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About Chef Morimoto
Chef Masaharu Morimoto—known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America—has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. He has effectively created a signature cuisine that has gained worldwide appeal and positioned him as one of the foremost chefs today. Morimoto is executive chef at Morimoto Philadelphia, Morimoto New York, Wasabi by Morimoto (located in Mumbai and New Delhi), and Morimoto Sushi Bar (Boca Raton, Florida). In July 2010, chef Morimoto opened his first West Coast restaurant, Morimoto Napa, in downtown Napa’s new Riverfront development, followed by the fall 2010 debut of Morimoto Waikiki in Waikiki EDITION, the new luxury lifestyle hotel being developed by Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels.
About the Restaurant
Designer Thomas Schoos Discusses
Design Concept for Morimoto Napa
When you enter Morimoto Restaurant, Bar and Lounge, you will be quite surprised not to find yourself directly pushed inside a restaurant atmosphere. Instead, a wide-open retail environment greets you with shopping treasures such as plates, wooden bowls, books, knives, sake, wines and living accessories reflecting the Morimoto lifestyle. There is also a fresh counter filled with the best fish and meat products available. A very casual dining layout is placed amongst the shopping backdrop. Soothing grays, warm white oak shelving, and organically shaped dining and presentation tables are set in a very warm but streamlined environment.
As you pass further through a long gallery of shopping goods behind glass vitrines, your eye is drawn to the open kitchen that gives you, not just a moment of “wow,” but also a glimpse of the genius behind the hotline. Diners then enter into the open floor plan consisting of fine dining areas, a lounge and bar, and a private dining section. Concrete floors compliment partition walls that are staggered in warm ash tones, giving you a sense of privacy but still never letting you feel apart from this soulful and textural environment. There is a sushi bar that features a natural wooden counter top, while wood-textured concrete becomes the material of focus for the main bar. Behind the bartenders sit 100 year old grape vines that are stripped down to reveal their veins.
Tradition is still the inspiration for this contemporary environment. A juxtaposition of old-fashioned high-backed chairs, beaded couches, and a butter yellow color embrace the female and male soul of Morimoto dining lovers. Crude wooden bases transformed into chic cocktail tables and finished off with a glimpse of gold anchor the lounge part of the restaurant. Comfy dining chairs, wooden table tops, and a textured straw-thatched wall are the elements of the main room that surround the diner. Wrought iron chandeliers cascade their silhouettes throughout the dining space. There is a whimsical feel that pierces through the back windows and opens up to the riverside dining terrace.
Dining Room: Sun-Thurs : 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lounge: Sun-Thurs: 5:00 - 12:00am
Wed-Sun: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Please call: (707) 252-1600 (office) (707) 252-1601 (fax)
610 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559