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About St. Helena Bistro

Chef Israel, previously of St. Helena's "Green Valley Cafe" now brings to you his Northern Italian cooking expertise at his NEW sidewalk café and restaurant "St. Helena Bistro", located in St. Helena, CA. in the Heart of Beautiful Napa Valley. Well known for his delicious handmade Gnocchi and flavor-filled Eggplant Parmigiana, Chef Israel now has created his own menu of Northern Italian DELIGHTS. The menu features a selection of pasta dishes and beautifully designed entrees sure to appeal to you and your friends. Finish your meal with his homemade strawberry shortcake and you'll be smiling from ear to ear. Your next trip through St. Helena will not be complete without a stop at this wonderfully casual sidewalk Ristorante.

1146 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Italian

Hours of Operation:

HAPPY HOUR FROM 3:00-5:00 glass wine or beer & small plate for only $10 !!!! :)

Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30AM - 4:00PM.

Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM.

Closed: Monday.

Cross Street:
Spring St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 963-3371

Website:
http://sthelenabistro.com/

Executive Chef:
Israel Perez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

St. Helena Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great local place in St Helena. Very friendly service and good food at very reasonable prices

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Love St Helena Bistro-- food is always outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent service. The lamb shank was a little too salty. Food is good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We stopped in for lunch while wine tasting & it hit the spot. I enjoyed the chicken tostados from the small plate section & it was anything but small! So fresh & flavorful. The rest of the group had burgers & they were all delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Our experience at the St. Helena Bistro was mixed. The food was very good; for openers, I think that was the freshest and best chicken tortilla soup I've ever had! The avocado salad was also delicious. The downside was the service - there pretty much was none. We were seated, placed our order and then left to fend for ourselves.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Delicious food, friendly atmosphere, excellent wait staff.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Tasty risotto !!was beautiful presentation !
No corkage for locals is a real plus for us!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Not recommend. Both the quality and quantity of Steak were bad. It was terribly overcooked. In the menu it said it's 12 oz.. but it was probably 8 oz when it was raw. There was no service. Very disappointed.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great little restaurant in Napa Valley. LITTLE being the operative word but don't let that keep you away. I think total inside seatng might be about less than 50 and about three or four four-tops outside. We made our rezo through Open Table and we were seated immediately upon arrival. Service was friendly, quick and accurate. Our table had eggplant parmesan, avacado bacon burger, crispy chicken burger, and avacado salad, truffles and regular fries. No one left any food left on their plates! As we had been wine tasting earlier, we opted for iced tea for drinks. All of the food was very well prepared, fresh and tasty. Highly recommend. Just wish I had remembered to take pictures! Sorry!!!

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was average. The chicken dish had over powering amount of Lemon. There were flies in sides the restaurant (urghh). The only saving grace was the service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Very very tasty! All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Every dish I have had so far is better than the next. And not napa valley prices, very affordable. Go now!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Love this place, never fails to please the palette. Food fresh and delicious, service attentive but not overbearing and great value for price. One of our must stops when we are up in St. Helena.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Lovely people run this local establishment and go out of their way to be accommodating. We had a wonderful meal there and look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Smaller establishment with the option to dine inside or outside on the patio. Variety of casual food options which is great for lunch. We made reservations in advance for Saturday at 12:30 but could have easily just showed up without issue as the restaurant didn't get busy until 1/1:30. Found parking fairly easily on the surround side/back street behind the restaurant.

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The name of this restaurant is perfect because its not really big enough to be a restaurant but a bistro. The server was very good to us. All the food was hot and tasted like it was just made. After ordering the main course it took alittle bit of time to come, but when you get it you will understand. VERY tasty!! And the gelato was very good. Don"t expect normal St. Helena high price on the bill as they have resonable prices and the quality of the food is perfect!
Highly recommended...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I am routing for this restaurant, but take it with its baggage. This is a small space and seems a struggling restaurant. The service was very good. The Napa salad excellent. The Caesar salad OK. The entrees were quite good. We were four and had a selection. Shrimp Capallini and Salmon especially good. But it has lots of hard surfaces so sound carries and while I like other people, I don't need to hear everything they say. And the touch of a TV screen in the back sort of threw me. If you want a sports bar, OK. If not, and you are in upscale Sonoma, why?

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We had great table and service. You can dine inside or out. Tonight after dinner we had a surprise Tiramisu delivered from the chef's wife. yum!
Oh and of course the food is all good. No matter what you order,🌀

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

A great find in the Napa area that won't break the bank. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 9, 2017

An eclectic menu all done well. Excellent service. Nice assortment of wines.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

It was great, and the food was done to perfection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Very nice service, food came out quickly, staff was attentive.
Portion size was appropriate to quality and cost, my friend ordered fish and chips, and while she said they were good, she said the portion size was tiny compared to the cost. My husband said the chocolate shake was delicious, my salmon Cesear salad was great, my friend liked her blta and salad. We'd probably come again, and try out the appetizers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This place is one of the best values in Napa Valley. The food is great and the staff is awesome. Jessica rocks!

Tags: Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent food with terrific service. More than we expected from this refurbished and quaint bistro

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Found this cute little place and enjoyed every minute.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Nice ambiance, but the thing that made the occasion special was the attentiveness and charm of our server. Unfortunately I didn't catch her name but she deserves kudos for her welcoming demeanor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Saint Helena bistro is my favorite place in town. The service and the food are always excellent!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Had a late reservation at another local

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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Menu is Italian-ish, but has other great options as well. Has a nice patio. Service was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

St. Helena Bistro has become our go-to restaurant in northern Napa Valley. The food is excellent and consistently well-prepared. It is a hidden gem in St. Helena. It is not a cutting edge gourmet place and does not have an extensive wine list (offers free corkage on the first bottle for locals) but we've never had a bad, or even average, meal here, which allows it to stand out over every other place in St. Helena or Calistoga. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great way to celebrate Mother's Day! Fabulous meal with great ambiance.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The hostess that seated unfortunately was rude and told us that they were in a time crunch and that our reservation to sit outside might be rushed or cut short even though the restaurant was EMPTY. She gave us attitude from the moment we walked in even though we had reservations and was the first ones there for Mother's Day brunch. Made the experience awful from the start. Very unfortunate to experience bad service when we were moms going there with our children on what should have been a special day for us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fantastic food, fantastic service!!! Quite pleased!!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Always, reliable, unpretentious, and delicious. Unlike some restaurants in the area, they really seem to care you are there, and deliver great food and value. Grilled artichokes. Calamari. Lobster ravioli. And the eggplant parmesan -- just order it and thank me later. I don't know of a better version anywhere. Look forward to going back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I good find. Reasonably priced and delicious food. Small place so with larger parties it can get loud. Great location too. Will go back there again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We have been here several times. The service is always friendly and the food is simple and done very well. It's our favorite place in town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We arrived to catch dinner before a late jazz show. Seated at an outdoor table with music pipped in we could easily pretend we were at a Paris bistro. Our waiter Eduardo was attentive but not hovering...perfect. When I did not order alcohol he insisted "just s splash" for me to try . His selection! I thought why not, we are here in napa valley...one of the foremost wine regions of the world. Well oh my! The "splash" was an exquisite Chardonnay from a nearby winery. I was stunned that even my rather novice palette could distinguish the excellence of this selection. We went on to enjoy a prosecco fish and chips, delegate fish with just the right amount of batter, an avocado salad, perhaps a smidge heAvy on the olive oil and not enough avocados, Abe a truly wonderful grilled artichoke with a romanesco sauce. STisfying portions a lovely wait staff and a great wine. What more could you ask!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Nice location with patio but too cold for outside dining when we went. Very noisy inside but ok. Wine was overpriced and eggplant parmigiana was too greasy, tasted like old cooking oil. Linguine and meatballs on special that night was was ok. Can't say we'd return with other outstanding choices for dining in St Helena.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

St. Helena Bistro offers good food in a friendly setting and reasonable prices. There are a number of options for entrees and first courses. As a local in St. Helena, I found it to be a nice alternative for a good meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

All the outdoor dining was taken when we arrived, did make a reservation on Open Table and if I wanted to sit outside at the time I arrived I would have been told that there would be a wait. Plenty of room to sit inside, I think there needs to be a mechanism for a reservation to sit outside, otherwise why do you need to reserve a table? The food was good and the service was good. The iced tea was great!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

I ate for the first time @ St. Helena Bistro with out-of-town family. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and very nice menu options. I had the grilled salmon, which was cooked to perfection. My family members enjoyed their dinner choices as well. I will definitely return to this lovely gem of a restaurant during my next visit to Napa Valley.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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