Permanently Closed - NINEBARK - Temporarily Closed

4.3
154 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Ninebark is located in Napa, where it serves fine American fare in a three-story restaurant that offers beautiful views overlooking the valley. Guests rave about the friendly service at Ninebark as well as the creative cocktail menu that includes drinks such as the �Ode to O�Ren�, featuring vodka infused with shiso, ginger, honey and sesame.

Start your meal at Ninebark with njuda or carrot and pimento spreads, before trying the salt cod beignets with garlic aioli. Ricotta dumplings and the daily flatbread choice topped with goat cheese, apricot jam and blistered shisito peppers are always crowd pleasers. Don�t forget to try the chocolate cake that locals can�t get enough of.

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4.3
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4.1
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful surprise it was for us to dine in the 3rd floor patio. The food was amazing and it was an all around enjoyable experience. Thank you.

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PaulJoseph
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It's good news and maybe not so good. The food is really good. Not stunningly fantastic just very good. Service was spot on and they gave us complimentary champagne just because it was my husbands birthday, all very nice. One small complaint I have is that when I made the reservation I asked to be seated on the roof. That was a week before we went there but the day before our reservation they called to confirm the reservation. I inquired about the roof and they said they had a private party up there so they couldn't seat us there that night. That's fine except for the waiting to the last minute to give me that information. At any rate the main room is lovely with high ceilings. Our booth corner table was such that one person is seated directly facing the people at the small table next to us, that's a bit awkward really. Also the noise level is pretty high. All and all I'd say it's good not great.

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viparielbp
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the chef's Sunday Supper where his imagination ran wild. Delicious food, great staff and a very fun location.

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vipTCJLH
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Sunday night dinner was spectacular. We have enjoyed many dinners at 9bark and decided to try the special dinner with out of town friends. Each course in the seven dish prix fix meal is a surprise, with recipes created by different staff, and there were no misses. Service was fun, and James quickly understood our sense of humor and tastes, including a perfect suggestion for wine. We sat on the roof, a perfect spot for visitors to view the Napa hills, and it felt like being in Italy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Great concept - poorly executed!

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DianaL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were looking for a nice quiet dining experience and were so excited about tasting their food as we had read a really great review. But when we got there on a Thursday night, they said the dining room was closed during the week and they seated us in the top bar. A nice place to have drinks and appetizers with a group of friends, but not at all appropriate for a quiet, romantic dinner. So we left and went to Angele where we had a wonderful meal and experience.

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AngieV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Much more of a bar with high priced food than a restaurant with a bar. I was surprised and disappointed by the frat boy, pick up scene vibe. The tartare was the best dish we had, everything else was just okay and not worth the price. Our main courses were cold but by that point, we didn't have the patience to send them back.

The outdoor rooftop seating is beautiful, but the frat bar scene surrounding us took away from the romantic vibe. I might come back for drinks but would definitely eat somewhere else.

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AndreaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything about the experience was excellent except for the reservation process. There is no ability to speak to someone at the restaurant on the phone- all done through leaving voicemail messages. I don't believe this is the best way a restaurant that values service should conduct their reservation system- making reservations, confirming reservations, or contacting the restaurant if you are running late. Otherwise- an excellent dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gorgeous terrace, unique menu

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JihnG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good but our service was lacking to the point we got a wrong entree. Waiter seemed very distracted so thus the dining experience was lacking. Do not know why u are serving a martini in a champagne glass. Would have to think about recommending your place to anyone. By the way when I called your front desk said there were no tables available for 8-830 pm yet open table gave us a reservation for 830pm. Something is wrong with that?

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! We ordered many of the small plates and did things family style. The food was fantastic the view was amazing, and the service was exceptional! I highly recommend Ninebark!

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vipNapaMan
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a Ninebark fan since they opened. Went to my first Sunday Supper and was blown away. Eight course dinner with enough food for another meal. The food was creative, well prepared and absolutely delicious. Even better than their regular menu (which sets a high standard). Sitting on their rooftop on a gorgeous Napa evening. What could be better?

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friggin incredible!
All around fantastic.
Be careful about Sunday Supper, we had some pretty big portions.
OMG, the t gazpacho w crab, whole Thai rockfish,
Superb wine pairings. I hope they open back up soon. I'm jonesin' for Lightner's food, man.

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vipFoodieonMain
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The salt cod beignets are excellent. I would return for a cocktail and the beignets, either down in the bar or outside on the third floor deck. The second floor dining room is... meh. Dinner was very good, some very unique dishes, but it somehow lacked that certain something that would give it a space among our list of local favorites for a full meal. In summary: worth one visit for dinner and repeat visits for cocktails and snacks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Saw a recommendation in Robb report so cancelled a reserve at the Farm where we had dined earlier in the week to give this spot a try - what a MISTAKE! Didn't like anything about it. Host gave

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vipLucySurfs
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We went early in the evening at first seating. The more crowded it got, the less the waiter was able to attend to our needs. They really need people to bus the tables so waitstaff is not overwhelmed clearing tables and serving. We had empty plates on our table for a long time between courses. At the end, he couldn't even acknowledge us when dropping off the check. Nice wine list and really pretty presentation of food. The food itself was delicious and thoughtful.
We were not able to see the 3rd floor as even for 6:00 seating the rooftop was fully committed.
I would go back and try other food items and would certainly go back to have a drink after 9 (when it opens up) on the rooftop.

CS
vipCSdiner
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great setting in the heart of downtown Napa in an old three story building. First floor is the bar, second floor is the dining room and the third floor is a combination of both with a deck overlooking the river. Food service is available on all floors. It has a very natural feeling with arrangements garnered from the garden, vegetables and wild flowers both added to the ambiance. The menu is eclectic and interesting although there were some misses and some dishes that didn't live up to the description.
Cocktails were great and the service was friendly and professional.

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vip1234
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Very expensive for small portions. Booked a table in the restaurant and were seated in the upstairs bar because the restaurant was closed that night due to insufficient reservations. We were, however, charged "white cloth " prices. Would not go again.

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BillK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had the Sunday night fixed menu (chicken main course). It was a 2.5 hour dining experience, a bit lengthy. There were 6 courses, actually 5 as the 1st was a single black cherry? The main course was roasted chicken, on a bed of Brussel sprouts and fried bread. The bread was very hard and inedible, and the Brussel sprouts were under cooked, also mostly inedible. The chicken was great. Desert was excellent - a rice pudding. Food was OK, cocktails and wine excellent, ambiance was fun. I'd try it again, but not on a Sunday night.

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lauras
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The server was amazing!!! The view was amazing. The food is inspired.

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vipAnuta
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Especially smoked fish appetizer. Love the rooftop seating.

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vipWouldntYouLiketoKnow
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This new restaurant in downtown Napa is excellent. It has three levels of experience -- a first floor tasting menu and bar, a second floor dining room, and a rooftop bar and lounge -- that make it a total night out. The food and the cocktails were great. We were unusually well-attended to by various members of the staff -- whether for water, drinks, or the food itself. In particularly, David was so awesome that he arranged for us a table for two on the rooftop to enjoy our dessert and final drinks. This is our new favorite place in Napa and we will definitely be back soon.

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VikiP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service! Pro tip: request the roof deck for the best views and ambiance!
Will definitely be back!

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Henk
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Get a table on the third floor outdoor seating area if you can! The wait staff was very attentive. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. One member of our group was brought the wrong entrée, they quickly corrected their mistake and comped him for the meal. We were a group of six, we asked for three separate checks. This seemed to greatly confuse the server. Other than that it was a great experience .

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BarryC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and service, but pretty pricey. Certainly worth it for a special occasion.

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BrandonM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Should probably be more advertised as wine and cocktail bar than a full restaurant. The food choices were limited and portions small and unsatisfying. No complaints about the alcohol options though. The rooftop dining was nice but not really worth the price considering the competition. If I lived in the area, I'd probably still visit to explore the extensive (and overwhelming) wine list. There was a wine steward to help with selections, so I think they've recognized that issue.

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vipWSP1
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was phenomenal. Salt cod bignets magical! Many surprising and delightful taste combinations in every dish we tried. This chef does live up to the hype!

The service, on the other hand, was just OK, not up to the level of a fine restaurant. Our waiter poured new wine into a glass that had contained another wine. There was a very long gap between appetizers and the main course, with no acknowledgement of the delay. Nothing terrible, just not top notch.

All in all we enjoyed it, and we do plan to come back.

LC
LCIV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in the Napa Valley, but food was overwhelming. The downstairs bar is perfect and if we came back, we'd likely try staying downstairs. Cocktails were great and a real strength. The upstairs dining room is beautifully put together...too bad the service didn't match. We were handed our menus and promptly ignored for a long ten minutes before our waiter reappeared and decided to take our order and bring some water. It was a bad sign when the sommelier wandered over minutes after we'd chosen our wine (fortunately we hadn't needed his assistance). Food was oddly spaced with long waits between appetizers. This may have been an issue with our waiter alone as I noticed other servers in the room seemed much more attentive to their tables.

The food was exquisitely plated (as beautiful as the restaurant) but surprisingly over-sauced despite the perfect ingredients. In general, sugar overpowered other flavors during this meal. The foie gras with truffles was one of the few standouts. The focaccia of the day was slathered in too much jam, too little ricotta. A liberal reinterpretation of a Greek salad was gorgeous on the plate but missing needed acidity or bite. Duck entree was again drizzled in honey to the point that I could barely taste the meat or side dishes. Pork belly was adequately cooked but oversauced and heavy. The restaurant is clearly sourcing superior ingredients; wish the kitchen would let them shine in this spectacular setting. Having been stuffed with oversweetened food, we opted to skip dessert and went back to our hotel to have some cheese and almonds we'd picked up earlier in the day.

The chef's previous NYC restaurant was stunning and perhaps we just came on a bad night. Certainly reviews have been much more glowing than the experience we had.

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vipTLWSaratoga
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything we tried was super. The duck was absolutely delicious. The S'mores were a delight.

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JohnS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was disappointed in the overall experience since it was named by Eater to be one of the top ten in the Bay Area. Just average. Food was adequate. Cocktails were alright. Service was adequate. Second floor dining room was not open, which looks beautiful in pictures. Third floor dining room was a bit over designed and haphazard. Many better places to eat with cooler design and more delicious and imaginative food. Also had no vegetable dishes besides salads.

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vipJamesF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Atera is my No#1 restaurant in the world and so I was extremely excited to visit Ninebark as the Chef started Atera. Unfortunately it didn't live up to expectation. Don't get me wrong it is a great restaurant and had some strong dishes but Atera is out of this world, so I was hoping for something more. Drinks were very good and the service from the majority of staff is exceptional. Just one weak link we saw. The view from the roof top is a definite must see for a before dinner cocktail.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop seating was fantastic! We had a wonderful dinner and the service was excellent!

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MelissaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was really exceptional. Really creative, unusual and very well selected and prepared. And the young gentleman that was the wine service professional was amazing. Really knew wine, and how the wine paired with food. And their wine list was truly exceptional as well. In Napa Valley it would be easy just to stay with regional wines, but the list was extensive and international and David really knew wine and the wine list and could make fantastic recommendations. We are also in the wine business and still really appreciated his skill and knowledge.

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IainP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Different than expected. Rooftop reservation and a windy evening didn't mix. Was empty but took some asking to get moved out of the wind. Good was great, service seemed it needs seasoning over time. Not polished. Asked for a beer that was "only available at the downstairs bar" which seemed odd in terms of customer service. Would love to come back on a calm sunny evening as it would be a great spot. Can't really control the weather though.

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vipFussyeaters2
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only is the food and service first-rate, they remember your name. Please get the ice-cream sandwich for dessert and the raw oysters with French sparkling brut and the special bread as appetizers. The flat steak was especially good with its multi-flavored accompaniments.

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vipDesperado
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was immediately put off when they required a credit card to hold the reservation and a $25 per person (Three of us = $75) to cancel within 24 hours. But the reservation was for the same day and I know we were all going to show up so I used my credit card. They said that the restaurant is very small and they had many waiting for our reservation so that is why they want a credit card to hole your reservation. Which make no sense when you think about it.

They present them selves as this popular very busy place but it is NOT. They have a real exclusive attitude. When we got there 10 minutes early they wanted us to sit and wait for our table at the bar presumable so we could buy a round of drinks. We waited and then when we got up stairs to our table the restaurant was almost empty and did not fill up all evening that we were there.

There were no table cloths on the tables but the prices screamed very nice. None of that going on at this place. Service was good but food was not and prices way to high for what they were serving. We would NOT go back!

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vipeskargo
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

was there for the first time and we had the sunday supper with the surprise menu. food is served family style. everything was lovely. my only disappointment was the lack of flames for the dessert. the flames were supposed to brown the marshmallows. instead, the alcohol did not burn off and left the dessert to have too much alcohol. aside from the alcohol, you can tell the dessert was delicious.

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vipTCJLH
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ninebark continues to impress us with their creative, smart menu. The gazpacho is not like any soup you ever tasted and while green tomato puree topped with fried oysters and onions, and pickled garlic and strawberries may sound weird, it is divine. Same applies to their beignet with salt cod and honey. Duck is always cooked perfect. Madelines for dessert are a must and this time we shared the chocolate ice cream sandwich which, as with most of their dishes, is beautifully presented and delicious to eat.

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vipRArnaldes
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Supper Share menu was awesome!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really.
Best food I've had since Meadowood.
I'm jones'n for the next visit.

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Permanently Closed - NINEBARK - Temporarily Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.