Roadhouse 29

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81 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We’ve visited several times and this Father’s Day we had truly poor service. After we were clearly done eating no one came to offer a dessert, boxes or our check. We tried to be patient as one of the hosts attended to another table. He brought them boxes and boxed the food for them. I thought after he was done he might notice us and offer us help. At this point we were done eating for at least 20 minutes.

We decided to get up and get our own boxes after he walked out of the dining room. As we boxed up our own food, he came back and started clearing the table of the people that just already left instead of checking on us.
When he walked out of the dining room again, my wife finally got up to find someone and ask for the check.

Basically we were completely forgotten and unattended to. We love Roadhouse 29 and drive an hour just to eat there. I don’t think it’s worth the drive for this service.

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b
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We were a party of four and ordered the Tri-Tip. It was the perfect amount of meat for four adults. We each had a side salad to start and a few sides with dinner. It was EXCELLENT! The wait staff was really nice and very friendly and since it was Friday night, there was also a great live band performing. So great food, great ambiance, really nice wait staff...what more could you want?

We will definitely be back!!

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OT
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The venue was fine. The menu contained an odd assortment of items, and the presentation lacked imagination. Not what I was expecting.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food overall, but some items could use improvement, especially the salads. They seem to be made a couple of days in advance.
The atmosphere is FANTASTIC! Absolutely beautiful place.
We are neighborhood people and were sorry to see the old Silverado Brewery close (I think that used to be the name), even as it seemed to be well attended. We loved the informal atmosphere then, as well as the opportunity to gather as a family to play 'Jeopardy' on certain nights. So in order to attract and increase attendance, it would be good to offer some gimmick like that, even a karaoke night, to call back all those who filled the place before.
In spite of the elegant surroundings, the place is now aiming for informality with country and pop music as well as BBQ and a Country/Western/Southern vibe.
The prices are unbeatable; No corking fee; Children under 5 eat free (great for bringing in the grandkids!); Tip is included in the total price of the food as it is done in Europe; what else would one want? This is unheard of in the entire surrounding area, even as far as Sonoma County, and the place should rightfully be hard to get into. Unfortunately, St. Helena, despite its touristy atmosphere during the day, seems to be a stodgy place that rolls up its sidewalks and go to sleep after 6 PM! But... if the Silverado Brewery used to pack-em-in before, why not Roadhouse 29, with only a few more ideas?
So, on the interest of much future fun and good eating times, we wish a happy, long, and profitable life to Roadhouse 29!


We've tried most of their offerings, and have been thoroughly satisfied.

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B
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great smoked meats served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Top quality wine special was an added bonus. This is a wonderful addition to the upper Napa eating scene. Highly recommend.

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l
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We don’t understand why this place isn’t packed! Outstanding asparagus, brisket & coleslaw! Great staff and service. No corkage or tip!!! Plus music on Friday nights.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was OK but not anything special. On a Monday night it was near empty yet service was still slow, appetizer plates left uncleared and yet we were asked if he could clear our dinner plates when we were literally still chewing. We were offered dessert at the same time he brought the check?! It was like they were in a hurry to close and we were preventing that--we weren't the only table so that wasn't the problem. The owner was sitting at a table next to us with a group of what looked like corporate types. I suggest he might want to look around and see what is going on in his business--maybe stop by a table or two and see how it is going. Just a thought.

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Chicago
122 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Roadhouse 29 is an excellent new addition to the Napa Valley dining scene, bringing great barbecue, great team service and reasonable pricing to St. Helena. The chopped iceberg "wedge" salad would easily feed two, the akaushi brisket plate superb (with amazing slaw, great pickles), the Monday rib-eye French dip, excellent, and don't pass up the onion rings. Even the "keuy lime pie" (more of a small pudding with crust) excelled.

Roadhouse 29 is worth the drive.

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KC
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The brisket was fantastic.

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L
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here and the food was really good. The service was excellent. Would highly recommend. The only thing I would suggest is bringing the food out not so quickly. (I know that sounds crazy) For example, we had ordered a cocktail and literally took one or two sips and our food was already at the table. I like to enjoy my drink before dinner and then have a glass or two of wine or champagne with dinner. We were in and out in 45 minutes. Not that we felt rushed by anyone, but maybe let the diners enjoy their drinks for a bit before lunch/dinner comes out. We're still coming back and trying the other things on the menu for sure.

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JO
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our mother to Roadhouse 29 for the first time. She used to come to this restaurant when it was Freemark Abbey Restaurant. She loved it!!!❤️ Great Job from some old timers!

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N
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is great, staff very welcoming and ambiance is casual and fun.

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

When I go to a bbq-I expect smoke or an aroma in the air. I guess the bbq is off sight

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OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disgusting

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been excited about the Roadhouse, living in Calistoga and being familiar with the chef.
It is a lovely restaurant, great ambience. The menu is hearty for ribs, steaks, burgers etc- as the name implies. I found the smoke flavor a little intense on everything- but realize most love it. My main disappointment is the lack of appetizers. They have many sides- but I was hoping to get some of the chef's apps- as many times that is what i order for dinner. For me, the menu is very one note, with few exceptions.

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MM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary.

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l
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Napa Valley’s best kept secret!!! The best coke slaw and brisket we’ve EVER had. This was our second time and we’ll go back again!

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AW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner! Get the brisket and ribs. Service is terrific, atmosphere is fun!

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Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meals were had by all in our party of six! Not one complaint was heard!
Our server was on top of everything and food came out quickly & hot! The brisket was so tender you could cut it with a fork! Someone had the ribs and another the catfish, all excellent!
We’ll definitely do a repeat soon.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was ok, nothing special. Don't know if it's because of the no tipping policy but service was terrible.

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MS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food~ small menu~ but quickly & well prepared! Great music venue! A hidden secret!!

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F
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, informal place . Server knowledgeable and attentive. The creamed corn is wonderful!

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was the quickest I've ever experienced. After ordering the mains, the order arrived 5 minutes later; obviously the food is cooked hours before.
The spare ribs looked underdone, the shrimp in the shrimp tacos had an iodine taste.
The food was fair to poor and the service was way too fast. We arrived at 7 pm and were finished at 7:20, not a dining experience.
I would not recommend this restaurant.

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N
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their Korean brined fried chicken is crispy, crunchy, moist, and well seasoned. Live music on Friday nights is a real treat.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Hola, la comida y el servicio fueron buenos pero es un restaurante regular, extraño Two Birds One Stone por el concepto que tenía y que la comida era fantástica!

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NZ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is exactly the restaurant that St. Helena needed and will surely be the top "locals" and "family" restaurant for some time. Great menu, food and drinks served quickly, super friendly staff, no tipping allowed, they are paying higher wages to their employees instead. Owner Nick Peyton is a legend in the Restaurant business in San Francisco and the Wine Country and we are lucky to have him here.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, good service. The food is good
Appears to be premade so not gourmet. Bit pricy for this type of restaurant.

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NM
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Our waiter made several mistakes as well as the server. I ordered the ribs and they were too smoked for me. The cornbread was a surprise to say the least. For a starter it was a joke. The size of a round bar coaster and not much thicker. The “CRISPY” fries were not crispy, just regular fries. Too bad. Now to dessert...had the brownie with vanilla ice cream. The brownie was so dense you could hardly get a spoon through it. After all that and being up most of the night with indigestion myself and my party will not be returning to roadhouse 29. Would love to see Michael return with the brewery. That was good food and a great place.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Roadhouse 29! It’s a casual, beautiful space; thoughtfully decorated and comfortable. The menu is great - lots of classic BBQ to choose from, most come with sides and you can add a few to round out the meal. We ordered 2 entrees and 2 sides and had more than enough for 4 people. High quality + abundance, a winning combination!

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was the second time we tried the restaurant. The first time with a local group of 7 right after opening. The service was atrocious and the food so so ( some good some not so good) 5 o f the group said never again. We decided to brave it and go for Pot Pie Thursday. We invited another local couple. We asked how was the pot pie. Response " great but we are sold out" It was 7 PM and the restaurant was empty. We asked to speak to the manager. His response " up to the chef and he cooked less" Please Get Your Act Together. As locals we want you to succeed.

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick and Kevin have come up with another exceptional food and beverage venue. The large, expansive area allows one to hold relatively quiet conversations while enjoying the best 'perfect manhattan' in the Valley. The free corkage and no tips (novel idea) works with those who have parsimonious scruples. The fried chicken is 'killer' and the ribs a smokey second. All I miss are the korean chicken wings from before.

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F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice evening. We came at 5:30 not to be overwhelmed with noise by people and music. But unfortunately we had to ask the service to tone down the music which was just too loud to have a decent conservation. The food and service was very good. We will be back and maybe ask for an outside table.

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AD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there twice during live music which was awesome. But i think too loud. I hope they tone down the decibel level for dining. But loud in the restaurant side. bar ok. Food really good. Casual but cute. Good wine list also.

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JD
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

What happened?! We were there with my family just in December when it was Two Birds One Stone and the food was excellent. We thought we would give it a try since it’s the same chef. It was such a let down. Everything that we ordered had to be precooked because there was no way our food could come out that fast. The steak was barely warm, the chicken was warm, not hot like if it were to just come out of the oven or fryer. The salads were mediocre, the corn bread, although it looked cute in a personal pan, was not hot and the center was barely cooked. The dishes on the table were still from the old restaurant (Japanese style earthenware) and this is supposed to be a BBQ restaurant. Very disappointed. I don’t think it will last.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy! Great vibe

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Some real hit and misses at this spot. Asparagus was really good. Ribs just OK and pulled pork was barely edible. I'd suggest some re-tooling to the owners. The service was very good and wine options awesome.

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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Three of us went here for dinner last night. We brought our own wine. The ribs were outstanding, the fried chicken was excellent, and the burger was very good. The big hit was the final bill. Because they do not charge corkage, nor do they allow tipping, the total bill was less than $25/person. That makes Roadhouse 29 a fantastic deal!

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food at reasonable prices in beautiful setting. First class including the servers.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice ambiance, fair prices! Love the no corkage fee!!

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LS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was delivered to our table within five minutes of ordering yet still managed to be cold. The ribs were almost all fat and the chicken was so sauced that my wife ate about 25%. The fries were ok so that was our dinner. Our waters were not refilled. Upon picking up our plates, the server brought our bill without offering desert. I rarely write reviews but feel a moral obligation in this case to warn others. It’s too bad, as we need more good restaurants in St. Helena with the loss of several long time excellent restaurants.

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