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Morimoto - Napa
Morimoto - Napa

Morimoto - Napa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morimotonapa.com
  • Phone: (707) 252-1600
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily(Dining Room): 11:30- 2:30pm
    Dinner: Daily(Dining Room): 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sun-Thurs, 5:00 - 11:00 Fri-Sat (Lounge): 5:00pm - 12:00am Sun-Thurs, 5:00-1:00am Fri-Sat
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Masaharu Morimoto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant directly to receive more information on large groups or private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Caraway (707) 252-1600

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Please see the VINE, the region’s fixed-route bus system.

    There is also a public parking lot directly across the street.
A word from Morimoto - Napa
Morimoto's contemporary Japanese menu infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and preparation techniques. His seasonal and ever-changing selection of raw fish preparations will feature the freshest seafood available as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables from supporting farmers. Morimoto's signature offerings include Toro Tartare, presented in a shallow wooden tray with condiments including crème fraîche, wasabi, avocado, nori paste, chives, crispy rice, and dashi-soy. Tuna Pizza made with raw tuna, anchovy aioli, and jalapeno; Morimoto Sashimi, a terrine of seared Toro, smoked salmon, barbequed eel, tuna and Hamachi served with five different sauces in pipettes.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was okay, definitely over-priced for its quality/portions. Server was very friendly and energetic, had some good recommendations on the menu. Not a big fan of their specialty mixed drinks, wine prices very over-priced. Sushi platter was main disappointment, it was good, but not any better than what we've had at 1/2 the price. Appetizers are main draw for us to come back, was fun to try several unique items. Ambiance is also good, but not great, a little too loud and open for our liking. Not a place we would choose to go for a romantic evening, but would be a fun early dinner setting to unwind on the riverfront before strolling around downtown for the night."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had an early dinner before our Uptown concert. Second time we've dined at Morimoto, and the sushi was wonderful. Also loved the spicy green beans and (especially) the fish taco appetizer. Prices are a bit on the steep side. Conundrum is our wine of choice with this food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Having eaten at Morimoto's first restaurant (Philadelphia, 2000), I was expecting a lot from his Napa restaurant. I wasn't disappointed. The restaurant oozes thoughtful design, using lots of materials in their natural state. It is soothing, low-key luxury. The restrooms echo the restuarant's design, although they are a bit underlit. The food was spectacular. The fish was very fresh and so silky it dissolved on my tongue. The house sake is smooth with a sweet hint. We sat at the sushi bar, had a small sushi plate and small sashimi plate. The chef told us that fish arrives every day from all over the world, which is why it is so fresh. The presentation is classic and the sushi the best I have had outside Japan. The donuts are AMAZING!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This has become an annual event for us at this time of year. We had seen a review about 6 months ago, stating that the quality of food and service had dropped off substantially. Nothing could be further from the truth. We were greeted warmly by everyone we met and were seated promptly. We always do the Omakase tasting menu, since the chefs come up with something that's different each time. The ingredients are all fresh, prepared simply and elegantly, and the balance of flavors and textures always amaze us. Service was very efficient and friendly as well. It was a very nice way to cap our anniversary off. We'll be back next year!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "food was good-- it was just really loud, which is difficult if one of the diners is hard of hearing. wait stuff supremely informed and super helpful and kind."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I am a long time sushi eater and this was the best sushi experience I have ever had. I tried many new types of fish that I was unfamiliar with and had a couple of types that I had not like previously. Very good experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Stopped here for lunch on our way into Yountville. Sushi was fresh and cut very nicely. Overall, food and experience was great."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is exotic and service is great . However, I was a little disappointed about the décor and ambience of the restaurant this time. It lacks colors and a substantial theme. Therefore, unable to create excitement . I recall their Hawaii restaurant offers a better dinning atmosphere. All in all it is still a very good restaurant . Comparing with the NOBU Group , Morimoto's restaurants are way much better in terms of food and service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "If your group is adventurous, don't get the same food! Share bites, you'll get to taste more this way. Bone marrow is a must-have."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This was a great way to end our day of wine tours. We opted to order a bunch of appetizers, allowing the 2 of us to try a variety of dishes. It was our best idea ever. We tried 9 different dishes. You cannot go to Morimoto's without having the Tuna tartare!!!! The best bite ever was the Kakani...it was life changing! The cheesecake souffle was the perfect ending to our great dinner. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Everything was DELICIOUS and our waiter really knew his stuff. A bit pricey, but worth it."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I loved this place. The food was DIVINE! Great spot in downtown Napa"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It was a good place with lots of options. we enjoyed the food but the ambience was rushing. Lots of people and lots of conversations."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "For a world-famous chef, one would think his restaurant would have world-famous service, but I've had better service at Applebee's than at Morimoto Napa. Our server might have said 4 words to us throughout the meal, and hardly paid any attention to us. 20 minutes after we had ordered, our server had yet to come by to our table. My wife and I were about to leave, when finally her beverage showed up, but mine did not. It took another 10 minutes for him to tell us that they were out of that type of beer. When the food finally did come, it was good, but very obvious that it had been sitting out for quite some time. Never going back there again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We trusted our waiter's suggestions and every bite was wonderful. The place is too noisy to have a romantic dinner but the food was lovely and our waiter was happy to guide us through the menu."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Way over priced for the quality of the food & service. In my opinion, you're paying for the name."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "its actually our fourth time here. we love this place however it was my first time to bring my baby and they don't have changing diaper table in the rest room.. poor baby.. also, the sea urchin carbonara is a little salty.. but the octopus carpaccio is to soo good, its so delicious. the rest was also ok."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Morimoto Napa...we were expecting an excellent fine dining experience, but it was elevated into the best meal we had ever eaten in thanks to one person: Crystal. Our waitress was fantastic and served us in a timely and warm manner, making us feel comfortable and at home. All of the other wait staff were equally personable and attentive. If I could have given 6 stars for service I would give them 8. Crystal was in fact so memorable, my party of three has still not forgotten her name, nor how great it was to be there! Oh, and the food is phenominal as well!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had been to this restaurant many times since they first opened. During the early times the food was spectacular as was the presentation. This time around, some of our favorite dishes were removed from the menu, which is understandable. The new dishes, however, were uninspired and quite pedestrian. It now has a feel of a place which stopped trying and is producing dishes we can get anywhere in bay area. The food is fresh, but neither the taste, nor the presentation are any longer there. We ended up leaving most of our mains without eating them."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Going out for a special occasion at a nice restuarant many things are assumed. Expensive drinks, expensive food, and additional fees. We received all of this at Morimoto; what you also plan on getting is exceptional service, excellent drinks, and excellent food. Unfortunately this is something we didn’t receive. The service was terrible, slow, not knowledgeable, and inconsistent with the food preparation and presentation. If you are in Napa for only a couple nights I would scratch this spot of your list it is not worth it. If you are there for more than it may be worth the time and money to see if you experience was better than ours."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I brought two of my friends here who were visiting from out of town.The food was great and lived up to the hype- our table had the angry chicken, pork chop, tuna pizza, and a variety of side dishes and cocktails. However, we were extremely disappointed with the service (or lack thereof) Anthony provided to our table. He unenthusiastically gave recommendations when we asked for them and hardly ever came by to check on our table. We had to flag down someone else to bring us our check. The worst part was that Anthony gave exceptional service to his two other tables on either side of ours.]Since moving to the Bay Area six months ago, this was by far the worst service I've received anywhere. So sad!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Morimoto was a disappointment. Shared two appetizers and an entrée. First appetizer was sashimi with five sauces. Good, but layering five different fish together meant tasting none individually without dissecting the dish. Second was shrimp tempura, served two ways. Shrimp were tender but so covered in sauce that the tempura batter had lost all crispiness. It was served with ranch dressing and celery sticks. Buffalo shrimp? Entrée was a seafood stew. The dish was VERY spicy hot, not so much as to be inedible, but the flavors of the individual seafoods were completely lost in the heat. This is not an innovative take on Japanese dishes. There was no subtlety at all, just a blast of seasonings and heat. Wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "While this meal was good, it was not nearly as spectacular as Morimoto in NYC. The service was fine but not special, the sushi was also very good but not mind-blowing, and the atmosphere was nice but not particularly special. The signature tartare app was definitely the highlight of the meal."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The server seemed knowledgeable. You can get specialty items, such as bone marrow. The tempura was a bit salty. The room is wide open, which makes it loud and difficult to have conversation."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Love watching Iron Chef Morimoto on FoodNetwork! We were excited to finally try his restaurant. We came with high expectations, but left disappointed. The food wasn't as tasty and satisfying as it looked. Presentation was nice, but flavors were bland for the Duck Confit Fried Rice. Sticky Ribs and Braised Black Cod were better, but still just OK. Service was terribly slow; server spent most of his time entertaining customers at the bar. He didn't even bother to bring us the check. A friend and his wife happened to visit Morimoto the same day. They ordered the salmon sashimi, rock shrimp tempura and other sushi choices, and said they were amazing. Maybe we will try again with the sushi and sashimi menu on our next visit."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Enjoyed cod lunch set. Tempras here was skillfully fried. Technique here seemed better and higher than one in NYC."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Amazing meal and would recommend to friends! We had the tasting menu which was amazing as well as the flight of sakes (which was fun to see what tastes you enjoy best)."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We made reservations about 3 months before our trip, at the last minute we got a call that they needed to change our reservation for the following day because they were having a special event and were going to be closed. We agreed, but we would of liked to receive notice sooner, so that we could of changed the reservations that we had that night at a different restaurant. All in all the food was great, the server was amazing and the view is awesome. Be prepared though, it is extremely loud in the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The bar staff were unfriendly and talked loudly to their own friends and dumped drinks down for guests rather than serving them. The manager was informed and he was dismissive almost of the situation. This is a friend hires a friend there situation, it's not about hiring the best people they can find. The younger wait staff were very good. Sushi is garage level sushi. Other courses are fantastic such as the Toro Toro. Morimoto was eating there himself which was shocking the bar staff didn't seem to care. the whole thing was classless. Please fix the air conditioning, it does not have to be blasting cold."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Get the sticky ribs, you're welcome. This place is great, no way you can go wrong for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Went with friends for dinner and I was expecting more. Great location but the food, and service was just OK. It was not a bad experience but most likely not a "do over"."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner including hot and cold appetizers and Sashimi. Each dish was unique and very flavourful. We also had a Sake sample that was interesting to try with the different dishes. The Smores dessert was a treat to end our feast. Highly recommend this restaurant for an experience in flavours."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I live in Napa, but had never eaten dinner at Morimoto's. We went for my birthday and dinner was fabulous. It was absolutely the best dinner I have had....ever. Will definitely go again"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is not a restaurant I expect to go to often so I splurged on the 8-course tasting menu and it was worth it. Everything was fresh and delicious and it was enough for me to allow my two dates to try some of everything as well. The ambiance is more casual than I was expecting and the decor is dated but that isn't why I went so its okay. Definitely go to Morimoto if you want delicious fresh fish."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Appetizer: Kakuni - must try! Portion is small but it's very flavorful and after you finish you don't feel like it was small at all. Pork gyoza - bacon foam is incredible, albeit a little disturbing (bacon flavored... foam?). That said it's actually a really great dish, very creative. Spicy tomato sauce underneath compliments well. Sushi - they add salt to the rice, so if you don't like salty sushi avoid all Entree Angry chicken was just... meh. Nothing too special. Wagyu flatbread - really good! Great combination of flavors. Desserts - Didn't order any since none seemed too good"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We tried the omakade. It's a bit pricey but well worth it! The tofu cheesecake is dreamy. They took their time in bringing each course. If you think it's slow, let your server know. It took us three hours but we were vacationing so it didn't bother us!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "It was a wonderful experience. The food was amazing. And I loved our server, Matthew. I would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food is very unique, best ribs in the world, must try the o-toro A bit too noisy though."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "it was an outstanding dining experience. every thing was top shelf."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Second visit was just as good as the first. Creative menu, high quality food, good service. Will be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014