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About The Restaurant at Meadowood
The Restaurant at Meadowood offers an elegant, but relaxed dining experience featuring the singular Napa Valley cuisine of Chef Christopher Kostow. The Restaurant features a three hundred thirty dollar Tasting Menu in the dining room and a five hundred dollar Counter Menu enjoyed at the Chef's Counter in the kitchen. Both menus are inclusive of service. A tailored wine and spirits pairing experience is also available to accompany the menus.
In addition, The Restaurant offers a fixed three course menu for ninety dollars that can be enjoyed exclusively at the bar. The Restaurant Rotunda features a snack menu for forty dollars, intended to be enjoyed with the celebrated cocktails of bartender Sam Levy. Given the nature of the set menus for each evening, we invite and encourage you to contact us once booked online to make us aware of any severe dietary restrictions several days in advance of your reservation.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Restaurant offers complimentary valet services
Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, The Restaurant at Meadowood can accommodate all your special event needs.
Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator : (855) 283-6385
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Restaurant at Meadowood Ratings and Reviews
The service and the food is good. Frien ...
The service and the food is good. Friends had told us portions would be large, but it was lighter than expected. Service was friendly and answered our random questions. All and all a good night. Visiting the kitchen was an unexpected perk!
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary ...
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary, and it was nothing short of exceptional. The food and service were the best we've ever encountered. Granted, it can be intimidating to have a 12-course meal served to you and you have no clue what is coming. Open your mind! Every bit that entered our mouths was amazing. All of our servers took great joy in presenting our courses, answering every question we had to offer, and never pressuring us to order additional beverages. It was, and probably will be, the most expensive meal we will ever eat, but one we will never forget. I feel sorry for those that did not experience the same meal that we did, but do not let the negative reviews sway your desire to attend this magnificent restaurant.
Finally snagging a reservation three mon ...
Finally snagging a reservation three months in advance, we made it to Meadowood over the holidays. It’s an elegant, romantic restaurant, finely appointed and quiet, set in the Meadowood resort and far from the maddening crowd of the Napa Valley. We had the early seating, which was fine since it was already dark when we arrived. The menu is a set menu of 12-13 mini courses, each inventive, creative and wonderful in its own right. Many feature ingredients from the garden on site. The sunchoke beignet, braised leek wrappred in rye with dried albacore, the cauliflower custard and wagyu beef were the particular standouts. Wine pairings are $250, for four glasses. We decided to take advantage of the excellent wine list, spending roughly what we would for the pairings. The service is impeccable, as befits a Michelin 3 star restaurant, and the evening ends with a visit to the kitchen. It is to date the most expensive meal we have ever had and we’ve eaten in a lot of places all over the world. As such, it will be saved for very special occasions.
For these restaurants, I have three main ...
For these restaurants, I have three main metrics:
1) Does the service feel comfortable, well paced, and friendly?
2) Food taste
3) Do I feel good at the end of the meal (coming back to "well paced")
The service was very good, but felt inauthentic with the exception of Matt the Sommelier (who we had a comfortable and friendly interaction with because we'd previously met at another restaurant). It seemed like the staff was not at ease and possibly uncomfortable with their work environment.
I was disappointed with the two of the three main courses. The fish was phenomenal, but there was a chicken/sturgeon dish that tasted like boiled chicken, I did not finish it. The Waygu beef was extremely fatty. I understand it is a very fatty type of meat, but it was pure fat. Perhaps my taste isn't adventurous enough, but overall, I left the meal unsatisfied.
The wine pairing was two glasses of white and two glasses of red. The benefit of this is that I didn't want to die the morning after, but I would have liked a glass of sparkling with the oyster course (had I known the first glass wouldn't come until the 4th course, I would have ordered one - this is a pacing issue that the server could have helped me avoid). Also it was unfortunate that the dessert wine isn't included as the wine pairing cost is on the higher end.
To date, Quince is still my favorite, with Manresa and French Laundry as a close second and third. The main benefit to Meadowood is the gorgeous hotel property on premise, making a very comfortable post dinner commute, otherwise, I see no reason to return.
We have eaten in some wonderful places a ...
We have eaten in some wonderful places all over the world.
Last night was the best paced, gastronomically exquisite experience we have ever had.
The portion size and timing was impeccable.
The service was indulgent but not fawning.
The atmosphere hushed and controlled in the very best way.
It was a perfect environment for adult family interaction.
And the food, oh the food...poetry on the palate.
What a truly memorable evening.
Great service and setting. Sommelier wa ...
Great service and setting. Sommelier was fantastic and recommended good wines. Interesting menu but of the 12-13 courses only 1 or two stood out as "I gotta have that again." As the price was extremely high I thought the value was very low for food that was basically ok. This was not Saison or French Laundry quality food.
I've had food all around the world and I ...
I've had food all around the world and I can honestly say very few meals put a smile on my face. Pricey, yes. With that said, I'm planning my trip back to Napa already and will be dinning there again without question.
Service- friendly. Everyone has good to excellent knowledge of the menu. They work as a team!
SOM- easily had the best wine of my life. Very cool, knowledgeable individual.
Bartender- its his job to make the drinks. Nailed it. But conversation and making the guest feel welcome is apart of it as well. Solid intro to the establishment.
......now, how do I get a job there.... :)
The experience at The Restaurant is phen ...
The experience at The Restaurant is phenomenal from beginning to end. We pulled up and were welcomed by name as 2 staff members greeted us. One took our vehicle and the other guided us up the stairs. No valet ticket necessary as we found out later our car was waiting for us as we stepped out of the restaurant.
You enter a neo-rustic farmhouse style building with exposed beams and a beautiful sitting area. The dining room has a wall of windows overlooking beautiful grounds. There is a porch for enjoying drinks but we did not have a chance to visit.
The staff was very informative and never stiff, which I found to be very welcoming. Some of our experiences at highly rated restaurants can be stuffy and pretentious, this was anything but.
I decided to accompany my meal with the wine pairing and my wife (who was pregnant) was able to have a non-alcoholic cocktail pairing. The restaurant communicated with me prior to dining about my wife's dietary restrictions for pregnancy. Every dish that was altered for her mirrored my flavor profile but was a completely reimagined dish, not just a substitution.
Highlights: smoked beef tongue (think the best hot dog you have ever had), cauliflower custard with osetra caviar, wagyu with a black garlic sauce. I don't want to give away everything but this meal blew away the French laundry.
It's really difficult to write a bad rev ...
It's really difficult to write a bad review for any business. But this was the worst food we have ever had. The problem with a restaurant without a menu is that no one can tell the chef not to make them weird foods that taste fishy or strange. The waiters returned half of the plates back to the kitchen with our reasons why they were inedible. One lady at another table had to excuse herself because she complained so much to people at her own table about the bad food. Normally a restaurant would take items off of your bill and apologize if you didn't like them. Oh not here. We have eaten at Joel Robuchon, 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Las Vegas and everything there was delicious. In my opinion there is no room to experiment on people at this price point. For example, pouring snail juice out of its shell on top of a slice of chicken skin cake (at the table) is ferociously disgusting. Another favorite was a smoked Avocado paste with a little helpless green herb on top (that looks like a garnish). Well it turns out the herb is a rare herb that tastes like oysters. Even the sommelier said that people are devisive with that dish. For desert they bring you a 1 inch cube of eggplant and make eggplant flambé. How the heck do you put an eggplant in a desert. It was so gross. Yuck. Lastly, every dish fits on one tablespoon. So even if you like something there is only one bite of it. This is not a dinner. I'm sorry chef. You ruined our 5 year anniversary dinner and charged us ridiculous money for an experiment. Special occasions are ruined at restaurants like this. We will never get our anniversary night back.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experie ...
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Meadowood. The staff was very attentative and each dish was perfectly explained and any questions we had answered. The food was absolutely delicious and each course served at a nice pace. Great place for a special occasion or just a great fine dining experience.
El servicio y ambiente son extraordinari ...
El servicio y ambiente son extraordinarios.
La coctelería muy buena. La selección de vinos es extraordinaria Sin embargo la comida no fue del todo de mi agrado. Hubieron platillos deliciosos e inolvidables pero también hubo otros que no nos gustaron nada.
"We do not have the capacity to make an ...
"We do not have the capacity to make an espresso", they do however have the capacity to charge $12 for a filter coffee. Meadowood restaurant served up 2 delightful courses alongside 3 of the worst dishes I have eaten. Starting with the positives; the smoked eel & beef tongue is one of the nicest things I have been served, simply stunning. There is a potato dish (I won't spoil the surprise) that was also lovely. The service is polite and attentive while being a little 'scripted' - you can hear the same introduction to each dish around the restaurant. It lacks that 'personal touch' you expect from a restaurant with 3 Michelin Stars. The negatives; the okra flower with caviar is simply the nastiest thing I have ever eaten, truly horrible but the cucumber in rye bread was a very close second. Why on earth you would serve something with as much water in it as a cucumber with rye bread is beyond me; soggy, hard to eat and unpleasant. The main course is a piece of lamb, well cooked but it sits alone on the plate. The main course deserves a little effort from the chef to present a dish worthy of the centre piece of the meal. If it had been served with the lamb broth that might have helped. This was no main event for a meal at this price. The dessert is supposed to be the culmination of the meal, leave on a high. Sweetened eggplant/aubergine and ice cream is not a pleasant way to end a meal. That you can sweeten an eggplant is no justification to do so, but to serve it as a final course on a $330 meal is a disgrace. It was a poorly thought through and executed dish (more soggy food). That I could not even get a decent espresso at the end of meal capped off a truly disappointing experience. I was driving so only a single glass of wine for me and 2 for my lovely wife, but the meal still came to c$900. Value for money is very poor. The food simply isn't up to the billing and there are a lot better restaurants with only a single star, let alone 3. Very very poor.
What can I say? This was hands down the ...
What can I say? This was hands down the finest dining experience we have ever had (and we have dined at some great restaurants over the years) It was as if the staff could read our minds when it came to anticipating our needs. Everything down to the slightest detail was PERFECT, but then that would be expected from a Michelin 3 star establishment. We dined at The Restaurant for our first anniversary, so it was an extra special event. We were not disappointed. We had the 10 course prix fixe tasting menu. Many of the items were grown on site and the ingredients were selected with great care. Favorites included the fermented, potatoes with caviar, the halibut sushi with squash juice, eel wrapped with braised beef tongue and nori, and the lamb shank. The desert course included a delicious day lilly sorbet and a play on bananas Foster using eggplant in place of banana and miso for the salt in salted caramel. Bravo!
Our sommelier, Matthew was very helpful with picking wine selections to go with our meal. Also kudos to Eric and Micah as well as the other staff whose names we did not catch, but who went out of their way to make our evening special. All of the staff were very knowledgeable when it came to what was prepared and served. Again, it was all of this and the little details that earn a restaurant the coveted 3 Michelin stars.
Great service as befitting a Michelin st ...
Great service as befitting a Michelin star restaurant. My inherent issue with many of these places that serve tasting menu only items is while the food is often creative, they are often missing the "yummy" factor. The Restaurant at Meadowood is an exception. The meal is well thought out. Very creative, beautiful and more importantly very tasty. However, the effort they sometimes put into certain ingredients are not necessarily worth the payoff(a pluot that was prepared using multiple steps basically tasted like a dried smoked pluot). The amount of food is enough to keep you filled without being too excessive or hungry. The wine is pricey especially by the glass. The beer and cocktail selection is much more affordable. This a special event place with amazing and creative food. More importantly, the food is "yummy". Definitely recommended.
Outstanding staff and dining experience! ...
Outstanding staff and dining experience! From a special prepared menu for our celebrations of three birthdays and myself being cancer free to the wine paring for this amazing preparation of culinary delights!!! Thank you all for making this an A+ memory!
Dining was an amazing experience! Great ...
Dining was an amazing experience! Great food served with wonderful wine pairing at a leisurely pace. Each dish was thoroughly explained and all our questions were answered. One of our party was allergic to gluten and the staff did a wonderful job accommodating her.
I had great expectations and an even gre ...
I had great expectations and an even greater disappointment; I have been at a whole range of Michelin rated restaurants in the US, Europe and in Japan so I have certain expectations and was looking for an exceptional experience in taste, presentation and service regardless of the price. Unfortunately, The Restaurant at Meadowood did not meet any of my criteria. The menu on September 10th started with okra flower oyster, okra seed caviar, which come in a nice presentation however it has tasted as plain oyster, the next course of eel smoked over cabernet staves beef tongue has an overpowering smoky, fishy taste. The braised cucumber rye dried albacore was just plain bad, think about a piece of soft cucumber in a sticky somewhat sweet rye bread and you will get the idea. The fermented potato caviar nasturtium was interesting. This was followed by a roasted gwen (no idea what this means) avocado walnut oil; this represented a pureed avocado with a very distinct fishy taste. The next dish, sunflower pasta spot prawn chanterelle was actually delicious, with a good combination of flavors. Unfortunately the following halibut with fermented squash was a piece of limp fish with no taste and texture at all. The cod cherry tomato bouillabaisse was a strange combination of small pieces of fish in a tomato soup with cherry tomato, not very appetizing. The coal seared squab with fig mustard was actually very good, nicely presented with a great combinations of flavors of the meat, figs, etc. The lamb broth was a clear liquid with the taste of lamb; this was followed with a lamb chop with plum, the meat was not really tender and half of it was just plain fat.
I find the service a bit condescending, snobbish. Overall, the menu lacked the harmony of flavors and at some point it was just plain bad. For a really exceptional dinner experience I would recommend the French Laundry in Napa, the 11 Madison Park, Jean George, Daniel in New York, and endless places in Europe or Japan.
Just outstanding....no other way to desc ...
Just outstanding....no other way to describe it! It was our first trip to Napa wine country and we were anxious to try this much talked about restaurant. Luckily we secured a reservation....tho it was a bit later than we had hoped for (as we had flown in early that morning and had scheduled a balloon ride requiring a 5 am wake up the next day). We were a bit exhausted as the time arrived for dinner, but, we rallied and did not regret it for one moment. I had a "pescatarian" tasting menu while my husband had a regular version....I was totally impressed with the ability to tailor the menus to to our dietary preferences (e.g. we both had okra blossoms, but his had an oyster in it while mine had something vegetarian)....but, more than anything, each and every one of the 12- 15 courses were outstanding, just outstanding! Food was not only interesting, but lovely to look at, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! Yes, I would totally recommend and go back again!!! A tour of the kitchen was offered and completed the lovely evening!
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