Japanese in Napa

It's easy to tire of California cuisine, and this fresh-take izakaya joint (Japanese pub serving small-plate dishes) gives a welcome relief with a hip list of cocktails (from their rolodex on the bar), creative takes on teppanyaki, noodle and rice dishes, plus a good selection of seasonal sashimi offerings. Settle into the high-backed booths with friends and a few drinks.

Even if you don't eat here, stop by the front window to try the brown butter crème-fraîche soft-cream with miso caramel and sesame honeycomb.