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“Great atmosphere, superb food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of PRESS St. Helena

PRESS St. Helena
587 St. Helena Highway South, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Ranked #6 of 44 Restaurants in St. Helena
Price range: $40 - $60
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Inglewood
Description: PRESS is the perfect wine country dining experience. PRESS features prime dry-aged beef, whole roasted chicken, and wild fish prepared on a custom wood burning grill and rotisserie. The modern farmhouse style blends with the neighboring vineyards to create a truly modern steakhouse. An award winning largely Napa Valley wine list completes the PRESS experience.
Copley, Ohio
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Great atmosphere, superb food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Friends of ours recommended Press for our visit to Napa and we were definitely not disappointed! The service was excellent; the server was attentive but not intruding and she made excellent recommendations off of the menu. Since we had never been there everything sounded good, but she gave us her honest opinion on some of the best items on the menu. she also explained the differences between the USDA Prime and Wagyu beef and expanded on how the cuts would taste and which would have more or less fat etc. I ended up ordered the USDA Prime Flat Iron and my husband the Kurobuta Pork Chop. We also shared the Truffle Mac and Cheese and the Loaded Mini Baked Potatoes. Both of the side dishes were suggestions from the server and we were glad we listened to her! The truffle mac and cheese was creamy and flavorful but the truffles were not overpowering. The loaded baked potatoes had scallions, sour cream, sharp cheddar and garlic on them and were made with a combination of red, purple and yukon gold potatoes. My steak came out with two large roasted garlic cloves on top and I am such a fan of garlic that I pressed the cloves out of their skin and ate them alongside the steak. The steak itself had excellent flavor and was very juicy. My husband also loved his pork chop - not dry at all, cooked to a perfect medium and full of flavor as well. The portions here are definitely large so after ordering we determined that we could have shared a meal. By the time we finished (and we ate every bite because everything was so delicious), we had no room for dessert, however everything on the menu sounded fabulous. We also really enjoyed the atmosphere - very contemporary but with a cozy feeling at the same time. There appeared to be a nice outdoor seating area but the night we dined there was a bit chilly so we opted for a cushy booth along the front windows. The restaurant also featured a big fireplace near the kitchen which when lit would be nice. If you want a nice meal while in the Napa/St. Helena area this is definitely the place to visit, however I would recommend making a reservation since they seemed to be pretty busy.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“One of the BEST meals ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We LOVED our dinner at Press and say it's one of our best meals ever! We were seated inside and the decor is a mix of modern/chic/industrial which was very unique. The service was very friendly and speedy but it was the food that took center stage!! The crab & lobster cake app was delicious with huge chunks of meat and not over-breaded (tasted just as good as in Maryland)! The steaks we ordered were filet w/blue cheese and filet oscar style which were amazing. Both steaks were perfectly cooked, tender and juicy. The side dishes were also equally fantastic. The maitake mushrooms were so good that I loved them and I HATE mushrooms. The truffle mac n cheese was heaven and the puree potatoes were also fantastic.

The bottle wine list on the IPAD is ridiculous and makes it very hard to choose. The wine is pricey so expect around $100 for a "normal" Cabernet. The homemade ice ream for dessert was also delicious. I would eat at Press every night if I could afford it! :)

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lodi, California
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“It was a very nice dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

The decision to try out the Press was influenced by the Tripadvisor rating and reviews. We were not disappointed. We found the Service wonderful. Our waiter, Stephen, was pleased to answer any questions we had about the menu. He had the Sommelier come to our table when he thought she could better answer questions on the wines. And she was very knowledgeable and her advise very helpful. Our meal started with a delicious and fresh assortment of bread/rolls and bread sticks. I chose two first courses for my meal as I’m not a big meat eater. But the rest of our group had various cuts of beef and were happy with their steaks. We shared sides, first course dishes, wine, and desserts. They use quality ingredients, meats were prepared well, and I thought the first courses had interesting preparations. We never felt that we needed to rush our meal to open the table for the next diners. In fact at times we were waiting for the next course. We had a leisurely experience for two and a half hours. I believe if you told them you were in a hurry, they would try to accommodate you. But I think it would be a shame not to enjoy the environment and company of your friends. After all you are paying to be catered to. Have your servers help you make the most of your experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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“Unique and Delicious Steakhouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Press was a cool experience. The steak menu was long, varied, and very impressive. The rib eye was excellent, cooked perfectly. Press has everything from strip steaks to Waygu beef. The restaurant is styled like a traditional Napa farmhouse. The only drawback is the pricing. Press is very expensive, slightly overpriced for what you get. But, overall, an excellent meal.

Visited May 2013
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“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

There were 9 of us and everyone loved our experience. Service was outstanding as well as the food. The little cheese biscuits were a favorite. Make sure to order the chocolate soufflé.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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