My favorite restaurant in Napa. The French country food is straight-up simple and great—they make a delicious croque-monsieur—and the place is located right on the Napa River, so you can sit outside. My wife and I drive over there on Sundays even though it’s over an hour away. 540 Main St., Napa; 707-252-8115 or angelerestaurant.com.
Barndiva and its home shop next door have a great, urban sense of style and design. I love going after work for a glass of Champagne or a beer— my favorite is Lagunitas Brewing Co. Pale Ale from Petaluma—but I usually get there too late to eat anything (it’s open late for around here, but that means only midnight). My wife always orders an All Dave All Night—an orange-vodka cocktail with elderflower syrup—but she gets embarrassed saying the name. 231 Center St., Healdsburg; 707-431-0100 or barndiva.com.
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Hana Japanese Restaurant
It’s located in a little strip mall near a bowling alley, so you think, Uh-oh. But their fish is really great; their toro is superfresh. They serve mostly traditional sushi, along with a few avant garde rolls with foie gras. I buy the fish for my restaurant from the same source they do—that’s how I heard about the place. 101 Golf Course Dr., Rohnert Park; 707-586-0270 or hanajapanese.com.