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“First night in Napa”
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Ranked #2 of 51 Restaurants in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Spring and Adams
Description: Market Restaurant offers an elegant yet comfortable dining experience. Located on Main Street in St. Helena, the historical building features exposed stone walls and an antique bar dating back to the turn of the century. The menu features American classics with a fresh seasonal approach and the wine list offers a diverse selection of wines to complement Chef's creations, with an emphasis on wines from local Napa Valley vintners. In addition to a locally inspired and reasonably priced wine list, Market never charges corkage.
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We ate at Market last night and the experience was excellent. We arrived earlier than our reservation but it didn't matter as we were seated at a nice corner booth table immediately. What followed was a lovely dining experience. Our waiter was extremely personable and the owner makes the rounds greeting his guests with a genuine sincerity.
I started with the lobster roll and my husband had the Ahi tuna. Both plates were generous for starters and the taste exquisite. For the main I had the tomato watermelon salad, and note the feta was actually boconccini. Nonetheless it was very colorful and flavorful. My hubby had the tenderloin and it melted in the mouth, was cooked perfectly and the sides were adequate and nicely presented. All this was capped off with a lovely local wine the owner recommended from Oakville Ranch. It was a full bodied fruity cab yet delicate and light, delicious.

Thanks Market, your team and your food are superb and I'm glad I had the chance to visit. Well done!

Thank Marg M
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

You know, I really get why so many allegedly fancy or trendy restaurants are pulling the nostalgia card right now. One of the reasons is that diners, in addition to ordering their watermelon and feta salads, also want to sink their teeth into a fried chicken dish that they’re too squeamish to make. But they really do want it. Market fulfills this very dream for many, and it’s a pleasant enough restaurant along the main drag –er, Main Street—in St Helena. I just can’t say this was a winner when I came here on my birthday recently. You walk into this dimly lit, somewhat romantic environment and many of the dishes on the menu and extensive wine list fit the bill. Steaks and chops, delicate seafood dishes, cocktails that cost just north of $10, all of it makes sense. What doesn’t is the fried chicken because of the quality and also because of its presentation.
First that watermelon and feta salad. Except it wasn’t feta, it was mozzarella. It also had superb, in-season heirloom tomatoes. This was a smart and refreshing appetizer: kudos. Then we asked about the soup of the day. A total bust: billed as a “Hot and Sour Soup, Thai-style”, it came to us as two cups of watery soy sauce with scallions floating at the top. Or something, maybe these were tofu bits. It was a mess. At least try to make a Hot and Sour soup, Chinese style, since the Thais (I don’t think) have this. Thais do the Tom Yum and Tom Ka, with the coconut, brilliantly. Let them do this themselves. But don’t attempt to empty out a bottle of Kikkoman, add even more salt, maybe some Worcestershire, a few sprigs of lemongrass or ginger, and then pass it off a a soup that tasted like a watery pseudo-Asian jus, the kind of sidecar dish you get with a French dip. Get this off the menu.
The fried chicken came recommended to me by others –it is a signature dish. Not like it is at AdHoc, I don’t think, but amid the fancier dishes, I was curious to see how they would bring out the pieces, served alongside a jalapeno corn bread, mashed potatoes and some veggies. The chicken, first of all, was moist –the thigh being flavorful and leg as well. It’s just that the coating seemed to fall off and was mealy. Actually there wasn’t that much meat and, after a few forkfuls, you had a mess on your plate. It just didn’t seem like a fancy dish. The cornbread was a wet square, as if the pan was too buttery and the consistency of the bread became mushy. The potatoes were hidden under the chicken pieces and had no discernible flavor either. All this for $19. My companion had a small piece of halibut, served with fava beans and tomatoes, and really no side –and this was a little more expensive. So we were let down by the entrée but we had a good appetizer. The wine was a Rose, from Bonny Doon, somewhere in Central CA, and that seemed to hit the spot. Would I return? Probably not, but that doesn’t seem to deter the many diners there.

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Thank A L
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We had reviewed their menu online and knew that they feature American favorites (fried chicken, ribs) along with more adventurous entrees. We shared an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, and we both ordered the halibut. They were superb. Diners at neighboring tables spoke highly of the ribs, grilled chicken, and mussels. The service and the decor matched the high quality of the food. Prices were moderate, given the quality of the food. As a bonus, they do not charge a corkage fee, so you can bring in a wine purchased while touring your favorite Napa winery and save a lot of bucks. We wish this restaurant were in our own neighborhood.

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Thank atwc
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

While traveling with another couple, we had dinner at the Market restaurant in downtown St. Helena. Cute, casual but with a lovely ambiance, this little place is really fun. Quiet it is not, but the food combined with the wine selection should make the pickiest foodies happy. The food is delicious and not overly "fancied". There are few things as disappointing as restaurants who try to fancy-up their food with strange ingredients as opposed to just making it delicious with the right preparation and cooking (ie. Rosemary does NOT belong in brownies). This place has elegant dishes that look great, smell good and taste fantastic (looks fancy, but tastes like hearty, delicious home cooking). From delicious, juicy chicken to melt-in-your-mouth beef, everything we had was fantastic. Definitely recommend.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Food was good. Atmosphere was nice for couples or groups. Price was average. Service was above average.

1  Thank 3boysandadog
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