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. .
I was kind of excited to visit here since I’m 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 didn’t help me much. Anyway.. the beers were mediocre at best. Didn’t have any food. Overall, this was an Ok stop, but only because there’s not much else in the area. Next time I’ll probably spend most of my time at Billco’s.
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!
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.
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!
Kudos to Downtown Joe’s for offering Russian River, Firestone Walker, and a few other great beer selections. They also have an onsite brewery, I didn’t try any of those, but this is a nice place in Napa to have a beer break from all the wine.
Nice Old English style bar. The service in the bar area was bad. We were there on a Wed night and sitting at a table in the bar. The hostess (very nice girl) came and gave us menus and told us a server would come by to take our orders. Got tired of waiting so we ordered our beers and food from the bar, we never had anybody come to the table to get our orders the whole night. The food and beer was good though. We had a Reuben sandwich and pizza.
Overall it was a great place to stop if your in the area. Glad I was finally able to visit.