Napa Valley Insider’s Guide: Under-the-Radar Restaurants
August 28, 2015
Locals and visitors alike love these classic restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick slice of pizza, sushi, or outside terrace seating on the river, these restaurants will not disappoint.
Here are our favorite under-the-radar eateries:
Heritage Eats is Napa’s new “fast-fine dining”, family-operated restaurant. The menu offers combinations of wraps, sandwiches, salads and rice bowls featuring heritage breed proteins and a global mix of traditional street food flavors.
The Pear Southern Bistro, on the riverfront in downtown Napa, serves California infused comfort foods such as Shrimp Po’ Boy, Chicken & Waffle, Shrimp & Grits, Fondue and a variety of salads.
Angele is a French country style restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and is located right on the river in downtown Napa. Their menu features items like Oysters on the Half Shell, Classic Baguette Sandwiches (that change daily), House made Ricotta salads, and Hand Rolled Tortellini.
Tarla Restaurant (pictured above) in downtown Napa, offers a menu of Greek and Turkish fusion cuisine. Serving seasonal menus with items like fresh house made Dolma, Spanakopita, Stuffed Eggplant, and Pan Seared Scallops and Prawns.
Cordeiro’s Steakhouse blends a classic steakhouse menu with a fresh farm to table approach. Menu items featured are Oysters Rockefeller, Duck Confit Flatbread, Caesar Salad, Beefsteak Tomato Salad, Wild Mushroom Ravioli and more.
Sushi Mambo in Calistoga focuses on both traditional and innovative rolls. They feature fun rolls like the Fungus Among Us Roll, which includes shitake mushrooms stuffed with spicy tuna and then deep-fried to perfection.
Velo Pizzeria features American style pizzas and seasonal salads in their updated rustic, urban space in downtown Napa on Main Street. Try the Nineteen Steps Pizza that has Rosemary French fries, fennel sausage, tomato sauce, mozzarella and provolone. Yes, French fries!
Napa General Store not only features delicious food and beautiful outdoor-riverfront seating, it also has a wine country theme store and wine tasting bar. Enjoy lunch out on the river followed by a wine tasting and be sure to take some Napa-themed goodies home with you.
Michael and Christina Gyetvan have created three downtown Napa restaurants – Azzurro Pizzeria and Enoteca, Norman Rose Tavern, and Atlas Social. Azzurro features thin-crust pizzas, pasta, seasonal antipasti selections like bruschetta and artisanal salumi, and fresh and seasonable salads with a thoughtful wine list to match. Norman Rose is Napa’s neighborhood pub, offering elevated American classic food, cocktails, wine and microbrews. Atlas Social crosses the globe in search of the authentic and casual cuisine reflected in cultures including Italy, Spain, India and Mexico, with a wine country flair.
Tarla Mediterranean Grill
Napa General Store