There are certainly countless other restaurants and eateries to love all over the county. Here are a few honorable-mention winners that were just too painful to leave behind.
The biggest draw at Bottega is celebrity chef Michael Chiarello, but gratifying pastas and a perpetual summer-night vibe on the wraparound patio feel like a proper Napa party.
Run by chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who has made an important mark on Napa County for over 30 years, Mustards is a classic, but we love the airy, homey charm of her newer Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen tucked away just off St. Helena's main street.
In Calistoga, we adore JoLe's innovative New American dishes, cocktails featuring local spirits, small-production wines and boisterous, neighborhood welcome.
Though there are other Morimoto restaurants in the world, legendary Masaharu Morimoto has reinterpreted his classic dishes in a Napa riverfront setting that's spacious and dramatic with food and well-shaken cocktails to match. The space vibrates with well-heeled tourists and locals on the regular - a living example of Napa's next chapter.
Owner Greg Cole's Celadon is a longtime Napa favorite in a romantic, historic building. There's a spacious patio marked by a fire pit, and Asian influences pervade crowd-pleasing dishes like juicy, soy-braised pork belly marked by watermelon, daikon and herbs.
Since 1988, Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have run Terra, an enchanting St. Helena classic in an old stone farmhouse with soulful, upscale East-meets-West cooking and a wine list to match. The new, adjacent Bar Terra is the place to drop in for some tartare, cod croquettes and stiff drink just off the main drag.