JoLé, Calistoga, CAOne night we'll stop for dinner at JoLé (inside the Mount View Hotel): . We'll work up an appetite with a brisk short walk (two tenths of a mile) from our cottage to our table. After a long day, we won't have to worry about dressing up as recommended attire is casual dress.
JoLé opened in June 2008 and is the owners' - a husband and wife pair, Matthew and Sonjia Spector - second restaurant (Matyson in Philadelphia was their first). While Matthew was named by StarChefs as a Rising Star Chef in 2009, this relatively new restaurant has yet to earn a star from Michelin (its portions are tapas-sized and range in price from $10 to $15 per plate, placing it outside Bib Gourmand's criteria.) It is definitely a local favorite though. Local Wally calls JoLé's Tasting Menu "the Calistoga version of The French Laundry experience, only much cheaper." And BiteClubEats felt JoLé, along with Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar (run by John Franchetti, formerly the pizza maker at Tra Vigne) and Restaurant Eloise (its chefs New Yorkers Eric Korsh and Ginevra Iverson were also named Rising Star Chefs in 2009. They closed the restaurant November 29, 2009 and have returned to New York according to ChefDB), should have been considered by Michelin for their 2010 Guide.