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Renowned Chef Charlie Palmer Opens His Napa Steakhouse Tomorrow

Dry-aged beef, lobster, and Napa cabernet sauvignon are all on the menu

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Triple threat chef/restaurateur/hotelier Charlie Palmer will open his fifth Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant in Napa tomorrow, on the first floor of the soon-to-open Archer Hotel (1260 First Street).

The new attraction could be just what Napa needs as it courts tourism and recovers from wildfires, and in that spirit, until November 22nd, all checks at the restaurant will be discounted 25 percent, with diners given the option to donate the percentage to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.

Palmer is most commonly associated with New York, but he’s deeply entrenched in Northern California, too. His local holdings include the Mystic Hotel and its Burritt Room + Tavern in San Francisco. He’s also a partner in the Hotel Healdsburg and its Dry Creek Kitchen in Sonoma, and most recently, in 2014 he bought St. Helena’s Harvest Inn, adding a restaurant, Harvest Table, in 2015. Additionally, Palmer operates Charlie Palmer Steak locations in New York, Las Vegas, Reno, and Washington, D.C., a branch he recently renovated.

The Napa restaurant will reflect the area’s local food leanings without deviating too far from the others, considering executive chef Jeffrey Russell comes straight from the DC Charlie Palmer Steak, where he was also executive chef. He’s worked his way through the Charlie Palmer network, including at the chef’s Michelin-starred NYC flagship Aureole.

The whole opulent menu is below, complete with dry aged bone-in Tomahawk steaks for two, a prime platter with Maine lobster, oysters, prawns, and king crab legs, plus dry-aged and A5 Wagyu beef.

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The restaurant space, along with the hotel, was designed by LK Architecture. It’s 4000-square feet with 120 seats and reaches into the lobby with a 48-seat lounge and 12-seat circular bar plus a patio dining area.

For now, Charlie Palmer Steak is open for dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. daily. In December, breakfast will be served 7 to 11 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the bar and lounge open daily from 11:30 to close. Online reservations are available through OpenTable