Cook St. Helena

4.7
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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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J
Sacramento
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress: Gwen
Loved the Eggplant parmesan!

MB
New York Area
39 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
42 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
3 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
2 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
7 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!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
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

KI
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, quaint. Amazing service, great choice of wines. Would gladly return.

LM
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our “go to” place for a quiet dinner for two in St. Helena.

R
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant! Don’t blink or you’ll miss the front door. One of the best meals we had in the Napa area. Definitely on our list for the next visit. Highly recommend!

DJ
Philadelphia
456 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pastas, especially the gnocchi.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

This has been our favorite restaurant in the valley for a number of years. Last night it was so noisy we couldn't hear each other across the table.

F
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious plate of pasta (spaghetti vongole) I’ve had in years. Outstanding.

AM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was great!

I
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a fabulous meal and great staff!! Cozy place with just yummy Italian

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. It was a cozy restaurant and delightful dinner.

SO
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , especially if you love pasta, in a small cozy spot in downtown St Helena.

AE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always delicious and pleasant.

CM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cook never disappoints. Outstanding experience from an incredible staff. They are both friendly and knowledgeable paired with an incredible kitchen staff. Gnocchi remains my favorite and is authentic as they come. You will love everything about this restaurant if you go!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ah-mazing meal and best service ever. ❤️

RP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a fave among locals, this small restaurant has tremendous pasta dishes and a "risotto of the day" special, every day. You will need reservations for dinner and also for lunches on Fridays. Good Riedel wine stemware. I have been to Cook 40 times in 15 years and it is still my favorite, moderate-price haunt in downtown St Helena.

P
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite in Napa Valley. Always wonderful food and service. Thanks again for a great meal.

GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a favorite date night place.
I wish I could eat the cavatelli every day.
Thanks for a perfect anniversary dinner!

DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place with very good food. Relaxed but not sloppy

ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is consistently great! Service, as always was wonderful.