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Bistro Don Giovanni vs Zuzu vs Mustards

radman123 Mar 15, 2008 06:07 PM

I know - each restaurant is different but I want to get a sense of the one I should choose to eat at on my upcoming trip to Napa area

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  1. Husky RE: radman123 Mar 15, 2008 06:25 PM

    I prefer ZuZu. BdG and Mustards are good, but their type of cuisine can be found many other places - Zuzu's is tougher to find executed as well as it is there...

    1. Carrie 218 RE: radman123 Mar 15, 2008 06:46 PM

      I think BdG has more consistently well-executed dishes than Zuzu's. What Zuzu does well, they do extremely well, but the occasional mis-step (which *is* rare!) makes it inconsistent. BdG is always consistently good but there you have to fight crowds and a generally higher ticket when all is said and done.

      I don't think Mustards is even close to the same league as the other two...

      1. maria lorraine RE: radman123 Mar 15, 2008 07:05 PM

        Of those three, BdG.

        But why are you limiting yourself to those three? Many other options exist if you'd care to do a search.

        1. foodiesf RE: radman123 Mar 16, 2008 09:16 AM

          Mustards any day, given these 3 options. I had a business dinner recently at BDG and found the food and service to be unacceptable. But I agree with the other folks who suggest that you don't limit yourselves to these options.

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            maria lorraine RE: foodiesf Mar 16, 2008 12:08 PM

            We've had distinctly different experiences, foodiesf.

            I've dined at Bistro Don Giovanni 30+ times and have never had a bad meal or bad service. My last meal at Mustards two months ago was one of the worst meals out of my life. Really off their game recently, or they were that night.

            And I've never had a bad meal at Terra. Right up at the top, IMO.

            I adore Ubuntu -- incredible flavors and fully satisfying even if you're a carnivore.

            I'm not a fan of Zuzu -- inattentive service and pricey for what you get.

            Martini House is consistently wonderful. And if it's warm enough to dine outside (they do have heat lamps) the patio is wonderful. Very good flavors there.

            I like Cindy's Backstreet kitchen also, though I would call the flavor influences Nueva Latina rather than strictly Mexican. Lots of good old American favorites also-- like short ribs, burgers -- executed very well.

            Of course, a search of each of these restaurants will yield lots more info upon which you can make your selection. Have a great time.

          2. foodiesf RE: radman123 Mar 16, 2008 09:18 AM

            Check out this thread --

            1. opinionatedchef RE: radman123 Mar 16, 2008 11:44 AM

              we come to Napa every March and the one place we book first, because we love its food the most, is Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. The Mexican influences on that menu are so amazingly well executed, and there are many amazing combos you will not find elsewhere. Mustard's is excellent and we do have lunch there every yr.,but it is all the innovative mex. influences that make CBK a must for us.(in addition to the beautiful,sunny art filled interior and the friendly relaxed atmosphere and staff.
              We have been disapp'd by bistro jeanty and terra. After much CH research, we have added Ubuntu and Zuzu to our dinners for later this month.

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                Earl Grey RE: radman123 Mar 17, 2008 01:09 PM

                I would be perfectly happy never to eat at Don Giovanni again. I just don't think it's any big deal. I would be sad never to eat at Zuzu. The personality of the chefs comes through loud and clear. I always look forward to it.
                Mustards feels like a corporate restaurant, almost an upscale TGIFridays.

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