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New Eats in Napa and Sonoma

Feast on these new finds.

The Boon Fly Café

Pan-roasted quail atop torn chicory? Chef Aaron Meneghelli is having fun with his just-updated menu, pairing the dainty bird with charred radicchio, plump cherries, and herbed brioche croutons. Other mouth-watering bites include spicy sausage-chicken-shrimp gumbo and crispy chicken-fried broccolini. 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa, (707) 299-4870, boonflycafe.com.


The CIA at Copia

What a trip! The new, interactive, three-dimensional dining experience Le Petit Chef follows Marco Polo’s travels along the Silk Road during a two-hour, six-course Mediterranean dinner showcase prepared by CIA-trained chefs—all for $140, or $190 with wine pairings. 500 First St., Napa, (707) 967-2500, ciaatcopia.com/le-petit-chef-marco-polo.


Layla: Share a plate of crispy, battered greens with local feta and red pepper–walnut dip, as well as some pea hummus, at MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa’s Mediterranean restaurant. Photo by Linda Karlin.


The $20 million MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa renovation has also launched a fantastic new restaurant, bringing in big, brilliant Mediterranean flavors. Executive chef Cole Dickinson (formerly of Acacia House) hits it out of the park with specialties like halibut shakshuka-style with fiery pickled peppers, Castelvetrano olives, and roasted chickpeas. 29 E. MacArthur St., Sonoma, (707) 938-2929, macarthurplace.com.



West Handmade Burgers: This sleek burger joint specializes in decadent cheeseburgers loaded with farm-fresh toppings. Photo courtesy of West Handmade Burgers.


West Handmade Burgers

The 1,100-square-foot spot impresses with juicy burgers (primo Stemple Creek beef or vegan Beyond Burger) topped with goodies like Point Reyes blue cheese, bacon, garlic-basil aioli, and mushrooms sautéed in truffle oil. There are milkshakes, truffle-​​parmesan fries, and grilled cheese for the kids, too. 18375 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma, (707) 343-1479, westhandmadeburgers.com.


Whisper Sisters

Creative cocktails accompany fancy small-plate dinners at this hip lounge. Sip a Texas Malone layered with vodka, Falernum ginger-lime-almond liqueur, floral Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro, grapefruit, a spritz of lime, and pink peppercorn alongside a seasonal harvest bowl with locally sourced ingredients. 190 Kentucky St., Petaluma, (707) 774-6689, wspetaluma.com.


Willi’s Wine Bar

Fans were devastated when this beloved bar and bistro was lost to the 2017 wildfires. Now, Willi’s is back in a new location, with its inventive, international, and shareable small plates, as well as two-ounce wine flights. 1415 Town and Country Dr., Santa Rosa, (707) 526-3096, starkrestaurants.com.


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Striking Oil

McEvoy Ranch draws upon a deep connection to the environment—and a passion for building community—to create extraordinary olive oils.


A Sweet Deal

The triumphant return of pastry chef Patrick Fahy to the French Laundry.

The New Napa

The Best New Bites

Wine Country is going global, with these new, intriguing, international-themed eateries.

Wine Country Itineraries: Getting to know the towns of Napa and Sonoma counties

You’re in Wine Country, and your performance doesn’t start for a while. You don’t feel like visiting a winery, and you don’t have time for dinner. All of a sudden you realize that you don’t really know Wine Country all that well. Here’s a selection of things to see and do in Petaluma and Yountville.

Cooking With Wine

Three local culinary experts illustrate how a touch of vino can enhance your favorite recipes

Culture Club

Culinary globe-trotting around Healdsburg Plaza.

Bread and Butter

The Charter Oak keeps things simple-except for its bread program.

Foodie Destination Among the Vines

Ram’s Gate Winery Culinary Director Taylr Behnam Cuneo pairs food and wine for delicious—and unexpected—results.

Food Philosophy

Chef Matt Spector's newest delicious venture is about eating well and having fun.

New Restaurants to Try in Wine Country

Seven restaurants, lounges, and tasting rooms to try in Wine Country.
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