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  • Redd Napa Valley, Yountville
    2012

    Redd Restaurant Review, Yountville

    Posted by Foodnut.com

    Reviewer: Foodnut.com

    Redd

    6480 Washington Street

    Yountville, CA 94599

    707-944-2222

    Redd Website

    Book Reservation

    Redd Yountville exterior decor

    One of the most underrated places in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located in the heard of the Napa wine country and specifically in foodie heaven aka Yountville, California. It earned One Michelin Star in 2012. We have dined here 3 times, with the last visit in the Summer of 2013. They also run sister Italian restaurant Redd Wood.

    Redd serves New American, California cuisine and has been open since November 2005. As they call it: “Updated interpretation of wine country cuisine with influences from Asia, Europe, and Mexico in a relaxed yet elegant environment.”

    Redd Yountville exterior decor patio

    Redd Yountville 30

    Decor,Vibe – Redd features minimalist understated decor with a nice open patio in the courtyard, great for cooler evening meals.  Lots of foodie tourists dine here, as expected.

    Wine prices were reasonable and collection diverse, especially being in the middle of the wine country. Glasses from $9, Bottles from $29, $25 Corkage. $14 for a very good glass of Tribute Chardonnay.  Lots of specialty cocktails on the menu.

    The Mojito ($11) was strong, balanced, and well-made with fresh mint and good rum. Patron Silver was used. A little small though.

    Samurai ($12) Charbay green tea vodka, blackberries, yuzu, ginger beer was red, strong, and recommended.

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    Ask for their bread – it is warm and crusty – excellent.

    Redd Yountville Donut Holes

    Donut Holes ($11) were the most expensive ones we’ve ever had, but where fresh from the fryer. Coated with powered sugar and dipped in one of the 3 included sauces, they were awesome. They were served at Brunch.

    Spring salad, frisée, watercress, english peas, mint, buttermilk dressing  ($12) – This is an interesting salad that will not appeal to everybody. Lots of fresh greens, but minimal dressing. You could really taste the individual ingredients and how “raw” they were.

    Redd Yountville Glazed Pork Belly

    We hesitated to order the Glazed Pork Belly Appetizer ($13) with apple puree and soy caramel, but the server really recommended it. It was very tasty, although it had quite a bit of fat as expected.  The immense quantities of meat were very tender and the sauce went with it well.  It could have used more greens to balance out the flavor.

    Redd Yountville caramelized diver scallops

    Caramelized diver scallops, cauliflower purée, almonds, balsamic reduction ($26) – Yet another dish we have ordered several times. Why can’t other cooks replicate their excellent scallops? A must order for scallop fans.  They were nicely caramelized and in good quantity. Highly recommended.

    Redd Yountville Tuna and Hamachi TarTare

    Yellowfin tuna and hamachi tartare, avocado, chili oil, fried rice, cilantro ($14) is a signature dish and rightly so. Crispy rice and soft tender tuna in each bite.

    Redd Yountville buttermilk pancakes

    Buttermilk pancakes, apple  apple compote, vermont maple syrup ($15) – Wow. We wish a breakfast place closer to home would cook pancakes this well. Light, fluffy, absolutely perfect. The syrup was top notch.

    Redd Yountville lobster club sandwich

    Redd lobster club, poached maine lobster, bacon, lemon aioli, shoestring potatoes ($27) – Another Redd hit. Lots of perfectly cooked lobster between high quality Brioche.

    Redd Yountville Smoked Salmon

    Smoked salmon, country bread, herb cream cheese, pickled onions, scrambled eggs ($14) – We have ordered this in the past and it remains excellent. High quality salmon and bread. Very fresh and also highly recommended. Served at Brunch.

    Redd Yountville Foie Gras

    Tasting of cold foie gras preparations ($18) stone fruit, pistachios, brioche was heavenly.  Terrine Foie Gras 3 ways – Crusted with pistachios, traditional terrine with cooked cherries, and on a puff pastry.  All smooth and top notch, a must for any fan. We had it the day before the Foie Ban took place. Decadent but worth it.

    Redd Yountville Sashimi

    Sashimi of hamachi ($15) with sticky rice, edamame, lime ginger sauce had lots of fresh fish on top of a bed of sticky rice. The dressing was especially good.

    Redd Yountville Petrale Sole Clams

    Petrale sole ($24) creamy jasmine rice, clams, chorizo, saffron curry nage was recommended by our server. No breaded filet of sole here! A beautiful dish with a sea of foam and the fish and clams poking out. Perfectly cooked fish and a great sauce. A bit on the spicy side, a recent change we’d remove.

    Redd Yountville Duck Breast

    Liberty farms duck breast ($28) onion fondue, cherries, spinach, turnips, five spice was cooked to almost medium, although we asked for medium rare.  Duck flavor and quality was heavenly. Quantity was just right. Love cherry sauce with duck, it’s a perfect combo.

    Redd Yountville Wild Mushroom Risotto

    Wild mushroom risotto, spinach, truffle oil ($18) was simply awesome. Initially you smell the truffle oil then the rich flavors of the cheese and mushrooms hits. A vegetarians delight!

    Warm duck confit salad, balsamic, cherries, fried shallots, bacon, croutons ($15) had minimal green yet lots of shredded duck. A good hearty salad for lunch.

    Redd Yountville poached tuna salad

    Olive oil poached tuna salad, olives, peppers, hardboiled egg ($20) – a salad for lighter appetites. Still very good, but there are far more better options on the menu.

    Redd Yountville Butterscotch pudding

    Butterscotch pudding, vanilla anglaise, toffee, pretzel bits ($10) is their signature dessert. A richly flavored must order with a sweet – savory hint.

    Redd Yountville Strawberry Tart

    Strawberry tart, pistachio, cream cheese mousse, strawberry sorbet ($10) was fruity and well done. Crisp pastry crust with a lite mousse and some fresh strawberries.

    Foie Gras Beignets ($12) was on the menu for the Foie ban. A bit too savory with the peanut butter and jelly combination.

    Strawberry pain perdu ($10) cream cheese ice cream, strawberry verjus is french toast in French. This was a must get dessert that we devoured quickly. Warm brioche with the cream cheese ice cream melting into it. Nice fresh fruit to balance out the creaminess.

    Redd Yountville Honeycoumb Parfait

    Peanut butter ($10) milk chocolate gianduja, peanut honeycomb parfait is a Resses fan’s delight. A slight of saltiness to the cookie bar made it interesting.

    Petit Fours – Saltine Toffee and Orange Chocolates – Free and awesome. What a combination.

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    The Calamari Salad ($13) was covered with lots of rice noodles and was good, not spectacular. It could have used more calamari and less noodles.

    Strawberry Tasting ($9) dessert had strawberries done 3 ways, french toast, float, s’more.  The float tapioca version was awesome, the other 2 were just fair.

    Redd’s service was very good, with no need to chase down waiters or ask for refills. It faded when the restaurant was full.  The atmosphere was modern with very minimalist decor.  Outdoor patio tables are available, but fill up rapidly. Yes, there are excellent restaurants in Yountville outside of Thomas Keller’s Empire! Redd’s food rivals the best restaurants in San Francisco.

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    After a meal, hit the Villagio Spa across the street for a massage or spa treatment.  The outdoor Jacuzzi must not be missed. They have some yummy snacks upstairs in the sitting area. Their $25 access fee to just the Jacuzzi and Sauna is a great deal.

    Nearby restaurants include some of the best restaurants around. We have reviewed: The French laundry, etoile, Redd, Auberge du Soleil, Ad Hoc, Bouchon, Bottega.

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    Redd Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

    Come Back?

    Food Rating: (Excellent)
    Service Rating: (Very Good)
    Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
    Value Rating: (Good)

    Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

    Alcohol:Full Bar
    Attire:Dressy
    Hours:Mon-Sat 1130am-230pm, Nightly 530pm-10pm
    Parking:Street
    Reservations:Yes
    Prices:$10 - $50
    Posted on July 9th, 2012
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    6 Responses to “Redd Restaurant Review, Yountville”

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    3. David P Says:

      I thought Redd was an extremely bad dining experience. While on vacation, my new fiance and I stayed at the Vintage Inn in Yountville. We had a 5:45 pm reservation on 8/19 at Redd and requested an outside table. Debbie, the hostess told us they were all reserved so we ended up eating our dinner looking out at the outdoor space which remained at least 50% empty for the rest of the night. The hostess and manager were completely unapologetic and very snotty about it. Besides that, the dining room where we ate was full of flies the entire time and the chicken dish was so tough that my fiance had to send it back. We live in NYC and I thought I had seen the worst, but the staff at Redd was the most pretentious I have ever experienced. I strongly recommend against this restaurant. It was not worth the time or money with several other fantastic restaurants within a few minutes walk.

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      [...] – Nearby restaurants include some of the best restaurants around. The French laundry, etoile, Redd, Auberge du Soleil, Ad Hoc, Bouchon, [...]

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