About

DÉCOR

The restaurant ambiance includes rich, imported materials and specialty details yet evokes a clean, modern feeling. Décor elements include entry and dining room walls in a vertically grained teak from the region, accented with a traditional Japanese scalloped finish. The ceilings in the private dining room have the corresponding scalloped finish and were constructed from clear maple, also imported from Japan. As a key point of the Kenzo dining experience is as much the viewing of the preparation as it is the presentation and accompanying directions that guide diners through the dishes, the 10-seat sushi bar is prime real estate. The sushi counters, customized to best showcase the fish as well as prepare and share the dishes, are built from Japanese cypress. A range of bowls, dishware and serving pieces were hand selected in Japan to best present each dish.

Wine

The wines of Kenzo Estate are the culmination of Kenzo Tsujimoto’s search  for the finest plantable land in the Napa Valley. His quest led him to an untamed  mountain valley on the flanks of Mt. George, in Napa’s southeast corner. Of the  3,800 acres that he purchased in the late 1980’s, only the best 4% have been planted to vines by famed viticulturist, David Abreu. Each autumn, the grape crop is delivered to the meticulously appointed winery, which was constructed of natural wood and stone and intended to melt into the backdrop of majestic mountains and enchanting vineyards. The winery facility is harmoniously set next to caves dug deep into the cool mountain rock, creating a naturally ideal temperature-controlled environment for aging wine. It is here that celebrated winemaker, Heidi Barrett, crafts wines of intensity, finesse and focus. 

Cuisine

“Kenzo” joins the elite culinary culture in Napa Valley alongside acclaimed three Michelin star restaurants including The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood.  Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto, owners of Kenzo Estate, long dreamt of bringing an authentic, elegant Japanese dining experience to the Napa Valley. Already seasoned restaurateurs with four stunning Kenzo Estate restaurants and tasting rooms in their native Japan, the couple spent years bringing their vision and signature concept to life in Napa. At Kenzo’s culinary helm are the trusted hands of Chef Eiji Onoyama, whose inventive seasonal menus fuse Japanese tradition with innovative techniques and presentation. The result is sure to delight the senses and transform all perceptions of Japanese cuisine. The exquisite, rich flavors of veritable Japanese Edomae Sushi and Kaiseki delicacies are created using ingredients flown in daily from the world’s most acclaimed fresh fish market in Japan, Tsukiji. Every artistic course is meant to pair harmoniously with a selection of eclectic wines and sakes, including Kenzo Estate’s full Napa Valley wine collection.   

Owner’s Message

As the owner and founder of Kenzo Estate in Napa, please allow me to thank you for your wonderful support since the grand opening of the winery in 2010. It has truly been an honor to share our stunning wines with you and I thank you for welcoming me and my family to the Napa Valley community.   Napa has always been well-known for its gourmet food and wine culture, serving those with a highly refined palate, but unfortunately, I was unable to find a place for a truly elevated authentic Japanese dining experience. Since establishing Kenzo Estate winery I have wanted to share my vision and express the unique beauty of Japanese food in Napa Valley. I am therefore very proud to introduce our new restaurant, Kenzo, to the region.  I have long dreamt of bringing true cuisine to Napa that reflects the traditional culture of my native Japan and is inspired by authentic techniques and premium ingredients from the region. I hope to transform your perception of Japanese cuisine!  I greatly look forward to welcoming you to Kenzo for a very memorable evening of impeccable food and superb wine.

Address
1339 Pearl Street Napa, California 94559
Telephone
(707) 294-2049
Dinner Service
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Mondays
Credit Cards
Visa, Master, JCB, Diners, AMEX
Location
Located in Downtown Napa, 2 minute walk from First Street Napa