Best Napa Restaurant for a Special Occasion
I am new to this board and would really appreciate any recommendations
you can give me for a great restaurant in Napa to celebrate a very special
birthday. Looking for good seafood, great ambience, fairly
reasonable prices, and no corkage fee would be a bonus!
Thanks so much!
I can't think of any restaurant in Napa that doesn't charge corkage...
Fish Story in Napa is the most fish-centric restaurant in town, but it is far from exceptional or special.
Sadly, seafood isn't as big of a deal in the valley as it should be. My favorites for seafood would include Auberge and Meadowood, but those are far from reasonable in the pricing category. Morimoto has the best sushi offerings but - again - not even close to reasonable.
A few of my favorite restaurants have one-off seafood courses (Angele for their salmon, Grace's Table for seared scallops and roasted halibut), but those are not necessarily special occasion restaurants.
I don't know if you're going to drive around the area, but about an hour north in Healdsburg, Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar is pretty fantastic: http://www.yelp.com/biz/willis-seafoo...
Best oysters I've ever had, and I try as many as I can get my hands on :) Also pictured, a seared tuna tartare, lobster roll, and uni mac & cheese.
Also thought of Morimoto (dramatic presentations, fun atmosphere).
And, Meadowood (exotic seafood from around the world,
beautiful presentations, elegant, comfy)
But neither are reasonable.
Good seafood, great ambience, free corkage, and reasonable = tall order in Napa Valley.
You might want to head out to Hog Island on the Pacific Coast. You get everything you're asking for there. Make a reservation for a picnic table.
re: maria lorraine
Been there a handful of times, and for what you get, Morimoto seems fairly priced, or close to it. But it's not inexpensive. It's the quality of the food, the presentation, the general all-around excellence, that justifies the higher price, to me. For a special occasion birthday, it might be perfect.