Dinner

10 8 Anton & Michel

Address: Court of the Fountains/Mission St, Carmel, CA 93921
$$ Editor's Pick
The menu, a showcase of fine continental cuisine, offers an array of inspired selections: fresh Monterey Bay seafood, filet mignon, fresh-farmed abalone and house specialties, to name only a few. Rack of lamb and Châteaubriand carved tableside in the classic European tradition highlight the impeccable service.

10 8 Bouchee

Address: Carmel-By-The-Sea Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921
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The 49-seat restaurant offers a menu highly influenced by the bounty of the local land and sea. Bouchée Wine Merchants features fine wines and spirits, ports and sherries from California, the United States, Europe and the world, as well as speciality wine gift items.

10 8 Montrio Bistro

Address: 414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940
$$ Editor's Pick
Featuring innovative dishes like Dungeness Crab Cakes with spicy remoulade, Oven-Roasted Portabella Mushroom with ragout of vegetables and the taste-tempting Hazelnut Mint Vacherin, this bistro with big-city ambience has quickly become Monterey's favorite restaurant for all occasions.

10 8 Fandango

Address: 223 17th Street, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
$$ Editor's Pick
Welcome to Fandango Restaurant. Located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, in the heart of Pacific Grove, California. Featuring Mediterranean & European Style cuisine. Enjoy our fresh seafood, black angus steak, and Fandango's famous rack of lamb...all on our wood burning grill. In addition to our hearty pastas, paella, lamb shank, osso bucco, and boullabaisse.

10 8 The Old Bath House Restaurant

Address: 620 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Robert Lindsey of the New York Times said: "My current favorite restaurant is the Old Bath House, a nicely restored old structure on Lovers Point overlooking the ocean in Pacific Grove. Aside from seafood, its specialties are French and European cuisine based on the experience of my three visits. I believe it is superb and a good value. There is a good selection of California wine at fair prices. Reservations are recommended."

10 8 Stokes Restaurant & Bar

Address: 500 Hartnell Street, Monterey, CA 93940
$$ Editor's Pick
In Chef Brandon's kitchen, dishes are created with inspiration from the Mediterranean crescent; Spain, Southern France and Italy’s Ligurian coast. Our menu includes Tapas & Crostinis, Wood-Oven roasted fish and meat, hearty soups and “live” salads, Tagines, Tortes, and more…

10 8 Casanova

Address: 5th Street, Carmel, CA 93921
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Welcome to Casanova, a culinary experience that echoes the South of France & Northern Italy in the center of Carmel, California. Our style and ambiance is matched by a standard of excellence in food and service that has brought us worldwide acclaim. The hand dug Wine Cellar has received numerous awards for its outstanding selection of wines from all over the world.

10 8 Angele

Address: 540 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559
$$ Editor's Pick
Angèle features a menu, layering elements from traditional recipes with contemporary influences. Its focus on rich and soothing French cuisine ranges from the classic simplicity of vegetable potage to the robust balance of veal stew.

10 8 Brix Restaurant & Wine Shop

Address: 7377 Street Helena Hwy, Yountville, CA 94558
$$ Editor's Pick
Brix's primary style could be defined as Seasonal California cuisine. Whenever possible, we use local produce, some of which comes from our vegetable & herb garden. Our Chefs believe in healthful and flavorful cooking, something that will challenge the palate without overcomplicating the experience.

10 8 Chandon

Address: One California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599
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A traditional foundation along with a hearty dash of creativity and passion makes this adventurous chef an exciting addition to The Restaurant at Domaine Chandon. Now planted among the vines in one of the valley's most established fine dining restaurants, he pushes his passions to new heights with exceptional regional and seasonally influenced cuisine and exciting wine pairings.

10 8 Pilar

Address: 807 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559
$$ Editor's Pick
Located at 807 Main Street, near the new Third Street bridge and an integral part of the new Napa Waterfront District, Pilar is a major contribution to the renaissance of historic downtown Napa. The 49-seat restaurant is an oasis of cool re-straint to highlight the "contemporary Napa Valley" menu created by the husband and wife pair.

10 8 Press

Address: 587 Street Helena Hwy South, St. Helena, CA 94594
$$ Editor's Pick
PRESS serves prime dry-aged beef, whole roasted chicken, and other naturally raised birds, leg of baby lamb, wild fish, heritage pork and hand-fed veal, all prepared on the kitchen’s centerpiece, a custom wood-burning grill and rotisserie. Many of the dishes at PRESS will serve two or more and are carved tableside. Side dishes are served in their cooking utensils and are portioned for sharing.

10 8 Restaurant Budo

Address: 1650 Soscol Avenue, Napa, CA 94559
$$ Editor's Pick
"Budo”, the Japanese word for grape, hints at the emphasis the restaurant will have on fine wine and the location in the heart of wine country. The restaurant embodies the wine country lifestyle with its indoor-outdoor dining experience. The restaurant is centered around a courtyard and incorporates the vineyard feel of warm earth tones and organic greens, highlighted with natural woods which all create a casually elegant atmosphere.

10 8 The French Laundry

Address: 6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
$$ Editor's Pick
Keller purchased The French Laundry in 1994, with the goal of creating a three-star country French restaurant in the heart of the Napa Valley. Keller credits his staff for the many accolades and awards that the restaurant has received. The French Laundry Cookbook, authored by Keller, was awarded three 1999 International Association of Culinary Professionals awards, including Cookbook of the Year, as well as the 1999 Versailles Cookbook Award in Paris.

10 8 Terra

Address: 1345 Railroad Avenue, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Our restaurant is also a reflection of who we are -- our heritages, our travels, our memories, and our tastes. Each of Hiro's dishes contain traces of his Japanese ancestry and classical French and Italian training.

10 8 Cole's Chop House

Address: 1122 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559
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COLE'S CHOP HOUSE is a "Classic American Steak House" located in historic downtown Napa. The menu features 21 day dry-aged prime steaks, Certified Angus Beef, formula fed veal, New Zealand lamb and fresh seafood. An extensive wine list emphasizing Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the area's finest producers enhances the dining experience.

10 8 Acquerello

Address: 1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Acquerello
$$$$$ Top 10
Housed in a former chapel, Acquerello is simply heavenly. The stunning pitched roof and calm, peaceful setting offer a cheerful and elegant setting, but it is the service and cuisine that keep guests returning. Chef Suzette Gresham offers tantalizing renditions of modern Italian cuisine, with vibrant, creative dishes such as wide ranch egg pappradelle with moist duck ragu, beet tortelloni filled with spinach and beet greens in gorgonzola cream sauce, and pancetta wrapped diver scallops over wilted Swiss chard. Co-owner Giancarlo Paterlini oversees an impressive wine program, graciously complimenting everything that comes out of the kitchen. Prix fixe menus allow ...

10 8 Harris'

Address: 2100 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Harris'
$$$$
Harris’ restaurant is an unabashed haven for carnivores. Meat is the star of the simple, unpretentious menu that emphasizes quality aged, corn-fed beef served in a variety of thick, juicy cuts. With deep, semi-circular, leather booths, warm amber lighting, and large hunting murals, Harris’ décor suggests the inviting, and somewhat exclusive, atmosphere of a traditional and stately hunting club. Diners who hold off for the end of the week to indulge their red meat cravings are treated to live jazz from the Susan Chen trio. A crisp, dry martini, a sizzling steak, and a warm, lush environment make Harris’ a ...

10 8 Ame

Address: 689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Ame
$$$$ Top 10
Located a few streets away from the busy Union Square area, Ame provides a relaxing and elegant getaway and a delectable dining experience. Ame is decorated in a chic and intimate Asian style, with a signature red table that seats eight. Ame offers a New American cuisine that is widely influenced by Japanese creations. The menu provides raw treatments from the sashimi bar as well as various appetizers and entrée plates. Creative dishes like Tai Snapper Sashimi “Kombu Jime” with seaweed, crab and cucumber sauce come from the Sashimi bar. For an appealing main course, Grilled Veal T-bone Steak on ...

10 8 Fleur de Lys

Address: 777 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Fleur de Lys
$$$$ Top 10
Fleur de Lys presents guests with sophisticated French cuisine in a romantic and intimate setting. The restaurant gives off a dramatic atmosphere with dim lighting, large vases full of flowers, and their trademark fabric ceiling tent. The menu offers creatively crafted dishes like the Duo of Veal Tenderloin and Braised Veal Shank “Parmentier,” which is scented with juniper berry and orange essence. Guests can choose to create a three-, four-, or five course meal with or without wine pairings. Chef/ Owner Hubert Keller is an award-winning chef who was featured on Bravo’s Top Chef as a guest judge in 2006.