The Pear Southern Bistro
The Pear Southern Bistro

The Pear Southern Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 7072563900
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:00pm

    Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-9:00pm; F-Sa 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Executive Chef: Rodney Worth
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Pear Southern Bistro
A classic American restaurant combining flavors of New Orleans and the deep South with ingredients from Napa Valley.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
The Pear Southern Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (91)scenic view (80)fit for foodies (57)great for lunch (56)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (41)good for groups (33)great for brunch (25)romantic (23)kid-friendly (18)notable wine list (17)hot spot (11)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • Nicely done!
    NicoLiscioudVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I lived everything about this place except one: they do not carry spirits, rather only beers and wines. It would be nice if, when asking about a "cocktail" order, servers let patrons know that, for instance, the Cucumber Margarita does not contain tequila; it contains agave wine. Just a suggestion. Other than that, the chicken and waffles were succulent, crispy, balanced and decadent. The meatloaf was tender, tangy and hearty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    LovedIt
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place was recommended by one of my foodie friends. She did not disappoint. From when I was greeted at the door to when I left, service was excellent. The food was fantastic as well, we had a burger, the gumbo, and a special sandwich for that day and all were great. It's right next to the Napa River and walking distance to everything downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pear is amust !
    bud0727
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The hostess was greatvin getting us outside, where the music and people watching were both GRES. But the Food was best...yumB db
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I used to go in for the chicken & waffle. On this visit the glassware had a funky smell that made the wine smell foul (there was nothing wrong with the wine) and the chicken tasted as though it was fried in the same oil as the fish & chips. Our server alternated between condescending and attitude. We won't be back.
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  • Great food, not so great service
    Napamom
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food at Pear is very good. We tried many things on the menu and honestly they were all delicious. This is the second time I have eaten at Pear, and both times the service has not been great. This time the manager noticed the "lack of enthusiasm" by our server and that seemed to improve the service. The food does make up for the relatively poor service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We enjoy Pear every time we go. Bruch has become our new favorite as they do staple items with a twist. My primrib hash with two eggs and fresh zucchini was amazing. This is also the second time that I have seen an omelet perfectly cooked (I prefer my eggs without any browning). It was hard to not get their chicken and waffle as it is probably the best in the valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Location, Location, Location
    Ranfoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is great spot to sit outside and watch the surrounding area. Our server took good care of us. The food is a little overpriced for mostly comfort food. If you are going to charge these prices, then you need to kick it up a notch or two. I would stick with appetizers and a glass of wine and enjoy the Napa River.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend
    PJANDJJ
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My Family and I had a wonderful dinner. Half a rotisserie chicken seasoned perfectly with mashed potato's and green beans. It was delicious and a healthy portion of food which we had to take half of it home. Fried chicken and waffles very tasty and also a large portion. I would highly recommend you try this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We came in several days after the earthquake and the Pear was up and running. Several staff members stopped by to ask how we were doing and if our house "survived". They also shared their stories. It was great to be back among our neighbors and fellow Napa folks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • bland and disappointing
    Chamy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I were really looking forward to eating at The Pear, but ended up being very disappointed. The crab dip,chicken and dumplings and gouda mac and cheese were terribly underseasoned. We needed a steak knife to eat the ribs...they were very chewy as well. For spending $100, we should have had at least a decent meal. I work at a bed and breakfast where I used to always recommend The Pear to my guests, but I won't be doing that anymore. On a side note, however, our server was great and the wine and strawberry basil mojito was delightful! Beautiful restaurant as well. It's a shame the food couldn't match up.
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  • GOOD . . . BUT NOT GREAT ! ! !
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went for lunch and sat outside overlooking the Napa River, which was very nice. Bistro Certified Angus Burger ($13) lettuce, tomato, mayo, red onions and pickles. Add Bacon, Brie, or Cheddar for $1 or Gruyere or Point Reyes Blue for $2 . . . the burger was good, but not great. The Po’ Boy ($14) Crispy Gulf rock shrimp with lettuce, tomato and a cajun remoulade was very good, but salty. Good food . . . but we wouldn't rush back.
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  • Lots of Food!
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The Pear Southern Bistro may be a bit too Southern in its portion size. I could only make it through half my lunch, but, that being said, it was tasty and I enjoyed it. Just hate to waste food....Do not, however, order the tater tots: they are fried mushy mashed potatoes and not worth the calorie intake!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Hidden Pear
    Birdie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We could not find this place without asking in a nearby shop. A sign with arrow would be helpkful. The fish and chips was too much for me to finish but tasted good - good slaw . The four of us were happy until the waiter scolded us for not telling him sooner that we wanted seperate checks. Also, the math on our bills giving tip amounts is questionable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    JeffTVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had been told of this place by a winery and decided to do a later evening meal down from our hotel. The service was good though some things we wanted to try that we were told about weren't always on the menu or available. The crab appetizers and some of the main courses sounded good. We did a few appetizers and the waiter was very cool knowing we weren't doing a full meal. The crab can be strong so make sure you taste with the cheese on the artichoke dip.. The staff seems to have fun and since this place is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner it's a good option. I hear the waffles and chicken are great also. Overall reasonable and good food. Right off the river walk.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service. Bad Quality food
    LizToddVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Three of us went and all three disappointed. The shrimp in the Po'boy was previously frozen and tasted like it. The buns on that sandwich and the hamburger tasted days old. The actual hamburger was supposed to be medium rare and was so thin, dry and overcooked it was almost inedible. The third one for us had chicken and waffles. Looked like the chicken breast had previously been grilled with the inside grill marks, then fried. Yes that was dry and over cooked too. The waffle, she tells me was amazing. Too bad we paid eighteen dollars for a good waffle. The service was wonderful and attentive. I feel for them working there but the location will get lots of tourists so they'll probably survive without us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfort food for travelers
    Texan52
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We ate dinner at 730 on a Tue evening after a day on the Wine Train. The food and service were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • naamaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The only good thing I can say about this place is that they have a good singer. We really enjoyed him but not the food
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  • Pear Southern for real!
    vmacs
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a great little piece of New Orleans, please take the journey; the food and staff are really great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Someone at Pears called the day before our reservation to confirm, which was a good thing. However, at the restauranat, it was exceptionally noisey. We ordered the fondue as an appetizer and that was good. Our entre of sirloin tips salad was so tough we left most of it. We were given two desserts; flourless chocolate cake and pecan caramel tart. Both were mediocre. It's too bad because the setting lends itself to greater things. We expected more. In the future, we may try it again. Hopefully, it was just an "off" night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Pear continues to please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Pear continues to please. Three of us this time. Had the pulled pork sandwich, shrimp & grits, and several other great items. The outside Riverfront patio is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommended
    robang
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My husband and I are in Napa for the week for our anniversary and decided to try this restaurant after reviewing what seemed like a delicious menu with some good, traditional options. We started with the tator tots which were a version of croquettes, fried with a mashed potato center, and they were okay. I had the shrimp & grits and my husband, the chicken & waffles. Two staple dishes that we thought we couldn't go wrong with but were mistaken. The shrimp were wrapped in soggy bacon, over literally glops of grits with no flavor and a sad excuse for brown gravy. The chicken was dry, also lacking if flavor and the breading that tasted strongly of flour, fell off the chicken. The best part of the entire meal was the waffle and the service
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  • Overall
    Pattysr
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    They were out of four items on the menu. Two of which I was going to choose. Salad had bitter greens. Service was very slow. We were in there for two hours just for lunch for two. Sorry but it was not a good experience.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • otdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We would have given this restaurant a better rating if they had not been out of three of the main entrees. Only 2 of our party of 8 was able to have a first choice of their opted entrée. Also, the cobb salad did not have bacon or blue cheese when served to one of our guests. Outside seating was delightful, and the server apologized for the unavailable entrees, as did the manager. Our bill was adjusted and we were given desserts that were delicious. Overall, we felt that if an item is on the regular menu, it should be available.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "Pear" with me
    LSeghi
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This restaurant is tucked around the corner overlooking the river. While initially taken in by the New Orleans rustic / modern fusion style; it didn't take long for the stain of this place to be exposed. I am unsure if it was because it was going to be closing or that the place was almost empty; but after our order was taken there was no follow-up. No one to see how the food was, no one to see if drinks or water needed to be refreshed. Overall, the food was good though I would have preferred traditional maple syrup with the chicken & waffles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Restaurant was just ok, service was fair, Gumbo Ya Ya was So So at best. Very attractive interior and nice location along the river but certainly not a top Napa valley restaurant in our opinion.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Pear for dinner.
    Datenight
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    For a quieter dinner we arrived at 5:45. The food was fresh, light and tasty. I recommend the Chicken and Waffles. It was excellent and the chicken was very tender. The espressos arrived swiftly after dinner but the one dessert took a good 20 minutes to arrive after the coffee. However the staff was very accommodating for a friend with a very strict duet due to health issues. Overall I would recommend The Pear to locals and visitors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Voodoo Stew was great. Gumbo was just okay. Tater tots were really good. Bloody Mary was just okay. Didn't really feel like a southern bistro.. Open and glassy and shiny.
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  • LovetolunchVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Even though mixed reviews, we chanced it because of the 1000 pts reservation time, cute restaurant front and being on the Napa River. Ordered the prime rib sandwich (sour dough roll great, the meat was horrible--brown, overdone slabs-inedible; fried chicken & waffles equally inedible: big puffy batter-- gross and the waffle is what you get in the continental breakfast at the Marriott that you pour and bake yourself. $50 down the drain. It's really a shame when a restaurant that has waffles on the menu doesn't do a good waffle--like maybe chop up some pecans and serve with WARM syrup, not cold thick Karo based maple flavored, and thin, pinkish prime rib that's succulent and juicy. Table next to us complained about overdone hamburger, too.
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  • Pleasant
    Jane
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    In the past we have had lunch at The Pear and sat outside where we prefer. This night we had dinner and sat inside where it is quite noisy. Ambience was OK. Service Fair. Food average.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot with outdoor dining
    tsocer
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Quality meal with exceptional service, waitress had energetic pace and very pleasant attitude. Out door seating with a view of the river in dowtown Napa.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden fruit on Napa Riverfront
    vgk53
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The Pear Southern Bistro was a nice surprise both for the food as well as the ambience. Located right on the Napa Riverfront we were able to set outside and enjoy our dinner. All of the food was prepared nicely. We found the service to be very friendly. When back in Napa I would definitely return to The Pear.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner
    Alg1913
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    With the reservation, we were not seated promptly. The host asked to wait as he went about seating others. Another person came up to verify the reservation, and seated us. The server stopped by to take our drink order, and later for the dinner order. The place was really busy and noisy. I had trouble hearing due to the noise. The meal itself was really good - baked chicken and chicken with waffles. The dessert was also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    DickVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Tater Tots and Grits were delicious. We ate them as appetizers. I had the Voodoo Stew which was good, not great but the seafood portions in the stew were small. The ribs were very good and plentiful.
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  • Never a disappointment
    Rosie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Having dined at Pear many times both for lunch and dinner, we are never disappointed. Tho we had a hiccup in our reservation, I had requested patio seating but hostess wanted to seat us inside, the manager quickly accommodated us. We had a wonderful meal, pleasant evening after the Napa Porchfest. Pear is clearly one of my top 5 Napa restaurants and one of best locations along the Napa "river promenade". I love the Black and Blue salad, others had the Cobb and the prime rib sandwich. For appetizers we had our fave -- "tater tots" and mac 'n cheese and a refreshing Arnold Palmer drink. Great food, excellent value and wait staff. patio dining is very nice too, on shady side in the hot afternoons.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    Georbyn
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I thought we'd try some place different then are usual favorite restaurant and oh what a wonderful surprise The Pear was! Outside dinner with great music, the weather couldn't have been better, drinks and appetizers were a huge hit and the dinner hit it out of the ball park. Service was professional and friendly from the hostess to the waitstaff and the Manager. Watching the couples, family and groups of people all walking by enjoying the evening was enjoyable and added to the experience. Definitely our new FAVORITE restaurant in Napa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Pear Southern Bistro
    DaMominator
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fabulous Food!!! There were seven of us…first time at the Bistro and we were all blown away by the quality and yumminess of the food. Will make it a staple every time we are back in Napa…generally twice a year. Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience at The Pear
    justbev
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Forget the high end restaurants that you hear about in Napa Valley. The Pear has exceptional cuisine and ambiance. This is the best kept secret in the valley. We sat outside overlooking the Napa River. Our food was exceptionally good. The service was very attentive, without hovering. There was live music that made the experience unforgettable. If you are traveling to the Napa area, put The Pear on your dining list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food with a View
    NapaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was wonderful as usual. This is a favorite spot. When work on the river is not in process, the outdoor seating is lovely. Luckily during noisy worktimes on the river, the indoor atmosphere is enjoyable as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was a diamond in the ruff. This place is great . Food great ! People very friendly. ...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This place was great overall. Amazing menu. All of the dishes our group ordered were fantastic. The portion size of a couple of the dishes was ridiculously small though. The service was just ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.