Lunch in Napa Valley: Bistro Jeanty delivers good French classics

Finding a good place for lunch in Napa Valley, the most well-known wine growing region in the US, isn’t as easy as you think. Most foodies have heard of French Laundry, which has three Michelin stars and is considered to be the best French restaurant in Northern California, but it’s very expensive. Moreover if you suddenly decide to go on a Napa Valley wine tasting tour on a beautiful day, forget about places like French Laundry where you have to reserve in advance.

Anyway back to the main topic which is where do you eat well in Napa Valley after (or before) your wine tasting tour? A little French place called Bistro Jeanty in Yountville is a great place to put on your list of favorites because it’s not pretentious, you don’t need reservations (during the weekday at least) and the food is wonderful.

  • Vibe: French bistro ambiance in a rustic dining room with fire place; French chef; older clientele during the weekdays (who else has time to go wine tasting in the middle of the week); casual – you won’t feel out of place in jeans and sneakers.
  • Pros: they do the French classics very well – soupe aux poissons (one of the very few places that get this dish right), coq au vin, onion soup, rillettes de canard, mussels, quiche, tarte tatin, grilled leek salad; the service is excellent.
  • Cons: Nothing really.

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
+1 707 944 0103

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