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“Off the wall cuisine in this "Chef" lead Restaraunt”
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Ranked #23 of 286 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
291 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Off the wall cuisine in this "Chef" lead Restaraunt”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

This large & modern restaurant started not so well. Shown straight to our table, given water and ignored.

Asked for cocktails but no liquor license, no issue good wine & beer selection. They have a nice bar.

The food did not follow this disappointing start. The lamb raguo with pasta starter knocked the ball out of the park. Again I'd have that as a mail course. My daughter has a prawn cocktail that I was find disappointing in the sauce. Not here a beautifully prepared blend of spicy but not to hot sauce mixed with the pawns and just enough lettuce, really good. My wife and brother in-laws had vegetable salad - outstanding.

For mains my wife actually changed and had the lamb even though an appetizer. The beef short rib was amazing, I could have eaten it with a spoon. It had great infusions of flavor only achieved through long and careful cooking. The halibut was a picture and tasted fantastic moist cooked just right.

This restaurant would be great with a better front of house that could make you feel more welcome. They've only been open 6 months and I'm sure they'll figure that out. The business end in the kitchen was outstanding. They prepared food in the open and they seem a well oiled machine with the right level of individuality in their cooking as all the dishes were unique.

  • Visited May 2014
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Napa Valley
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Very Good Working on Great”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Four of us had an early evening dinner on a Monday at Torc, which recently opened in downtown Napa.

Sean O'Toole is a thinking man's restauranteur. He has carefully envisioned a unique and varied small menu that offers little bites, interesting sides, a nice array of entrees along with a mid-price to over the top wine list. His execution is flawless. His staff is well trained and very engaging. Dishes arrive in a well paced manner and in an order that allows everyone at the table to get a taste. The space is modern, sleek without being noisy or overstated. You really have to like what is going on here and its a great addition to what already is a rich Downtown Napa scene.

Why very good, not great? As you would expect, some dishes are better than others though there was not an obvious miss. The menu changes so I will not dwell on anything specific here and other reviews mention some "must try" items.. Portions are small, really quite small. For all the work that he is putting into excellence a little bit more on the plate would make a difference. Prices are high. Not eye watering but it would be lovely to think that his great work could be offered up with a mid-range Prix fix deal or two at a price that would make it more likely to get my drop in business. No one walked away hungry but at $70 a person with a $50 bottle of wine is not an every day affair.

Torc is meeting the high standard you should expect in Napa and as a local that is something to celebrate. We look forward to seeing it evolve.

  • Visited May 2014
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Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Dinner”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Yummy!!! Interesting food ingredients used and very nice interior decor. Quality of food is good, service is excellent and location is convenient. Definitely recommend to people to go if they are in napa valley!

Visited April 2014
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Thank 1-ling
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Austin, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great new restaurant in downtown Napa!”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

We ate at Torc recently while on a trip to Napa. We have found most of the restaurants in Napa to be good but not great so we were pleasantly surprised at how great Torc is. Our waitress was super friendly and was able to guide us as to how much food to order for just the two of us. We had the Jamon Iberico which is similar to prosciutto and the Farmer's Market Vegetable Salad to share. Both were delicious. My husband ordered the halibut and I had the short rib then we had the caramel bar for dessert. We enjoyed everything! The atmosphere is really cool, I loved the open kitched, you can watch the chefs in action.

  • Visited April 2014
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San Clemente California
Level 6 Contributor
212 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Good food, nice atmosphere”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Really enjoyed our dinner here. Fun cordial waiter. Good food and no complaints! Walking distance from the Hyatt and good bar atmosphere as well.

Visited April 2014
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