Good food, excellent service,
Good food, excellent service, genuinely Italian waiter.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very few people there for
Very few people there for a Saturday lunch, but good food.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good find refound
Enjoyed the pre theater(Cinnabar) dinner with wine for $20 each. We reviewed the regular menu and found many entrees we would wish to try on a return visit. This special was a nice way to introduce us to this nice local Italian restaurant.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a delight! Excellent
This was a delight! Excellent homemade pasta. Great risotto. Have already recommended it to several friends.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were 12 women, a noisy,
We were 12 women, a noisy, fun family group. We all concurred wait staff terrific, food delicious (except the soup was not what I expected, although a tasty broth with veggies, what I make at home is as good). We seemed to open and close down the place and no one felt that workers were urging us out. Would come there again. Thanks for a fun, delicious evening!
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were very pleased both
We were very pleased both with the food and the service. This was our second time there, and we will certainly return when in the area.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a delicious dinner for two. I had the special ravioli with the most wonderful lemon sauce which was not too sour or too sweet but just the perfect balance to the delicate dish. My husband opted for the skirt steak which was also delicious.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food in Petaluma!
Happened upon this place by chance while passing through Petaluma, and we'll now make it our business to make the trip from the South Bay to Risibisi! The waitstaff really knew their stuff, from the details about the menu to the nuances of the wines. The food was superb. We had the veal tonnato appetizer, which we really enjoyed; who would have thought about combining the tastes of veal and tuna, but it worked. For main courses, we had the wild boar gnocci and the veal shank, and both were wonderful. Delicatedly suffused flavors in everything we tried, perfectly prepared. Everything is locally sourced, so the menu is somewhat limited by location and season, but there's something for everyone. Go out of your way to come here!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Made reservations based on
Made reservations based on other OpenTable feedback. This place didn't disappoint. The inside is very hip, small but comfortable. Small bar but great service prior to our table being ready. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Had a group of 5 and we all ordered very different selections. Not one dish disappointed! This will be on my wine country dining list for some time to come.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for a leisurely lunch.
Perfect for a leisurely lunch. The food well presented and the chicken with rye berries in a lemony (picata) sauce was amazing.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been going to Risibisi for years. We know the owner, Marco and are always greeted warmly when he's in the house. The food is my wife's favorite Italian place and it enjoyed by the whole family. We'll be fans for a long time and heartily recommend it to fans of delicious Italian dining.
5/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. Who could ask for anything more?
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of Petaluma's Best
Risibisi is a small intimate restaurant. The chef is imaginative and the quality has always been well above average.
There are few better in Petaluma or Marin. You'd have to go to the wine country East Bay or the City to do better.
Raviolis are light and elegant. Fish is fresh and highlighted by seasoning and sides. Chicken under the brick
is far better than usually encountered, in fact its excellent. Soups are excellent (very few get them right). Deserts are well executed, try the polenta cake.
Recently went to Ad Hoc...this is far more comfortable, reasonable and far better service without attitude.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived early, our table
We arrived early, our table was waiting for us. Great food, great service, we enjoyed a relax dinner celebrating a birthday.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch number 2
this was a second lunch visit and as in the past, the gnocchi with wild boar was fantastic as was the pulled boar sandwich. Reheatability of leftovers was fine. We arrived a bit early (very little traffic on a Thursday mid morning from San Jose) but were seated right away but a little before the kitchen was ready. Service was very nice and it was quiet maybe due to the fact that we were early in the day and while we entered as the only party several more people arrived.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Mother's Day Dinner
We loved this beautiful restaurant. My son, husband and I ate here for the first time. We each loved our dishes, appetizers and the dessert. If I had to critique something, I could comment on the 2/3 full cocktail glass, with very little alcohol for $9.50. None of us felt there was much alcohol in our drinks. Further, the service was only mediocre. But we will definitely go back, as the food was superb.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Solid Italian Food + Service
It is hard to go wrong here at Risibisi. The food is very good and the portions are more than adequate. My wife and I went there for lunch on Mothers' day and had a lovely meal consisting of a house crab salad with a Louis dressing(very nice which we shared),and then she had the gnocchi with a wild boar sugo while I had the spaghetti carbonara. I also had and very much liked a glass of vermentino white wine from Sardinia. Even though we were stuffed we treated ourselves to the cannoli for desert.
Another touch that we like is that you can find out from where most of their food and drink is sourced from All in all this place is worth visiting....and enjoying...bring your appetite with you....
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thoughtful vegetarian options
We really enjoyed Risibisi. We are vegetarian ( not vegan) and were impressed that there were multiple vegan options on the menu. The dishes were very tasty and artfully presented. We will go back.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Genuinely authentic Italian
What a pleasant surprise. We thought the food would be good, but were amazed at the quality, attention to detail, and remarkable flavoring of the dishes. This is truly an authentic, thoughtful, italian restaurant of the highest order. The service is friendly and attentive. Even though there was a large party in the back area, our food arrived timely and the waiters always available. Will definitely return to explore many of the other wonderful dishes on the menu.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our experience at Risi Bisi was truly delightful. I was there with my niece and we had much to catch up on. We were never rushed and ate our meal in courses, the waiter always being sensitive to interrupting our conversation. The food was delicious and well proportioned. The wine suggestion was perfect. The overall ambiance was quiet and soft, a lovely background for enjoying one's company.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
very good food and a wonderful
very good food and a wonderful server who was Italian, so very good. Would recommend.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is consistent, from local producers and well prepared. The service is professional and friendly. The head waiter is so personable and knowledgeable that I never hesitate to ask him about menu items or for recommendations. The food is lovely, the wine list runs from affordable and reliable to celebratory selections and they have decent beer choices. The ambiance is comfortable, quiet and intimate. They do a wonderful job of staggering reservations so you never feel crowded nor alone in their dining room.
If I had one suggestion, I would request they change the core menu up a little more often but, I have never been disappointed by the preparation of anything I've ordered there. Oh by the way, try the donuts.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Risibisi Fit for Locavores
Risibisi serves delicious Italian cuisine consisting of fresh, organic ingredients from local farms. The love of fresh food is evident in the beautiful presentations and skilled preparation. The service is knowledgeable, warm and friendly. Very highly recommended.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A return dining experience. As always, an attentive staff and a superb kitchen.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and wine were great and the service was attentive.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific northern Italian
I'm puzzled by the negative reviews of this restaurant. My only conclusions is that the people who wrote these have never been to Italy and think Italian food is just tomato sauce and pizza. Yes, there are great southern Italian restaurants in Petaluma but this one is genuinely different. The clams and mussels were so good we had to be certain every drop of sauce was off the shells. The wild boar gnocchi is worth the visit. Gnocchi is a tough dish to master and they've done it. The puttanesca was sharp and not shy and the sorbets and cannoli were very good. They recommended perfect, very affordable wine with everything we ordered. I cannot think of a single thing to critcise in this restaurant. I will certainly return very soon.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very nice, local place...
This was our second time at Risibisi. The food is well-prepared and served in a pleasing manner. The place is quite small, so the attentiveness of the staff is important - and our waiter (Alex) was excellent. We'll come back again (and again).
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We returned to Petaluma (land of my birth!) and to Risibisi for a birthday dinner on a Tuesday night. The house was only about half-full, which surprised us, as this is a very popular spot and it is sometimes difficult to get in.
The four of us each had a different pasta dish. We shared a bite with each other, and could not decide which was best as each one had its own unique flavors and each was perfect. Sorry I can't be more help with your selection, but this happens each time I eat there: angst over entree selection!
Just go and know you will be pleased with any choice you make.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great, fun spot! Excellent food, outstanding staff in a wonderful dining environment.
Really an outstanding experience
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem of a restaurant in Petaluma.
A gem of a restaurant in Petaluma. Great food and service. Pasta dishes are exceptional.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great litle spot
A nice escape from the hustle of downtown Petaluma. Competant, friendly waitstaff, nice ambiance. The view isn't quite up to the photos, but we found it to be a nice spot for lunch
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last minute dinner at Risibisi
I found this place on Open Table and booked it with another mom and her child (I had two girls with me, age 14). We arrived for our table of five and got a call from other friends who wanted to join (three more). This was difficult of course, as our reservation was only for 5. The owner (I assume) was simply wonderful. He went out of his way to arrange and expand our table when another adjacent table finished and left. Meanwhile we had drinks and enjoyed the company and studied the menu. All four adults and 3 teenage girls thoroughly enjoyed our excellent choices ranging from salads to seafood to steak and the service from our waiter was simply perfect. I highly recommend the restaurant as they truly went out of their way to make us happy.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We met some friends for dinner
We met some friends for dinner who we hadn't seen in a couple of years. Wait staff accommodated us really well since we were so busy gabbing. They adjusted to our pace for a lengthy dinner. The food, as usual, was a winner. The Italian wines were delightful and priced reasonably.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would move to Petaluma to be closer
What a find .....beet salad best ever! Scallops - PERFECTLY cooked and paired with sides. Coffee - THE BEST. I shall return.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great little gem in a fantastic old-time location in Petaluma. The chef knows the good bounty from the area and makes it sparkle.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone in my family group liked lunch at Risibisi, even the critical older generation. This is one of the top places in town to eat.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
After her soccer game at SSU we wanted to take our granddaughter and her boyfriend to dinner. Our first choice was closed on Sunday. We were not disappointed in Risibisi. The menu offers much to choose from. The mushroom bruchetta was outstanding. I had the lasagna which was a special that evening and very good. The portions were large, (took home half). We ordered two desserts for the table, the tiramisu, and canoli, both yummy but canoli best ever. They also have a nice selection of Italan wines. We will definitely try it again when we are in that area.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best appitizers and eye
The best appitizers and eye pleasing plating ever!!! And our dinner was so good everyone wanted a taste so we passed our plates around and just shared!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are new to Petaluma and
We are new to Petaluma and are checking out the local restaurants. The food was fabulous from the start to finish. Very reasonably priced for such high quality food.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service and terrific food
A friend and I were there for lunch. A nice young man served us efficiently and with friendly aplomb.
We each had a first course: beef carpaccio and tomato soup which were delicious and
were plentiful portions. My friend had the salmon special and I had chicken piccata. We were very happy.
And then we each had cappuccinos made with Illy coffee. Perfect ending!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect food and drink- a true gem of a restaurant in a crowded restaurant scene.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll Be Back!
Great food, large portions, very attentive service.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good choice no matter the occasion. Consistently good food and service.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is my third visit to
This is my third visit to this restaurant, and it has been consistently good. Attractive interior but could use a little more warmth either in decor or temperature. Food and service were very good.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had dinner before setting
We had dinner before setting off for a performance at Weill Hall. The short ribs were excellent both as the mail dish and as the topping for the special risotto. Service was friendly, precise and joyfully tolerant of our quirky member. He deserved our generous tip.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was the third time I've been to Risibisi and the first time for dinner. Previous two times were just wine and appetizers at the bar.
Had great wine as recommended by the waiter, really enjoyed the Gorgonzola and pear brushetta appetizer, Cesar salad dressing the best I've ever had and the scallops for the entree were excellent. I do recommend this restaurant for special occasions or even for just a casual dinner out.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my second visit to Risibisi. I originally chose this restaurant because of its gluten free options. Both visits were great. Fabulous food and great service.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
On of the best Italian restaurants in the greater Bay Area.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time there and would go back when we are in the area. Service was great. They even did a wine flight for us. Waiter was knowledgable, courteous and attentive. Food was very good, well prepared and nicely presented.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great dinner and were impressed by the stellar service, and excellent food! What a gem of a place! We will be back!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM