About Napa Cafe

Polished yet inviting, Napa Cafe offers American cuisine with a touch of individual flair complimented by an award winning wine list and a wonderful accommodating staff. Ben Adams is an up and coming Chef on the Memphis dining scene.

5101 Sanderlin Ste. 122
Memphis, TN 38117
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Fusion / Eclectic, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
North of Poplar, between Mendenhall and White Station

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 683-0441

Website:
http://www.napacafe.com/

Catering:
For smaller or medium size business luncheons and dinners.

Executive Chef:
Ben Adams

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Napa Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (20)
Romantic (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Business Meals (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Authentic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Casual (6)
Healthy (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Memphis)·Dined 3 days ago

As always, Jan is superb as our server, and the food is consistent and excellent. It is one of our favorite spots to dine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (Memphis)·Dined 4 days ago

Loved our meal here! Soup of the day was superb. Halibut specia was filet wrapped in potato with sublime sauce and was out of this world! Filet mignon was a little underseasoned but that was the only flaw. Service was excellent and loved the cozy ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Memphis)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food- very accommodating for people with shellfish allergies!
Great server- hospitable, knowledgeable

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Very nice and quiet and service was excellent. Food was delicious. I’ll be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a rare date night, have three kids, dinner and wanted something different in the area. Had heard good things about this spot and it was better than expected. Ambiance was casual, server was knowledgeable about the menu and wine list, and the food outstanding! We ordered a half bottle of Pinot noir, Patricia Green, and was fantastic! The bread, the appetizer of duck confit, my filet, and my wife’s pork chop was cooked and presented with perfection! We will be back hopefully sooner than later.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Monday night dinner with wife. It had been a long long time since we had been there. Great atmosphere. Parking on that night was easy. All the staff were exceptionally friendly and outgoing. It was nice to meet the owner.

We both had the tuna which we both liked. I had butternut squash soup which was very good along with a grilled romaine salad.

Waiter was very knowledgeable- obviously very experienced and made you feel he genuinely cared.

Prices were very reasonable. Just about every entree was under $30.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

My husband received a gift certificate to Napa Cafe & we decided to cash it in. We are so glad we did! We now have a new favorite restaurant! The restaurant was quiet...could actually carry on a conversation. The ambiance was very nice for a date...we were seated in a quiet little romantic room that was so cozy. However, the set up in the room was awkward for the waiter (he had to constantly bend over to keep from hitting his head on the lights). The waiter could not have been better...professional, personal, knowledgeable & provided excellent service. We split a bottle of the restaurant's own wine & it was just perfect. My husband's steak was cooked to perfection as was my fish. The Sweet Buttermilk Pie was to die for. We cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food! Awesome service! And they gave us the wine cellar!!! Very impressed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Once again, Glenda Hastings and crew made us feel as if were part of the family. Welcomed and wanted. Filet was excellent as well as my husband's pork chops. French Onion soup was perfect, and the wine suggestions were spot on! Never disappoints!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Was a very special anniversary dinner! They made us feel very special! Nice touches!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Best service I have had in a very long time and the food was amazing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Service was amazing! Fantastic atmosphere!
We were treated so well.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Napa Cafe called ahead to plan a special birthday celebration. We arrived to special flowers on the table, decorative glass beads scattered on the table and the menu was personalized with a happy birthday wish! Jan was our waitress and was exceptional. Request her when you make reservations and you will not be disappointed.
Highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Very good food. A bit pricey. But, the restaurant was very lovely.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This is the second time we have visited this restaurant and the food and service were amazing. Jan showed us around and learned there was a quaint room for 6 that you can reserve for special occasions as well. The salmon was amazing. We will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 8, 2017

What a pleasant lunch! Napa Cafe is a great place to gather with friends. The homey atmosphere, excellent service, and creative menu combine for a top notch experience. The soup special was mushroom. I wanted to lick the bowl! Everyone at the table was pleased with her choice. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 29, 2017

What a great experience from the server, to the meal and the overall experience. The salmon was great with black rice and spinach! Great wine selection and even the server was knowledgeable of what wine went with our food. The pecan ice cream dessert was great!!!

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a great time at Napa Cafe. The food, atmosphere, and service was excellent. The food was delicious and new and our server Shawn was the best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Noise was over the top
Had requested quiet area
Could barely hear

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We arrived late at night but the service and food were exceptional. The specials were full of flavor and a great way to spend the evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Napa Cafe never disappoints me... Hands down white glove service with impeccable food & beverages!!! Some of the best fine dining and top notch service in Memphis, Tn.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Napa Cafe is a real gem in Memphis and one of the best places for a terrific lunch. At this latest visit, the dishes for all four of us were superb with a great presentation.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Napa Cafe has become our 'go to' for a great meal or special occasion. Outstanding food and impeccable service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Wonderful Birthday luncheon for our friend. The food, table decorations, & special menu made the celebration even more special. The staff was very professional. Many thanks!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food with excellent service. Hard to believe that they have been in neighborhood for 20 years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 4, 2017

FIRECRACKER CHICKEN WITH THE CORN SUCCOTASH (Double Order): Marinated in spices and then breaded with a white gravy on top...and two sides of the corn sautéed with chopped peppers, onions, and BACON!!!

This is the BEST dish at Napa Cafe! Sadly, it is not on the menu anymore. But good news...you can order it off menu. Just call the night before coming to tell them that's what you want (you can ask when you get there, but depends on if they have everything on hand to make it)!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Always great good with great atmosphere . Don't miss the Praline ice cream pie!

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great food ALWAYS, great service.
A hidden gem that too many people forget about.
I will return

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Entertained a client here recently with lunch and found it to be a very good place for a business lunch. Solid array of lunch options and according to my guests amazing salads. The bread was great as well and the service was perfect.

Only complaint would be that we had nats flying around our food and drinks towards the end of the meal which is a bit worrisome.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Memphis)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Best short tibs anywhere and wonderful atmosphere!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Memphis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Slow to change menu items, but very good specialson the night we were there. Terrific desserts!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Went for a birthday lunch... Table set for a birthday & menu had happy Birthday on top... Lovely service, good food & we were able to sit & get caught up... Great experience!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Overall, we give a B to this dining experience. The service, ambiance, and presentations of the entrees were great, but we felt the food could have been better. For our entrees, we ordered the crab cakes and the miso-marinated salmon. The crab cakes were okay, but not exceptional for a signature entree. They were a bit bland and the flavor of the crab was hidden by the binder. The corn relish was quite good. The salmon dish was diminished by a too heavily salted garlic spinach. For dessert, we ordered creme brulee. The custard was a bit too chilled, and the texture of the sugar crust was a bit mushy, as though it had been caramelized before chilling and storing. Perhaps the restaurant doesn't do its best at lunch, so we will try it again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great server who gave great recommendations! Really good food!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Mushroom some so salty it had no flavor but salt
Served a glass of Red wine that had clearly been from a previously opened bottle and had oxidized. Smelt bad and tasted awful.
I could not complain as in business meeting, but really why serve obviously gone off wine.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Had not been in a very long time. Pork chop and Salmon were excellent. Interior is inviting and well done. Owner dropped by to say hello and was very warm and welcoming. Overall great experience. Would definitely go back.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Consistently excellent.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 11th anniversary here and it was outstanding as usual. The service was great and the food, wine and desert were outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any celebration or for a night out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The experience at Napa is like no other in Town. We were treated like royalty again. The Food was top shelf and the drinks were perfect. The wine recommendation was perfect and the staff bent over backwards to make our experience perfect. I wish we lived closer so we could dine here weekly but we don't. But we do make it a point to get here at least once a month because it is just that GOOD !!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on May 18, 2017

As usual, a great lunch experience. Lunch entrees were superb, as was the service. A real Memphis gem.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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