Redd is located at Washington Street in Yountville in the heart of Napa Valley. There are many top restaurants along Washington Street including The French Laundry, but Redd is not of the typical wine country style like the neighbouring restaurants. No, Redd is the cool alternative for the aware crowd who seeks something more urban and modern.
Executive Chef Richard Reddington was supposed to start working in finance after graduating from the Miami University in Ohio with a degree in business, but he changed his mind after travelling around Europe. His passion for cooking took over and he began his career working for La Folie in San Francisco in 1990. After that he worked at several restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and even in France. He was the Sous Chef of Spago Beverly Hills and he worked four years as the Executive Chef at Auberge du Soleil. In addition, Reddington worked one year at Masa in San Francisco before he opened Redd in 2005.
The acclaimed New York architect firm Asfour Guzy, which has designed several famous American restaurants, has created the contemporary dining room of 90 seats. Cool is the first word which comes to mind when you enter the restaurant and you can forget about the traditional attributes which you have come to get used to when you are in Yountville. Chef Reddington’s view on top cuisine is just as serious as it is at any fine dining restaurant, but the ambience is more casual and not pretentious at all. It is a relaxing experience to enjoy a visit to Redd, but your taste buds will never be disappointed.
Richard Reddington’s seasonal cuisine is filled with several ethnic influences, especially from Asia as you come to expect from the Californian cuisine. The Chef has established close relations with many of the most prominent local farmers and artisans so you can expect to have some of the region’s best produce which does not say little considering the fact that Northern California has some of the best agriculture in the whole world.
Tourists visit Napa Valley in hordes every day, but none of them expects to experience anything like Redd in Yountville. Richard Reddington is doing everything right and has opened a second restaurant down the same road as Redd at Washington Street, but without the fine dining focus.
Written by Andy