etoile is one of Napa Valley's most celebrated destinations and the only fine dining restaurant in Napa Valley located in a winery. An extraordinary ... More
Domaine Chandon - Etoile Restaurant
etoile is one of Napa Valley's most celebrated destinations and the only fine dining restaurant in Napa Valley located in a winery. An extraordinary setting, innovative regional California cuisine with a French influence, and seamless service combine to create the ultimate food and wine experience. At etoile, Chef Perry Hoffman marries classic, French-influenced technique with contemporary culinary innovation and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Hoffman works closely with Chandon winemakers to explore the interplay between wine and food, enhancing the experience of both. Guests may dine a la carte, or explore the ultimate food and wine pairing experience through Chef Hoffman's tasting menus at lunch and dinner. The restaurant features a Wine Spectator "Best of" Award Wine list and received a Michelin star in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Michelin Guide after being recommended in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Domaine Chandon is one of the larger and more elegant wineries in Napa Valley. Specializing in sparkling wines (champagnes), they count themselves a cut above and have an environment to match. The grounds are beautiful and well manicured with ponds, fountains, flowers, and sculptures throughout. A free guided tour of the facilities is offered several times daily and was both educational and interesting. The tour takes between 30-45 minutes.
There is a 4 star restaurant on-site, making it one of the only wineries in Napa Valley to have it's own restaurant, let alone one of such caliber. Prices for entrees were in the $25-40 range though we were not there for dinner.
The wine tasting bar is located upstairs and samples of their sparkling wines can be purchased for $9, $12, or $14 depending on what you'd like to sample. Each 'sample' came with a commerative glass and tastes of 2-4 types of wine.
Overall it is a beautiful facility with high-end wines & food. If you're looking for something elegant, and not afraid to spend some money, I'd recommend it.
I went for a dinner on June 14th for the first time knowing its Michelin status. The food was quite satisfying except for the selection of the desserts; but I was very surprised by the lack of etiquette of the receptionist, and even the waiter can be a bit more classy. It didn't match the level of its cuisine.
After dining for years at this restaurant,something has gone terribly wrong. The food was awful,so over-salted two at our table were unable to eat their dinner. The portions were so small that you could not really get an adequate taste. It took forever to get our food and when it finally came it was cold.
We made a reservation a month in advance for this dinner however when we arrived they acted surprised...we had to wait while the hostess took two place settings off of a table right next to the bus station and kitchen door...bad start !!
It took forever for our waiter to come to the table...when he did arrive we ordered a 3 split wine special which he immediately brought to the table, opened all three and poured all three;we hadn't even ordered our food.
We then ordered a first course to share and the waiter literally argued with us that it would not be enough for two; we ignored him and got it anyway; it wasn't enough for one !!
We then ordered the lamb and it was AWFUL !!
I am a Las Vegas Chef and expected a lot more than this place offers...do yourself a favor and just drive by it !!