Redd is a very modern, cool-looking restaurant in Yountville. Think dark wood and white walls, with white tablecloths and dark chairs. It has no wine country feel to it – it could be anywhere in the world, but this is not a negative.
We enjoyed our lunch and will return. We do recommend this restaurant. I thought that the first courses were stronger than the mains, but it may have been our choices. The restaurant is very “metropolitan” in style. There is a patio and a good-sized bar area. The wine list is interesting with excellent local choices and some pretty good foreign ones.
Oysters on the half shell, champagne mignonette $2.25 ea.
I think they were Hama Hama (WA) – I wasn’t able to try more than a taste of liquid to make sure they were fresh – they were. Served on a bed of ice with lemons and mignonette. Trent enjoyed them. (Wolf boy!) They quickly disappeared.
Sashimi of hamachi, sticky rice, edamame, lime ginger sauce $13
Thick beautiful slices with a spicy sauce – great composition and very fresh fish. Yum! Gorgeous presentation.
Asparagus soup, smoked salmon and gruyere Panini, lemon cream $12
Very clean simple showcase for the asparagus. The tiny panini (croque monsieur) had a lemony touch which set it apart. Very pleasing.
Caramelized Diver Scallops (usually come with cauliflower puree, almonds, balsamic reduction) $13
Perfectly cooked. They were ordered sans sauce for our little guy. Excellent quality.
Halibut Saltimbocca, asparagus puree, proscuitto emulsion $23
Well-cooked and very good, but not an exciting dish overall. Ingredients didn’t quite mesh to get to the next level. Again beautiful presentation.
Duck Confit tartine, white bean puree, country bread $15
The Duck was just okay; a bit on the chewy side and not that flavorful. I would not recommend but surprisingly, it was the dish the waitstaff recommended to me. Perhaps it was an off-day?
Wine: 2004 François Chidaine Les Argiles Vouvray $40
Not a memorable wine but it was great with the first courses. This is a very good chenin blanc and is brought into California by Beaune Imports.
Leroy Bourgogne by the glass – arrived in a standard restaurant glass filled way too full. I sent I back and it returned in a crystal burgundy glass. (Somehow we didn't note the vintage - I think it was 1999.)
You may notice that we do not give out a lot of praise. Having been to so many high-quality restaurants, it's pretty tough to impress us.
Most of our reviews are based on just one visit. We neither have the time nor the money (or often, the inclination) to visit most restaurants multiple times. So, please keep in mind that a single-visit review is a snapshot - the restaurant may be "on it" that day - or not. If the meal has a calamity involved (foreign objects in the food, wine poured on us, etc.) we try not to let it shade the overall review.
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