This was a great experience!
This was a great experience! Great food. Great service. Great ambience. Staff were wonderfully attentive, including the sommelier.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is some of the finest
The food is some of the finest I have had in the wine country. The risotto was excellent- tasty and very rich. The ahi tuna and hangar steak were both very tasty and perfectly cooked. The presentation of the food and the fine service contributed to a most enjoyable evening. We will be back soon. The wine list is extensive and the staff is very familiar with even the more esoteric selections. My only minor criticism would be to liberate the complimentary oyster from its heavy and overpowering sauce.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
You're batting 1000. Always good!
You just can't miss with the Carneros Bistro! We've taken friends there, gone in for a bite, celebrated major events, and the other day just wanted a nice brunch. Savory omelettes - even egg white-only, great coffee, and a nice airy setting for a Sunday morning.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Found this place just driving
Found this place just driving around Sonoma. Great place to try wine in the bar for starters. But dinner is a must. Had crab asparagus soup that was delicious. Had a red wine flight that was a great match to my Lamb Shank on Mushroom Risotto. It was done perfectly...fell off the bone and was very tender. Risotto was rich and creamy and was a nice match with the Lamb. If I lived in the area I would be back. Maybe in couple years.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was the perfect spot
This was the perfect spot to sit , talk ; have an impressive meal and dine with friends. The appetizers ( wedge & Beet Salad ) were fresh and very appealing; thesteak , salmon and pork entress were fresh, well-presented and perfectly prepared. Would return here again !
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food/annoying techno music
Food and service were exceptional for a chain hotel linked restaurant . Decor was nice but the techno music in the background was out of place for the type of place and very annoying.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love Carneros Bistro.
We love Carneros Bistro. We stay at the Lodge at Sonoma frequently and have brunch and or dinner regularly at the adjacent Bistro while we're there. It's a short walk to the room after a wine dinner. We sit outside with our Chocolate lab near the gardens where they grow their own vegetables and herbs. The food is always fresh, creative and delicious. Daniel usually serves us, and he's a treat. Chris, the sommalier, helped us with some excellent wines for this last visit. There were six of us so we brought two bottles and bought two so they waived corkage. The Sicilian swordfish was wonderful as was the lamb sirloin. This is one of our fav restaurants in Sonoma.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful dinner,
We had a wonderful dinner, pork and sea bass. Hadn't eaten there in a number of years but thought the food and our experience was outstanding and will be back soon. The suggested wine pairings worked well and were innovative.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't miss lunch here
Enjoyed lunch...grilled chicken sandwich and burger were delicious. Nice wine selection. Service was excellent.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Close to exquisite food
The food here is close to exquisite. I had the asparagus with buratta to start, and it was much more than its name implies, with tasty crunchy stuff which I can't identify but added a wonderful surprise. The lamb was perfect in a red wine sauce, accompanied by delicious quinoa and young peas and tendrils, which also were perfect. It is so unusual to find a restaurant which respects sides so fully. The dessert menu was a bit disappointing and heavy, so I had the lemon tart which was nice. This is the only reason I would not give an outstanding for the food. As to the ambiance, the techno non-music they played was very distracting with its constant repetitious riffs & beats which would drive a musician nuts. Otherwise, unobstrusive.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice atmosphere and wine list
Nice atmosphere,great wine list,food selection okay.wait staff attentive and friendly.would recommend.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We asked for and were seated
We asked for and were seated in the private room off of the main dining area. This is perfect for an exuberant birthday celebration. However, when you're " out of sight....." the server (Daniel) was on average attentive but could have been more timely. All 8 diners remarked on the fabulous food and multiple good choices. Quite worth the ride up from SF and we love introducing friends to this wonderful restaurant.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Dining & Breakfast
The food was really good. A lot of their stuff comes from the garden right outside the dining room. The octopus started, which obviously did not come from the garden, was excellent and well cooked. Everything on the menu read yum, and was. Had breakfast there too, there's buffet (which for a buffet breakfast looked fantastic), but ordered off the menu instead, eggs benedict, yum.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Peaceful ambiance and great service
I've been here for bar food in the evening and it is usually a fun, and relaxing place to hang out and watch a game or enjoy good conversation. Have eaten brunch here a couple times now and the food has been consistently well prepared and pretty good quality. The service is always good too! If Christine waits on you you're in for a treat!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Keeps Getting Better!
Everything about the Carneros continues to improve. The salads and entrees were outstanding. Coffee rubbed filet mignon...excellent! The salmon was perfect!! Great wine list. Very good, but not great, service. Many more locals continue to come. Not just a hotel restaurant but now a wonderful Sonoma dining destination.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly service, great food.
Our server, Brittany, was FABULOUS! Professional and friendly. Food was great!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Extremely relaxing place with great selection for vegetarians. The food was exquisite. the service was poor, with the staff forgetting our drinks twice, no one checked in on us for a while and we had to find someone to help us get butter for the table.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Junny's birthday celebration
the food, the servers, the fresh seasonal ingredients - SUBLIME ! We had a great time thanks to Andrew (chef), Russ (our server) and all the folks at Carneros Bistro - thanks to all !
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Whiling away the available time
We were very pleased. Staff had read our comment on the reservation, that we would be watching the time as we had
another engagement, and made us aware that they knew that, and told us not to worry," they would take care of us"
We walked in a few minutes early, and before serving time, and were taken to a table, and were able to have a drink,
and then order our dinner. Daniel , our server, made sure that everything went off like clockwork,without being
in the way, and we had time to spare. We plan to come back,especially when we have time to linger on
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner on 5/23
Everything was awesome. The food was of very high quality. The staff were very friendly, efficient n energetic. It's good for any occasions. Their wine list is outstanding n extraordinary. Highly recommended. A must go restaurant in Sonoma.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great evening out
My husband and I chose this place as a last minute choice since we had never been there before. The decor of the restaurant wasn't stunning other than this awesome wood podium that they have in the front with the hostess. All of the othe decor was just, blah. The service was great and their wine list is incredible. It is loaded with amazing wines and there are so many it actually is put together in a binder. I was blown away at how good the food was. They made this asparagus soup with lobster in it that I have been craving ever since we went there. It is a must have. We will definetly be going there again.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find in the hotel!
We found Carneros on Open Table when we were looking for a restaurant for the first night we were going to be in Sonoma. The reviews were good so we decided to try it. We were not disappointed. Food and service were excellent - and the convenience couldn't be beat. The dinner was great as was breakfast the next day. Best restaurant we have found in a hotel!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here before , Good wood grilled fish and steaks .Service is friendly and efficient .
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We need at least an annual
We need at least an annual fix for our craving for Carneros Benedict - a smoked chicken, sweet potato hash, poached eggs and chipotle hollandisae. YUM!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our meal very much. Surprised to find such a good meal attached to a hotel.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and a had our second incredible meal in our week stay in Sonoma. Carneros Bistro is amazing all the way around. The good and staff are incredible and the atmosphere is perfect.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thought the service was great but the food was not as wonderful as we had anticipated. It was good, just not excellent. We still recommend checking it out. Perhaps we went on an "off" night.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner and breakfast
We had dinner and breakfast here and both were outstanding! Highly recommend. We had breakfast twice during our stay and loved it both times! The Carneros eggs benedict is like no other! Absolutely loved it! French toast is also a must! The potatoes that are served with the omelets and egg dishes are wonderful. We had dinner during our first night, ordered the mussels and several ordered the filet - everything was delicious and cooked perfectly. A little on the pricey side for both breakfast and dinner but definitely worth it!!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very nice place to dine.
A very nice place to dine. Great atmosphere, very friendly and helpful staff, nicely presented food, and lovely wine flights!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific service and excellently prepared colorful meals..
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and service
My wife had the lamb and I had the pork. They were excellent. The service was great. The atmosphere was nice. There was also a table with wine tasting from a local winery. It was great as well. Highly recommend this place.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem adjacent to a hotel
When I see a restaurant attached to a hotel, my skepticism kicks in. But after my husband and I went to Carneros for breakfast -- simply because it was adjacent to our hotel -- I could not have been more pleased. We went back again for breakfast and two dinners (delicious wild salmon one evening, great scallops on another evening, and excellent filet mignon for the hubby). Food was beautifully presented. Desserts were good too. Nice wine selection, but then it's Sonoma.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Sonoma Stop!
We had a fabulous dinner. The waiter was well informed about the wines and the menu. The entrees were large, as well as the appetizers. We had hoped to try dessert but were too full. It was our favorite meal during our visit to Wine Country.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent brunch with great service
We made a reservation for brunch which we then had to increase. We appreciate that they were able to accommodate us even though they were busy. It is nice to see someone make the extra effort to take care of guests. The food was very good and all the members of our group were very pleased with the restaurant.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hard to find, but worth it
The Bistro is located in the front corner of the Sonoma Lodge (a Marriott/Renaissance hotel). It is moderately sized, upscale, and modern, but very comfortable. Nice bar and an open kitchen. The menu is seasonal with good choices and everything is prepared and presented with class. We had smoked corn soup, caprese salad, plus a lamb and salmon entree - all were excellent and served with nice seasonal sides - plus, the staff split the soup and salad at no additional cost. If you want wine, you can buy it in the hotel wine bar (good selection & reasonable prices) and they will serve it without a corkage fee. Service was attentive and timely, all in all a very nice experience - this is our 4 successful visit.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and Yummy
We started with the grilled octopus...epic flavors. Our tomato salad was incredible as was the salmon and hangar steak. It was our 10th Anniv and our server presented us with sparkling wine to start! What a great experience!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a very enjoyable meal
Had a very enjoyable meal here. It feels very special.Did not feel that our server knew enough about the menu. Ordered the swordfish that was sauced in spicy hot sauce. It should have been pointed out during the taking of the order, but the waiter agreed that yes it was spicy once I started eating it.The sommelier (sp) was very helpful in choosing the wines. It was great to have a good restaurant on the premises and not have to drive.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
First night at the Lodge at Sonoma. Decided to spend my birthday dinner then walked back to the suite. Great food but wine prices outrageous. I normally get a bottle for the price of a glass here, I don't understand why so much when they make the stuff locally in Sonoma.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our server was excellent.
Our server was excellent. The heirloom tomatoes were beyond great. Very nice wine pairing with each item on menu.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The last night my parents and Brother would be in town and wanted a special meal to celebrate the end of our wedding weekend. Food was amazing, my brother is very picky due to health issues and he said it was the best he had in a while and it did not upset his stomach at all. My parents really enjoyed the food and ambiance and the hostess was kind enough to put us in a quiet corner so we could enjoy our evening. However, I would think the noise level might be a bit higher during a Friday or Saturday night. Service was great. My new husband and I plan on enjoying this restaurant again very soon.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal and great service!
We had a wonderful meal and time at Carneros Bistro. The wine list was impressive with many great selections and the waiter's opinion o the wine we chose was on the mark.
We went on a Thursday and they had a guest winemaker pouring some samples of his wines. Great additional benefit and you get to interact with a winemaker!
One of the best meas we had in wine country and it was a great experience overall!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently great food
I think because this is a hotel restaurant, people do not expect or know that the cuisine is excellent. Our food was as well prepared as at Auberge du Soleil for half the price. The waiter was knowledgeable about the wines and pointed me toward a pinot noir I really liked rather than pushing the more expensive one that was not to my taste. I don't understand why this place is not packed all the time, but, it's not. I highly recommend it. Three dinners so far and all were excellent.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is good but...
In any other small town you could say the food is outstanding but Sonoma has a lot of competition. My Ahi tuna was cooked to perfection. My husband's hanger steak was also cooked perfectly. Our waiter was excellent - attentive but not intrusive. We were seated in a private room which made the occasion feel more intimate, personal and quite. It was easy to hear others at the table. I have to say we did rearranged the table to make it a square rather than a long rectangle. We and the wait staff had plenty of room and it made conversation much easier. The restaurant staff was gracious and flexible about the new arrangement. They may even use it on a regular basis. Best of all - no corkage fee for locals!!!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good for both kids and adults
The service was superb, as was the food, from the time we sat down and throughout the meal. This small restaurant in Sonoma is on a par with excellent restaurants in San Francisco, but with better parking! We have watched this little restaurant grow in stature for the past few years, and it is now quite "grown-up" today. We had four adults and two young children, and everyone was quite pleased with the service and the food.
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM