Big name restaurant talents are sweeping into Wine Country.
Gravenstein Grill: Bite into indulgent chicken wings.
Top to Bottom: Gravenstein Grill; courtesy of The Charter Oak, photography by Kelly Puleio; Donna Kopol Bonick
Co-owners Matt Stamp and Ryan Stetins are the force behind this high-style eatery, bar, and bottle shop next to the Archer Hotel, where chef Yancy Windsperger (La Taberna, Spago, and Morimoto Napa) whips up signatures like crispy salt-baked whole fish atop farm vegetables, or divine oyster-herb pesto-
smothered flank steak with Jimmy Nardello pepper succotash. 1300 First St., Ste. 312, Napa, (707) 492-8150, complinewine.com.
The Charter Oak
This unique family-style eatery comes fresh from the three-Michelin-star Restaurant at Meadowood team of chef Christopher Kostow and restaurant director Nathaniel Dorn. Enjoy specialties like succulent beef rib hearth-grilled over Cabernet barrel wood with roasted beets bathed in the meat’s own rendered fat. 1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, (707) 302-6996, thecharteroak.com.
The new garden, glass-framed patio, and cozy bar bring the best seats at this farm-to-table spot from chef Bob Simontacchi (Brick and Bottle). Anything with duck is particularly spectacular, like the crispy Sonoma County Poultry duck leg with braised red cabbage, heirloom apples, smoked bacon, herbed spaetzle, and plum gastrique. 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, (707) 634-6142, gravensteingrill.com.
Thank J.M. Rosen’s Cheesecakes owner Jan Rosen for this artsy bistro serving up some of the best wild king salmon you’ll ever enjoy, bathed in silky saffron cream sauce atop savory Bloomsdale spinach, artichoke hearts, Toy Box cherry tomatoes, and gnocchi. 256 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, (707) 766-0799, 256north.com.
Rick Zaslove, owner of Eiko’s and Eiko’s at Oxbow, has us slurping ramen, pho, and yakisoba at this fast-casual pan-Asian eatery. Dig into delights like sticky pork ribs, roasted citrus duck, Japanese curry, and braised pork belly, too. 1124 First St., Napa, (707) 492-8079, napanoodles.com.
Live Fire Pizza
A popular dining attraction at San Francisco International Airport’s Napa Farms Market, this California-style wood-fired pizza, Italian sandwich, and wine bar concept now makes its way to Oxbow Market. 610 First St., Napa, (707) 346-3993, livefireoxbow.com.
Model Bakery’s tiny little sister (set in a former train caboose, no less) tempts with Stumptown drip coffee, pastries, fresh-baked breads, and of course, those beloved English muffins—best when toasted and slathered in jam. 6523 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 415-5045, themodelbakery.com.