Cook St. Helena

4.6
233 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Specializing in elegant but straightforward Northern Italian cuisine made from local and seasonal ingredients; we opened Cook in 2004 to show the locals and tourists alike, that food doesn't need to be complicated to taste great! A family-owned business, Cook St. Helena is a neighborhood establishment through and through that continues to bring people together around fresh, handmade, delicious food in a warm, casual atmosphere.
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K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious, relaxing dining experience at Cook St Helena. Arielle provided exceptional service. She made recommendations when asked and paced our meal so we could savor each course.

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ML
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Small, informal eatery. The food was excellent. The waitress was very attentive and accomodating without being intrusive. Good sized portions. Had a nice glass of wine to go with our Braised Ribs. Overall, a very pleasant experience and good value.

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JM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were AMAZING!!

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I
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place! Great food and welcoming staff.

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ML
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like the non-tourist atmosphere

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CP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always terrific, but sometimes even extra special. Not to miss!!

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f
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is fabulous. Small but special. The food is fabulous. We shared a calamari appetizer, Caesar salad and pasta with Bolognese sauce. The calamari was great; light, cooked perfectly, not overly breaded. The Caesar salad was good and plentiful. The pasta was silky and so, soo good. Beautiful sauce, homemade ricotta cheese on top...mmmmmmmm. Our server was an absolute joy from start to finish. She provided excellent service even though it was a busy night. We also had a munday for dessert...you'll want to leave room for that when you go!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Server on her phone for a while plus the carbonara lack some flavor.
The risotto and the eggplant Parm were delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Festive time in wine land

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saw the reviews for Cooks and knew I had to visit. Had a wonderful meal, great ambiance and service as well. A must visit if you are in the Napa Valley area.

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S
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Incredible food! Great service! Nice ambiance!

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GB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been often. Once again, our service and meal were spectacular. Pasta was great; the appetizer sublime. I will return soon. Highly recommend.

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FC
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food. Eggplant Parmesan and short ribs are favorites. Don’t miss the flourless chocolate cake!

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C
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish was outstanding Will definitely return

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They gave my reservation away to someone else 30 minutes before the reserved time, and did not fix their mistake when I showed up. I had to go find a different restaurant to eat at last minute despite booking it a week advance. So unprofessional and rude. Staff probably gave it away to a friend or something because whoever took my table was definitely still seated by the time I got there and could have been removed

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PT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the area, always eat here when in Napa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

great service and atmosphere but pasta entrees were disappointing.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were absolutely wonderful!

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k
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never a disappointment. The food is exceptional and the service wonderful.

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JK
San Francisco
574 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our lunch at Cook St. Helena and will definitely put this on our "A" list for our periodic trips to Napa. This food was as good as our meals at Auberge and Gatehouse, and there's no higher praise than that. The balance of flavoring and skillful creativity evinced by owner/chef Wilmoth were amazing. It was all the little touches: using pecorino rather than Parmesan in the prosciutto-pear-arugula salad; the lightest drizzle of balsamic to add spark to the too-mild heirlooms (the cool-ish summer left all the heirlooms on the bland side in 2018); the sliced pepperoncini in the all'arrabbiata sauce. Brilliant! And the service was cheerful, friendly, and expert. We're definitely returning on our next trip!

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OT
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Salad was fresh. Tasty entrees, absolutely (Duck + Polenta delicious). Service tried, but fell short in helping me want to really embrace the place.

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b
Charleston
108 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I ate here on a weekday night.
My first impression was not the greatest. I made the reservation over 2 months before our visit. With that in mind, I had hopes of a better seat that sitting at the bar. We didn't know that they were closing down the back area early due to a late large party.
Regardless, we had a great meal. Our server was very patient and explained all the entrees. We loved the minestrone and burrata for starters. Our entrees of cavatelli and risotto and flank steak were probably among our favorite meals in Napa. The mundae was delicious, too.
We will be back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, was a bit loud but my date could hear me

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SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We've had great experiences at Cook, but tonight we found it disappointing. Music was so loud we couldn't carry on a conversation without raising our voices. We don't go to a restaurant for the music, and this music was so loud that we couldn't focus on the flavor of the food - very distracting. Service was lackluster and slow - they seemed understaffed for the crowd, food arrived slowly, some parts of our order were forgotten, no one checked back after a course was served. Salad missed the mark, greens look tired. Calamari was good but not outstanding. With all that was missing or going on, we wanted to just finish and leave. Not an experience where we could relax and enjoy a special meal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Music too loud

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Awful. They lost our order and forgot to bring our mains. Owner was not apologetic. Would not recommend.

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DJ
Philadelphia
386 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic lunch. Gnocchi are worthy of the best in the country. Everything else, including the service was excellent as well. It’s a regional must-go dining destination for sure, and we made a point to go while traveling from the east coast.

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HS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service. Noisy. Cramped.
Very limited menu
Overpriced for quality
Food was Mediocre at best

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s
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It took quite a while for the server to bring us water say hello etc. The food was a disappointment. I will not go back here, wasn’t what we remembered from the last time we were here.

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TP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food very comfortable atmosphere we have been there 5 times over 5 years and it is consistently one of our Napa favorites

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JS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cook is one of the gems of Napa Valley. Great food, intimate setting and really good and personal service.

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TH
New Orleans
90 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

When we first came to St Helena we were told Cook is where the locals go for Italian. 20 years later it still is true. Fresh local ingredients, great local wine list and good service. My pasta with chicken and pesto was the lightest pesto I have ever eaten (no post meal “food baby”). My wive had the cavatelli with sausage which had just the right amount of heat. We started with the heirloom tomatoes and burrata which paired with a Pinot set the perfect stage for dinner. And save room for the home made gelato. Overall another sumptuous meal. Cook is a must on any list to this area.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A Saint Helena gem, that never disappoints!
The gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce is a must.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant waitstaff; small storefront on Main Street in St. Helena. They have a sister location a couple of doors down that has pizzas - this review is not for that location. We will return to this restaurant. Generous portions on the appetizers and the mains were well executed and nicely plated. Excellent risotto could have been a touch more al dente, but that's a personal preference and not a criticism.

Very nice dessert (we had white peach champagne granita).

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BE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All food was great, the only dish that was somewhat bland (all others were excellent) was the eggplant parm. Needed to be cooked longer and needs a little spice to it. Cavatelli was awesome. Burrata was awesome. Just the one dish wasn't our favorite.

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food! Service was a little inattentive. Had to ask for water refill twice but they were friendly.

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L
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, we had the special risotto which that niche came with swordfish which was absolutely delicious. A thoroughly lovely experience.

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DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

WE HAVE GONE MANY TIMES. MOST CASES REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCE. LAST WEEKS DINING EXPERIENCE WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING. DINNER SERVICE AT THE BAR WAS NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED.
BARTENDERS SEEMED UNINTERESTED . THEY WERE BUSY BUT NOT THAT BUSY. CONSTANTLY HAD ASKED FOR SIMPLE THINGS.
MY WIFE LOVED HER PASTA (BOLOGNESE). THE GNOCCHI ITSELF REALLY GOOD BUT MARINARA SAUCE TASTED VERY TANGY. /JAR LIKE.


GREAT LITTLE COZY PLACE BUT THEY MISSED THE MARK THIS PAST WEEK.
---DC

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HD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Warm atmosphere, high quality ingredients, laid back, solid wine list. Love it!

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious food. Bolognese with ricotta scrummy.

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