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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, CA
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, CA
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, CA
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, CA
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, CA

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

4.3
4.3
2546 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is the place to be in the Napa Valley!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (707) 963-1200
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Cindy Pawlcyn
  • Private party facilities
    Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is the perfect venue for your next event. Built in the 1800’s the building incredibly charming and quaint. With two floors and two private rooms upstairs it is ideal for the smaller group or large.
  • Private party contact
    Christine Rizzo-Murphy: (707) 536-6606
  • Neighbourhood
    St. Helena
  • Cross Street
    Hunt St.
  • Parking Details
    Spaces reserved for restaurant parking only.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,546 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 1Value

NoiseModerate

2,548 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sorry to see it go! A favorite of ours!

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  2. Davidb

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen was one of our favorite Napa restaurants. Sadly it closed for business on July 7. We enjoyed many great meals there, and were always happy to take our out-of-town guests there. See you at Mustard's!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous but it’s closing! 😢

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  4. LindaP

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m glad we got to go there, as the food was wonderful, and I understand they are closing soon

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  5. Closdesducs

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So sad to see a Saint Helena institution closing but it was a memorable last meal. Best wishes to all of the staff and owner Cindy Pawlcyn!

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  6. TDIVA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall disappointing and overpriced, slow service. Cute place.

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  7. FelixK

    New York City

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We reserved a table at Cindy’s however when we showed up for our dinner the restaurant was closed! Surprised that opentable/ restaurant failed to let us know

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  8. JaimeY

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and our daughter’s birthday. The food was great as was the service. We first dined at Cindy’s 7 years ago and were excited to return. It was one of the best meals we had during our 4 day visit to the Napa Valley!

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  9. NapaValleyFoodie

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Sadly, this was our last dinner at Cindy’s since it is closing on 7/7/18. We’ve been patrons since 2004, and it was our go-to place for celebrations and out of town guests. The food was excellent, as usual, but with the restaurant only half-full at 5 PM Sunday, the service was slow. It took 10 minutes to get drink orders. A second round sat on the bar with no one paying attention. Inexplicable. Courses arrived promptly. We’re sad to see Cindy’s close. It was a Saint Helena institution.

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  10. AshleyB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We have been to Cindy's a handful of times and wanted to go one last time before they closed. I'm not sure if the staff was new or part time help, but our service was absolutely terrible. First, the bottle of wine that we ordered, they said they didn't have, then they found it 10 minutes later. Our server was nice, but it took him a long time to event greet our table. Another person ended up taking our order, and then our server came over and asked what we wanted for dinner. (?) The menus were cleared from our table and we weren't sure who was actually taking care of us. We had to ask for our water to be refilled and we waited for our food for over 45 minutes! The only saving grace was that the food was good, but living in Napa for the past 6 years, I have never experienced service this bad before. I couldn't recommend this place to any of my clients.

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  11. Leah

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will miss this place so much when they close next week. It's been a great run and we've enjoyed every bite and every sip at Cindy's over the years. Cheers to the whole staff and the owners-- hope to dine with you all again.

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  12. we2eat

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food. Always is at Cindy's

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  13. DanielG

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had not been there in 6 years having moved from 30 miles away to 3000. Sad to hear it is closing in one week.

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  14. Winevalley55

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our final lunch at Cindy’s, and it didn’t disappoint as usual. Stuffed pepper appetizer, duck burger and crispy fries, roast chicken. No room to have the campfire pie. Great server, who will stay local post-Cindy’s. This was a restaurant that understood its clients and place in St Helena - understated, convivial, great food.

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  15. Mobile575

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another wonderful Napa Valley Restaurant passes into history. It will be missed by one and all. Best wishes to you Cindy!!!

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  16. WoodyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place in all of Napa. Always go there when in town. I am super bummed to see them closing. Thank you for all of the great meals. Cheers

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  17. Lgregpry

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place great food. It’s a terrible shame they are closing

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  18. JeffE

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Too bad this great spot is closing. Unfortunately, the staff appear to have already left the building.

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  19. Michael

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Going to miss CBK! Another great experience and killer fried chicken :)

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  20. maura

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Table was near the stairs and bar area, so there was constant traffic going by. Wines by the glass and half bottles were expensive, so we ordered a bottle even though we did not want to drink that much. Fish and chips was good but overpriced for one piece of cod and potatoes. My companion ordered the quail salad and got an ahi tuna salad instead; had to send it back and it took forever to be replaced with the right order. My meal was finished by the time hers arrived. Waitress said she "misunderstood" the order but she was obviously distracted, stressed or just wasn't paying attention. I had read beforehand that service was bad in recent months and almost cancelled the reservation. Wish now that I had as the overall experience was not commensurate with the cost of the meal. FIrst time there and would think long and hard before returning. Had a much nicer meal and ambiance in Bistro Jeanty in Yountville earlier in the month, and this was with a three year old in tow.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, waitress took forever, cozy place but seating neighbors were really loud.

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  22. EstB

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quality of ingredients and creative seasoning and preparation so that "simple" dishes were wonderful. Only the dessert was disappointing

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  23. pattir

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always. Super service!!

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  24. Toni

    San Francisco

    145 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a 4-way birthday celebration for my husband and his 3 adult kids. Was PERFECT for the food, the ambiance and the great service by Hugo. Cindy's was with us every step of the way...planning and always a menu that makes you want to return to try all the dishes!!! Thanks, Cindy's!

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  25. FamilyPack

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are so sad that Cindy’s is closing, but are always supportive of amazing chef Cindy and will continue to enjoy Mustard’s Grill! Cindy rocks!!

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  26. gregorio

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    sat outside, great service, very good and REASONABLE wine list---much appreciated these days!

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  27. FarmTableCreativeComfort

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been a fan of all restaurants Cindy Pawlcyn related for as long as I can remember. I am at Mustard's a couple times a year for the last 20+ years. It never disappoints and anyone I take falls in love with it. Hadn't been to CBK for many years but my husband picked it for Father's Day this year and we loved it. Creative, Farm to Table, Comfort Food, great ambiance... In all my years of being a foodie I had never had Fried Green Tomatoes - they were delicious and topped with a grilled prawn and served with remoulade sauce. The Caesar is the best on the planet. Delicious grilled quail and spinach salad and my husbands special baby back ribs served with mac n cheese and grilled corn on the cob was bone lickin worthy! Perfect end to a day of bike riding and wine tasting (Larkmead!!!)

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  28. trinhn

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food in downtown St. Helena. Very quaint and rustic. Food was excellent and the service was on point. Great for everyday occasion.

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  29. MALN

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, the ambiance and food were wonderful. We always enjoy ourselves and look forward to coming back again and again. Thank you.

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  30. VasumaS

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I could not wait to get out. It seemed like a local place with a lot of the same people coming again and again. But, it took forever to get our food and water refilled. It was Soo hard to track down a waiter. They seemed to be walking around a lot. But, they weren't coming to our table. Overall, the service and environment didn't make the food worth it.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch spot, food was top notch and will revisit in the future. Rabbit tostadas were excellent !!!

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  32. EclecticB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After I accidentally booked the wrong evening, the staff could not have been more accommodating when we arrived. Cocktails were on point and atmosphere is great. Love this restaurant! Will always come back when in town.

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  33. RobH

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined at the bar and met very friendly local people. The service at the bar was really good thanks to Wilbur. It’s a very comfortable atmosphere with fantastic menu options.

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  34. KevinD

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cindy's has a comfortable, charming interior, an historic buildling that has been carefully rennovated in a classic, bright and open way. Excellent service -- staff couldn't have been nicer, even bringing us complementary champagne for our anniversary. Table spacing and noise level were just right for an active restaurant. For food we ordered a mix of things including the wild mushroom flatbread, Caesar salad (it was not overdressed like most Caesar salads), and fried chicken. It was all quite good. Cindy's is on our list of places to return.

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  35. Sjtkaakk

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We would go back in a heartbeat! Food was incredible, every bite! Thank you, Juan for fun and efficient service. We will ask for you next time!

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  36. Bobmmmmm

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful as always but the service was awful. They were apparently missing people somewhere and that threw the operation off. The couple next to us could not get their food, then his came, then he finished, then hers came. We tried to order wine but could not get it. Luckily, we ordered identical dinners and they both came out at the same time. That was good.

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  37. DAVID

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again Cindy's does not let us down, food ambience and service were all as usual excellent. The Halibut dish was par excellence and my all time favourite is the Rabbit Tostada. Well worth the visit.

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  38. CEats

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite place we ate in whole Napa area, incredible food and service

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  39. JandJ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The service for our dinner was poor. We ordered a starter, but it was never delivered. No water refills were offered during our meal, and when I requested more when the bill was brought out, I was only given a refill when I was about to leave. The food is fantastic, but the service does not live up to it.

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  40. pbjp

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Nice small outside space

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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 963-1200.

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is rated 4.3 stars by 2546 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Hunt St.
  • Neighbourhood
    St. Helena
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Spaces reserved for restaurant parking only.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Cindy Pawlcyn
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (707) 963-1200
  • Private party facilities
    Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is the perfect venue for your next event. Built in the 1800’s the building incredibly charming and quaint. With two floors and two private rooms upstairs it is ideal for the smaller group or large.
  • Private party contact
    Christine Rizzo-Murphy: (707) 536-6606
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