What the Critics Have to Say

Gourmet: “Todd Humphries’s intelligent, quietly authoritive cooking makes sense of it all. The razzle-dazzle is in the taste.” – Carolyn Bates

Bon Appétit “Best of 2002” Issue: Martini House voted “Best Wine List”. 

Zagat Survey: The Martini House’s “rustic setting is an appropriate showcase for executive chef Todd Humphries (Ex-Campton Place), who presents thoughtful, inventive New American dishes of locally foraged ingredients.” Voted as one of the most popular Bay Area restaurants in 2003 with winning wine lists, top 5 in best overall food, décor and most romantic rooms.

Esquire: “Martini House is one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2002. Todd Humphries exemplifies the astounding bounty of Napa Valley”. – John Mariani

New York Times: “Wisdom, women and a touch of wit. Lisa Minucci has put together one of the more intriguing and still user-friendly lists to come along in sometime.” – Frank Prial

Food & Wine: Martini House is “the hippest place in Napa.” A don’t miss is the “swinging subterranean wine bar and the witty wine list.” 

Wine Spectator 2002 Restaurant Awards Issue: Martini House voted one of “Best Restaurants in World for Wine Lovers”.

Wine Spectator: “The wine list is creating as much buzz as the décor or the food.” – Tim Fish

San Francisco Chronicle: Martini House is the “toast of the town.” Lisa Minucci’s “wine list is phenomenal”. – Michael Bauer

City Search. Top 10 United States restaurants opened in 2001 “Spectacular new American cuisine, superb wines and a lush setting make a trip to St. Helena desirable, if not mandatory.”

Wine Enthusiast: “Rustic elegance is the watch word here, both for décor and cuisine.” – Jeff Morgan

San Francisco Magazine: Martini House is “a playful destination that flies in the face of expectations and puts a fresh twist on well-worn trends.” – Josh Sens

Wine & Spirits: Chef Todd Humphries “creates a menu that is cozy and hearth-like” while Sommelier Lisa Minucci “has created a wine list that is far ranging and whimsical.” – Tara Thomas

Wine Country Living: Calls the Martini House “the most happening restaurant in the Napa Valley.” – Jim Gordon and Paul Franson

Sacramento Bee: “Martini House is as much about exquisite dining as it is about industrious design.” – Mike Dunne