I have been to this place a few times and it is definately the food that keeps me coming back. Nestled in downtown Napa, Tarla is a great place to enjoy some great food with parking very close. The restaurant is divided into 2 sections, one that houses the bar. The bar section can get quite loud so if you want a more private table, call ahead and ask for the other section. You can also eat out in front of the restaurant on their small sidewalk patio. Obviously your in Napa so the wine list is by geography and the just recieved their liquor license for a full bar. They still do not carry a full line of liquors so you have to be very specific on what you want if you want to call your own liquor.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try the Lamb Kabob!
The Lamb Kabob was soooo good. My wife had the stuffed eggplant and was very pleased as well. Great service too. Will for sure go back to this place!!!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best
I have been here twice and it is now one of my favorite places in Napa and I plan many more returns. The atmosphere is fresh and lively and the owners are particularly attentive to the experience of their diners. The food is superior. They even had a bean dish with Kale and it was the first time I enjoyed Kale in a meal. Lamb is a favorite and they have it in many variations as shish kabob, ribs and lamb shank which is fit as one last meal - a hearty portion and perfect, but you have to bethere early before they are gone. Their wine list is not extensive but the selections are very good and matched well with the meal selections. At the end of the meal ask for a glass of their house port -- really excellent!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We made an early reservation for dinner before a performance at the Uptown Theater, and were very happy with our visit to Tarla Grill. My husband had lamb chops with polenta and peppers, and I had a shrimp and scallops dish with a savory sauce, mashed potatoes and asparagas. Everything was mouth watering and surprisingly moderately priced for our selections and for Napa Vallley. We shared a baklava and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. The service was consistent, even as the restaurant filled up, and we've recommended Tarla Grill to two people already!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the food immensely. Good lunch menu and interesting food selections. The day we went, the service was fair to mediocre. However, I've been there in the past, and the service was great. Seems like the person serving this time wished she/he was somewhere else. This is a subjective opinion, of course, so take it for what it's worth.
Anyway, I'd go again and would recommend to others, too.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was told that the Barley Salad would "change your life" and indeed it was excellent! There wasn't one thing that I ordered that wasn't executed superbly! If you like this genre of food, Tarla is a must-try!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had tried twice before to eat at Tarla, but it was always completely full and the noise level was unacceptable. Fortunately, this lunch allowed us the opportunity to try their most excellent cuisine in an empty restaurant, thus no noise. It was an unseasonable rainy day and we ate early and had the whole restaurant to ourselves until we were leaving. The menu is ecclectic and very tasty. We all had the lunch special of lamb kabobs with a bacon cheddar soup and rice with a vinegar reduction sauce on the side. Excellent.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls gathered for lunch have the type of tasty food ladies like for lunch, unique salads, small plates, wonderful service and very favorable prices. Great spot
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elevated Middle Eastern cuisine with a wine list fit for the region. Everything was delicious, though the vegetarian item I ordered grew one-note by the time I finished the dish. Meat courses were spot on.
7/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Mezze sampler platter was perfect starter. Wonderful lamb. Don't forget to order a Turkish coffee as the perfect ending to any meal.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, Great regional
Great food, Great regional wines, and the service was fantastic. We are locals and will eat there again and again! Nice to have something a little different in the Napa Valley.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, small tables and portion
Very modern feel. Nice atmosphere, but I don't love the small "McTables" for 2 (remind me of McDonalds). Tables are close together, can't help but converse at some point with your neighbor. So if you're looking for a romantic, intimate time alone with someone, keep this in mind. Portions are quite small, but food quality is great. Warm Hummus was nice, but I'd pass on the barley salad next time. Short ribs are quite good, and a customer favorite.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around fabulous.
This place was fantastic all around. The owners Ali and Yusef came out to personally greet us and make recommendations off of the menu. The food was wonderful and their wine list was solid considering it was Napa and all. Go treat yourself when in downtown Napa with a dynamite dining experience.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Tarla
My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Tarla. My wife has to eat gluten free due to celiac and they were very accomodating and the waitress made sure everything was taken care of. We shared the stuff mussel appetizer and it was excellent. I had a greek salad that was wonderful. I had the lamb skewers and they were also excellent - perfectly cooked. We will definitely be going back.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just love this place!
This is our second time at Tarla, and we brought guests with us. Service is great, and we have fallen in love with our waitress, Edna. She has made our experiences all the more reason to come back. The food is amazingly cooked and presented. Wine list is impressive and the bar, well stocked. There are so many Greek delicacies here, too many to describe. Everything we have ordered has been mouth watering and we have cleaned the plate both times. Our guests really enjoyed it as well. We will definitely be back, many times. Especially with out of town guests.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
It was very loud at Tarla - too much for me to have a genuine conversation. The food and service were excellent - for that reason I would go back and perhaps sit outside.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The owners were really hospitable
The owners were really hospitable and made sure we were happy. Chicken kabobs were delightful. Our group shared a mixed platter of appetizers mixed. We enjoyed them. Try the zucchini cakes!!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and innovative
Wish they had falafel on the meze platter or as an app or entree. It's the type of place that is great for making a meal out of multiple appetizers, so it is unfortunate that each one has 3 pieces instead of four,...unless you just happen to be dining with a group of three. Portions aren't that big, so it wouldn't be a huge stretch for them. Other than that, everything was delicious with many vegetarian options, the service was perfect and they have a very nicely appointed full bar. Definitely will return.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
All great but the noise.
Wonderful place. Great food, great service, decent prices. Only downfall is the noise level. Not an intimate quiet place!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tarla's Mediterranean Grill
This restaurant, located conveniently in downtown Napa, offers a fine array of Greek cuisine and original recipes. We enjoyed the New York steak special, highlighted with vegetables laced with olive oil and cheese in a filo puffed pastry. The vegetables were definitely the highlight of the meal. The service was outstanding and prompt; the bread offered was fresh and fabulous. There were plenty other wonderful Greek appetizers and main dishes to choose from on the menu. There is also a full bar and plenty of seating for large groups and small. My meal was topped off with a wonderful glass of tawny port. I was there with a friend I hadn't seen in awhile, and we had a concert to attend at 8, but didn't want to leave Tarla's!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
before the show
we were there celebrating a birthday. the attention givien to the birthday girl was incredible. Lots of spirit. The apricots stuffed with a sweet cheese surrounding a scoop of lovely sorbet was the best. The birthday song was heartfelt and opera like. The hummus was outstanding, served warm with an array of sliced vegies instead of pita, at our request. 2 of us are gluten free, and they seemed to understand how to accomodate that. I had the chicken kabobs, good not great, dry. sea bass was tasty. shortribs could have been alittle more "slide off the bone tender. tasty sauce tho. We left them know we were going to a show at the Uptown, and they kept things rolling. I would go back when up there again.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Napa Middle Eastern Dinner!
Found this place on Open Table and were very pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious! It was a bit noisy when we arrived, so we sat outside. As it cooled down, they brought a heater to our table that really warmed things up. After ordering the very large, noisy party left the restaurant, and our waitress asked if we'd now prefer to be inside. She cheerfully moved us to a now quiet location indoors. The stuffed eggplant was particularly delicious!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty and convenient
No wait, reasonable prices. Good mid eastern fare. Friendly and attentive wait staff.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent! I
The food was excellent! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to people who live in Napa or are just visiting!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The tastiest in a very long time
We started with the Meze plate and mussels and clams. Delicious Tzatziki, the stuffed mussels had a delightful and unexpected flavor, (I won't spoil the surprise) and were those mussels and clams scrumptious. Lemon+butter+garlic is pretty standard, but something about this preparation lit my buds up. Yum. Entrees were short ribs and the Diver scallops. Delectable sauces. The chocolate trifle was yummy and apricot sorbet had a powerfully fragrant flavor. The kunefe was served at this perfectly warm and sweet temperature. Delicious!
Also the staff are VERY accommodating. Wheat sensitivity? No prob, my lovely companion was able to substitute fingerling potatoes, for risotto and the trifle sadly went back for apricots and sorbet.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food-noisy place
This place offer delicious food! They have the best risotto I've tried in this area. The service is very good, but if you sit inside you can heard the noise of pans, people preparing food and screaming when a plate is ready, it's almost impossible to have a conversation with people at your table. I think the best choice is sit outside.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our second time to
This is our second time to eat here. We had an early dinner before a show. The service was excellent -- everyone is very nice. The food is really good. There were four of us and we shared many of the dishes which is fun to do. Ate outside and it was a lovely evening. Will return to Tarla many times.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
True Napa find!!!!
We have been traveling over Northern California for the past 2 weeks from San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Yountville, Napa, etc. This was by far one of our best finds!! Food was excellent and it was really nice to see the owner of the restaurant working as much, if not more, than the other employees! He came to our table at least 2-3 times to make sure we were happy.
We had the Meze Plate which was a combination of the appetizers that we wanted to order......excellent!!!! A must order of their best appetizers at a cheaper price than ordering individually.
For our meal, we had the Short Rib (probably the best I have ever had!) and the Musakka which was fabulous!! I cannot say enough about this restaurant!! We will return!!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Meal I've Ever Eaten
Bar none....best meal ever. We started with the appetizer plate....fantastic. Then went on the beef short ribs and moussaka....unbelievable. And dessert...OMG....we tried both the baklava and the coconut tart thingy. Both were good but the coconut tart was the most unusual dessert and the also the most delicious. Service was outstanding also. What a GREAT find!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find in downtown Napa
My husband and I visit Napa once a year from Illinois. We have several favorite restaurants in the valley. We have added Tarla to the list. This was an accidental find for us. The food and the overall experience was wonderful. We had Eda as our server. I do not think we have had anyone better. She was super friendly and helpful. Greek and Turkish foods are not familiar to us but we found that we like it - a lot. Our water glasses were always filled and the food was served in a timely way. It was a bit noisier and crowded than we usually prefer but we found the atmosphere added to the overall experience. We will definitely return upon our next trip to Napa.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I were in Napa
My wife and I were in Napa for the 5th time and wanted a different place to eat...we selected Tarla from it's on line reviews and after looking over the menu. The place was outstanding! Everything we ordered was great, the Greek salad and the lamb were top notch.
Simply put, if I lived in Napa I would become a regular at this restaurant. Eda, our server, along with the rest of the staff work in harmony and were very professional.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just terrific... service, food and company................ Our fifth visit.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely Will Return
This was my second visit, and shame on me I ordered the identical first and main courses as the first visit. Roasted beet salad then diver scallops. They are THAT good. My friend raved about her short rib with risotto.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great mediterranean food!
Recently spent a week in Napa we enjoyed our first meal at Tarla's so much we decided to return for a second time. The Meze plate was a wonderful sampler of tapas. The Roasted Beet Salad was fresh and delicious. The Barley Salad with Chardonnay-Apricots/Kale/Pistachios/Pomegranate/Mint/Olives and Roasted Apple-Basil Vinaigrette was very satisfying and unique. Our entrees were all well prepared and included Carmalized Scallops, Sea Bass and Pomagranite-Cabernet Braised Short Ribs. Our server Vukasin was very professional and attentive to our needs. We have dined at many of the high priced Yountville restaurants and found this gem in Napa to have exceptional food, attentive service at a reasonable price.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try it out!!
What a pleasent surprise! Great wine list, reasonably priced. Unexpected surprises of tasting pleasures at every turn. Stuffed musseles and pork chop a must! Don't miss this restaurant.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Date night yum!
Really enjoyed the food! Service was great - they kept my water filled! Food was really unique! Had the saganaki, which we've had at other places, but this was better!! Barley salad was really good - thought I would try it because it sounded different. I had the shortribs and risotto which was just divine. We didn't have desert, so no comment on that. We had a table not far from the bar, but the bartender made us want to sit there as he seemed lively.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow, now that was a good meal!
Being foodies we are always happy when a restaurant surprises us. We rate Tarla a "5" and look forward to returning. The man of the kitchen definitely has a clue on how to make your taste buds dance. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the company of the bar manager as he worked. We learned a bit about different drinks and how to poor wine properly. We sampled the hummus and the grape leaves during happy hour and both were very good. The grape leaves tasted a bit different than the usual ones we've had but we liked the change. We ordered the pork chop and the sea bass for entrees and they were sublime. When we took the first mouth full we knew we'd be back. Tender and juicy. We will be going back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, staff, and ambience!!
We visited Tarla for our 3 year anniversary. My boyfriend is a huge Ohio State fan & wanted to watch the game without sacrificing our romantic evening. What a perfect choice! There was one TV by the bar, which the staff happily changed to the game. The ambience was energetic, but also romantic & calm which satisfied us both! Our server was friendly, attentive, & knowledgeable about the menu. We chose the crab & spinach fondue to start followed by the corn risotto w/kale & sea bass w/potatoes. Tasty, fresh, & served piping hot off the stove. The only constructive thing I'd have to say is that the food was a tad on the salty side. It slightly overwhelmed the food. Finished with the baklava for dessert, YUM. We definitely plan on coming back!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
becoming one of our favorite spots
My husband and I love to cook and don't eat out that much but we have been to Tarla's several times in the last few months. The food is very good, the service is great, the price is not too bad and we just feel comfortable there. Our waitress was also the floor manager and she was just delightful. Tarla's was full of a diverse crowd both with the young and mature. We love that and will be back for more. It was great to book a table on Open Table. I will try this service again and we will be back to Tarla's again soon.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful find!! Food was Magnificat so was service. My husband travels all over the world and he said this was some of the best food he has ever eaten!!! Give it a try you won't be dissappointed..we have been recommending Tarla's to everyone we meet.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We chose this restaurant after
We chose this restaurant after reviewing top-rated Napa restaurants on Yelp. Everything was great, especially the service. We had a waiter from Serbia who was friendly with a good sense of humor, and he answered all of our questions about the local area, the food, and the wine. He was great!
Highly recommend the flaming cheese appetizer.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good choice for napa dinner
Excellent menu choices. Quality appetizers. Good service. Both lamb and eggplant prepared well. Reasonably priced. InitiL seTi g and delivery of courses in a timely manner.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a great time at tarla
Being a Napa local its hard for me to share how much I enjoy this restaurant. I'm very excited for Napkins to open.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
No complaints here
Had dinner with two girlfriends and had a lovely time. Although the place is quite small, we were comfortable and the quality of food and service made up for lack of space. Delicious! Very enjoyable experience and will definitely return.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find in downtown Napa
Sunday dinner around 7:00. Hardly anyone there, very quiet. Service was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive. Nice wine list with unusual selections. I had moussaka and wife had lamb shush kebab. Both were excellent. No dessert this time.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
very good food, specials,
very good food, specials, service. All around good experience
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner was great! Food was delicious, service was good. Cute restaurant located right downtown Napa. Was my second visit, will definitely be going back.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a nice place to go when you don't want too casual but also don't want to spend a small fortune for dinner. Started with the crab, spinach dip with homemade pita chips that was good and pretty substantial. A good sharing item. My husband had the short ribs, which were flavorful and very tender. I had the lamb kebobs. Unfortunately they were pretty tough but that is the chance you take when ordering lamb in that manner. The cassoulet and kale were perfect.
All in all a good experience, the staff was very courteous and attentive.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My new Fav!
My wife and I had a great experience at Tarla. From the moment we walked in, the Maitre D' whose name was Thai (sp?)
really took care of us, as did our serve Ali. Food was awesome, great wine list and reasonably priced.
This will be our new go-to for a nice dinner out away from the baby!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Must in Downtown Napa
Outstanding food coupled with outstanding service. The best hummus I've ever had! And, do yourself a favor: order the short ribs with risotto. An absolutely perfect meal!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM