The Market restaurant is supposedly one of St. Helena’s hottest restaurants, so we decided to give it a try for lunch. The Market was very busy the day we visited even though the winter is the quietest season in the Napa Valley. The place is very casual yet sophisticated enough to feel you are dining in style.
The Market is in a perfect location for those who are shopping the main downtown area of St. Helena. The restaurant is at 1347 Main Street in one of St. Helena’s oldest buildings, right in the midst of boutique shopping. The most striking area of the restaurant is the bar. It is a beautifully designed and appealing mahogany structure.
It is the perfect place for a late afternoon cocktail or a glass of good Napa Valley wine.
The restaurant bills itself as a restaurant serving “American Classics,” which they say is unique in the Napa Valley. We thought the menu was eclectic with many interesting choices. Janelle ordered the small chopped salad and Joe had the daily lunch special which is soup, sandwich, and dessert for $11.95. The soup was a butternut squash soup and the sandwich a vegie sandwich. The dessert was not so good, some rice krispy cookies. We also each order a glass of wine. The wine list is extensive but wines by the glass less so. Joe’s glass of Pinot was definitely off and the waiter took it back without a question. Wines by the glass are always tricky depending on the turnover on the wine. An opened bottle of wine has about a day’s shelf life.
We thought both meals were very good and enjoyed the setting and relaxed atmosphere.
Our check came to just under $40, and that is very reasonable by Napa Valley standards.
The Good: great menu of lunch and dinner items, inviting atmosphere
The Bad: Need more choices for wines by the glass