Napa Cafe
Napa Cafe

Napa Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.napacafe.com/
  • Phone: 9016830441
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Ben Adams
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For smaller or medium size business luncheons and dinners.
  • Private Party Facilities: Holds up to 60 guests, no room fee; equipment available.
  • Private Party Contact: Glenda Hastings 9016830441

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North of Poplar, between Mendenhall and White Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Napa Cafe
Polished yet inviting, Napa Cafe offers American cuisine with a touch of individual flair complimented by an award winning wine list and a wonderful accommodating staff. Ben Adams is an up and coming Chef on the Memphis dining scene.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Napa Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (17)romantic (14)great for lunch (11)good for groups (9)notable wine list (7)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Only getting better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We ate here a few months back and told ourselves we needed to come more often. The place has really changed and is much more open with a big open bar. It is still missing some artwork and lighting and we were told it would be complete by the end of the month. Definitely has a better atmosphere. The service was knowledgeable and genuine. The food was great. The standouts were the scallops with oxtail dumplings and charred mango and the pork belly salad with grilled peaches, pickled celery, and burrata (sp?) cheese. Overall a great time and happy to see the improvements.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glc11VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    They did an outstanding job of being very average.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food!
    Tbone
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Just went to the Napa Cafe for the first time. It won't be our last! The food was excellent, from the presentation to the portion size to the wonderful flavors. The different foods worked together seamlessly. A friendly and attentive staff was another plus. Also, when the owners found out it was our first visit, they made a point of welcoming us and checking on our experience. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine list
    muncher
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Surprisingly limited wine list. Then the wine we selected was not available. Service was excellent and we enjoyed the new menu items, but miss the previous tuna entree.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wedding Anniversary
    CTSBNKR
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Despite the fact that the restaurant looked like it was in the middle of a remodel (blank walls, trim missing, etc.), the staff did a great job of making our anniversary dinner special. The food was very good - tomato with basil and dill soup; mussels with artichoke hearts and grape tomatoes; filet with marsala sauce; and, an ancho-coated strip steak - and the prices were reasonable, so we definitely felt as though we received good value. Our only complaints centered around the way the bill was handled. An automatic tip was added (on top of tax, no less) and my cell phone was taken out of my sight to process our Living Social deal. Both very unprofessional, in my opinion. I would have tipped 20-25%, but was irked at this point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice, a little expensive
    Deedee
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Napa cafe was a nice experience. It is a quaint restaurant, very quiet and nice for an intimate dinner. The food overall was pretty good. Only let down was having my first choice entree sold out. Otherwise, the entrees were excellent. Crab cake was delicious. I was less impressed with the steamed muscles. Overall, I had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious
    highcottonVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Even though we were early they were welcoming and accommodating. The server was very helpful with some dietary restrictions we had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple Fine Dining
    Willbeback
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazing flavors and simple dishes made right. Service was excellent. We felt at home and out if town at the same time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Marvelous
    DiningDuo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had the best time ever at this fine dining establishment tucked away at the center of East Memphis. White Table cloth dining in Memphis is hard to find. The owners are great and make sure that every patron is met during dinner. Great Food! Great Wine! Great Experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    While I consider the service at Napa Cafe some of the best in town it was a little off on our last visit - probably due to the fact that our waiter was perhaps in training? It won't deter us from going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always nice and great food
    SamTN
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Always nice staff and great food, a place to go or take out of town guests .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and still getting better!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Napa Cafe has always been one of our favorite restaurants. We knew they were making some improvements and couldn't wait to see it. We would have given it 5 stars for the atmosphere, but not every detail is complete. Their food and service are 5 stars every time. In fact, I think this may be the only restaurant in town we rank the highest every time. It's consistently that good! We had new(er) dishes on menu (Pork Chop & scallops), but hear there are more additions still to come. We can't wait to see final results-it's already a beautiful place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited Menu
    Memphis
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Okay but not worth the price. Under renovation so I might give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Always enjoy this restaurant. It was under renovations during this visit so it was a bit noiser and unorganized than usual. However, the entire staff was attentive and appreciative that we were there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dining experience.
    Luvmywine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service, menu selection, unique wine list, start to finish this is an outstanding restaurant. Our table enjoyed the crab cake appetizer and shrimp and grits and the tomato basil soup was outstanding. We enjoyed a large portion of pork chop, one diner had the striped bass and thought it some of the best in the world. Two at our table had the duck breast. One diner felt the portion was average with a small portion of the hash/confit, both thought it was prepared to perfection. The buttermilk cake is a must have. Relaxed quiet atmosphere, our server was exceptional, attentive but not obtrusive. Best service in town. A hidden gem. We will definitely return and bring out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PickyinMemphis
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food is always great! The atmosphere is nice. Terrific wine list. It's a real east Memphis jewel - easy to find, easy to park.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Napa Cafe
    Lynda1851
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant is one of my favorites - delicious food and excellent service. I always want to eat here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent food. Friendly service. We dined outside and had scallops (perfect) and the pork chop (juicy).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scallops!
    Umtigr
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The scallops may have been the best I've ever had. They were perfectly prepared, juicy, and flavorful. Our server, Jan, was attentive without hovering. She was very helpful with our decision making with our entree's. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to Reputation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My wife had dined here...I had not. So when the opportunity arose, I made the reservation. Napa Cafe is not small, but i would recommend a reservation only because the restaurant may be hosting an event and would allow them to plan accordingly. We had the scallops and the beef filet which were served perfectly. Service was prompt and attentive without being over-bearing. The wine list is very good including some unique choices bottled expressly for the Cafe. Prices were certainly in line with a quality dining experience and we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Surprise
    Anon
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went to NAPA CAFE for a surprise 40th birthday. We booked through OpenTable and had a brief follow-up call with the staff. They did an amazing job. Tea lights and jewels on the table and even a custom printed menu for the birthday girl. Food was universally good and service was great. Would definately recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 328 reviews are from the Napa Cafe reviews archive.
  • Excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    What an outstanding meal. The tuna salad was one of the best things I've eaten in a good while. My partner had the meatloaf and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. The service was great and our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and extremely pleasant. The restaurant is tucked away but I was glad we discovered it. Can't wait to try it again!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tucked Away Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I have known the restaurant was there for a while, but never tried it. A friend was in town from Atlanta and had a Groupon! We decided to try the restaurant. The food and service were wonderful. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    It had been a while since we had eaten here. The one thing that stood out more than anything was the consistency. I wasn't sure what to expect because it had been so long since we had been here. The grilled romaine, pork chop, and scallops were all standouts. The service was every bit as good as I remembered. The restaurant had a decent crowd but the noise level was quiet which I liked. I need to eat here more because it really is one of the better places in town and certainly consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beyond Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This is a restaurant that I've driven by a few times and then read some reviews that peeked my interest. Our dinner was as close to perfection as any restaurant that I have experienced in Memphis. My wife had scallops and I ordered the filet mignon. We had the crab cake (all crab) & short rib sliders for appetizers and split the grilled Romaine salad. Everything was prepared to perfection. Service was the best I've received in Memphis in a long time. We will be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for a Memphis Lunch
    OTUser
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The Napa Cafe is a favorite place for lunch, with good food and service. Dinners here are also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Yummy4mytummy
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I took my mom here for her bday. They were having a special event and it was loud that night. Our server nice enough, but could have been more attentive. My mom never got a refill for her tea and our water was always refilled by someone else. Another male server who we overheard was a better and more personable waiter. Finally, for a $34 steak, you'd expect them to be very tender, and it was not. It was a decent steak, but nothing to write home about or to want to pay $34 again. Finally, though it's a nice, cozy place, their three main paintings show these small shacks in the midst of cotton fields. Though there were no people in any of the paintings they reminded me of slave quarters for some reason. All in all, I din't have to go back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • daviVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    There has been a trend away from the name (Napa) which evoked great wine and Cal food. The wine list now only has one half bottle on the list; no viognier, and the by the glass list is one of each for chard, cab, melot pinot noir, etc. The menu keeps getting more limited as well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Evening Out
    Ugadawg
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We dined outside. Very nice weather, great food and attentive service by Karen. Quality and quantity of food was superior, but there were no side item options which was a disappointment. We have eaten at Napa Cafe several times and will continue to do so. It's one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Napa Cafe
    Charlie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Enjoyed delicious food and service. A bit pricey except for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed wonderful dining experience
    Local
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Enjoyed wonderful dining experience. Perfect Memphis weather for dining outside. Waiter did superb job anticipating and satisfying all requests. Food was delectable particularly the veggie plate prepared by the chef.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food was ok, my husband had scallops and they weren't seared properly. Napa salad was really good. We were seated close to the door and it was cold because of door opening. Menu was limited. Our waitress was terrible, took her a long time just to bring our water and she had no personality. We wouldn't go here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent Place
    VolcamVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our Saturday evening dinner here. The service was warm and attentive, the food was superb, and the restaurant had excellent energy. We love dining here because the menu is always creative, the food is reliably excellent, and the service is just right. Being able to dine here is a true pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, waiter not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was great, short rib sliders and Aha tuna was outstanding! The waiter didnt seem to enthusastic about serving anyone at his tables. His service was poor at best. The lady helping him( drinks, delivering food ect) was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Watch out for the bread and butter. It's addictive! The butternut squash salad was tasty. So unique! For dinner I had the salmon and my husband had the striped bass. Both were fantastic. Good wine choices. No draft beer..only bottles but good selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We went for their buttermilk cheesecake and it did not disappoint.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointing
    Annie
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I have always been a fan of Napa, but my recent lunch visit was a bust. service was inconsistent, there was a short hair in my salad...yuck!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid food
    Jason
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The meal was solid. nothing outstanding, but not bad either. The service was competent. The only negative was that the appetizer special, a meat and cheese plate, was $25! Way overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious filet!
    Sugar
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Loved that it was nice and quiet! All enjoyed their food. No complaints!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Napa Café was a wonderful
    tomndeb
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Napa Café was a wonderful find! Knowledgeable waiter, great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.