Napa Valley Restaurant Named One of the Best in the US by Esquire

Esquire magazine has announced its annual list of Best New Restaurants in America, featuring one fine dining destination in Wine Country.

Auro restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Calistoga has been named one of Esquire magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America, 2023. Authors of the Nov. 28 article noted 50 restaurants across the country for their “radical authenticity” and “raw honesty.”

“While there’s no shortage of places in Wine Country that will give you the luxe tasting-menu treatment, Auro, helmed by chef Rogelio Garcia, does so with precision and California ease,” wrote Kevin Sintumuang, one of four writers contributing to the article. Two hundred restaurants were tested by the authors from coast to coast.

Auro won its first Michelin star in July, and Garcia, 37, is truly Napa Valley’s phenom of the moment. He’s garnered accolades for his fresh versions of hyperlocal Wine Country cuisine. The restaurant has been featured in the Robb Report, Forbes Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and The Press Democrat in recent months.

Garcia is no newcomer to fine dining. He’s a Napa native who started his culinary journey at age 15 as a dishwasher and moved up through the ranks of Cyrus, the French Laundry, the now-closed Commissary in San Francisco and others. He is also executive chef of Truss, the Four Seasons’ upscale casual restaurant.

Raised in a Mexican-American family, Rogelio is returning to his roots with a forthcoming cookbook, “Convivir: Modern Mexican Cooking in California’s Wine Country,” due to be released in November 2024.

Last year, Animo in Sonoma made Esquire’s list of best new restaurants in America. In 2021, the magazine named Valley Bar + Bottle in Sonoma one of the best bars in America.

Auro, 400 Silverado Trail N., Calistoga. 707-709-2100,