Cook St. Helena

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415 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us at Cook St. Helena for Valentine's Day. We'll be offering our regular menu with a few special additions.

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 415 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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d
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been eating here for years. Always delicious. Great pastas

HR
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Requested a corner/quiet table and got it (which is seldom the case), service was attentive a food very good.

SN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This quaint restaurant is a good spot for delicious pasta.

g
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy Friday night, but the service and food was excellent! Celebrating birthdays! Highly recommend!

g
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food and great service.

JB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giana C is the best! We love her. Great food and service as well

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Cook St. Helena exceeded our expectations. It encapsulated our perfect evening in St. Helena. I ordered the Gnocchi Carbonara, and it was exceptional—light little pillows of pasta tossed in a delicious Carbonara sauce. We enjoyed great wine, and our service was attentive and friendly. We are anxious to return to Cook St. Helena so that we can further explore their menu.

GP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

My husband and I have been coming to Cook every year for the past 10 years, and in the past always found it excellent. This year the quality of the food has declined very significantly, and we were disappointed. Also, the wine we ordered was so thin and watery that we had to ask for a replacement.

PM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and great service. Highly recommend this place

p
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Disappointing in every way.

G
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been going there for many years and the food is consistently excellent.

f
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious homemade pasta! Very reasonable prices. Would highly recommend

OT
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We have been to Cook many times and the food is consistently good. Service was slow this time, but not the servers fault. She was excellent. Value is also very good.

OC
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love this local restaurant. The menu is somewhat limited but the Italian preps are really excellent! Staff are wonderful but the room can be deafening at times.

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extra lovely evening at Table #7 to celebrate Rebecca Bell's birthday!!! Thanks for making it extra special with the lovely surprise dessert for her!
Jude, the rock cod risotto was superb!!! As were the brussel sprouts, a favorite dish!
And I savored the Macaulay Zinfandel! Fun to know what Kirk Venge and Mat Watson are making these days!
The four of us will be back Wednesday January 15th @ 5:30, and would love to reserve Table 7 once again!!!
Cheers!

C
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed our meals very much! His risotto was coooked perfectly and the homemade pasta was amazing ❤️

NF
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience at Cook as always. The mussels appetizer was incredible. The dinner special was risotto with veal. Veal was tender and the risotto was creamy and delicious. Will be back soon.

F
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come to Cook when in Napa . Food is amazing

J
Sacramento
41 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently tried Cook for the first time. It has a warm, intimate atmosphere, the service was excellent and the food was superb. I loved the Risotto, the short ribs were delicious too. My daughters had the sheet noodles, one had bolognese and the other had pesto. The pesto was a special request and they were happy to make it. I highly recommend Cook.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food -great service!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service! Great wine list with very reasonable prices!

KB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food..the special was fantastic! Service was spot on!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress: Gwen
Loved the Eggplant parmesan!

MB
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cook is one of our all time favorites! Small and quiet with the best food.

B
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Napa Valley go-to, favorite restaurant. We have been going for 15 years now and Cook never disappoints. They just get it all right!

KC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cook was delicious and everyone in our party was very happy! We will talk about this meal for a very long time.

EM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small but wonderful little Italian place in St. Helena. We stopped in for a post wine tasting luncheon and everyone enjoyed their food which was prepared just a few feet away in the open kitchen. Excellent food, wonderful service.

AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Always a solid choice in town. Great comfort Italian food, fresh ingredients and too culinary execution.

Special risotto is always delicious. Nice wine list with tons of locals.

S
St. Louis
99 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service from Bella ! Food was wonderful. Brussel sprouts were as good as any that we have ever had. Salad was a great next course filled by a wonderful chicken pasta that was delicious. Great little place that produces great food in a small location. Can be a bit loud when full but still a great place to enjoy a great meal. If we lived in St. Helena this would be a frequent stop!

SD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too Loud Too bland too expensive.
Eggplant parmigiana too bready and sauce was too tinny. no bread or olive oil to start, and wine was so so, pricy but not worth the price. My partners liked their meals, tho, so maybe just an off night for eggplant parmigiana. Oh yeah, the ministroni soup was super good, so there’s that.

BM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brother and I each flew a few hours to rendezvous in Napa for a weekend of wine tasting--dinner the first night was at Cook and it was a great (perhaps too great) start to the weekend. Fantastic food, engaging and friendly service, good wine selection. After dinner we sat outside on the sidewalk bench and talked for a half hour before deciding that our best option at 10 pm was to go back inside for another glass of wine each and a couple espressos at the bar.

E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful, well prepared food. A little cramped, but European style. Friendly, helpful, accommodating waitstaff. Definitely one will return to

CM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Cook St. Helena. Everything is just perfect! Excellent food paired with phenomenal service. This is a do not miss restaurant in Napa Valley. Make a reservation early!

OT
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came all the way from Canada and enjoyed everything about this place!

EB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Loud, inattentive service, and uneven food. Given the reviews, I was disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places to dine in St. Helena and we try to eat there at least once every time we visit. We love the small restaurant ambiance, the casual chic decor, the fabulous food and gracious service. Prices are reasonable and the experience is always delightful. I have a bit of a hearing problem and wish it had more sound mitigation but otherwise it’s just wonderful.

AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is small. The staff are exceedingly attentive. The food was tasty. Perfect end to a day of tasting and enjoying the bounty of St. Helena. Wine list was broad as you might expect amidst wine country.

LW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Overall experience was poor. My pasta dish was very average. The noise level was loud. Cramped space.

The salad was okay. Would not,recommend this place to anyone!

CY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food which actually outperformed many of the winery experiences