Napa Valley is a worldwide food and wine destination. Prominent chefs. Acclaimed restaurants. Celebrated dining experiences.
Famous eateries are everywhere. Ad Hoc. The French Laundry. Bottega. The Restaurant at Meadowood. Angele. Redd.
But what if you’re in downtown Napa and you’re more in the mood for a reliable spot the locals go for good food? Then you might want to try Grace’s Table.
They call themselves a bistro serving dishes from around the world with a “focus on comfort foods from many heritages of our diversified collective American Table.”
Here’s what that means: a pleasant restaurant with windows fronting on Second Street. Efficient servers who understand the menu. And good food.
I had the cassoulet – a French stew of duck confit, braised lamb, boudin blanc sausage, garlic sausage, and butter beans topped with garlic bread crumbs. Rich and satisfying.
Others at our table had short rib risotto with forest mushrooms, petrale sole meuničre,
roasted chicken with quinoa-wild rice pilaf and Kobe steak frites bordelaise.
And when we all agreed we were too sated for dessert, our server surprised us with a complementary slice of chocolate cake topped with a candle for the two “birthday girls” in our party.
Grace’s Table is not The French Laundry. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s what a neighborhood bistro should be. Good food, prepared and presented well, in a comfortable and homey atmosphere. And the skill to make outsiders feel like locals.
It may not be a destination restaurant. You’re not likely to see it on the Food Network. That’s part of the Grace’s Table attraction.