Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Harvest Moon Cafe

487 First St. W. (W. Napa St.) Send to Phone
An intimate setting for fresh, seasonal Cal-Med cuisine.

Dinner Wed.-Mon.

* Click here for rating key

Harvest Moon Cafe Restaurant Review

: Harvest Moon seems a bit humble on the outside, but husband-and-wife chef team Jen and Nick Demarest have serious credentials that include stints at Chez Panisse and La Toque. The menu changes daily, reflecting Nick's creativity and what's fresh at the market. If available, try the Monterey Bay sardines and potatoes and a salsa verde kick; kampachi crudo with fennel and mint; house-made lamb ravioli in caramelized onion broth; or simple grilled pork chop and radicchio. Desserts from Jen’s deft hand include bittersweet chocolate pot de crème with a cocoa nib cookie, and a gingersnap and lemon ice cream sandwich. The somewhat awkward space can get noisy, but the best seat in the house is kitchen-side at the grill, where Nick chats easily about what's on the evening’s menu. On sunny days, opt for the spacious hidden patio. Wine labels focus on Napa and Sonoma interspersed with a few West European gems.


Sign up to receive the 2019 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards. We honor America's best chefs, a top restaurateur and more.