We went to Brannans Grill in downtown Calistoga for lunch recently and we thoroughly enjoyed it. As we entered the restaurant on our wine tour, it felt as if we were entering an elegant hunting lodge. Perhaps it was the handcrafted stone fireplace with a large stag mounted above that gave us that impression.
A huge 19th century handcrafted bar, tall ceilings with redwood beams, and skylights all create a spacious, elegant atmosphere.
Brannans Grill opened in 1998 and is named after Sam Brannan, the founder of Calistoga. The building was originally constructed in the 1920s. The Calistoga restaurant pays homage to its beginnings with large murals in the main dining room of historic Napa Valley.
You can sit in a cozy booth or at a table near the fireplace in the dining room or along the large screened windows on the main floor. We enjoyed our seat by the open window where we could look out at downtown Calistoga.
The calamari appetizer we shared was light and crispy. Steve had the “hangar steak”, which tasted like tri-tip. It came sliced and covered in a tasty sauce. It was served with a twice baked potato and fresh broccoli. I had the Breast chicken “piccata” salad, which was a pan fried chicken breast covered with lemon caper sauce with a fresh salad of local greens on the side. The chicken was lightly flavored and crispy.
The desserts were fantastic. I had Triple Chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. It was light and chocolaty without being overpowering. My husband’s crème brulee was a generous portion…very vanilla in flavor and topped with strawberries.
Brannan’s Grill has an extensive wine list with many wines being available by the glass as well as by the bottle. They also offer different flights of wine that allow you to sample 3 different wines at one time.
We will definitely be returning to Brannan’s Grill next time we are doing a wine tour in Napa. It is a great restaurant. Next time we plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday evening so we can also enjoy live jazz performers. If you are looking for a Calistoga restaurant that serves American cuisine in a casual, friendly atmosphere; Brannan’s Grill is the place for you.
Fun Things to Do in Calistoga
Most people who find their way to Calistoga are here for wine tasting. This section of the Napa Valley has many fantastic wineries. You’ll find both small and large wineries. People also visit Calistoga to experience a hot mineral springs mud bath or other spa treatment. Everyone needs to have a mud bath at least once! Check out Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resortfor more information about mud baths, massages, and other spa services.
Hike along a creek through the redwoods at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park This state park is located just off Highway 29 right in Calistoga. Take a hike, picnic, or even camp at the beautiful park. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and get a some fresh air!
Brannans Grill – Contact Information
Address: 1374 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515
Telephone: (707) 942-2233
Directions: Calistoga is on the north end of the Napa Valley. From Highway 29 turn onto Lincoln Avenue into downtown Calistoga. The restaurant will be on the right-hand side of the street.
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Calistoga is the most western town in the Napa Valley. It tends to be a little more laid back than other parts of Napa. You might find more smaller wineries in this area. Don’t miss the scenic ride up the tram at Sterling Cellars. Tour the castle at Castello di Amorosa. Explore the wine caves and art at Clos Pegase Winery. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Brannans Grill. There’s a lot going on in Calistoga!
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