Savor fresh flavors from Wine Country this spring.
Charlie Palmer Steak: Team up to enjoy a bone-on tomahawk for two, plus sides.
Photo by Paige Green
Charlie Palmer Steak
The celebrity chef has expanded his empire with this posh palace. Start with an opulent seafood platter, move on to a lavish Caesar dotted with prosciutto and quail egg, and then indulge in prime wagyu steak. 1260 First St., Napa, (707) 819-2500, charliepalmersteak.com.
Salt and Stone
A wood dining room, retro lounge, oyster bar, and lengthy menu of bistro classics come together to create a cozy supper-club mood. The gorgeous pond-side patio is the crowning touch. 9900 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, (707) 833-6326, saltstonekenwood.com.
The former Calistoga Kitchen has been transformed into a quaint cottage destination. Eclectic favorites include chicken ’n’ ricotta dumplings, and tiger prawn and Hodo Soy tofu curry. 1107 Cedar St., Calistoga, (707) 942-6500, lovinacalistoga.com.
Napa’s Southside Cafe has opened a second location, serving all-day breakfast and lunch at Stewart Cellars winery. Owners Irma and Morgan Robinson delight with Latin-Cal bites like pastry-delicate buttermilk biscuits smothered in chorizo-cilantro gravy with poached eggs. 6752 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 238-4632, southsidenapa.com.
A mouthwatering mix of German, French, and Cal-American tastes makes chef Krisztian Karkus’ work unique for the area. Savor the braised lamb shoulder with Bohemian yeast dumplings, roasted onion, vegetables, and jus. 8757 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor, (707) 838-5100, tiszabistro.com.
Owner Giulio Tempesta attracted stars like Sharon Stone to his original S.F. Umbria, and his classic Italian still tempts with spaghetti smothered in chunky oxtail ragu and meatballs, or a ravishing breaded chicken breast atop grilled polenta and spinach. 13740 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, (707) 996-4401, umbriaglenellen.com.
Ishikari nabe is heaven in a hot pot delight of salmon in miso bobbing with tofu, Napa cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, and snap peas. So is the ramen, sushi, and monkfish liver. 212 Western Ave., Petaluma, (707) 789-9068, kitarupetaluma.business.site.
Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards
The iconic 1890s farmhouse is reborn fed by a new 1.25-acre organic farm. Seasonal bounty brings joys such as apple miso–glazed duck confit wrapped in feuilles de brick, or fragrant oven-roasted carrots and scarlet runner beans atop fluffy cumin bread pudding. 5700 Hwy. 116 N., Forestville, (707) 887-3344, russianrivervineyards.com.