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Napa Valley Bistro, Napa, CA

Napa Valley Bistro

4.5
4.5
2193 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Napa Valley Bistro was opened in 2013 by chefs Bernardo Ayala and Ernesto Martinez, (also co-owner of Market in St. Helena). Their friendship and working relationship, which has lasted over 20 years was so successful, they decided to pool their resources and stake a claim in downtown Napa's expanding culinary scene. Their aim was to create their own version of classic world cuisine in a comfortable space where family and community could gather for any occasion. The twist is evident in the menus, which sample fare from around the globe. Guests can choose from traditionally prepared Mexican Empanadas or timeless American favorites like the Lamb Burger and St. Louis Ribs. Other options include Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Chinese Chicken Salad and Seasonal Risotto. Our Wine & Beer List includes local wines leaning toward small producers & craft brews.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Tue 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Wed, Thu 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (707) 666-2383
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Bernardo Ayala
  • Catering
    Between your vision and our Chef"s culinary creativity, we can help make your event a tasty one. Please call us for details about our catering options.
  • Neighborhood
    Napa
  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Parking details
    Street parking is generally readily available, but we are also surrounded by several public parking lots that require no payment.
  • Entertainment
    Join us every Tuesday through Friday from 3:00-6:00 for Happy Hour at our bar. Enjoy small plates and drink specials with your friends and co-workers!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Offers

  • Let's be Happy

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM,Thu - 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM,Fri - 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Join us for happy hour between 3-5pm!

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What 2,193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,193 Reviews
  1. TommyN

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Asked for medium burger and medium steak. Both were medium rare. Food is average at best. Restaurant had a musky smell.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Party of 8 - only 1 out of 8 loved their meal. Rest of us all agreed, it was just ok. Two of us didn’t like the special at all - ribeye steak was tough. The manager was kind and offered free dessert for the two of us but it was sad to me that most of us didn’t like our meals. Oh well, now we’ll know for next time.

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  3. Love2eat

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! We will definitely eat here again.

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  4. MarciaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Everything we tried was so good. I definitely recommend.

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  5. JosephM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Quiet evening for dinner, service was slow when the restaurant was not busy.

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  6. Face

    San Francisco

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate at the bar and ordered an appetizer and side both were excellent and creative. We then split fish and chips that was also very good. The bartender who served us was great and her hospitality made the evening.

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  7. joeg

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful restaurant. Great food and service. The lady waiting on us was so caring. The short ribs are to die for. The scallops were tender and delicious. Great salads. The special desert cake was light and wonderful.

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  8. KendallH

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you so much to the staff that night for accommodating us bringing our newborn. They seated us relatively soon after reservation time. We could tell there were parties that stayed longer than expected. Solid work and thanks for the clear communication!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. The short ribs and raviolis delicious definitely coming back.

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  10. MLB2525

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Great dining experience. Highly recommend.

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  11. LavonH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The prawns are so good! The warm choc fudge cake was a winner. Service was perfect!

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  12. Patron

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the Braised Short Ribs and I was only given 1 piece which was 75% fat.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Table we were sitting at had to be fixed due to severe wobble. Scallops were cooked nice but the sides weren’t that great. Husband had short ribs but it actually looked like pot roast, so he wasn’t impressed. The service for water and wine was terrible. Water was never filled up, completely empty for part of meal and we finished our wine during meal. Never came back to ask if we wanted another. Won’t be going back.

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  14. Melnunn

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good! Nice Valentine's dinner. Maine lobster and filet mignon entree was perfect. Lobster and dungeness crab salad was good but small portion size as an entree! The dessert vanilla natilla was yummy with black coffee.

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  15. localdiner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We like to do lunch on Valentine's Day and we always enjoy our meals here. Our server Jesus was very attentive and the Clam Chowder, Crab Louie and Crab Caesar with Chardonnay was perfect.

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  16. SaNa

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great. But we were actually a bit disappointed about the taste of the food and the portions are pretty small. Compare to our Restaurants was the Kobe steak and the Risotto just okay for that price.

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  17. MrZin

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! I'll be back. Great menu. Great service. Great food. Great value.

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  18. JarrodS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We ordered the flat iron, Scallops and Seabass app - the flat iron was very good, the arugula salad did not appear to have any dressing and the shoe string fries were good. The Scallops are those scallops you see in the store and do not buy them as they are so tiny - quarter size but they did have a good flavor. The Sea bass cakes were awesome. For that plus water and wine we spent 150. (to give you an idea). Very loud and the lighting is not mood setting at all so do not think of it as a "Date"

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  19. JaneE

    Tahoe

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    just great!!! everything was wonderful. the service is superb and the food is amazing

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our meal and experience, as usual. NVB is just such a gem and our go to for consistently great food and service.

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  21. Sjalex

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff were very nice and available. Food good with nice choices and good sized portions, the coffee was fabulous. An enjoyable evening!

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  22. TracyB

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good the service was excellent I'm ambience is nice they do treat you as an important person. it's nice it was a good time

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Nice romantic restaurant.. will definitely be going back !

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  24. Yummers

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A trifle slow to take our orders, but on the whole friendly, accommodating, good food, reasonable prices.

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  25. MarthaJ

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Every dish was excellent!! Highly recommend NVB for lunch!

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  26. Winediner923

    Calgary

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    They must improve their wine by the glass program. service great

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  27. Maria

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful birthday dinner for my husband. Excellent service. Noticed many large parties so it got pretty loud at one point but overall great!

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  28. cbgo

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Lunch on a Wednesday. Not busy. 1 of 3 parties of 1 or 2. King salmon. Lovely crust. Raw in thick half. Veggies like rubber. Worse than frozen. Sauce very nice. Nice server.

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  29. AlexD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks were amazing. Appetizers were fine. Entre was disappointing. Desert was ok.

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  30. RuthG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the service the waiter’s were amazing and food was delicious love the empanadas as appetizers . I will go again!

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  31. JavierL

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Todo muy bien, la comoda muy buena y excelente servicio

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  32. ScottB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the vegetable risotto which had little to no flavor, perhaps lacked salt and little or no cheese (pecorino). Added shrimp to the order; looked like blackened shrimp but had no flavor at all. The chef/guy working the window as dishes come out needs to taste/ check things. I expect more at these price points. Also, disappointed in the wine by the glass selection; we are in Napa after all.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Burger lacked flavor. Fries were good. Wife ordered a filet and was given the worst part of the tenderloin and it was butterflied making it more like a flat iron/flank steak. Sent it back and they brought out another filet that was good.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Napa Valley Bistro never disappoints. Menu is always creative. Staff is friendly and attentive. One of our favorite go to restaurants in Napa!

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  35. Diningdoglovers

    Portland

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice and reasonable place to eat when in Napa. Good options for GF diners.

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  36. Lulu

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us had lunch here for the first time and everything was wonderful.beautifullypresented and tasty food and excellent service from Erica. We will return next time we go to Napa.

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  37. LoriP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and cocktails! We enjoyed the prawn and flatbread appetizers. Chinese chicken salad was wonderful and a warm brownie with ice cream for dessert! Hidden gem with fabulous local chefs and waitstaff. Highly recommended 👍🏼

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  38. Other1

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The eclectic menu makes it a wonderful to place to frequent. Today I went with a Mexican theme and had the Tortilla Soup and Cajun Wild Mexican Shrimp, both of which were excellently prepared. On a different day I could go Italian with pasta or have American favorites. The service is always cordial and professional.

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  39. David

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Napa Valley Bistro is a nice restaurant for upscale food with a relaxed ambience. An easy stroll from downtown. The service was excellent and the food delicious. Highly recommend.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food as usual

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Napa Valley Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 666-2383.

Napa Valley Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 2193 OpenTable diners.

Napa Valley Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Napa Valley Bistro

975 Clinton St, Napa, CA 94559

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Neighborhood
    Napa
  • Hours of operation
    Tue 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Wed, Thu 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street parking is generally readily available, but we are also surrounded by several public parking lots that require no payment.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Bernardo Ayala
  • Entertainment
    Join us every Tuesday through Friday from 3:00-6:00 for Happy Hour at our bar. Enjoy small plates and drink specials with your friends and co-workers!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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