Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio

Overall Rating: 4.800

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 1140 Main St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn First & Pearl Sts.
City, State ZIP: Napa, CA 94559
Phone: 707.251.5656
Hours: M-Th 5:30pm-9pm; F-Sa 11:30am-10pm; Su 11:30am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 4.40
Aroma: 4
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 3
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Cerámica Industrial Montgatina (CIM)
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 04/30/2009
First Reviewed: 04/30/2009
Notes: None

Among downtown Napa's efforts to lure more inventive dining options, this farm-fresh, biodynamic restaurant ranks right up there. Inside it is dark and cavernous with stone walls, a tall ceiling, and darkly stained wood. They play upbeat modern must for a generally "less modern" clientele. The yoga studio is upstairs (as if to earn sufficient street cred from the vegetarians). While the food is inventive, like a lot of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, its seasoning is heavily reliant on salt. For their coffee, their menu clearly brands their coffee providers: Blue Bottle Coffee in metal press pots and Mr. Espresso for espresso. To produce espresso shots, they result to a massive, jukebox-sized Faema X2 Grandeitalia superautomatic machine at the bar. With it, they serve espresso with a bare ring of pale crema and a simple taste of mild spice: it offers little difference from filter drip coffee. Is their superautomated machine tuned wrong? Whatever it is, it falls flat. Served in whimsically spiral-shaped O! Luna cups from Spanish manufacturer, CIM. [CLOSED: Torc as of 2013.]