ABOUT 


The Charter Oak is centered on a celebratory, family-style dining experience, with simple, approachable, and seasonal food – grilled meats, beautiful vegetables from our farm, local wines and unparalleled cocktails. Our menu reflects the products of the Napa Valley through an elemental cooking style, with a hearth at its center, and by highlighting one or two ingredients at a time.

Christopher Kostow

Christopher Kostow

Owner, three Michelin star chef, award-winning author, doting husband, father of two girls, and lover of ping pong.

“When we say elemental it means showcasing things - food, surfaces, materials, in such a way that their essence is revealed. Why not eschew the idea of casual and instead focus on the simple and essential? This will result, I hope, in a certain timelessness to the cooking, to the space…that everything will age well with time."

Nathaniel Dorn

Nathaniel Dorn

Owner, James Beard Award winner, father of dragons, husband of a nutritionist, and detail-oriented always.

“Our intentions are to create a restaurant that is beloved by our community. We live in Napa Valley, we are raising our families here, we have our garden here, and we want our neighborhood to have a restaurant where they always feel welcomed – a restaurant for every occasion.”

Katianna Hong

Katianna Hong

Chef, SF Magazine Rising Star Chef, avid dog lover, wife of a Chef, and never without snacks.

“Family style is such a fun, social and relaxed way to dine - it encourages sharing, conversation and celebration. I think family style is reminiscent of holiday gatherings when there is always an abundance of food, drink, family and close friends. We want people to feel like we are welcoming them into our home - where they can just show-up, relax, have a drink and enjoy a meal.”