Long Meadow’s Farmstead Restaurant is a Napa Valley Delight

On our recent exploration of the goodness Napa Valley offers, we were absolutely captivated by one of the most earthy, ranch dining experiences of any of our travels, anywhere.

Long Meadow Ranches Farmstead Restaurant offers an authentic farm to fork dining experience utilizing fresh, local, all-natural grass fed beef, sustainable, organic heirloom produce and eggs, hand crafted olive oil and honey. Each tantalizing entree and sumptuous dessert is a showcase of colors, flavors and ingredient-driven farmhouse cooking created by Chef Stephen Barber. Indoor and outdoor seating are both centered around an open kitchen hub where local ingredients are masterfully prepared at the peak of freshness along with Chef Stephen’s unique approach to Southern cooking styles, brick roasting, wood burning and wood grilling.

Wood Grill Castroville Artichokes w/ Gribiche sauce was one of our favorite appetizers. I grew up in Carmel just outside of Castroville and never had them this good even in the artichoke center of the world. And the Wood Roasted Padron Peppers were outstanding. The Grilled Frog Leap Peaches with bellweather ricotta, basil and honey were devoured in short order. The wood grilled Heritage Pork Chop was spectacular and so moist and flavorful that it is hard to imagine any way it could possibly be improved upon. Finally, the Nectarine Crisp with Almond Streusel was so good that it would be worth a repeat visit just to savor it again.

The waitstaff at Farmstead were some of the best we have ever experienced anywhere. And simply put, it was one of the best dining experiences of a lifetime.