”.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the pasta was amazing! Also, try the calamari!

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MC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS. Hands down one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the area! Our server was great, super attentive. The pasta was WOW. We loved it so much!!

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JC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Cal/Italian food featuring delicious home made pasta. Service is wonderful. Prices are reasonable. No liquor but excellent beer and wine selection. A real gem.

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e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. Can not wait to go back so that we can try more dishes. The mushroom bruschetta is a must-have and we loved our pasta dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. That says it all.

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OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

There pasta’a are always terrific as well as their Ceasar Salad. This time we had the chopped salad which was excellent. Service was terrific. Great value.

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C
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food, great service, always a good experience

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent.
Waiter was pleasant.
Had to ask several times for bread and water. Still never got the water.
Food made it worth the visit.
In my opinion, Cook would be a truly be a great restaurant if staff was more attentive and they did the little things better...like offering fresh ground pepper for the salads or freshly grated Parmesan for the pasta, etc.

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c
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! I'm a chef by profession so I tend to be overly critical. Food was exceptional! By far the best meal we had while in Napa Valley. Everything was seasoned perfectly. If we were locals, this would be our favorite!

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ED
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! One of our favorites.

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JC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal as always - great menu, specials, service from Amy. Has become one of our go to places in the valley

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s
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent, we had the Risotto with fish, and the Gnocchi. The service was OK. It seems like a favorite for the locals.

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RC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Cook several times, each time has been a treat, the service is impeccable and the food is second to none. The Champagne selection could be better but none the less the wine selection is awesome.

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JW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fantastic. Eggplant Parmesan is a must! Local Restaurant with very active owner who shares his passion with us for great food and great service!

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious pasta, and I’ve lived in Itsly twice. Yum!!!

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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love this place. Of the many restaurant choice Cook is a favorite. You can completely count on every aspect being consistently excellent. The service is always friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. The food is fantastic. My issue is that there is a dish I love so much - gnocchi with Gorgonzola dolce - that I have a hard time choosing any other entree. Nice, reasonably priced wine and beer selection. Really, you can’t go wrong here; it’s going to make you happy.

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small warm & welcoming. Excellent food & fabulous service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant! Much appreciated the extra thought and candle for my boyfriends birthday!

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KW
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We LOVED our lunch here! Fantastic Bolognese and fresh pasta. Great salad options too!

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E
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone was very pleasant and helpful. We arrived early in the evening. Food was great and service excellent.

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TC
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a locals place in the Napa Valley. Excellent preparation of Northern Italian inspired recipes. Good selection and pricing on wines. Chicken entree is outstanding as many pasta and risotto dishes. Fish entrees never disappoints.

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AH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cook was a great meal with great service. It is a smaller space so a bit cramped, but the servers were great at navigating the space and making it feel more spacious. The food was really great, we had the best butternut squash soup I've ever had! It was my husband's 50th and the meal felt like a celebration of where we were and what we were eating.

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JK
San Francisco
589 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a fine meal back in Feb 2019, we made sure to set up lunch at Cook when we returned to NValley with our friends. Sure enough, they loved Cook as much as we do! The excellent prosciutto/arugula salad, the sublime gnocchi, the cavatelli alla'arrabbiata, the short rib with mashed potatoes - all were fabulous. The cream of mushroom soup had deep, rich mushroom taste, unlike most places give you. Desserts were lovely, coffee is strong, and service is excellent. One of the great restaurants and often overlooked in favor of the flashy new hipster places that are not half so good as Cook.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pasta was some of the best pasta we have had. Perfectly cooked cavatelli and gnocchi with amazing sauces.

The fried calamari was perfectly cooked but ultimately not nearly as exciting as the pasta. Get the pasta.

Also, the bathrooms could use a vacancy indicator.

We cannot wait to come back and try other pastas on the menu.

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d
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there late afternoon so it was pretty empty and quiet. I could see it being noisy if it were full. The food was very good. I'd go back.

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P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

we were group of five friends, we sat around the bar, the service was friendly and helpful, food was very good, we really enjoyed casual lunch!

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place has a nice modern feel to it. The staff is friendly and very relaxed. Sometimes may lag a bit but still very accommodating. Food is excellent and portions we're reasonable. I would absolutely go back if I’m in the area and make sure to get the mussels with sausage! It is to die for!

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GF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been a patron of Cook St. Helena for many years, and the place only gets better and better!

Cook is where the veteran locals dine, and for good reason. The pasta bolognese is world class, and the delicate, tender and flavorful short rib with irresistible chive/garlic mashed potatoes should be designated
as a historical landmark of the Napa Valley food scene.

Don't hesitate; just make reservations and go! (Good advice: Reserve well ahead, as seating is limited.)

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J
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner! The polenta is excellent

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best, a classic "old school" St. Helena dining establishment, run by chef/owner Jude! Great spot for "date night" ... see you next time!

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GR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the space. Server was very nice and did a fine job. My only comment would be almost immediately after ordering the food arrived and all courses came so quickly we were on the curb in an hour. Some guests might like that but our group thought we might like to have taken a moment between bites.

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JS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place, good risotto!!

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NY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loved the whole experience, the staff was incredible, the food was delicious and the ambiance was just what we needed that evening! highly recommend if you're passing through st. helena!

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L
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in downtown st. Helena that offers wonderful ambiance, food and service. Can’t wait to come back!

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NT
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant
Food service and ambiance will return when back in the area

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J
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute local place. Everyone was nice and attentive. The food was flavorful and fresh. I had the bolognese and would definitely get it again.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cosy restaurant with great food.

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KA
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Gorgonzola gnocchi I have ever had in my life! Super friendly service! Amazing dessert! Can’t wait to go back!

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