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Napa Valley Bistro

4.6
4.6
1915 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

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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
    Tue - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM,Wed - Fri - 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Join us for happy hour between 3-5pm!

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What 1,915 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

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  1. A

    Anne

    Savannah

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. We had the calamari and empanadas as appetizers. For main course, we had the lamb burger, short ribs and filet. Highly recommend all!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food5service2ambience1
    The service was mediocre. We wanted more drinks, but saw our waitress maybe twice the whole night. Another staff member helped us. The tables outside were very dirty. Noone offered to clean them when we went out there. The food, however, was fantastic.
  3. S

    Sabs

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food quality and diverse options. Ambiance can be a bit dated but we came for the food not the decor. Highly recommend. Good wine selection as well.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Knowledgeable staff
  5. PM

    PegM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We have always loved going to the Bistro, but were disappointed this time. We ordered fish tacos and we couldn't find much fish in the dish-very small portions. One taco literally had less than a forkful of fish. Yet the price was the same as usual - $19! Won't be going back. Not worth it.
  6. n

    napafood

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, would recommend highly. Good service and menu.
  7. Y

    Yalek

    San Francisco

    186 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    186 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Orma, our server, is outstanding. All the staff are very nice. The food is good but the chef needs to do some editing on the dishes. The dishes have too many elements and a bit confusing on the favors and the main ingredient is lost in the dish. We started with ahi tuna, it is very good. Our entrees are seared scallops and the pasta, the tempura green beans are tasty but not work with the scallops. The avocado purée needs some acid to brighten up the scallops.
  8. R

    Richard

    Tahoe

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was excellent. Service was very good Not crowded Would definitely return
  9. SO

    SouthOC

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. We had the empanadas, a peach and strawberry salad, St. Louis ribs and the lamb burger. Server and owner were attentive. A very nice, very welcoming restaurant with good food and service. Would definitely go back.
  10. HS

    HarryS

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Normally a good place to eat. Unfortunately there were a group of women one of whom was very loud, making for an unpleasant meal.
  11. L

    Lizi

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly helpful staff and delicious food. Great with children too x
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Very friendly until order was taken then ignored the rest of the time. Food was ready and sat on food station while server was busy chatting at bar until cook noticed us getting ancy
  13. C

    Coco

    San Francisco

    136 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great selection of food, cocktails and wine. Tasty food and attentive service.
  14. LB

    LynneB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NVBistro is our favorite "go to" restaurant. Consistently delicious food, sufficient variety, reasonable prices (for Napa) for a restaurant of its caliber, superb service.
  15. AJ

    AngelaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu was wonderful and the service was fantastic. It was my friends birthday and they acknowledged him when he arrived and fussed over him all night including having the chef stop over at our table. It was a lovely place I would highly recommend for a celebration or just a night out.
  16. DS

    DianeS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service very good. Food was fine, but expected it to be better given the price point
  17. LM

    LesM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat outside on the patio in front and it was a beautiful day. Cars going by were not much of a distraction, but I was aware. The food....Amazing. Started with Potato Leek Soup - excellent, Fried Calamari - loved it, then the Ahi Tuna from the Starter section of the menu. That was plenty of food and everything was perfect. Our waitress was a sweet as can be and got us everything we needed. I will definitely go again.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely relaxed bistro, i had dungeness crab linguine which was delicious.
  19. A

    Ailuckie

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    5pm reservations outdoor was very nice after driving back from Calistoga. We enjoyed the Mexican shrimp - Cajun ancho-chipotle sauce spicy and loved the tartness. Wanted to have more of it. We also ordered Wild mushroom flatbread which was quite good and crunchy. The flat iron steak was just so so for the price but overall we liked it.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal- scallops were great. Service was top notch- friendly and accommodating.
  21. NS

    NancyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely early dinner before a concert. Our server was courteous and very helpful. The food was delicious and reasonable for today’s prices!
  22. o

    owhy

    San Francisco

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Fish and Chips in town. Garden fries also good. Service excellent.
  23. SM

    ScottM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere for wine adventures. Great location for a mid-day lunch with a great menu for all
  24. RH

    RH2013

    Toledo

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing attentive service from Ericka! Thanks and we’ll be back!
  25. DT

    DesertThunderSky

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Went for happy hour and sat at the bar which was comfortable. The food tasted good and nice sized portion for happy hour “bites”.
  26. RS

    RhondaS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seared scallops are our favorite in addition to the pear, apple, strawberry salad finishing with the berry crumble.
  27. LT

    LisaT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service was friendly and efficient. Love this place. Every time I go it’s consistent. Food is fresh and inspired.
  28. c

    chicklynickly

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Birthday dinner, low key. Drinks were slow. Empanada was good. The touted fettuccine with crab and shrimp in lemon alfredo sauce was bland. Hardly any lemon. Needed salt and zest. The crab was generous, however.
  29. MM

    MandyM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Great service! Food was a bit cold and soggy but overall it was a wonderful dining experience.
  30. W

    Walzyr

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have lunch. Our server, Omar, exceeded our expectations. Good wine and beer list, great lunch options. Will go back again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Unfortunately have seen substantial decline in service and quality of experience over the last 6 months. This was one of my favorite spots in Napa and as a locals very disappointed to see the decline but will not be returning.
  32. BC

    BeverlyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My entree was exceptional but the calamari that I had for an appetizer was on the chewy side.
  33. SO

    ShellyO

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Friends gathering in Napa from across the country for a jazz festival. Overall a nice experience however astounded the waitress couldn’t break the check up for three couples after being asked prior to ordering. Additionally the music being piped in didn’t align with the ambiance.
  34. CG

    CourtneyG

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent dinner. Unique entrees. Fantastic desserts. I loved everything.
  35. L

    Linda

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great experience. Food was excellent, fast service and wonderful waitstaff.
  36. O

    Okapi

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Do yourself a favor and visit this lovely restaurant in Napa. The service is unmatched. The staff truly cares about your experience. The food is delicious with a nice selection of wine and desserts. Absolutely the best dining experience we had while in Napa. Highly recommend!
  37. BP

    BrookeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food! Service was pretty good. We came close to closing so it was quick
  38. C

    Claire

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is just the best place to eat in Napa. Collin is probably the best manager they have had, and chef Bernardo Ayala has been preparing fresh, beautiful and delicious food for years. And the wine selection is local and outstanding. We are loyal customers (10+ years). If you are visiting Napa, make a point of coming here and trying it out. There's plenty of seating, both indoors and out. Give it a try!
  39. K

    Kris

    San Francisco

    469 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    469 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    NVB is a favorite lunch spot for me in downtown Napa, parking is a bit rough but the food and service is wonderful. I especially enjoy their take on french fries which includes green beans, carrots, brussel sprouts and other veggies with two sauces for dipping. I also appreciate that their tasty salads can be ordered as a half portion but with the same additions (chicken, crab, shrimp, etc.).
  40. JS

    JSNB1125

    Montreal

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    In Napa you’re paying premium prices everywhere. The food here was great and moderately priced compared to surrounding places, but still not cheap! Unfortunately we had a poor service experience. When expectations are properly set, this might not affect an evening out, but when you are paying a premium poor service can affect everything. Our waiter never checked up on the food or for round 2 of drinks or really anything after taking our order. We just sat there. It was clear he realized he messed up in the end, but just avoided eye contact and hid in the kitchen instead of trying to end the experience on a high note.

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 4.6 stars by 1915 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

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
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

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (707) 666-2383

  • 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.

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