Step into Archetype and it immediately feels like home. Its exterior emanates a barn-like feeling, with a quaint, leafy gate that leads into a greenhouse-like patio. The main dining hall is reminiscent of a large, cozy living room where natural light streams in, inviting you to pull up a chair at the bar or take a seat at one of their many dining tables.
I headed up there on a foggy Sunday morning to try out their brunch, and specifically requested patio dining when I reserved the table. The patio did not disappoint. High ceilings, twinkle lights, and lots of greenery made it truly a lovely place to dine. And don’t be worried— there are space heaters for cold winter days.
The brunch menu is diverse. From traditional omelets to bagels with trout rillette, there’s something for everyone. And for those who have a sweet tooth, there’s also maple sugared donut holes and cinnamon walnut rolls.
For my savory dish, I went ahead with the corned beef shortrib hash with brussel sprouts, soft onions and poached eggs. Because I was on my low carb diet, I skipped out on the potatoes. Really tasty and quite filling! Because I didn’t have the potatoes, it was a little salty, but I’m sure it’s more balanced when the dish is served the way it’s meant to be.
Of course, we had to test out the donut holes and lemon-ricotta pancakes. Both were light, fluffy, and scrumptious!
If you are in St. Helena area, I would highly recommend making a stop at Archetype. It is also within walking distance to downtown St. Helena, a picturesque little neighborhood with an old world feel. Afterwards, make a pit stop at Hall Wines. After all, you can’t go to Napa Valley without going wine tasting!