Celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s downtown Napa eatery offers an extensive menu of seasonal, contemporary Japanese dishes. The setting, both serene and glamorous, mirrors the East-meets-West fusion of the fare.
“Beautiful Morimoto draws tourists and locals for its sleek industrial style and contemporary cuisine…The innovative kitchen encourages sharing in dishes like sashimi towers (crafted from toro, salmon, eel, and tuna) painted with yuzu juice or barbecued eel sauce. Homemade tofu is prepared tableside and expertly coupled with mushroom sauce and bonito flakes; a hearty pot pie with stewed abalone is comfort food at its best. Come with friends so you don't miss out on a fantastic sticky toffee pudding made with kabocha and topped with poached Asian pear.” – Michelin
“The food is roll-your-eyes-back-in-your-head delicious. Our first taste was the “tuna pizza” appetizer, a clever eastern riff on a salade niçoise and one of our favorite dishes of the night. It begins with a crispy tortilla base entirely covered with pristine maguro sashimi that is subsequently topped with halved baby tomatoes and niçoise olives, sliced jalapenos, baby cilantro sprigs, and a modern checkerboard drawn in spectacularly delicious anchovy aïoli. Another standout was the Wagyu carpaccio…Thirteen gorgeous sashimi-style slices of Wagyu beef had all been flash-seared on one side, then placed raw side down in a delectable puddle of yuzu, ginger, sweet garlic, and dark soy. The succulence of the raw, the texture of the seared, and the full spectrum of flavors of the accompanying sauce made this twist on carpaccio utterly irresistible.” – WineCountry.com
Designed by Thomas Schoos, the industrial-chic space has an urban Japanese aesthetic with a nod to the wine country. The cavernous setting features soaring chandeliers, sleek, vibrantly colored chairs and sofas, and rough-hewn tabletops. Wood slats adorn one wall, while gnarled ancient grapevines decorate another and hang like antlers behind the bar. The impressive space includes a sushi bar, lounge, formal dining room, and patio overlooking the Napa River and beyond.
Before rising to chef stardom, the famed Iron Chef Morimoto was to be drafted as a catcher in Japan’s major leagues (a shoulder injury ended his baseball career).
610 Main Street
Napa, CA 94559