Cole’s Chop House
Steak with a Side of History
Black Angus Rib Eye. 21-Day Dry-Aged
New York Steak. Lump Crabmeat Cocktail.
Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake.
If you’re mouth isn’t watering yet, it soon will be.
Recognized as one of the “Top 100 Best Steakhouses in America” by OpenTable, Cole’s Chop House serves up epic steaks, among other delectable dishes, seven nights a week. Owned by the husband-and-wife team of Eric and Heather Keffer, Cole’s Chop House has built an incredible reputation for award-winning food, signature cocktails, world-renowned wine, and impeccable service at its home base in beautiful downtown Napa.
In addition to national accolades, Cole’s has worked hard to become and consistently remain “Napa Valley’s Favorite Steak House.” A beloved neighborhood institution for the past 21 years, the Keffer’s said the support from the local community has been “humbling” during the COVID shut down. “We were able to quickly pivot to take-out and delivery and our loyal patronage helped us thrive during a uniquely challenging time,” said Eric Keffer. Now open each evening, the restaurant has discontinued the take-out and delivery options.
“We are at full capacity with our dining room open as well as seating in the outdoor rose garden and, of course, our lively bar scene,” said Keffer. In terms of COVID safety protocols, Keffer stressed that the majority of his staff is vaccinated and the restaurant is professionally cleaned and sanitized each evening.
“Our main goal is maintaining the same level of impeccable service to which our customers have grown accustomed.”
Located on Main Street in Napa’s bustling downtown, the edifice for Cole’s Chop House comes with a rich history. Housed in the Williams-Kyser building in the first commercial block constructed north of the Napa creek, the hand-hewn structure made use of local rock and timber. Built in 1886, a wide assortment of businesses has called the building home, among them an exhibition hall for the Napa and Solano county fairs as well as the local armory, the Napa Beauty College, tractor supply, the superintendent of schools, Valley Vacuum and even the Duck Pin Bowling Alley.
Cole’s opened its doors in March 2000 and after 16 successful years was purchased by the Keffers, continuing the tradition of “Napa’s Favorite Steak House.”
Come for the Food, Stay for the Experience
Specializing in prime dry-aged meats, Cole’s Chop House is obviously known for its incredible steaks, chops, and seafood. Procuring only the highest quality products from legendary supplier, Chicago-based Allen Brothers, expect nothing less than the best.
Begin your meal with one of the signature appetizers ranging from Beef Carpaccio to the Grilled Mexican White Prawn Cocktail or the decadent Wild Mushroom Crostini with Red Wine Reduction Sauce and Truffle Oil. If a salad suits your fancy, try the Heirloom Tomato highlighted by aged balsamic or perhaps the Little Gem with avocado and a tangy citrus vinaigrette.
Of course, the tantalizing steaks, tempting chops and seductive seafood are constant menu offerings, but there is also an amazing rotation of seasonal add-ons and side dishes that are sure to please any palate. Try the Cold Water Maine Lobster Tail or, enjoy this summer’s sauteed sweet corn, enlivened by shallots, thyme, and a rich blue cheese butter – the perfect accompaniment to any fantastic menu item.
Cole’s has long been known for its lively bar scene and this comfortable yet upscale environment hasn’t changed. Mixologists are standing by to create a classic cocktail or, something more unique like a signature Strawberry Lemon Drop made with Silverado Trail Strawberry Infused Vodka. Bourbon lovers will rejoice in the award-winning bourbon and whiskey selections, some including house-made bitters or port-soaked cherries. The full dinner menu is also available at the bar.
An extensive wine list includes more than 50 wines available by the glass. The world-renowned wine list features selections from around the globe, influential domestic labels, and small production hidden gems from Northern California, notably, the Napa Valley.
The Keffers are happy to welcome guests back inside the restaurant and excited for the future. “There is a joyous, celebratory feel in the restaurant these days,” said Keffer. “People are happy to be out and to return to a sense of normalcy. Enjoying great food, phenomenal wine and cocktails, and good company in our warm and inviting restaurant is the icing on the cake.”