One Star • High quality cooking, worth a stop
Quite comfortable. Our most delightful places
Over 75 USD
Kenzo Tsujimoto made his fortune developing thrilling video games like Resident Evil and Street Fighter, but his Napa temple of traditional Japanese cuisine is a place to hit pause and wash away worldly cares. Designed by Tsujimoto’s wife Natsuko, this 25-seat arena is spare and minimal, incorporating traditional woods, maple trees, and river rocks to create a peaceful sanctuary. Though Kenzo offers a handful of tables, the best seats are at the lengthy counter, where diners can chat with the chefs and see their sushi made firsthand. Two menus are offered under the guidance of acclaimed chef, Eiji Onoyama: one exclusively spotlights elegant kaiseki dishes like sea urchin chawanmushi and poached blue shrimp with asparagus, while the other also integrates a dozen pieces of nigiri, sourced directly from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Fish Market. Exceptional servers thoughtfully explain more unusual dishes like shinjo, a gently poached dumpling made from egg whites and chopped scallops that is served in a delicate dashi. There is an outstanding variety of sake showcased here, but adventurous diners may want to sample Kenzo's own California-grown estate wines, which are available by the flight.
- Notable sake list
- Wheelchair accessible
- Private dining rooms