Calistoga Dining for Couples
In addition to a superb couples spa retreat, the small town of Calistoga is home to some of the best and most romantic dining in the Napa Valley. This allows couples the luxury of staying in one place and being able to walk to dining, shopping, and other venues, adding to the relaxation factor.
Matt and Sonjia Spector, award-winning chefs and restaurateurs, have opened a relatively new culinary gem in Calistoga, called Jole, Farm to Table. The Spectors incorporate locally farmed and organic ingredients almost exclusively, and it shines in each and every delightful dish.
Eating at Jole, Farm to Table is not a meal but rather a sensual experience where smaller portions are perfect to share and sample truly outstanding and memorable dishes with unsurpassed quality. You’ll both enjoy creating your own tasting menu with this approach and the prices are accordingly set to reflect this healthy and wonderfully exciting experience. There is not one single thing that could be improved upon at this new Calistoga treasure, except perhaps more comfortable chairs, because you’ll want to take your time and camp out awhile to savor this feast for the palette.
Flatiron Grill in Calistoga continues to offer excellent steaks, the state’s best mac and cheese, and other comfort foods in a warm and inviting atmosphere. New dishes are being developed with a Southern flair so this is another wonderful, romantic option in the heart of downtown.
Barolo, across the street, which used to be a wine bar, is now much more with a new expanded menu offering wonderful dishes to please anyone. You can both unwind and savor a local wine while munching on delicious appetizers or entrees, and did we mention desserts? This is a place to unwind and relax between spa treatments or meals.
Just a minute outside of town is Solage and its delightful Solbar restaurant. If a warm and sunny day greets you, no better place exists for dining al fresco, where spectacular food and outstanding service and ambiance await you. The fish tacos are the best anywhere and the desserts are too-die-for.
Chef Brandon Sharp prides himself in taking fairly mundane dishes and adding special twists and flavors to make “normal” dishes, spectacular.
While Calistoga has long been famous for its mud baths and rightfully so, the culinary delights in this romantic town are absolutely worth the trip, in and of themselves.