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Best Napa/Sonoma, CA Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Napa/Sonoma.


 

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NAPA

Angele French
13/20
540 Main St.
Napa, CA 94559
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Elegant French-inspired dining on the Napa River. More...

Auberge du Soleil California
17/20
Dining Room at Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, CA Auberge du Soleil
180 Rutherford Hill Rd.
Rutherford, CA 94573
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Sip wine and watch the sunset on Auberge du Soleil's romantic deck overlooking Napa Valley. More...

Bistro Don Giovanni Italian
14/20
4110 Howard Ln.
Napa, CA 94558
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Bubbling bistro with satisfying Italian fare. More...

Bottega Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Bottega, Yountville, CA V Marketplace
6525 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
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Chiarello’s three R’s: rich, rustic, refined dining. More...

Brix California
14/20
Dining Room at Brix, Napa, CA 7377 St. Helena Hwy., Hwy. 29
Napa, CA 94558
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Brix offers scenic dining sure to transfix. More...

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch American
14/20
Dining Room at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, CA Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead
738 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch takes farm-to-table dining to heart. More...

Gott's Roadside American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Gott 933 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Burger stand, wine country style. More...

The Grill at Meadowood American
13/20
Dining Room at The Grill at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA Meadowood Napa Valley
900 Meadowood Ln.
St. Helena, CA 94574
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This pretty bistro serves simple American food in an airy ambience. More...

La Toque Contemporary
16/20
Dining Room at La Toque, Napa, CA The Westin Verasa
1314 McKinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
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Once again, La Toque of the town. More...

Morimoto Napa Japanese
15/20
Dining Room at Morimoto Napa, Napa, CA 610 Main St.
Napa, CA 94559
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Iron Chef Morimoto forges a path West. More...

Redd California
16/20
Dining Room at Redd, Yountville, CA 6480 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
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Chef-owner Richard Reddington proposes an eclectic small-courses format in an austere environment. More...

The Royal Oak Steakhouse
15/20
Dining Room at The Royal Oak, Napa, CA Silverado Country Club
Silverado Resort & Spa
1600 Atlas Peak Rd.
Napa, CA 94558

A taste of country club privilege at the revitalized Royal Oak restaurant. More...

Solbar California
15/20
Dining Room at Solbar, Calistoga, CA Solage Calistoga
755 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, CA 94515
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Fill your soul at Solbar. More...

Tra Vigne Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Tra Vigne, St. Helena, CA 1050 Charter Oak Ave.
St. Helena, CA 94574
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A little bit of Tuscany in the heart of Wine Country. More...

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant Contemporary
14/20
Greystone, Culinary Institute of America
2555 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
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If only every school cafeteria were this good. More...

SONOMA

Barndiva California
14/20
Dining Room at Barndiva, Healdsburg, CA 231 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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Seasonally-inspired, flavor-profiled menu showcasing local purveyors and food artisans. More...

Corks at Russian River Vineyards California
13/20
Dining Room at Corks at Russian River Vineyards, Forestville, CA 5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N.
Forestville, CA 95436
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A double whammy of a tasting room: a combo winery and restaurant. More...

Depot Hotel Restaurant & Garden Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Depot Hotel Restaurant & Garden, Sonoma, CA 241 First St. W.
Sonoma, CA 95476
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A too-quiet secret one block from Sonoma Square’s historic mission. More...

Dry Creek Kitchen American
14/20
Dining Room at Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg, CA Hotel Healdsburg
25 Matheson St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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An ode to the Sonoma-grown, -raised, and -bottled. More...

El Dorado Kitchen Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at El Dorado Kitchen , Sonoma, CA El Dorado Hotel
405 First St. W.
Sonoma, CA 95476
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A seductive menu of contemporary American fare. More...

Healdsburg Bar & Grill American
12/20
Dining Room at Healdsburg Bar & Grill, Healdsburg, CA 245 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Casual, crave-satisfying American fare courtesy of Douglas Keane and Nick Peyton. More...

Hopmonk Tavern Tavern
13/20
230 Petaluma Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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See what’s on tap: seasonal beers with food that is far from an afterthought. More...

John Ash & Co. California
15/20
Dining Room at John Ash & Co., Santa Rosa, CA 4330 Barnes Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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Iconic wine country dining complete with vineyard views. More...

Kenwood Restaurant & Bar California
13/20
9900 Sonoma Hwy. (Hwy. 12)
Kenwood, CA 95452

A light and airy Sonoma Valley restaurant where you are likely to see local winemakers at the next table. More...

Mateo's Cocina Latina Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Mateo 214 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Take the heat at Mateo’s evolutionary Cocina Latina. More...

The Restaurant at Madrona Manor California
15/20
Dining Room at The Restaurant at Madrona Manor, Healdsburg, CA Madrona Manor
1001 Westside Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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One of wine country’s most genteel dining venues. More...

Taverna Sofia Greek
13/20
244 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Charming Greek taverna with outdoor dining. More...

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