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“Excellent food, great restaurant design and layout.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of R+D Kitchen

R+D Kitchen
Ranked #2 of 28 Restaurants in Yountville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $32
Cuisines: American, Bar, Sushi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Madison
Description: Local favorite in the heart of Napa Valley. Be sure to try our versions of classic American dishes like the Reubenesque Sandwich, the Chicken and Spinach Salad, and our Three-Layer Carrot Cake with toasted walnuts and mascapone icing. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Miami, Florida
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent food, great restaurant design and layout.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

R&D Kitchen is fabulous. It has several types of outdoor patio seating; outdoor sofas and chairs around fire pits, under umbrellas etc, There is an indoor/outdoor bar area and, of course, a very impressive open kitchen. It has a contemporary, clean yet inviting design. Great place.
And the food is excellent! We had delicious osaka style pressed sushi and coconut shrimp rolls and then the best burgers and crispy chicken sandwiches ever.
The menu is concise but has balanced variety. Everything is super fresh and the service is perfect - friendly, attentive and efficient.
The best for casual dining in Napa.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Mill Valley, California
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129 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Still looking for themselves”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

Went here for dinner recently and looked at the menu array. Not real clear what the focus was, particularly with a container of chopsticks on each table. Asked our waitress what the cuisine was and she said, hesitantly, French -American. Not knowing what that was we asked the manager the same question and he said California. Food okay but pricey: $15 for a chicken sandwich. The place is only six months old, but maybe we'll give it another chance in a couple of years.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Johnamcc
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Rogers, Minnesota
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Chain restaurant, too big, not quaint for Yountville”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stopped by R+D one night. We had a few drinks at the bar and a couple appetizers. One of the two bartenders was either having a bad night or just didn't like people. The other, a young guy who just started was very nice. If not for him, we likely would have left. The food was good, but nothing real unique. They had just started serving sushi that week and we found it to be very good. Be careful in terms of thinking this is going to be a nice, quaint restaurant like many of the others in Yountville. Not so. If you're a picky eater and cannot find things on the smaller menus at the other Yountville restaurants, this is your place. Otherwise, if you're a foodie like us, you're probably not going to be pleased.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Marc G
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Tennessee
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268 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Would be better for lunch, not dinner”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Menu was very limited and seemed more like a hangout for drinks.
Mostly sandwiches, and ours were good but not my idea for a dinner in Napa. Servers were polite and efficient. They gladly re-made my drink when it was not to my liking. Nice fireplaces and fire pits.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susan S
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california
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“OUTSTANDING!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Five of us went there for the first time after the Yountville Festival of lights. We are native Napan's & like to try new places that are reasonably priced. Originally we were only going to have a beer & cocktail. There was an 1 1/2 wait for a table but we were able to sit in the bar area. After seeing the menu we decided to eat there too. There was a mistake that happened on a order which to me was not a big deal. It was very busy & I feel that things happen. I have to tell you that the waitress & manager went above & beyond. Even though I told them it was not a big deal to me that I would wait for it to be fixed. However, when you are treated so from a business you look forward to going back. PLUS the food is Excellent! Come hungry. From the moment we stepped into the door till we left everyone was very welcoming. And outdoor seating w/ fire pits :)

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sauza59
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