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St. Helena Bistro

4.6
225 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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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.
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Phone number
(707) 963-3371
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Israel Perez
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Cross street
Spring St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 225 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.2
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Outstanding food and service and affordable. The outside seating is wonderful and during this time of year works well. Israel, the Chef, is creative and using seasonal products.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Good food and service. We were there early and sat outside since it was a nice day. I had a great burger and side salad with fabulous mango dressing. My husband had fish and chips. He loved them. Also calamari was great. Too full dessert. Maybe next time. We ere early so not sure what noise level is when crowded. We will be back!!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Visiting for a wedding this week and we had some time to try out some new restaurants we haven’t tried since we were here 10 years ago. St. Helena’s Bistro came highly recommended on Yelp and Open Table. I decided to book one of our dinner reservations there for an easier, not-so-fancy meal out. Upon arrival, one of the servers greeted us. We sat where we wanted to since there were only 2 other parties there and plenty of space due to the time of evening. We were immediately given menus, bread and butter and water. We made our drink selections and ordered our appetizers and main course. The food came out shortly and everything we ate was fantastic. We started with the chicken nachos followed by the beef ravioli w/ bolognese. Our complimentary dessert was churros with pistachio gelato...delicious. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The waiter was very accommodating for our 5 person party. Every dish was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great little place. Main Street location, great service, lots of options on the menu to accommodate a bigger group. A quality $25 ribeye with sides in wine country, that took good care of 4 couples on short notice...I’m in!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Good food and service as always.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good place for dinner with friends.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was decent but service was incredibly slow and no explanation was given. We watched multiple other parties be seated and served food way after we sat down to the table. Bussing was non-existent. Watched several bus folks pass our table multiple times and fail to remove dirty dishes from appetizers, even after our entrees were served.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was fine, average really, as was the ambiance. Honestly, based on the ratings/reviews and knowing how great so many of the other restaurants in the area are, we were disappointed. Service was not good - the table of 6 seated next to us ordered after we did, but received their food first and significantly more attention from the waitstaff. When we were seated our table was only half set - missing plates, glasses, etc. We were ignored for a good 15 minutes before we could order drinks or food.

I would suggest that you spend your money somewhere else!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The Napa Valley is one of those places where restaurants seem to believe that it's a privilege to dine with them. It's Napa, it's wine country, menus tout local ingredients and, by God, that's worth charging more for. The St. Helena Bistro ignores the last point.

It offers a small but diversified menu of very tasty fare, fabulous service, the ability to carry on a conversation in a normal tone of voice, and prices that are surprisingly/refreshingly modest. The feeling we got was that the staff assumes that everyone's a local and will be back again very soon. So the attitude is friendly, helpful, and attentive. Whether it's always that way (or we just got a server with great intuition), I have no idea. But we'll be sure to check the next time we're in the valley.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We ate there last year and this year when we spent 3 days in Napa. Love the food! Had chicken canelloni! The best! All the food was fabulous there..we brought a bottle of Duck Horn and they didn't charge us a corkage fee! Very nice!!! I recommend this restaurant to everyone!!! Will be doing it again next year!!!!! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

As a local, it's one of my favorite places. The service is friendly and efficient. There were seven ladies in our party and everyone loved their choices. The eggplant parmesan was my choice and didn't disappoint. Nice ambiance, good service, good food and good value.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This was my second time there and it was a great experience. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I had the chicken sandwich and it was so delicious! My husband had the gnocchi- he practically liked the bowl clean. Our friend had the hamburger, he hardly spoke while eating it - I get that!! Our other friend had the salmon sandwich which she knew ahead of time she was ordering - she saw it on the internet and couldn’t not get it. We all loved our meals!the mango vinigarette was so delicious on our side salads. Would recommend, but get a reservation - lunch time on Friday was packed!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The best deal in town, everything is yummy!!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We enjoyed a very nice weekday lunch. The avocado salad with home-made mozzarella-style cheese was especially good and the service was excellent. The calamari, clam fettuccini, and tiramisu were also quite good.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Our table was outside. The weather was really nice. Down from the shops. They have gelatto.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Hands down my favorite hidden jewel in St. Helena, particularly for locals. It's atmosphere is simple, but charming and the staff treats you like family. On top of that, it consistently turns out some of the best food around and at a price that doesn't take your breath away.

Love this spot!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great little neighborhood bistro. The food was great and the service friendly and excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food and service. Jessica, our waitress was super! We will return. Thx!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Comprehensive menu, amazing food and service at a great value .

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We celebrated New Years Eve with friends who have homes in St Helena and go regularly to the Bistro. It was great fun and festive but very noisy with a very large party. If it wasn't New Years it would have been intolerable because it was so hard to talk, but I suspect this was an unusual evening and in some ways it was fun because it was so festive. The food was good and the service wonderful, but the crab had way too much butter. Will definitely return on a quieter evening!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

This is our favorite spot in Saint Helena. The service is always excellent and the food is always great!

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Great place! Food was fantastic! I wasn't expecting that good, they really surprised us both. Our waitress was excellent! Wish I could remember her name. I told her the St Helena olive oil people sent me. I'm a local massage therapist and now will be sending people to you. Everything we had was excellent. Ty

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Love St Helena Bistro-- food is always outstanding!

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on September 10, 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.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Delicious food, friendly atmosphere, excellent wait staff.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on September 3, 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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4.0Dined 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!!!

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3.0Dined on August 19, 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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5.0Dined on August 16, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 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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4.0Dined on July 22, 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?

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