Zuzu – fine dining for less than $100
Ask a Napa resident or a Napa seasoned tourist where to dine, and surely Zuzu will be on the list of recommended restaurants. From the outside, it may not look like much, but the food is authentic Spanish Tapas. Tapas are small plates of delicious flavored foods that include seafood, cheese, meats and veggies. When we lodge in Napa, we are sure to have dinner at Zuzu at least one night. Not only is the food terrific, but you can also dine easily for under $100 a couple, and that includes a bottle of wine. All the ingredients are from local artisans and purveyors of fine food. Fresh food is the operative word at Zuzu. The restaurant does not take reservations so you may have to wait for a table, but it will be well worth it. For two people, order four tapas. We shared the Queso Frito, the Tortilla Español, a Paella for one, and the Monterey Squid and Morcilla Sausage a la Plancha. The wine list prices are reasonable and corkage is $15. How often does a Napa Valley restaurant charge $15 for corkage? Not often. Zuzu is a very down-to-earth restaurant, and it has the look and feel of a Tapas bar in Madrid, Spain. Warning, not for the swanky!
More on staying in old town Napa
The old downtown of Napa is changing. New lodging and dining establishments have brought a thriving tourist community to the area. Several exciting wine bars and tasting rooms are within easy walking distance of lodging. The old Copia building is now an extension of the Culinary Institute of America. A restaurant, a store and wine tasting classes are available to the public. The Oxbow Public Market is not to be missed. You will find Napa an excellent wine country destination.