The steaks were disappointing. They were certainly good, but just not up to par with what we have come to expect from Press. Also had a baked potato that was warm, but certainly not as hot as it should have been. This has always been our place for a very special meal, but it was disappointing this time. Hopefully it was just an off night for them.
We had a great experience. One thing that could be better was are server. He was not very inviting or energetic as the rest of the staff was. The Somalia was excellent.
Great meal, wonderful steak, knowledgeable and friendly server! Strongly recommended!
Thank you for your input and for dining with us Charles Maitre D
We went to Press after a bit of research not realizing that it has been recently updated/renovated with a new chef. Our reservation as at the "bar", but it was actually a booth (long booth with multiple seatings). We were greeted and seated immediately and our service was available, yet not rushed. We started with a version of a wedge salad. It was fresh, light and delicious with a pureed avocado dressing. My husband had the scallops. They were beautifully browned on one side, juicy and serviced in a light sauce. I had the incredible spring pea risotto. What a fabulous example of quality food not needing large portions. I was completely satisfied as were my taste buds! We finished our meal by sharing the chocolate panna cotta which really was not a panna cotta (as our server had explained prior to our order). It was a very dense pudding/mousse/? Very chocolatey and delicious though not "light" so I'm glad that we shared and enjoyed it alongside our cappuccinos.
We read all of the reviews on OT and you should write for a newspaper! :) I so enjoyed reading this. We written and also I believe what the chef was going for in all of courses. I agree that the Panna Cotta could go by another name ....so nice to read your words and thank you for dining with us! Charles Maitre D
The quality of meat was very disappointing. Our baked potatoes arrived cold. The staff was wonderful and very professional. We liked our table. We have frequented this restaurant several times & always had an exceptional meal. It had been well over 4-5 years since we ate at Press. We understand they are under new ownership & have been for a while.
Loved the Bacon Sampler, fantastic steak, and wonderful service. We can not wait to come back!
Your words are notes of music to our ears...Thank you so much..Please return when you can... Charles Maitre D
Steak special was grossly overpriced very small and tasteless. Also the string beans were way overcooked and even after sending them back came back the same way again and still got charged for them. Terrible experience
This was our third (maybe fourth) time at Press. As demonstrated by the fact that we have returned, we had enjoyed our previous dining experiences at Press. Unfortunately, this time around, our party of six was very disappointed by the lackadaisical service, mostly by our main server. The Maitre'd was very welcoming and worked hard to accommodate our time change so we had a nice start to the evening, but for some reason, our primary server had what seemed to be an arrogant attitude. For example, when we were ordering, he was very impatient that we did not have every single item planned out--saying that he would come back when we all had our orders ready, as opposed to offering guidance. We point blank told him we were looking for guidance. Then, when our entrees hadn't come out 45 minutes after we had finished our appetizers, he snidely said that the food was on its way and he could find out exactly how much time when he next went to the kitchen. Generally, you expect a polite apology and a promise to look into the issue. The sommelier was OK, but in contrast to most sommeliers in Wine Country, she was not at all interested in engaging in any discussion of the wines. The (male) sommelier was more pleasant and more attentive. On the bright side, we really enjoyed the bacon flight, the side dishes, the scallops and the steak au poivre, and the setting was as pleasant as ever.
Darla was amazing and made great recommendations, the risotto and bacon are to die for
We also love Ms Darla! Thank you for letting us know that you also feel she is amazing. Be sure to request her on your return...Thank you for dining with us Charles Matire D
We were really disappointed with our experience at Press. We had been told it was delicious, but neither one of us thought our steaks were very good. We ordered them different temps and they were mixed up, so my husband's was cooked too much and mine wasn't cooked enough, I had to send mine back, and even when it came back it wasn't cooked Medium Well (sorry if the cook doesn't believe in that but its my taste). Our server was pretty absent and took a long time to deliver the drinks we ordered after dinner. Finally, our baked potatoes were not cooked completely and easily one of the worst restaurant baked potatoes I've had. For as expensive as it was, we were both very underwhelmed with the service and didn't enjoy our meals. Hate to leave a negative review, but for me to do so means it really was disappointing.
Overhyped - food is minimalistic without sides or presentation. Taste and quality are high but w stratospheric prices and modest portions undermine value. Service perfunctory and capable. Noise and ambiance average. Not an experience but at $350 for 2 w a couple drinks, should be more of one.
Quite expensive, even given the high quality of the food and wines sampled. Lobster Mac was a bit light on the lobster, and steak came with 2 small potatoes that were ok at best. Highlight on the menu was the “vintage pour”, where an older bottle of Napa cab is opened each evening and offered by the glass... wonderful way to try a rarer wine at a decent price point - really enjoyed this experience!
We appreciate your words and suggestions. Thank you for dining with us. We offer a vintage pour every night just for the reasons you mentioned.. Thank you Charles Maitre D
Bacon was superb. Entrees were very good. Baked potato was Luke warm. Desert was outstanding. Service was great, even a bit over the top.
Thank you for sharing your observations with us. We talk all suggestions and pay attention to them. Please return soon Charles Maitre D
Delicious! We really enjoyed our food and the ambience. Cocktails were yummy, found a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with our filet for two special, and then ended with a little dessert to celebrate our anniversary. We thought everything was outstanding!
Yahoo and Thank you...We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on Press. Charles Maitre D
Excellent service in a “formally casual” place. Every dish was well prepared. Good for every day or special occasion.
Thank you for sharing your good words with us. We are striving to make this a great experience at Press. Your input helps alot! Charles Maitre D
From start to finish, everything was superb. Our server, Scott made the night so pleasant. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and Scott and rest of the staff made it very special. It wasn't my first trip to Press and it will always remain a place to go when in Napa.
Great service and great food! Had a lovely evening.
Absolutely amazing experience at The Press as it has been the previous 2-3 times we've dined here. If you're visiting Napa Valley and are looking for a more upscale dining experience this is the place! Staff, location, View from the patio, wine list (duh), and menu are all top notch! Ask for Charles for some special attention!
Beautiful restaurant, excellent food and service, knowledgeable sommelier!
Beautiful Excellent Knowledgeable Three good words..Thank you so much for dining with us...return soon...Charles Maitre D
Food was delicious. Ambiance was very nice. Service was excellent. Great game place for special occasion. Very pricey.
Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate all feedback to improve the experience. 2019 is a great new year where we are working on fine tuning all aspects of the Press Experience. Please return soon and thank you for dining with us... Charles Maitre D
We had a wonderful anniversary dinner experience at Press. The food and cocktails were incredible, and we had attentive servers who also balanced checking in without hanging around. We will absolutely be back to PRESS on future Napa trips.
Thank you for your kind words and observations....We look forward to seeing you again when you are in Napa Valley... Charles Maitre D
We have spent many evenings and special events at Press over the years. The most recent visit may be our last. While Press is lovely and the staff are always amazing, the last two visits we noticed a dramatic drop off in the quality of the steak.
For the price, I was entirely disappointed in the rib eye and my wife's filet was no better. Both were cooked perfectly but seemed almost tasteless compared to others I have had in the past (even at this very restaurant).
I am not sure what the issue has been with their steaks but the quality is sorely lacking. I am able to get better quality meats for half the price at numerous other restaurants - at least using my taste buds as a guide.
It is very unfortunate for us to remove it from our list of go-to places as we have so many fond memories of Press. I was so looking forward to a tasty rib eye all day and to spend over $250 on a meal like I received is unacceptable and so disappointing.
Maybe in a few years we will try them again but for now Press is a no go for us.
We were warned earlier in the day by two highly regarded tasting room hosts that they have been hearing very mixed reviews on Press since their new chef arrived.
Hits - The oysters and prawns were superb.
Misses (BIG Misses) - While our wine was being decanted we ordered a bottle of champagne, which the Somm helped us select that was priced at ~$85. When our check arrived, we were charged over $200.
Our steaks arrived slightly above room temperature and our sides, loaded baked potatoes and creamed spinach arrived about 5 minutes later.
The baked potatoes were crunchy and not fully baked. They offered to bring a new order but what was the point in letting out steaks cool off even more.
Poor execution all the around. We will not return.
Service was great, food was better than average, our table sucked, noise level was great especially for me because I don’t hear very good but I had no problem hearing at our table....if I go back I will sit at the bar.
We had incredible meal here. Everything was perfect.
Incredible and Perfect are two words that put a smile on our faces...2019 is a new year for us with new items and a fine tuning of all aspects..looks like we are on the right track..Please say hello upon your return.. Charles Maitre D
Below mediocre food. Steak was not cooked as we directed. Extremely pricey.
It was our 10th Anniversary celebration dinner. Service and food were incredible as always.
Words of music to our ears..Thank you for taking the moments to share your thoughts on your visit Charles Maitre D
We had a great meal, the atmosphere is casual but elegant and the food was beautiful and flavorful. Perhaps our favorite aspect was the staff. They are professional and provide excellent service but with a fun, friendly vibe that we really enjoyed.
Thank you for sharing your great experience with Press. The phrase we like to use is " personable yet professional". When we reach that place with guests then we know we are on the correct track.. Again..Thank you so much for dining with us and return as fast as you can to see all the new things we are offering in 2019 Charles Maitre D
Food was very good. We booked a reservation for bar seating, the only option available. We asked about sitting in the restaurant instead but were told that wasn’t possible. This was strange because the place was pretty empty when we arrived at 6 and there were still plenty of tables available when we left. The bartender was our waiter which I’m normally fine with, but he was definitely more interested in those seated at the bar than those at the tables. The tables around us had a waitress who seemed great, but we didn’t have the same level of service. Overall decent experience, but I’ve had meals that were just as good, but with much better service and I think I will go to one of those next time.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your experience with us. We will work on what you mentioned . We appreciate all you shared. Charles Maitre D
Everything was wonderful about PRESS. The food is absolutely excellent...one of the best pieces of steak I have had in a very long time, but everything was excellent. Service across the board, from the maitre'd to the waitress to the somms, was very high quality. Very welcoming space. Highly recommend
I read all the reveiws and like getting validated on all aspects of service. ( including myself!) 2019 is a great new year for us and we are vigilantly working on improve all aspects of your time at Press. Be sure to return soon to see some great new additions to the menu Thank you again Charles Maitre D
Special night out to celebrate our Napa trip! It did not disappoint! Food and wine were fabulous. Had the best waiter ever to help us navigate the food and beverage menus. Overall an exceptional dining experience. Would highly recommend!
Great input on your visit to us. We read all reviews and appreciate your thoughts and thank you for dining with us. Please request that same waiter for your next visit Charles Maitre D
It’s a given that the food is consistent and very good but the staff always makes it enjoyable too!
5 Stars Yahoo Thank You See you soon 2019 is a great new year and we are working on some great improvements Charles Maitre D
Excellent service and food was delicious, wine outstanding!
Your words are notes of music to our ears. 2019 is a great new year or us and we are working on fine tuning all aspects of Press...seems like we are on the correct page..Thank you for sharing your thoughts...Please return as soon as you can and say hello Charles Maitre D
Really good food, cocktails were pretty weak but the wine options were great.
Thank you for dining with us...We appreciate your feed back..We are on a roll to make all aspects of your Press visit meet your expectations...Say hello to me on your return and I will be sure that those cocktails will be up to the strength you expect... Charles Maitre D
Excellent though pricey steak prepared correctly. Salad tasty but kind of small for one, let alone to split. The wine selection was terrific.
We read all the reviews and this is a great one! Thank you very much for dining with us. We are working on making Press better than ever....14 Years and going strong....we look forward to seeing you again Charles Maitre D
IN CRED IBLE !!! Wow, we loved every single thing about Press! We will be back every single time we come visit Napa.
Come Back!!! Thank you so much and see you again..soon Charles Maitre D
Great food food took some time to come out. Overall a very nice experience.
Thank you for dining with us and we are working on the promptness of the delivery....We listen to all your feedback and see you next time Charles Maitre D
The NY strip steak at Press is the best strip steak in the county! Everything else on the menu is fantastic as well!
I believe I remember you and I have a feeling you meant the country? not just the county :) Thank you again and see you on your return... Charles Maitre D
Server was fabulous. Enjoyed special bacon appetizer. Steaks and scallops were delicious. We were early so no noise. Special evening all the way around.
Special is a great word...We are in great new year here and fine tuning all aspects of Press...Please return to see but even more great things to come... Thank you so much for dining with us Charles Maitre D
Outstanding meal all around
Great to see you have a good experience...Thank you so much Charles Maitre D