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Lovina, Calistoga, CA

Lovina

4.6
4.6
1239 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A locals favorite in historic craftsman home, with lovely heated/ shaded patios. Lovina is tip-free!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 942-6500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Leticia Martinez

  • Private party facilities

    Our heated, covered front porch is perfect for up to 18 guests, or rent out the entire upstairs (including the porch) for up to 35 guests! The new West patio seats up to 40, with room for a bar and cocktail hour.

  • Neighborhood

    Calistoga

  • Cross street

    Lincoln Ave

  • Parking details

    There is one handicapped parking space available; the rest of the parking lot has been converted to a patio for outdoor dining during the Covid-19 restrictions, but there is ample street parking in Calistoga.

  • Public transit

    The Vine transit bus stop is located just half a block from Lovina. Calistoga Shuttle, a local public van, stops right at our front.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,239 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wine Country

    American

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  1. KL

    KimL

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food and ambiance was exactly what you’d dream of for a Napa/Calistoga evening dinner out! Food was beyond fresh - the burrata and heirloom tomatoes to die for. We struggled with getting water and initial drinks upon arrival, but I think that was because we came in behind some large parties. Beyond memorable and delicious!
  2. PA

    PamA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My only complaint was the speaker was right behind my head so it was hard to hear those across the table. They turned it down once so I didn’t want to ask again. Everything else was perfectly wonderful! I love that place!
  3. RH

    RaynellH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I chose Lovina because I am vegan and the Impossible Lasagna sounded intriguing. It was really good, my only quibble is that they could cut back on the amount of Impossible Sausage--it was a little overwhelming.
  4. S

    Sean

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love that tip was included. Great outdoor dining space. Risotto was amazing. Duck pasta was good but not hot enough but not bad enough to lower rating. Desert was perfect.
  5. CJ

    CindyJ

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was extremely good. Service was also excellent. I've eaten at many Napa Valley restaurants and I would definitely put this in top 5, perhaps 3. No tipping required, because it is built into the menu prices and they provide their employees with above average benefits. I believe this is reflected in Lovina's food quality and service.
  6. RW

    RichW

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service for brunch. Loved it and will return
  7. NC

    NCris

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in Calistoga for our anniversary weekend and dinner at Lovina was the absolute best meal we had during this trip. We were interested to see what the service was like, seeing as tips are pre-included in the menu prices, and were pleasantly surprised at how attentive, knowledgeable, personable and caring the entire service staff was. Clearly it is a great place to work and the staff reflects that. The food was so good. In-season produce was elevated by meticulous skill and presented in an unpretentious manner. Serving sizes were perfect, large enough to enjoy and not so big that you needed a box to take anything home. Wine pairing suggestions were perfect. We cannot wait to find an excuse to come back again.
  8. SH

    SallyH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the food here and the friendly staff. Nice ambiance, especially my favorite table on the upstairs porch!
  9. EK

    EirvinK

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was friendly and the food great.
  10. s

    susannyc

    London

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bolognese pasta was absolutely delicious!!! I loved the food and the outdoor patio is very charming and comfortable. The price is expensive- my dish of pasta was about $40 which to me is extremely high. I'm a New Yorker and am used to high prices, but this was over the top. The bread, which was also delicious, was $7.00. The restaurant does not expect the diners to leave tips, however the price is still ridiculously high. The chicken was $47.00. If you subtract a 20% tip, the price is still does not make sense. But if you don't mind paying crazy prices, the food is very good.
  11. f

    fmaffo

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful setting on a second floor balcony overlooking a courtyard and downtown Calistoga. Food was perfectly prepared. Scalops risotto and king Salmon were delicious. Ingrid was our server. Knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything great but we were next to the street and it was noisy with trucks. Bread pudding was very good. Beet salad could have some spice added but still very good. Server was excellent.
  13. D

    Dawb

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovinas staff is very accommodating and service is excellent. A little disappointed in the lack of a full bar, we enjoy a cocktail with dinner. Food selections are a bit limited but split an excellent beef and pork bolognese dish. There were three or four dishes that sounded very tasty but featured impossible or nearly possible meat substitutes, which we don't partake of. Splitting one dinner, two orders of bread, an excellent small appetizer of fried polenta, and two glasses of wine, $125 before tip, which is not encouraged.
  14. TL

    TracyL

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service in a lovely setting. Love that prices include living wages for staff and women owned and operated!
  15. G

    Ginger

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner on the patio. Attentive service, delicious food
  16. LS

    LoreeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first and best restaurant we ate at in Calistoga. Amazing service and relaxing atmosphere. Food was lovely and delicious.
  17. AB

    AnneB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with lovely surroundings and very pleasant staff.
  18. P

    Purple

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner experience for the whole family - 1 month old to 90 years old. Best service and great food options for everyone.
  19. RM

    RyanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Staff very friendly and quick seating with my reservation. On main street so gets noisy at times but overall, great restaurant.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing! Have passed by the place every year during our vacation and we have discussed stopping in, but never did! WOW what a mistake that was! This is such a great gem! Everything was just great! Cannot wait to make another reservation next year on our vacation this will be another great place to enjoy a fantastic evening or brunch!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just go! Spicy Bolognese and Duck Confit were fantastic! Excellent local wines. And exemplary service. Rather small so be sure to make a reservation.
  22. KD

    KarenD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our Lovina experience, the patio was lovely, the service excellent, a beautiful Calistoga evening. The cocktails were excellent, we shared the baby beet salad which was gorgeous, my sister had the sea scallop risotto that she said was fabulous, I had the duck confit and tuscan kale salad which was an amazing blend of freshness, richness and flavor. What a lovely, lovely evening. Thank you Lovina for being such a special place.
  23. BI

    BernardI

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Inconsistent quality! Excellent appetizers but disappointing confit of duck! Wine by the glass overpriced and not poured from the bottle! Undefined origin! Lovina used to be so much better.
  24. G

    Googstar

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place - we eat here every time we’re in town - the food and service are consistently excellent. There are plenty of menu choices for different dietary needs. However, I do miss the curry shrimp and rice dish that they used to have - and the pork chop. You can never go wrong with the bolognese, the polenta bites, and the little gems are outstanding!
  25. JA

    JoanneA

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great restaurant in Calistoga. The food and outdoor ambiance were wonderful. The waiter ordered and delivered the wrong dish but the amazing restaurant host immediately came to our table and offered a dessert or cheese on the house. I would definitely go back with a bigger appetite!
  26. J

    Jennifer

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took great care of us and food was excellent!
  27. S

    Spicijulezz

    Portland

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I don't live in the area so dining at Lovina is a treat for me! the duck confit warm kale salad is absolutely off the charts amazing in flavor and quality, the beverage selection creative with wonderful variety - and the hot mess dessert - fun and so tasty! I dined there twice on this trip and had the salmon and gnocchi and that gnocchi was more than perfect for my satisfaction. Atmosphere is warm and not stuffy. AND! Lovina is owned by a woman, the chef is female and they provide health care for their employees. Dining at Lovina is WIN WIN WIN. don't miss it!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovina was fabulous! Our server Jordan was knowledgeable, helpful and fun. She gave us some specific recommendations for items to add to our entrees that made them even better. The food was superb. We all appreciated Lovina’s stance toward improving the financial lives of all its staff members. A wonderful, memorable evening.
  29. RP

    RickP

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bolognese was the best I have ever experienced!!! We added the truffle butter as suggested by our waitress and it was perfection! The apple bread pudding with gelato was the finishing touch to our meal. We have added this restaurant to our top favorites in Calistoga!!
  30. BE

    BrandonE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gluten free options made everything really easy for me and my gf and to top it off it was the best impossible lasagna and gluten free desert we have ever had. The server america and everyone else was amazing. We asked for a table for two in a romantic spot and they sat us upstairs at a cute little corner table over looking the street. This place is a must and totally worth it. Can't wait to return and enjoy this wonderful place again. Thank you Lovina! -brandon the musician from pacificos
  31. CM

    CyndiM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and impeccable service. Drinks were refreshing.
  32. CS

    ClaudiaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Had informed in advance of birthday celebration and it was not acknowledged. Also they said they dis not have an inside table when they had one they could have put us at before the next party arrived.
  34. F

    Foodlover

    Omaha

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Gem , our fist visit though we have been to Calistoga many times. We will go again
  35. RR

    RickR

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The service is very casual, which is out of sync with the prices of the foods. I can appreciate the living wage and profit sharing with the employees, but not at the expense of great service and food. The service is very, very casual and that is a bit off when asking $25 for an eggs benedict.
  36. BT

    BenT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive staff, delicious food and good central location
  37. KR

    KenichiReview

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Nice atmosphere. I liked that they took reservations as I hate standing around waiting for brunch. But everything we had was meh. Bland duck benedict. And my wife had a breakfast potato dish that tasted like a boiled potato with two eggs and some side greens for $35. Drinks were pretty good and fair for Napa. Keep the bartender.
  38. JS

    JenS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Started off with the Fried Mushroom Polenta Bites appetizer -- good, but kind of bland, the sauce it what gives this flavor, otherwise, I think it's lacking. Dinner items: Seared Alaskan King Salmon was very good, as was the Niman Ranch Beef Tenderloing Medalions. For dessert: CArmelized Apple Bread Pudding is very good and big enough for two! Fun drinks: "Strawberry Fields" & "Tropical Refresher". Excellent martini: Hazelnut Espresso Martini. Server and staff were all friendly. Tips are builit into the menu pricing. Though we didn't eat outside, they have a very cute and inviting patio.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary while on a trip to Calistoga. They put us in a semi-private dining space (only one other table with another couple in the room). The food was excellent, wine pairings were fantastic and the service was friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. Love their no tipping policy as the restaurant owners/management provide a living wage to staff. We totally recommend Lovina!!!
  40. J

    Jdestro

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We felt though the food was good, the prices are very high for the value.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Lovina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 942-6500.

Lovina is rated 4.6 stars by 1239 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Lovina

1107 Cedar St, Calistoga, CA 94515

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lincoln Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Calistoga

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is one handicapped parking space available; the rest of the parking lot has been converted to a patio for outdoor dining during the Covid-19 restrictions, but there is ample street parking in Calistoga.

  • Public transit

    The Vine transit bus stop is located just half a block from Lovina. Calistoga Shuttle, a local public van, stops right at our front.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Leticia Martinez

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (707) 942-6500

  • Private party facilities

    Our heated, covered front porch is perfect for up to 18 guests, or rent out the entire upstairs (including the porch) for up to 35 guests! The new West patio seats up to 40, with room for a bar and cocktail hour.

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