I've walked past the Napa Valley Grille on many shopping excursions in Horton Plaza. I finally decided to give it a try last week before a movie. To my surprise, the menu was much more elegant then I had anticipated, serving the FULL menu at the bar. I'm not much of a wine enthusiast, but the bartender was very knowlegable and offered ""Something Different"". I said, "" I usually have a gin and tonic, what can you do with that?"" She left the bar briefly, returning with fresh herbs to make me a Rosemary, Thyme Gimlet. It was Amazing! My date and I decided on a later showtime at the movies, in order to make time to enjoy a few more cocktails. Next time you're downtown, skip the parking headache, and pull into the garage. You'll get 4 hours free parking, a nice meal, and a great drink. I only wish I would've gone there sooner.
Pros: No wait to be seated, and free parking.
Cons: a little pricey, but worth your money.