Claim Your Table
Several restaurants open their doors in time for summer.
STEVEN FREEMAN / Dustin Valette has a new hot spot.
It’s a pop-up at Silverado Resort and Spa, but as we’ve come to know from Thomas Keller, his pop-ups can become permanent. Ad Lib, which offers retro Americana country club whimsy food, has already been extended through October.
Small bite: Fruitwood-smoked kielbasa with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard.
Big bite: Chicken schnitzel with Spanish capers and brown butter.
Star sip: Mad Men cocktails, such as the Manhattan. 1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa, (707) 754-4148, thomaskeller.com. Sun., Mon., and Thurs. 5–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.
Six-time Michelin star–winner Brandon Sharp is drawing on his experience at Solbar, The French Laundry, and Gary Danko to wow us with this Creole French bistro in a chic cottage in downtown Calistoga.
Small bite: Oyster stew a la Louisianne.
Big bite: Grilled coulotte steak frites.
Star sip: Pott Wines Original Gangster Grenache Napa 2012 selected by master sommelier Sasan Nayeri. 1226 Washington St., Calistoga, (707) 341-3131, evangelinenapa.com. Daily 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
The Fig Café
A renovation transformed this Cal-Med restaurant into a dramatic showpiece of handcrafted woodwork, bold metals, and glass.
Small bite: House-made mortadella-stuffed olives with anchovy rémoulade, lightly fried.
Big bite: Grilled swordfish with fava beans.
Star sip: Orange Mist made with Lillet, orange and cardamom shrub, and sparkling wine. 13690 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, (707) 938-2130, thefigcafe.com. Daily 5 p.m–close, Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Méthode Bubbles and Bites
An offshoot of stylish Empire in Napa, this salon keeps the food and wine sparkling.
Small bite: Scotch duck egg coated with house-made sausage and sautéed shrimp.
Big bite: Pan-seared duck.
Star sip: French 75 made of sparkling wine, house gin, lemon, and simple syrup. 1400 First St., Napa, (707) 254-8888, bubblebarnapa.com. Wed.–Sat. 5–10 p.m., Sun. brunch.
Take former Dry Creek Kitchen talent Dustin Valette, toss in a big dash of contemporary, Cal-global cooking, and you’ve got this wood-trimmed, open-kitchen hot spot.
Small bite: Roasted carrot ginger soup.
Big bite: Cocoa nib-cured Liberty duck duo.
Star sip: Global wines curated by celeb sommelier Courtney Humiston. 344 Center St., Healdsburg, (707) 473-0946, valettehealdsburg.com. Daily 5:30–9:30 p.m.