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“Top notch every single time” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Solbar - Solage Calistoga

Solbar - Solage Calistoga
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Ranked #1 of 44 Restaurants in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$45
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Brannan Street
Description: Relax, unwind and enjoy as we surprise your palate and feed your senses with dishes as artfully constructed as they are delectable. Whether you choose our Michelin-starred Solbar – a Napa Dining favorite – or prefer the refuge of your private studio, dining here is always a singularly rewarding experience.
Santa Rosa, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Top notch every single time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

We have eaten in Solbar several times. This restaurant is in the Solage resort in Calistoga, Ca. Last night we went here for my husbands birthday, but we did not mention his birthday to anyone. First we had a complimentary appetizer of baby corn with a nice coating of crumbs and a mayo sauce. Then we both had a seasonal peach/onion salad with prosciutto. This was so good I could have eaten another serving. Then my main course was a lamb dish and my husbands was steak. Both were made to perfection with beautiful touches such as tiny onion flowers scattered about.
Desert was a banana split for my husband and a raspberry topped cheesecake for me. Both were made in a uncommon presentation that was like a piece of art.
I have had both lunch and dinner here several times and always the food and service was perfect.
BTW the wine list is excellent with many small Napa Valley wines and wines from around the world.
You can be assured that we will be back again and again.
ps, we are locals to this area.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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“Appalling lack of follow up”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Solbar provided excellent food and wine - which is pretty much to be expected in a Michellin starred restaurant. But they screwed up the end of our evening and ignored subsequent communication in a way that has left a bad taste lingering.

Since we were not staying, we asked for a cab back to our accommodation - which was 2.5 miles away. We were told their free shuttle might still be running, but when our (very helpful) waiter checked, he was told it had finished, but they would happily order a cab.

The cab turned out to be a town car that had come from Napa and charged a flat rate of $85 - or $34 per mile. No mention was ever made of that, and we would have simply walked had we been told the cost - this was not the cab service we requested.

I contacted the restaurant using their own online form the following day and have not even had the courtesy of a reply in over a week. Not even a mail saying 'tough luck' or 'screw you' - which iwould seem to be their true attitude towards customers

Won't be going back.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Richard H, General Manager at Solbar - Solage Calistoga, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We greatly appreciate it.

I am pleased you enjoyed the cuisine in the restaurant. I am sorry your server did not ask the cab service of their fees and the lack of follow up after filling out the online form in regards to your experience. I have shared this information with our restaurant manager and can assure you this has been addressed with the staff.

Thank you for choosing us as your dining destination.
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food but a bit pricey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

We loved the food and the chic ambience. When you go expect to pay a little more. It was a great spot for a drink and appetizer.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lauratravels2
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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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15 reviews
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“wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

I really enjoyed the creative menu at Solbar. The outdoor area is spectacular, great fire features. The server helped us to pair our wines with our courses. We thought it was a perfect place to celebrate our 25 th anniversary!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 80colleen
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Berkeley, California
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84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A Calistoga BEST!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Food is great. ..for the artsy healthful eater and for the meat and potatoes crowd also. Marvelous atmosphere. Outdoor dining if weather allows (and outside tables allow your pet). Full bar, friendly staff. Great ambiance.
This is truly a Calistoga treasure. Once you come, you will always want to return.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 784michael
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