Lovina

4.6
932 reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Lovina offers casual fine dining with exceptional food, wine, and company. We are a woman owned restaurant that produces delicious dishes and we work with local farms, ranches, and orchards. Our wine list features small producers from the Valley, mostly Calistoga AVA, as well as French wines.

We serve dinner every night and brunch on weekends!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 932 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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locals
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We are local & wanted to give Lovina a try. We liked the restaurant and the menu. However, we felt we were at the racetrack & speed was the most important issue. We ordered the 3 course meal & when the entree arrived halfway through the appetizer, I requested that dessert be held up for a while. Server seemed to understand but once the entre plate was removed dessert was served immediately. Would love to come back but something would have to change.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

First and most important, the cuisine at Lovina is very good to excellent. My wild mushroom bisque was creamy with big chunks of mushrooms. The wild mushroom risotto with shrimp was also terrific. My wife's little gem salad was ample and crisp with just the right amount of dressing. The pickled onions were a little too salty, however. Her cioppino had a delicious broth and lots of mussels and shrimp. The downside was the whole crab which required a lot of hands-on work. My wife is a Sonoma local who has spent her life around crab and is a veteran on how to eat it. However, if she knew the dish had it, she'd choose something else. What if we were from Iowa and with little crab experience?

The main concern was the overall service level. Our server, Jordan, was pleasant, informative, and professional. The issue was that she had too much real estate to cover: inside, outside, and upstairs. My soup arrived from the runner with no spoon. I waited several minutes and then had to go inside to ask for one. The cioppino came with no discard bowl and should have included a warm wet towel for hand cleaning. Instead, she had to ask and then received two WetNaps. These are things that should come naturally for a $44 entree.

Finally, when we left the patio, all of the tables had the glasses and utensils from previous diners. It looked like a cafeteria. We fully understand the staffing challenges in the current hospitality sector (I'm in it too), yet a fine-dining restaurant should never compromise service levels.

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EmilyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time eating dinner here with a friend! We can't wait to come back and I can't wait to recommend to others!

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vipKimF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love this place! Come here every time we are in Calistoga and this is my favorite place in Napa Valley! The food is amazing, serve is outstanding and the atmosphere is warm and cozy!

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SondraH
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food in Calistoga! Service is super friendly - even when you’re shutting down the restaurant on a sleepy Thursday night.

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Buffalo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I drove by this restaurant on our way to check into our hotel and thought it looked like a cute place to eat. We made reservations very easily through open table. I’m glad we did because they were busy when we got there later that night. The atmosphere was great and our server Jordan was amazing.
To be honest I don’t even know where to begin, but the food was beyond amazing! Everything was spectacular! We had the mushroom bisque and mushroom polenta bites for the appetizer, and the lasagna and prawn primavera for the entrees. Everything was perfectly flavored! I cant wait to go back and try more dishes. It was an incredible experience.

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StaceyF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best food in Calistoga,
Celebrated my husband’s birthday with our two sons, such a perfect night.

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RichardB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious menu, quaint patio excellent service! Highly recommend the espresso martini.

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fabulous5
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely spot with a great outdoor option with space heaters
Highly recommend

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SamanthaR
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had dinner twice did not want to go anywhere else...thank you great food great chef and great service we will be back!!!

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RebeccaC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed the risotto with mushrooms, peas, fontina cheese & prawns.

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LeahG
Nuremberg
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Delicious options in a really unique setting, Lovina’s is cozy but still elegant. A perfect choice for either a romantic cool winter night or warm summer evening with friends.

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RuthP
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal with delicious food!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service are always amazing. The pastas,risotto and amazing desserts. One of my favorite restaurants in Calistoga

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SuzanneC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent!

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HStu
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an excellent meal at Lovina this past week. The appetizers were a big hit. Everyone had Pasta for dinner, which (for good reason) is one of their specialities. By coincidence they were having a wine promotion the night of our visit, which added greatly to our enjoyment.

Last night's experience reinforced Lovina's "favorite restuarant in Calistoga" ranking, for sure.

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GabySee
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every bite was delicious , service was excellent, locale and ambiance were perfect. It’s a new favorite

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RuthJ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We loved the menu (and the delicious food we ordered), the wine selections, and the personable service. Lovina was a highlight of our time together. I live maybe half an hour from Calistoga but my friends are from out of state. None of us had been to Lovina. It was wonderful to explore this gem of a restaurant together.

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BobD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice menu, highly recommend

Bar was limited to wine and beer

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LynF
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. I can't wait to go back!

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vipMarieverte
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff is friendly, food delicious, ambiance quaint and Calistoga like! Very nice surprise!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Vegan Food, we had meatballs as an appetizer, the beyond lasagna... the red sauce was fantastic. And we had the Vegan Cheesecake and espresso for dessert... service was incredible we asked for a wine recommendation with our meal, the Maximus Cabrenet was suggested. The Cab alone was great, when enjoyed with the meal the flavors seemed vivid... we will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Better than expected, food and service. We will be back!

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LeiZ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love this place, mushroom soup and dessert are my favorite!

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elisec
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We came here 2 nights in a row. Lovely way to spend New Year’s Eve. Thank you, Lovina, for not having a 100$ NYE menu but just letting us regular people order off the menu! The food is excellent here. Wait staff is SO KIND! And the outdoor dining vibe is CHARMING. Hope all is well and that your 2022 is profitable, Lovina!

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DesireeG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good and served hot 👍. Wines were just ok. Vegan dessert was delicious and very creative.

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Hayley
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was fantastic, took a while to get the food but it was delicious!

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DebbieD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. The restaurant is in a beautiful house. Service was kind and friendly. A great experience

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lljj
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cute little house and patio, was by far the busiest restaurant in town the night we were there. Creative and delicious, also no corkage on Wed, which made it also the most affordable meal of our vacation.

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DanielleW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was some of the best food we've eaten in ages. We had the little gems salad, the roasted Brussels sprouts, the sourdough bread, the Impossible sausage lasagna and the Sunday Funday for dessert. Every item was above our expectations, and because we wanted to try many things, the two of us split everything, and did not go away hungry!
The atmosphere was fun. We loved the old house and the Motown music. Very festive! The servers were kept hopping during this holiday week evening, but they still managed to take good care of all of their guests. We hope to visit again.

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Angela
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and great service!

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vipJWS1
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere, service, and food were all excellent!

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JoelR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a fabulous meal, absolutely delicious. Its great to have vegetarian and vegan options, but even better to have those options taste amazing. Also, just have to say that the staff were incredible.... attentive, responsive, positive, and welcoming.

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PhilH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table of four enjoyed the duck kale salad, the risotto, the prawn Primavera, and the Bolognese. We thought all four entrées were very well prepared, seasoned and plated. Our service, by Rachael, was superb even though she was very busy. It was a cold night, but we were relatively comfortable sitting outside on the porch underneath a ceiling heater.

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MarilynnH
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, & service! Hubble had his favorite- Ciopinno & had braised beef ribs Both were awesome! The cocktails were creative and yummy! The desserts were sorta down home but perfect for the season. The service went above and beyond expectations! Atmosphere was casual but respectful.. all in all a pleasant surprise! I would definitely recommend!

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vipREJUVINATE707
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Sorry- just not my cup of tea - extremely loud and tables too close to each other - I think because inside is very small dining area - the food was OK + but not outstanding - service was OK+ but not a lot of attention - maybe Covid issues of getting experienced people back to work. - Charming Place. maybe just an off night - either for the restaurant or maybe it was me having off night - I got really iritated with the table next to us the minute I walked in- loud talking and extensive F word useage - just not my cup of tea. I am putting would recommend to a friend.. in case it was just an off night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. I highly recommend if you are in the Napa/Calistoga area. A real gem.

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Monica
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at Lovina was nothing short of amazing - from start to finish! First of all, the house is so charming, and the candlelit ambience is very inviting. We began with the Little Gems Salad, and Fried Mushroom Polenta Bites, which were so good, that I'm dreaming about them the next day. Two of us had the Spicy Heritage Pork & Beef Bolognese, which was fresh, rich, and and flavorful. I ordered Lovina's Cioppino, which featured local Dungeness crab, mussels, and prawns, in savory tomato fennel broth, topped with a toasted batard, drizzled in umami aioli. Everything was to die for! A bottle of Domaine Juliette Avril 2019 Grenache/Syrah- Châteauneuf-Du-Pape accompanied our dinner. The wine was well-balanced, and such a perfect pairing with the delicious cuisine. We finished our dining adventure, by sharing the Caramelized Apple Bread Pudding, which was the perfect ending to our night at Lovina. Their attention to detail is apparent in every facet - from the friendly service, to the food, and even to the handmade ceramic dishes. We can't wait to return. Lovina is not to be missed!

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KerinG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A delightful meal. The risotto was wonderful on a cool night. The winter squash salad was a winner and the hot mess to top it off.

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vipLisaP
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had several wild mushroom dishes including the bisque. They were delightful. My risotto was very tasty however the bolognese was unique served “dirty “ with cheese and truffles. The bread pudding was just average.

FAQs

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

Lovina is rated 4.6 stars by 932 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.