St. Helena Bistro

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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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The food was amazing and the prices were reasonable. I loved the eggplant. We will be back soon💙

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Awful place! It had such good reviews my husband and I were so upset with the food and service. The food was not good and it was pricy. The services was terrible.
I do not recommend this place.

LH
Berlin
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Eggplant Parmesan is outstanding. Service was great at this friendly place and you can talk! It's not too loud.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good basic fare and nice variety on the menu. The service was great and the owner was very welcoming. Great spot for a bite to eat.

SS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were 4 of us eating together and everyone was more than happy with their meals. Two had the lasagna special, one the chicken piccata and one the shrimp linguine. The servings are hearty and each couple split a salad and the split was the size of a full order. The prices are very reasonable for the Napa Valley and the wait staff was friendly with a personal touch. Our second visit and we will be back for sure.

HT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delightful, delicious casual Italian dishes.

ND
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new sandwich BLAT, BLT. with Avocado

SB
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for a nice casual meal. I got the burger and it was excellent. Service was also very good.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently outstanding quality food - excellent menu with wide selection. Price point affordable - especially for Napa Valley - for the quality of food. Service is solid and good - sometime a slight wait especially on busy weekends, but worth it.

Sitting outside is also a welcome addition since may restaurants in the Valley do not have outside sitting.

GT
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little GEM in St. Helena with fabulous food always.

CC
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I think in most other towns this restaurant would have garnered a better rating overall, but to me it is just missing the Napa Valley charm that so many other restaurants have. The red wine we ordered was room temperature and not chilled, the tomato bruschetta was mediocre. The gnocchi we had was good, but not great. It feels a bit like a strip center restaurant on the inside and really lacks any character or charm. The staff was very friendly and warm, and in my opinion was the best thing about this place.

In my opinion there’s too many great restaurants in the area to go back to this one on a future trip.

R
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice people and very good food. My only hesitation in rating “excellent” is that the server told me there were no olives in the cacciatore and there were! He apologized and luckily I’m not allergic to them.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were only planning on having dessert, but as we walked in we saw so many delicious-looking plates swirling around us that we opted to order a main entree for tasting purposes. Israel was very helpful and provided us outstanding service. He made it easy for us to decide on their famous fish and chips. This plate did not disappoint and was served with perfectly crispy fries. For dessert we had the strawberry shortcake and churros with gelato. Both were delicious. In conclusion, we decided we would definitely go back for more on empty stomachs because we want to taste so many more of their menu items.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro St. Helena is an amazing understated restaurant in the town of St. Helena. We live in Napa Valley and dine at the many restaurants that we are lucky to have. And I must say that Napa Valley Bistro standouts as one of the best! The food and the service is outstanding and one of the best values around. One of our new favorites!

GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Spent ~$170 for 4 people, no alcohol. Awesome ribs and chocolate cake. Rib eye also good. Bolognese was average. Wish their outdoor chairs weren't so hard. Friendly attentive staff and one of the few Napa places priced moderately. You are next to the road but it's not too bad.

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful...we love going there....plan to again and again

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was divine....especially the grilled artichoke. Our waiter was very pleasant and kind.

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

nice little place. well prepared food. limited menu.

JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and I recently visited Napa Valley and dined at the St. Helena Bistro for a few small plates. We ordered the grilled artichokes and the short rib special. The food was delicious, the Staff was attentive, the ambience was classy, and the noise level allowed for quiet conversation. We plan to return to the St. Helena Bistro during out next trip to Napa Valley.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food for a reasonable price!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this little gem of a spot in St. Helena. The food is always fresh and delicious. My fav is the Chicken piccata. Other family members love the taco salad, chicken sandwich, ribeye.... well just about everything is good. The price point Is very reasonable, especially for the Napa Valley. The service is always friendly and prompt. Check this place out if you haven’t yet, and if you have ...go again!

M
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, and a great place

EG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cenamos en la terraza. Servicio cordial y atento. Todo muy agradablr

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our last night out in town before moving away. We are going to miss these guys! They are the best!

B
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been there a couple of times prior to this visit and to be honest the food was not as exciting as previously. Unfortunately, we had raved to our friends that we were with and we were somewhat disappointed to have brought them. The service, as usual, was wonderful, as are the prices. Not sure on our next visit we will be back.

OT
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice spot for a casual lunch in the wine country. The place was empty but filled during our lunch which affected the service. Waited half an hour just for some bread but the food was very good and well presented. Great value for St Helena.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Very long wait time for food.

DD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Had a very interesting menu. We had a great watermelon/greens salad followed by empanadas, which were okay. My husband had a fish dish which he really enjoyed. Both waiters were very friendly and attentive. It was a beautiful night and we ate outside and even though it was on the street was quite nice. We would definitely go back again. Keep in mind their alcohol menu only has wine, beer and Margaritas.

PG
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great find and value in downtown St. Helena. There were four in our party, and we all were very pleased with the service and with what we ordered. A beautiful early dinner after an afternoon of wine-tasting. We highly recommend St. Helena Bistro.

TC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best watermelon feta & shrimp salad EVER!

LH
Berlin
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The eggplant parmigiana was great!

M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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

MT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

p
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SM
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

JZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

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.

PR
San Francisco
179 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great Caesar salad and homemade gnocchi

M
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in St Helena.