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“Nice location, concept, service”
Review of The Charter Oak

The Charter Oak
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Ranked #27 of 52 Restaurants in St. Helena
Description: The Charter Oak is centered on a celebratory, family-style dining experience, with simple, approachable, and seasonal food - grilled meats, beautiful vegetables from our farm, local wines and unparalleled cocktails. Our menu reflects the products of the Napa Valley through an elemental cooking style, with a hearth at its center, and by highlighting one or two ingredients at a time.
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Description: The Charter Oak is centered on a celebratory, family-style dining experience, with simple, approachable, and seasonal food - grilled meats, beautiful vegetables from our farm, local wines and unparalleled cocktails. Our menu reflects the products of the Napa Valley through an elemental cooking style, with a hearth at its center, and by highlighting one or two ingredients at a time.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Nice location, service and atmosphere, but have to say food was a little disappointing. Four of us - two ordered beef, one chicken and one pork. Nothing outstanding - like we were hoping for. This would not be on our list to return to.

1  Thank FloridaFamilyof5
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

St. Helena in Spring is fabulous and lunch at The Charter Oak just topped it off. Our party included a nearly two year old so the cool wine barrel stave high chair and play dough (including recipe) was greatly appreciated. We did a combination of small plates and entrees. Tostones had an interesting flavor profile on the outside but we’re pretty greasy. Crispy Brussels sprouts with mozzarella were absolutely delicious. Leaves were tasty crispy goodness. Andante goat cheese and honeycomb was also flavorful and had nice texture. Entrees included the chicken sandwich, pork shoulder, smoked ahi salad and the cheeseburger. I would recommend the pork shoulder (like pork belly on greens) and the tuna. Cheeseburger was dry and chicken salad was nothing special.
Chicken tenders were a big hit with my particular grandson.
Nice selection of cocktails, wines and non-alcoholic options.
Our server, Tyler, was attentive but not cloying.
All in all, a lovely spot.

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I always like it when we walk in, see empty tables and are ushered to the bar high tops because “we are fully committed tonight”. Not a problem if that is the truth but a real problem if the same tables stay open throughout our dinner in the bar.
So already in a mood based on the first interaction. Take note management.
The service from that time forward was excellent. Very professional wait staff.
The food might look a bit much on the menu (the way it is described) but what we had was more “normal” when delivered.
Check out across the street if you head to Charter and make your own decision- we did appetizer at Farmstead and dinner at Charter. I look forward to reversing the order and think Charter first for appetizer and dinner across the street.

2  Thank JOHealy
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

After reading that The Charter Oak restaurant had just been nominated as a James Beard Best New Restaurant, we immediately booked it. We had dinner on our second night of vacation in Napa Valley and enjoyed it so much we came back the next night! The large room that is industrial in feel has been made cosy and stylish. The service - particularly our informative and knowledgeable server, Tyler, was endearing and spot on. Delicious locally grown crudités with a soy fermented dip! A citrus, endive salad with almonds and honey. Hearth grilled asparagus , hearth grilled duck and roasted carrots. All just delicious. The wine selection aided by Tyler was perfect. We will be returning tomorrow for lunch!

Thank LaraHoltz
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

I booked a table online for two. On the day of the reservation, they call and tell me that it's a special "potluck" day with a four course fixed menu at $150 + wine. I was looking for the a la carte menu and didn't want to be locked into 4 courses. So I had to cancel and being stuck finding another table within 8 hours. Not OK. So if you plan on going there, make sure you call and check if there's a special event going on.

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Thank PeterSanFran123
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