Kenzo Napa

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Introducing Kenzo, the latest venture from Kenzo Estate owners Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto, an exceptional, authentic Japanese restaurant featuring traditional pre-fixe Kaiseki menu selections.

The fusion of Japanese tradition with innovative techniques and presentation at Kenzo Napa 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 acclaimed fish and seafood markets flown in daily from Japan. Every dish is expertly paired with the full Kenzo Estate wine collection along with a selection of fine Japanese sakes and beers in a most unique environment.

Kenzo is a proud recipient of a 2018 & 2019 Michelin Star and 2018 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award of Excellence.
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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best dining experience of our lives. Amazing food, fantastic staff and Nicholas was fantastic

c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our dinner at Kenzo. The quality of the food was outstanding and the service was top notch. The fish was some of the best we have ever tasted and each course was unique and flavorful. The wine pairing was Kenzo Estate wines was also fantastic and we will likely order some to enjoy on our own. They also did a great job adjusting the menu to accommodate my shellfish allergy while still allowing my husband to enjoy the shellfish dishes that he loves.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a memorable dining experience! From the moment we walked through the door we were greeted with a warm welcome by staff. We sat at the counter (highly recommend) and was served delicious sushi from Chef Kenji. We had the Autumn menu and it was fantastic! The dashi broth in the Akashi Pike Conger Owan was so comforting, a clear broth with an explosion of flavor. The Grilled Tilefish with sea urchin on top was scrumptious and the Waygu Tenderloin was melt in your mouth. Our servers Nick and Alexis was so knowledgeable and made our dinner experience extra enjoyable!

D
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Kaiseki dinner in Napa...only change for American Palates is a Wagyu beef course.
Excellent wine and Sake pairing.
Will go again.

AH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! New chef was great and so charming. 👍🏼👍🏼

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and well thought restaurant. Certainly deserves that One Star Michelin.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

I would not want my friends to spend their time and money on this expensive restaurant. I can see that the owners do a lot of importing from Japan but for the price of this meal I did not expect such mediocre food.

IS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

静かな佇まいの中、お料理も本格的。素材も味も文句なし!
また是非訪れたい名店

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JT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in many years. Authentic Japanese cuisine of the highest quality shipped directly from Japan. They have a set-menu, and it was an excellent choice for the special birthday occasion we were celebrating. The service was outstanding, as was the atmosphere and the ambiance. Definitely the most expensive meal I've ever had in my entire life, but every aspect of it was amazing. Highly recommend!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kenzo Napa is a truly unique and special experience - a destination restaurant! Incredible attention to detail and service. Sitting at the chefs counter is particularly special because you can see all of the unique and authentic techniques used. Authentic, beautiful and extraordinary regional Japanese cuisine and ambiance!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is arguably the most authentic Japanese cuisine experience I’ve ever had, and I’ve had quite a number of Japanese cuisine around the world (save Japan itself). From the food itself, the presentation, the energy and professionalism of the staff (both dining room and kitchen), everything was outstanding. The waiter was quite the character, showed us a great time. We got a few drinks on the house (bottle of champagne, some sake and some sparkling Japanese wine), the three chefs (sushi, dessert, and main dining) came to explain some meals for us, it was overall A++. Highly recommended, but it is a spend. It is worth it though.

g
Hawaii
102 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience!

n
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Kaiski menu is surprisingly good, we enjoyed each dish and the bottle of sake. The chef and the serve were attentive . The wagu beef as the finale was extremely amazing!

NK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the food, service and ambiance was outstanding!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Kaiseki experience! Great service, incredible ambiance, and not too hard to make a reservation. Came here for a mini-honeymoon and didn’t regret a thing!

M
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over hands down the best wagyu meat like butter/ Toro to die for. Would recommend for any special occasion. Price fair over would come back again and again.

PG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is well-arranged and the waiter is attentive, gentle and not intrusive. However, I wish the restaurant can have a more strict noise control rule — the table behind us has been laughing and talking really loudly for the whole time, they were so loud and rude, my eardrum was hurting. The whole restaurant was annoyed by them apparently but nobody has said anything to stop them.
The whole experience would be 100% perfect if the annoying customer can be taken care of.

SH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here to celebrate my girlfriend’s 30th birthday and it was an amazing experience. This was my third Michelin star restaurant and it was a different experience from the rest. The service was fantastic (kudos to Alexis) and our chef, Daisuke, was very personable and excellent! Thank you Kenzo! We hope to be back again when we’re in Napa.

OT
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

料理が素晴らしい。サービスもとても丁重でした。
とても美味しいです。

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SH
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kenzo Napa represents the pinnacle of kaiseki dining in northern--if not all of--California. Traditional Japanese dishes are exquisitely prepared and served in creative modern style in a gorgeous, airy room by a warm, attentive, and knowledgable floor team. The wine and sake list is superb and features wines from the award winning Kenzo Estate winery nearby. It is a must-visit for us when in Napa, and we believe it is superior to many of its Michelin-starred neighbors in the area. If you also love Japanese cuisine, do yourself a foodie favor and experience the very best at Kenzo Napa.

SB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Kenzo is a very intimate Japanese restaurant. It seats only 24 dinners, and for the first hour of our dinning experience, we had the two servers and the chef to our selves. The setting is minimalist, that the focus is on attention to the finest details of the preparation and service of the food. The seasoning of the dishes tend to be subtle, allowing the natural flavors to shine.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

We celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday there. The staff were really cooperative there and put a lot of thoughts into welcoming us and preparing little surprises. The owner also decorated the course menu to signify my girl friends birthday and leave blessing words there. I really appreciate their service and preparation there. The food is wonderful the environment is elegant and peaceful and the staff are thoughtful. You can’t ask for more for a restaurant. Will check back from time to time. Thanks Kenzo!

D
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. The service and the food were perfect.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was AMAZING and such an experience!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and a beautiful meal that flirted with every sensation..

JH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a remarkable restaurant. Each dish was gorgeously plated and absolutely delicious, as were the wine and sake pairings. The chefs and hosts were gracious and unobtrusive. The room is serene and beautiful. I can honestly say that this restaurant serves among the best Japanese food I have ever eaten.

KB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Girlfriend had been there before, and she recommended that we go. I am very happy that we did.

D
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Vastly overrated, highly disappointing. Messed up our special occasion dinner by sitting us in the one location we specifically asked not to be seated, then lied about it by blaming the (nonexistent) “seating algorithm”. Food is fine but nothing special - certainly not enough to justify the price. If you have a favorite sushi place locally, stick to that. Will not return.

PO
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Kaiseki experience. The quality of the food is outstanding and the presentation is unmatched. The service is personalized and attentive. The minimalist decor is calming and tasteful. A wonderful evening.

Y
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What else should I say? If I can give 10 stars to the service, I will do so. Every customer is being treated as the royalty without pretentious. Every dish is beautifully presented and tasty. The sushi was so delicious so I had to order an extra blue fin tuna sushi. The sushi is just melted in your mouth. The wague beef dish is surprisingly generous but the quality did not give away. I am not a beef eater but the wague beef is very tender, the butter texture swimming in my mouth. The finish is clean and did not feel too much marbly fatty.

JC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. Little light on volume. Price was very high.

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Kenzo expecting to be blown away by their michelin starred kaiseki menu. The food was good and was served at a very nice pace. The wines, all excellent, paired well with each item. Sitting at the main counter made for an awkward service. The food, plated by the chef behind the counter, could easily had been served straight to me. Instead they had it placed next to me. My companion, who made the motion of reaching for the food next to him, was informed by the wait staff that that’s what they were there for. Awkward.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice space to chill and enjoy foods.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is perfect, food is delicious, and my family really enjoy having the dinner there!

T
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal - service and food was impeccable.

G
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding dining experience. We live in Napa and this was the best meal we have had in town in many years. The food was beautiful and delicious. Service impeccable. Bravo!

AA
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

simply amazing!

DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. The food is awesome.

L
San Francisco
169 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rather than fly all the way to Japan, drive to Kenzo Napa for a truly fabulous, dining experience. Entrees and service are excellent. You may choose beautiful wines or sakes to compliment your meal. Their 2016 “Asuka” Cabernet Franc is absolutely delicious. The menu changes every 10 weeks. Go and enjoy. It will be a special evening for all.

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