Napa >Mustard's Grill
F*@king Amazing !!!.
The tamales, the best.. The tuna carpaccio, OMG ... The lemon lime tart, the best... The chicken, excellent...
The goat cheese polenta, excellent ... The service, excellent... you get the idea !
When we first arrived, 15 minutes earlier than our reservation; the hostess seemed to ignore us and seated several people ahead of us. I thought she was very rude.
I got the pork chop which was wonderful and my boyfriend had the chicken and we were both very happy with our selections. The noise level was too loud for a small restaurant and I didn't think the wait staff seemed very friendly. Our waitress didn't speak up over the loud background, so we never heard a word she said to us (when she decided to come to our table). The wine was over priced but very good and the salad and dessert were great as well!
Although service is something extremely important with any restaurant, the food was wonderful and I enjoyed watching staff go to their gardens to pick fresh vegetables. With a more polite and attentive staff, I would have given this restaurant a perfect score but it is worth the visit!
Classic American dishes with a gourmet twist come fresh off the grill and straight from the organic garden at Chef Cindy Pawlcyn's original Napa Valley restaurant.. Named after the mustard flowers that bloom in Napa's vineyards every spring, this bustling, window-lined roadside restaurant is where hoardes of hungry vacationers come for all-American grilled goodness. International inspirations for Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, previous winner of the James Beard Award for Best Americana Cookbook, are instantly recognized on the appetizer menu of small plates: sweet corn tamales, Vietnamese lettuce wraps and calamari with curried slaw. Likewise, main courses run the gamut--from the "famous" Mongolian pork chop (over 4 million sold, thank you very much) to the Sonoma rabbit with Mexican chocolate-chili sauce--yet still taste like down-home cooking. For something sweet, look no further than the ever-popular lemon-lime tart, a towering slice of pie with the biggest meringue (made with brown sugar, not white) you've ever seen. Really. It's that big.
Unfortunately, the horrible service overshadowed the otherwise good food.. The waitress seemed grumpy and unhappy. She didn't take good care of us. What's worse was that i was overcharged. I didn't see the extra $10 on my bill until i got home. If these jokers get rid of the bad management or employee(s), they should fare much better.
Good Choice In Napa But There Are Better Choices Overall.
I live within minutes of Napa. For the last twenty years I've been dining at various Napa restaurants. Some very TOURIST oriented and some geared towards locals. Mustard's Grill on Hwy 29 in the Napa Valley (not downtown Napa) is a very good choice worth 3 or 4 stars.
It's very crowded. Always. Not because of the food (although very good) but overall its level of food quality, service and its atmosphere. Expect a above-average noise level. That's one of its perks in that it is energy loaded.
I still think lunch is best at Mustard's (over dinner). I like the fact that the owner (she has two other Napa restaurants... 'Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen' and 'Go Fish') has created a menu that meets almost all budgets without goughing you as some Napa restaurants can do. Sandwiches are approx; $12 and lunch entrees come in at about $19. What is in error with the restaurants menus is that a simple bottle of local wine has a 200-300% markup. That's not fair to locals or tourists and many other Napa restaurants at least provide what I'd call a entry-level wine at least.
Someone in another review here said that the restaurant had a snob appeal to it and while we are blessed and very proud of not only Napa but the pure beauty of Northern California overall, I'd rate the snob appeal of Mustard's Grill as non-existant. A $10 bottle of Napa or Sonoma wine can be as elegant as a $100 bottle of Napa/Sonoma wine.
Just down Highway 29 in Napa Valley you'll also find many other good choices very similar to Mustard's Grill including Rutherford's Grill (excellent and casual), Hurley's (simple and good), BRIX, next to Mustard's Grill and a bit more upscale and pricey and Bouchon's (French and worth every expensive dime you'll spend).
You can't be successful in the very competitive Napa market without quality overall. Mustards's Grill meets all the requirements of being very successful.
Reservations buy nothing.
After asking for a confirmation callback 48 hrs befor arrival you would think it was for a reason. Upon arrival the hostess did not bother to check when told and proceeded to sit us at a less desirable table where I would dine with a pillar next to me. When I asked to move she sat us at another table in even less desirable section. There was a nice table for two which I asked about but was ignored. Most first class restaurants would have seated us here having made and confirmed reservations.
Food and other service was very good and reasonable but the hostess was rude, unresponsive and unfriendly which reflected poorly on the restaurant.
Great food but....... My husband and I live in Colorado so when we went to Napa we wanted a great dining experience, we sort of got it at Mustards. We had made a reservation and was promptly seated which was nice considering it was packed on a Saturday evening. However once seated it started to go downhill from there. The service is BAD,BAD BAD, there I said it. The server was rude and acted like we were annoying her by requesting water with our drinks and God Forbid, she looked at us like we had landed from Mars when we requested a beer and a cocktail instead of wine. Now I realize in Napa you are in the heart of wine country, but we had been wine tasting all afternoon and just wanted something other than wine at that point. The cocktail I ordered was sent back twice because it wasn't right and this wasn't some complicated drink. The food was wonderful and so is the setting, but the management really needs to train the waitstaff to be more friendly.
What Sevice?. Had similar experience as others. Was told our group of 8 would be sat at two four tops together. Waited 90 minutes and another group that came after us was sat at one of the four tops that we waited for. The other half of our group was sat across the room. The other group said they would switch but the manager refused. Just the usual Napa Snobbery. The place was packed, so why give anyone good service? Anyone can manage a Restaurant when it's empty! Went to Sonoma and had dinner at at "Willi's". They were crowded but we still got good service. What a concept!!
Decent Food, HORRIBLE SERVICE.
Ate at Mustard's for the second time. Both times the service was VERY bad
The first time, the hostess skipped over us for a table, we waited for an hour, and refused to admit it she'd made a mistake. This time she (same girl) set our table for two (party of four) and then when I corrected her, she snootily informed me that the reservation was only made for 2. I saw the screen correctly said 4. What happened to the customer always being right? And we were seated late, even though we had a reservation.
The staff is arrogant, and unnattentive. The waiter served our food and did not come back to check on us. We had to ask other waitstaff for water, coffee, etc.
Food is good, but I will not go again. It would be in their interest to hire some more staff.
Lives Up To Hype.
It is easy to knock on places with legacies like Mustards, but the bottomline is they still put out excellent food with excellent service in a fun atmosphere. Nothing beats their Niman Ranch cheeseburger with dijon. Other stand outs include hand cut pork chops, pan seared duck breast and nut crusted grilled halibut.
Mustards' wine and beer list is one of the best in the valley. Enjoy one of the excellent beer or wine choices while you wait for a table
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