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New places to eat (and drink) in Napa Valley

Restaurants—and other places serving food and beverages—keep opening in Napa Valley.

Darryl Bell has opened a temporary pop-up at the Oxbow Public Mar- ket in Napa serving a sample of the menu from his Stareline Road. Submitted photo.

Restaurants—and other places serving food and beverages—keep opening in Napa Valley.

The famed Slanted Door Restaurant has opened in front of the River Terrace Inn on Soscol Avenue in Napa. The newest outpost of famed Vietnamese chef Charles Phan, it is probably the most anticipated restaurant here in the past few years., 1650 Soscol Ave., Napa

Stateline Road Smokehouse has a temporary outlet at Oxbow Public Market that will let chef Darryl Bell serve a taste of the Kansas City-inspired barbecue he will be serving when his restaurant opens in early 2024 at 872 Vallejo St. in the Rail Arts District of Napa. The Oxbow location is open Thursday through Sunday from noon until they sell out., Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St., Napa

Bonito Poke in American Canyon serves bowls of fish and other items., 3419 Broadway St. # H12, American Canyon

Roman Holiday Gelato serves Italian ice cream in a spot in St. Helena that has long offered similar treats. 1336 Oak Ave., St. Helena

Armistice Brewing Company opened in the space recently occupied by Napa Barrel Project. It’s a taproom for a brewery in Richmond owned by Napa-raised siblings. There’s no food right now, but soon they will have different food trucks and caterers joining them for temporary gigs., 1040 Clinton St., Napa

Several other spots will be opening very soon:

The Garden event center and biergarten is about to open in the West End Building of Napa, with a retractable roof. It’s a sister to Oenotri and Tannery Bend Beerworks., 1500 First St., Napa

Celebrity chef Mourad Lahlou will bring the flavors of a souk (market) in his native Morocco to Moro in Oxbow Public Market., 610 First St., Napa

The Kitchen at Priest Ranch in Yountville will complement the winery next door., 6488 Washington St., Yountville

And farther into the future, Theorem Winery, which owns vineyard estates in Napa’s Diamond Mountain AVA and Sonoma’s Moon Mountain AVA, has proposed creating a restaurant at the former site of Bosko’s at 1364 Lincoln Ave. in downtown Calistoga.

On a sad note, however, Hal Yamashita Japanese restaurant has closed in Napa. It opened just before the pandemic started, had to close for a while, and never really got traction. They hope to find a smaller space and to pop up at winery events.

The Boisset Collection has closed the deli as well as the rest of Calistoga Depot “for the winter” to complete renovation of the site.

Three important wineries have reopened recently with renovated tasting rooms.

After repairing fire damage, Sterling Vineyards has just reopened in one of the most prominent sites in Napa Valley, accessible by Napa’s only aerial gondola. Situated atop its own large knoll, the winery provides killer views of Napa Valley., 1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga

Venerable Chandon in Yountville is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the French pioneer of sparkling wine in Napa Valley with a redesigned hospitality area as well as new guest experiences and events., 1 California Drive, Yountville

Orin Swift Cellars in St. Helena, one of the few Napa Valley wineries heavily targeting younger adult drinkers, has expanded into the adjoining space with innovative looks and offerings., 1321 Main St., St. Helena