Kenzo Napa

4.9
123 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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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 Michelin Star and 2018 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award of Excellence.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Kaiseki, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Sunday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 294-2049
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Polk Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available. There is also a parking structure on Pearl St and Clay St.
Additional
Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences of my life! Service was excellent; attentive, but not irritating. The chef was clearly very proud and it showed in the food. Will definitely be traveling from the East Coast to eat here again! The highlight of our trip!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experiences with great food and service! It’s not a cheap restaurant but has the best Japanese food in Napa

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very tradition Japanese experience. Highly recommended

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a fantastic experience. The chefs and staff are wonderful and very happy to guide you through all of the options. Best customer service experience I’ve had in Napa. Great option for special occasions.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super nice. Felt like we were in Japan at a fancy restaurant. Great foods and service. Loved it.

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AN
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly the BEST Japanese dinner we've ever enjoyed! We travel the world and have eaten all over Japan so that's saying something!! Adore Chef Keni Miyaishi, absolutely charming culinary genius! From Management and Sommelier to the attentive wait staff, service and shared knowledge of traditional and innovative Japanese dining experience was impeccable! Delicious, elegant feast for the eyes and palate. Thank you very much Kenzo.

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AH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Impeccable service, great authentic Japanese cuisine, wonderful Kenzo estate wines... well deserved Michelin Star ⭐️

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I’ve ever had was at Kenzo. My husband and I had the Kaiseki menu which featured everything from somen noodles and sea bass to sushi and wagyu beef. The desserts were phenomenal, and the service was lovely. The ambiance of the restaurant makes you forget you’re in Downtown Napa; it feels more like a zen retreat. This place deserves more Michelin stars!

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C
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience with excellent service.

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JS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Will go back next time when we are in the area

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CF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal dinner! We enjoyed it from start to finish, and the service was outstanding - we will be back!

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F
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique dining experience. Highly recommended, but be prepared with a second mortgage on your home.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This pace is the real deal. If you haven't ever done kaiseki there, you can get the best here. Can't say enough. Very impressive on every level. Highly recommend. Be ready to spend, it's true, but you'll leave with a true experience !! Loved it.

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Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exquisite evening at Kenzo. From the moment we walked in to the restaurant, we knew we were in good hands. We chose the traditional kaiseki and the food was perfection. Highlights for us were the salmon and wagyu. Their daishi broth was outstanding as was all the sushi we were served. And the timing of the courses was well paced. The wine and sake pairings were delicious and chosen well for each course. The restaurant itself is relatively small, but there is a lot of space between tables so it felt very comfortable and serene. Our waiter Juan was excellent. We loved this memorable night!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Kenzo. Chef Shuuhei took us on a culinary trip that we won’t forget. The service was impeccable and were very attentive. At times it felt like they could read our minds and anticipated what we wanted next.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fish. Great rice. Well assembled. Small sake list, but some good choices. Attentive and professional service. Minimalist decor. Kyoto style pressed sushi course, which was nice. Not cheap, but authentic and worth the money.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a superb experience! Thanks so much everyone at Kenzie for an amazing dinner!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World class Sushi and Japanese cuisine from Tokyo’s famed 3 Michelin star Chef Kanda. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. The sushi was the best I have had outside of Tokyo. The wine and sake pairing were spot on.

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SB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went the first week that it opened and it was then amazing. This time was even better. The whole team was on point and the food outstanding! Congrats Kenzo team!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shu was our sushi chef for the night and he was just as wonderful as the food he served us. Such an incredible experience. Went for our anniversary and were seated at the bar. Loved every minute of it.

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Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Japanese Restaurant in California

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and great presentations. Very attentive staff.
Pricey but the food is worth it.
Only criticism is the wine list is very expensive - a $95 Gewürztraminer and a $75 corkage

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pros - The servers were incredible. They were very attentive and friendly. They made the evening worthwhile more than the food itself. They provided history, explanations, and even visuals for the food that was being presented. This made it even more special. The restaurant is very clean and fresh. The sushi was excellent

Cons - The price was way too high for what we had. The clams were not that great and they even served a dish with shredded potatoes which I believe were uncooked. We had two different broths of which the first was good but the second was too rich after eating so many courses. We had higher expectations based on the price and the Michelin star. And this isn't the first Michelin star restaurant we have visited either. Sadly, we felt we could have had the same if not better sushi at a sushi restaurant we regularly visit at least 6-7 times for what we paid. I'm sorry, we just didn't see the value vs the cost. Overall, it just wasn't that impressive to us.

Now with all that said, it could be that we are not of Japanese descent and perhaps they are spot on with traditional faire and could be appreciated more by someone of that culture.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the sushi kaiseki. Absolutely amazing.

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J
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kenzo is like stepping into a lovely retreat. It is an escape from the chaos of the world where you can focus on exquisitely prepared food, flawless never intrusive service, and fine wine. I celebrated my Birthday there and had a wonderful time.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely incredible experience. A true Michelin star experience. The food was as amazing as the service. We felt like the whole dining experience was designed especially for us. Loved it!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here for our 20th anniversary and everything about it was wonderful…

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were very satisfied with Kenzo restaurant’s high quality of food and service. We like their Omotenashi—Japanese hospitality and respect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most stellar service experience and most memorable meal I’ve ever had!

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SH
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience in every regard - from seervice to food and presentation- worth every penny!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 4

料理、サービスは素晴らしかったですが
アルコール代が高すぎます。
Kenzo Estate のワイナリーツアーが
可能かお伺いし
返事を翌日の午前中にするとのことでしたが
連絡が入ったのがなんと
15時を過ぎていました。
残念です。

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great wine- good service but strangely slow in the second half. Way overpriced. Food is not all that. Rather fly to Japan..

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VL
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant may work in Tokyo or London, but not so much in Napa. Its atmosphere is library quiet while jazz, of all things, is played at low tones in the background. Sushi is excellent, but expensive and served sans soy and wasabi and generally unsauced as well. This is very Japanese, but plain and may leave many Americans unsatisfied. The sake list is expensive, albeit well thought out. For the Napa Valley, there is little genuine fun here as the place takes itself too seriously. Morimoto is far more enjoyable, but admittedly far less genuine. My ultimate comment would be that if I wanted this kind of experience, I would head for Tokyo, which I love. Here, this place falls short of the promise of its astronomical prices.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was authentic Japanese, the sushi chef was very experienced and pleasant to talk to. The sake, wine and seating were all exquisite!! Awesome Maitre’D! Fantastic experience!!

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. It is an amazing experience.

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AH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable dining experience from top to bottom. We will definitely be back for special occasions. Price is high but well worth it due to quality of food, wine/sake & service. It felt like we each had our own personal butler to catered to all our needs. Great job to Kenzo Estates! Bravo!

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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Beautiful food.
They deal with foods with high quality.but,someting missing.
Not harmonious.
maybe chef is different.
Not same last time.last time is more wonderful.
I'm came birthday dinner but nothing special and didn't tell me happy birthday. other people is birthday too. They are get it. Chef is not care about me.
The chef was talking a lot with other people
Feel unhappy dinner.
and expensive payment. Maybe not comeback

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H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional experience.

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RB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best and most authentic Japanese food experience I've ever had. The wine/sake pairings (reserve) was a great addition to the Kaiseki meal. I can't recommend this place enough. Once you step into the restaurant you could swear you were in Tokyo. The service is every bit as gracious and welcoming as the food.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is magnificent dining, on par with the best in Japan. It is one of those experiences that reminds you life is worth living - at any price.

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