Good food. Needs a little bigger menu.
Beer is top notch. Something for every palate.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | August 22, 2011
I guess I’m 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 wife’s French dip was quite good.
The service was friendly and prompt.
I’d recommend it as a place to go in Napa.
You can’t swing a dead cat in Napa without hitting 13 wineries, wine bars, or whiners, so Downtown Joe’s 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!
Interesting stat: this will be my 400th brewery rated here, unless some of the BJ’s 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 I’d 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. It’s a quaint little town that is in the heart of wine country, but beyond that it’s 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 I’d 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 can’t 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. .
Visited on a weekday afternoon, so the place was essentially empty. The owner stopped by and chatted with us about where we were from and which beers we liked best. Nice guy. Service was great. Food was pretty good. The beers were hit or miss. I liked the Double Secret IPA the best. Definitely worth a visit.
Bout time a Californian rated this place. 1. The logo with the dog and the girl is much better than the one shown on this page. 2. It’s a bit more restaurant than brewpub. Area is getting gentrified. Hog Island Oyster Bar (good!) is only about 4 blocks away.Good service. Good and varied food selection. Only had 2 house beers on, as they are doing brewery renovations. Waitress said there are usually 10 taps, and that should be the case in 2 or 3 months. Nice river view available "upstairs". Beer better than expected. Got flavor.