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“Hard to get into, but worth it...”
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Ranked #12 of 51 Restaurants in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Hard to get into, but worth it...”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a small, bustling restaurant that turns out wonderful food in a convivial atmosphere. It is always crowded during prime dining hours, so it's a good idea to make a reservation or eat at an "off" hour. Even if you are not a fan of risotto, Cook might make you change your mind -- it's fabulous, as are the other options on the menu. Service can be occasionally spotty, but usually it's friendly and helpful.

  • Visited January 2013
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Calistoga, California
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very good food and great service.”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

This is a tiny hole in the wall on Main St. but they do a great job of pumping incredible dishes out of the undersized kitchen and the service is excellent without feeling rushed. The Gnochi is excellent and the fresh bread and apps were all exceptional. Can't wait to go back!

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Thank Chef_Zeke
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Oslo, Norway
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian food and wine”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

I had a lunch and a light dinner at Cook. The lunch was the best one and the service was excellent. It is a small site. I advice to reserve a table upfront your visit. Wine was matching the food and I enjoyed Cook.

Visited March 2013
Helpful?
Thank Vidar B
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new york
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal at reasonable price”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Our meal here was terrific. It is a small place and casual, but the food was amazingly prepared and the wine we had was really great and not expensive. The service was friendly and informative about the food and wine.

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
Thank danchel465
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Phenix City, Alabama
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Lunch and a New Recipe”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

My wife and I did a walk-in lunch here on our visit to Napa Valley. We have eaten here several times and there is always something new and interesting on the menu or as a daily special. This time it was a pasta which was delicious. I asked the waiter what were the ingredients...tagliatelle with sun-dried tomatoes, chopped green olives, garlic, anchovies, capers, and mesclun. We've added it to our recipes at home. It is delicious.

The wait staff here are pros...what more can I say. It is amazing that they turn out such great food in such a small kitchen. It is no wonder that Cook is so popular with locals.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Bob H
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