Napa >Food & Dining > Celadon
500 Main St, Napa, CA | Directions 9455938.295890 -122.282827
Lunch: Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 2:30pm. Dinner: daily, 5pm - 9pm
Very romantic setting – Too bad I went with colleagues. The outside patio is expanisve and beautiful even though it's enclosed all the way around. Aso for food, the starters were very good but I think entrees tried to do too much with too many ingredients.
Pleasant Experience in Downtown Napa – The food here is generally very good. Some things are better than others, but overall you will be satisfied. An 8:00 reservation for 2 wasn't seated until 8:20. Small bar, and the wines by the glass selection was pretty ordinary considering the location. Service is friendly and good but nothing to write home about. Outdoor patio with fireplace looks great.
Good Food, Great Service, Hit-n-Miss Cocktails – My friends and I went to Celadon and were greeted with some of the most approachable and knowledgable waitstaff around (they make very informed recommendations, genuinely cheerful, etc.)
We ate mostly small plates and salads, but practically everything tasted great. The steamed mussels with bacon and tomato really hit the spot (and there's plenty of bread to go around to soak up the delicious broth) and the duck confit salad with truffle vinaigarette was satisfying. The vanilla creme brulee (which we shared at the end) was silky smooth and accented well with the caramelized banana slices.
The martinis and cocktails were a bit iffy. The "Red Pear" (highly suggested by the host & waiter), made with pear-infused vodka, pomegrante and citrus juices/liqeuers was really good, as was the "Our Cosmopolitan" with blood orange juice -- but the "Negroni" tasted like a really bad Manhattan with gin to top.
Learn from my mistake called "CELADON" – I'mm a chef with 16 years experience with 6 years in San Francisco. My expeience....
The duck confit salad was acceptable with dates (nice surprise) and three "micro"-bits of duck confit. The beef satay was typical of any Asian restaurant. Some creativity would have been nice.
I had the main entree of duck breast with risotto and cherry-lavender jus. The menu description did not follow what I was served. I only received a third of a breast; however, it was nicely carmelized. The risotto resembled being prepared with Elmer's glue....absolutely TERRIBLE. The jus was simply duck pan drippings and lacked any essense of the named ingredients. Overall, I paid $22 for an ice-cream scoop sized lump of Elmer's glue with three scraps of duck breast. The waitstaff required a bit more charisma.
My recommendation. Eat somewhere else, then bring a bottle of wine to Celadon and enjoy it's ambience.
Excellent food – Located in downtown Napa, Celadon advertises itself as comfort food. The food was creative, but not too "out there". We started off with the Crab Cake. It looked somewhat miniscule for $12, but when you dig into it, it was very delicious. There were large chunks of crab in the crab cake. I had the Seared Scallops with Risotto Lobster-Tangerine broth ($22). It was absolutely yummy. The scallops were lightly seared, and it was crusted with seasoning. The risotto was in the lobster-tangerine broth, and you can almost taste the tangerine peel in it. My boyfriend had the Onion Crusted Chicken ($19), and you can smell the strong Onion Aroma. The sour cream mashed potatoes mixed with bacon bits gave it a nice kick.
great place! – One of our favorite dinning experiences in Napa. The outside patio was very romantic, service was attentive and food was deilicious. Definitely try their Kobe steak if it's offered that day.
Just OK – Dined out with a friend and ambiance and service were OK. The wine list is great - but the food was heavy handed and not all combinations work. Had the panko crusted soft shell crab and the coconut shrimp to start and they were very similar - could have been at Applebees. The salad they came on was good though. I had the marlin and it was great but the "red rice" was very sweet and overpowering. Had the fruit crisp for desert and it was excellent - best part of the meal.
Romantic – The new covered patio with its artistic lighting creates a romantic setting for any romantic dinner
Overall good experience – While most of the food was great, our evening ended with one of us getting creme brulee. He'd never had cold creme brulee so he asked how it was prepared and if in fact, it should be cold. The server said yes, it's supposed to be cold but couldn't explain why or offer to get a warm one. Seemed a little strange. The rest of the food, however, was great and the service overall was fine. I would return.
A must-try hidden gem, this hip downtown Napa destination serves creative, international-inflected American food in an up-to-the-minute setting. – The Scene
If you didn't know it was there, you might miss one of historic downtown Napa's finest dining opportunities. Nestled past a small tree-lined bridge behind the Main Street Exchange building, Celadon offers great creek-side dining. Inside, the small angular dining room is decorated with modern flourishes including, naturally, celadon green accents and fresh floral arrangements. Six countertop seats offer a view of the kitchen while you eat.
Chef-owner Greg Cole shows an obvious attention to detail in the beautiful presentation and creative flavor combinations in his dishes. Small plates like tuna tataki with citrus-miso dressing or seared veal sweetbreads with black truffle vinaigrette, satisfy without filling you up. Big plates offer generous portions of comfort foods like lamb tenderloin with couscous or sauteed duck breast with garlic mashed potatoes. All are right on the mark.
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