The best way to start a day of wine tasting is with a good foundation. Keep reading for my top restaurant picks for the best breakfast in Napa.
Start Your Day with the Best Breakfast in Napa
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but this is especially true if you are about to enjoy a day of wine tasting in Napa. Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea as it can quickly lead to a wine hangover. Thankfully, there is no shortage of restaurants offering fabulous breakfast options in Napa.
Napa Valley is known for having incredible restaurants. Almost as much as it is for producing some of the most amazing wines in the world. There are so many restaurants to choose from, and it’s impossible to get them all in, in one trip. I’ve narrowed it down to 11 places where you can find the best breakfast on your next Napa Valley trip.
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1. Boon Fly Cafe
The Boon Fly Café has been a local favorite for years, and the first place I stop when I arrive in Napa. It’s located on the grounds of the Carneros Resort and serves modern rustic cuisine. They do not take reservations for breakfast, and it’s usually always busy. They do offer take-out, which is awesome. On my way in from San Francisco, I place my take-out order and pick it up before my first wine tasting.
The donuts are a MUST. Trust me and get the baker’s dozen. They are small and so delicious. They are also perfect to have on hand for when your sweet tooth strikes later. In addition to the donuts, my go-to order includes the California Bagel. The bagel comes with fresh greens, smoked salmon, pickled red onion, capers, and the most divine Fromage blanc. I’ve tried to recreate this often but have yet to succeed. The breakfast burrito is another one of my favorites and will definitely give you a good foundation for a day of wine tasting.
2. Auberge du Soleil
The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil is technically not a breakfast spot (unless you are a guest at the hotel), but it does have one of the most well-known and fabulous brunches in all of Napa. It would be the perfect place to go for a Saturday or Sunday brunch if you’re in Napa for a romantic getaway or celebrating something special.
The Restaurant is a Michelin-starred restaurant, so you know they will have delicious food. Brunch at Auberge du Soleil is a three-course experience that starts with your choice of a brunch cocktail, like a mimosa, a glass of sparkling wine, or a bloody Mary. Try not to fill up on the basket of different breakfast breads that are brought out at the beginning of the meal. For the first course, you can choose from several different fabulous dishes, like cold smoked salmon or roasted pork belly. The entrée course includes duck confit hash and a Maine lobster omelet. Both of which are insanely delicious. Lastly, is the dessert course, featuring seasonal fruit sorbets and a chocolate mousse torte, among other options.
You won’t leave here hungry, that’s for sure! My advice is to book your reservations far in advance, as they book up quickly. If you do plan on wine tasting after brunch, try to get an earlier time slot, as this brunch is a leisurely experience.
3. Napa General Store
The Napa General Store is the perfect place to go for breakfast or weekend brunch, if you are in the mood for good food and a little shopping. Their menu features a wide range of breakfast favourites, like cornmeal pancakes, brioche French toast, and several different scrambles.
It’s located inside the Historic Napa Mill on Main Street. On a nice day, I recommend grabbing a seat on the patio and enjoying the view of the Napa riverfront. Feel free to bring your pup with you, as the back patio is dog friendly.
The gift shop has all kinds of cool items, everything from Napa General Store apparel to wine-related items and even artisan-crafted souvenirs. Wine racks, chairs, and even candle holders have all been handmade from wine barrels.
4. Southside Cafe
Is there anything that says California breakfast, more than avocado toast? I can’t think of anything. The folks at Southside Café know a thing or two about this popular breakfast item. They have three unique options on the menu- New School with feta, cucumber, radish, mint, pepitas, and ground ancho chili, the Old School with poached egg, arugula, preserved lemon vinaigrette, and toasted pepitas, and the Loaded which is a nice mash-up of the two.
Don’t worry though, if avocado toast isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options on the diverse menu, like biscuits and gravy and smoked almond and cherry granola.
The coffee served at Southside, is top-notch, and comes from a local favorite- Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters. The salted honey lavender latte is pure magic and the perfect pick-me-up before a long day of wine tasting.
5. La Cheve
If you are a fan of Mexican food, then you need to try breakfast at La Cheve. It’s a female-owned Mexican bakery and brewery that has a sizeable breakfast menu with crave worthy items like huevos rancheros and concha French toast. I am a huge fan of chilaquiles and have quite high standards. These did not disappoint. Quite the opposite, I was beyond impressed.
Plan on arriving, especially on the weekend, as this is another popular spot. The line will form quickly and extend to the parking lot. Don’t worry if you have to wait in line though, it does move quickly.
This place has a fantastic and unique vibe. Due in part to its location, in the Old Adobe House, one of the oldest buildings in Napa. It is laid back, welcoming, and just makes you feel good. I believe this is due in part to the inspiring owner, Cinthya Cisneros. Cinsneros is heavily involved in the community via If Given a Chance. She’s given at-risk youths opportunities by providing scholarships and partnering in event sponsorships.
6. Model Bakery
Model Bakery is a staple in Napa. There are 3 locations, downtown Napa, Yountville, and St. Helena. This is another spot that gets super busy. My recommendation is to order ahead online and pick up your order at the designated time.
For years, I had been dreaming of trying one of their famous English muffins. They are so good that Oprah has them shipped to her house. Unfortunately, every time I tried; they were sold out. They have many other fantastic pastries and breakfast sandwiches, but I longed for the English muffin. Finally, on my most recent trip, I was able to try them. Let me tell you, they were totally worth the wait (and the hype).
My first experience was with their original breakfast sandwich. Even though I had placed an online order, it was piping hot and ooey-gooey deliciousness. There was a fluffy egg, Canadian bacon, and melted cheddar between the sliced buttery muffins…just thinking about it has me salivating.
On the last trip, I stayed at the Archer Hotel in downtown Napa. Which was an ideal place to stay, as I could easily walk down Main Street and over to Oxbow Public Market, where Model Bakery is located.
7. Grace’s Table
There is something for everyone at Grace’s Table, a quaint little bistro in downtown Napa. Chef-owner Mauro Pando focuses on using fresh, local ingredients for his globally inspired menu, which features items like house-cured salmon gravlax, eggs benedict, and a tofu scramble.
One of the most well-known menu items is the iron skillet cornbread with lavender honey butter. Usually, I pass on cornbread, I find it to be dry, bland, and pretty boring. My mind has been completely changed thanks to Grace’s Table. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and has the perfect texture- a little crispy on the outside and moist inside. If you visit, make sure you get an order to go, you’ll thank me later.
There were so many items on the menu that I wanted to try; it was hard to decide. I ended up ordering the shrimp and grits. It was sinfully good, and all the flavors worked so well together. It was my first experience dining at Grace’s Table, but it won’t be my last.
8. Bouchon Bakery
Bouchon Bakery is a pastry lover’s dream. It’s owned by Thomas Keller, the mastermind behind many fabulous Napa restaurants, including the French Laundry. The bakery was originally conceived to provide bread to Keller’s other restaurants and has since become an important destination of its own. It’s a staple for visitors and locals, and the long lines outside are proof of how incredible it is.
My first experience at Bouchon Bakery was on the last day of my most recent trip. The driver we hired; told us it was an absolute “must.” I couldn’t agree more. On his advice, we got there before 9:00 am. We were glad we listened. By 9:00 am, the line was down the block. Lines move quickly though, so don’t let that deter you if you’re not an early riser.
The pastry cases were piled high with all kinds of delicious-looking treats. The hardest part was deciding what to order. I ended up getting a chocolate almond croissant. There are no words to describe how amazing it was. Equal parts flaky, crispy, soft, and gooey all at the same time. How this was achieved I will never know, and I’m ok with that. I will gladly hand over my money for another one (or two) the next chance I get. The ingredients they use are of the highest quality as the chocolate used was rich and sinful- the way it should be. Just typing about it and looking at the photos makes me yearn for another. Yes, yearn. It was that good.
The breads are also fabulous. The epi baguette was my favorite, which we had at dinner the night before at Bouchon Bistro. If you’re looking to grab some items for lunch, check out the sandwich options under the savory menu.
9. Sunshine Cafe
You know the restaurants that provide the type of friendly and inviting service, you feel as if you’re a regular instead of a first-time visitor? That’s the type of service found at Sunshine Café and one of the reasons it’s such a popular breakfast spot among locals.
Oh, and of course the food is fantastic. They have one of the largest breakfast menus in town and at some of the most reasonable prices. Breakfast is served all day, every day. The menu features American diner classics- several different pancake options, omelets, benedicts, and my favorite fresh baked biscuits with jam.
I recommend dining here on a morning when the weather doesn’t accommodate outdoor dining. While they do offer outdoor seating, the vibe is much better inside.
10. Jax White Mule Diner and Lounge
Jax White Mule Diner is not the place you go for a delicate breakfast of egg whites or a smoothie bowl. Jax’s is the place you go for a recovery breakfast. If you’ve ever been to Napa and had a day turned night where the wine didn’t stop flowing, you know what I’m talking about. In case you require a hangover cure, start with the bottle rock tots. These little crispy potato pillows are covered in cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, chipotle aioli, scallions, and avocado. Don’t even begin to count calories, your trainer will forgive you.
The menu at Jax features breakfast classics like steak and eggs, scrambles, and a few options for fans of eggs benedict. Specialty items include the chicken and waffle and the carnitas hash. Don’t forget to order the beignets. Even though they are listed under snacks and sharables (aka the appetizer section of the menu) I recommend getting an order (or two) for the table to share as a sweet treat at the end of the meal.
The laid back, sports bar vibe makes this the perfect place to hang out on a Sunday and watch a football game while filling up on your breakfast/brunch favorites.
11. Charlie Palmer Steak
Yes, it is a steakhouse, but it also has a great breakfast. I enjoyed breakfast here on my most recent trip to Napa, and really the only reason was because I was staying at the Archer Hotel, where the restaurant is located.
Charlie Palmer Steak is in the lobby area of the gorgeous hotel. Its décor is chic and rustic with lots of beautiful stone, a roaring fireplace, and stunning chandeliers.
I was torn between the Belgian waffle and the Napa omelet. In the end, I ordered the omelet, and am glad I did. The eggs were perfectly cooked and stuffed with spinach, tomatoes, caramelized onions, red peppers, and cheddar cheese. There are additional upcharges to add meat, so I added bacon and avocado. It was massive, and I ate every bite. The coffee they serve is from OHM Coffee Roasters- I appreciated they left the little pot for me to refill at my leisure, as I needed all the caffeine, I could get my hands on.
The Best Breakfast in Napa
There is no doubt that some of the best food in the US is in Napa Valley. Many a Michelin-star can be found, but most of them are famous for the dinner they serve. Breakfast tends to take a backseat, but it shouldn’t. The options for a memorable breakfast in Napa, are plentiful and just as praiseworthy.
Have you been to Napa? If so, I’d love to hear about your favorite breakfast spot in the comments below!
18 responses to “11 Places for the Best Breakfast in Napa Valley”
Very interesting places, never been to Napa but after reading this post, would love to visit it.
Oh my gosh these places all look so good! I’ve never been to Napa but you have me dreaming of a trip there for the breakfast alone! Thank you for sharing these great recs!
Some of these look delicious!!
Bouchon means cork! Love this round up and the amazing pastries featured at Bouchon. With family and friends in Bay Area, I’m sure they’ll also love these ideas!
You are absolutely right, having a nice breakfast is just as important as the rest of the meals. I would love to check these places out!
Saving this page for a future trip! Thank you for these recs!
These places look so unique and inviting. I will definitely bookmark this post for the trip I will take eventually.
Wow! Some of the pictures of the breakfast places are mouth-watering. I wish I heard of these places when I was in Napa a few years back. I want to try the Bouchon Bakery if I ever visit again! Yum Yum!
Your pictures are stunning. I haven’t been to Napa Valley, and even though there seems to be a lot of great places, I can’t figure out if I am going eventually. Napa is after all a wine-place and I don’t like wine. Maybe I’ll visit just for the breakfast places you wrote about!!