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“Great Sauces and Pasta...but....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante Allegria

Ristorante Allegria
1026 1st St., Napa, CA
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Ranked #13 of 246 restaurants in Napa
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main Street
Description: On Your Next Trip to Napa Valley, enjoy a cozy luncheon or a candle-lit dinner at Ristorante Allegria. Allegria is located in a Historic Bank Landmark, built in 1916, in the heart of downtown Napa. Ristorante Allegria is one of the top Napa Valley Dining Restaurants featuring a Breathtaking Ambiance, Delicious Italian and California Cuisine, Great Service and Relaxing Italian Music!"Dine at Allegria's for a great dining experience or host your next special event you and your friends won't soon forget.
Missoula, Montana, USA
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great Sauces and Pasta...but....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The service was great, the prices were fair for the area, the wine selection was good and the food was really tasty....except for the Shrimp...which they said on the menu were prawns...they were not. Nor were they cooked with the meal...they were pre-cooked (bland boiled and rubbery) with the tail shells still on them....we think this was so they could be used for cocktail or other such multipurpose dishes. Since the pasta and sauce were wonderful, I finished my plate, just not the mini-prawns. I did tell the waiter and of course he insisted my assessment was incorrect and they never pre-cook the shrimp, but they comp'ed the entire meal. That was NOT necessary because I ate it and normally would result in a lower tab.... ie: lower tip for the waiter too. Instead we paid what should have been the entire bill, plus tip all to go to the waiter...he was great. We never asked for a refund...just wanted to provide feedback.

Visited January 2014
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Mountain View, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Penny-pinching dinner”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We arrived, as a party of 5, with no reservations, but were pleasantly surprised to be seated immediately. Unfortunately, we were seated next to the door to the patio outside, it was around 30 degrees out, I can't believe anyone was actually sat out there, but they obviously were, as the waiters kept going in and out, making the place we were sitting freezing cold.

We had my eleven year old daughter with us, there was a kid's menu inside the normal menu, there was no age range mentioned. We have been to restaurants where the menu say's under 7's or under 9's for instance, but normally when no age range is given you expect the portions to feed children under the age of 12. My daughter ordered pasta with butter and parmesan, at a cost of $5.95, when it came it had 20 pieces of fusilli pasta in a tiny soup bowl. I've never seen any restaurant, let alone an Italian one, be so tight-fisted with pasta. We had to order her another bowl, which again came with only 20 pieces in.

When we got our bill, we had been charged for both bowls. We'd had 3 starters and 4 expensive main dishes, as well as a bottle of wine and a couple of beers.

If you don't want to offer kid's meals in your restaurant that's fine, she would have happily ordered from the main menu, and we would pay the equivalent price for a full meal, instead of 40 pieces of pasta.

I won't eat here again because of their stingy treatment.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sunnyvale, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good Italian in downtown Napa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Read reviews and decided to go to Ristorante Allegria on a Sunday night. It was fairly crowded but we were immediately seated. We ordered the veal scallopine and the Capellini Pomodoro with chicken. Both meals were delicious. Portion sizes were large, especially the capellini. Service was good. We didn't have drinks so received our meals fairly quickly but that was ok as we were not there for a long, romantic meal.

I would recommend this restaurant for a nice Italian meal if you are in or near downtown Napa.

Visited January 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
“Great food and ambiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This restaurant is gorgeous inside, as others have noted, it was a former bank so high ceilings, tall windows, just a great all around feel to the place when you walk in.

We dined on a Saturday night with reservations, thank goodness. We were a party of 5; we were seated upstairs at a table that overlooked the tables below but in the way you felt you were leaning over their plates.

The majority of our party ordered pasta dishes, with one of our party ordering the Australian beef. All dishes looked and tasted wonderful. Started with the appetizer mixer of crab cakes, skirt steak skewers and calamari (actually ordered two servings of this).

Desserts ordered were creme brulee, cheese cake and the sundae. Again, all dishes great!

I would come back to this restaurant in a heartbeat but know there are so many great places to eat up here.

Two thumbs up!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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sonoma county
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54 reviews 54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A great Napa gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

To echo other reviewers, the food here here is excellent and prepared in an open kitchen. It's a little difficult to find, but definitely worth it. Portions are good and well presented. There is an outdoor patio that is very accommodating. The building used to be a bank with an actual vault that is a private dining area. Service was exceptional! All of our needs/requests were cheerfully accommodated. If you are in the downtown Napa area looking for a great place to dine fine Italian food; then this is the place! Prices are reasonable especially for Napa standards. They are open all day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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