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Lovina (formerly Calistoga Kitchen)

4.5
272 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Lovina (formerly Calistoga Kitchen) offers casual dining with exceptional food, wine, and company all day from Thursday-Monday. Find us in downtown Calistoga on the corner of Cedar Street and Lincoln Avenue. We are a chef owned restaurant that produces delicious dishes and we work with local farms, ranches, and orchards. Our wine list features small producers from the Valley, mostly Calistoga AVA with some exceptional finds from outside our area. Enjoy our industrial heaters on the patio near several fantastic antique stores on the east end of Calistoga's main street, Lincoln.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation


Thursday/ Friday/ Monday 11 am- 9 pm

Saturday/ Sunday/ Holidays 9 am- 9 pm

Closed Tuesday/ Wednesday

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Phone number
(707) 942-6500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jenna Hodges and Shaun McGrath
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lincoln Ave
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Parking details
The private lot is located behind the restaurant.
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Public transit
Napa Valley's The Vine transit bus stop is located just half a block from the KITCHEN. Calistoga Shuttle, a local public van, stops right at our front.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 272 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our experience at Lovina was exceptional! Not only was it adorable and beautiful from the outside, but the inside was so cozy and comfortable and also very clean and modern. This is a true neighborhood gem, with outstanding food, a great wine list, and exceptional service. We were in Calistoga on vacation, and we had reservations at restaurants in Yountville, but cancelled those one night to go to Lovina instead, and we could not have been happier with our choice. If I come back to Calistoga, Lovina will be a must! Thank you for an excellent and special dinner :)

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great People great atmosphere either inside or outside. Great food

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food, friendly service, and a nice local wine list. Charming restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Thank you to all the staff at lovina a very memorable birthday evening so great we came the next morning for brunch!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The welcome was a bit muddled. We had reserved a long time in advance and were first offered a mediocre table by the kitchen entrance, but opted to wait for a better table. The wait was longish. The rest of the experience as fine, but a bit dampened by the welcome.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Brunch was amazing. I was not impressed with their Bloody Mary but their hot sauce was amazing. The food was great drinks not s

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Just a disappointing evening overall. I had requested on my advance reservation for outdoor seating, but they sat us inside. I was really disappointed but didn’t want to make a big deal, although had I been told I couldn’t sit outside ahead of time, we would have booked elsewhere with outdoor seating. We were sat at possibly the smallest table I’ve ever sat at, right in a weird triangle between the front door, the bar, and the kitchen. People were zooming past and brushing my chair all evening. It was so unrelaxing, I couldn’t even have a good dinner conversation. The food was good, not spectacular, although beautifully plated. My curry had fried shrimp and tofu, which I guess is the way they make it, but I wish they had said it as I don’t eat fried food and didn’t expect a curry to have fried elements. Sure enough I was very sick later that evening. Looks like a nice restaurant, but we wouldn’t go back.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The service was extremely slow, and our waiter got my drink wrong twice, I didn’t correct after the second one.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Delicious menu and wine list. Beautiful day to spend in Calistoga.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fantastic service and food, best grilled cheese sandwich ever paired with a celery soup which was so lovely. Everyone’s food was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was outstanding, service was great very attentive staff. Highly recommend them.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great place! Excellent simple food and great service.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was good and generious portions.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We have eaten at many amazing restaurants in Napa and Sonoma. Lovina was one of the best meals we had. The food was superb - flavorful, fresh, plentiful and without any pretense.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were big fans of Calistoga Kitchen and so we were very pleased to find Lovina is superb! We have been twice and enjoyed our meal tremendously both times. The bolognese is absurdly delicious. The desserts are dreamy. go go go!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Enjoyed the the total experience, the food was excellent, we split everything, we are both long time chefs on a night away, thanks for the evening. The menu was sold with creative edges...

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I reserved a table for 5 friends on a Friday night. The service at Lovina was excellent, and the food was fantastic. We ordered several dishes and shared them all, including the duck confit spinach salad, mushroom risotto, tiger prawn tofu curry, and the New York strip. I would definately return to Lovina on my next trip to Calistoga.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Real good food, and a nice atmosphere. But service was terribly slow and not very good otherwise.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I thought the wines by the glass selection was knockout. The food was decent but I couldn't understand the menu. It is all over the place and scattterbrained. For example, for mains you can try Thai Curry or Tikka Masala. There was also kimchi bread on the menu, alongside a mushroom-cheese fondue, alongside a pasta bolognese, alongside chicken and dumplings soup. It's a bit too United Nations for us. We tried the pork chop and the steak, which would great although the fat had not rendered on the steak or the pork chop, so we had a lot of white fat to eat around. The hassleback potato with the steak was excellent. Our dessert was disappointing. The brownie was rock hard and that is not an exaggeration. It could not be cut with a knife and was inedible. I want to love Lovina, so I'll probably try it again a few months to see if they have worked out some of these kinks. Their staff is great and I think they place is very special overall.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We loved the decor and the charming location of Lovina. We were not that hungary when we arrived, and I guess that was a good thing. I felt the entrees were very small for the price. We each had a glass of wine. For a small serving of pasta, a small piece of fish and 2 glasses of wine the tab was $105.00 when we added in the tip.
I was underwhelmed. Maybe come back and sit outside in the summer and order a house special, or maybe not...

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Tried the new restaurant in Calistoga. Went on a Monday night. Rey limited entree menu. There was only one waitress working so good think it was not too busy. Hope they can stay busy and spandex menu options a little. Food we had was good so there is definitely potential.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food! Will be back often. Especially loved the Bolognese and the Mushroom Risotto.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was excellent, and server was very charming. But service was very spotty and we waited long periods between our courses, while the table behind us received their meals promptly. Ordered courses after we did, but received them 10 to 15 minutes before we did.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Little gems salad and branzino were excellent. Lovina is off to a great start

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Wonderful spot with charming street-side outdoor garden dining. Delicious/creative/healthful food and exceptional service (thank you, Isabela)! Great for people watching as they stroll by on the corner sidewalk or drive by. (Bridge construction across the street didn't impact us at all, though it is making for a little heavier traffic right now.) Beautiful indoor setting, too. Nice to have such a sweet place in Calistoga!

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Unfortunately, despite the restaurant not being full, service was poorly coordinated and slow. Individual servers were well meaning but it felt like they just didn't assign anyone to our table, so each step of the meal we had to flag someone down or wait for a long time. Food was reasonable, but wouldn't go back at this price point and quality level.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Locally owned. Great original menu- from start to dessert.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Serious, thoughtful menu with excellent service--top notch.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Party of five, we had a wonderful evening. Great food and service !

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

It was their second day open. Servers a bit too anxious overfunctioning. Understandable.
Was reconnecting with old friend and interrupted a lot. None the less enjoyed the experience.
Nice ambience and food and pleasant crew.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We wanted to try the new menu after Lovina opened with new owners. The first thing we noticed right away was the noise reduction panels on the ceiling. Makes a big difference. Everything we ordered was outstanding! Unique and delicious flavor combinations. We will definitely be back and highly recommend Lovina.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

This restaurant has amazing service and wonderful food. The menu seems to be seasonal. We love eating in the garden.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We had brunch items - French toast, Breakfast burrito, Farmer's Market plate - all were fantastic. Quality fresh food, well prepared and presented in a pleasing manner. Service was attentive and friendly. We'll definitely be back when we're in the area.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Another favorite place to eat in Calistoga. Unusual combinations of food and everything is perfectly prepared. The Egg Nog Bread Pudding was wonderful. Definitely worth a return visit!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing in every way. Fresh, delectable dishes, amazing atmosphere, awesome service! Absolutely loved!

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing food. Completely delicious. I'd love to go back there in the mear future.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by a local. We had no expectations. Wow! The food was phenomenal! I had the braised short rib (cooked to perfection), my husband had the seafood bronzini (also cooked to perfection, one side of the fish was crispy, it was scrumptious!) The flavors were delicious, like modern comfort food (if there is such a thing), but fit for foodies. Do not pass on the focaccia bread to start and try the avocado salad. We finished with the sunday, which was to die for! Atmosphere and service were top-notch.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

This is a pleasant comfortable place to drop in anytime. There is nothing pretentious, no putting on airs. The outdoor garden is lovely when the weather allows. The food is high quality at all times with just a twist - like Model Bakery English muffins for the breakfast sandwich. I consider it one of my neighorhood places.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner...excellent! What a great surprise!

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