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Napa Valley Bistro

4.6
4.6
1996 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 18 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
    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 1,996 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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wine Country

    Good for business meals

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  1. PP

    PatP

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fodd and wait staff very good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We got last minutes reservations for NYE. The staff was awesome and the food was even better. I got the Ribeye, which was perfectly cooked, and my partner got the surf and turf which was the star of the night- a filet and the best lobster we’ve ever had. All accompanied by a great local Pinot.
  3. MS

    MaryleeS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and warm, friendly service. Our group of six had lobster bisque, Caesar salad, risotto, surf and turf, mushroom flatbread, and duck. Everything was delicious. It was pretty much a flawless meal! We’ll definitely be back.
  4. n

    nhs55

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made an Open Table reservation for 12/30/22 with the online menu showing our very long-time favorite, the Bistro Burger made with house infused chopped lamb on prior visits. When we arrived and were seated, he server presented a menu with only New Year's Eve special even though 12/30/22 was NOT New Year's Eve. After a brief thought, we decided to leave without ordering. We were met at the door on a very rainy evening by the restaurant's manager and his chef. To our surprise, they indicated that they would make two Bistro Burgers. They did so and we ordered a fabulous salad to share, beverages, and dessert. Cudos and commendations to both the restaurant's manager and his chef.
  5. KD

    KayD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had reservations for 12:15 but arrived early and were welcomed and seated right away. The food was excellent and our server couldn't have been better! A totally delicious and enjoyable dining experience from start to finish.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Entrees and wine were fantastic. Chocolates cake desert was a bit dry. Started out pretty load but noise tapered off as the crowd thinned.
  7. JB

    JerryB

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, they bent over backwards to accommodate my wife’s gluten free needs. Great service.
  8. SP

    SweetPea

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Overcooked salmon, cold tempura green beans all four of them), waiter slow to get to us. Says focaccia on menu, but was given a few pieces of bland baguette. Poor price-performance ratio. Won’t be back.
  9. L

    Locallou

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Napa Valley Bistro is always a great place a great meal!
  10. M

    Maureen

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance . Price value was good. Only one recommendation, wine list needs improvement. The food is excellent !
  11. BR

    BenR

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service! Innovative and high quality food and flavors. A perfect place for a solid variety of beautiful Napa Valley flavors.
  12. NK

    NapaKat

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance was wonderful, but our waiter Omar was outstanding; a delightful and courteous young man.
  13. z

    zorro

    Sacramento

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great restaurant, great goid, amazing service. I will return to thiss restaurant next time we’re in town.
  14. M

    Mimi

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was delicious and the service delightful‼️
  15. F

    Funfoodee

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This place is nothing special ambiance is ok and it’s a little drafty until it gets going with dinner crowd. Worth it for the food it’s very good! We split a salad delicious and I had fish and chips so good, I would go back for both! My husband had the burger it was very good as well.
  16. N

    Nettie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I loved the atmosphere and the service. Very attentive and friendly. One of the people in our party had a gluten allergy and they have a special gluten free menu. The food was very good, and we enjoyed ourselves!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Disappointing. Food was mediocre and not hot despite the 4 star reviews. Restaurant was very cold on a mild day. Debating leaving. Which we had. Server was nice.
  18. JA

    JohnA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Imaginative menu, many good choices. The scallops were exceptional.
  19. RV

    RVillarreal

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The wife and I really enjoy coming to this place. The first time we went to this restaurant, the first bottle of wine (you brought) had no corkage fee. But that slowly faded, probably due to the pandemic and the business and servers losing money. The atmosphere is perfect. You can really engage in a conversation without interruptions. The food is always great. Never had an unpleasant meal. We’ve tried so many different things and always look forward to the night’s specials. Originally, this place was our anniversary dinner spot but slowly grew into more. We’ve taken close friends to enjoy the food and experience as well.
  20. BF

    BillF

    West Palm Beach

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local place. Good options and efficient help. Good response to allergy issues
  21. J

    Jenn

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food & service were great. Only complaint is that they should have seated the lady who insisted on eating with her lap dog on her lap off to the side or as out of the way as possible-dog kisses between bites & wet dog smell - seriously?
  22. TG

    TomG

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Napa Valley Bistro did not disappoint! We have eaten here before and enjoy the menu. It was "Wild Game Week" and the menu reflected that theme with selections of fish and meat not usually on the menu. We opted the healthy garden fries, which was very good and their crab Louie, which is always good. The service was good, the staff was attentive. We'll be back!
  23. JM

    JenniferM

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A best in Napa. Excellent services, great wine list, and the food is wonderful.
  24. IF

    IndraF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    This was a favorite restaurant of ours, but it appears the quality of the dishes may have gone down. My $38 salmon was overcooked and served with gooey tempura green beans. Dessert pudding was the consistency of putty. Previously we really enjoyed these dishes.
  25. s

    susiep

    Denver

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Arrived for "wild game week." Rack of venison and bison short ribs were prepared wonderfully. Good service. Upscale / a bit pricey. Overall would come again.
  26. RW

    RighteaouslyWiseDiner

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wild game menu was fabulous. We enjoyed both the Elk and wild Boar chili and the braised buffalo ribs! I want to go back again before they change the menu!
  27. LH

    LaneiceH

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef came out at my request! Very personable staff. Delicious food.
  28. j

    joleneg

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great service and wonderful food. The cocktails were amazing!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went with a party of 17 family members mixed kids and adults. We had great service and delicious food served promptly!
  30. SD

    SherryD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My husband husband and I both ordered the scallops entree. To me the scallops had a rubbery taste, but husband said his were fine. The dinner entree was quite small, but since we weren’t that hungry it worked out ok. I saw other people being delivered large plates of pasta, but I’m not a pasta fan. Service was attentive, atmosphere pleasant, low noise level.
  31. JD

    JacquesD

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! Great service!
  32. SL

    SandraL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We were looking forward to this meal based on the ratings we read. The experience was disappointing. The service was slow. We waited a long time to order, receive our dishes and had to track down the waiter for our check. It then took a long time to process our payment. This all seemed odd since the restaurant wasn’t crowded. Only four tables with customers. There was a lot of staff, but they seemed preoccupied. The fried chicken special was obviously burnt and overcooked. Perhaps it was an off night, but theses were basic mistakes unworthy of a Napa Valley restaurant.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff was attentive, food arrived quick and was delicious. Enjoyed their cocktails!
  34. s

    sfitgirl

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    It's not up to Napa standards. Nice enough but needs an update, food is mediocre for the price and the staff needs some polish.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very kind staff! Were very friendly with our infant children!
  36. CS

    CailinS

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was amazing and very tasty. Service was great. Very quiet and quaint place. Wish I could have made it to their wild game week. Everything on that menu looks delicious. Great selection of wines and different dinners. Loved it will go back if ever in the area
  37. z

    z1466

    San Francisco

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was amazing! The attention to detail, the mingling of flavors, the presentation, all were perfect. Thank you for providing such a lovely dining experience. Monica was our server and she was so delightful!
  38. s

    stephanie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a really nice meal. NVB is very relaxed and cozy. The food is good and the staff friendly.
  39. K

    Kristin

    Milwaukee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, it was a great experience. The staff was friendly and inviting. The food was absolutely delicious! Highly recommend.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the food. But very noisy. But great overall!

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 1996 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 18 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

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