Great wine list, very mediocre food. We found all of Napa to be insanely priced with mediocre everything else. The locals around Napa all love Coles Chop House, but apparently they do not get out much. Cole's only has two (2) USDA Prime steaks on the menu. One is a NY Strip (which I never order) and the other is the Porterhouse for $69 (too much food, too much money, and it has NY Strip!). If you like a USDA Prime Ribeye or Filet (Like Ruths Chris has) then go to RuthsChris. My rare ribeye was served medium and my wife's filet was tiny (appeared way less than 10 Oz) and had Outback-looking Prairie Dust stuff on it...ON A FILET? Awww...come on!
Jim the sommelier (he prefers "wine guy") was very nice and helped us match our off-list wine preferences (BV 'sCharles de Latour Reserve) with a nice Neal Family Cab $80...a nice cab too!
Still, the steaks were mediocre at best. Flat in flavor, not so tender and NOT USDA Prime. Our waiter (Big young guy named Tony) insisted on taking a closer look at my ribeye to prove to himself that it really was double-overcooked to medium. In the dim light of the patio he had to move my plate around to get enough light to see for himself. This made my wife roll her eyes...as if perhaps I am liar?
It is a shame that these steaks are not all USDA Prime. The filet and the ribeye were both just overprices steaks - no better than Outback- $35 and $30 each ala carte.
The sides were OK. It is hard to wreck mashed potatoes. The creamed spinach needed a surprising amount of salt too give it any flavor at all. Visible and plentiful chunks of garlic in the spinach still did not provide any flavor. We were surprised to see the garlic cloves too.
The atmosphere and wine were excellent - but the patio can get chilly even in July! Ladies should bring a sweater.
You should know that all of Napa is severely overpriced, but we knew that in advance. There are no bargains anywhere...BUT, the best steakhouse is town was a disappointment. We went there for great steaks. I can get good wine and nice atmosphere almost ANYWHERE in Napa. We expected great food