Leave it to Cindy Pawlcyn, who already operated two of the most successful (and tastiest) restaurants in Napa Valley (Mustards Grill and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen) to open a third, specializing in fish.
And not just “fish,” but two kinds of sea meats – raw, as in sushi and sashimi, and cooked, as in stews, or grilled.
Dining at Go Fish is like going to two different restaurants under the same roof. Sit at Ken Tominaga’s long sushi bar and eat uber-fresh, delicious seameats, or sit in the colorful salon and order from a menu filled with sea specialties.
Naysayers opined that a seafood restaurant could never make it big in Napa Valley “because it’s red-wine country.” Looks like they were wrong. Mostly because Cindy got it right.
Cindy has ample help around the stoves at Go Fish to insure consistency. We have dined here since opening week several years ago and the food and service are better than ever.
And the desserts are memorable meal closers. Napaman.com previously rated the Roasted Banana-Rum Ice Cream Sandwich as one of the Top Three Desserts in Napa Valley. Every time I make a reservation at Go Fish, the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m having that roasted banana ice-cream sandwich for dessert!” I cannot disassociate a visit here from this joy-making, tasty dessert.
As comfortable as the interior is, don’t miss the fabulous patio, which is open in warmer months (which in Napa Valley, means most months).
I often tell first-timers to Napa Valley to put Go Fish on their “eatinerary.” I hear back from many that they have had such a great experience that they are putting Go Fish on their “Must Do” list for their next visit, too. Which tell you everything you need to know about the nature of this (sea) beast.
Go Fish, 641 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574. Tel: 707-963-0700.
Check hours, directions and menus at www.gofishrestaurant.net.
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