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#1 Post by Lee Braem » September 5th, 2018, 11:52 am

Any recommendations, especially if good wine list? Thanks.

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#2 Post by Ian Brand » September 5th, 2018, 12:38 pm

An old friend, Liza Hinman, opened the Spinster Sisters several years ago. It's developed into a Santa Rosa institution. Low key vibe, great food, wine list is more curated bistro with a strong local focus than WS award leather bound book, but I highly recommend the place. If you're looking more for the latter experience, Single Thread Farm near Healdsburg is your jam.
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#3 Post by Lee Braem » September 5th, 2018, 7:12 pm

Thanks. I’ll check out the Sisters.

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#4 Post by YacobovE » September 5th, 2018, 7:40 pm

Lee Braem wrote:
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Any recommendations, especially if good wine list? Thanks.
John Ash & Co. has really solid food at a higher end price point (still not super expensive, but not cheap), decent wine list from what I can remember
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#5 Post by J. Galang » September 5th, 2018, 8:28 pm

I would go to Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa and bring it to Rosso Pizzeria in Santa Rosa. Corkage is super reasonable. I assume you are talking about Santa Rosa, CA. However Rosso has a decent wine list as well if you are not too picky, hey have lots of Turley wines.
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#6 Post by geoffpm » September 6th, 2018, 5:12 am

I second J Galang's recommendation for Rosso. I think their list is more than decent. I also think Zazu Kitchen and Farm is worth the 10 min drive from Santa rosa.
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#7 Post by Brian Tuite » September 6th, 2018, 6:32 am

Walter Hansel Bistro remains one of our favorites. Food, atmosphere, winelist never disappoint. Single Thread Farm (Healdsburg) may be all the rage but I’m not willing to take out a mortgage on a meal. Spinster Sisters is great, vibe reminds me more of a diner with the wobbly tables and dinky chairs but the food is real good.
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#8 Post by David Cooper » September 6th, 2018, 9:09 am

Willie's Wine Bar. Great tapas in a casual setting. Willie's Seafood was even a bit better IMHO.

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#9 Post by ky1em!ttskus » September 6th, 2018, 9:11 am

+ 1 for Sisters. Stayed above the restaurant last time we were there. Would not recommend that.

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#10 Post by Bud Carey » September 6th, 2018, 9:15 am

Uh... didn't Willie's burn down last year?
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#11 Post by mbeckman » September 6th, 2018, 11:51 am

Russian River Brewing is always good. Wine isn't the specialty but they do have it. Stark's as I recall may have a pretty good wine list?
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#12 Post by John Davis » September 6th, 2018, 11:55 am

Also really like Ross.

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#13 Post by Roger Ouellette » September 6th, 2018, 12:12 pm

+1 on Walter Hansel's. Still remember that seafood platter (or was it a double order) we shared with Brian Tuite, covered the whole table.

Last I heard, Willi's Wine Bar may re-open in October.

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#14 Post by Sean Malloy » September 7th, 2018, 4:08 am

mbeckman wrote:
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Russian River Brewing is always good. Wine isn't the specialty but they do have it. Stark's as I recall may have a pretty good wine list?
Hmmm. I'd be careful on the food there. Last time I was there the Pliny was great and the food was terrible. That was a couple years ago, maybe it has improved.

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#15 Post by Mike Wenzel » September 7th, 2018, 7:11 am

Spinster Sisters and Rosso are both good.

Wili's Wine Bar was scheduled to reopen October 9 per a May article in the Press Democrat.

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#16 Post by Ed Kurtzman » September 7th, 2018, 7:46 am

Stark's Steak & Seafood in downtown Santa Rosa is excellent. I can't remember having a better steak in a restaurant, outside of Japan. The wine list is very good too.

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#17 Post by lleichtman » September 7th, 2018, 1:46 pm

Ed Kurtzman wrote:
September 7th, 2018, 7:46 am
Stark's Steak & Seafood in downtown Santa Rosa is excellent. I can't remember having a better steak in a restaurant, outside of Japan. The wine list is very good too.
Isn't Starks part of the Willi's wine bar group?
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#18 Post by David Cooper » September 7th, 2018, 2:09 pm

Yes I believe it is called the Starks restaurant group or something like that. I didn't know about the fire. Too bad.

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#19 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 7th, 2018, 3:23 pm

Rosso is great food but in a very, very casual atmosphere. Pizza, salad, some pastas...but if your lady is thinking of going out to "dine," it probably won't do it for her. Fabulous place for lunch or casual dinner, but not a "dining" destination, for me.
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#20 Post by Jason Petty » September 7th, 2018, 6:33 pm

I live downtown Santa Rosa. If you're looking for a restaurant with a "good" wine list, I'd head north to Healdsburg or south to Glen Ellen or Sonoma Square. However, we have some great restaurants with okay wine by the glass lists. Big fan of the food at Bird & the Bottle (small plates), Bruno's, Rosso's (pizza), Perch & Plow, Monti's, Sea Thai Bistro. The problem with Santa Rosa is the town just doesn't support high-end or very good wine lists...yet. Case in point, last year a restaurant called County Bench closed. A favorite of mine downtown that had a pretty good wine list. But the Somm (or wine director) at the time mentioned they had trouble moving bottles over $75. As Joel advised above, I would head to Bottle Barn, pick out a bottle or two and pay the corkage if you're dead set on staying in SR.

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#21 Post by Arv R » September 10th, 2018, 9:34 pm

We've enjoyed Spinster Sisters both times we've been there. It can be a little loud, with lots of hard surfaces, so ask for an out of the way table if that matters.

I'd agree that Rosso is more of a 'take the kids for lunch' kind of place than an adult dinner place.

The name eludes me, but the Portugese place in Sonoma Sq. is also quite nice, if you were willing to drive over there.
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#22 Post by Brian Tuite » September 11th, 2018, 7:06 am

David Cooper wrote:
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Yes I believe it is called the Starks restaurant group or something like that. I didn't know about the fire. Too bad.
Yeah, it didn’t get much coverage. viewtopic.php?p=2363389#p2363389
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#23 Post by Steve Anderson » September 12th, 2018, 11:10 pm

Arv R wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 9:34 pm
We've enjoyed Spinster Sisters both times we've been there. It can be a little loud, with lots of hard surfaces, so ask for an out of the way table if that matters.

I'd agree that Rosso is more of a 'take the kids for lunch' kind of place than an adult dinner place.

The name eludes me, but the Portugese place in Sonoma Sq. is also quite nice, if you were willing to drive over there.
We had a nice meal at Spinster Sisters last Saturday. Ordered the Calamari App and was expecting the usual fried rings. Instead it was a nice group of grilled whole "baby" calamari. Nicely done. My wife also enjoyed the special small plate mackerel on soba noodles.

Arv, the Portuguese restaurant off the Sonoma Square is La Salette. We had a late lunch there after tasting at the Bedrock "Hooker House". Only ordered apps since it was 2:30 PM and we had a 7pm dinner at Spinster. The Octopus and Fish and Chips were both outstanding. My wife also made short work of the Sardine special.

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We had lunch at Sea Thai Bistro in Santa Rosa before leaving town on Monday. One of the better Thai meals we have had and a surprisingly nice wine list. Will definitely be heading back on the next visit to Sonoma County in a few weeks.

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