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About Kenzo Napa
Introducing Kenzo, the latest venture from Kenzo Estate owners Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto, an exceptional, authentic Japanese restaurant featuring a traditional pre-fixe Kaiseki menu as well as a pre-fixe sushi menu.
The fusing of Japanese tradition with innovative techniques and presentation at Kenzo is sure to transform all perceptions of Japanese cuisine. The sublime, rich flavors of Japanese Edomae Sushi and Kaiseki delicacies are created with unique seafood selections from the world’s most acclaimed fish and seafood markets flown in daily from Japan. Delicacies are expertly paired with the full Kenzo Estate wine collection along with a selection of fine Japanese sakes in a most unique environment.
Kenzo is proud to be named a 2018 Michelin Star recipient.
Napa, CA 94559
Japanese, Kaiseki, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Kenzo requires a credit card to secure your reservation. Your card will not be charged, it is simply held with respect to our 24-hour cancellation policy. Should you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we do request a 24-hour notice to avoid a $75 fee per guest.
Kindly note that collared shirts are required for gentlemen for dinner service. Ties are optional. No t-shirts, shorts, sandals or tennis shoes please.
Due to the atmosphere and type of cuisine served, children under the age of 12 are not recommended.
Guests are welcome to bring wines that are not represented on our wine list; however there will be a fee of $50 for each 750ml bottle with a limit of two bottles per reservation.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Kenzo Napa Ratings and Reviews
Very authentic Japanese meal and very expensive! $225 per person and entire group has to order same tasting menu, no exceptions. Menu for 2 with a lower priced bottle of saki was $770. I like my fish a little more salty/savory, but they made no alterations to my only request. Other service was exceptional, 6 guests in restaurant to 6 staff, an experience for sure, even the bartop wood and wallpaper and sushi chef is imported from Japan. But twice I’ve had the premium chef tasting at Nobu and was asked what I liked and chef actually incorporated it into tasting menu with sake tasting included and loved it, and paid half the price of this place. So hmmmm, I’m left feeling like it was not worth the $ for me.
Yes, Kenzo is pricey but honestly that was the best traditional Japanese style sushi dinner I have ever had in my life, and I just ate at Masa in NYC a month or two ago. These guys are incredible in every single category and simply one of the best places I've ever been. HIGHLY recommended.
Spectacular meal. I do a lot of traveling in Japan and this is as good as it gets ANYWHERE. It's authentic Japanese and meant to be savored. I hope the local economy can support such a unique and exceptional dining experience.
Very interesting experience. We had a pre-fix menu which included sushi selections, some meat selections, and some other items which I may fail to describe adequately. We sat at the sushi bar and enjoyed watching our fish being made. The atmosphere is pretty basic as I think that is the goal: focus on the food and the experience without too much distraction. We had the wine/sake pairing which gave a different wine or sake to each course. Needless to say there was plenty to drink, however for red wine drinkers there were few options. Service was excellent and attentive. Bring an expense account as well, as this could possibly be the most expensive meal offered in the valley. I wouldn't say it wasn't worth it, but just be prepared.
We were disappointed with this restaurant. It is very expensive and the price exceeded the value. First, there is actually too much food in the tasting, 12 pieces of sushi with rice is filling of itself, added to three desserts and appetizers it is more than needed for a good meal. Second, the quality was very good but did not exceed other similar themed restaurants. As a result the food was boring and tasted the same by the end of the meal. The pairings are fine, but I tired of the saki after a while. It is a lengthy dining experience and I was underwhelmed. I think serious Japanese food aficionados might find it more interesting.
This was our third meal there and a birthday celebration. The menu was customized to recognize the occasion (very nice touch). They keep very good records of food allergies and likes/dislikes. Although we are Japanese by heritage we have never been there and the restaurant acts as a great ambassador to the country and its people. We always have the kaiseki and wine and sake pairings that they recommend. I would never want to choose a certain wine or sake since their cuisine is their expertise. None of the items we had this time had ever been on the previous menus whenwe'd eaten there so when they say seasonal they really mean it.
Kenzo offers only two tasting menus--the kaiseki and the sushi Kaizeki. We ordered the Kaisski menu with Kenzo wine pairings and were extremely impressed with both the delectable and gorgeously presented food as well as the wonderful wines. Our dinner at Kenzo is among the most memorable ever. We highly recommend Kenzo Napa, and we can't wait to go back.
The meal we had was excellent. Service was amazing and they provided meticulous attention to details on all things we needed. The pace was crisp and time flew by. There were amazing dishes like the assorted appetizers with tasty duck and abalone, mixed with an amazing uni in double soy. Plus an authentic tamago side. Then the nicely smoked bluefin tuna sashimi gave you a multitude of flavors in the dish. The rice cracker crusted greenling was a very surprisingly delicious dish. The sushi was excellent as well, topped by the super flavor of toro. And not to forget, the wagyu tenderloin was flavored really well, super tender with citrus notes in the meat. Finally, the soy milk panna cotta with mango gelee was a divine desert to finish off the meal. I would come back here again to enjoy such a wonderful meal, especially for special occasions!
Impressive and sensitive dishes, real Japanese Keiseki and Sushi meet wines, can be said Napa specialized. The chef told that meats and fishes are mainly imported from Japan but veggies mostly tried to get them local, good to know.
Here are my notes and thoughts for the most of dishes I ate (for May 2017).
- Poached Angel/Blue Shrimp w/warabi: first time for me to eat angel shrimp in US (they are from New Caledonia). Thought little bit over cooked but maybe that is a texture of angel shrimp. warabi (brake) is over sized but was really taste warabi.
- Salmon sushi, uni, simmered duck, abalone: wasabi jelly/jure on duck and abalone was stunning. the level of simmering duck is unbelievably perfect.
- Smoked bluefin tuna: sorry to say that, but the taste of scallion was more good fit with the sesame sauce then tuna.
- Shinjo: sea eel + scallop made this shinjo totally new in texture.
- Rice crustered ainame (greenling): mixture of softness and crispness make this fry perfect.
- Satsuma beef kuwayaki: 58C x 40 mins slow cooked beef from Kagoshima was just unforgettable. Little sweetened Rindo and kuwayaki took this beef to the next level, really hard to describe… Kinkan was very much refreshing.
- Sushi: had some, and kohada (pickled mackerel) was lightly pickled, and could feel more taste. The warmness of shari (rice) was a little bit higher than normal (I love it though). Eat with well-chilled Daishichi from Fukushima just completed everything.
The tea cups used for macha were beautiful, must see.
For wines, tried all from Kenzo Estate other than Asuka (so I bought one bottle), and some Japanese sake, too. Wine from them are not extreme from any angle in other words, and I would strongly believe that this sense of "balance" makes Kenzo wines somehow suitable with Japanese Kaiseki. Definitely come back again but also I know this is not the place to eat every day, since you cannot live with others if you come here and receive their service, no question.
My boyfriend and I went here for the Kaiseki menu for my birthday, and it was absolutely spectacular, albeit on the pricier side. The service was top notch, and every question we asked had an informative answer to follow. The food itself was, in the words of my boyfriend, transcending. The wine, from Kenzo Estate, was paired perfectly as well as delicious on it's own. I am surprised that the restaurant is not booked out more often. Highly recommend for a splurge date night.
This restaurant is a remarkable combination of Japanese culture prepared with excellent local food and wine. The cost is high but this is not a normal restaurant by any measure. It is less expensive than going to Japan and even then I'm not certain one could find the same quality of food. Make sure and order the Kenzo Estate wines and the meal will be remembered for a long long time. We're lucky to have this in Napa.
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