This is the fifth post in the series titled Weekend in Sonoma + Napa. Other posts in this series include Cafe La Haye, Exploring Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Canopy Tours – Ziplining Among the Redwood Trees, and St. Jean Cinq Cepages Release Party
We first heard about Torc from one of our food and wine loving friends, Robert Kamen, proprietor of Kamen Estate Wines. Robert has traveled the world and seeks out incredible food finds everywhere (like this unforgettable hidden find in Alba). Needless to say, we really trust his food opinion.
This past trip, he introduced us to Torc, a new American restaurant right in the heart of downtown Napa. Torc took over the space that Ubuntu (the well-known vegetarian Michelin-starred restaurant) formerly occupied. Torc means “wild bull” in Gaelic, a nod to Chef O’Toole’s Irish heritage.
The towering 30+ foot ceilings and exposed brick walls make the space feel open yet still warm and cozy at the same time. There’s a huge bar as well as an open kitchen in the back.
Chef-owner Sean O’Toole is originally from Boston yet has spent most of his culinary career on the west coast, spending time at Quince, Cotogna, and the Mina group, amongst many others, before opening Torc with his wife Cynthia. His menu showcases influences from all around the world….