6518 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599
Yountville native Bob Hurley has hit a home run in taking over Fred Halpert's struggling LiveFire. In little more than six months, Hurley's has become THE place to try in Yountville. Emphasizing fresh, local ingredients and fascinating wild game dishes, the menu has something to please nearly everyone. Couple the great food with a hip martini bar and comfortable patio, and you've got a four star dining experience in the gastronomic center of the Wine Country!
Marinus At Bernardus Lodge
415 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Cal Stamenov's elegant, creative fare is a perfect match for Ben Pon's Carmel Valley gem. The room is tastefully elegant, yet has a very intimate, homey feel, due mostly to the wonderful fireplace and comfortable decor. Cal's food is creative without being pretentious. His Scallops Wellington come to mind as a truly unforgetable dish. The wine list is extensive and well-presented - just what one would expect from a first-class wine country getaway.
20343 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Vince Torre's little gem in Cupertino has quickly become a local favorite. Not straying far from what he knows well, Vince offers wonderful Italian fare from a menu of old favorites and daily specials. The wine list has some local California favorites, as well as an interesting selection of European vintages. The pastas are always terrific, and the seafood the freshest I've found almost anywhere. It's very popular, so reservations are recommended.