Home Cuisine Atlas Social: A Breath of Californi-fied Fresh Air in Downtown Napa

Wine Country busy season is around the corner, so now is the perfect time to get out of the city, grab a seat at Atlas Social and relax!

Restaurant images courtesy of Atlas Social

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Atlas Social’s bustling dining area

Ahhhhh, Napa, we just love you more and more.  Yes, the downtown area is modernizing in the blink of an eye, but you gotta love it.  Every new edition to the once sleepy downtown beat is like a breath of Californi-fied fresh air.

Atlas Social is one such example that we can only describe as California-cool.  The new eatery opened on Jan. 7, on First Street in downtown Napa. Owners Michael and Christina Gyetvan are also the proprietors of Azzurro Pizzeria & Enoteca and Norman Rose Tavern in downtown Napa. Atlas Social features shared dining flavors from around the world with a focus on small plates inspired by seasonal products from Northern California. The restaurant was designed and created by architect and designer Juancarlos Fernandez of Signum Architecture.

Let’s see, how would we describe our experience?  It’s like walking into a really hip, laid-back, California-cool kind of eatery. Pretty happening inside, kind of like the Napa version of Nopa and good vibes all around.  Nothing too crazy or over-the-top; nothing too flashy or gaudy; this is a tastefully designed eatery that is breathing new life into the city.

Herb Leaf Fries with Meyer Lemon Aioli

Herb Leaf Fries with Meyer Lemon Aioli  Image courtesy of Atlas Social

Did we mention that we could literally eat (and drink) here every day, all day?  And how convenient – and a perfect thought – as Atlas Social just opened up lunch service. On our list of highlights:  Ricotta Gnocchi – no heaviness whatsoever, very light and fluffy; Vegetable tempura – light and crispy, Herb Leaf Fries with Meyer Lemon Aioli – a totally refreshing take on fries; and Cauliflower steak – no, it’s not a real steak. It’s a yummified veggie version made from seared cauliflower.

Vegetable Tempura and Ricotta Gnocchi from the Atlas Social lunch menu

Vegetable Tempura and Ricotta Gnocchi from the Atlas Social lunch menu

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Cauliflower Steak from the Atlas Social lunch menu

For dessert…drumroll please….pot de creme is a mini piece of heaven. Marsala-marinated cherries make for a delightful finish. Add all of that to an absolutely stellar wine list and it is all good and good. Such a great spot to sit outside, enjoy a glass of wine, some great food, and mix and mingle with folks in the area.

Pot de Creme from the Atlas Social dessert menu

Pot de Creme from the Atlas Social dessert menu

 

Atlas Social exterior at night  Image courtesy of Atlas Social

Atlas Social exterior at night Image courtesy of Atlas Social