Ah Napa's version of the San Francisco ferry building. Only, like...better!
There are tons of great eateries and food shops. Come hungry and be prepared to leave stuffed. My recommendation would be to start with an appetizer at Pica Pica then head over to C Casa for a meal and then get a scoop of Lemon Cookie ice cream from Three Twins. Enjoy it all on the back porch.
I prefer coming during the week when it's less crowded, just the locals :)
I love what they've done to the old haunted Fagiani's! The atmosphere and craft cocktails are the highlights here. The food was about average, but I'm hopeful that will improve as they become more established. They need something new and innovative on the menu, I was just very underwhelmed on that front. What we did order was good, but nothing memorable or something I would come back for.
Fortunately the service is always pretty knock-out. I highly recommend heading up to the top floor. They even have a smaller bar up there with an amazing patio overlooking a view of all of downtown Napa. When I come back, I'll probably just come to the top floor for cocktails and appetizers.
I think that Grace's Table is easily one of the best brunch spots in town. All you need to know is: lavender...honey...butter...cornbread. It's SO good and the butter melts in to the bread in this deliciously perfect way. The other dishes have never really blown me away but they are all pretty good. My favorites are the Fish Tacos and Quiche of the Day.
My only complaints with Grace's Table are that they don't take online reservations (why oh why do I have to wait until you are open, be put on hold and repeat my name three times and hope that you haven't lost my reso?! Get with the program and get online!). Then there's the ambiance. It's a pretty nice space and the bar looks pretty cool but it's missing something. I can't quite put my finger on what that something is. My guess would be some potted plants on the sidewalk patio outside to distinguish the outdoor seating and better/more art on the large wall (I like the eclectic concept but its not executed to its full potential).
Best casual dinner in Napa! The restaurant is owned by the Ceja family of yelp.com/biz/ceja-vineya… . Bistro Sabor is known for their pupusas and tacos, as well as of course salsa dancing on Saturday nights (10pm to around 1am). I can't comment on the salsa dancing from personal experience but it looks like a ton of fun. The pupusas and tacos, however, are what I come for!
There are two kinds of pupusas ("sope style"): Green Chile Chicken and Pulled Tinga Pork-- don't try and decide between the two just get them both! Ya only live once and you can burn it off with salsa dancing if you need to. As for lighter options the tacos are a good pick, particularly the grilled chicken and the spicy prawns. Mango and avocado salad is also worth having too.
They don't have a license to serve hard alcohol, but don't think for a second that limits the drink menu too cerveza and vino! They have amazing margaritas that I assume are made with sake or something other than tequila. Keep in mind, however, this is the Ceja family so some Sav Blanc (or any other wine on the menu for that matter) would be a great choice as well.
Service is always fast and friendly, nothing memorable but they even bring out a plastic bowl of water for our dog so they're five-star in my book! :)
Oh my Gott's!!!
For starters it's in the perfect location right near Oxbow but on your way into downtown and there's always a seat available.
There's a lot of great things on the menu, just make sure you get those famous garlic fries! I like to go for the burger most of the time but there are some almost-as-good lighter options available too.
Come on a warm summer day, maybe after you've done too much wine drinking and stuff your face because you absolutely will not be disappointed! Get it, Gott it good!!!
Lots of great restaurants on Main Street that Fish Story has to compete with, so I feel like they don't get the credit they deserve and had been meaning to try it out. My partner and I had a friend visiting town, so when Fish Story popped up with availability on OpenTable we thought we'd give it a try.
It wasn't too busy for a Saturday night but just about every table was definitely full. The ambiance was nice, but I was totally expecting a bunch of fish tanks...something similar to Waterbar in San Francisco....(yelp.com/biz_photos/wate…). But hey, they did a fine job with the decor nonetheless and it feels like a nice place.
The cocktail list looked outstanding, so I will have to go back to try their Moscow Mule or Dark & Stormy because we ended up going with wine on tap. Yes, wine....on tap. It's actually brilliant because you get a great value on either a glass, half liter (3 glasses) or liter (6 glasses).
Now, I saw on Yelp that that the Shrimp & Grits as well as the Lobster Roll were popular but it must not be a dinner thing. We decided to start off with the Keeper so we could sample the oysters and clams (the tower also came with shrimp and ceviche which were yum too).
2 of the 3 of us decided we were't going the seafood route so we ordered a crab cake to get a bit more seafood in. BEST...CRAB...CAKE...EVER!!!!!!!! Hands down. Filled with crab and some red pepper, garnished with a creamy sauce and arugula. Nom nom nom!
The rest of the meal didn't really compare to how everything started, though. Not to say it was bad, it just wasn't as incredible as it had started. I ended up getting a steak that was good but a little bit too rare and my partner's chicken breast was solid but not a stand out. If we had been more DTFE ("Down To Fucking Eat") like our friend we would have gotten a Fish & Chips and loved it.
Overall it's a great restaurant on Main Street, the service is a little better than just okay, and anything seafood is fabulous. I think I would come back for some wine or that cocktail over one of their towers and perhaps those wonderful crab cakes too!
Been to a few movies here already (yes, even though they just opened) and thought they deserved a review update. I should preface my 5-star review update with the concession that, yes, they do have some kinks to work out. It's overcrowded right now because of the grand opening week so there is inevitably popcorn all over the floors, bathrooms left unattended and parking is a little tough. All of these things are to be expected with the rush though right?!
Overall, the quality of the facility and the service make this theater a standout. Every staff member was very cordial and helpful. I love the wine bar, even if I can't take my wine or beer into the actual movie. The seats are comfortable, the wall-to-wall/ceiling-to-floor screens with stadium seating make the movie watching experience so much better than at the Cinedome that Napa used to have.
Found this tasting room through their ad for the Yelp Deal and was surprised I hadn't heard of them before. Their tasting room is really nice, I feel like it would be a great event space for a little mixer or something. It's also very comfortable for doing a tasting, which is what we came for. I thought that our sommelier, Red, was what made this place five-star. She's fun and talkative without being annoying (which I feel like not a lot of people in the industry are able to do right). Highlight of the actual wines we tasted was for sure the Noble Red.
Las Palmas has pretty much become a weekend tradition for us and our dog. Most Fridays you'll find us with our big girl out on the front porch enjoying an ice cold beer and some great food.
This is not just your typical Mexican Taqueria sort of hole-in-the-wall. It's kind of like a Mexi-California-Asian fusion joint. Yep, you read that right. From Tacos to Spring Rolls, Burritos to Burgers, Chimichangas to Salmon. They have it all and they do it well! See for yourself, here's the regular menu (not sure if it's totally up to date): napalaspalmas.files.word… and the specials menu: napalaspalmas.wordpress.…
I really appreciate that I can eat healthy here or go wild. The Seafood Cigars were nothing short of incredible, but the Crab Enchiladas are what I usually get when I'm going crazy. Roasted Kings Salmon served with veggies is my healthy choice here.
Up until recently I had never got my eyebrows done. When I lived/worked in San Francisco, I started going to a place that did a pretty decent job for around twenty bucks and I always left happy with the work she had done. Coming here, the bar was just totally raised and I pay a little less than the place I went to in the city. They take their time here and it shows. It wasn't until I got back into my car and really looked in the mirror that I noticed what a great job my esti had done. I'm a guy, so it's easy to over-do brows but they got it perfect. So glad I found them!
This is our dog's regular dog park. She's super spoiled, we've taken her to Fort Funston, Point Isabel, etc. but Canine Commons and the trails that go through nearby Alston Park seem to be her favorite.
They have two fenced in areas, a smaller one for shy/small dog and a very large area for all other dogs. We take ours to a Greyhound play group on the weekends early in the morning and I'm pretty sure they have other play groups as well. Everyone I've run into here have been incredibly friendly, more-so than any other dog park I've been to :)
Don't let the modest entrance fool you, the trail goes back quite a ways. Not quite sure what the significance behind the Shurtleff Bell at the entrance to the park is all about but my dog likes to pee all over it. It's always pretty clean and an it's a pleasant little hike but for being a dog park, or at least a dog-friendly park, I wish it were fenced in completely rather than just partially.
My new favorite restaurant in Napa! Note that this is only the case on Friday nights, not so much for brunch. I stumbled across Andaz Farmer's Table looking for a reservation on OpenTable. I was desperate. It was a Friday night and I had totally forgotten to book a reservation for my anniversary. We'd eaten at just about every place in Napa and nothing with availability really seemed like anything stand-out. At the bottom of the list, with just a few modest reviews, was Andaz Farmer's Table. Located inside the Andaz hotel, I wasn't sure what they'd really have to offer in the way of a 'dining experience' so I decided to call to get a bit of information. Tonight would be the restaurant's first chef's table/wine maker/family-style dinner.
The premise is to make the dinner a social event. What started as an eclecitc, allbeit semi-awkward, gathering of individuals around a long table soon felt like a big family dinner. Lots of wine poured gratis certainly helped. As each course began, Executive Chef Sarah Linkenheil came out to talk about the food and check in on us all. Virtually every course was knock-out. My favorite was the smoked Montreal Hanger steak with Andaz Garden root vegetables. The cherry on top-- or rather the chocolate on top, was a special plate with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate came out for dessert.
Know that this appears to only be a Friday night sort of thing. We came back with a larger party for Brunch and everyone had their own tables and it was not at all the amazing experience we had for dinner. The dinner was easily one of the best dining experiences I've ever had, so it's really hard to compare.
Newtons Law of Fitness Club (NLFC for short) is like a fancy gym with all the bells and whistles except said bells and whistles are all directly geared toward fitness. It's like crossfit, trx, kettlebells, personal training and anything else you could possibly fathom all in one-- but better.
I've never been genuinely excited to go to the gym before, particularly in the early mornings (which is all that my schedule will allow). However the way Travis and Jaret (the Newton brothers) run the place I feel motivated to not only come but also give it all I've got. It's a unique coaching ability they both have that pushes me like other trainers and crossfit gyms haven't been able to do. I go in excited for each day and ready to push my limits. And on that note, each day is completely different. That's my absolute favorite part!
They've recently moved into a larger space to accommodate larger class sizes but it's never been too large of a group. Even if it was, both of these guys are so thorough it would still feel like a private or small group session.
I'm seeing results slowly but surely from training here, which after training at various crossfit gyms and fancy private training with minimal results is impressive.
My top favorite thing about NLFC is that it's such a positive way to start my day. Everyone pushes each other and you push your own limits in a way that is nothing short of exhilarating. My only gripe is that I wished my hectic schedule allowed me to come everyday. You've got to get your butt down here and try it and trust me you'll be hooked!
Nikki is my favorite! This salon is the greatest. It's nothing extravagant, but it's such a nice little salon and I've never seen anyone leave with a less than beautiful look...including me if I do say so myself!
It's a very quaint little spot with just a couple of tables but it's one of the best spots for a quick lunch that's light on the wallet as it is on the hips. I always get the lamb kebab and hummus, both are top notch. I want to compare them to Small World across town, but the food here seems to be much more fresh. The cherry on top of it all is the husband and wife owners are just so wonderfully friendly, a genuine and contagious kind of friendly. Im not going to stop coming, even if they just built a chipotle and habit burger near by-- gotta support the local Napkins!
I imagine most of the patrons here are Browns Valley residents but I come from across town just for the deli! They make the most amazing panini ever. I typically always go cali style with turkey, bacon, jack, avocado (with a little mustard too). Surprisingly the grocery selection is decently priced and they have just about anything you'd ever need.
Awesome sound system. I came in for a round of drinks just before they got things going and didn't stick around long enough to see much of a crowd. With those beats this place has got to be THE place to jam in Napa. Can't wait to go back and maybe even dance!
Friday night, time for a cheat day and eat whatever I want. I search for pizza places on Yelp and eventually came across Fazerrati's which I recognized as "oh the divey lookin place next to Fresh & Easy"! They had a pretty good Yelp Check-In offer so I thought I'd give it a shot. Girl who answered the phone for my pick-up order was nice and it was ready in about 15 minutes, still hot when I got there. I also packed up a salad to go from their nice salad bar.
We got half Fazerati's Supreme and half Pesto Chicken (I added on onion), both were not the best pizza I've ever had but then again living in North Beach SF and Berkeley have spoiled me in regards to pizza so I'll round up to 4-stars because as far as take-out pizzas in Napa or places to bring a large group for eat-in, this place is the best.
Here's a link to the MENU: allmenus.com/ca/napa/465…
Quite the renovation! Three of us wandered in during Chef's Market, having just noticed they had recently opened. It's a great space and has a very comfortable seating area, a private tasting room and what looks like will be a cute front patio (the patio furniture hasn't arrived yet). Initially we didn't quite understand what the whole football motif was all about but googled that Dick Vermeil is a famous former head coach in the NFL. Very cool!
We decided to split a refreshing bottle of the 2012 Cab Rosé. Nice and light just like the translucent look with just the right amount of juicy "umph". Excited to see what they've got next, would love to see them bring the wow factor because it looks like they have a lot of potential.
The location is not as charming as their Saint Helena location and the service is a bit slow and apathetic...but it's easily the best damn burrito I've ever had. And a monster burrito at that! I usually can only eat half. Hence, it's the absolute best hangover food in town.
You wouldn't think it from the outside but they have totally redone a former dive bar adobe shack into an intimate dining room. We came in a bit later in the night and the one server was happy to seat us and get our orders in promptly. The food was great, not sure there is any other Nepalese places in the area but it reminded me of Indian food, pretty similar sorts of dishes. Definitely get the garlic naan!
I remember when I first started driving, I would always wash my car at a self service station every Friday night before getting into trouble ("so getchyo hairrr done and your car washed too..." youtube.com/watch?v=Vjw9…).
Now that I'm older and have come to my senses (and also driving something nicer than a tin can of a Jeep) I've realized it's not cheaper than a normal wash nor as effective. It's certainly more fun, so let me adjust this two-star rating to a three.
I'm not going to be going there too much because I ended up spending like $7 and my car was only a little bit clean. I could have done a better job, but hey if I fill up my gas across the street at the Shell station the car wash by machine is only $5.
I'm listing this place as a fun date, because me and my friends used to team up to do this together in utter debauchery. We were like...
I think it would be awesome to do with someone you'd like to get closer to in a weird sort of way like me. Take someone here, like someone you're on a first date with or trying to bond with, and say "oh hey hope you don't mind if we just wash my car really quick. oh and btw it charges you per minute so get out and grab the brush while I spray and we'll make it like a game show challenge" with a big goofy grin on your face. Trust me, it works.
What's more is you can leave our key in the ignition to blast some tunes while you werq-- i mean wash--- it:
Ace is the best dry cleaning in town! I pass about a dozen dry cleaners on my way to Ace. The prices are reasonable, they do really great work and they have next day service if you're in a pinch.
Where they go above and beyond was a particular evening before a big interview. I had dropped off my suit the day before and was running late getting back to that part of town. Just minutes before they were to close I gave them a call and said I was running late and really needed my dry cleaning. They were able to stay an extra few minutes just for me! This was not even the owner, just one of their staff. Little things like that really go along way and tell you how committed Ace is to their customers. It's the kind of experience with a local business that just completely epitomizes the five-star Yelp review.
Best Thai restaurant in Napa by far! It's not just the food though. Despite the less than fabulous exterior (conveniently located next to Metro PCS), Siam is a cozy place to dine out. Unlike most restaurants in its category, the interior is relatively modern, uncluttered and clean. No plastic covered furniture and chatchkies collecting dust here. What's more is that even though they have a small number of tables, they're never really full. This is probably because a lot of people order take out, which brings me to the food- the best part of Siam.
I've yet to eat something here that I have not liked. My favorite is the Pumpkin Curry, lots of flavor with a ever so slight kick. Red Curry is also highly recommended as well. They have a lot of specials (listed on the big chalkboard wall) that seem to change pretty regularly that always keep me coming back.
Mini Mango is a step up from your typical Thai restaurant. Most of the menu is a more contemporary version of Thai classics, the highlight being the Peanut Bomb (you can do chicken or tofu). Just about any of the curries on the menu are tasty as well but nothing that's ever really blown me away.
I love ordering a nice Riesling to go with my Thai food but you'll get stuck paying around $30 for a bottle here (bottles that would obviously retail for far less) or a corkage fee (I think it was $10). But that's pretty standard so I always go for it, just about every Riesling we've ordered was fabulous.
The heated front patio is the slam dunk for Mini Mango. Lots of room, way more than inside atleast, and TONS of heat lamps to keep you warm. You don't even have to ask for them to move the heat lamps for you they just do it immediately once you've been seated. The pace and consistency of the service is really what makes the atmosphere here. This is easily one of my favorite casual restaurants in Napa.
Empire is what Napa has needed for a very long time. It's sexy and trendy but with substance. Service is some of the best that I have ever had and they were able to provide very good recommendations for drinks and different nibbles from the menu. My favorites were the Cauliflower Fritters and Lamb Belly.
They are open late so I wish I could have stuck around to see what the crowd is like in the midnight hours as it seemed to be a mix of frumpy older tourists and regular locals in the earlier hours. Would love to see them do some events down the road because the space is perfect for it.
The wines are out of this world fabulous and the ambiance is pretty much perfection. The tasting room staff were also super friendly and down to earth. Go for a tasting, because you will not be disappointed.
I was, however, just a little disappointed with an event that they put on. No snafus but at a party where we are paying $70+ per ticket I felt a little cheated. For starters, they had tiny taste-size pours when I just wanted a nice glass of wine to walk around with and enjoy the music. I say walk around with because I wasn't going to sit down as they provided no additional seating, just a few bar tables out in the sun (a tent or some kind of shade would've been nice). To enjoy the food we had to line up like a herd of cattle out to the trough and were only able to get one serving. The food, catered by ZuZu (yelp.com/biz/zuzu-napa), was worth the wait though! Very delicious!
This place is really clean and the space is a lot larger than Napa Nail across town (who has about the same quality). The prices are really fair for a simple mani/pedi, although I don't ever get any polish. Nonetheless, it is a really lovely nail salon to go pamper yourself! I could tell that they prefer cash (similar to all of the other hole-in-the-wall places) but I really appreciated that they take credit cards unlike their competitors, which is ultimately why I keep coming back.
I was really excited to see this place open up and was even more excited to finally get the chance to eat here!
Napkins, similar to Tarla, is a nice restaurant but still very approachable with an upscale casual sort of motif. The space is a total transformation from the dump that was the blight of the downtown riverfront. Nice and contemporary, with a great new porch that is perfect for people watching and enjoying the downtown riverfront. I felt like the patio could have been a bit more comfortable though. Maybe some plants or curtains...something besides just tables and chairs.
The Chicken Wings were the best thing that we had there and I would come back for those. The Chicken Sandwich and a special French Toast Sandwich were good but nothing spectacular. I think I'd come back to try the dinner menu next time (the dark interior seems like it'd be really cozy at night). Will probably have a Review Update soon!
A lot of the bad reviews here seem to gripe about the parking situation. Sounds like a personal problem to me. There's this thing called walking and biking. I opted for biking and took advantage of the bike valet. There's so many hotels, Airbnb/VRBO rentals and camping around there really isn't a reason to have to drive in. Even if you're not going to spend the night, I don't know why anyone would be crazy enough to try to drive in. That's like trying to drive in to San Francisco for a Giants game-- what do you expect?!
Needless to say, without any hiccups or transportation issues, I very much enjoyed the festival which was organized perfectly. The music was great and I was glad to see quality local vendors that offered up much more than your typical music festival. I had a great time and will probably be back next year.
This place is a total transformation from what used to be an abandoned auto repair shop. The second story's patio deck alone is worth coming for! It has nice views of the river and downtown with plenty of seating. The food was pretty decent too! Aside from Norman Rose or Gott's and chains like In-N-Out or Habit, Napa hadn't really had any place specializing in solely burgers (at least to my knowledge). I appreciated that I could order mine "Green Style" just like In-N-Out's Protein Style which is wrapped in lettuce with no bun. Unlike In-N-Out, however, they actually cut down the lettuce so it makes it easier to eat. Maybe next time I will be able to speak for some of their indulgences like the custard and fries.
My only complaint was how long it took to order, especially for what I thought was after the lunch rush (2ish). There was only one guy taking orders with a line out the door. The single cashier would then repeat every order he was given back to each customer which I thought was a waste of time given how busy they were. They made up for it with how fast our order came out though. Within just a few minutes our Green Style burgers were at our table. This will definitely be a spot I will come back to!
Aside from missing the trunk and taking a really long time (over half an hour), they did an AMAZING job on my car. In fact, I don't think my car has ever been so clean. I went with the Works Plus and the guy recommended that I add on the...hmm I'm actually not sure what it was because his accent was so thick or he wasn't speaking English but I ended up paying $39. I've been to Classic Car Wash across town a few times before and always left disappointed, paying way more than just $39. That's still a lot for a car wash and clean but when I got in my car I was amazed with the quality. It looked and smelled like my car had been detailed! For that price and quality, I will definitely be taking my car back here.
Was very pleasantly surprised with this restaurant! Made a last minute reservation for brunch and got a great seat out on their beautiful patio. I was expecting your typical mediocre brunch fare but our server (Tiffany?) was able to recommend the Chinese Chicken Salad which was probably the best Chinese Chicken Salad that I've ever had! The excellent service was consistent throughout the whole meal and we really enjoyed ourselves. I'll definitely be back again to try some more items on the menu but it'll have to be off of other peoples' plates because I'm for sure getting that salad again!
Downtown Joe's honestly doesn't get enough credit! Locals refer to it as "Downtown Hoes" or "Downtown Bros" and I get it, I do...from the outside it seems a little divey. However if you get a spot round back (either on the patio or the back dining room) you'll have yourself a fantastic view of the river and a reprieve from all the shenanigans over at the bar. Not that the bar is bad, it's actually a fantastic bar but you should head out back if you're eating.
After you've gotten yourselves a nice pitcher of cold beer out back, order their Garlic Fries! They're really greasy but SO amazingly good, like better than Gott's good. They're really heavy so I pretty much filled up on them but my burger was equally delicious. Our waitress was really prompt and friendly (she didn't laugh at me when I waddled on out, stuffed from all the food and beer I had just consumed!).
I highly recommend DTJ if you're looking for a casual place to grab a few beers and soak in Napa like a local. Bro or hoe, it's worth a visit.
This is probably one of the coolest tasting rooms in Napa. The quirky, industrial chic motif is a pleasant change from all of the relatively unremarkable spaces of the other tasting rooms around town. The tasting staff were really nice and we ended up buying a couple bottles from them which waived our tasting fees. I actually had the Dr. Herold 2013 Riesling with some spicy Thai food last night and it was absolute heaven!
This is officially one of my new favorite restaurants in Napa! I was totally blown away on all fronts. The menu is your typical bistro style fare but everything seems to be done with their own unique twist. The Hanger Steak in particular was just perfection. The service was also very attentive and when the bill came I was pleasantly surprised that we could have such a nice dinner in Napa (free corkage!!!) for such a reasonable price. This will surely become our date night go-to!
Came in for the first time during Napa Valley Film Festival and loved it! They took over the Opera House so have lots of events going on in addition to hosting screenings for the film festival this year. I was also blown away by the level of service here too. Our waiter made a really simple mistake and the manager comped dessert for us.
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"The Wit That Don't Quit"
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