Delightful Alfresco Dining in Napa
We loved this little place so much we came back two days in a row! Alfresco lunch in their patio is lovely if the weather permits. We discovered it on our last trip to Napa Valley, thanks to the folks at Caymus Vineyards and it's now our favorite restaurant in Napa Valley! Although it's Italian, they do EVERYTHING right, especially their Fish of the Day, which was Fluke when we dined. The only other place I've had fish so fresh was at Mama's Fish House in Maui. Our waiter, Jacob was a delight. In fact, it's hard to fine fault with anything at all. The highlights of our meal besides the Pan Roasted Fluke were the Grilled Octopus, Beef Croquette, Braised Pork Cheeks, and an authentic Tiramisu. They are still undiscovered but not for long!
2/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Four of us ate here for dinner
Four of us ate here for dinner on March 13 2013. All the dishes we enjoyed and we said we would order again! That's always a good indication to the food. Very romantic inside. Sat near fireplace. Table service, there's room for improvement.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to Alex and we were not disappointed. We arrived early and was seated promptly. The food was very good. Portions are a little small. However, we had no complaints. Excellent service, friendly atmosphere.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Favorite Napa Valley Italian
This is now our favorite Italian restaurant in Napa Valley. It has the finest food, a very good wine list, the nicest setting, by far, and is quiet and comfortable, with outdoor dining available.
This is my fourth visit to Alex and each time the food has been great, the service very good and the owner, Alex, has come to our table to talk with us to make sure everything was to our satisfaction.
Some of our favorites include Piadina con prosciutto Sand Daniele e gorgonzola, Sformatino di ricotta e pecorino con vellutata di asparagi, Minestra di farro e cavoli (fantastic), Cavatelli al ragu anticom, Lasagnette Con Pesto (which is different than what one might expect as a lasagna but very good), Mezzelune Gamberi (half moon ravioli fill
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and Alex himself is a gracious host. You walk into the restaurant and feel welcome and are treated like family. The outdoor seating is very serene. LOVE IT!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A New amazing chef in napa!!!!!!!
i love this restaurant. Amazing food. superb service. very memorable. everyone in our party had a fantastic evening. a true 10.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We saw the restaurant during our drive through the area and it looked good, saw that it had good reviews, so decided to book. It was awesome! The food was wonderful, creative and so very fresh! Kudos to the Chef! The service spectacular and the ambience great. We sat by their fireplace which was lit, it wasn't too warm, just right. They have some outdoor dining as well and it looked great. Very small bar, but we weren't there for that.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hoping our 'picky' friends would be happy with our choice we reserved a table at Alex' where we'd eaten on the terrance last
autumn; had a 4-star romantic meal. We were not disappointed. Surprisingly uncrowded, since Alex' is not a newcomer among chefs in the Valley. Given a friendly greeting on arrival; we were shown to our table Service was prompt, smoothly executed by the well trained staff. The menu: extensive and inviting, in Italian, (and English) It all sounded good. Wine list: predominantly Italian, but local wine also available;reasonably priced. While not 'foodies'; we have eaten at 'the Best' restaurants and know when our palates have been satisfied to the highest degree. Alex' Restaurant met our expectations, +then-some.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband is a chef and I know good food when I have had it. Yours was very good. We were a party of 6 women meeting with our freind who has had 2 years of tragedy and it was time to give her some good laughs. Thank you for creating a wonderful atmosphere where we could talk and laugh and not have to fight either too loud music or tables too close together. I would recomend this restaurant to others and I thank you for a wonderful memory.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'll go back
Can't believe it's taken me this long to notice Alex. Inventive chef who packs flavor into perfectly composed dishes. Excellent servers. Not enough customers.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian restaurant in Napa!!!
Great and sofisticated food with elegant flavor.... Notable wine selection and very attentive service....my wife and i were in vacation in Napa from NJ and we ll back soon!!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful food & hosts
This is one of my favorite places in Rutherford. The hosts are incredibly charming, the vibe is very chill and romantic, and the food is consistently good and adventurous.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very tasty but small portions for the price as we are talking pasta which we all know is inexpensive to make. Try the cucumber soup, it is amazing. Food took a little long to come out but the service was good.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian food. Attentive
Wonderful Italian food. Attentive but not intrusive service. Lovely evening. Nice for small groups (6-8 max).
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another fantastic dinner
This is my third visit to Alex and each time the food has been great, the service impeccable and friendly . The pasta is always perfectly al dente and extremely fresh. Generous portion. is the best Italian food I have had outside of Italy. The atmosphere is charming, and intimate.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of my favorite
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley. Especially Alex and his wife.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best italian restaurant
What a lovely place , and truly excellent food.
We will definitely return.
7/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding restaurant. Pricey? Maybe a bit, but I'll pay the premium for top-notch food, service and ambiance. I've been there four times and have always been impressed with the total package, whether it be lunch or dinner. You CAN get in and out for lunch within an hour.
Forget Don Giovanni; this place is REAL.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but not memorable
The service here was great. They were able to accommodate last minute reservation changes, and our server was very attentive. The food was fair. But when you rate it in relation the cost, it was pretty subpar. My husband ordered the lamb pasta and said it tasted like Hamburger Helper. The ambience is romantic and peaceful.
Net/net - I don't think this was our kind of restaurant and we probably wouldn't go back.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Addition to Napa Valley
Had a great wine list and excellent food. Knowledgeable staff. Found it noisy inside, but sitting on the patio was wonderful.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food , great service
Compliments to the cheff , very creative and inventive.
Service outstanding. Great experience. We will be back
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Alex and his staff NEVER dissappoin
Alex and his staff NEVER dissappoint! Great food, service and surrounding.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a gem of a restaurant
This is a gem of a restaurant with a lovely outdoor dining area, an excellent wine list and food which is both delicious and exquisitely presented. I will recommend Alex Italian Restaurant to friends and also plan on returning soon with my husband for a romantic lunch.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Pasta and Service
Staff and Owners so nice. Make you feel very welcome. We had pasta, split 3 of them all fantastic. Best was Tagliatelle
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food, attentive service
Though a restaurant in Rutherford does not get the attention of those in St. Helena, Yountville, or Napa, the food and caring service at Alex's today has surpassed all those other choices.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find. The food
What a great find. The food was fabulous and beautifully presented. I highly recommend to anyone searching out a great restaurant in Napa.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone is Extemely nice!! Servers know about their wine and what to pair it with. The food was amazing! One of the bests we've had - and it wasn't just Italian it was recreated in a different way that made it not only beautiful to look at but taste see wonderful!
Cannot wait to go back!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were a lot more choices
There were a lot more choices in the menu than in the past. All the food was beautifully presented for 3 of us. We all chose something different and we were all happy with our choices. Food was very fresh and tasty.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night to remember!!!
Alex's Restaurant has to be the best kept secret in the Napa Valley when it comes to great food. The dishes are fabulous!!! Don't miss out on the melt-in-your-mouth duck ravioli. The prosciutto was so tender. The steak was perfectly prepared.
It was absolutely fabulous!!!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you like the real Italian , this is the spot for you. Not Americanized Italian, but the hot spot now in Napa Valley.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reserved a table at the last
Reserved a table at the last minute due to the reviews and it was every bit as written. Great food, great service and wonderful ambience at an outdoor table. Would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxed experience.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food ,great service, a good place for a quiet evening. I will return. Portions a little small but always good. Wine service handled very well.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unusually fine Italian restaurant
A hidden gem. The food is definitely not your run of the mill Italian. It is sophisticated and inventive. A real treat. And Alex is a most attentive host. Ambiance is wonderful - quietly elegant and you can have a conversation at normal voice level. After several visits it is one of our favorites in Napa Valley.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
After being overwhelmed by their wine Bible--just ask Alex (the owner) what to have. He's amazing!
And the food----yum!!!!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food.......beet salad, duck ravioli, while chocolate mousse
Owner is very helpful and attentive
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Different foods on the menu
Different foods on the menu were prepared excellent and everything was fresh!! Great atmosphere. Definately a go back to place when in Napa again and will highly recommend to friends.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you are open minded to trying authentic Italian food, you will not be disappointed. There are some unusual ingredients and preparations, but everything is prepared with such skill. We have been there twice - in Oct 2012 and Oct 2013 and both times it was spectacular. I have to agree with others in that Alex himself is great - very personable and down to earth. When my husband complimented him on the main dish, he was so pleased - it was sweet.
It is very romantic and has quite an upscale feel, but the servers and Alex make you feel very comfortable and welcome. I imagine wedding proposals taking place there.
Give it a try.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Romance in Rutherford
This is our favorite restaurant for a romantic dinner in the Napa Valley area. Alex's is very cozy with fireplace seating indoor or on the patio, and boasts creative Italian dishes to savor through the evening. The wine list is extensive with reasonable pricing. The service is outstanding!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food in a beautiful place
This place is perfect for a dinner after a day of wine tasting: beautiful decor, great service, fantastic food. A+!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Returned to Alex for another
Returned to Alex for another great meal. Alex is a most gracious host and knowledgeable about the wine. We ordered a Montepulciano on his recommendation. Upon smelling the cork, he said there was a problem and returned with another bottle, which was excellent. I had the squid ink pasta with sea urchin, which was deliciously briny. Mario had the Rabbit ragu, which he dreams about. Starters of nicoise salad (with three large pieces of rare tuna) and burrata/prosciutto on flat bread were great.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM