Alex Italian Restaurant
Alex Italian Restaurant

Alex Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alexitalianrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (707) 967-5500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Friday and Saturday
    Dinner Wednesday to Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Riccardo Bilotta
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 29
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Alex Italian Restaurant
THE RESTAURANT
Alex Italian Restaurant owned and operated by sommelier Alessia and Alessandro Sbrendola offers first class, Italian cuisine and service in an intimate sophisticated settings. Opened in 2011 and located in Rutherford in the heart of the Napa Valley, the restaurant features Chef Reed Hearon creative and contemporary cuisine. Alex Italian Restaurant received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator 2012. Alex Italian restaurant which take its name for the Americanized versions of the owners names, feature a top notch wine list that in its over 100 pages includes extraordinary wine makers from both old and new world.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Alex Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)notable wine list (31)great for outdoor dining (29)special occasion (28)romantic (26)neighborhood gem (25)great for lunch (14)good for groups (8)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Such a pleasure
    DjohnsonVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Alex is off the beaten track, and thank goodness! Most diners are locals, who know about great food and wine. Alex is the ultimate host, with a sommelier's knowledge of wine. The food is consistently delicious. The duck lasagna special was rub-on-your-body fantastic. The rabbit in a sauce that included chocolate (!) was wonderful. Although I'd prefer to keep Alex a secret, I want them to stay in business, so I can keep having their delicious, authentic Italian food. Go there and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New chef!
    outallthetimeVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Alex has a new chef as of late December and she is hitting it out of the park. If you have been in the past and have been disappointed you must give this place another try. We have been twice already and will return again soon.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would like to go back for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I would like to go back for Alex's charm and solicitousness, graceful service, and beautiful room, but the food did not do the service justice, and did not deliver value for the prices. It's too bad, because the menu was so tempting, but all the dishes were bland and were brought down by under seasoning and poor execution. Tagliatelle with Pork Ragout was very dry and undersauced, like someone scraped up the last bits out of the pot. Gnocchi were light and pillowy but bland and plain, with nothing to make the dish sing. Duck at $35, again no salt, a little heavy on blood orange, and a very bland over-fried arancino.. Cod had burnt potatoes flipped over to hide that, but had infused everything with an acrid taste. Can't hide that.
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    romantic
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  • New Year's Eve at Alex's
    bikecuspid
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    While I feel it is disingenuine to "review" a restaurant on a single visit and without a writer's culinary credentials, this is the format that OpenTable seems to think is appropriate. I look for precision cooking that is inspired with fresh thought. Desserts excepted, we didn't find this at Alex's.
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  • A miss
    Steaklover89
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Overall the food was good not excellent, Alex the owner was very nice and knowledgeable about wine but the service was painfully slow and we were not followed up with for drinks. I thought something might be wrong when it was the only resturant with availability on a busy sat night in Napa but I read the reviews and it seemed like most people had enjoyed it. I would not go back or recommend the resturant
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    notable wine list, romantic
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  • Alex is a hidden gem
    TennesseeTraveler
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    When the occasion calls for true northern italian, home made pasta, a wonderful wine list (resonably priced) with th attention of truly profwssional wait staff - go to alex!!! The Salads, fresh pastas and meat dishs were nothing short of outstandinf
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely one of the best
    DaveGVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Absolutely one of the best gems in Napa Valley. Old world charm coupled with attentive staff and wonderful dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our experience at Atex's was
    madforfood
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Our experience at Atex's was very memorable. Alex and his staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. The wine selection was outstanding. The food was very tasty and plentiful. Will return again on our next trip to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Delicious, cozy and quaint!
    ReneeMVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We dined at Alex for my birthday. It was wonderful! So warm and cozy and the most welcoming greeting by Alex himself! The food was wonderful - three of us had the gnocchi with meat sauce, one a mixed seafood dish. All were fresh and delicious. We enjoyed the poached pear for dessert, and because they had run out of the two desserts the rest were hoping for, the chef prepared a special chocolate mousse sampler! Wonderful! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very interesting
    Greg
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Overall dishes were good but not very interesting.
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  • Overpriced relative to other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Overpriced relative to other restaurants in the area--for the same amount of money, you can eat at a Michelin starred restaurant (Redd, Bouchon, Auberge). Service was underwhelming.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Dining Amazing Owner
    ChristmasEveCouple
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Wonderful dinner and romantic evening. The wine list is AMAZING!! Highly recommend you take the time to get to know the owner. Great personality, very attentive, recommended an excellent wine, and a true Italian!! Thank you!!! Our Christmas Eve dinner was very memorable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Review
    Sexymama
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    The food that I received was very salty. When I commented that the food was salty, the owner of restaurant became very defensive and upset. I believe he took it personally. I had a feeling that I was no longer welcomed at the restaurant. I was very disappointed with my experience here.
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  • from quite good to quite bad
    travelforfood
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This was third time here. Noticed number of diners way down. Cream of mushroom soup was thin, with a quail thigh (?why)...Beet risotto (why beets?)was just red and overpwered by beet flavor. Rib eye was cooked perfectly but COLD (other two steaks at table were medium, think they took my medium rare off the fire while they waited for the others to cook). We will NOT dine there again.
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  • HIDDEN GEM
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    No one really knows about this great restaurant. We've had excellent meals here each time - service can be hit or miss, but never "bad." They really should market themselves more. The wine list is incredible and the food outstanding and reasonably priced. Atmosphere is beautiful. One should not miss trying this restaurant - you won't be disappointed. We're fortunate to live in the area, with weekly reservations in Yountville, St. Helena, etc. - so to have found this little hidden gem was quite exciting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great food in a beautiful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    This place is perfect for a dinner after a day of wine tasting: beautiful decor, great service, fantastic food. A+!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for appetizers and wine only
    NYgirls
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    My friend and I were excited to try Alex's after reading several reviews and looking at the menu online. The staff was very attentive and the owner greated us by name and did most of the serving. That was the highlight of the meal however. We had an italian meat and cheese plater as an appetizer that was very good. Main dishes of Tagliatelle and Ravioli were both very bland and the Tagliatelle was overcooked. On the plus side the wine list was extensive and very good...I suppose if we had drank more the poor quality of the food would not have been as noticeable.
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    notable wine list
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  • Romance in Rutherford
    RWoodVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    This is our favorite restaurant for a romantic dinner in the Napa Valley area. Alex's is very cozy with fireplace seating indoor or on the patio, and boasts creative Italian dishes to savor through the evening. The wine list is extensive with reasonable pricing. The service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding pasta
    AratasVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Have been wanting to visit Alex for some time now since La Toque moved. The space is still warm and comfortable, simple and welcoming. Our service was fabulous from start to finish. We were a large group so had the pleasure of ordering most every dish on the menu and each was worthy of a "foodie shot". That said, though everything was well presented and the pasta perfectly executed (as would be expected) we left somewhat underwhelmed in the land of flawless food. It dawned on us that everything was simply under seasoned. Fresh herbs and the power of salt can elevate a so-so dish into fabulous. We enjoyed our meal but in one of America's most competitive dining destinations it fell short.
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  • Authentic Italian
    Deanna1830
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    If you are open minded to trying authentic Italian food, you will not be disappointed. There are some unusual ingredients and preparations, but everything is prepared with such skill. We have been there twice - in Oct 2012 and Oct 2013 and both times it was spectacular. I have to agree with others in that Alex himself is great - very personable and down to earth. When my husband complimented him on the main dish, he was so pleased - it was sweet. It is very romantic and has quite an upscale feel, but the servers and Alex make you feel very comfortable and welcome. I imagine wedding proposals taking place there. Give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different foods on the menu
    DMDesigns
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Different foods on the menu were prepared excellent and everything was fresh!! Great atmosphere. Definately a go back to place when in Napa again and will highly recommend to friends.
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    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food.......beet
    UsTwoVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Excellent food.......beet salad, duck ravioli, while chocolate mousse Owner is very helpful and attentive Nice ambiance
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • By the fire
    GoodEats
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Good food and friendly, excellent service at a table by a welcoming fire.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pricey alternative in Napa
    ATXaggieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    an hour long wait at Rutherford's made me move next door to Alex...we were only one of 3 tables in there and it was library quiet. Service was unexceptional, prices were outrageous for small portions, none of the dishes were outstanding.
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    notable wine list
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  • WINE!!
    wineaufromvegas
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    After being overwhelmed by their wine Bible--just ask Alex (the owner) what to have. He's amazing! And the food----yum!!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually fine Italian restaurant
    OccasionalreviewerVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    A hidden gem. The food is definitely not your run of the mill Italian. It is sophisticated and inventive. A real treat. And Alex is a most attentive host. Ambiance is wonderful - quietly elegant and you can have a conversation at normal voice level. After several visits it is one of our favorites in Napa Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alex-Rutherford,CA
    larry
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Good food ,great service, a good place for a quiet evening. I will return. Portions a little small but always good. Wine service handled very well.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So desapointed
    MarcoxxxVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    The former restaurant LT has gone but the new one isn't better! easy to understand that many people avoid French and Italian restaurants. 2 star is a gift
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  • Reserved a table at the last
    Art4twoVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Reserved a table at the last minute due to the reviews and it was every bit as written. Great food, great service and wonderful ambience at an outdoor table. Would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxed experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Bill
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Good food but not traditional Italian. Be preparded
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alex
    Reddog
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    If you like the real Italian , this is the spot for you. Not Americanized Italian, but the hot spot now in Napa Valley.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • A night to remember!!!
    Jasmin
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Alex's Restaurant has to be the best kept secret in the Napa Valley when it comes to great food. The dishes are fabulous!!! Don't miss out on the melt-in-your-mouth duck ravioli. The prosciutto was so tender. The steak was perfectly prepared. It was absolutely fabulous!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There were a lot more choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    There were a lot more choices in the menu than in the past. All the food was beautifully presented for 3 of us. We all chose something different and we were all happy with our choices. Food was very fresh and tasty.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved!
    keturah627VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Everyone is Extemely nice!! Servers know about their wine and what to pair it with. The food was amazing! One of the bests we've had - and it wasn't just Italian it was recreated in a different way that made it not only beautiful to look at but taste see wonderful! Cannot wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    What a great find. The food was fabulous and beautifully presented. I highly recommend to anyone searching out a great restaurant in Napa.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Outstanding food, attentive service
    frekdnrVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Though a restaurant in Rutherford does not get the attention of those in St. Helena, Yountville, or Napa, the food and caring service at Alex's today has surpassed all those other choices.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Excellent Pasta and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Staff and Owners so nice. Make you feel very welcome. We had pasta, split 3 of them all fantastic. Best was Tagliatelle
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a gem of a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    This is a gem of a restaurant with a lovely outdoor dining area, an excellent wine list and food which is both delicious and exquisitely presented. I will recommend Alex Italian Restaurant to friends and also plan on returning soon with my husband for a romantic lunch.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Alex and his staff NEVER dissappoin
    BillMVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Alex and his staff NEVER dissappoint! Great food, service and surrounding.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food , great service
    adynutza1976VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Compliments to the cheff , very creative and inventive. Service outstanding. Great experience. We will be back
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    I would recommend this to a friend.