Experience Our Local, Sustainable, and Fresh Bounty
Farm-to-Table Curious? The Farm-to-table movement supports growing and/or sourcing local ingredients and serving them in restaurants, eateries, public markets, and school cafeterias. This social movement is gaining traction as more people want to preserve small-family farms growing fruits and vegetables and value protecting the environment through sustainable agriculture. Farm-to-table also creates transparency around where food comes from and helps the general public contribute to the local food system while also enjoying dining out.
Napa County is home to some of the best farm-to-table restaurants, eateries, and markets for all types of cuisine and at all price levels. The places highlighted below are farm-to-table pioneers, local favorites, community advocates, as well as must-try destinations for visitors. There are many more farm-to-table eateries in Napa County beyond those listed here and we hope this sampling will whet your appetite to experience them all!
Oxbow Public Market
Oxbow Public Market is Napa County’s premier market and a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors alike. It is dedicated to providing a communal space to socialize and enjoy sustainably made products sold by local merchants, crafters, and food producers. Located in the Oxbow District in Napa, it encompasses over 40,000 square feet with gorgeous outdoor seating overlooking the Napa River.
You can spend the better half of a day at the market, browsing book shops, tasting wine and artisanal cheeses, and even taking a cooking class! Make sure to check out some of the market’s great vendors: Hog Island Oyster Co., Kara’s Cupcakes, Napastӓk, Ritual Coffee, and The Olive Press.
Another culinary can’t-miss is Yountville’s very own Mustard’s Grill, named after the mustard flowers that flourish every spring in Napa Valley. For over 30 years, Mustard’s Grill has specialized in New American cuisine for Napa County locals and curious visitors interested in delicious, eco-conscious fare. The restaurant boasts a large onsite garden which inspires chefs to create tasteful and seasonal dishes.
Offering favorite dishes such as fresh fish, herb marinated rabbit, smoked duck, and chalkboard pasta in addition to a great selection of Napa’s finest wines to wash them down with, this restaurant will taste good and make you feel good eating there, too!
Eight Noodle Shop
In the mood for homemade noodles and ramen, and fresh ingredients? Enjoy a wonderful ambiance of indoor or outdoor seating at Eight Noodle Shop! With great service, reasonable prices and more importantly, delicious cuisine such as: tuna tartar, crispy squid, chilled rice noodles, and over six ramen options, it’s quickly become a local favorite.
Step into France, Italy, or the Americas right here in Napa. This globally inspired restaurant specializes in home-style comfort food from around the world. Offering a robust menu spanning from breakfast to dessert (and let’s not forget the wine!), Chef Mauro Pando uses seasonal, local ingredients in his dishes to make them tasty. Recognized as a “Michelin Bib Gourmand” restaurant, Chef Mauro aspires to make Grace’s Table a fun, family-friendly restaurant for both Napa residents and visitors to enjoy.
Foodshed Pizza and Pasta
Foodshed Pizza and Pasta was born out of a commitment to promote Napa Valley’s natural foodshed by boosting the people, products, and resources that contribute to the local food system. Offering a wide selection of pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts, as well as beer, wine, and cocktails, Foodshed provides the opportunity for dining locally and sustainably at affordable prices. Additionally, Foodshed aims to help at-risk youth and young chefs through their culinary internship program which prepares them for real-world opportunities. If eating here doesn’t feel good, we don’t know what does!
Food Truck Market
Marks the Spot Food Truck
Offering catering, wedding, and event planning services, Marks the Spot also runs a food truck for casual events and dining. Using fresh, local ingredients from the farm, vineyard, and sea, Marks the Spot has a wide array of elegantly presented delights such as fried chicken sliders, mac and cheese, classic caesar salad, and french fries.
CrossRoad Chicken Food Truck
Open “almost every Thursday from 11am to 1pm on Airpark Road,” CrossRoad Chicken sources their food locally whenever possible. In fact, their their weekly menu of yummy fare changes due to the seasonality of their ingredients.
Taco Addiction Food Truck
If you are looking for another yummy food truck to feed your friends and family, check out Taco Addiction at the Century Center Food Corral. Offering hand made tortilla tacos, quesadillas, rice, beans, flautas, and tostadas, this local favorite is guaranteed to make you come back for more!
Your farm-to-table adventure begins now!
Now that you’ve read about some great places to dine, go try one! Feel good knowing that you are contributing to community merchants and businesses and Napa’s local food system all while enjoying savory eats! If you’re inspired to find more locally grown food, check out our recommended list!