VILLAGE California Bistro & Wine Bar
Village California Bistro and Wine Bar is a neighborhood indoor/outdoor restaurant that serves California-inspired cuisine and wine. The restaurant prides itself on using only the finest and freshest organic ingredients, sourced from local farms. It offers a seasonal menu that revolves around salads, pasta, seafood, poultry, lamb and beef dishes. The Village California Bistro and Wine Bar also boasts an award-winning wine list that includes hundreds of vintages sourced from wineries around the word.
The Village California Bistro and Wine Bar features an outdoor side patio that provides the ideal place for hosting a small party. It also offers catering services that can be adapted to everything from small cocktail parties to large parties. This restaurant is open for lunch, Monday to Friday and for dinner all through the week.
Excellent host service
Polite and knowledgeable
We dined at Village on Sunday evening for my husband's birthday. We have so loved Village over the years, but we were very disappointed this time. While they have updated the menu a bit, the food just isn't as good as it once was. We ordered the lemon brussels sprouts as an appetizer, and only a few of them had the lemon flavor and toppings. The lamb shank, spaghetti and meatball, and pork chop were our main dishes. Our younger kids ordered the child's ravioli and a cheeseburger. Our meals were truly nothing special. Both the lamb and the pork seriously lacked salt, and both meats were overcooked. We asked for the autumn roasted veggies for a side dish, and the oil they were cooked in had a terribly burned flavor. They looked nice but smelled and tasted awful. They were inedible. We would have told our server, except she never came to check on us during our meal. When we finally told her at the end of our meal, she seemed to shrug it off, as if she already knew. For dessert, we split a creme brulée that was the smallest creme brulee I've ever seen. No one said a word about my husband's birthday, even though it was mentioned in our reservation. Neither did our server say or do anything about our burned side dish. Unfortunately, we won't be going back. There are too many other restaurants to try to waste our money on what is no longer a sure thing.
We had a great time
The food isn’t seasoned. The place is nice looking, but they don’t put any seasoning on the food.
The food was cold when it came out, everything, bacon, potatoes the French toast. The waitress didn’t even ask us how our food was, all she did was hand back my card after paying and walk away. We used to dine here often, we will no longer be coming here for our brunches.
Only few selection of food. Very boring overall service and food
This experience was super horrible. There were eggshells in my calamari, received a glass of water and the glass was completely dirty, it still had lipstick on it.
I’ve been here several times and loved it. But on our most recent visit, Nov. 1, 2019, the food had changed... a lot!!!
Our favorite, the Brussels sprouts, were a much smaller portion for the same price and lacked the wow factor they use to have. I ordered the wedge salad for my entree. In the past is was large... large enough for a whole meal. This time it was much smaller. Like a small side salad, but at an entree price. My sons had a chicken ceaser salad. His said was equally depressing, and the chicken came on a separate plate, not in the salad. The chicken was a plain dry, thin, skinless breast that you’d expect to see from an amateur cook... like first time cook. Ugh! My mother ordered the short rib. When she went to cut into it, the texture was so weird!!! Not like short rib that falls apart with your fork, but like a piece of rubber you need a steak knife to cut through and chew for days. It was very strange. The waitress agreed that it didn’t look right so she took it back. They brought my mom a new one and it was much better and my mom ended up enjoying it. Apparently the cooks are new... and they are making changes to the menu... I don’t know what’s happening there, but it sucks! And it explains why the place was so empty on a Friday night!
Dinner date with my wife. Good food. Lovely night. Very lively outside. Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the dishes. We had the sampler appetizer. Natalie has fish & chips and I had braised short rib. The food was delicious and plentiful. Thanks for a lovely evening.
The outdoor seating looked nice but was taken. We sat inside most of restaurant was on the emptier side. Immediately felt the ambiance was dated and menus covered in plastic is a bit tacky. Waitress greeted the table then didn’t come back for about 10minutes, had to have the hostess track down the server. The manager then came right over (appearance was a bit messy, didn’t feel reassured) apologized for wait and took drink and app order. Server then came back over to take entree order and refill water, spilled water on the table/my hand while I was holding the glass. Then manager came over with the bottle of wine we ordered and spilled a few drops of that on the table as well. Apps, entree and dessert were mediocre. Overall the website for this place looks nice and the menu seems really appealing I liked they had a few vegetarian options since most places only have one but overall a very disappointing experience. There’s lots of other restaurants around the area I definitely suggest somewhere else.
This was my 2nd visit and we sat outside. I had the pastrami sandwich at my last visit and it was excellent. On this visit, I had the fried chicken sandwich and noted on the menu to be spicy - which I was looking forward to. This sandwich was a little greasy, had too much honey on it and lacked spice and a small amount of chipotle mayo. I was not too fond of the chicken breading that lacked flavor, was not crunchy and tasted like the breading on frozen food. I was expecting the typical fried chicken vs. this breading that generally is used for veal cutlets.
Our waiter was polite and very attentive until he got busy. The person that delivered our food was having a bad day and lacked customer service. The ambience of sitting outside was great. I will return and try another dish based on my 1st visit.
I really wanted to like it, nice atmosphere and good service. But the food did not taste good. Had to remake one of the dishes since it was not made as requested, another egg dish with a Mexican twist was more like a liquid soup, not visibly presentable and did not taste good.
The staff was friendly, the food was good, but not stellar. I feel that the menu needs better options specific to the region of Napa. The prices were a bit steep for food that was average. I went on a Saturday night and I was surprised how empty it was. I’ve dined there before and it seems as the restaurant is becoming less and less popular.
Well, checking in for our reservation I was aptly greeted with “outdoor tables are first come first serve” and that we couldn’t be seated for our reservation. We were then offered an inside table which we reluctantly accepted.
Our waitress seemed like this was her first job. Between the unpleasant demeanor, lack of attention to detail, and every question being an inconvenience, it truly made our experience magical (sarcasm). The food came out with the eggs barely warm, getting that nice sat on the counter golden yellow that we all enjoy.
Overall, the experience was terrible.
It appear that they block cell phone reception inside the restaurant as there was an important call that went to voicemail.
The only problem we haatted was when we ordered lattes and our waiter told us they didn't have any milk to make the lattes.
I am expecting to get 100 point right ? I do not show the credit ?
The food and craft cocktails are amazing. We had great service and accommodations. The bread they served before dinner was delicious. Wonderful experience here!
Came here for lunch with out of town friends. Excellent food and location. We ordered egg Benedict with crab cake, shrimp Louie salad, steak banh mi and chicken salad. Each dish is delicious and beautifully presented. Sat outside and had great view of Santana Row. A great experience for us and our friends.
I was surprised at the poor service and hoping it's a one off. Breakfast took 35 minutes after tracking down the server and also speaking with the manager. I expected more than a reduction of $4 off the bill.
Yesenia, our waitress provided us ample time to choose our cocktails and water and then with time between our appetizer and entree. She was attendent but acknowledged our request for private conversation. She explained the special and answered questions regarding entrees. She came back frequently to see if we needed anything. It was a Sunday evening and not sooo busy that we also got to get a personal side too. Good luck to Yesenia on her future nursing career! Hope she gets lots of tips to help her.
Village Calfornia Bistro and Wine Bar is always my go to! Love that place !
Service was awesome but unfortunately the fish and chip were not the best, the inside of the batter on fish was wet it should have been dropped in fryer a minute or two longer and the fries were limp and soggy, edible but not the standard I had here previously , we did mention it to the server and he said he would let the chef know to avoid this happening again
Food was decent. The server was smiling and friendly but had NO knowledge of what was in the food and had to be asked more than once to ask the cook. I asked about the soup and she never asked and then told us at the end of our meal. We asked for break with olive oil. She brought the olive oil and forgot the bread. No training. No menu knowledge. We were going to have dessert but decided that might be more work than it was worth so we skipped it.
We were having a girls shopping trip to Santana Row last Saturday and we decided to make a reservation a few days prior at Village California Bistro & Wine Bar. We got very hungry and decided to see if they were able to seat us early, and they were able to let us move up our reservation, which was very nice as they were busy. It was a warm day but the umbrellas kept us cool. The drinks were terrific! We had the Blood Orange Martini and the Spicy Margarita. We enjoyed our cocktails with a wonderful Mediterranean style appetizer of hummus and other wonderful Greek flavors. For our main course, two ladies at our table ordered the Tuna Melt & Cheeseburger to share - they raved about it. Another gal had the Fish & Chips and said it was really great as well. I had the Crispy Chicken Sandwich that came with honey jalapeños - it was pretty spectacular! Our waitress was so sweet and accommodating and the service all around, was really good. We will definitely visit again and I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Came here for brunch and was extremely disappointed. I had been there for brunch a few months back and really enjoyed the food, but this time around the quality of the food was just not there. I ordered the prawn ranchero only to find out a few minutes before they brought the dish out, that they were out of tortillas for the dish. Not sure how you would call this a ranchero if it didn’t have tortillas. The wait staff offered nacho chips instead...I couldn’t believe it. The egg was fried pretty hard instead of it being runny as it should for this dish. Then the shrimp skewer was cold. Will not be back!
First time here and great cocktail menu. Orange Cosmo and Berries Lemon Drop were delicious! Cerviche was served with potato chips...a bit unusual and not much avocado. Sole was good, served with mashed potatoes and spinach.. Lemon Creme Brulle was very tasty! Another visit is a must to try other dishes on the menu.
interesting, healthy menu choices, everything sounded good. nice place. will go back.
Sunday morning bfast; service was slow and no existent. Food allergy was not taken seriously and took several attempts of me insisting they confirm the food item before they asked the chef who said it was fish, which my friend is allergic to. Orders came out incorrectly. I had to walk in my own check. Had to ask for water. It’s too bad because I’ve enjoyed bfast there many times over the years. Will not be returning.
The brie is delicious very nice place to eat outdoors service was excellent!
Good food and good location! Service was pleasant and prompt.
We sat for over an hour before anyone took our order. Once our order was taken it took almost as much time to get our food. Very disappointing. The manager did apologize and compensated us for 2 bowls of soup but not sure I’d ever go back.
Small portions for the money even for my small wife.
Poor and slow service it was a slow night. Took forever to get drinks. Never got our appetizer. Food was fair.
The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived.
Our waiter apparently failed to fire our food order with the kitchen and the wait was unusually long (45 minutes for a Nicoise salad and a Waldorf wrap). He never apologized for the delay and we noticed he was more interested in chatting with his colleagues than servicing his customers. I actually had to get up and walk over to him to ask where our food was? Weird. When the food finally arrived it was delicious.
Not typical service for Village that both my guest and I frequently dine at.
A great experience. One of our favorite places to enjoy a meal.
Food was decent, not exceptional, Ambience was good and wait staff was fairly attentive, but would disappear for periods of time.
Service was very slow, food came out more than five minutes apart, almost dropped a ceramic on my foot, burger and fish and chips were very mediocre and did not meet expectations for the area. Outdoor seating was very nice, good temperature, nice views and people watching. Interesting brunch menus.
Our waiter Jose, was fantastic. He provided time between our cocktails and our appetizer, etc. We weren't rushed and had adequate wait time until entree. Jose's wine and entree suggestions were spot on. The sole was flavorful as well as the prawn pasta. The wine suggestion was a hit. My favorite is the brie appetizer.
The food was tasty but a bit over-priced. While we requested outdoor seating, we didn't have shade after we were seated for about 20 minutes. The waiter was very busy and not very attentive to our table.