We are getting ready to head out to Napa, Russian River and Sonoma for a long weekend of wine tasting and fun, but we know how much the day gets off to a good start with the right breakfast. If you find yourself visiting the legendary Napa Valley, chances are you’re probably here to indulge a little. Whether you’re here to discover our world-acclaimed wineries, indulge at Michelin-star restaurants, relax in our healing spas, explore Napa’s art scene, or venture outdoors into the beautiful scenery, start your day off right with our Top 10 Places we want to try for breakfast while we are out in Wine Country.
Overlooking the river downtown, Napa General Store offers a limited American breakfast menu complete with pancakes, omelettes, and waffles. Handcrafted home pieces are displayed indoors in the shop area, while the outdoor patio offers a beautiful view of the Napa River. Give the Napa Scramble a try, with farm fresh eggs, mild goat cheese, fresh spinach & applewood smoked bacon served with breakfast potatoes and toast. Or try some chocolate filled beignets to dip in your morning coffee!
St. Helena locals buzz about Archetype’s (the former French Blue) breakfast, crafted around fresh chorizo and baked farm eggs, as well as omelets dripping with Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam cheese. The oven-baked blueberry pancake in rhubarb maple syrup will please big and little kids, and be sure to add a side of wood-fired sage breakfast sausage, one of the house specialties.
Set inside The Carneros Inn outside of Napa, locals flock to the casual Boon Fly for its homemade doughnuts. On the weekend, brunch features green eggs and ham—poached farm eggs wrapped in honey-cured ham on hash browns underneath a coating of lemon-leek cream. Start things off with a Brunch Martini of vodka, orange juice and sparkling rosé.
Located in the Oxbow Public Market, the Kitchen Door offers handmade, multi-ethnic comfort food with portions big enough to share. Try the One Eyed Pig, a pancake stuffed with ham and swiss cheese, fried egg, crispy bacon, and warm maple syrup. Pair with a KD “Pick Me Up” cocktail, made with Ty-Ku Soju (40 Proof) and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix. Mushroom lovers can also rejoice! The Kitchen Door is supplied with local and sourced mushrooms including: candy caps, mousserons, agaricus, morels grilled over wood, and whole roasted porcini.
A longstanding St. Helena institution, the beloved Taylor’s Refresher, renamed Gott’s Roadside, has started serving breakfast daily. The varied offerings include the Classic—a scrambled egg and bacon sandwich—and potato and egg tacos, as well as more standard fare like granola, French toast and hash browns.
You don’t have to go far to find a great brunch in the Napa Valley. Lulu’s Kitchen is located in 1313 Main, downtown Napa, and is focused on responsibly sourcing the region’s finest farm to table produce, meats, and cheeses while practicing the best techniques in preparation and presentation. Try the Ricotta Pancakes, macerated strawberries, pomegranate, syrup, whipped ricotta, and orange blossom butter. Pair with a Valrhona Hot Chocolate, a mug of hot milk served with a block of our chocolate and spice blend. Prepare table side and spike with your choice of spirit.
Known for great farm-to-table cuisine and its amazing waterside views of Tomales Bay, near where Marin gives way to Sonoma County, Nick’s makes a stellar weekend brunch, all the better to be enjoyed after staying the night in one of its 12 coastal cabins. Raw or cooked local oysters star, or indulge in the house special crab mac n’ cheese, crab Benedict, oyster po’boy or brioche French toast.
A venerated Healdsburg institution where the early bird special of two eggs, home fries and toast goes for only $2.95 and breakfast is served all day. The Singletree might not look pretty from the outside, but its food, from buttermilk pancakes to a range of omelets, will set you right after a night of indulging, or help you prepare for a day of tasting ahead.
Headed to Sonoma for the day? Take a pit stop off of Highway 12 and check out the Fremont Diner. This local favorite offers locally sourced, seasonal, country cooking with many ingredients grown right out back! Try the locally famous Chicken & Waffles, half fried chicken, corn and sorgnum yeasted waffle, log cabin, and clover butter. Pair with a Mimosa, Glona Ferner Brut & DJ or their Sparkling Honey Wine. Located outside of the town of Sonoma, this old-style farmhouse diner specializes in Southern food, sourcing much of the ingredients from its acres out back. Get an order of shrimp and grits or a hangtown fry (omelet) made with Drakes Bay oysters, but only if you can resist the chicken and waffle with syrup and sweet butter.
With its wraparound balcony and panoramic vistas, Rutherford-based Auberge du Soleil makes a wonderful perch from where to start your day. The daily breakfast offerings include myriad options, ranging from the house breakfast pizza (scrambled eggs and smoked salmon) to the Esperanza breakfast of huevos rancheros, scrambled eggs, chorizo and black beans.