As someone who is based in San Francisco as you have seen and read I jump at every chance I get to spend a few days in Wine Country and escape the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. One of the most relaxing and most down to earth towns in Napa Valley is Calistoga. Over the years I’ve spent many visits here and each time I fall more in love with the charm, the people, it’s amazing dining & wine scene and of course the spectacular hotels. Read more about my favorite Calistoga Hotels on the blog soon….
Learn more about my favorite spots to dine in Calistoga on my Calistoga Dining Guide below!
For some of the Best BBQ in Napa Valley head over to Buster’s BBQ in Downtown Calistoga. This is a favorite I’ve been visiting for years and I always love whatever I have! Buster fills the streets with the incredible aroma of authentic Louisiana barbecue using the highest quality meat that is just delightful! Make sure to visit when there is live Jazz music which pairs perfectly with a fabulous Barbecue meal. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga, CA 94515
Here is Buster, the owner and mastermind of this top-notch BBQ spot in Calistoga.
For a charming local downtown setting with casual, yet tasty food check out Evangeline. The interior has a small bistro life setting with a super cozy bar, the type of bar you want to sit at all night (alone or with friends) and they have a great outdoor patio as well which is great during a nice summer or fall day in Calistoga. 1226 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515
Fleetwood located in the Calistoga Motor Lodge celebrates rustic, Italian cuisine and the community of Calistoga. Here you’ll find fresh produce harvested from nearby farms, small-batch wines … The scene is very exciting in a swanky setting and a delicious menu that includes Salads, Pastas, Pizzas & delicious proteins. 1880 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga.
Photos courtesy of Fleetwood Restaurant
House of Better Calistoga
Located at Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs is their new restaurant House of Better that is now open. As House of Better puts it, their restaurant is “Where wellness meets happiness, where health food meets comfort food, and where the scent of green chiles roasting meets Napa Valley’s world-renowned wines”. The kitchen serves up fabulous Southwest inspired and New Mexican dishes for guests during brunch and all-day eats. Make sure to try out this new spot and taste fabulous food that also have a healthy twist. Oh, and the drink menu? That is another must try as House of Better serves up drinks from kombuchas and teas to house margaritas and sangria. 1507 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, Calif. 94515
For the best mexican in town Pacifico is a must-try! The traditional Mexican cooking & cocktails are delightful. I also adored their ambiance that showcased a brightly colored space with patio seating. I highly recommend their Chicken Fajitas and their margaritas are amazing. You can’t go wrong with this spot as their food is delightful, and that says alot coming from a mexican-food lover like myself! 1237 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515
Sam’s Social Club
Sam’s Social Club located within Indian Springs Resort & Spa is for sure a Calistoga staple at this point. I visited Sam’s Social Club when they first opened 3-4 years ago and fell in love right away. The setting is casual, yet still elevated with a lively scene, great food, and awesome outdoor seating. I have had dinner and brunch here and loved them both. 1250 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515
The Calistoga Inn, Restaurant & Brewery
During my recent trip to Calistoga with the Calistoga WineGrowers and Visit Calistoga, I had the chance to eat at The Calistoga Inn, Restaurant & Brewery and it’s adorable. One side of the restaurant is a bar and the other with a more formal cozy dining room. The food was tasty, the service was great and I heard it’s a local favorite. 1250 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515
The Solbar at The Solage, An Auberge Resort
It is fair to say that the Solbar Restaurant at The Solage, an Auberge Resort is my favorite restaurant in Calistoga. After a recent stay, I was fortunate to meet their Chef Gustavo who actually opened the Solage Restaurant in 2007 when the resort first open. He then left for a few years to open Evangeline (which was also owned by Auberge Hotels). Lucky for guests and the Solage team Gustavo is back and the team could not be more excited! With Gustavo’s return, SolBar Restaurant plans to elevate the already delicious cuisine even more with hopes of getting another Michelin Star Restaurant like they had prior under Gustavo’s culinary leadership. The setting at SolBar is bright, inviting and during the summer the terrace is lovely to dine at with views of the pool. I also highly recommend enjoying their breakfast. Whether you’re a guest or not be sure to experience it and you’ll understand what I mean! More on the Solbar website here. 755 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515
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