Celadon - Napa
Celadon!We arrived late after our flight was delayed 5 hours! Called on our way to change our reservation and were welcomed without any issues.
Arrived for the final seating and had a cocktail at the bar. The bartender was very helpful and friendly. Once we were seated the service was fantastic. Sommelier had decanted our wine already as we had ordered it from the bar. Great suggestion!
Our food was nothing short of incredible. My Panko Crusted Ahi Tuna in a banana curry sauce was the star of the table (special). The calamari was a very close second.
Overall it was a spectacular evening at Celadon and we highly recommend it!6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe brought friends for anWe brought friends for an anniversary dinner. An enjoyable time was had by all.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMA FAVEI usually always bring out of towners here. I can count on the quality and service being consistent and living up to my praises.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is the place to fine in napaWe thought we'd try some other spots on this visit to napa. All were disappointing. Finally went to celadon on last night and it was just as great as our prior visits. Great food. Great staff. Great wine list.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday lunchHad a wonderful 84th birthday lunch for my mom. Excellent service, food was perfect. A very loud group of celebrating women in the open area with us made talking to each other difficult. Not the fault of the restaurant, Just know that a loud party there can ruin your time. Would have been better to be inside the restaurant. Next time...6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentCan't believe we haven't been here till now!!! Wonderful flavors and selection!!!6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGood foodThe food here is great. My husband and I had the best tomato soup we've ever put in our mouths! I had the duck with sweet potato purée and it was really good. The front of the restaurant feels like a sort of an enclosed patio, which is where we sat, and the ambiance was just okay. Good if you have kids with you, though. The restaurant is versatile because it can also be somewhat romantic. The service was also good.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely timeFrom the calamari appetizer to the scallop and duck dinners Celadon exceeded my expectations by providing a wonderful atmosphere, wonderful service and food that was honestly some of the best I've ever had. The scallops, by far, were the best prepared scallops that I've tasted and the calamari appetizer was also the best prepared I've ever had it. The only down side was my beverage; I didn't really prefer it, but my dates pear-infused margarita was perfect!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMA must go to dine destinationMr. Cole and his group really know how to "entertain" customers with great service and great food!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMNice mealVery nice meal with attentive service. We sat on the patio by the fireplace, which was really lovely. The ambiance was more casual than what we could see in the dining room. The food was all very good, if a bit expected. I appreciate the fine quality of ingredients. The recipes seemed to be a bit safe. A great spot to take friends who have a less adventurous palette. May be a disappointment for foodies. I had the braised lamb shank over couscous which was good but too lightly seasoned. One companion had the pork porterhouse which he claimed to be the best pork chop he's ever had. Another had the salmon which looked to be perfectly cooked, served over fresh, roasted vegetables. We will definitely go back. A nice way to end a day in Napa.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday dinnerThis was a fantastic dinner. The outdoor patio was beautiful and the lush plantings surrounding the patio were just gorgeous. The service was impeccable and they made us feel right at home.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMNever failsWe never fail to have almost a perfect dining experience when at Celadon. For our money, the patio is the place to be (for you Easterners, there is little humidity in Napa and so comfortable). One of the nice things about Celadon as well is that theyoffer a full menu at lunch and owner Greg Cole selects terrific wines for his list.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautifulApps were outstanding. Dessert even better. Needed two scoops of ice cream. :)
Server was very nice but a little slow. She seemed to be in physical pain tho.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had dinner on a SaturdayWe had dinner on a Saturday night in the outdoor area. All our main dishes were excellent and a bit unusual. We had the signature lamb shank and superbly flavored couscous, their fish special, their lamb sirloin special and their special pasta with lamb ragout. The waiter arranged for a 'mocktail' for one of us. The atmosphere was relaxed with excellent service, tables were not close together and a low noise level made it easy to converse. Look forward to returning on a future visit to Napa.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food, terrible serviceThe food at Celedon was spectacular! We were a large group, 9 of us, and everything we ordered from the small plates to the main courses to desserts was fantastic! Not a single mediocre item on the list. I was incredibly shocked by the waiter and his level of service - just unacceptable! Starting from the beginning, there was no hello, no introduction, and upon us asking him for his name he proceeded to tell us that he "doesn't give out his name, it's not his style". He was visibly frustrated by us asking him for black napkins instead of the white ones that were provided. He actually told us that he does not have a recommendation for which of the specials is his favorite because "the waiters are not allowed to taste the specials".6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing restaurant!!Everything was so good at Celadon, I couldn't have had a better bottle of wine ( I had the Schafer Chardonnay) and a better steak. It was all much better than I expected.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food, Service not as goodI absolutely love everything on the menu here but the service has always been lackluster. I've come here now on two separate occasions for birthdays and they have never done too much to make our special days extra special, which is a shame because we spend close to $200 each time...I feel like they can comp a dessert and give us a server who is personable.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMMemorable nightenjoyed the food, the service and the ambience
wonderful wine and a romantic anniversary dinner5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMSophisticated and unpretentiousWe went for lunch. Ate on covered patio. Excellent service (that tricky balance between being intrusive and feeling ignored) and great food. In LA, that sort of place would be pretentious staff. This was refreshing.
Marvelous setting. Sweet smelling flowers set a happy tone without being overbearing.
Good food: new flavours that worked well, but managed to surprise. Highly recommended.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMRelaxing setting with great foodThree friends reuniting for this most recent visit... great food, great beverage selection, comfortable outdoor seating, professional staff. I have been to Celadon several times and have enjoyed every visit. They know how to please their customers. I would recommend them to anyone who wants some great food, pleasant environment and respectful staff. The biggest challenge was deciding among the delicious menu options.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMBYOBAwesome food. Second time I have been there and had another fantastic experience. Its BYOB with a $15 corkage fee.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this place!It was our last night in Napa, otherwise we would've come again. Excellent service from our server, Teresa, who was friendly, knowledgeable, and genuine. A quaint farm-like look to the place and looking out on to their garden. I had the mussels as a starter which was excellent and their pasta special- home made pappardelle pasta with a short rib braised in red wine and mushrooms, topped with horesradish sour cream. It was amazing! I wish I'd had enough room for dessert, because they looked fabulous as well. This was so much better than the other places we had tried during the week (The Thomas, Tuscany, Fish Story).5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGood ambiance, nice service,Good ambiance, nice service, and reasonable prices.
Try the macadamia nut crusted goat cheese and pork belly.
Also recommend the roasted duck breast and lamb shank.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat choiceWe only had one night to spend in Napa, and Celadon was recommended to us by a chef as somewhere that used fresh, seasonal ingredients in a creative way. They were right - the starters especially were really unusual and packed a lot of taste. The staff were friendly, knew the menu well and were very professional. The ambience was very relaxed. We had a great evening and will definitely return!5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways top drawer!We moved from Napa 11 years ago and Celedon was already one of our favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley. Since then, many exciting and fine dining establishments have opened (and closed) but Celedon continues to thrive and produce one of the best dining experiences in the valley.
Chef Greg Cole opened in the downtown Napa well before the city center became the hot spot for foodies it is today and was one of the best restaurants in the valley from day 1. Kudos!!
By the way, be sure to start with the calimari when you go.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMdelish locals spotI went to Celadon while on vacation with three girlfriends in Napa. We had a 9p reservation on a Saturday and were the last table sat - which didnt matter for us, as we were just interested in trying out some local spots. The food was delicious and they were accommodating to dietary restrictions, which 2 of the 4 of us had. The restaurant is beautiful and I would definitely recommend sitting in the garden - so pretty!! All in all a great spot that I would recommend to others.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMDiamond in the heart of NapaWonderful service, meal and ambiance. Friendly, bustling environment in a comfortable atmosphere. The main room is cozy with a fire burning and low lighting while the area around the bar in the next room feels sophisticated, more brightly lit and a bit urban. It feels like one can chose from two different dining experiences, both terrific. The food is fantastic. I enjoyed the lamb shank with succulent fall-off-the-bone tender meat nestled in a bed of couscous with a mingling of delightful Morroccan-style spices. My husband had a pappardelle pasta with lamb shoulder that was just delicious and my mother oohed and ahhed over a lamb steak special with gnocchi that was as delicious as any North Beach must-have.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful for so many reasons.The restaurant combines two distinctive themes, outdoor dining in a relaxed courtyard with a fireplace as a central point of interest. Casual atmosphere. Indoors is an intimate, cozy with a different feel and a five star wine list and food selections. We all had different selections and they were all delicious. A definite restaurant selection for a casual (outside) or romantic special occasion (inside) a wonderful, reasonable combination for any occasion. We will be back.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMCeladonBest meal of my week long vacation in Napa Valley. I started with Maryland blue soft shell crab panko crusted & fried w/tatsoy salad (looks like baby spinach & has a little bitterness) with yellow beets, fried won ton strips, & yuzu vinaigrette. This was AWESOME! Loved, loved, loved it! also ordered their soy-braised crispy pork belly w/watermelon, daikon, fresh herbs, & kecap manis (sweet soy). It was an awesome combination of decadent, rich pork belly and fresh, juicy watermelon. Perfect execution on the pork belly. It had a light char to make it crispy, but the inside was still tender and the fat was juicy. That dish blew me away! What a surprising combination! I was stuffed to the gills, but I ate every last bite of that masterpiece.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMEnchantingWe enjoyed Celedon and will be returning. The food was delicious, excellent service, very friendly staff and the ambiance was amazing!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMAs requested, we had a delightfulAs requested, we had a delightful quiet table, indoors (patio's lovely, but it was too warm that night). Excellent info on specials from our server. Portions generous - 3 massive prawns on the coconut shrimp starter. Crab cake was one of the best we've had - virtually no filler; delicious fresh lump crab, seasonings did not drown out the crab. With crab came a big serving of Asian slaw - aioli sauce terrific. Great pasta special, fettucini with loads of super-tender braised pork, sauced with the rich braising liquid; also lots of flavorful roasted mushrooms, grape tomatoes, arugula. Lamb shank from regular menu was HUGE and tender, with a nicely spiced vegetable couscous. We were way too full for dessert but the options sounded wonderful.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMvery enjoyableSoft shell crab appetizer excellent. Pasta special extremely tasty with generous portions. The onion/coconut milk soup was different and wonderful. Excellent meal that could have and should have been 5 stars. But they didnt immediately make us feel welcome. And still trying to figure out how they could miss the mark on the bread - not served warm and not crusty, kinda limp - such an easy piece of the meal to hit a home run that they missed.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMvery enjoyablein the heart of napa this was a nice place with a good dinner. Not great, but good. OK - 1st the less than perfect news: The bread was not served warm and was not crusty. And the Caesar Salad was more of a Caesar vinaigrette than a creamy Caesar. Now the good news: Awesome sofshell crab, outstanding pasta special, very good and attentive service, nice wine list and perfect ambiance. Enjoy!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM.....brought relatives here.....brought relatives here for lunch on a cloudy/cool day...great food: mussels, kobe burger, chicken sandwich, special soft-shelled crab salad, tomato soup, creme brulee...enclosed 'outdoor-like' area/garden setting is relaxing..attentive waitstaff...don't forget to get some goodies-to-go a few steps away at SweetiePies....downtown stores start a couple blocks away...& the RiverWalk close by.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM....clam chowder delicious/thick/lo....clam chowder delicious/thick/lots of clams & potatoes....kobe burger great....2 or 3 other tables occupied during lunchtime as BottleRock going on a few blocks away/could hear the music....attentive service...comfortable outdoor-like setting...next to the RiverWalk a few steps away...not the first time here...one of our fav places.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMIn from out of townGreat pick, in from NYC, my boyfriend and I loved it. Our waiter was friendly, talked to us about NYC, had great recommendations... enjoyed the food, great atmosphere.. also, best ice cream i think i've ever had for desert, not sure where it was from, but it was unreal.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMawesomeThis restaurant was amazing. The food was excellent and the service superb.
I am from N.J. and can't wait to go back.
Highly recommend5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great service!With so many good choices in Napa, it was tough to pick a restaurant for our birthday dinner. We picked a great place! Staff was so friendly. The chef/owner stopped by all the tables to personally check on service and food. How refreshing! The restaurant is cozy inside, with a nice patio with fireplace. I had duck which is something I don't usually order, but thought what the heck? It was delicious! My boyfriend had the scallops and crab cake...also, great. Overall, it was a delightful dining experience. We will definitely return next time we visit Napa.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMDon't miss the oportunityMy wife and I chose Celedon based on it's proximity to our hotel and that of other patrons. We were so pleased with our experience that we would highly recommend it to everyone wanting an excelent meal and quite/ romantic ambiance. The service was friendly and very knowledgible. The proprietor even came by and spoke with us for several minutes about his passion and our experience. The wine list was diverse and broad. The deserts looked incredible, we just couldn't add to our already full bellies. We started with the crispy calimary with the organge ginger glaze (Winner)! We also strated with the macadamia crusted goat cheese(yum)! For our main courses we had the seared ahi tuna and diver scallops. Perfect night.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service was excellentFood and service was excellent and the outside patio was very well done. We both had seafood and presentation was very nice. Would recommend to anyone in Napa.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMHighly recommendVisiting from Dallas, Celadon was recommended to us by a local resident. He told us to sit on the patio; even though a cool night the two top next to the fireplace was great. Server was nice & knowledgable, happily accommodated our request for a modification of an appetizer (add two scallops to the crab cake, they are FANTASTIC). Caesar salad was a bit more acidic than I'm accustomed to, but still very good. Wife had the stuffed chicken breast. She added a touch of salt but was otherwise perfect. I had the special; lamb sirloin w/ goat cheese au gratin potatoes and green beans. The lamb was closer to rare than the ordered temp of med, delicious just the same. Stand out item on the plate were the potatoes. They were unbelievably good!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMMy meal was very tasty butMy meal was very tasty but would have been enhanced by a better quality cut of meat than Hangar steak. Otherwise, really enjoyed the meal and wine.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMNext time you are in NapaThis is a restaurant run the way a restaurant is supposed to be run. Welcoming, professional, helpful to patrons, as well as staff helping rest of staff without resentment. The food was delicious, served hot and exactly as described. Service was friendly, but not overbearing. We were a party of six and each individual enjoyed their meal. This was the best sea bass I have ever had in a restaurant. It was moist and flavorful, with crisp skin. Lamb shank was prepared the way lamb should be served. Portions were equal to pricing. Celadon is worth a visit next time you are in Napa.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been customers sinceWe've been customers since the beginning - Celadon is our "go to" place when we want a nice dinner - know that we will always get it here.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMLove This Place (Monthly)!A group of us eat here monthly and are never disappointed. This event was no exception! At the table, we had the grilled polenta, crab cakes, and the daily special salad. All were yummy!! We topped off our meals with a special coffee creme brûlée and apple galettes. Wow!!! Of course, we'll be back next month as the food and hospitality are superb, and even though we are sometimes a bit rowdy, the acoustics in the outdoor patio can handle our noise!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMService was exceptional.Service was exceptional. Waiter very friendly and helpful. Would definitely return!!4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first visit toThis was our first visit to the Celadon and we will return. Everything was wonderful. Our wait staff was excellent.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExtremely noisy on the patioExtremely noisy on the patio but the food was great. The Prickly Pear Margarita was refreshing and you knew you were getting a real drink.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was fantastic andThe food was fantastic and we were well taken care of!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA very interesting restaurantA very interesting restaurant in that the inside dining area has a more traditional French restaurant feel, while the outside dining area feels more like Latin Quarter. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We would definitely eat here again.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AM