The Lincoln Gastropub in Napa a Relaxed Hangout

Play games, watch sports on TV, toss back a few, dine on elevated comfort cuisine.

My dining companion and I got an instant good feeling upon arrival at The Lincoln, whose outdoor deck overlooks the Napa River about a half mile north of Downtown Napa’s Oxbow bend. The restaurant and bar, opened in August 2023, is a relaxed space to hang out and play games, watch sports on TV, and toss back a few, but the gastropub menu merits attention, too. Arriving midweek at twilight, we scored a prime river’s-edge table and spent the next two hours sampling shareable plates and more substantial fare as sky and water faded to black.

Fun ‘n’ games, river view, cabanas with fire pits at The Lincoln.

Elevated Apps, Generous Portions

Well-chosen ingredients elevated several apps beyond the expected – bourbon bacon for the deviled eggs, a mildly spicy sesame-laced coleslaw underneath crispy salmon “lollipops,” and adobo wings (and lemon-pepper-feta) in addition to blue cheese ones. The portions were generous for these and the truffle popcorn and hummus and guac.

A starter we didn’t try was the Hash Mac, a hash browns and mac-and-cheese mash-up a journo friend insists is the bomb. Didn’t have smash burgers either, so a return visit is a must. 

Green Flash zero proof cocktail with salmon lollipops, hummus and guac, bourbon deviled eggs, adobo wings.

Although the wine list tempted, The Lincoln seems more like a beer or cocktail place, so we took Jesse’s the floor manager’s suggestion and ordered a Pennies from Heaven (Barr Hill gin, honey, and lemon) and a Green Flash (kiwi, pineapple, sparkling apple cider over crushed ice with). The latter was zero-proof but zesty – and with its grape-flavored popping boba balls entertaining as well.

Panna cotta with berries.

We split a short rib entrée to see how the chef handled larger plates. Served with au gratin potatoes and roasted carrots, the beef was fall-off-the-bone tender (though there was no bone), the gravy a natural for sopping up with the hummus and guac’s remaining flatbread. We thought we were too full for dessert, but duty called. We were glad we answered because the smooth-n-creamy panna cotta with berries sent us on our way smiling.

The Lincoln is adjacent to the Ace & Vine card club.


505 Lincoln Ave., Napa 94559

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