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
164 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (104)scenic view (89)fit for foodies (65)great for lunch (61)neighborhood gem (53)special occasion (46)good for groups (37)great for brunch (31)romantic (28)kid-friendly (22)notable wine list (22)hot spot (14)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (8)Show More
  • bland and disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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  • 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
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    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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    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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  • 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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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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  • "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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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  • 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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  • 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
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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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining outdoors
    SZFamily
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had the Cobb salad and rotisserie chicken. The salad was made with fresh veggies and crunchy bacon. The chicken had delicious flavor, slightly dry but overall very good. The outdoor setting it lovely if looking for somewhere to eat while enjoying the weather.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Birthday Lunch
    Abaldacci
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My friends and I are always looking for a new & interesting restaurant for our monthly birthday celebrations-- The Pear Southern Bistro was the perfect place-- delicious food and a beautiful location! Try the fried pickles!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Beautiful night for us to celebrate an anniversary dinner on the outside patio area. Our hostess accommodated our request to change to an outdoor table due to the warm weather and beautiful view. The food was delicious and plentiful!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken and Dumplings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Chicken and dumpling soup was salty, but the chicken and waffles was excellent.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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  • VincenzaVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Would not recommend at all. Service from the kitchen was quite poor. People who came in later than our group were served and finished before our entrees arrived. portions were small. the dinner plate of gnocchi consisted of six gnocchi, which might have worked as a small plate but not as an entree. Not at the price charged.
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  • Very good
    ebkbcb
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been to the Pear many times and it has been consistently good. We took our son and grandson on our last visit and they really enjoyed it. My grandson especially liked the chicken Ana waffles.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • samrVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Very bad service had to leave after 1 hour not served
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  • Yummy in my tummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    So glad we tried this place! We got the fryed pickles which were ok. I got the strawberry basil mojito and it was soooo good! Could drink those all day. For the main dish we got the chicken & waffles which were bomb! Sooo sooo good! You have to get it! It is a big plate too, it could feed two people. We also got the burbon ribs! Also very good! It came with the mac&cheese which was the best!! Highly recommend! The service was good. Our waitress was nice. Just something you would expect. Nothing above & beyond though.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Jmccartney
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was really excited to try this place since I love The Peasant and the Pear in Danville. I ordered the chicken and waffle. The waffle was good (it had bacon in it) but the chicken was gross. It was skinless boneless chicken breast breaded and deep fried. It was dry and had some sort of weird pinkish gel between the breading and the chicken itself. I only ate two bites of the chicken but finished the waffle. I was really looking forward to having the bread pudding since their sister restaurant makes such a great one, but I skipped it and went next door for gelato instead.
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