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Solbar - Solage Calistoga
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Ranked #1 of 44 Restaurants in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $45
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Brannan Street
Description: Relax, unwind and enjoy as we surprise your palate and feed your senses with dishes as artfully constructed as they are delectable. Whether you choose our Michelin-starred Solbar – a Napa Dining favorite – or prefer the refuge of your private studio, dining here is always a singularly rewarding experience.
Reviewed August 19, 2014

About 20 friends ended a road trip at Solage for lunch on a recent weekend. It was very crowded, but the service was excellent throughout lunch. Folks ordered many different dishes and most thought they were excellent. My wife and I ordered the Lucky Pig which is a "some assembly required" meal. It works around a pork shoulder(?) that was slow cooked that you still need to pull apart. With a variety of items like sprouts, spiced peanuts, pickled pineapple, greens, hot sauce, etc. you build a wrap with either the lettuce supplied or with the sesame seed crepes. It was quite tasty but really messy so don't order this unless you like to eat with your hands. It is for 2 people so don't order it if your date is wearing all white. It won't end well.

It was a warm day so we sat outside so we could people watch at the pool. Some words of advice:
1. If you can't stomach old guys in speedos, don't face the pool. Tragic!
2. There are lots of flies, and I mean lots, outside so be prepared to live with them. If you kill one, all the relatives come to the funeral. To avoid the mobile protein, eat inside where it is also cooler.

This is a really lovely spot to grab a meal with friends that truly caters to the well heeled. Gotts this isn't. So grab a table, have a nice glass of wine, and enjoy some truly entertaining people watching.

Cheers!

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Thank WineEng
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

nice and light ambiance with very friendly staff for breakfast. i was impressed with the restaurant layout. i wish to visit and eat here during lunch or dinner, i wonder if it has the same caliber as with Bottega.

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Reviewed August 18, 2014

Dined here the first weekend of August. Had a romantic and incredible dinner experience here! We opted to sit inside, and loved the high ceilings and large windows - so much natural light! Our server was great, and suggested we start with the white lady peaches appetizer - WOW, it was so delicious and the peaches were SO fresh!! We ordered the rib-eye and salmon as our main courses and those were also very satisfying. Overall a wonderful and memorable evening.

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Reviewed August 14, 2014

None of us are vegan or vegetarian, but the two veg dishes we got were really excellent -- most interesting blend in a chopped salad, and a yummy pasta dish. The menu was printed with the day's date, so I assume the menu changes with the availability of fresh ingredients, such as wild king salmon, fava beans, fresh local peaches. Wine list is a bit overwhelmingly long, but that's not a complaint! Good range of prices, including expensive bottles and bargain-priced wines "on tap".

I was facing away from the crowd, but my companions commented on the great people watching. Apparently this is a place to see and be seen.

Constructive criticism: We dined outdoors and there was a stagnant water smell mid-patio back toward the pool. I didn't want to raise a "stink" about it, but suggest the management look into the problem.

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Thank Karen K
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Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Great food, poor service. Draft beer dispenser not working, out of several beers, expresso machine not working, plates left on table for the longest time, no cream for coffee, etc.

1  Thank Xavier H
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Richard H, General Manager at Solbar - Solage Calistoga, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

Thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.

I am pleased you enjoyed the cuisine and sorry the service did not meet your expectations. I have addressed this with our Restaurant Manager as well as the beer and espresso machine not working during your visit. I can assure you all of this has been addressed and the machines have been fixed.

Thank you for choosing us as your dining destination.

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