Cook St. Helena

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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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good and service was great!

I
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always delicious and pleasant.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ah-mazing meal and best service ever. ❤️

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

RP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place with very good food. Relaxed but not sloppy

ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

t
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pasta, excellent service, we had a very easy enjoyable dinner, wine selection by the glass could be improved. Our service was excellent

PS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

neat place, service could have been better but overall a god dining experience.

g
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. Food was scrumptious. Great lunch, enjoyable experience.

SO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent fresh food

JM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Italian food which was served quickly by a fun and energetic server named Oscar. The restaurant is small and noisy but I loved every minute of it. By far my best dining experience in St. Helena!

p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

No birthday dessert

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Amazing food at local foodies haven. Love it here.

B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The best pasta. Excellent service. They just need to have a few reasonably priced wines. Nothing under about $50 right now.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal! Great ambiance! We loved Jeremy - he was an informative and knowledgeable server!! Great celebration ❤️

PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a local nearby while we were shopping around - she told us the food was fantastic and it did not let us down. The past felt freshly made and the combo of adding fresh ricotta into a bolognese sauce, while I was unsure at first, absolutely made that dish.

Server was very helpful with all dishes and attentive all night without being 'annoyingly attentive'. Reasonably priced dishes for how good quality they were. We also had the polenta (so cheesy and creamy!) and the side veggie of the day, which was a broccolini/zucchini dish sautéed in baked garlic butter sauce. That was soooo good!

Only negative I can think of is that there was no air conditioning, which during the hotter months like when we went, makes it a little stuffy inside.

HM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was an extremely hot evening and the small restaurant was crowded and stuffy. Our red wine was warm so we used ice cubes to cool it. The wine list was very limited. In Cabernet country there were only a few bottles available, all from wineries we didn’t recognize and overpriced at +$200 a bottle if I recall. The service was good but the staff was small with far too many tables to attend to. The entrees were okay, but it wasn’t the memorable experience we had hoped for.

M
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food but a limited menu. Very good wine at reasonable prices. A small place but very worthwhile!

AB
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice authentic food like in Italy. Very friendly service.

D
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

On a hot day dinner in a small restaurant without AC is ....we sat under the fans by the bar. Pity the kitchen staff.

CR
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cook is a great hole in the wall restaurant in St Helena. One of the wine makers at Bravante vineyards highly recommended it as his "go to" place is St. Helena. The eggplant parmesan was fabulous as well as the caprese salad. Very cozy, casual restaurant.

JN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was very good. The service was also very good and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. However I’m not sure if the air conditioning was not working or just off but it was very warm inside.

DT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such an enjoyable experience. A lovely place to enjoy fantastic food, great service, and great wine!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Loved it!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was great, but unfortunately the air conditioner was broken so enjoying discussions and food was difficult. By the time lunch was complete, we were all sweating

RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

As usual, the food is interesting and really good. Also, the wine is excellent.

TB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service. Very reasonably priced.

t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was great. The food was well prepared and tasty. The atmosphere of the restaurant was nice.

MB
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cook is one of the first restaurants we ever went to in Napa Valley and still a favorite. Simple menu but everything is delicious!

JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful local place. Food is terrific and the interior is charming. About the only criticism is that it's always busy!

K
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cook was fantastic; great find!! The short rib was AMAZING!

FE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A little gem of an Italian restaurant located in the heart of Saint Helena, CA. All the dishes did not disappoint our group of well-traveled and discerning Italian gastronomers. The pasta and short rib entrees are a must-try!

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