Morimoto - Napa
Morimoto - Napa

Morimoto - Napa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morimotonapa.com/
  • Phone: 7072521600x
  • 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: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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 7072521600x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Morimoto - Napa reviews from OpenTable diners
318 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (242)special occasion (197)hot spot (133)great for outdoor dining (108)romantic (94)notable wine list (88)good for groups (88)vibrant bar scene (86)scenic view (81)great for lunch (61)neighborhood gem (51)late-night find (29)kid-friendly (20)great for brunch (11)Show More
  • Amazing meal
    Mike
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Possibly the best meal we've ever had. Do the tasting menu. It's a bit speedy but worth it. Service was impeccable and the food was even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this brand
    mawrtianVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is the third Morimotos I have been to and they never disappoint. Our waiter was very nice and helpful and most importantly everything was delicious. Looking around, the other tables all were happy too so with this place you can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Morimoto Anniversary Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    3 appetizers and the bento box lunch menu.... very nice. Beer was amazingly cold!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    Grandpa
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Dined with my 2 sons, we had a great time exploring the dishes. If go back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazed
    fairfieldfoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This place never ceases to amaze me with the creativity of the food and details on plating. I am convinced that one can never have a bad experience here from the food right down the impeccable service they provide. Thank you for never disappointing me. I just love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Iron Chef food
    DrMangoVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We go here every time we are in Napa. The quality and variety of food is outstanding. Truly Iron chef food. I have had some of the wildest dishes here that are so creative and taste so good. Do not go there if you want to have a conversation it is the loudest place I have ever been in you need to scream to be heard even when sitting right next to each other. But the service and the food make up for the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique flavors
    Thefoodiepretender
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Unique flavors , new experience for tatste and smell. Sushi selections beyond the ordinary. Presentations delight the eye. Bone marrow the best ever. Delicious sake flight - the five year is now my "go to" over port. Smores delighted the eye but too sugary. Noise level unpleasant - had to pretend I understood the very knowledgeable waitperson.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, need better service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food amazing, presentation as being on iron chef. But service slow at times and noise level was quite loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food good - service meh
    FunFoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Took a friend there for a small celebration on a Friday night… Ended up with a waiter named Christian. He hardly checked on us and did not come back to see if we needed anything at all. We had ordered a bunch of maki & sides and really wanted to order some other things to try, and more wine, but he literally just never came back to the table to attend to us so by the time he did come back we were like ready to move on. I don't know if he thought our check was going to be too small (at $100), compared to his other tables so he decided to sacrifice service to our table, but it was very off-putting. On the bright side the food that we got was very good and expos and busboys did a good job overall. Just ok this trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and good experience
    GregandRebecca
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    excellent presentation very good food very nice atmosphere however it was very loud there are two bars in the restaurant not so good for a date. they have a heated patio outside and that's where my wife and I should have gone and it would have been a 5 star experience I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • braised black cod
    QCAL
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great food, a little noisy due to the large party seated nearby who was thoroughly enjoying their time. Not a big deal as they were pretty entertaining. Everyone one of them got the pork chop which looked amazing. We had some sushi and a couple apps which were solid. The star of the show was the black cod. I would eat there again solely for that plate....it is one of the best pieces of fish I have had in a long time...go there...eat it....this concludes the public service announcement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not go back
    Pinks
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Made a reservation for my husband's birthday. Drove all the way from SD,Ca - Sanfo-Napa. I felt that the people working here are not happy. From the reception to the waiter and server. The receptionist is not friendly at all. The waiter looks unhappy and the one who brought the food told us what the food is but if you look at her as if she's annoyed that she have to tell has what the food is. Will not be coming back nor recommend this restaurant. Morimoto should train his employees the Japanese standard way. (welcoming,friendly and polite)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great ambience and AMAZING food!
    elena
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was top notch and the mood was nice. Our server knew a lot about the menu, gave great advice and was super funny and friendly. He helped us pick the right dishes and we loved EVERYTHING we had. I will definitely be returning and would recommend this to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We started out reat, then
    rrSV
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were seated promptly, things starated out great. We had appetizers, wine, etc. Then in the middle of the evening our waitress dissappeared. I kept seating the tables on each side of us receiving this wonderful service, we had zero. We finally ordered a dessert, a small plate was brought to me then nothing. Finally i asked a bus person at the next table if they could find a waiter or waitress for us. In a litte bit, our original waitress arrived and brought my sister the dessert, not saying one word about the poor service we had rececived. It was more noticeable because the tables beside us were receiving such excellent service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just for fans
    jasband
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent experience. The place is well decorated to provide a modern ambience. Food surprise you and quality can be appreciated. Portions are probably too big for what you expect from the Japanese cuisine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morimotos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant has a stunning menu and executes it flawlessly. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Japanese, But Good
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is more a pan-Asian take on Japanese food, not the real thing. The ramen is pitiful (don't do it, it's chicken noodle soup), but other menu items are quite good including the rock shrimp, tuna pizza and gyoza (desserts are fun too). The bar can create some lovely cocktails and Morimoto's own beer (30 oz!) is good. If you're a Japanese purist, much will disappoint, but if you enjoy a creative play on Asian food, you'll get a kick out of some combinations. Our server was excellent in pointing out differences, including getting me a taste of the ramen dashi....not up to standards, but she was game enough to do it. Ultimately, it is a cold, concrete atmosphere, can be loud and clammy cold in the winter, nice in the heat, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    MikeStefLKN
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We absolutely loved our meal. Calling Morimoto's excellent does not give justice. The food was exquisite and the service impeccable. Yes it is loud, but the noise is well tolerable once you begin experiencing the incredible food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    xheight
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a great experience. It was pretty loud but the service and food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting . . .
    rpsteveVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We showed up 5 minutes after our reservation so I expected our table to be ready when we got there. It wasn't, so we waited. When we sat down, no acknowledgement of Alexandra's 21st and the noise was so deafeningly loud, we had to scream to be heard. And I am not exaggerating. WORST ACOUSTICS EVER! Most of the food was delicious, but a couple of the server-recommended appetizers were just OK (since that is subjective) take that with a grain of salt (speaking of salt . . . but don't order the salted potatoes). I'm still bloated. And, that dish was put on our table 10 minutes before our entrees came out. Our serve later told us that the now cold potatoes were meant for another table. They just weren't firing on all cylinders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Dining
    Crutch
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had lunch here for the first time and loved it. Had the lunch sampler with tempura, sushi, and beef. Everything was absolutely some of the best we have ever had. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time
    Bobinohio
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We chose Morimoto for our first night in Napa. It was a fun time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mgolondrinaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great outdoor seating along with great service and amazing food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but not wow'd
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The ambiance, food and price were everything I expected from talking to friends. The service was professional but it didn't wow me. I would definitely go back and recommend it but I wouldn't rave about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Natalie
    Natalie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Order Gyoza and never have I seen them presented in such a fabulous way. We thought they had brought the wrong dish. They were wonderful! My cod was delicious as well as the hot pot dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant is on a downward spiral
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have loved Morimoto's since the beginning and have seriously supported them with our checks for two averaging $250. Recently, we have suffered an ill-trained waitress, over-cooked tempura and hamachi taco shells fried in what smelled like long-used oil. Our carpaccio salad had pieces of rotting mixed greens. Their fish still seems to be superior to other restaurants in town, but it can't be long before that goes the way of the salad. A standing order is non-alcohol beer - too bad that the restaurant unapologetically ran out on a Friday afternoon. Could it be that the greedy, cost-cutting management is trying to increase bar profits by limiting non alcohol beverages or just the untrained bar staff failing to place a weekend order?
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi ever!!!
    FoodieforLife
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary by spending the day wine tasting and having lunch at Morimoto in Napa. We started off with the kakuni, or 10 hour pork belly, and it was so tender and flavorful. We then had the bone marrow which was also delicious! The spicy chirashi with poached egg on top was a perfect blend of spicy and creamy, and was our favorite part of the meal. The sashimi was fresh and served beautifully on an iced platter. We ended our meal with uni with quail egg. Absolutely the best sushi and lunch experience ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    Luv2dineoutanytime
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We dined at some fabulous restaurants in Napa but Morimoto's was outstanding! The food was beyond delicious and the presentation of the food was beautiful. Our server was great--very informative and attentive. Without a doubt, the best calamari I have ever eaten(calamari salad). Also, a very nice ambience both inside and out on the patio overlooking the Napa River. Would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service- ask for Crystal!
    misterkessler29
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We had a terrific evening thanks to the extraordinary recommendations by and attention to detail from our Server, Crystal. My wife doesn't typically love sushi or any eclectic foods for that matter, but based on Crystal's description and enthusiasm we just had her order for us and it couldn't have gone any better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Expertdiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Sat at a corner table in the back, waiter seem rushed (annoyed by questions re: menu), I asked to have Kimchee left off a dish & he told us they did not make substitutions. That's not a substitution, I just didn't want it on my plate? He was sweating profusely, kept wiping his forehead with the back of his hand, gross! Also they had 5 unisex bathrooms for the entire restaurant & there was constantly a line. :/ weird! The food had good flavor for the most part, but we didn't feel it warranted the price tag associated with it. As Visitors to Napa, & all the wonderful choices of restaurants to choose from, wouldn't come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious, too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We ate at Morimoto on Saturday, September 27. As always, it was a wonderful experience, with creative, delicious food. Initially, we were seated inside, and the noise level was nearly painful. There were only two of us, and we could not have a conversation. We asked to be moved outside, and the whole experience became pleasant. Noise can be " energetic", but the noise at Morimoto was ridiculous. Still, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amvaldez
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food but it was a bit salty for my husband and myself
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    verypickymicky
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Beautifully presented food. Taste sensation. Fantastic service. The best restaurant in Napa Valley. Wine lost to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    Worldtraveller
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Unparalleled service. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Once we told him what we liked, he guided us through the menu with professional and polite suggestions. He made our dinner even better. Of course the food at Morimoto was perfect, and the wine list was outstanding. Can't wait to go again, it's now at the top of our Napa list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food
    Kentaur
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The menu had great options, and the food we ordered (carpaccio, sushi, halibut) were all tasting amazing! The server we had was so, so. He was knowledgeable about the menus, but was not very personable. Kind of rushed us through. It didn't spoil our evening though! Would defenitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top notch
    mindmavenVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Morimoto continues to provide creative and outstanding food. The cod is sensational. Sushi excellent. This is a place to come for a special occasion. Worth the drive from San Francisco to Napa
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Creative Food, Service so-so
    BlackrattusVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A spur of the moment reservation, we tried the new pastrami hamachi, which was AWESOME, medium-fatty tuna, also amazing, excellent whole crispy fish and mango pudding for dessert - ALL fantastic. Service started strong, but half way through disappeared almost completely. Waited forever for dessert menus, then forever to order dessert, forever on coffee refills... so left with a meh feeling... which is too bad, because it's one of our favorite restaurants and we've been here dozens of times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very good meal as always. I love the Toro both sashimi and tartar. All their sushi and sashimi is good with high quality fish. But My heart belongs to The Rock Shrimp Tempura. Always a personal favorite since the Nobu days, but has added a second way with a wasabi based sauce- every piece devoured. The 10 hour pork belly again a homerun. The Cod was good but I prefer the black miso version. Had to finally try the Uni carbonara- very rich and could only handle a few bites. The Wagyu steak was good. Sake was excellent as is tradition and I must say I am not much of a Scotch drinker, but we had a 16yr old lagavulin that was amazing- perfect smoke and smooth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Dinner
    brooksie211VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Consistently excellent - Morimoto Napa always delivers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    On this trip we have eaten at Redd, Press, Bouchon, French Laundry and Bottega. Morimoto was #2 behind FL and not by that much. They are completely different, yet almost the same in quality of ingredients, service and execution.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.