About Napa River Grill

Inspired by the beauty and romance of California’s wine country, Napa River Grill provides a taste of Northern California in Louisville’s own backyard. The menu features expertly prepared dishes using only the finest seasonal ingredients, and the award-winning wine list offers the best from the New World. Set in the vibrant Westport Village, the cozy lounge opens into a bright dining room bathed in natural light. The outdoor bar, grapevine-surrounded patio, and fire pit make an ideal setting for alfresco meals. Whether you are having a romantic night out, a casual dinner with friends, or a business meeting, the relaxed yet elegant ambiance is perfect for any occasion.

1211 Herr Lane
Louisville, KY 40222
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Brunch: Sunday 10:00am- 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Westport Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 423-5822

Website:
http://www.napariverlouisville.com/

Executive Chef:
Seth Butkus

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Holiday Brunch
$34.95 excludes taxes and gratuities

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Napa River Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for a Date (15)
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Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Romantic (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Cozy (6)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Our group of 10 enjoyed different choices.
Fool was well presented and very good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

Literally (true meaning of "literally") I could not chew the duck in the gnocchi dish. I suspect they're focused mostly on the bar business. Caesar salad mediocre. Clam Chowder pretty good.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic brunch! First time there and everyone in our group loved it as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My son wanted chicken strips and all they had were bone in fried chicken on the brunch buffet. They went to the kitchen and cooked some chicken strips for him. They went above and beyond even though it wasn’t a menu item.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Weak menu offerings
Appetizer came before our drinks
No pasta dishes and salmon (of course)was only fish on menu
We declined dessert and our check was immediately presented
We were never asked if we would like a second drink
Overpriced for mediocre at best

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was delicious and our waiter Paul was so lovely. He was friendly and very helpful when we were ordering. The service was fast without making you feel like you were being rushed. Lovely restaurant, lovely atmosphere and fantastic food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Napa River Grill offers the best brunch in the Ville! You can eat 'breakfast' type foods (pancakes, grits, eggs any style) or 'lunch' type foods (hot brown, grilled salmon, fried chicken) or do what I did and have yankee pot roast wrapped in pancakes...delicious!

The head chef keeps an eye on the buffet and foods are replaced as needed...always hot and delicious!

Forgot to mention that you can wash it all down with $2.00 mimosas or bloody Mary's.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food that surpassed our expectations! Sandy was our server and he was professional as well as knowledgeable. Great experience!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Greart food. Great service. Ask for Sandy as your server.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Waiter was very short to the point of being rude.
Food was fantastic. Room very bright.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner and Stephanie was wonderful and very knowledgable. I can't wait to dine there again soon!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Healthy, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Anniversary party and they treated us great

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Waiter was excellent
Food was served hot
Food was excellent

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

One of the best waiters ever! We had a young child with us and he was ahead of us in ordering the little one ......best!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great place, located in village-like setting withn a one-story mall complex. Great outdoor dinning location. Service and food outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We visited Napa with out of town friends. It was a beautiful night and we sat outside. I had been there a couple weeks earlier with my daughter and we had the same waiter. He was just average and didn't act excited to be working either night. The waiter in the bar was great, attentive and quick however.
Overall, a nice experience. Food was very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This is a local institution that never disappoints. The service is excellent with servers who are knowledgeable about everything on the menu. The menu always has a Kentucky flair featuring whatever is in season. Each dish is beautifully presented.
It's always a treat to eat at Napa River Grill !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was good, but a bit pricey for a buffet. Would suggest lowering buffet prices

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Speedy and friendly service, willing to serve special needs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great brunch in a very nice restaurant.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Been here numerous times and every time it gets better and better! The food was wonderful! The ambiance was wonderful. Love this place.

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great dinner. Food was excellent but would prefer different side to replace beans. Overall wonderful experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

This was an unusual day where I was meeting 2 different groups of friends, one for lunch and one for dinner and they both picked Napa grill. For lunch I had a salad with the salmon added. The salmon was delicious but a very small portion. For dinner I had the burger and fries. The burger was delicious and if you are hungry it provides plenty of food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Service was very slow. Once our waiter came he was gracious. But it took 10 minutes for him to come to our table and give us water. We had the buffet. Very very salty and typical buffet type food. Nothing special. Won't be back.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food, great service, great atmosphere, very limited menu.

Tags: Disabled Access, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent food, excellent server, great place with friends. We love the outdoor seating area, but sat inside this time because it was a very warm evening. The chef offers very creative dish combos, often with some low country/South Carolina twists that are great. We will return.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Whitney was a great waitress as well as several others who always kept our water glasses full and made sure we were well-attended. Food servings were very delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

First time here and we will be back! Great food, great service and great atmosphere! Have Ben trying to find a great place for brunch and this is it! Hats off to the chefs...food was excellent!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We always enjoy the Napa River Grill. Great choices on the menu, excellent wine list and reasonable prices. The food is always cooked and presented perfectly, the service attentive without being obtrusive. Highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 9, 2017

I used to work at Napa about 10 years ago. Went for brunch with my husband while visiting Louisville. Brunch was amazing! The Caesar salad, ham Benedict and broccoli salad were delicious! Ellie was a great server too

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Best Sunday brunch around. Napa does it right. Plenty of breakfast and lunch options on the buffet plus a made to order egg menu all included in price. Executive Chef Seth's cuisine is always top notch. All this plus Michelle's desserts will keep me coming back for more.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great place for a business lunch. Food was wonderful and service was very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Always a top choice when dining out. Sandy the manager couldn't be more attentive to our needs as well as showing an interest in our experience. 10 out of 10
Brunch is also a terrific value

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We hadn't been to Napa in awhile so we were excited to go back with some out-of-town friends. However we should have looked at the menu before making reservations. The limited and pricey entree selection was a little disheartening. I went with the Ahi Nachos which are usually very good. This last visit they tasted like they had a stream of mayo on top. My husband's shrimp and grits were a hit - cleaned the bowl! Thank goodness for the Caesar salad (which 4 of the 5 of us got). It's always spot-on (even though the Parm bowl wasn't as crispy as normal - even a little hard to cut through). With the massive number of fabulous restaurants in Louisville, some of the local favorites (Porcini's is another) are becoming complacent with flavors and selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We dined at Napa on Saturday and enjoyed a wonderful meal. We sat outside and were able to enjoy a gentleman singing & playing guitar. The volume was not too loud, which made having a conversation easy. He is an accomplished musician added to our evening.
We started off with an appetizer of calamari. It was nicely prepared and the red dipping sauce was a favorite. The green goddess dressing on our salad was a perfect compliment to the fresh greens.
I had the shrimp & grits which I found nicely spiced with lots of tender shrimp & chunks of tasty sausage. My husband had the seafood trio and found it beautifully prepared.
We ended our meal sharoing the strawberry crème brûlée. Oh, my, it was fabulous! It was creamy yet light & refreshing, a delightful finish.
Our waiter, Jeffery, was attentive and helpful, and all the other wait staff kept the meal moving smoothly without making us feel rushed. It was truly a winning experience. Thanks!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Excellent buffet with a wide variety of foods that were fabulous.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We ate in the patio area under one of the many umbrellas. Several tables were full, but the noise level was very low. Food was very good and our server was on top of everything.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Menu choices very limited. Not impressed with the selection. Have been there many times in the past and this was definitely a disappointment. Aaron crane outside playing music was fantastic. However again the menu was limited with choices. Doubtful we will return anytime soon.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Minimal menu, good service and decent food. Better dining options available.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Overall pretty decent experience here, went for Father's Day and the restaurant definitely felt appropriate for the occasion, a bit of an older clientele. Food was good, waitress was good but not overly attentive. I would go back for a similar occasion in the future but not for a fun 'dinner with girlfriends' kind of night.

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