I know, I know...not another Napa thread but this one is more specific.
A friendly/work group of 5 couples is planning our holiday yearly celebration in early Dec. The plan is to spend the night in downtown Napa since we all love wine and would like to be able imbibe and then just walk back to our rooms without worrying about getting behind the wheel.
We are from Marin and spend a good amount of time in the region we do know the the more popular names. I was hoping a more local expert could turn us onto something special but more off the beaten path.
Parameters: Atmosphere should be lively, fun and festive. Good food a must. Nice wine list a given (or an encouragement to bring our own). Specific cuisine not crucial. Broad price range limit without being over the top.
We had a reservation at ZuZu but they must have accepted a larger event booking and just canceled. We have a reservation at Bistro Don Giovanni but it's not walkable from the Andaz.. Taxis are our option but I thought I could put it out there for one more shot to find someplace in the spirit of what we are searching for.