Equus at the Fountain Grove Inn
Equus at the Fountain Grove Inn

Equus at the Fountain Grove Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fountaingroveinn.com/equus.html‎
  • Phone: 7075780149x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Doug Mahoney
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: On-site Catering offering creative custom menus
  • Private Party Facilities: Available for 7 people or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Travis McDowell 7075780149x
  • Special Events: Equus Restaurant has two very popular happy hours...Monday-Friday, 4:30pm-6:30pm with $3, $4 and $5 appetizers.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mendocino Ave.
  • Public Transit: 8 miles from Sonoma County Airport
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Equus at the Fountain Grove Inn
Equus Restaurant and Loungebar offers a warm and inviting dining experience. Executive Chef Doug Mahoney presents a Mediterranean menu, which highlights fresh, local ingredients.



Daily Special:
Table Side Classic Caesar Salad (2 person minimum)
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Equus at the Fountain Grove Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (5)special occasion (5)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)fit for foodies (1)great for lunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • none of the above apply
    figfeb1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    terrible service. I will never go back. waited 35 for a waiter, another 25 for drinks to arrive. Receptionist could not tell me after asking X 3 if tip was inculded in a group of 10. We tolkd them a group of 10, but only 9 place settings when we arrive. Waiter was rude and dismissive. Again, cold day in ... will i go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 30th Celebration
    Finedineandwine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I dined here to celebrate or 30th anniversary. The experience made our evening special. The attention by our server was professional, timely, and pleasant. He created an atmosphere which made us feel as if we had the room to ourselves.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Booth Seats Too Low.
    Boothseats
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The booth we sat in was uncomfortable. The booth seats were far too low than the table. I am 6.2 and I felt like a 10 year old setting at the table. The table was too high for the level of the seat. The outside chairs were just right for the table but not the booth seats.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 295 reviews are from the Equus at the Fountain Grove Inn reviews archive.
  • Great Dining Experience
    AmberDude
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food was excellent,best Caesar salad ever!!!!!Everything about the service was top notch the waitress was VERY attentive and efficient!!I would have given the service a 5 star rating except the drinks and refills (we're non-drinkers) so just soft drinks had to go thru a busy bar??Always took way to long to have those requests filled... I would highly recommend this to a friend having a special occasion!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Calamari very doughy
    mechlly
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    The Calamari was doughy inside the larger pieces. The mushroom Ravioli plate was way too salty. The lamb pops were undercooked not medium rare. The beet salad and ambience good. Would not eat here again.
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  • This restaurant is very convenient
    SonomaGirlVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This restaurant is very convenient when attending a performance at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. The food is consistently good although not exciting and inspired. The new room renovation has left the space a bit cold and stark for my taste. Gone are all but two of the private banquettes that were part of the romantic charm of the restaurant. A shame given the now extreme minimalist environment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There were only three tables
    HAPPYHUNGRYCOUPLE
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    There were only three tables with people and the service was slow and spotty although when they came around they were friendly.
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  • Good food but...
    DonaUVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Good food but service was off and atmosphere was strange. Strange set up of tables and room for a restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So slow...
    JP44
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Didn't even get our order taken until we had been sitting 38 minutes, and we were the only ones seated in the dining room! 2 hour dinner and the server visited a total of 3 times. Awful.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The salads were quite good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The salads were quite good. The dish I had, a "small plate" that was described as "Braised Beef Wellington" was fair at best. The server seemed somewhat distracted, as though her real business was elsewhere. Our table, which had no tablecloth, had many drink rings and scuffs on its surface, which seemed like a misstep for a restaurant charging as much as $30 for an entree.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible
    ecavallo
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had crab cakes that were ove seasoned. The Beef Wellington had a huge piece of fat in it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back
    april
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Everyone at our table thought the food was delicious. The large plates are very generous -- most of our group took home leftovers. If you have a light appetite, a small plate would work as a small entree. Our waiter was excellent at answering our questions regarding ingredients or the amount of food on a plate. We especially enjoyed the crab cakes, lamb pops, and vegetable risotto. The least impressive dishes were the salads. Both the house salad and the beet salad were OK, but not wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great B'day Dinner
    AmberDude
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Had a 5 topper with family members for my brother's B'day. The service was really great we felt well cared for all night.The appetizers were exceptional.I would have given the food an outstanding or great but the entrees lacked a bit. 3 of the 5 of us ordered the filet mignon and I found the portions small for the entree price.That was passable but the sauce on the filet as well as the flavor of the meat was bland and didn't hold it's own compared to the appetizers. I've eaten there before and had ordered the filet,my experience in the past was the filet had more flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avery nice place for dinner....been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Avery nice place for dinner....been there many times (and a 1000 pts.!)
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Christmas Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We had our Christmas dinner at Equus and the food was very good, great service ... an overall pleasure. I'm sorry the staff had to work on Christmas, but they did a wonderful job!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    ALWAYS GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE. WE ENJOY DINING HERE.
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  • Would not go back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Atmosphere has changed drastically since I was there years (6?) ago. Lost its warm and inviting ambiance. Odd remodel. Service was lacking in many details. Food was fairly good. Would not go back.
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  • Thanksgiving
    NoCA
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    With few family members around, we went out for Thanksgiving with friends. The buffet worked great as we all tried some dishes that are not the norm at our Thanksgiving dinner at home. The food was good, and it was a quiet peaceful setting, all appropriate for the day of thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No thanks for thanksgiving buffet
    Dinersrus
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    This restaurant was such a huge let down. We walked into hostesses that took 5 minutes deciding what table we should sit at when I had reservations. Shouldn't they have had that decided?? We sat down at a sticky table that had to be recleaned right there in front of us. It took ten minutes to get our drinks from a waitress we saw maybe three times the whole meal. When we walked over to the buffet the plates were sticky as well and we had to wait for new plates to be brought out. Bad lighting at the buffet. The food was decent, but how can you go too wrong with typical thanksgiving fare. It ended with an enormous bill that INCLUDED a 20% tip that the waitress in no way earned. Overall, hugely disappointed and will never return.
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  • thanksgiving surprise
    holidaydiner
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    what a nice thanksgiving dinner we enjoyed this year. the service was wonderful. all the servers worked together as a great team to ensure mealtime at our booth was a relaxing enjoyable intimate dinner for two lovebirds. the variety of side dishes complemented a beautiful moist turkey. we look forward to returning for a future holiday meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksiving Dinner for 6
    Diaablo
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We were seated promplly. For Thanksgiving, the style was buffet, but we were not told that. Instead a hostess handed us a menu. and walked off. We did not know where to go, when to go, etc. A brief explanation would have been very helpful. Before being seated we could see that the sun would be shining into our faces at the table, and when we asked to move, we were told no, every table is reserved. However there was an entire section unoccupied, and was still unoccupied when we left. The person was on the curt side when she told us no. That started us out with a negative impression, but the others made ujp for that person, and overall I would rate this experience a B-
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost It's Focus
    BirdcallsVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We have been going to Equus for many years. It used to be a warm clubby comfortable classy restaurant (albeit a bit dark and a bit expensive). Now it is brighter, sterile, noisy, and the food has become mediocre at best. Being attached to the very fine Fountaingrove Inn Equus has a captive clientele, but, to us residents of Sonoma County there are just too many outstanding restaurants nearby to choose over this one.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    kendo2002VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Chosen based on past great experiences. This dining experience was DISAPPOINTING from the moment I arrived. My guest for lunch arrived prior to me, was told there was no reservation in my name and was standing outside upon my arrival 5 minutes hence. service was slow, we had two salads (which were tasty), beverages went dry. dropped off bill after long wait. disappointed not certain if will return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice place before theater
    jjgoogs
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We had an early seating before event at wells Fargo arts center. Staffunderstood the timing for our event and made sure we were served with plenty of time so we were not rushed .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprised amd very pleased
    occidental
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    A group of 4 of us ate there for an early dinner before a Wells Fargo Center show. Usual restaurant was already booked so we chose Equus as a runner-up. We were all surprised and very happy with our meals. The food was excellent. Two people had the beet salads which they loved, I had the Moroccan Lamb which was maybe the best lamb I have ever had - cooked between rare and med rare with the best flavor. We all enjoyed the calamari as well. I had the special fish entree and it was on the rare side, nice and moist with great polenta under it. Shrimp carbonara was great and others like their beef wellington and regular lamb. Too full for dessert and we had to hurry off to the show. Service was good, but a bit casual for such a great meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it once was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    We went there for our anniversary. The servers were very good. My husband ordered lamb chops and he said they were good. I ordered the filet, medium rare and it was rather tough and closer to medium raw. The carrots and asparagus were good, but nothing outstanding. The potato side dishes were awful. The restaurant is obviously having financial problems. It's too bad, because it once was much better. Overall the experience was disappointing.
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  • no complaints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    We went here for our 5-year anniversary, and they even comped one of the desserts as a result!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it was billed
    MaryMikeScott
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    We went to Equus because of the nice ratings on open table. We checked out their website and decided to on chicken and waffle night. We got there to find that the web page had not been updated in months. We stayed despite my misgivings. We had the lamb pop and beef Wellington starters. Flavors were good. The lobster Bolognese was rich and full of lobster. Wine list limited, but good. The action and good food was in the bar that night. Check out their specials before being seated in the restaurant. The locals were having a great time.
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  • Great Meal
    nwoods
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    I've been her before but the food was exceptional. I had the beet salad and ravioli. the Mac and Cheese was the best I have ever had. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Very Good!
    we2lovefood
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Overall our dining experience was very good. The service was outstanding, the small plates & wine list were excellent, and the atmosphere was very good, but the filet mignon large plate that I ordered needs improvement.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Equus: ServiceDoesn't Equal Food
    SueN
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    Our experience at Equus was a mixed bag. On the positive side, the restaurant was very nice inside, the food was displayed well and the taste of the food was above average. However, all of this goodness was negated by extremely poor service. Our food was staggered at odd intervals, often leaving a long period of time between courses. When we asked for our bill, it took 15 minutes to receive it. The busy boy was very attentive; however, our key waiter was nowhere to be found. Overall, our dinner lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours. This may be fine if you want to participate in slow dining, but that was not our plan after a long and busy day in the Sonoma valley.
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  • Just Right for the Occassion
    FountaingroveResident
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    We needed a place to catch a light dinner before going to a concert at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. The Equus was right on the way and had a menu that answered our needs. So, we got there about 5:30PM and were out of there by 6:30. The wine list was good and so was the menu. We live in the neighborhood and will probably go back...it's a great find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Order Your Wine o an iPad
    sandyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Equus is a convenient restaurant in Santa Rosa, that has an upscale clubby feel to it. the menu is a curious mix of burgers & more interesting items along with a pricey wine list that you can order from an iPad. I had the wild mushroom risotto which actually had trumpet mushrooms (not crimini) that gave it a lovely smokey flavor but the rice was a bit soggy. My husband had shrimp carbonara. The shrimp was not overcooked (YAAAA) but the pasta was boring...so this place is definitely a mix of good & so-so. Service good. We came back for house wine in the bar after our concert & had to spring for $25 for 2 glasses........hmmmm. Your call, but if you are staying at the Fountain Grove, it is much better than Nectar up the hill at the Hilton.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    mrmingui
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The food was very good and the service, even better! Wonderful place for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were there on Prom Night.
    travel2dineVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We were there on Prom Night. Lots of teens in formal attire. Good selection of dishes and ingredients. Service was fine. We were looking for a low risk dining venue on our first night in town and we found it at Equus. No disappoinemts and we left in a great mood .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food & Service just so so.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Food & Service just so so. I had in the past their Ceasar Salad for Two...no longer available. I ordered a mushroom risotto, & it was really just OK. I will not go back to this restaurant. Service was also very slow.
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  • Slow service but very nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Slow service but very nice. Appetizers are great but main entrees weren't the quality you expect when you are paying 30 per plate for prime rib and filet. Quality if prime rib not good... Chewy. Filet was more like a sirloin. Would go back for drinks and appetizers and skip main entrees next time.
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  • Really liked the food. They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Really liked the food. They had small plates that were dellicious.
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  • Mid-level meal, Low level service
    otterVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    We had an ok meal, nothing special. The service bothered me though. When I asked the waiter to describe a wine I was unfamiliar with instead he countered with "What do you want?" and never did describe the wine I was inquiring about. When he served my dinner the chop slid off the plate and I had to catch it to keep it out of my lap. That would not have bothered me as anyone can make an error. What really irritated me was that several seconds went by and then he said "Sorry 'bout that". It was very flippant and not at all sincere. When he brought the check (and it was close to tipping time) I finally got an actual apology. I think if Equus is aiming to be a high end restaurant for Santa Rosa they need to up their game in all areas.
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  • We ordered a drink in the
    kkeeVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    We ordered a drink in the bar and the bartender left after the cocktail waitress placed the order. We went to the hostess to be seated and were told to wait, despite an almost empty restaurant. The cocktail waitress later brought our drinks to us, some 20 minutes after ordering them. The bar was also very empty. How tough can it be to make two drinks? This is a hotel and the food is very much hotel food.
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