Basalt

4.6
616 reviews
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Located in the heart of Downtown Napa, we offer seasonal cuisine, drawing influences from around California. Our lively bar, beautiful private dining room, riverside patios, and gorgeous interior by Rapt Studio, round out the experience of dining with us. Executive Chef Nick Sherman's philosophy, is to stay true to the ingredient - always using fresh, seasonal items. Devised first and foremost as a local, casual environment, we offer genuine hospitality with a happening bar scene, phenomenal food, and seamless service.
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DM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about Basalt, it’s my favorite local spot to bring out of town guests for a brunch or cocktail. The ambience and service combined with fresh, delicious food seal the deal for me every time. I LOVE sitting at the bar, so if you’re on a date or with a group of 3 or less, I recommend it! But any seat is a good one. Check them out!

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LP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great at Basalt. I recommend the best salad and the chicken sliders. We sat outside and the ambience was relaxing and lovey.

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MM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Basalt is another excellent Napa restaurant along the Napa riverfront. It has a great outdoor seating and some relatively unique cocktail and wines on tap offered. Their risotto is excellent as is the buratta as an appetizer. The pot du caramel is an outstanding dessert.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

All servers ignored the table for 20 minutes while serving everyone else around. Got up and left.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best short ribs I've ever had. My husband had the halibut and it was incredible. The food was fresh and the attention to detail was superb. You can tell they take pride in what they serve. Fantastic service and great price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my wife’s birthday dinner. The ambience was amazing. We sat outside under the stars with a view of the river. We were right on the boardwalk and it was not busy this time of year. They had the overhead patio heaters running which kept my wife happy as it was a little chilly. We had an appetizer, the beef carpaccio, delicious and light. Then, the main course was the scallops, which were delicious. We had a couple of martini’s since we tasted wine all day and those hit the spot.

Overall, very nice place to eat and great spot to people watch and close by everything downtown Napa has to offer.

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TW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great flavors. Would definitely return!

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F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Located in downtown Napa, the food was fantastic- try the ahi tuna tartare, lobster risotto and carmel pot de creme. The service was great and had the perfect combination of being knowledgeable and friendly.

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST BURGER AND AHI TUNA TOSTA EVER!!! SERVICE WAS SOOOOOOOOO ACCOMODATING AND THE CHEF TOOK CARE OF FOOD ALLERGIES WITH PLEASURE, SO REFRESHING! SITUATED RIGHT ALONG THE NAPA RIVER THE VIEWS WERE BEAUTIFUL! FOR SURE I WILL BE BACK!

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DK
Pittsburgh
104 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had drinks and small plates. Beet salad was excellent. Lobster risotto was very creamy.
Location of the restaurant is nice. It is on the river. Outdoor seating is enjoyable.

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LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Basalt is delicious- very fresh and flavorful. The restaurant’s ambience is nice- bustling bistro-like. Our service this evening was spotty, despite it not being particularly busy. It took maybe a half hour to receive our cocktail. The location of the restaurant along the Napa River is inviting. We dined on the patio along the promenade, which was lovely, except for the yappy dog that was at the next table. The dog barked every time waitstaff passed the table or people walked by along the promenade. This presents a difficult situation for the restaurant; it is the dog owner who should have known their dog’s behavior well enough to not include the dog in this outing. We will return- but I’d be on the watch for dogs if seated outside!

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EC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visiting and it was great! The Easter brunch menu was limited, as expected, but very flavorful food! Desserts, drinks, ambiance...all were great.

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SM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely patio with heaters; thoughtful service; delicious food.

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KS
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basalt is a hidden gem in Napa. Their food and service are very good and the staff is very friendly. They also have great locals night once a month. It's a great place!

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RE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was phenomenal, but they could use some space between tables and sounds baffling.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service seemed slow and had to ask for something one or two times before it arrived. There was a charge for bread and it was regular sourdough, given the high prices I thought there should not be a charge. Food was excellent so might come back. As a local Napa resident the prices are astonishing in all the good restaurants and cater to tourists.

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J
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From start to finish, this was an excellent evening. Our waiter understood the menu and explained the special with care. The pork belly and hamachi crude seemed an odd combo but were fantastic together. Both our entrees the halibut with chorizo special and pea shoot agnolotti were cooked perfectly with each their own unique flavors.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific spot, we will definitely be back!

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DR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really enjoyed the restaurant overall, especially due to the friendly staff. It took a while to get served after we were seated, but the server apologized (as it was a misunderstanding and she didn't know we'd ben seated in her section). From there on, the staff was kind, friendly and attentive. The tables are very near each other, so while it was just the two of us, the neighboring table had a loud person and it felt as if we were sitting with them; not really ideal for a date night. Once they left, the atmosphere seemed to improve. The dining room is loud, due to high ceilings, and overall the room is bright. I think we'll try to sit outside on the deck next time, as there is an inviting fire table there. Overall, it was a really nice evening with great food and service.

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OT
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit. Service and food were very good and consistent with our last visit. We will return!

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T
111 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Basalt continues to shine. This visit started with the Ferrer brut rose, a delicious appetite opener. We then shared the Little Hearts salad with parmesan, apple and balsamic, a delight. After, the burrata was creamy and went well with the crostini. Finally we enjoyed the grilled salmon. I gave five stars for service because we were sharing plates and John, our server, had to bring half of the plate for a glutton-free diner, and half of the plate for me. So for the burrata he recommended sliced cucumber for my date, and the crostini for me.
For the grilled salmon my date wanted it well-done while I like my salmon seared. He divided the filet in two, made sure the chef prepared them according to each preference, and was amiable and detail-orientated in his service.

Why go anywhere else in Napa?

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O
San Francisco
331 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Basalt and we loved it! Great food. Very creative preparations. The tomato soup with fried cheese curd and basil oil is amazing as is the roasted beet salad. Great variety of specialty cocktails. The staff is friendly and efficient. Can’t wait to return.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brussel sprouts ever !!!

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JS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My two best friends and I had a wonderful girls’/moms’ getaway weekend in Napa, and this was a meal to remember. I had the salmon, and my friends had the New York steak and scallops. We shared the tuna tartare and beet salad appetizers and the caramel pot de creme and tarte tatin desserts. Everything was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious! Thank you for a great night!

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l
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They seated us at a very quiet end of the dining area. It was perfect for our group of 6. One of our guests has food allergies, and chef made sure her dish was tasty and safe. LOVE this place!

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DH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Farm Lettuces was so amazing, I would go back to this restaurant just to have that. We also ordered the Short Ribs & Lobster Risotto. We couldn't finish the short ribs because it was such a large plate but yummy. The food was very good, but we sat out back on an enclosed patio with heaters. When they kept the door from the restaurant open it was perfect, when they shut the door it got super hot. The enclosed patio space was really loud and you sit close to one anther (along with wobbly tables). The service was good but the servers were always dodging your tables trying to get to the other ones. Wine menu is fair - just over priced. You'd be better to bring your own bottle and pay for them to uncork it. Wines by the glass paired well with the food, but again - not a wow. Being from Minneapolis where we have one of the strongest restaurant scenes, this restaurant held it's own. We'll be back, but probably just for lunch and that salad!

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TS
E. Tennessee
41 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is my first time visiting Napa, and Basalt was close to my hotel.

It's a very interesting restaurant with a tight menu. For appetizer, the Artisan Cheese place was very satisfying. It's an appropriate size for 2; but if your party is larger, you will need additional orders.

For dinner we ordered the Braised Short Rib and Maine Lobster Risotto. Both were VERY GOOD, although the short rib probably won. There wore flavors in that dish, but the risotto was wonderfully rich too.

Dessert was a little bit of a let down after dinner. The Meyers lemon sorbet was tart without much flavor to accompany the tartness. I had high hopes for the Caramel Pot De Crème; but this too didn't have much flavor. Maybe my palate is too unrefined to appreciate the desserts.

I'll try the restaurant again for sure. BUT I'll skip dessert.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was phenomenal!! Best we’ve had in Napa. Every dish was artfully prepared and perfectly balanced. The servers were really busy so we waited a bit for our water etc, but it was worth the wait. Be sure to get chocolate mouse cake with peanut brittle for dessert, it was Devine!!!!

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D
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening, thank you, Ronnie, our server was fabulous!

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WH
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from start to finish. Timing on appetizer was almost immediate but a little slow on entree. The dessert course with coffee and dessert cocktail were superb. We're locals and will certainly be dinning again soon.

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K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. All 6!of us liked our meals and all the appetizers we shared!

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EL
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was incredible! The food was amazing and bartender mixed us creative cocktails that we loved. The wine on tap was also quite fun and the ambience was beautiful. 😊❤️

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PJ
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Sherman is extremely talented and an amazing chef! He is truly James-Beard-worthy!!!

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TH
Springfield
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After seeing Basalt on Instagram, this was one restaurant I wanted to visit while on vacation in Napa. I was not disappointed. The restaurant was amazing, the server was the best server that I have ever had, and the food was amazing. It was one of the best places that I have eaten in a very long time. I was also serenaded unexpectedly for my birthday....and was made to feel very special. It was a very great experience.

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CF
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly team, nice views and excellent food.

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H
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was super!! Service was very fast and the food was nice and hot!! The Food was good but a little on the salty side for us. It was a very nice restaurant but it would take a lot for me to give a 5 😀 Overall very good.

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OT
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Napa Valley restaurant with yummy everything.

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NF
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch at Basalt is incredible. The food is outstanding and the service is top notch. We high;y recommend Basalt for their Sunday brunch.

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N
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place and will recommend and return. The service was excellent and so was the food. I work at a winery and brought a bottle. They were so accommodating. Terrific experience.

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, I love the ambiance and the location. Cannot wait till summer again to sit outside. The staff is knowledgeable, attentive and goes above and beyond.

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