Reviews of the finest restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area by Carol and Joe Davis - the Dining Detectives. From Sushi to Prime Rib, the Detectives dine their way across the spectum of fine food. ©2006 Carol and Joe Davis

Fine Food and Wine In The Heart of the Napa Valley

The Napa Valley is green and lush from the recent winter rains. We drove up Highway 29 to the little town of Yountville and found our way to Livefire, which is directly across the street from Vintage 1870, a nice place to do a little shopping. Livefire is a moderately sized restaurant that features an open kitchen, stone fireplace and a small yet well stocked bar as well as tables with white tablecloths. We were seated near the open fireplace and were quickly greeted by Ricky our waiter. We ordered some Calistoga Sparkling Mineral Water and were about to see what Livefire had to offer. There was a buzz in the restaurant, people were talking and laughing.

We ordered some appetizers and some wine to start. Here are some dishes that we highly recommend.

Classic Oysters Rockefeller with Spinach and Hollandaise Sauce- Very fresh and tasted healthier than most!

Grilled Flatbread with Roasted Garlic, Oven Roasted Roma Tomatoes and Smoked Provolone- This was spicy with thin crust almost like Pizza- Very Tasty.

Herb Crusted Spiced Calamari with Lemon Mustard Sauce. Fresh and we loved the sauce, very citric.

Beef Carpaccio with Arugula Salad, Shaved Asiago Cheese and Truffle Vinaigrette.Tasty.

Soups and Salads:

Classic Caesar Salad with Seasoned sourdough Croutons and Shaved Parmesan Cheese. Quite creamy dressing and very crisp lettuce, delicious.

Soup of the Day- Beef and Vegetable- This was a hearty chunky flavorful soup which worked well on this chilly evening. Just like Mom used to make!


Butternut Squash Raviolis with Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil- Terrific- Very large – nice presentation. One of our favorites this evening! We highly recommend it.

Grilled Atlantic Salmon Steak with Sweet Peppers, Roasted Corn Ragout and a White Wine Saffron Sauce. Sweet and flavorful.

Grilled Aged 6 oz. Filet Mignon with Scalloped Potatoes, Asparagus and Dijon Maitre d’ Butter. A great steak! The Chardonnay and Zinfandel wood chips used in the wood-burning grill enhanced it.


Michler’s Chocolate Chip Crème Brulee- So beautiful in presentation and tasty too.

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake with Warm Chocolate Sauce- Fluffy, light and creamy, we loved the Raspberry taste.

Almond Pecan Cup with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream- The Pecans were sweet and the ice cream rich and orgasmic. As we ate the Ice Cream it brought to mind a Famous Quote from the movie when Harry met Sally" I’ll have whatever she is having!"

Wines- There is a good selection on the wine list and as ever we began with Wines by the glass.

Sterling Vintner’s Collection, 1999 Chardonnay-Paired well with the Oysters Rockerfeller.
M. Trinchero Vineyards 1997, Merlot, Coastal Selection- Paired well with the Flatbread
Rutherford Ranch, 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon- Paired very well with The Filet Mignon.

Half Bottles- It is nice to see half bottles so you can experiment pairing wines with your food selections.

Lockwood Vineyard 1996 Chardonnay- This was an excellent selection and it paired well with the Salmon.

Livefire’s mission for being serious about diners having fun while enjoying fine food and wine was realized in our visit. We had a lot of fun at Livefire. Ricky, our waiter was very attentive and looked very professional in his white shirt, tie and half apron. We also felt that the hot /wet towels between courses was a nice touch.

The atmosphere was warm and cozy with the massive stone fireplace keeping us warm. We ordered the food we normally enjoy and were happy with our selections. We enjoyed chatting with a number of other diners; some who were locals and some that were tourists. Heather, who sat near us, was enjoying some R & R leaving her Silicon Valley job behind for a few days in The Wine Country with her dog Emma. Another Group of women were enjoying a birthday dinner. For an enjoyable fine dining experience Livefire in Yountville is a good choice.


6518 Washington St. Yountville, Ca. 94599

Phone 707-944-1500
Fax 707-944-1504


Open 7 days

11:30 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.

Sunday- Thursday
5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Friday & Saturday
5:00 P.M.- 10:00 P.M.

Full Bar/ Progressive Wine List

Reservations Recommended

Major Credit Cards Accepted

Free Parking

Wheelchair Accessible

Catering and Special Events

Outdoor Patio Dining (Seasonal)