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La Condesa Napa Valley
La Condesa Napa Valley

La Condesa Napa Valley Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lcnapa.com
  • Phone: (707) 967-8111
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Happy Hour:
    Everyday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

    Monday - Friday: 4:00 - 9:00pm
    Saturday/Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Chris Mortenson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please email dean@lcnapa.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room with chef"s table opens to our kitchen and can accommodate parties up to 30 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Dean Castelli, GM (707) 967-8111
  • Entertainment: Live music every Friday night

    Tacos and Trivia every Tuesday with drink and taco specials. Prizes for the top 3 teams
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please email dean@lcnapa.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hunt Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street and in dedicated spaces behind the restaurant on Railroad Avenue.
A word from La Condesa Napa Valley
La Condesa Napa Valley was named after the Condesa district of Mexico City, a vibrant, stylish neighborhood known for architecture and artistry that blends contemporary, Spanish colonial, art deco, and art nouveau styles. Here in Napa Valley Executive Chef Christ Mortenson draws on the timeless global influences of the Condesa district to bring our guests a unique Napa experience, sharing cuisine inspired by central Mexico.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Seems that the food has gone downhill and one of my favorite menu items is missing - HUITLACOCHE HUARACHE!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "When perusing the menu on open table prior to booking our reservation we were drawn in by the many delicious and unusual choices. Once actually there, the menu was considerably smaller. Less than half! Open table's sample was deceiving. That was a let down for sure."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "La Condesa is many times a must go for my family. Despite several other mexican options in St, Helena, traditionally the restaurant has been by far the best of the bunch in every category. On this last visit, I could sense that every element of the experience has fallen a notch (obviously the hip, contemporary decor is still the same, which is a highlight). While the guacamole sampler was a fantastic start (this is a must order), all of the entrees were just good. There seemed to be a real lack of final touch from the kitchen in terms of flavors and presentation. . Service was perfunctory and mechanical - another step down. I hope my average experience was a once in a blue moon thing."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Fun restaurant. The guacamole taster is amazing....who would think of putting strawberries or shrimp and apple on top! We enjoyed the taco trio and the delicious mole. Try a tequila shot...great plating!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Pros: great location in downtown St Helena; nice decor/ambiance; decent food. And the classic margarita is incredible. Cons: the service. It was slow and spotty. They brought the wrong food to the wrong table. We witnessed two servers arguing out in the open in the dining area. I would go here again to give it another shot, maybe it was just an off night. But if the service was as weak as it was on this recent visit, I don't think I'd go back again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was ok and the service was ok but overall not worth the trek to St. Helena. Grilled Salmon BLT was only good because of the Bacon. Carnitas was more like pulled pork and not like carnitas at all. No crunchy delicious pork bits. Asked the bartender questions about some of the spirits and he wasn't very helpful or friendly with his answers even after we asked multiple questions and showed true interest. Unfortunately, not going to come back here."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went here on a Sunday at 5:15pm. There were a few people at the bar. A single lady at a nearby table and a young couple came in a little after us. We had very slow service for an empty restaurant. The waitress walked right by our check that had money on the table and didn't take it. She then disappeared and we eventually brought it up to the bar. The tortilla soup tasted like tomato soup. The chopped salad was great. We ordered the Taco flight. The steak taco was wonderful. The wine was nice as well. We plan to go back and try other menu items."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. We wanted to try several different items, so we chose the corn appetizer, the guacamole flight and a salad with our margaritas. Everything was delicious, especially the corn! Service was friendly, and overall dining experience was a 10."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food is so creative and fresh, the cocktails as well. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service was great and speciatity drink were awesome. The pork belly was very tasty, and the shrimp al pastor guacomaole. The other meat (taco trio), lacked flavor and steak was over cooked. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Had a great lunch with friends at this fantastic St. Helena downtown spot. Trendy, modern, eclectic and fun. Food was inventive and really good. I'd go back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is the second time I have dined at La Condesa. What can I say other than they are FANTASTIC. My girlfriend and I have serious food allergies and the staff knew what had gluten, dairy and eggs in it. They steered us clear and the results were nothing but amazing. Thank you again!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was empty. The service was so slow it made a 45 minute meal into 2 hours."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting La Condesa. I had lunch there and saw their amazing tequila selection and thought it would be great to go back for a tasting. Lunch was great too. Dinner did not disappoint. We had the calamari; the best. the tacos were delicious as well. My favorite was their classic margarita. The best in the valley. Service was great as well. I have nothing bad to report about this place. I have heard others complain about prices, but it was worth every penny to me. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very nice food and decor. The live music was unexpected but really good! I'll go back for sure."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The best margaritas in Napa Valley. We are locals and go to La Condesa frequently. Every time we go the service gets worse and worse and worse. We are very saddened by this because the food and drinks are fantastic. But there are so many amazing restaurants that truly do need our business in this economy, we go to the ones that feel like they want us there and give us good service. It's hard to come by nowadays so we support these spots. The first time we went to La Condesa was fantastic but has gone wayyyy downhill ever since."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everything about La Condesa was disappointing, except the guacamole; however, that's not enough when weighed against the limited menu, unappetizing food, marginal margaritas, and so-so service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "La Condesa seems like a bar, where the food is secondary. Speakers blare outside as if to entice people in. The bar takes up half the restaurant, with two TVs showing sports and loud music playing. The lighting is dim. The menu is one page, but a quarter is mixed drinks. Menu options are limited. The wine list is four pages of tequila and two pages of wines. Our server seemed to be charged with serving more than half the diners. While the salads came out promptly, we waited a long time for our main course. The server was doing her best, so it must have been the kitchen. Due to the bar scene, loud music, unreadable menu, slow service and emphasis on hard liquor, we will not be back. For young tequila lovers, it could be nirvana."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "One margarita, one shared appetizer, two marginally tasty and quite meager salads at lunch = $60. That's a pretty high tab, even in the Napa Valley where we live. We've been warned away from La Condesa for just these reasons but try to patronize local places. We're sorry, but there are plenty of others that will get our business in the future."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went there in a small birthday group for Taco Tuesday and trivia night and it was a lot of fun. The tacos had great flavor, margaritas had good balance and they brought out a scoop of birthday cake ice cream for the birthday boy. Trivia night was a lot of fun as well!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "we dined at La Condesa last summer and it was delicious, the dinner we had there last saturday was just ok. the fish and chips were dreadful. But what really needs to be improved is the noise level. Almost impossible to hear what we were saying to each other. And it wasn't that crowded. Probably won't go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Have wanted to dine here since it opened. Great selection of Tequila's and the margaritas are amazing. Recommend the Prickly Pear! Small menu with unique items. Chicken enchiladas w/ mole...great flavor! Homemade Guacamole a must! If you like specialty Mexican Food, you will love this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food was delicious. We had 4 types of guacamole, tortilla soup, a taco flight, enchiladas --- all were delicious. What impressed us most is that the bartender knew how to make a real margarita & they were outstanding!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Fun place to eat and good food.....great chips with a variety of salsas...I love their chicken enchiladas in mole sauce. Never had a bad meal there.Their classic margaritas are great ."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Service was attentive, food was good, drinks generous. A bit pricy, but not out of line for St Helena. Had the sampler of guacamoles and salsas, all were good, although I would have appreciated a bit more heat in at least one or two. A salsa fresca might be a nice addition. The mole sauce was excellent. Noise level was very high, could barely hear my dinner companion."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was delicious & just the right amount. Guacamole/salsa sampler yummy! Hard surfaces in dining are made it a bit noisy & hard to have much conversation, but I'd still go again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Been there 4 times and this one was so terrible. The ceviche was drowning in sauce and the fish had an fishy after taste. The steak tacos tasted good but the wrap was hard. The Margaritas were served in regular glasses not Margarita glasses. Too pricey and small servings. Don't think will return after this debacle."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The tortilla soup was amazing and the guacamole and salsa tasting was very fun and well...tasty. We then had the taco sampler. The fish taco was the best fish taco we have had and I almost always order fish tacos when I can--light and fresh fish with no fishy taste at all. We wrapped up with the bread pudding seasonal dessert and were both blown away by the pudding and the yummy banana ice cream (even though 1 of us is not fond of bananas). We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Very noisy for overpriced just OK food. Good for a beer or drink."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Love trivia night. Loads if fun. Like that they offered a little break on a few items."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The Guacamole Flights and Taco Flight are fantastic. I had to taste the Mexican Martini as it sounded so different..and it was awesome. Great Prickly pear Margaritas. Everything we had was wonderful. We will be back!"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "With all the good restaurants in napa this was a waste of an evening"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Was expecting typical tacos and enchiladas but this place was a pleasant surprise all of our selections were excellently executed both quality and taste. Will return to explore the rest of the menu. Ask for a side of hotter sauce and they accomadated w/ a habanero that was spot on for kicking the gaucamole up a notch. Would highly recommend a visit to this place for a variation on Mexican cusine."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We read the reviews and decided to take a chance. Service was slow. Meals were different. But we're not on the great side. Close to wineries. I probably would not go there again."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food was probably the best Mexican we have had. We chatted with some locals that come weekly who told us a few dishes they like. The atmosphere is okay, not anything particularly exciting, but clean and cute. But the food is DEFINITELY worth the trip!"
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "The El Califa is a must have on this menu. Same with the Margaritas. Do both in copious amounts for desired effect."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Very nice with good service, but not our kind of Mexican food we are used to. We like the ordinary "gringo" food. This was authentic, so if you like the real thing, this is your place."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "La Condesa delivered on all fronts: authentic great flavors, creativity, sharp service and a very hip dining room. Don't miss the exceptional guacamole sampler, the platanos (as best as Ive ever had including Puerto Rico), the "street corn" and the great salsas. Al of the entrees were standard Mexican, just done at a higher culinary level. As others have commented, it is more expensive than neighboring and local Mexican food options but if you want slightly more upscale as you would find in a hip SF neighborhood, with a chef team that uses upgraded food in the kitchen, this is the place for you. Oh yes, the collection of hand spun ice creams is not to be missed. Kids went nuts for them. I did, too."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Extremely noisy with music played by electric guitar musicians. Cannot have a conversation at all with noise level."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "Service was quick & attentive at the bar which was great during my lunch break. Food was good. Very quiet the afternoon we went. Have a few table out front on Main Street which is fun to people watch."
    Dined on 8/29/2013