10 Best Restaurants in Downtown Napa

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10 Best Restaurants in Downtown Napa

By WineCountry Collective March 21, 2024

Listen up, fellow foodies! It’s time to prepare your taste buds (and maybe unbuckle your belts), because we’re taking you on a culinary journey through bustling Downtown Napa. From celebrity chef-led masterpieces to rustic local bistros, Napa’s culinary scene has a smorgasbord of flavors just waiting to delight you. So, whether you’re a seasoned gourmand or an adventurous newbie, get ready to savor the 10 best restaurants in Downtown Napa. Bon appétit!

Beloved French Bistro

Angèle Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Facebook:Angèle Restaurant & Bar

540 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 252-8115

Travel to the countryside of France in the heart of Napa at Angèle. This beloved Napa restaurant along the Napa River brings together the best of France and Northern California with a menu that features simple French cuisine made from the local produce of Napa Valley. Imagine savoring mouthwatering, housemade pasta or succulent braised lamb, all under the inviting charm of Angèle’s dining room or with the gentle Napa breezes gracing the outdoor waterfront seating. And let’s not forget the intoxicating dance of French and Northern California accents in their expansive wine and spirits program—a liquid testament to the harmonious fusion of two renowned culinary worlds.

Insider Tip: Angele offers at-home meal kits for pick-up every Wednesday! The three-course menu drops on Mondays and is available to order Monday through Wednesday, with menus changing weekly. It’s a must for Napa Valley locals, if we do say so ourselves.

Seasonal Mediterranean

CIA Copia

500 First Street, Napa CA 94559, (707) 967-2500

The CIA is a staple in every foodie’s vocabulary, so when dining out in Napa, don’t miss visiting The Culinary Institute of America’s downtown outpost, the CIA at Copia. Copia’s signature restaurant, The Grove at CIA, promises a dining experience that is as delicious as it is seasonally-driven (much of what is on the menu highlights what’s grown in Copia’s own culinary garden). Relish in the creativity of upcoming culinary stars as they blend local ingredients with global techniques, whether dining for dinner or weekend brunch, inside or on the garden patio surrounded by olive trees.

Insider Tip: The Grove offers a mid-week happy hour that’s hard to beat. Nosh on deviled eggs and pizza while savoring a specialty cocktail, every Wednesday and Thursday outside (Wednesday through Sunday indoors).

An Authentic Italian Gem

Photo Courtesy of Facebook: Oenotri

1425 1st Street, Napa, CA, 94559, (707) 252-1022

Created with a passion for handcrafted food and Southern Italian cuisine, Oenotri serves rustic dishes made from the freshest Wine Country ingredients. Here, ‘fresh’ isn’t just another buzzword, as Oenotri sources produce from its own garden and serves salumi, pasta, and bread all made in-house. And let’s not forget the heartwarming charm of their wood-burning pizza oven and recipes passed down from Italian artisans themselves. At Oenotri, you’ll love savoring some of the most authentic pizza and Italian food you can find in Napa Valley. Mangia!

Insider Tip: Visit Oenotri to try the most sought-after Italian wines. Of course, if you prefer to stay local, their extensive wine list has a nice selection of delicious Napa Valley wines, too.

Sushi From An Iron Chef

Morimoto Asia Napa Valley
Photo Courtesy of Morimoto Asia

610 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 252-1600

Perched overlooking the Napa River, Morimoto Napa is the first West Coast restaurant created by the iconic Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame. The menu entices foodies and seafood lovers with a raw bar, warm and cold appetizers, and a delectable array of sushi and sashimi. Wash it all down with wine from the top-tier wine list (it is Wine Country after all), but for a truly unforgettable experience, dive into their extensive sake collection. The lounge stays open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and till 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, so you don’t have to rush back to your hotel after a day of wine tasting in Downtown Napa.

Insider Tip: If you can’t make it in for dinner, Morimoto’s lunch bento boxes make for the perfect culinary companion for a day of Napa exploration.

Flavor Fiesta

C Casa
Photo Courtesy of Facebook: C Casa

Oxbow Public Market, 610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 226-7700

Embark on a culinary fiesta at C Casa, one of the most popular food vendors at Oxbow Public Market. This lively eatery is famed for dishing up some seriously crave-worthy meals. Their huevos rancheros, for instance, have a reputation for making mornings worth rising and shining for. The good news? You can catch a few more z’s because C Casa’s breakfast menu is served until the leisurely hour of 11:30 a.m. But don’t miss lunch or dinner at this casual dining hotspot, because everything truly is delicious.

Insider Tip: Regulars know to inquire about the monthly enchilada special, a little-known secret that could redefine your ordering strategy.

Wine & Good Grub

Photo Courtesy of Facebook: Compline

1300 1st Street, #312, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 492-8150

Founded by two Sommeliers, Matt Stamp and Ryan Stetins, and Executive Chef, Jammir Gray, this is inarguably one of Downtown Napa’s premier spots for wine drinking. This wine tasting room, which offers over 600 wines, has a casual living room aesthetic, mini-flights, and even a vinyl record player. And their on-site bottle shop has one of the most impressive bottle selections with wines from all over the world. But at Compline it’s not just about great wine, as their menu features decadent dishes that take inspiration from different cuisines around the world. Despite all the press it’s received, Compline has a relaxed feel to it, making you feel right at home.

Insider Tip: Stop by at lunch for a more casual affair, and don’t miss ordering their must-try burger and duck fat fries.

An Unexpected Dining Experience

Photo Courtesy of TORC

1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 252-3292

A husband-and-wife-duo created TORC to dismantle the fine dining experience and replace it with a sophisticated yet relaxing evening. With rock and roll, blues, or soul music playing throughout the restaurant, mixed with the high energy of the open kitchen, it’s safe to say this is not your typical Napa Valley restaurant. Here, the contemporary American menu changes frequently based on the availability of the highest quality produce, so know every time you dine here you’re eating only what is fresh and in-season. And here in Wine Country, we never tire of that.

Insider Tip: TORC is one of the few Napa Valley restaurants that offers a comprehensive list of small format bottles, or half bottles, of wine. Unsure if you can finish an entire bottle? Can’t decide between vintages? That’s when the brilliance of TORC’s small format bottles truly shines.

A Touch of Spain in Napa

Photo Courtesy of Zuzu

829 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 224-8555

Experience the best of Spanish-inspired flavors with regional Northern California ingredients at Zuzu. The tapas and small plates menu, combined with the warm Mediterranean decor, is perfect for a group gathering—all the more reason to get a few friends to dine with you in Downtown Napa. Expect fresh and vibrant dishes like citrus-marinated flounder ceviche and roasted beets with goat cheese mousse, which you can pair with their gin and tonic of the month. The cherry on top? The sharing-encouraged plates make it a sociable culinary experience where you can nibble on a little of everything!

Insider Tip: If you’re feeling like mixing things up—quite literally—Zuzu invites you to play bartender and concoct your own gin and tonic! Their Gin Tonic menu offers an extensive list of gins and, you guessed it, tonics that you can pair however you please, so feel free to get adventurous and try something new.

Global Fine Dining

Photo Courtesy of Facebook: Celadon

500 Main Street G, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 254-9690

Celadon is an award-winning Napa restaurant that offers “Global Comfort Food” influenced by the flavors of the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Americas. These mouthwatering dishes, expertly paired with a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine, are enjoyed in the calming atmosphere of their tasteful dining room, located in the historic Napa Mill, or serene outdoor courtyard. You’ll love the harmony of flavors in every morsel—a testament to the culinary prowess and creative flair of Celadon’s expert chefs.

Insider Tip: Elevate your weekend plans with Celadon’s brunch, offered on Saturdays and Sundays, where you can experience favorites like tenderly braised pork hash and tempting Asian ‘sticky’ ribs. Can you think of a more delightful way to start the day?

A Marriage of Food & Wine

La Toque | Facebook
Photo Courtesy of Facebook: La Toque

1314 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 257-5157

Chef Ken Frank has a passion for pairing food and wine, which is evident in the gastronomic symphony you’ll experience at La Toque. Here, the culinary team and skilled Sommeliers taste together daily to discover divine pairings that transcend the typical food and wine experience. And, to top it all off, the menu evolves seasonally to highlight only the freshest, most in-season produce. There’s a reason why this Napa restaurant has received a coveted Michelin star 14 times.

Insider Tip: For the ultimate La Toque experience, opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu. This expertly curated, six-course culinary journey features a quartet of savory delights, a sophisticated cheese course, and a decadent dessert as the grand finale. And for those leaning towards a plant-based dining experience, there’s also a thoughtfully-designed vegetarian version available.