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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Wine Country

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Wine Country? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Valette restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3617)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Healdsburg
About the restaurant
Contemporary American: Portraying what Sonoma County has to offer with refined elegance and simplicity.


We will showcase what the region has to offer by focusing on the amazing network of farmers and artisan producers in the area. The relationships we have formed with our purveyors have given us the opportunity to work with what is available while providing the flexibility of changing our menu weekly.


We are determined to provide warm and personable service by dedicated professionals who love what they do. Every guest will feel as if we were inviting them into our own homes.


The wine program is inspired by the incredible history and diversity of the region that surrounds us. Here you can explore classic varieties made by the pioneers whose dedication has made Northern California one of the most exciting wine growing regions in the world.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Valette. The food was elegantly presented and delicious.
A photo of Torc restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2978)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Napa
About the restaurant
Walk into TORC and you might notice the music. It's rock & roll, blues, or soul, and it's undeniably on. You might notice the energy — it's high. And you'll definitely notice our bar. It's busy serving well-made cocktails and pouring rare wines we're proud to say you probably won't find anywhere else by the glass. There are no white tablecloths. No dabbing the corners of your mouth. No pomp, but lots of circumstance. And perhaps the only reason you noticed the aforementioned is because you haven't tasted our food. That's when the music fades into the background. Join us.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
TORC was one of the best dinners we’ve ever had! The staff was attentive and genuinely enjoyable. The atmosphere was unfussy, and the music was great. And the food - the food! Tomato sorbet with a hint of sriracha as part of the tomato pie? Absolutely delicious. This restaurant has nailed it with their dining experience.
A photo of Walter Hansel Wine Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1888)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Santa Rosa
About the restaurant
We are located just 6 minutes from Coddingtown Mall and 10 minutes from Downtown Santa Rosa surrounded by beautiful vineyards with an onsite garden for fresh, farm-to-table vegetables and herbs.

"An impressive new Santa Rosa restaurant that's instantly one of our best"
Jeff Cox, renowned Wine Country food critic.

If you are unable to find the reservation you want, please call us directly at (707) 546-6462. Thank you.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Jesse and Denise took great care of us. We enjoyed a table that allowed for nice conversation while we savored the chilled soup, wonderfully prepared grilled halibut and a delicious peach dessert. We will be back!
A photo of Gatehouse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1052)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
St. Helena
About the restaurant
Join us for a unique dining experience that is unmatched in the Napa Valley. Set on the historic campus of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone, Gatehouse Restaurant showcases the talents of CIA students who have completed two years of rigorous study, under the supervision of our world-class faculty. Enjoy a meal inspired by local produce from the college’s own farms and gardens, and other high-quality ingredients. Reservations are strongly encouraged.


Top review
JakeM
Dined 5 days ago
Very nice place. Loved the food. It's expensive but worth it.
A photo of Goldfinch restaurant
4.6
4.6 (350)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Sebastopol
About the restaurant
Goldfinch, a modern American bistro located in Sonoma county, celebrates the riches of nature and the rewards of kindness and hard work. Collaboration and community are at the heart of our local and seasonally driven menu, all centered around an open-wood fire. Come eat and drink with us!
Top review
Patrick
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service and wonderful inspired food. Well done!
A photo of B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille restaurant
4.5
4.5 (333)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sonoma
About the restaurant
Award winning Chef Carlo Cavallo’s upscale gastropub concept, B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille is located in the Historic Sonoma Creamery building across the street from the Old Mission in the Sonoma Plaza. We are Sonoma Plaza's only brew pub, whiskey bar. B&V's menu format is wine country inspired with farm to table elements, Italian and French influences, and good old fashion steak house. Chef Carlo Cavallo has won best beef in America, and been on Food Networks Guy Fieri show.
Top review
Mttamervip
Dined 4 days ago
A friend’s and my second visit here cemented our original first favorable impression. She, feeling less than 100%, can find something appealing on the menu, especially among GF options. I really like the poke martini offering. Ambience is classic old comfort. We have had the same wonderful waiter, Ty, or was it Dy, both times. He can make your day better!
A photo of Harvest Table restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1356)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
St. Helena
About the restaurant
Welcome to Harvest Table, a rustic Californian wine country kitchen featuring menus that highlight locally sourced ingredients and the best of the Napa Valley. An airy space flanked by alfresco dining terraces, Harvest Table offers a welcoming atmosphere for relaxed Wine Country dining. A 12-seat U-shaped bar fronts the 80-seat restaurant, where smooth wood finishes are offset by the classic brickwork of an oversized fireplace under the glow of abundant natural light. Taking inspiration from its juxtaposition of organic and man-made landscaping, Harvest Table is an honest and refined restaurant, ideal for St. Helena gatherings.
Top review
JayH
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Really a delightful meal with exceptionally fresh ingredients and stellar service.
A photo of KIN restaurant
4.6
4.6 (233)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Windsor
About the restaurant
Kin is an American comfort style restaurant in the heart of downtown Windsor. Established in 2011, Kin has become one of Sonoma County's best family, friendly restaurants for all ages. From grilled burgers and steaks to our Woodstone pizzas, salads and sandwiches, Kin's seasonal menu is always a favorite. Our full bar, Craft beer selection, and local wine list will complete your dining experience along with our friendly service team and comfortable restaurant design. Banquet room and patio available.
Top review
ScottKathleen
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Three of us had the shrimp with polenta. Delicious!! One of us had the spinach salad which is her favorite menu item at Kin. It’s my favorite for lunch while the shrimp is my favorite for dinner. Can’t go wrong at Kin!
A photo of Wit & Wisdom restaurant
4.5
4.5 (433)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sonoma
About the restaurant
Wit & Wisdom Sonoma is Chef Michael Mina's first venture into wine country dining, and delivers Mina's signature flair with a highly curated culinary experience perfect for any time of day. This charming wine country tavern offers American comfort food and a robust wine list nestled in the heart of Sonoma. The restaurant features regional California cuisine cooked on a hearth oven, buoyed by a magnificent wine program as only MINA delivers. Whether enjoying the bocce ball court, the happy hour experience, or a celebratory dinner with friends, Wit & Wisdom is the ideal dining experience for visitors and locals who are looking for a different type of tasting room in wine country.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Kitchen made a vegan pasta dish for us that was delish! Our server, Mike, was attentive and kind. We were pleasantly surprised by the whole experience.
A photo of Kitchen Door Napa restaurant
4.6
4.6 (118)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Napa
About the restaurant
Kitchen Door, the Napa destination established in 2011, reopened in the First Street Napa development in 2022. Experience an all-new bar and private patio, along with handmade, globally inspired seasonal fare from Chef Todd Humphries. A favorite for locals and visitors, and always family friendly.

Top review
Onthecoast
Dined 1 day ago
We enjoyed everything about our dinner here. The atmosphere is casual, and the food was very good! Even though we only are visiting for a couple of days, we'd love to come back tomorrow.
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