Openings

Napa Valley Grille Debuts New Look, Chef and Menu in Westwood

By Lesley Balla  |  March 30, 2016
Credit: Napa Valley Grille

The venerable Napa Valley Grille has been going strong in Westwood since opening in 2001, but it recently closed to undergo a three-month, million dollar renovation — top to bottom in decor, in the kitchen and on the menu. The fresh new look debuts today as does its new chef Adrian Vela.

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The massive, formerly staid room has been lightened up with new furniture, an earthy color palette and textures. The bar is in prime form and the patio as big as ever, but now with more lounge seating to sip wine outside. It's still very wine-country chic, just more contemporary. Vela, a 30 Under 30 alum from his days at Cafe del Rey, has kept the menu California-centric but with his own spin. New dishes include beet and marjoram pappardelle with pulled pork and roasted sunchokes; beef coulotte with creamed potatoes; lobster ravioli; and pork belly with pineapple-kohlrabi puree and toasted almonds. There are more nibbles, like charcuterie and cheese plates and West Coast oysters on the half shell.

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At the bar, there are wines on tap, craft beer, and classic and nouveau cocktails, from a Manhattan to the Spaghetti Western made with reposado tequila, blood orange liqueur, orgeat and lime. Happy hour has always been super popular with the UCLA office crowd and local workers, and there's not one but two: from 3 to 6 PM and again from 10 PM to midnight. Regular hours are 11:30 AM to 9 PM, Sunday and Monday; and 11:30 AM to 11 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. The bar stays open until 11 PM and midnight, respectively.

1100 Glendon Ave.; 310-824-3322