St. Helena Bistro

4.5
294 reviews
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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.
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TC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best watermelon feta & shrimp salad EVER!

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LH
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The eggplant parmigiana was great!

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M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Very fast service. A small venue, but worth the trip.

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome! Ate here two years ago travelling thru St. Helena,. Had to come back. Thanks for a great evening.

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San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro is one of our favorite "go to" restaurants in St. Helena. We can always count on excellent service, delicious food and a lively atmosphere. Although it can be noisy when full, it is still worth it. It has good value - try the Shrimp Risotto when it is on the Menu and the Tiramisu is to die for.

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p
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful find for us! Everyone in our group loved their food. We had the best server as well. I wish I could remember his name to give him a shout out.

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SM
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good but restaurant is confusing. It very much feels like a little Italian bistro but the food screams Mexican. For example, there is only 1 pasta dish and an eggplant parm but when I asked for a recommendation, our waiter suggested the fajitas. There were tacos, chicken
Tortilla soup, and empanadas (very good) on the menu. I ended up ordering a burger (with guacamole on it) and it was pretty good.
Service was great, drinks were good, and I think the server said there isn’t a corkage fee if you bring your bottle.
Overall good experience, in a cute little downtown (close to Orin Swift tasting room) but I don’t know if we would go back; there are just too many great places in the area.

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JZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I really want to like this place.. it's in a cute neighborhood, downtown St. Helena, but the food quality just isn't really awesome.. it's okay, it's decent.. but I'm afraid there is no pizazz and it doesn't go much beyond serviceable.

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PR
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great Caesar salad and homemade gnocchi

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M
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service
Wine list is limited —-. If you are looking for higher end wine

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in St Helena.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love this place, it is so quaint. The food is unique, delicious and consistent and the service is exemplary!

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GO
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was delicious! Everyone agreed!

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SE
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was quick and friendly, food is good except for the calamari (very bland).

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The waiter was nice and suggested food for our kids. Aside from my taco salad, the food was not great. Chicken and fries for the kids was super ouly

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m
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to return. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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D
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters 30th Birthday

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AP
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Menu is overpriced for the quality and taste of food that you get here. Besides it’s convenience, I wouldn’t go again. The ambience was strange and I feel like the Bistro doesn’t have a great sense of identity. Especially considering their menu is all over the place and the basic / bland art and decor is all over the place as well. The server was wonderful though!

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F
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The best burger in town!

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great locals restaurant. Always delicious and friendly.

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KJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal with fantastic service. Can’t wait to go back

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KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Service was outstanding. Went there for lunch

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant experience I’ve had in forever! Loved the food, service. Really everything! Will definitely be back!

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p
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a neighborhood gem, owned and staffed by locals who care about the experience. The menu is large enough to have some appeal for everyone and is reasonably priced. It can get noisy with large crowds, but for the most part, it is so comfortable to carry on a conversation, that it is our go-to place to unwind and debrief the week. The staff is attuned to not rush the meal in any way--very gracious.

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San Francisco
167 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice to eat outdoors in he sun. Had lunch. Excellent salad with grilled shrimp. Good artichoke. Tasty gnocchi. Not exceptional, but very good. Fairly expensive.

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PR
Sacramento
111 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food!!

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Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun spot! Loved the building and very on point wait staff.

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M
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall nice evening. First bottle no corkage fee. No liquor license but serves a variety of wines by the glass or bottle. Food was great!

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After driving 40 min we arrived and a handwritten note on the dooor stating it was closed from January 1- 10th. Disappointed!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made our reservation on Open Table. We drove to the restaurant from Yountville. When we got there, they were closed. There was a note on the door saying they would be closed a few days. We were very disappointed.

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R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Restaurant was closed

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BJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here 3 or 4 times and have enjoyed it tremendously every time. We absolutely love the eggplant parmigiana and everyone we've recommended it to has also raved about it. The service is attentive but not overly. All of the dishes we had this last visit were excellent (and I tried them all). We will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint, deliscious food, substantial menu options for a small restaurant and great service!

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ND
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great jalapeño burger. Juicy and flavorful. As always eggplant parmesan outstanding! ,

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RD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, gnocchi was incredible. Great wine selection too!

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MP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very average dining experience.

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T
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single dish that each of us ordered at our table for four was perfect! The salmon and the eggplant parmigiana were outstanding!

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SH
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and a hit with locals. Excellent value.

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RM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Donald Trump was fabulous! He was the hit of the party.

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D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional service!!!! Eclectic menu with great options. Grilled artichoke was a great appetizer. Gnocchi and the burger were the entrees we got, delicious! Churros and gelato for dessert! We went a little overboard with dessert but everything tasted great! I can’t say enough about the service. I would definitely return.

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