Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar

Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carnerosbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7079312042x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Wilson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: They offer two small private dining rooms and an outdoor patio with fire pit to accommodate your group. Please call restaurant for details.
  • Entertainment: Celebrity winemakers and wine education. Contact restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Leveroni/ Napa Rd Intersection
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar
Located in the Lodge at Sonoma in California’s Wine Country, Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar features seasonal farm to table cuisine. Focusing on using the very best from local Sonoma farms, ranches, and dairies. The modern local cuisine is complemented by a 400 Sonoma County wine list, which was developed by Sommelier Christopher Sawyer.

With a new look in a country setting and named one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine, its time to come experience all that the wine country has to offer.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)special occasion (15)romantic (14)notable wine list (13)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (10)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • LovesLocal
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Prices were akin to a high class restaurant in San Francisco, but service and food were more Olive Garden on a so so day. The nice restaurant options in Sonoma are somewhat slim, so when we found this "bistro" on OpenTable, we were expecting something quaint, local, with reasonable prices. Unfortunately the menu left us wanting more for the price, and the service was spotty at best. (the gal pouring our water was much more attentive then anyone else). The four of us ended up going with the salad and wood-fired pizzas, and walked out with almost a $200 tab! Safe to say we can't recommend it to others, other then a fair warning about what to expect.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Sonoma 5 Star Restaurant
    WineLoversVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful restaurant, we were wine tasting in Sonoma and wanted a nice neighborhood place to eat. What we found was a fantastic dinning experience. Service was excellent, attentive with every request, food was prepared with care, presentation was beautiful, flavor combination tasty. Can't say enough for this fine dinning experience in Sonoma. We will return next time we are in Sonoma!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Venue
    JRSMVS
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant! We stayed at The Lodge and ate breakfast there every morning. They have a great weekend buffet. Dinner was phenomenal, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonoma gem
    localyokal
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    One of the several top restaurants in Sonoma. Food preparation is inventive. Service staff remembered our needs from a prior visit, and our waiter was psychic--we didn't have to ask for anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hercules
    dine1
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I always like going to this restaurant - the food is always good and their service is superb....a hidden jewel in Sooma
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feels like a hotel, tastes better!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Un fortunately, Caraneros Bistro is located in a hotel and has that hotel feel when you walk in the door. Once seated, the food overtook that feeling and a very good meal was enjoyed. the presentation and the food itself was quite good. I'd say be prepared for the ambiance and enjoy the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely setting, eclectic menu
    Joan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our family of four, including two teens, had a thoroughly enjoyable meal. Three of us had fish, prepared exactly as described with a few changes we requested. The fourth had a deliciously filling vegetarian quinoa. Everything was fresh and flavorful, without bring heavy. We drank only a champagne split (after a day of wine-tasting that was all we wanted!), but they have an extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Jooj
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Waitress and bus boys were so pleasant and helpful. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a great town
    BigfoodogVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Best kept secret, so don't tell everyone. Well not, every one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place!
    DrKaren
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I love their dinner menu! The lunch menu is not as varied. The food is always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful and Delicious
    2travelbugs
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our meal was artistically presented on the plate and was a great taste on the palette.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wethree
    wethree
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    writer's selection was a delight to eat. Friendly hostess arranged to get me veggies and mushrooms instead of potatoes - which made the big difference for me. The lightly smoked chicken breast was the best I have ever had. Lunch companions were also quite satisfied with their entrees. - Music, not pleasant at all primarily for the more mature ears, was too loud and disturbing. Why not keep it low and just as a fine musical background?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Country Standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    In the much cooler Sonoma Valley, this down to earth bistro is a great spot for Lodge guests. Steak was well cooked and wine was paired nicely. Staff is willing to go above and beyond, something you won't find in that 'other' valley [napa]...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch, dinner not so much
    Gowombat
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    After enjoying a great lunch with friends, booked dinner for special night. Started with Sommelier's suggested wine, pinot grigio blend arrived room temperature ?? improved with ice bucket. Mrs ordered wedge salad and it was teriffic! Featured an Oregon blue cheese dressing, bacon done correctly. My corn chowder wasn't chowder, but a pureed soup, much too salty, had to fish for the tiny piece of the advertised dungeness crab, had hint of white corn flavor. Waiter warned us off the $4 grilled oysters which were "very small" and opted for mussels. No one should serve dead (closed) shell fish... dish had 4, broth average. Advised to order lamb medium? Arrived chewy with tasty sauce. Don't understand picking that cut for a high priced entree.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine
    helloVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Noted improvement in wine selection by the glass. A little pricey for Sonoma
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    sherrypVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Are dinner and it was excellent. Mussle, wedge salad, and crab pizza were excellent! Usually pizza is just at the bar, but they allowed us to order because that what we were in the mood for. Excellent service from our waiter, Danny. Very professional and personable. We had breakfast the next day, and it was delicious also! Mushroom omelet was amazing! Our waitress was excellent and made sure our food came promptly as we were waiting on a trolley tour. Beautiful restraurant. Some of the best meals we had in Sonoma!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    WinerDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were greeted in a friendly manner. Our waiter was engaging, knowledgable and personable. Support staff made sure we had to wait for nothing. At our table, we had both seafood dishes being served that evening. The King Salmon was cooked to perfection on served on a bed of red quinoa. The other couple had the halibut and really enjoyed it. We finished with a sorbet and it was divine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 429 reviews are from the Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • nice find
    jetku
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    nice dinner menu and atmosphere. Breakfast buffet good but ordering off menu seemed to cause a problem in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JamesMackayJMMVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Very impressive restaurant - I would thoroughly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shaky Start but Improved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Started with a shaky experience at the bar but the bartender was very nice, corrected the problem and we moved on. Also it took too long to receive our drinks as we were 2 of 5 people at the bar and the other 3 had already been served. Anyway, the food was delicious, the wait staff very good and not intrusive. Everyone polite and attentive. The steak was done to perfection. A very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off night
    NapaamoreVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our entrees of Petaluma Chicken and Nightly Special of Shrimp in brodo over papperdelle were disappointing. The chicken was overcooked so dry, it was unedible. The only flavor was of wood. Moisten and season the Chicken skin and under the skin with olive oil and herbs before cooking to give it more moisture. The shrimp special had virtually no taste. The shrimp was not properly seasoned or cooked. rubbery. The broth tasted of mushrooms and the papperdelle cooked perfectly but the broth did not pair with this pasta. Advice is to add Japanese flavors to enhance this dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This is one of our go-to places to celebrate special occasions - anniversaries, graduations, etc. The food is consistently very good with many dishes simply excellent - the lamb and the spicy shrimp are exceptional. The wine selections are very good and varied and the by the glass selections are varied and not the same old same old. Service is excellent and the ambiance graceful. You can count on the Bistro for a really nice experience and a pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    SonomaDiners
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We dine here frequently and last Saturday we were happy to bring out of town family who were here for the weekend to go wine tasting. All were extremely happy with the quality of the food and the service couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    hiker
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Carneros Bistro. The ambiance was very good - we were able to chat to our friends as the noise level was quiet. The waitress was very attentive and even gave us scones and marmalade, even though it was lunch time! Our meals were all very good. A really nice restaurant for a lazy, conversation friendly lunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a great find!
    LindaMarie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    After living in Napa for 6 years, I discovered this incredible restaurant! What a wine list! The food was incredible! Attentive servers, not too pricey and free wine tasting on Thursday nights. How can you beat that?
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A treat to Eat Here !
    Rhylee
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar. The fish tacos were excellent and the shrimp salad was light and flavorful. The atmosphere is inviting and the service was nothing short of perfection. We haven't had dinner here as yet but if it's anything like lunch, we're in !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easily the best "hotel restaurant"
    Trixie
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Easily the best "hotel restaurant" we've been to in a long time. Very good food & service. The beet salad burrata was just about perfect. Give this place a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    FYI2
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    My wife and I stayed at the Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa (restaurant is part of the property)---convenient since you don't have to worry about drinking/driving issues. Staff extremely professional and friendly. Food was flavorful and presented nicely. The restaurant has an extensive wine list. Since we were celebrating my wife's birthday, she was presented with an impressive dessert with "Happy Birthday" piped in chocolate on the rim of the plate. The restaurant serves a fabulous breakfast also; however it is a bit pricey. Would definitely eat here again if in the area for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    bridgene
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent all around. Great cocktails in the bar. Seated on time, excellent service and food. Nothing disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed here
    KirklandboyVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Dependable, casual atmosphere, welcoming and excellent food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we are locals - go there frequently
    claytVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    we are locals - go there frequently - its always very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One Meal Excellent the other not
    SatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    My husband loved your Petaluma Chicken. I had the Lamb sirloin and was very disappointed. The meat was tough and hard to cut. The Greens were heaped on the plate and hard to manage and the mashed potatoes soaked up all of the good juices which would be so nice with the lamb.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well hidden in a hotel
    arcticguy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    You wouldn't normally be expecting the varied menu, excellent service and thorough wine list in a hotel restaurant - this is a quality resto that only happens to be in a hotel on Sonoma's main drag. Defintely worth a visit - lots of smaller label Sonoma wineries on the pairings list.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food. Wine prices high
    MSms
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We both enjoyed our meals, but the red quinoa has got to go. It was too salty. Wine by the glass was steep. Service was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising for a "hotel restaurant"
    SonomaFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Always delicious food and a great selection of wine - - but a bit on the pricey side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it
    santoriniBoundVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Very much enjoyed our dinner. Food was fresh, well prepared and just delicious. Sommelier suggestion was genius. Don't miss the creme brûlée trio. Service was very attentive and cordial. Never bother to give reviews but this was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Weekly Spots
    JohnoAndBJVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We go to the Carneros weekly and always have great food and great service!! Great restaurant for Sonoma visitors as well as Sonoma locals like ourselves! John and BJ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TOO BAD
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I WAS HOPING FOR A MUCH BETTER EXPERIENCE ON VALENTINE'S DAY, BUT ALL WE GOT WAS MEDIOCRE FOOD AND WORSE SERVICE.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food & Service
    icstoday
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner for 2 to celebrate my birthday. Our server was excellent and always there when we needed her - but did not hover. The swordfish was the best I've ever tasted (that was my husbands dinner). I had the fillet mignon - cooked perfectly and severed with wonderful sides. Dessert was delicious too. My husband had the crème brule (sp?) trio and I had the chocolate cake with peanut butter ice cream. They wrote Happy Birthday in chocolate sauce and served it with a candle burning brightly. It was a lovely treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find!
    DrKaren
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We had a wonderful birthday dinner! We are vegetarians and found a variety of gourmet vegetarian choices, which surprised us! The service is superb, a nice ambience and setting. Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.