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Hello, we will be visiting Napa in July and are thinking about Ubuntu for dinner. Neither of us are vegetarians but I'm curious. Is it worth the price? (What would a dinner for two cost approx?) Is the food hearty and filling? Or are the portions small and not satisfying?

I'd welcome any and all thoughts.

Thanks so much - this is a great community!

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Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

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    1. re: wolfe

      Dinner there will be very satisfying. This is not a greens or millennium where you leave going "yep, that was vegetarian". You leave going "wow, that was tasty". I'm not sure of the price because I ordered the now-unavailable tasting menu.

    2. Without wine, dinner for two can be about $80, if you share four plates

      1. Thanks everyone! I guess I'm mostly curious if people like Ubuntu. Quick poll: If you've eaten at Ubuntu and you are not a vegetarian, would you pay to eat there again?

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        Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
        1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

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        1. re: foodievisitingSF

          In a Toronto minute and wolves are notoriously carnivores.

          1. re: foodievisitingSF

            I'd go back to Ubuntu. Sharing four plates would feel more like a snack than dinner to me. We were pleasantly full after ten dishes.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6169...

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            Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
            1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

            1. re: foodievisitingSF

              I'd definitely go back. I enjoyed the original chef's menu a bit more, the food is still really innovative and delicious.

              If you're looking for cautions, I will admit that I've been with people (for a tasting menu), who felt like it was a succession of appetizers, without any "entree." I think this is more true in the summer, when they have fewer of the heavy/hearty dishes, like the cauliflower, that had a more entree feel to them. It is set up as more of a small plates menu, though, so it could be the format, rather than the lack of meat, that gives that impression.

              Whether you get enough to eat, is going to depend on how many plates you order. For two, I tend to go for 5-6 plates (usually share 4 savory, then get 2 desserts).

              The food is good.

              1. re: foodievisitingSF

                I think the question has been answered clearly; people like or dislike ubuntu due to the style of the cooking (light complicated plates), not due to whether meat is involved.

                Echoing 'purveyor's comment, I don't like entrees any more, I eat more than 50% of my meals entirely from the appetizer section. Maybe GF and I will do one entree and 3 apps.

                So, yes, I like ubuntu, would go back often if it wasn't 2 hours away in traffic, and look forward very much to Plum, Fox/Patterson's new place.

                1. re: bbulkow

                  I'm not a particular fan of small plates, generally I'd rather have larger portions of fewer dishes. And I prefer simpler cooking.

                  But I had a good time at Ubuntu and intend to go back sometime.

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                  Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
                  1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

              2. I'm suspicious you are looking for a reason to not go. I think you are unlikely to find it on this board.

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                1. re: wolfe

                  Not true. I was completely unimpressed the one time I ate there, and that was when Jeremy Fox was still there.

                  But it's not like I had a terrible meal, just an expensive one with a lot of complicated preparations, and far short of all the raves.

                  There are lots of places to eat. No need to go anywhere you don't want to.

                  1. re: Windy

                    Foodie: There, you've found it.

                2. Did you end up going? What did you think? I was there Saturday and just posted this review:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7184...