Three Delicious Downtown Napa Restaurants

By Jennifer Boden,

Food and wine go better together. There’s just something about pairing scallops with a sauvignon blanc or a ribeye with a cabernet that balances both sides of the equation. In other words, no visit to wine country is complete without some excellent food to match the fine wine. Here are three mouthwatering restaurant suggestions in downtown Napa, California.

The Thomas

Perched above the Napa River and surrounded by a charming succulent garden, The Thomas offers amazing upscale fare and a wine list to match. There are a number of vegetarian and seafood items, along with plenty of choices for the unabashed carnivore.

The wine list is both large and eclectic, offering a wide range of regional delights, both foreign and domestic, to pair with the award-winning menu. In addition, as part of the restaurant garden co-op, The Thomas brings in its own locally-grown produce. Originally built in the early 1900′s and brought back to life in 2012, The Thomas features Fagiani’s, a lively bar on the ground floor with a world-class cocktail program.

“I’m lucky enough to live within walking distance. Always delicious, decadent. (but within means) There’s also a gentleman by the name of Geoff who bartends on their beautiful rooftop who is the bee’s knees,” said Brandi Esters of Napa. Bartenders at The Thomas keep patrons like Esters happy with their specialty cocktails:

  • Spanish Sidecar-Torres 10 year brandy, Combier triple sec, lemon, quince, saffron & paprika tincture
  • Pimm’s Cup – Pimm’s No. 1, Fagiani’s limoncello, vodka, strawberry, ginger beer
  • Stinger and a Buzz- Pierre Ferrand ’1840′ cognac, creme de menthe, Firelit coffee liqueur
  • Barrel-Aged Apple Manhattan – Michter’s Straight rye, Laird’s Applejack, Cocchi vermouth di Torino, American oak (new for fall!)

The Pear Southern Bistro

Also located on the Napa riverfront, The Pear Southern Bistro offers New Orleans-inspired cuisine. Think catfish, gumbo, shrimp Po’ Boys and a spicy Voodoo Stew. Round out the southern comfort food with shrimp & grits, meatloaf and wild boar shank.

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