Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

  4.8 rating over 4 reviews
1327 Railroad Ave
Saint Helena, CA 94574

Cuisine: California, Latin American, Cafe

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is a California, Latin American, and Cafe restaurant where most Menuism users came for a romantic date.

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"Service service service. Mary was wonderful"
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 Charleston, SC
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen 5.0

Simple food made incrredible, in a lovely setting

Cindy’s Backstreet, a block off St. Helena’s main street, has been one of Napa Valley’s best restaurants for over ten years, yet going there never gets old.

The décor is a subtly sophisticated backdrop for remarkable food that hits all the current buttons about “local and fresh,” without being pretentious.

Have never had a bad meal, from the most expensive featured fish to their $12 burger, but my favorite may be their curried chicken.

Service is knowledgeable and impeccable but, again, not pretentious. These men and women know the food inside and out because they love it, not because they’ve taken notes on which pepper has been sautéed with which oil.

Cindy’s is the epitome of Napa Valley dining — and try their fabulous “Sidecar named Desire” at the bar!

Curried chicken

This delightfully filling, yet light, dish is a “double” curry — a curried vinaigrette on delicious greens, and a cream thicker curry dressing on grilled chicken topping the salad.

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 St Helena, CA
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen 4.0

Mmmmmmmmmmmm! What a cozy little place to have...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm! What a cozy little place to have a stupendous meal in. I was recommended to this place by my roommate, a Saucier at St. Helena’s “The Martini House” a couple weeks ago when my family came down to see me for “Labor Day” weekened. It is adorable! Plus it’s cuisine is simple, fresh, and full of rich flavor. If you ever stop in St. Helena for lunch, definitely take the time to stop on by.

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen 4.0
February 16, 2010

Thumb up for Cindy's

Excellent food and atmosphere. Make reservations - the wait can be long. Loved the entire experience. Don't be in a hurry here - enjoy the dining from start to finish.
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen 4.0
November 13, 2009

Lucky happenstance

Decided to find a restaurant off main street and we lucked out by trying Cindy's. They have small patio dining where we met wonderful dog owners enjoying dinner with their pouches.\r Their specialty bar drinks were excellent, a nice…

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California Good for groups Sophisticated California dining
  • Chef Cindy Pawlcyn is a James Beard award-winning cookbook author.
  • From May 1 to October 31, the restaurant is open daily until 10pm.
  • Corkage fee is $12 per bottle. An 18% gratuity will be added for parties of 7 or more.
  • Along with a wine list consisting of mainly Napa Valley vintners, the restaurant also has a small selection of brews and specialty cocktails, such as the "Buddha's Bliss" with Hanger One Buddha's Hand Vodka and a candied lemon peel rim.
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  • 10/23/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Service service service. Mary was wonderful'
  • 12/31/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it and liked it.
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is located near the cities of St Helena and St Helena.
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