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Lovina, Calistoga, CA

Lovina

4.6
4.6
1185 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Lovina offers casual fine dining with exceptional food, wine, and company. We are proudly owned/ managed/ and chef'd by local women. Our menu is California cuisine with an Italian lean, and we're well known for our vegan and gluten free options. The wine list celebrates local wineries, as well as offering a few key Old World wines. Lovina is proudly Tip Free- our menu pricing includes revenue share, 401(k) with 4% employer match, paid vacation, paid family leave, and 50% funded health & dental insurance for ALL of our hard-working staff, part & full time. No Tips Expected!

We serve dinner every night on our heated patios and indoors, as well as weekend brunches

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 942-6500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Leticia Martinez

  • Private party facilities

    Our heated, covered front porch is perfect for up to 18 guests, or rent out the entire upstairs (including the porch) for up to 35 guests! The new West patio seats up to 40, with room for a bar and cocktail hour.

  • Neighborhood

    Calistoga

  • Cross street

    Lincoln Ave

  • Parking details

    There is one handicapped parking space available; the rest of the parking lot has been converted to a patio for outdoor dining during the Covid-19 restrictions, but there is ample street parking in Calistoga.

  • Public transit

    The Vine transit bus stop is located just half a block from Lovina. Calistoga Shuttle, a local public van, stops right at our front.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,185 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Wine Country

    Healthy

  • Wine Country

    Californian

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  1. j

    jeffk

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner! Amazing food, ambiance, service!!!! Must do!
  2. DS

    DianaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent! Love the idea of the restaurant being woman-owned with a female chef but did not see her that night.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Road-trip with the family to take big bro to Humboldt
  4. ES

    ElaineS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, good service, artistic indoor dining with A/C or outdoor patio with redwood trees. Classic rock set list vs. soft rock or jazz. We asked to have them turn it down a bit. Good tunes but I don’t want to rock out during fine dining. Other than that, I’d highly recommend.
  5. D

    Diners

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patio lovely. Good to die for! Service friendly, knowledgeable and with perfect timing. Any say enough great things about this special spot! Thank you!
  6. SM

    SaxMD

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside with our dogs which was nice. Our server was very friendly and service was good. Vegan options were excellent. Overall a nice experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!! The Bolognese and the Scallop Risotto was out of this world! And the little gem salad…wish I could pick out the secret ingredient that makes it so flavorful. Love the fixed price menu (tips included) so the servers get healthcare and vacation pay.
  8. F

    korrineF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Potions were very small and over priced. Had to buy a snack at the grocery store after dinner… and I’m a light eater. We were at lovina a few months ago which is why we returned. Food/price/ambience were much more impressive then. But will not be coming back next time we’re in the area.
  9. J

    Jean

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious every time. Love the ricotta starter, the gazpacho, the fried polenta bites and good wine by the glass.
  10. T

    Timbo

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    “All in pricing” took the stress of adequate tipping out of the thought process for the customer and server. The waitress had to deliver great service without worrying about getting paid.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, even better service from knowledgeable, warm, friendly staff who is quick to give spot on recommendations.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t get any better with food and friendly service. Absolutely love Lovina
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here to celebrate my dads birthday. Everyone bragged how delicious their meal was and we enjoyed the atmosphere. We will be back to try more menu items.
  14. k

    keels0

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This must be the second or third time we've been here and it never ceases to impress. The food is always unique and perfectly executed. I had the scallops and I'd say they were the best I can remember having EVER. My husband also had the seabass and was equally impressed. The service was also friendly, professional, and warm. Truly a gem in the tiny town of Calistoga.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was fantastic. Our server was extremely friendly and kind enough to write down a few local recommendations for us. Would absolutely recommend
  16. m

    mydesilu2

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding! The bolognese was the best I’ve ever tasted and will haunt me!! Loved everything and will definitely return!!
  17. AB

    AaronB

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, loved it!
  18. MC

    MadCityCDO

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great little place with a quaint patio and excellent food. My girlfriend is gluten free -- they have excellent gf pasta. And desserts!! The wine list is decent, the servers are attentive and friendly. The management treats everyone very well. We would definitely go back!!
  19. OR

    ORdiner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful brunch! Food was great and such friendly service. It took a little bit to get our order taken but all in all it was great breakfast once order was in.
  20. TD

    TracieD

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was delicious
  21. L

    Larsy

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting is relaxing and shady with benches and tables that you felt spread out in a comfortable way. I think a little cushion or pillow on the bench would be good. Service was efficient. We had a new server who will only get better. Sweet personality. I went light with the mac and cheese and it was good but not great. Would have like something creamier. The broccolini was great. My husband had the ragu and it was wonderful. Dessert was the best. Wine prices were high. It would be nice to have a local discount to get us locals that come in a little relief. Maybe free corkage or something. But I love the expansion of the patio. Had friends visiting and chose Lovina over all the others in town. Thanks.
  22. BK

    BrookeK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Welcoming knowledgeable staff made us feel at home at this charming spot. Dinner was divine. Loved the fish and fresh pasta entree and the dessert, The Hot Mess, was a brownie sundae lovers' crave-worthy delight! If we were locals, this would be our regular spot. We will.definitwly be back but until the this dinner will be remembered in fondly in our dreams.
  23. HM

    HannahM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The beet tartare was a work of art! The lasagna and Bolognese we're both perfect. Savory and a little earthy with a great splash of brightness from the tomato sauce.
  24. LC

    LioraC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was a bit disappointing. Ran out of the only main fish dish on the menu! Fillet was very ordinary. Dessert was delicious
  25. TB

    TheBurdenOf

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Food was too salty and too expensive! 40 dollars for Pasta Bolognese!!!! More than Geneva!
  26. D

    Dylan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Server waited until meal was half over before following up on our dinner wine choices. Food not as good as one year ago. Menu lacking food type options. New tip-included pricing policy appears equal to 25% tip value or more. Mocktails very good. Vegan “cheesecake” had no resemblance to cheese or fake cheese, more like sugar cake. Odd sun shading so that one area has no shade for no apparent reason. Made first 30 minutes very hot and uncomfortable.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely meal with so many delicious gluten-free options.
  28. k

    kristinmarz

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The heirloom tomato burrata was out of this world ! I would have gotten it for all 3 courses . Everything we had was phenomenal
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovina provides a lovely patio dining experience. We have been there several times, for brunch and dinner, and are never disappointed. The service is attentive and the food is interesting and deliciously prepared and presented. We will be coming back for sure!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delightful to dine in a restaurant that is woman chef owned and operated and in which the staff are so highly valued. Loved the “no tip” experience. And the food and cocktails were delicious!
  31. RJ

    RaymondJames

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Lovely patio area. Small but interesting menu. Good, but not great experience. The meal arrived overdone, and took far too long to be replaced.
  32. GM

    GeriMac

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful dining experience at Lovina. It was my first time there. The outdoor seating was great, the service was perfect, the food and drinks were amazing!
  33. BT

    BethT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food all well prepared. Great selection for all eating styles and great drinks. Creative and varied menu. So lovely!!! The outside tables were close together so it was a bit awkward hearing both conversations ok either side of it.
  34. JW

    JWK69

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    When you sit at Lovina, you discover that they are trying to implement the "no tipping" business model for their staff. We, as Americans, are pretty sold on the idea that tipping in restaurants invites good service. I am fully supportive of that concept, to pay servers something closer to a living wage and wean ourselves away from tipping. That said, the implementation of that model by Lovina is not a good example for that business model. We were seated outside in a corner. It was extremely hot and we were told they were "fully committed" inside. Never mind it was never more than 1/2 full while we were there. Service was EXTREMELY slow. I am not talking laid back or casual. We sweltered while waiting for drinks. We sweated waiting for our food. It took an extremely long time to get refills on iced tea, and we had to request them, to boot (they never came by to check on us during drinks or during our meal). It also took a very long time to get our check and depart. Again, the restaurant was not busy. Prices, as you'd expect with this model, were higher than at other restaurants. However, for what we got for food, I would say prices are still 20% too high, even taking into account their "no tipping" business model. The food was middling to good in terms of flavor/presentation, etc. It certainly was not good enough to make up for the poor service. I would (and will) sincerely steer people away from Lovina until they figure out a way to improve their service. I hope they figure out how to make this work and price it accordingly. Until that time I will definitely not be back.
  35. EL

    ELNJS

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Unfortunately, they had to close due to a lack of resources. I will say that it was great they honored our reservation so we were the only party in the restaurant. I trusted the customer reviews and thought it was a very "light" menu in terms of offering for the day. My food was good "dirty bolognese" but the breakfast burrito seemed dry. Despite the condition of resources, there were 4 Girls in the restaurant in line of sight. Outside of taking our order, and delivering - they didn't check on us at all, causing us to go ask them for ice, if there might be salsa, or a spoon for my fettucine. Bear in mind we were the only party there. I'm afraid, I won't return - because of the lack of interest that we were the only party who dined.
  36. l

    lolainsf

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovina was wonderful The food was colorful, creative and delicious, and the service was friendly and efficient. We'll definitely go back.
  37. TO

    TheOregonian

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Expectations were high from reading the reviews but found the overall experience wanting. The food was good but service was as something necessary to get thru and sitting the next reservation.
  38. RW

    RobertW

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Great salads. Extraordinarily highly priced.
  39. P

    Patricia

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service with a wonderful variety. Love and recommend the cocktail flight. A bit pricey as tip is essentially included, but worth it. I’ll be back!!
  40. VR

    VictoriaR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    It is a nice place overall. But we had to wait 50 minutes for our food. And, one item was missing. It is pricey for the quality of food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Lovina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 942-6500.

Lovina is rated 4.6 stars by 1185 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Lovina

1107 Cedar Street, Calistoga, CA 94515

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lincoln Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Calistoga

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is one handicapped parking space available; the rest of the parking lot has been converted to a patio for outdoor dining during the Covid-19 restrictions, but there is ample street parking in Calistoga.

  • Public transit

    The Vine transit bus stop is located just half a block from Lovina. Calistoga Shuttle, a local public van, stops right at our front.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Leticia Martinez

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (707) 942-6500

  • Private party facilities

    Our heated, covered front porch is perfect for up to 18 guests, or rent out the entire upstairs (including the porch) for up to 35 guests! The new West patio seats up to 40, with room for a bar and cocktail hour.

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