The Napa Valley cannot boast that it is the only place in the west to have a three Michelin Star restaurant. Manresa in Los Gatos with chef David Kinch achieved that distinction. Yountville’s The French Laundry of Thomas Keller fame and The Restaurant at Meadowood kept it’s three stars, a rating that designates a restaurant with “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”
Michelin announced it’s 2016 Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area and the Napa Valley came out with an impressive 11 stars and 7 Bib Gourmands, “eateries that offer excellent food at reasonable prices”.
No matter where you eat in the Napa Valley reservations are a must. And yes, it is still very difficult to get a reservation at The French Laundry as is my favorite bar sit at Bouchon. cheers and bon apetit.