Cook St. Helena

4.7
267 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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L
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in downtown st. Helena that offers wonderful ambiance, food and service. Can’t wait to come back!

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NT
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant
Food service and ambiance will return when back in the area

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J
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute local place. Everyone was nice and attentive. The food was flavorful and fresh. I had the bolognese and would definitely get it again.

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KA
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Gorgonzola gnocchi I have ever had in my life! Super friendly service! Amazing dessert! Can’t wait to go back!

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JC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Terrific place, great food and service and well priced

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e
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cook is always awesome, food, ambience, service, excellent risotto.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED everything about it.

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P
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars and love every dish and the happy spirit of the entire staff! Place is a gem.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The servers seemed a bit over it. They gave my boyfriend his main pasta with our appetizers as a mistake and so the whole meal was just kind of rushed and they didn’t seem to care.

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DE
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cook is a lovely place for locals and visitors. Very small, with a tight focus on northern Italian cuisine and an interesting wine list of imported and local wine. Not fancy, but thoughtful and highly recommended.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jeremy provided excellent (and amusing) service!

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Always have a great meal and the service is really friendly.

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed this place, and the food was top notch! I had the daily risotto dish, which was with mushrooms, butternut squash and shrimp. If it were appropriate to lick the plate, I may have done so! I will say that the service when we initially arrived was pretty slow. The restaurant was not crowded, but it took more than 7 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us after we sat, even for water. Our waiter finally came and we asked if we could please get some water and he said sure, but it was another 10 before that happened and we had just come from the mud baths, so were parched! That was a little disconcerting. But otherwise, food was amazing.

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MK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious Food and always a Good experience.
Good comfort Food a chilly winter day.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance!!!! Highly recommended!!

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V
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to take my Mother-in-Law out for her Birthday and we wanted a cozy place with good food and we were not disappointed. The food was wonderful as always as well as the service. We finished up and luckily I booked it through Open Table. My Mother-in-law was leaving the next day and she unbeknownst to us dropped her wallet. Jeremy our waiter called us after we had left and held the wallet for us. Excellent food and Service from start to finish.

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w
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The only glitch was that there was no chardonnay offered. Napa Valley and no Chardonnay? Please......
Otherwise, a wonderful evening.

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SC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great!

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TW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner tonight. Bella was the greatest and so attentive. We’re always thrown over the fence by the seasonal menu and menu anchors.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Small restaurant with carefully prepared food. Good menu choices with large servings at reasonable prices. Our waitress Corryn was very personable and attentive. Would absolutely recommend Cook.

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JC
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Extraordinary food in a very, very casual atmosphere. Good, but not extensive, wine list. Excellent and friendly service.

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JM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything minute and bites fabulous. Can’t wait to go back!

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PW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good just loud, and a cold cold blast from the front door. Excellent!

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BG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the small size and quaint atmosphere of this local restaurant. We all loved our choices. My only caveat is the menu said gluten free options but they warned there was flour everywhere due to making pasta. Probably not safe for Celiac's. I had a risotto that was delicious, with no side effects, but I only have an allergy.

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h
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We had a great seat by the window so we could watch people on the street, but it was hard to take our attention away from the food. One must: Get. The. Shortribs.

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. Our waitress was friendly and familiar with the entrees and wines. Every thing was served in a timely manner and we were able to enjoy the food and atmosphere. Highly recommend and will visit again.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the place. So glad they serve lunch. Very nice staff.

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f
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting St. Helena and glad we found this gem of a restaurant.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cook is a great go-to locals restaurant that consistently serves great food with an awesome, friendly team. Truly a winner!

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TJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Twice a year we visit Napa and always go to Cooks. They are the best

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RL
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service + food was very good

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for a business lunch!

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K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
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 6, 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
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were AMAZING!!

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I
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like the non-tourist atmosphere

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CP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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 27, 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 22, 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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