1425 First Street
Napa, CA 94559Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.oenotri.com/
- Phone: 7072521022
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Late Night: Friday - Saturday: 10:00pm - midnight
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian, Californian
- Executive Chef: Curtis DiFede/Tyler Rodde
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Entertainment: Oenotri has an entirely open kitchen that enables our patrons to see all the functions of a restaurant kitchen, including our wood-burning pizza oven where we make our authentic Pizza Napoletana.
- Special Events: On Thursday, April 4th, we will be hosting our first ever winemaker dinner at Oenotri! Join us and Matthiasson Winery for an evening of Italian-inspired food and wine grown right here in Northern California. Dinner will be served family-style at banquet tables and the cost includes five courses all paired with wine from the Matthiasson family. Steve and Jill Matthiasson will of course be on hand to pour your wine and answer any questions you may have. Come join the conversation!
Cost is $115.00 plus tax and tip for entire dinner and wine pairings. Please visit our website to see the menu. A credit card is required for booking. We ask for any changes or cancellations to be taken care of 48 hours in advance; otherwise a fee of $25.00 per person will be charged. No show will be billed for 50% of the per person cost. Reservations are strongly recommended.
A word from Oenotri
Oenotri is a southern Italian restaurant that is committed to authenticity, quality and value of product, and local sustainability and seasonality. Our name literally translates to "vine-cultivators" in ancient Oscan, a tribe that settled southern Italy before the Romans. We consider this a philosophy as well as a name when it comes to food and wine.Continued
Oenotri serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner nightly. We also offer late night dining Friday and Saturday nights from 10PM to midnight.
Oenotri serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner nightly. We also offer late night dining Friday and Saturday nights from 10PM to midnight.
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Oenotri reviews from OpenTable diners
- Excellent service - attentive,leftot73Dined on 5/21/2013Excellent service - attentive, knowledgeable servers. Our starters were a bit slow (not even to the point that we were irritated) and we were given an extra dish as thanks for our patience (which was actually the best of the three!). Food was all excellent - no complaints.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One to Repeatfood4thoughtDined on 4/29/2013What a wonderful experience - great food, great wine, great service. My friends & I had a marvelous lunch & I will be sure to make this experience, "one to repeat".Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Had an amazing dinner at Oenotri.OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 4/27/2013Had an amazing dinner at Oenotri. Began dinner with a cured meats board which we could not decide which was salumi was better. My partner was looking forward to the Spaghetti al' arrabiata but our server mentioned it was quite hot so she opted for the Trompetti pasta with lamb heart ragu. I know it is a bit odd but it was absolutely amazing. I definitely had food envy even though my pasta with squid was very good. Very reasonably priced and they do have an extensive wine list but a bit pricey. I did see folks bringing in their own bottles of wine (I assume that there is a corkage fee). Overall it was a wonderful dinner and we will definitely go back.Special Features:
- Great dining experience overall.gyghmboVIPDined on 4/26/2013Great dining experience overall. I strongly recommend the chef selection of salum. They make all of their salami in house and it is fabulous. Service was terrific and all other items we ordered was great. No beers on tap, but I guess it is Napa and we should all be drinking wine!Special Features:
- Was able to make reservationsOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/26/2013Was able to make reservations the week of our visit to Oenotri. Came highly recommended and it didn't disappoint. The food was extremely fresh, the wine list was expansive, and the waiter was extremely helpful with selections on the menu. Would definitely recommend to anyone going to Napa.Special Features:
- Terrible serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/26/2013Half of the table opted for pasta dishes that were underwhelming (especially the LINGUINE WITH MANILA CLAMS). My husband and I received dishes that were over-seasoned (FRIED CAVALO NERO WITH HOT PEPPER AND PECORINO) and burnt (CROSTONE WITH BELLWETHER FARMS RICOTTA, CITRUS AND WILD ARUGULA). Despite this, we were most disappointed by being forced to pay for the poor service as gratuity is added for parties of 6 or more. Attitude, empty wine glasses (where did our decanted wine go?), and forgotten polenta is not a good combination. I especially did not appreciate the "here is your lightly toasted crostone" comment for requesting something other than mouthfuls of charred toast.
- This is a very good restaurant.AmyKVIPDined on 4/25/2013This is a very good restaurant. The only negative is there are only three entrees every night. We had the halibut & braised pork shoulder. The halibut was good but the pork left a lot to be desired. Small portion & the pork itself was marble size. We shared an asparagus, snap pea salad which was delicious. We also shared a pasta dish with guinea hen ragu. If we go back we will share some appetizers and get a pizza which looked delicious.Special Features:
- The menu is different (withOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 4/25/2013The menu is different (with the exception of the best margherita pizza in the Bay Area) every time I go and the food is always creative yet refreshingly simple with an ingredients driven approach. Really great wine list and good service to top it off. Never disappoints.Special Features:
- A moderately upscale environment,OpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 4/23/2013A moderately upscale environment, quite pleasing and comfortable. Service was extraordinary and highly accommodating for my cumbersome group of 12. How they managed to service so many in such a short time was truly remarkable. The food was generous as it was at the higher end of great quality. Pizza and pasta received the greatest accolades, most sides received ++ regard. Important is that I will go back and recommend it highly.
- We live in Napa and had beenNapamelVIPDined on 4/22/2013We live in Napa and had been here once before about when it first opened. I remember that the noise was a factor for not going back. But, after all the great write ups I decided to try it again with our out of town guest. This time we shared Asparagus Pizza which was this and tasted great. But, it got a bit soggy from all the liquid. We then had the Linguine pasta which was perfect. And again we were fighting the noise. As older people this is a problem since we had to basically shout at each other most of the night. Unless something can be done about the noise, we will not be going back.Special Features:
- Hand made salumi excellentBlackdogDined on 4/21/2013Hand made salumi excellent as always. Octopus salad was excellent. Beef coulotte over farro was nicely done. Desserts were very good. Service was attentiveSpecial Features:
- Too Salty!NynaDined on 4/20/2013Choices on the menu very limited. Only 3 main courses and if you don't like how they prepare them you are out of luck. I asked the swordfish to be put on top of a bed a lettuces and got arugula that was very over salted. Then they had the nerve to charge an extra $9 for more arugula on top. Very poorly done. If you have to go to a new place in town that doesn't have much variety this is it! Our waitress was very accommodating and let us know she had relayed our requests to the kitchen and made us feel very welcome.Special Features:
- Charcuterie plate was excellent.OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 4/18/2013Charcuterie plate was excellent. Very good mix of interesting meats. Can't believe they make it on site. Had the home made noodles which were as good or better than we had in Italy. Our waiter was very helpful explaining the menu and telling us what was special. Definitely one of my favorite Italian restaurants. Only negative was that they had lots of Italian wines which I understand since it is an Italian restaurant, but we were visiting Napa and would have lived to taste more Napa/Sonoma wines.Special Features:
- Food and service were excellent.LeonDined on 4/17/2013Food and service were excellent. A little noisy because of an active dining crowdSpecial Features:
- A level below nowjaz2020VIPDined on 4/17/2013We first dined at Oenotri after it opened, and were wowed. This time, not so much. The plates are bigger, the execution is sloppier. The salume is still good, altho stay away from the Ciccioli which is carnitas-tasty but swims in melted lard. A fish starter (skate) and entree (mackerel) were both overcooked. The lemon passato on the mackerel was overpowering, throwing the balance of the dish off. Pizza had salty watery tomato sauce & ridiculously salty sausage. Instead of being Neapolitan (limp in middle) this was limp almost out to the crust. What a change, and not for the better! Service is still great, but the food has lost that fine balance and good execution. Now it's just food for the tourist masses who drink all day.
- Creative southern Italianlay10Dined on 4/15/2013Creative southern Italian in a swanky atmosphere drives this downtown Napa hot spot. The food is simple, delicious and nicely prepared, and the service is quite adequate. While Oenotri won't knock your socks off, it is a solid dining experience and worth the visit.
- Oenotri stands out as an exceptionaOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 4/14/2013Oenotri stands out as an exceptional restaurant. They change their menu almost daily and use the best ingredients and the best techniques. For instance, I tried their octopus on Sunday and it was massaged for who knows how long to make it the most tender I have ever had. They prepare all of their own cured meats and salumis in-house! Whenever I travel to Napa (i'm from the east coast) I always make a point to have at least one meal at Oenotri.Special Features:
- Chef DebDebWVIPDined on 4/10/2013First time guest. Server was knowledgable about the menu, and was able to make good recommendations . Wines by the glass were just ok. Never like to order a bottle since we rarely drink more than one glass, and never eat the same thing. The noise level makes any private conversation a little difficult but over all I recommend. I loved that our dinner was light., even the pasta. You can't go to an Italian restaurant without trying their housemade pasta. Order it and share as an appetizer ! Delicious! Charcuterie is worth trying as well. Nice job chef!Special Features:
- A great find in NapaOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 4/7/2013We had time for one final lunch in Napa and Oenotri was perfect. Sharing a pizza and a pasta dish made a delicious lunch. We will return on our next trip to Napa.we came from NY home to outstanding Italian food and recently at our way through Italy and we would rank Oenotri 5 star.Special Features:
- It was our last night in napaOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 4/6/2013It was our last night in napa and we just wanted some good food - not too fancy. Although there were several creative items that sounded great - we had pizza, pasta, salad and dessert and finished every bite! It was a perfect end to an weekend full of amazing meals!Special Features:
- awesome will go again, entreethisVIPDined on 4/5/2013awesome will go again, entree was least successful of dishes eaten but....still great and i'll go again happy with overall valueSpecial Features:
- Excellent food alwaysOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 4/4/2013Kinda has become our weekly stop-in for dinner. Can't say enough good stuff about Tyler and Curtis and their efforts. Our typical Sunday evening feast recommendations? Just about any antipasti listed, particularly the halibut crudo with castelvetranos...friggin yummm. Strozzapretti often done with a ragu of some sort from lamb's head to Red Bro hen to Willis Farm pork, always totally delicious.This week on the Contorni list, a spiedino of chicken liver and pancetta. Wow...yum..lvers cooked perfectly along with a crispy pancetta woven on the skewer. Masterful. One of the better beverage programs in NCal. Sur Lucero has a particular genius. Yikes, I gotta jones for the carbonara on the menu tonite....dang. I'm like a junkie, I tell ya.Special Features:
- Even though they had a limitedOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 4/4/2013Even though they had a limited menu because of a wine dinner taking place, we loved our menu choices. We planned to share dishes and the choices of pizzas and pastas were amazing. The trompetti with lamb ragu was rich, rustic and soul satisfying. Our server Remy was very good in his descriptions and recommendations, and was very gracious.Special Features:
- Napa favorite!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/1/2013This is my favorite Napa restaurant and I think one of the best in the area (definitely beats Bouchon and Angele, IMHO). It's a great space with a fantastic view of the kitchen from almost every table, the service is excellent (friendly/casual but very attentive), and the food never disappoints. That salumi selection is pretty unparalleled (don't miss the Sardinian sausage with saffron!!), the pizzas are delicious, as are the pasta dishes. Good wine list as well with a lot of local selections. If you're a foodie, definitely ask for the two seats at the bar by the kitchen. Haven't yet sat there but always want to.Special Features:
- Every course was deliciousNapaphileDined on 3/28/2013Every course was delicious and creative. After Redd this is my favorite. Although I don't get excited about pizza this one was given to us complimentary as a extra one was made by mistake. I was very unusual and delicious. Recommendation for 2. Order one pizza, 6 salumi types, one pasta, and one entre - a little too much food, but it allows you to get a good sampling.Special Features:
- Really great food, eclecticOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 3/25/2013Really great food, eclectic menu with great side dishes.Special Features:
- Was not overwhelmed by ourOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 3/23/2013Was not overwhelmed by our dinner at Oenotri. Good pizza and dessert, but nothing surprising. Not sure I would go again, so many better places available in Napa.
- Excellent service. very goodOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/21/2013Excellent service. very good food and a 25-page wine list. (Tip, the last page of the wine menu is a list of wines $30 and under.) The wood oven pizza was excellent.Special Features:
- Our disappointment with ourtjskVIPDined on 3/19/2013Our disappointment with our dining experience was due to the pace of the evening. We were rushed through our meal, with dishes being delivered while we were still eating our starters. The two of us spent $135 in 45 minutes....not enjoyable at all. The whole ambiance from service to decor was cold and souless.
- The hostess was attentiveLMRONEVIPDined on 3/16/2013The hostess was attentive and seated us promptly with our reservation despite a long waiting list for drop-ins. Service was erratic. We had cocktails and received our wine order from the floor somm before the waiter even described the menu. Enjoyed the house made salumi and the yellow fin tuna salad, which we shared. The pizza was well made, but the toppings were excessively salty and included several items not mentioned by the waiter or the menu. Overall. we thought the portion sizes were small. Courses were delivered promptly, but the table was cleared after a long wait and my expresso was served very slowly. Not sure what the service model is. . . The room was extremely noisy - even for a hot, hip place.mySpecial Features:
- The food was exceptional.OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/16/2013The food was exceptional. The service was average mostly because it was too loud to hear us and the fact that they were understaffed for a Saturday night. I had to yell at my friend across the table it was so noisy. Will not return, perhaps they expect the tourist business to keep them busy?
- Nothing incredible, just good.OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 3/15/2013Nothing incredible, just good. I thought that the pizza was way to oily. I really prefer Neapolitan style pizza which is not greasy.
- Food good, service attentive,OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 3/14/2013Food good, service attentive, but I ordered a fairly expensive simple greens salad to start and the server neglected to tell me that my entree came with a generous serving of the exact same simple salad. Bad form.
- In contrast to many recentOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 3/9/2013In contrast to many recent reviews questioning the quality of the food and service: I found them both the be excellent. Wonderful food, exceptional service. Loud, but that's an observation, not necessarily a complaint--i could talk to my wife without whispering and know our conversation was private. Additionally, its developing an excellent Italian wine list.Special Features:
- Too Noisy? Try A Cocktail!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/9/2013We had a 9PM reservation on a Sat night. Oenotri was buzzing with customers at every table as well as at the bar. The noise level was off the charts, necessitating that my husband and I shout at each other across the table. Happily our delicious specialty cocktails put us in a mood to enjoy the energy and have a great time. Had we been in the mood for a quiet/romantic dinner we'd have needed a different restaurant or perhaps a different night. My personal favorites were the bread, the beet salad, the cocktails, the Barbera wine, and our Meyer lemon granita dessert. I'm leaving my pasta dish off the list as I found it too spicy and wished I'd gotten a pizza as I've heard they are delicious. Our waitress was rushed but she did not rush us.Special Features:
- There are better options out thereOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/9/2013Being a resident I was interested to see what moved in after Marie Calendar's went under. I didn't have high expectations going into the meal what was presented to us was well below. For the amount of time the building was vacant, no upgrades or remodeling was done and looked the exact same with an addition of a bar I believe. We were seated at a booth overlooking the freeway which wasn't bad, but the paint on the windows was chipped and you could see past paint jobs, and there was also wood damage to the window frame. Instead of taking the time to fix it they placed white duct tape over it to try and hide it. The server was very slow, didn't inform of specials and the food was average at best. Had to ask then waited 45min for our check.
- The "Crudo of Scallops andDarioVIPDined on 3/8/2013The "Crudo of Scallops and Razor Clams" and Pizza were very good. Unfortunately, the other two dishes we had were simply not good. The Tagliatelle with "Crab" and roe were simply not good to us and the recommended side of Cavolo Nero needs work. While the strong "fish" flavor of the tagliatelle pasta could be a personal taste issue, we found the flavor overwhelming and my wife could not eat it. The Cavolo Nero was, unfortunately, over cooked and the seasoning very uneven. The spicy chili flakes on the dish were present very unevenly and you would get one of the fried kale leaves that was very spicy and others with literally no spice or cheese.
- Thomas Keller's fave is pretty avgOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/6/2013We came here because Thomas Keller noted it was his favorite Italian restaurant in Napa. If this is the top Italian that Napa has to offer (w/o price consideration), then it is no better than most mid to mid/top range Italian restaurants in NYC. Also made life difficult for itself by having an extensive Italian wine list in the Napa region instead of focusing on Sangiovese-minded producers in Napa and surrounding areas. The food was good, but not great. Nothing super creative. Definitely try pizza, but just not 4 star relevant.Special Features:
- Bring Back The Oenotri We KnowDavidFoodVIPDined on 3/2/2013We have been here 8-10 times and have sent many of our friends. One of our favorite spots. Well, this time it was mediocre at best... The restaurant itself, atmosphere, vibe, etc. remain great. But the service and some elements of the food were disappointing. Service was rushed, cold, unattentive. Hope it's not becoming a tourist spot The apps we had were very good, but the main courses arrived cold. When we mentioned to the waitress all she said was "sorry, I will let the kitchen know" and walked away. We were not sure if she meant she'd bring a replacement set, but after a while we realized all she was going to do is "let the kitchen know". Here we were with tasteless, cold dishes, by now already not enjoying the evening.Special Features:
- This restaurant always managesOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/2/2013This restaurant always manages to make the menu and food delicious and a bit different each time.Special Features: