Middletown offers several great options of eating out or getting food to go. Make sure to check out Yelp or Google for the most up-to-date information on the establishments. Here are some of our local favorites, all within 3-8 minute drive:

Cowpoke Cafe: Tasty breakfast and lunch food (they close at 2pm), simple but welcoming atmosphere, local favorite

Mount St Helena Brewing Company: Simple food (burgers, pizza, home-brewed beer), can accommodate large groups, have arcade machines, and have a bar that is separate from the dining are.

Mugshots espresso: Local coffee shop with espresso drinks and quick bites.

Grinders Steep: Another coffee shop, also offering smoothies, organic teas and coffee, and free Wi-Fi.

Su Garden Restaurant: Familiar Chinese food, fast service, open late (until 9:30pm).

Buddha Thai Kitchen: Thai food, open for lunch and dinner.

Manzanita Restaurant: Part of the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel, features more sophisticated food than other local restaurants. Stays open the latest (until 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on the weekend) but closes between 3pm and 5pm.

Grapevine Lounge: Also part of the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel, features live entertainment and weekday happy hour between 4pm and 7pm.

Marketplace Express: Another destination in the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel, offers coffee, pastries and sandwiches and is open until 2am.

Hardester's Market & Hardware: Local Wholefoods-like store with a large deli section and impressive variety of cheeses, wine, and produce.

If you're in the mood for finer dining experience, consider visiting Calistoga which is about 30 minutes drive away. There are a lot of great restaurants in Calistoga and neighboring Saint Helena, some of them are:

Evangeline (30 min drive): French bistro with exceptionally tasty food and great atmosphere

Gatehouse Restaurant (The Culinary Institute of America) (40 min drive): Exquisite dining in an impressive castle. Dress code: Business Casual.

Archetype (40 min drive): Amazing local and seasonal dishes, signature wine country design, can accommodate large groups.

Farmstead (40 min drive): Award-winning food and wine, overall unsurpassed dining experience.


Lake County is an up-and-coming wine area, and although it has much fewer wineries than Napa, Calistoga, and Sonoma, there are some great local places worth visiting.

Guenoc & Langtry Vineyards (10 min drive): Occupying jaw-dropping 23,000 acres in Guenoc valley, the winery draws its history back to the famous Lillie Langtry, the Jersey Lily, an actress, a famous socialite, Marilyn Monroe of the 19th century. The tasting room is open Friday to Sunday but requires appointments on the weekdays (although you may get lucky just dropping in). The winery offers tastings and wines at not-at-all-Napa prices. There are production facility tours and inviting picnic tables with a great view. We offer 2-for-1 coupons for this winery.
Shed Horn Cellars (3 min drive): Open Friday and Saturday only.

Beaver Creek Vineyards (8 min drive): Opened Friday-Sunday and requires appointment on the weekdays.

Fults Family Vineyards (15 min drive): By appointment only

Hawk and Horse Vineyards (15 min drive): By appointment only

Six Sigma Ranch and Winery (15 min drive): Open daily from 11am to 4:30pm

Shannon Ridge Winery (20 min drive): Open Friday-Sunday during the season

Gregory Graham Winery (20 min drive): Open Friday-Sunday