Chalkboard: Washed oak floors. Nine-foot communal tables. Chalkboard specials. In other words: nothing like the old Cyrus space it just took over.
Empire: It’s kind of sexy and loungey. There’s a jellyfish tank.
Edge: Empire. Mostly because there’s a jellyfish tank.
Chalkboard: Small plates reign here. Think buttermilk fried quail and Dungeness crab tater tots.
Empire: Hey look, also small plates. They call them “modern tapas,” though. Moroccan BBQ prawns, DIY Mashed Potatoes and the like.
Edge: Chalkboard. They had you at crab tots.
Chalkboard: They’ve got 10 local wine flight options.
Empire: Plenty of local Napa wines and two sparkling wines made specifically for them.
Edge: Push. There are no losers in wine.
Chalkboard: Manhattans and Corpse Revivers and other cocktail classic-ery.
Empire: It turns into a late-night lounge on weekends, complete with DJs from the Bay Area.
Edge: Empire. Two words uttered way too infrequently in wine country: “late night.”