My husband and I just planned a last minute trip to CA for the July 4th week. We'll only be in Napa from the 3rd thru the 6th. Obviously the 4th is included and we're concerned about getting reservations for any place we've dreamed of eating at this late date. I did book something on Open Table for the 4th as a stand-by just in case we're really stuck that night (Napa Valley Grille in Yountville - there weren't very many choices available and it looked appealing, and better something reserved than nothing - any opinions on this?).
So, instead of stressing out and spending the next couple of weeks making frantic phonecalls, I could use some suggestions for tried and true restaurants where we don't have to rely on reservations, which have solid reputations for california cuisine. We're from the NY area, so we really want to stick to places which specialize in local produce/ingredients, nothing ethnic as we can get plenty of that back home. Nothing too fancy - we're traveling light, not coming with suits or high heels :-)
We're staying at the Marriott in Napa (again, a last minute choice plus we got to use my husband's Marriott points and it's free) so we'd also rather stick to Napa or as close as possible since we don't know what our evenings will hold for us at this point (i.e., we may wish to enjoy the wine more than usual :-)