Chef Charlie Palmer may have only recently brought his eponymous steakhouse to the boutique Archer Hotel in downtown Napa, but it already fits seamlessly into these environs and feels like it's been here forever. Service is superb, as you would expect of any restaurant in this chain. The sleek interior features dark woods, stone columns and tables that are on the small side for a steakhouse. The kitchen focuses on classic fare, such as freshly shucked oysters, Caesar salad with fried quail eggs and steaks with a choice of standout sauces, particularly the béarnaise. Non-traditional offerings include sweet pea ravioli or a rack of lamb. After dinner, head to the rooftop, where a bar and expansive lounge with fireplaces attract long weekend lines.
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