Cook Tavern

1304 Main St
St Helena, 94574
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(707) 963-8082

Diners, Gastropubs, Cocktail Bars

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Cook Tavern

1304 Main St
St Helena, 94574
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(707) 963-8082

Diners, Gastropubs, Cocktail Bars

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Goose & Gander

1245 Spring St
St Helena, 94574
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Lunch for a Sunday afternoon. Our 3-4 tries for a reservation elsewhere were rebuffed due to crowding, as this place is located in central St. Helena, but it was pleasingly easy to make one at the Goose & Gander. Whew! We came here because we'd dined here when it was the Martini House, which we liked very much. They could accurately be described as "bar bites". The grounds and old house are beautiful and provide an excellent and large restaurant and bar space. Don't miss the basement bar, it's quite amazing. They promote that they are a wine country public house. The service was pleasant, polite, compete, and not without a sense of humor. Our waiter was charming and engaging. To start, we ordered a generic Sauvignon Blanc, which was quite nice. We found the appetizers (Smoked Corn Croquettes, Cheeses (Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Point Reyes Blue, Valley Ford Estero Gold, Fiscallini Bandage Cheddar, and Beemster), Charcuterie (Pate de Campagne, Finocchiona, Prosciutto, Sopressata, and Provenca), and Sides (Polenta Cakes, Duck Fat Fries, Yukon Gold Potato Puree, and Rainbow Carrots)) and salads (Salad of Romaine Hearts with Parmesan Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, Shaved Celery, Fuji Apples, Garden Radishes, and Spiced Pecans) the best part of the menu. Our only entree was the Arctic Char (Fennel Soubise, Tarragon, Delta Asparagus, Citrus Glazed Carrots), which was very similar to a salmon filet. It was tasty and satisfying. The Goose and Gander is a bit off the beaten path, but worth the search (1245 Spring Street, St. Helena Ca. 94574). Enjoy!
First night in St. Helena, and we were looking for a good place for dinner. I found this place nearby and managed to get a booking for the same night (to be fair, it was a Monday and not during the busy season). We arrived and got to sit outside in the lovely weather. Strangely, none of the mains really grabbed our attention, so we opted to split four starters: Foie gras (because foie gras), roasted bone marrow (because bone marrow), octopus and steak tartare. We also went for a bottle of Silver Oak wine. The food was absolutely heavenly. Every starter we had was delicious and just the right size. The sommelier came over to talk to us about our wine, and we informed him that we had been to the winery earlier where they served us a corked wine. He ended up hanging out at our table and chatting with us about wine for quite a long time. He seemed really impressed with my partner's wine knowledge. It's probably not often he gets people in that know a lot about European wines as he mentioned that most people seem to want Napa wines while in the valley (which makes sense). We opted to have cheese for dessert and had it with a nice tawny port. Unfortunately, dessert wines don't seem very common in Napa, unless it's a late harvest sauvignion blanc. But hey, tawny port is always good. There was a great selection of cheese with some nice homemade crackers to go with. If I'm back in the area, Goose and Gander will definitely be on my list of places to come back to. It was such a great experience with friendly service and great food.
G&G was a mixed bag for us. The decor is cute, the clientele a little on the white-trash-in-Napa-to-get-drunk-on-wine-tasting crowd. We started off with pickled veggies - something new on the menu. It tasted like feet. Bad start. For the main course, I had the scallops and my husband had the shrimp. Both were amazingly good, but the portions were on the small side. You'll definitely want to start your meal with a salad. The waiter forgot our sparking water and had to be reminded. Not a big deal, but then.... We ordered the chocolate dessert and the chocolate brioche. The chocolate came, but no brioche. After eating the chocolate, we flagged down the waiter and oops, he forgot. He asked if we still wanted it. Of course! What he didn't tell us is that it takes 20 minutes to bake. Mind you, we've been there 2 hours already, which actually is the biggest complaint we have the place. The service is S-L-O-W. It even wasn't that busy. Both desserts were delicious, and they did comp us the for the veggies and the desserts without us complaining, which was thoughtful. So, overall, an average review. Damn good food though.

(707) 967-8779

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Shady Oaks Country Inn

399 Zinfandel Lane
St Helena, 94574
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(707) 963-1190

Bed & Breakfast

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