Downtown Joes American Bar & Grill

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JohnC  (163) Napa, California | August 22, 2011
I guess Im against the grain here: my wife and I really enjoyed this place. We sat outside on the patio with a nice view of the Napa river which made dinner even more enjoyable. We split a sampler of their nine house brews, plus the bartender added a tenth, FW Union Jack. The house brews were decent. They also had six Russian River brews on tap. The food was very good. I had cioppino and there was plenty of shellfish. My wifes French dip was quite good. The service was friendly and prompt. Id recommend it as a place to go in Napa.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1228) San Leandro, California | February 2, 2016
Convenient location in downtown Napa and a pretty large location as well. Plus, its open both early and late, so you can pop in pretty much any time.

Pretty much your typical mid-1990s brewpub here. A dozen or so beers on, though not all house beers. Most of those house beers are pretty much meh, but some are at least okay.

Service was okay on a Sunday morning, though I felt like we were being kind of glossed over due to not ordering food. Looks like pretty typical brewpub fare, burgers and such. Normal $10-15 for most things, it seemed.

Theres really nothing about this place that really makes me want to go back, but its there for some ticks and some mediocre beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77  (331) Reno, Nevada | October 25, 2014
Nice place to take a break from all the vino. Decent food menu, live music on weekends, decent beer selection and good service.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 6, 2013
Interesting stat: this will be my 400th brewery rated here, unless some of the BJs locations get turned into restaurants.

This is a quiet place in Napa that we visited one weekend. I had never actually been in Napa before that though Id been in the area plenty of times either passing through on I80 to go to Sacramento or coming from 101 to go to Sears Point. Its a quaint little town that is in the heart of wine country, but beyond that its no better than any other little town in northern California. The pub itself is old looking and is cozy, with some outdoor seating.

What I enjoyed most about the place was the guest tap list. The house beers are decent but most are not something Id order again. The guest beers are a bit more interesting. I tried a Sierra Nevada beer made for Sacramento Beer Week as well as another new to me Sierra Nevada beer. The food was good and mostly American in style. I had a burger naturally. Prices were standard for brewpub prices, so higher than they should be but no worse than any other brewpub.

I cant recommend travelling all the way from 101 just for this place but there are other beer stops out this way and there of course is other stuff to do out here. .
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
hackobock  (41) Stockholm, Sweden | July 7, 2013
Tried a sampler of their own brews, nothing that really stood out but decent beers all the way. The food was good and service was friendly.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
joeneugs  (201) Livermore, California | June 30, 2013
I was kind of excited to visit here since Im a fan of The Brewing Network, and they used to broadcast from here all the time. The location is good right in downtown Napa. The place definitely has an old school brewpub vibe going on. Nice bar with lots tables and chairs. Not fancy or upscale at all. The service was enthusiastic, but I was less than impressed with the bartenders knowledge. He was a nice guy though. The beers were very forgettable. The bartender kept telling me I should have been there last week when they had all the good beers on that didnt help me much. Anyway.. the beers were mediocre at best. Didnt have any food. Overall, this was an Ok stop, but only because theres not much else in the area. Next time Ill probably spend most of my time at Billcos.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
TheBrewSherpa  (47) Belvidere, New Jersey | June 30, 2012
You cant swing a dead cat in Napa without hitting 13 wineries, wine bars, or whiners, so Downtown Joes is respite. Colin brews pretty good beer and is wicked nice. Pub grub is decent and overall I recommend visiting this pub. Say hello to Colin when you are there!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BVery  (573) Plymouth, Minnesota | May 13, 2012
Nice brewpub vibe inside. I sat on the patio overlooking the river. Flight of 12 or 13 brews for ten bucks. Great spot.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
calpyro  (4) | January 2, 2012
Good food. Needs a little bigger menu. Beer is top notch. Something for every palate.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
nicksixsix  (21) California | July 28, 2011
Downtown Joes could be so much better. The beer selection is small, the best beers on draft are not their own. The crowd is mostly tourists, evenings fill up with locals making the crawl. The food is fine, tolerable pub grub, more affordable and lower key than anything else around. I just wish the place was really making an effort! If its ever for sale, im interested!

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