Kenzo Napa

4.9
281 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
***In-room dining currently open with limited capacity - no outdoor seating @ Kenzo
***We are accepting reservations for 30 days in advance under the current COVID climate.

Kenzo Napa, presented by owners Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto, is an exceptional, authentic Japanese restaurant featuring traditional prix 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 weekly 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 Michelin Star Award and Wine Spectator Restaurant Award of Excellence.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrandiB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Wow, just WOW! We came for our 10th anniversary and we are so happy we did. The food and the service was outstanding, and we look forward to coming back!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is exceptional at Kenzo...the service, the food, the cleanliness, the ambiance. Dining here transforms any occasion into a special occasion.

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CAChicago
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenzo is one of the best restaurants I’ve been to. Food-wise, it rivals Benu. Virtually all the courses were exceptional, especially the A5 Wagyu. Reserve wine pairing was also excellent, eapecially the Asuka cab franc. Since mostly seafood, there were a lot of whites and sake. Overall, very delicious! We were also seated at the counter, so saw the chefs at work preparing the food. That added to the experience as well.

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SeanT
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service. Extremely traditional Kaiseki. Felt like the alcohol pairing was a bit overpriced, would probably skip that next time. But the food was amazing.

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vipGlobaldiner
Salt Lake City
54 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked 30 days in advance. The number of people the restaurant can accommodate is still limited due to COVID. We had an amazing meal. Service and presentation were as you would expect from a Michelin restaurant. Not cheap but it was totally worth the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had!

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivals French Laundry. The staff was very personable and made the experience that much more special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect way to re-enter “normalcy” post vaccination! I could not recommend Kenzo more. Its service (thank you Lowell!), food and wine were all top notch. There were too many highlights to mention them all, but the eggplant with eggplant with edamame, seared grunt fish with cucumber vinegar soy sauce gelee, saggy tenderloin and toro were all heavenly. Kenzo was the perfect way to top off my self-pampering day!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Birthday meal at an authentic Japanese restaurant. Both the food and service were impeccable.

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vipChristineC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite dining experiences from start to finish. We came here for a double date with another couple and we all did the reserved pairing with our dinner. The service was amazing and the food was memorable. We’ve been to French Laundry a couple times in the last two months which I’m glad to have had that experience but I would gladly revisit Kenzo hands down again and again. The pairing was beautiful and love the fact we can order sushi a la carte.

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ErwinH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Words cannot describe the experience at Kenzo. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. Extremely unique flavors and foods, amazing wine and sake, most importantly the staff is so well versed in Japanese culture and each pairing. I will be back. They were nice enough to provide me with a battery pack to charge my phone since I had a long drive ahead of me to San Francisco. Again, I will be back very soon. You guys are the best.

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ClaireC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is excellent :)

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Sandra
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The keiseki course was awesome and will be best for anyone who’s obsessed with traditional Japanese cuisine. There are a lot of seafood dishes which can’t be missed! I mentioned it during the reservation that it will be my bday and they even served a complimentary Rosè to me.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, especially Alexis, was amazing and the food was subtle, seasonal, and exquisite

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RichardM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish served looked great, virtually perfect plating. And the taste, the balance of flavors could not have been better. Service professional and smart, I never had to ask for anything, or felt something was missing. I was asked a few, focused and well intentioned questions that added to my dining experience.
Quiet jazz music in the background, calm atmosphere. Covid related protocols followed throughout the evening. This was my first restaurant dining experience since January, 2020, the start of the Covid pandemic. I would definitely return, and recommend to any other savvy and particular diners.
One Michelin star? Should be two.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic

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John
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A magnificent experience. My wife is from Kyoto and was hugely impressed too. I had let general manager Tomonori-san know that it was her birthday so extra effort was expended on the menu and desserts.

The ten course Kaiseki meal was extremely well paced, honoring regional ingredients mostly from Japan. These ingredients... fish, meats, vegetables, broths etc were so thoughtfully, artfully and skillfully combined by chef Kenji Miyaishi. It’s hard to put in words the brilliance of the meal when viewed as its parts leading to the whole.

The chef’s varied high level experiences... Nihon Uni, Tsuji Culinary School, high end restaurants in Tokyo and Germany showed up in his combinations and sequencing of ingredients. His seemingly kind and calm nature showed up in the warmth of the courses he prepared.

We also benefited from the work of the great sushi chef accompanying him.

Kenji-san was most obliging and eager to see that we were having the best of experiences, and spared the time to come and see us. Same goes for the sous chef and our excellent servers. The dining room itself is minimalist, helping to showcase the food and, again, we could not have been happier with our evening at Kenzo. Thanks to chef and the rest of the team.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Understated, low key and staff are very attentive, perfectionist to a T.. Will definitely come back.

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Napa
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

All the staff at Kenzo were nice and the food was unique, but I don’t think the portion, along with the selection of food and wine pairing justifies the cost.

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vipAlex
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday celebration with my daughter. Everything was fantastic - the food, the service, the wine. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary!

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LE408
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic Japanese experience like no other in Napa Valley. An experience that makes any special occasion that much more extra.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully done highly recommended the reserve alcohol pairing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.

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Catherine
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food and first Michelin star restaurant but too expensive
A nice experience but won’t do it again

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vipHaochenZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food here was really mediocre.

The appetizers are way too salty. The meat dishes (Wagyu beef and tilefish) are either over seasoned or bland, and the true great flavor of the meat was not there. Plus the sauces for the meat dishes just don’t taste right. The dessert -a Hojicha ice cream and a matcha cake -was way too simple and uninteresting and it tasted no better than what you can buy at supermarkets. These didn’t meet our expectation of a Kaiseki experience.

Plus the tasting menu’s portion was small- we had to order several additional rolls. Not sure if it was because of COVID that the restaurant had to cut portions.

Service was great.

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vipLoshalia
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and recommend all the people who love sushi

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time celebrating our anniversary at Kenzo! The service was impeccable and food was delicious. Setup has been altered for covid. Theyre only taking 25% of full capacity so we were definitely 6ft from the other guests, plexiglass set up for protection at the bar, and the wait staff all wearing gloves and masks. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenzo demonstrates true authentic Japanese

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honeymoon. Absolutely perfect.

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Patti
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and wine. One of my best experiences!

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vipAlex
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter and we had an absolutely fabulous evening. The food looked and tasted amazing. I also got the Reserve Wine Pairing which was outstanding. The service was impeccable. Part way into dinner they noticed my daughter was left-handed and so changed the orientation of her dishes so they would be oriented to her correctly. We'll definitely be back.

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Countryman
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Kaiseki cuisine. Seafood is all fresh and cooked / seasoned to balance and the presentation is impressive especially those beautiful handcrafted Japanese bowls and plates. The service is also top notched. The only thing can be better / improved is one of the desert (cheery pudding I think) that isn't flavorful as rest of the dinner.

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vipAco13
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience that you should try at least once.

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SushiQueen
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenzo helped me celebrate several important occasions with my fiancé and they made us feel like royalty. The service is excellent, the food is thoughtfully constructed and expertly executed, and the beverage pairing knocked it out the park. Everything about this place is simply stunning. They took great care in implementing Covid precautions, and honestly it almost made the experience more incredible. While I hope they can open up to full capacity soon and recoup the losses they are currently experiencing, I must say that NOW is the time to dine with Kenzo because you will have so much space to yourself. I am moving out of CA but this experience is enough to draw me back for more. I cannot wait to come back.

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CalvinT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food and service. Love the changing menu and the focus on the full dining experience

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vipfoodienp
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are excellent. Very consistent in quality and service each time that we dined here. Great place to celebrate special occasion or have great authentic Japanese food/sushi without traveling to Japan.

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ChrisK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding presentation of exceptional sushi and other Japanese cuisine, paired excellently with Kenzo wines. The social distancing protocols that allowed the restaurant to reopen lend themselves to an odd experience with almost no one in the restaurant, but service is top-notch and the beauty and tastiness of the food shines through.

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Kenzo Napa is rated 4.9 stars by 281 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.