Roadhouse 29

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$30 and under
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American
Roadhouse 29 is a family friendly, casual American restaurant. Welcome all walk-ins at lunch with reservations available for dinner only starting at 5pm. Artisan meats, expertly smoked and grilled served alongside produce from local farmers. Full bar, draft beers and local wines. Complimentary Corkage. The restaurant is located in the historic Freemark Abbey Winery Campus. Friday nights we feature Live Music from 7:30 to 9:30
*Please note reservations are not necessary and are not taken for lunch service 12:00 pm- 4:45 pm. Lunch service is on a walk in basis. See you soon.
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M
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We arrived early for our reservation, but the place was empty. It was during Thanksgiving week so very understandable. We were greeted by the bartender and we wanted to enjoy happy hour so we grabbed a table in the bar area. We had a nice Valley Mule which is like a Moscow mule and ordered the loaded fries and the spicy won ton chips. The chips were very crunchy and tasty and satisfying. The loaded fries were delicious, but the portion size was lacking. Later on we ordered from the dinner menu and had the fried whole chicken marinated in Kim chee for a couple of days which was good, but was missing something. It wasn’t cheap so was expecting more pop to the dish. We also ordered the kale salad which was good, but again, maybe more contrast in flavors was needed. The platter of ribs and brisket was good but overpriced. The brisket was a little mushy and needed to have more of a bite. The ribs were baby back and not a lot of meat and again needed a little more bite. The Mac and cheese was good but nothing special.
I was expecting a little more something, especially with the prices so high. So I have to say I was a little disappointed.

W
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great family style BBQ place for family and adults visiting wine country. Comp Corkage is a plus! Quiet, friendly service and can handle large parties. A hidden GEM in wine country not to be missed.

OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great find!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food could be better.

AM
Baltimore
106 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Would never think of going to a restaurant like this while in the valley but one of my friends had a craving for BBQ. The restaurant has a rustic charm. The food was unexpectedly fabulous, tbere's no corkage fre, and it's tip free. Of course we gave an additional tip because we brought 2 bottles of wine. The ribs were fall off the bone, melt in your mouth, not overly sauced, just delicious. The chicken pot pie was very good and would feed 2 easily. French dip sandwich and impossible burger also very good as was the corn bread, pickles and mac n cheese. The only thing I didn't care for was the Cole slaw. Would definite go back again.
It's a big dining room with ample space between tables. Wait staff attentive and well trained.

G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Such a wonderful restaurant but only one other table of 2 were in the entire restaurant on the Sunday evening I dined there at 7pm. The food was delicious. The prices are fair. The only problem we had was the service was too slow, especially since there were only 6 total guests dining in the entire place! Oh, there was also an empty can of coke on our table when we sat down. Not a big deal to us but it would have bothered many guests. I hope more people will try Roadhouse 29 because it truly is a great restaurant. If it was in downtown St. Helena, it would be packed all the time.

S
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

2 of us ordered baby back ribs and were served St. Louis style ribs when we told the waiter he didn’t comment back
We should of been told that when we ordered them my guests are from Kansas City and definitely know the difference
They were good , maybe chef and waiters don’t know the difference ?
The slaw is not for me .
The chicken was good not greasy good job

MM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Excellent food, unique in that it is a non tipping restaurant. Had the shrimp tacos, very good. Would eat here again if in the area.

JB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar dining and food; definitely worth the extra few minutes drive to Northern Saint Helena.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Music was outstanding

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

The slow roasted prime rib dinner was amazing. Everything is good here. The band playing tonight was a real treat, loved their music

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pot pies and deviled eggs. Enough said.

DP
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and amazing bbq!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Average, at best for Napa. So many other great places when you visit Napa. However, I imagine this restaurant is good if going with children.

LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great value and appetizer options for larger groups to share. Chicken pot pie & fried chicken were amazing, brisket was more fat than meat. Service is excellent. There is no corkage fee which is really rare especially in Napa Valley. Biggest disappointment was dessert. One would think a chocolate cookie in a skillet would come warm and baked in the pan. What you get is a cold cookie "presented" in a small cast iron skillet. Same with the brownie. Nevertheless, the restaurant itself is clean & visually stunning, and the food is better than most & also affordable.

DB
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Do not recommend for nice dinner. Over priced for options. Food was not good with 4 different entrees. I didn’t eat 2 bites of mine and no one asked why. Dessert came with dinners still on the table. Terrible service. It was embarrassing as we took guest.

CG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the meat platter and tri-tip platter for 6 people and one person had the chicken pot pie. We all left feeling well fed with great BBQ and a little to take. Nice ambiance, great service and remarkably affordable for Napa Valley.

MS
San Francisco
213 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a welcomed (relatively new) restaurant in Napa as the BBQ food is absolutely stellar! The ribs are probably some of the best I have ever had, and I’ve traveled all over the US. One of the secrets is that they are cooked “sous-vide” which retains all of the flavors from the fat (as distinct from boiled). The other side dishes are commendable, including the mac & cheese which features aged gouda and crispy shallots. The creamed corn includes a tiny bit of miso...brilliant! Will be returning to this place whenever I need my periodic craving for BBQ!

C
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We remember Chef Douglas Keane from Healdsburg's Cyrus, and therefore we were excited to try Roadhouse 29. The space is beautiful (attached to Freemark Abbey Winery), and the food did not disappoint. And in the midst of pricey Napa Valley, we were also pleasantly surprised by Roadhouse 29's "no cokerage" and "no gratuity" policies! We can't wait to go back!

LM
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We loved the food and the lovely outdoor patio. The only thing not in line was the service. The food arrived and our waiter never came back to check to see how everything was. My friend had not received her entree and we all needed another round of beverages. I had to get up from the table to ask someone to find our waiter.
It could have easily been a great experience at Roadhouse 29 but the service was really not up to par. It made us wonder if the no tipping policy is a good idea. Hopefully they resolve the service issue and it would be a great restaurant.

WL
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Roadhouse 29. This place took over Two Birds One Stone next to Freemark Abbey Winery. We made reservations for 6pm. You could sit inside or outside, but it was a bit warm in the eighties for me so I opted for inside in the air conditioned room.
We brought a bottle of wine, and this place has no corkage fee...big plus. However, we started with two Mango Margaritas, very tasty and went well with the bbq.
We had the sampler with brisket (so tender), pulled pork, and half rack of ribs. The crispy crust on the ribs was deliciously smokey and fell off the bone. You need to dress with bbq sauce, options of regular, spicy (not very) and korean bbq (sweet like Kalbi ribs). We requested horse radish, it comes with a creamy version, and there is tabasco on the table. The sampler comes with coleslaw and pickles, and 4 kings hawaiian bread rolls to make sandwiches with the pull pork, as the server recommended....great recommendation with pickles and slaw to garnish.
We also had the korean fried chicken which was also tasty, not too spicy but nice and juicy. Of course we had to take home leftovers. We will be back to sit outside and bring our dog and eat more smokey ribs and tender brisket and maybe try the tri-tip. This place is definitely worth a return visit and the leftovers were great the next day too!
PS. We left our phone on the table and the manager brought it to us in the parking lot. Much appreciated the service!

SQ
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the way they did the inside fun inviting decor. Waitress had only been working for 4 days and got everything right👏I had prime rib it was delicious, friend hamburger was great, husband had ribs he thought so so.. we will be back and hope more people try this much needed addition to St. Helena 👏only suggestion have more green veggies as sides

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Went because we wanted to hear Bob Foley's band- he's got a great voice. A couple of us had the prime rib- delicious. One friend ordered the chicken salad and it was watery and gross- like it had been sitting in the fridge for days. Other than that, it was a really good night.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best value restaurant in all of Napa Valley. Food is always very well prepared, and friendly service. No tipping policy in this restaurant is great. Make sure to try their 48 Hour Kim Chee Brined Fried Chicken!

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First visit to this restaurant, it's been open eight months. Dining room seemed fairly quiet as we arrived on Saturday evening but we were seated immediately but a very gracious host. Being a larger group of 7 we ordered family style with many different entrees, communication with the server was challenging and a couple items were missed initially but eventually corrected. Food was delicious and the entire group enjoyed - we'll definitely be back!

LA
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great food...friendly people...we’ll be back again!

JD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great place, awesome value! Think they were under staffed the evening we were there but overall a great experience and good BBQ

AN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For meat lovers everywhere!
Best onion rings i have ever tasted.

c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Looks like they changed the menu a bit: the chicken pot pie in now on the daily menu. I've wanted to try that dish since this place opened but just couldn't get there on the designated night.It was definitely worth the wait.
My son and his family were with us and they had pulled pork/tri-tip and loved every bites.
The only small critique is that I wish the waitperson had been more attentive.

LS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual.

KF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent value, wonderful menu - simple and to the point - very well executed BBQ joint in
semi-posh surroundings. Love the no tip, no corkage - will go back again for sure!

PL
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent friendly staff, nice ambiance and great table. We were able to hear each other in spite of a few large parties near by. Perfect service and great food. It just felt a bit rushed as our appetizers and food arrived at the same time. Great value! I plan to return very soon!

TC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Without a doubt the best French Dip sandwich I've ever had. The half-chicken was also outstanding. Service was friendly, if a little ill-informed as to the wine list. Nonetheless, a meat lover's paradise.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, and great food.

b
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

we will be back for the chicken salad!!! and will also be back to try other things on the menu

V
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, no tipping either, included in the price. Had spicy chips, great, fried chicken was unbelievable! Chicken pot pie was huge and very tasty! We sat inside but outside was nice as well

T
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the combination of music with dinner. Great vibes on the plate and sounds.
Rickell, our waitress was clearly happy to be hospitable and take care of the three of us.
Thanks.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect place. Relaxed atmosphere and delicious hearty menu with artisanal smoked meats and fish. Loved the deviled eggs, kale salad, pot pie and ribs. We will return!

TC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great BBQ in a nice atmosphere. All the food was tasty and they don't charge corkage. No tipping either, which feels a bit foreign, but fine.

WB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying at the Wine Country Inn, so we decided to go over there for early dinner. To our wonderful surprise the service was excellent, the dinner sooo yummy and loved the place!