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Osteria Italian Seafood replaces Napa River Grill

Out with the cast iron sirloin, in with the halibut agrodolce.

White plates on a table with various foods.

We ordered the arancini and Prince Edward mussels with the Hemingway daiquiri to start.

Photo by LOUtoday

In early September, Napa River Grill closed its doors after 24 years on the Louisville foodie scene, but the popular Westport Village dining space didn’t wither on the vine.

Jared Matthews, a bartender turned restaurateur, bought the place and turned it into Osteria Italian Seafood.

The new concept specializes in fresh seafood dishes with Italian influences. We’re talking seafood that’s 48 hours or less from water to plate.

Blue chairs around tables with white table cloths.

Osteria Italian Seafood has an outdoor bar and dining area + two private dining rooms.

Photo by Osteria Italian Seafood

To complement the menu, the revamped, blue-detailed dining room is filled with nautical nuances and a giant octopus painting. Pro tip: Napa loyalists can still find baked shrimp scampi and tomato bisque with puff pastry on the menu.

Here’s what we tried when we visited during opening week.

  • Arancini
  • Prince Edward mussels
  • Lobster bisque
  • Ricotta gnocchi alla bolognese
  • Porchetta

Osteria is open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Sundays + offers happy hour deals Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

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