Avow

4.3
154 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Transforming one of Napa’s most beloved landmarks into AVOW, a tri-level restaurant and bar was a massive endeavor, as the goal wasn’t simply to open a new, trendy dining space, but rather, bring a historical space back to life.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 154 people are saying
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Jenny
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I had reservations for one and arrived on time to be sat at the bar- not a table. The bartender was not only tending bar for the entire restaurant but serving those seated at and in the bar area. to make this short...basically service was non existent.
The reason that I made a reservation was to have an enjoyable dinner. I felt that my being there was more of a nuisance than anything and feel that if I was a party of two I would have been treated very differently. Enough said. The oysters were not good, the salmon was.

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vipSusanD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with great ambiance. Try the schnitzel- enormous and amazongly delicious

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vipJayI
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, this place rocks. I got a tour of the upstairs patio, which wasn't open at the time and really enjoyed it, a quick tour of the wine tasting next door, and then took a seat outside which was really nice. The hostess was really accommodating and so very nice and made sure I felt comfortable. Our server was incredibly friendly and helpful as we went through the menu. We ordered 8 things off the menu and all were really top-shelf. The Kale Ceasar, the Cauliflower (which looked more like broccolini but wasn't), the Mushroom Calamari were all so unique with great sauces. The Steak and Scallops were really delicious and the dessert of the Lemon Lava cake was really special. So delicious, and really a great experience.

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vipLeslieM
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrating our anniversary and it was such a beautiful setting in the outside space…great, personal service, Yasmine definitely made our experience fantastic! Our only minor complaint was the small offerings on the menu…not a lot to choose from but what we did have was delicious and huge! Good cocktails made for a lovely evening.

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vipCindyb831
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great rooftop view

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Salty McSalterson

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Pushy waitress with zero regard for our wedding anniversary. Insisted that we order our entire meal ASAP to “keep the kitchen efficient”. Keep in mind we couldn’t see any other diners so hard to imagine us taking our time to order would back up the kitchen.We ended up just finishing our drinks and appetizers and opted not to eat entrees or dessert “just to keep the kitchen efficient” and took our business elsewhere. We will NOT be coming back. The food was good but having people treat you like that on your “special day” or in general just doesn’t sit well at all. Still tipped well because we weren’t going to let bad service affect our day. Went on to another restaurant that treated us much better and we finished our meal loving the better level of service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch. Service slow even tho was not very crowded. Side dishes came up 15 minutes before meal. Probably better service on first floor and would recommend that over rooftop. Polenta cakes brunch dish was terrible and should not be served at an actual restaurant. All other dishes were pretty good, but much better dining options in Napa.

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suzQ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the rooftop bar for appetizers and drinks. Delicious and wonderful ambience and great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Server was excellent. Hostess was indifferent. Menu was limited.

Ordered the pork belly eggs Benedict but the poached egg was underdone and not something I wanted to eat. I ordered a burger instead which was very good although it was cooked to medium not med-rare as ordered (same with my friends burger). Fries were good hot and plentiful. I didn’t ask for a concession on the eggs Benedict and I didn’t get one—fine. The server did her best to make it right. I might try it again but wouldn’t make a special trip.

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mjk2
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We went for a Sunday lunch. Our meal took more than 30 minutes after ordering. When it arrived the burger I ordered medium-rare arrived medium-well, and far worse my husband’s eggs Benedict was completely over done. Can you imagine eggs bene with completely solid yolks?? And that was after the server made sure my husband was okay with their style of eggs Benedict where the eggs are meant to be very much underdone, bordering on raw. My husband confirmed he was fine that and wound up with basically a hard boiled egg.

The cocktails were very good, but overall we were very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location, really good food and the best service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary week

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DotyH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

All 3 of us thought our food was poor. I ordered scallops and they came with hard pillows of dough masquerading as pasta, and such heavy red pepper sauce you couldn't taste the delicate scallops. The chef took creativity beyond common sense. My dinner mates had the trout tartar and one said it was so salty she couldn't eat it. The other had that and the mushroom starter and I noticed 3/4 of the mushrooms were left. They were slices, over-fried and unappetizing. Service was nice and the outdoor tent is nice. Go for drinks and save your money.

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CaCanuck
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The apps and entrees we had were all amazing, both in presentation and most importantly, taste!

Service was very poor, not sure if the server was new or just having a bad day but was not expected for a restaurant like this and frankly really lessened the experience.

We would be willing to try again because the food aspect was very good and just keep our fingers crossed the poor service was just a one-off.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Seated on time. Drinks and appetizers were great. After appetizers we waited 1 hour 10 minutes for entrees-and they weren’t that good. Was told twice the cooks are working hard. Tables next to us we’re waiting longer. Not sure if a couple cooks left or what but it was terrible. I thought they may take off a glass of wine we ordered during the wait but nothing. For $100 per person meal I expect better. That said the grilled oysters were awesome.

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vipOmarS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience. It was fun outside on the patio with the music from the festival across the street. Our waitress was very nice and friendly. The ny strip wagyu might have been the best steak I’ve ever had! Delicious and a good value at $50. The charred corn was delicious too. Great dining experience including the tuna tartare.

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vipNapaMan
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Ordered the $45 pork schnitzel. It was dry as sawdust. Told the waiter, who told the manager, who ignored me for about 10 minutes, until finally I yelled across the restaurant to get him to come to the table. I understand that restaurants are having a hard time these days, and was prepared to order something else; but they just ignored me and didn't want to deal with it. Unacceptable.

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CharlesM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Steak was undercooked and cold. Drinks were not made correct. Never going back there

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glen
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well managed establishment
We frequent Avow and they have never disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mom’s 75th birthday

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SNgo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I really wanted to like the restaurant. Presentation was very well done - however the food itself was underwhelming.

The bone marrow was so oily that it was hard to really enjoy it. I felt like the drenched it with olive oil and combined with the oiliness of the bone marrow itself, it was just too much.

The grilled oysters had a good flavor but was way over seasoned. It was also sitting in a bed of salt. I wanted to devour some bread with it just to calm down the saltiness.

The calamari mushroom was nice and crunchy. I really liked it but the serving was a bit large for 2 people so we had to stop eating it because we were starting to feel full because of the fried breading on it.

The scallops were hit and miss. 2 of the 4 scallops we got had a nice sear and texture to it while the other 2 were overcooked and chewy. The polenta that it was paired with was cold and hard. We only ate one each and left the rest. The sauce that the dish came with was not good. I couldn't quite pinpoint what it was made of but it didn't go well with the scallops.

The cioppino was a 50/50. The pan seared cod in the dish was absolutely delicious. Skin was perfectly crisp and the fish itself was nice and soft. The shrimp was overcooked which was disappointing. The clams in the dish were ok but didn't really stand out. I would have definitely been fine with it being a pan seared cod dish.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The location is great and the park let is spacious and well appointed. The service was pleasant and warm but there was a bit of a wait for the food. There was nothing wrong with the meals but they were just mediocre, and not as well executed as the menu would have you believe.

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vipSleeplessinnapa
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice addition to our downtown!
The food is creative, cocktails are yummy!

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vipstepehenm
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

nice location on Main St. sat on front deck. Service was good. the food on the other hand was ...well....just OK. I had the pork schnitzel, dry and over battered. another at our table had the scallops, didn't really go with the chorizo that accompanied it.
This place has promise if the food improves. early days.

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vipdcmiller
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and fun atmosphere! The charcuterie board is a must.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food with questionable service. Had a reservation and was seated at a high top table. Asked if anything else was available and was told no even though I saw several regular height tables empty. I Told the hostess that I was uncomfortable at high top table due to the short dress I was wearing. Her reply was “that’s all we have, do you want it or not”. Rude and short. Nonetheless we sat, I tried to face out so the whole restaurant wouldn’t get a surprise every time I moved but still felt self-conscience the whole night. Our actual waiter seemed a little better than the hostess but was MIA several times. Our drinks sat empty for 10 minutes while we tried to catch a glance from our waiter. The food came and we were half done eating by the time our waiter brought the wine out. His excuse was that he didn’t know we had received our meals. Been a while since I was a server but I am sure knowing when your customers receive their meal is kind of your job.

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MakalyneL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good experience, our server America was awesome-loved the dining experience on the second floor and rooftop cocktails- the food was very enjoyable-yes I would recommend this establishment.

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RobertB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The experience was nice. My wife enjoyed the halibut. The kale Caesar was good. The Lamb ragout was very nice. Have a nice spice level, though the pasta was slightly undercooked.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Service was extremely slow , multiple issues with our wine bottle order. Our waiter did not attend to us like our first time there. We drove an 1:45 hr to come here for my wife’s birthday. Because we were so impressed the first time we were there, but it turned out to be Very disappointed our second time around.

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vipTikisanford
New Orleans
39 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great selection of vegetarian dishes! The mushroom calamari is delicious. Cocktails are well balanced. Our server and the manager checked in on us in a timely fashion.

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vipKiwi
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely spot for a cocktail and light grazing on cheese and charcuterie.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Very pretty outdoor patio.

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stephanief
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was outstanding. The service was mediocre. The waitress forgot one of the meals and a glass of wine. Not overly friendly by anyone that worked there.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We started off with a wine tasting at Quilt & Company and then almost seamlessly transitioned into dinner at Avow. Our waiter JP was fantastic!! We enjoyed a great selection of starters, entrees and side dishes that were all excellent. Can’t wait to come back!

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KobeeL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Food is the worst part and the price are so expensive.

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The best black cod we've ever had? Probably! The food was fresh and delicious and America, our waitress, was charming and attentive!

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Jon128
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The appetizers were appreciated and came fairly quickly. But our main course kept us waiting well over an hour! This is much too long to wait!!

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CindyM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service the waiter was very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Great food. Great staff. Great ambiance. A regular go to for us.

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Avow is rated 4.3 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.