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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

1327 Railroad Ave, St. Helena, CA 94574-1123
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Ranked #7 of 42 restaurants in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Latin
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hunt St.
Description: Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is the place to be in the Napa Valley!
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82% Recommend
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English first
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

When you go to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, your pallet will not be complete with out having a nice diner in the evening at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena, California. Anything you get to eat is very delicious. Starters, the main meal, and terrific desserts are the norm. Sit outside during the summer and early fall for a... More

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Portland, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Very quaint, comfortable atmosphere. Our meals consisted of the duck w cherries, spinach & turnip?, a special of the evening (bacon wrapped halibut), and the bistro steak. The duck would have been fine with just the cherries, however the other accompaniments did not seem to complement the dish. The halibut was dry & overcooked, unfortunately. The best part of the... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

A black off the beaten path I thought we had found a "hidden gem" but all the locals said it was one of their favorites. So I think people know about it. The atmosphere was casual. The margaritas were strong. I would suggest folks try the Mexican-stumpy led dishes, which were outstanding. Dessert was strong. This place holds its own... More

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Swedesboro, New Jersey, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was the second visit in two years. The food was Outstanding and the Service was fantastic. We did see Cindy while we were eating but we did not want to brother her as she was there for dinner also. Besides she was in a wheel chair and is recovering from a bad accident and we felt she deserved some... More

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San Francisco
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We ate here during a recent Napa festival weekend. We arrived early and were happily surprised to be seated outdoors immediately, however the goodness stopped there! Our waiter greeted us with heavy distressed sighs, and expressed disgruntlement to learn that the weekend would be busy with other festival goers (thanks for the warm welcome!). We ordered a bottle of wine... More

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Patrick K, General Manager at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, responded to this review

Adrienne, Thank you for posting to trip advisor. I was frustrated and disappointed by the events you described. It is unacceptable to us to offer anything other than great service, and I apologize to you for delivering such a poor experience. I have shared your comments with the staff and managers of Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in an effort to use... More

Quincy, Illinois
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89 reviews 89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Located off the main street in ST Helena this restaurant is in an old house converted to a restaurant. The owner also owns another place down the road "Mustards". This one is cozy & the food is great. We had a lime marinated roasted chicken breast & a BBQ/horseradish meatloaf. Skipped desert but the ones we saw coming out looked... More

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Wayne, New Jersey
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130 reviews 130 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Tucked behind the main drag of St. Helena, Cindy's has something for everyone. There is a nice casual outdoor patio, a very nice, lively bar area and a dining room that has a more intimate, romantic feel to it. We ate there twice on a recent trip and found lots of interesting selections both from the regular menu and evening... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Service and food were great for three of us. I would go back whenever I am in Wine Country! My duck burger was great!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Lots of atmosphere with a casual elegance about it. Food was excellent. Highly recommend it for either lunch or dinner.

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Burlington, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

We always look for a fun time on our vacation dinners and we're not disappointed at this lovely spot. Our waiter cliamed to be a transplant from Brooklyn ny and was very entertaining. Food amazing although slightly upper scale with duck burgers etc on the menu. We have a basic pallet but we did find some great items in the... More

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