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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant is beautiful, but very loud. We LOVED the sticky rib appetizer, but felt our chinese broccoli side was quite oily, and our entree of Surf & Turf was good, but the beef was quite chewy and not as tender as you would hope. We also had the chilled soup with green tea noodles. It had a rich broth with the noodles and a couple simple garnishes. I enjoyed it, but my husband did not. I did have fun with the Sake flight and we loved the S'mores dessert. Server was really great."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Wonderful food - Morimoto always has great atmosphere and delicious food! Love the one in NY and loved trying this one!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I have only two words: tasting menu. The end. Yes, it is THAT GOOD. Morimoto is a culinary genius and his passion for his art is evident in every dish he serves."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I am a Innkeeper at the Napa Inn, I will recommend to all my guests! fantastic Experience all around!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent service and a great place for a culinary experience; the food was superb with each presentation beautifully displayed and when placed on the table it was explained by the server. This was Japanese food uniquely flavored and delectable. We were surprised with each dish and complimented the servers as they explained each dish."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I've been going to Morimoto every month and always the foods were excellent. This the first time we tried the Omakase. Very disappointing and looks like they did not make an effort to create something amazing. I guess it's safer to stick to the main menu."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Four of us went to this restaurant for lunch. The restaurant seemed busy for Saturday but we had to wait very long time before our order was served. During the wait, the waitress did not explain why the order was late. They also seemed to used the private dining section for the employee's lunch break, which did not deem appropriate for such a high class restaurant. They should have it in the back room. Sashimi assortment was good for Saturday."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Outstanding wagu beef carpaccio, unagi, and abalone sushi. The black cod lunch combo, and the awesome morimoto sake flight. Don't miss the mango pudding for dessert"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I knew based on past reviews that the noise level could be an issue so we made reservations early which proved to be very smart. The atmosphere was quiet & enjoyable; our waiter was very attentive and service was very very good. However once the crowd started to arrive around 7pm, it became more difficult to hear our conversation around that table and you rarely saw your waiter so just expect that. There were other waiters & helpers that jumped to replensh your drinks and clear the table but you certainly didn't feel like you were your waiter's main concern :-( Food was delicious though and that was the primary reason I went there so can't say I was disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food, service, ambiance.... everything exceeded our expectations"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I have dined at Morimoto's a handful of times, and each is a very unique and enjoyable experience. Obviously their sushi is a must have, and well worth the expense, but they have many other high quality dishes as well. This last occasion, I went with a large party (13+) including 3 children under six. Morimoto's was able to accommodate both the party and provide good recommendations on what the younger set would enjoy. Highly recommended for anyone in the Napa area!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Server was amazing, she recommended a few things and all of them were great. The Waygu beef for apetitizer, uni + udon, black cod, those are super amazing! :)"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Bone marrow was excellent, Ramen soup was very good and the rolls were well done. Duck, duck goose was good as well. Excellent service from Mariha."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Service highly mediocre, food drowning in sauce, my husband did not feel good all night after eating there. We has eaten there 9 months ago and it was good. It has really gone downhill. We will not return or recommend to others."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I chose to go for it and ordered the tasting menu. Eight courses of sheer heaven. Tried foods I'd never order because I didn't know what they were. The wait staff carefully explained every dish. A great time for all of us."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I was at Morimoto last year and loved it. This year was horrible. The waiter and manager had an tacky attitude. The sushi was not good at all. We asked for our check half way through and left.!! Will never return."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "had an early reservation as we had to get back to SF to work the next day so it was quiet in the restaurant. Had 2 appetizers, one roll, and shared the porkchops and kimchee dish. Everything was amazing, even the home-made kimchee (I am native Korean so it passed the test for me) which had smoked bacon as a garnish. The best dish was the spicy Alaskan king crab appetizer. Could have made a meal out of it but would have been cost prohibitive. Can't wait to come back to try all the other dishes. The fresh sashimi looked amazing and am looking forward to trying that on my next visit!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Beautiful, lively restaurant, quite loud. Service slow, perhaps due to the kitchen not keeping pace, but waitress somewhat absent-minded and not very personable. Wish we had stuck with the first waiter who was attentive and eager to describe disches and make recommendations. Ironically he was in the back dining room, while the absent-minded one was in the busiest part of the restaurant! Food good, not entirely memorable though. Morimoto sake sample was amazing! Prices reasonable considering the quality."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Took my bestie here for her birthday as she loves Japanese food and you really can't go wrong with Morimoto. Had the calamari salad...Yum, friggin, yum! (brought me back to my days in NYC, all good times!!) Lots of Sushi, so good, so fresh, wow! Lots of food that came out to other tables that looked so delish, but can't always eat with my eyes!! The dessert was the best part, doughnuts with assorted sugar accompaniments. Yummmmmmmm. There are plenty of great places to eat while in Napa but Morimoto is my fave!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband and I were here for my birthday. The food was great. I would definitely venture outside your comfort zone and order something you haven't tried before. We got the squid appetizer and was pleasantly surprised with all the components in this dish that brought out the "wow" factor. We also got the monkey bread - ate it all. The pork chops was nice and tender, but the applesauce was a bit rich for my taste. The Halibut was cooked to perfection with a lovely curry sauce that compliments the dish very well - was pleasantly surprised to find grilled bananas on the plate that added a nice contrast to the dish."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Only Morimoto could take something as simple as Ramen and elevate it to the next level by making the best noodles ever. He makes his own soy sauce! Excellent service from a well seasoned server. I highly recommend the 10hour pork belly appetizer and the King Crab Legs. The one disappointment was the Gyoza. The presentation was great but the filling flavor and texture didn't deliver the same "wow". That being said, it's a real treat to dine here!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The hot appetizers were far superior to the cold appetizers. The sushi cold plates did not accurately showcase Morimoto's fresh sushi. Enjoy the hot small plates and then feast on sushi in it's purist form."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Service was very good and a great wine list with fair prices. The Spicy Crab was one of the highlights of our meal."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The staff was great - especially Crystal who's been there from the beginning. Knew every item on the menu really well and was great at her job! We had high expectations or iron chef quality and presentation and Morimoto lived up to and exceeded our standards! It's on the expensive side but we'll have great memories of it!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Meet with friends to enjoy a great meal and to catch up. The food was delicious and amazing. Quality was as fresh as ever."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food is top notch. Mouth watering, melt in your mouth foid. Best food my wife and I had in a really long time. The desert is phenomenal as well. Will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "just loved it from start to finish dervice was great"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed everything but the noise. Great service, creative food, comfortable setting, but the restaurant was full with at least 20 people standing at the bar creating so much noise you could not talk to your dining partner on the other side of the room."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "So many fantastic favors, creative presentations, service was top notch; another victory for the iron chef"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Have to go to "THE IRON CHEF" gem Amazing food And amazing staff"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I have had better sushi at cheaper places. The non-sushi entrees were very good though. Specifically loved the cod in ginger soy reduction. Not a place for a quiet romantic dinner though."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I have not dined here in a year but the food was very disappointing."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "There is a lot of great food in Napa but this restaurant stands out. Everything was excellent. It may be wrong to order beer in Napa but Chef's beer was outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This is my 2nd time to Morimoto, 1st to the Napa location. While the food was good, it just didn't feel "special", especially considering the price. I had the Chef's combo sashimi , Uni, Spider roll, chopped toro roll, and spicy tuna roll. The sashimi was presented very beautifully, however the fish was just good...not the great as I would've expected. The rolls were again good, but not GREAT. We also tried were the Braised Black Cod, Angry Chicken and Morimoto Ramen soup. All were OK--if I had to choose I would go with the cod. Worse was the service, we went when there were literally only 3 other tables and one of our dishes took an extra 30mins to come out after everyone else was served and then our waiter still got our bill wrong."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My wife had the black cod, which she said was delicious. I had the angry chicken, which was succulent and as spicy as advertised. We shared the bacon wedge salad, which was plenty for the two of us. The portions are generous. We left completely satisfied."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Our server did not check in at all during our dining experience. Service was also slow. We waited about 10 minutes between both our first and second dish, and our second and third (where all of a sudden the food came all at once). As we were finishing the dishes, we noticed that it had been quite awhile and one of our dishes had not come yet. We waived down a waiter to ask, and he was able to flag down our server. She had completely forgot about it, so we cancelled it. When we got the bill, we realized she had charged us for an item we didn't order (it was a small dish we thought came with another entrée). Also tried to buy dessert out front. That was an ordeal as well. I won't be coming back or recommending this place."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I loved Iron Chef so of course we had to try a restaurant featuring Chef Morimoto. We were brave and had the bone marrow for an appetizer. Completely unexpected, but absolutely delicious. Our entrees were somewhat less adventurous, but just as delightful."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We dined outside do to the noise level inside. We wanted to talk to each other. Sitting outside proved to be a great choice. It was a warm evening. We dined on a Tue. & the Resteraunt was full."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Morimoto omakase is wonderful! A lovely experience from start to finish. Servers were well versed and helpful, including providing a beer pairing for one of the courses! Outstanding. Great fun."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Food are amazing!!! Really had a great evening dinning experience!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014