Risibisi
Risibisi

Risibisi

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.risibisirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7077667600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: Noon - 2:30pm, Friday - Sunday: Noon - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marco Palmieri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for more details at marco@risibisirestaurant.com
  • Private Party Contact: Marco Palmieri 7077667600
  • Special Events: Our private Wine Room which opens up to its own riverfront patio can accommodate an intimate gathering of 10 guests or a larger party of up to 34 persons.
    Our private Window Room is one large private dining area with bar that will seat up to 55 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available in front and rear of restaurant or park at Golden Eagle Shopping Center on Washington and walk two minutes across the bridge.
A word from Risibisi
Risibisi is a charming and friendly place located in downtown Petaluma which serves healthy, authentic Italian food featuring the finest local ingredients.

The "Slow Food" movement is thriving in Sonoma County and Petaluma is at the center of it all. "Slow Food" is the idea that a community can support each other by eating, drinking, growing, and cooking locally. We consider it our responsibility to bring all the amazing products from our local farms to your plate.

Our wine list features Italian as well as spectacular Sonoma wines. Or enjoy a delicious cocktail from our full bar.


Come visit us at lunch and enjoy our daily Lunch Special featuring soup or salad followed by a variety of pasta, gourmet sandwiches and chicken selections for only $14.95.

Gluten free options are now available at the restaurant.

Highest Food Score in Zagat Guide. Recognized by Michelin Guide every year since 2008.
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Risibisi reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (25)special occasion (23)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (11)good for groups (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Skip it
    noreturnVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The service is still bad and not worth the wait for the mediocre offerings.
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    Scenic View
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  • B-Day & Rehearsal Dinner Gem
    PeddersFamilia
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Took our son and his birthday girl fiancé to dinner for the first time. I chose this restaurant because after reading the history, meeting the owner and staff, and eating lunch, I decided it would be the perfect spot for an intimate rehearsal dinner for 40. The food was fresh, clean, locally grown and authentic and very delicious. Portions were generous but not overly so, and the ingredients were seasonal and simply prepared to perfection. We were not rushed or pressured to order more cocktails or wine and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Needless to say our daughterinlaw is thrilled and excited to bring her Italian parents. We are too! Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Good Staff
    SondheimVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The food at this place was just fantastic. The soup of the day, parm broth with fresh veg. so simple, and clean. Then the carbonara made with Duck Egg increased the richness of the dish, the pancetta was not overly salty and the sauce was seasoned perfectly. The Chocolate Polenta Cake was also delicious. The only downside, I didn't realize I had left the "2" on my open table reservation instead of changing it to "1". This apparently upset the waiter enough to mention it and I actually felt obligated to offer to leave because of it. He did seem a little put off by me for the rest of the evening (though the restaurant never filled). The rest of the staff seemed to try to make up for it by being a bit overly attentive. I still recommend.
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    Fit For Foodies
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  • Don't miss out
    Foodie83
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Absolutely delicious food. Have been here several times now and it's becoming a traditional date night go to for dinner. The Staff is amazing and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local food served here!
    foodiecouple
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    If you haven't been to RisiBisi yet and you live in the Sonoma County area, then you need to make a reservation and just go. The restaurant is not overly expansive which makes for a much more intimate dining experience. The waitstaff are all knowledgeable and incredibly gracious. The menu incorporates local meats and vegetables from the area which make for not only unique but sumptuous dishes. We were quite well taken care of and all needs, no matter how small, were taken care of quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this restaurant
    fitzpatrick
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We have eaten here several times both lunch and dinner and it is always a great dining experience. The host and wait staff are very conscientious and professional. They make every attempt to please everyone and do not try to "up sell" on the wine list. Food is delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • The sauces were outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The sauces were outstanding. The chicken was very tender and tasteful. Your lone waiter was outstanding and very calm when he took out 7 different orders. Your fixed lunch menu was fable. Thank you again for a wonderful dinning experience. One drawback, difficulty with parking. Your directions from Santa Rosa were off. Why not tell people to take the N. Petaluma Exit and just come strainght in?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a Bad Meal
    djs48
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We've eaten here at least five times over the past couple of years and they never fail to provide excellent food and excellent service. A neighborhood gem!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good service food needs work
    localpetaluma
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    food was mediocre at best & we were very disappointed as we had dined there a lot when they first opened & the good was exceptional No real flavor and although there was only 3 other tables it came out cold. Our waiter was really nice & helpful with menu.
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  • Over and Above
    Parke
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I am so often am disappointed with what I read about a dining experience and what it actually unfolds when I dine. Our luncheon at Risibisi could not have been better. Just approaching the restaurant I became captivated by the savory smells emanating from within. We had a challenge making our choice because everything sounded delectable The service was friendly. The staff seemed in sync and committed to bring us a pleasant dining experience. I have already let a few friends in on the secret. Everything is well thought out.. From the flatware to the size of the coffee cups to the food presentation and most of all taste, Risibisi is an experience to treasure all the way around. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Married couple eats out!
    Nikkinikki
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My husband and I had a date night planned and immediately knew we needed to go somewhere that didn't include chicken tenders or mac and cheese on the menu. We had been to Risibisi one other time, years ago , and loved it so we decided this was the place for our date. You guys didn't dissapoint. Thanks again for wonderful food and memories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Thank you for making our dinner at RisiBisi a special one, it was my boyfriends 60th bday celebration, and Creig the waiter was Fantastic. It was a wonderful evening! Jennifer Roemer
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out
    SusanL
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Lovely wait staff welcomed us though we were a good 15 min early. Pasta dishes delicious- and one of us was left gnawing on lamb shank bone all that was left from his meaty shank served on bed of risotto. Great wine suggestion from waiter, and the birthday not loved his lemon drop cocktail and tiramisu dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like the ambiance of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I like the ambiance of the restaurants. Everyone was friendly and service was good. We have eaten here before and the food was better. A friend and I had the pappardelle with duck. My husband had lasagne. We were disappointed. Food was just ok. I would try it again but not would probably not order a pasta dish.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice if you're in Petaluma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    They have a very economical prix fixe lunch. We didn't opt for that. Instead my husband had the wild boar gnocchi which, as touted on Check Please, Bay Area, was up to the hype. He really enjoyed it. I had eggplant parmesan from the regular menu. It was good but not spectacular. Could have used something else on the plate besides the main dish. Seemed a bit bare. The cocktails were excellent. This is a nice place. I'd go again if I were in the area.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for Valentine's Day
    Zpoet
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for Valentine's Day and it couldn't have been more perfect. Such a lovely romantic atmosphere...friendly service....awesome food. Our waiter was nice and took the time to chat with us. Five stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ab Fab!
    Nadine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Everything was perfect! The service is impeccable! The menu is creative and eclectic and the food is excellently prepared and presented! I would recommend this restaurant highly!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome feel and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went with my girlfriend for Valentines day and the service was too notch and extremely quick. The food was excellent too. Absolutely no complaints and look forward to going again soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good value
    LadiesWhoLunchVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Met some friends who came to Petaluma from Marin County on a very rainy day - good spot to meet however parking can be a little bit of a challenge on the weekend (street parking). The service was really good, our waiter was kind and respectful due to some issues of no dairy, no gluten for a member of our party. The food was fresh, tasty but not anything to rave about. A good value to consider is 3 course lunch special - satisfying.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Risibisi is a good experience
    Hungry
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We like the food and the service at Risibisi. Food is well prepared and the service is prompt and friendly. It also has a nice atmosphere. Friends introduced us to it and we find ourselves coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another treasure in Petaluma
    Phatman
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Our first visit to Risibisi for lunch and we were delighted with everything - the service, food and the ambience made Risibisi another gem in Petaluma's treasure of restaurants and worth a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Treat
    jimjet
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    A splendid menu and wine list at moderate price. You won't be disappointed with anything you order. I sampled salad, appetizer, and the salmon special. All were exceptionally tasty and attractively presented by our affable server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and attentive service
    SatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We love dining here. The food is well prepared and the staff very attentive and caring.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vert good
    geobird
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Went on a Sunday night as they opened. Had reservations, but didn't really need them. The room is well-appointed. Brick walls. Service is wonderful -- water refilled, soft drinks refilled, more bread. Food arrived promptly. Salads are big portions. (Often you pay $9 for a salad and it's a little thing.) Both the Caesar and the spinach salad were big. And very tasty. We had pasta dishes, both outstanding. (Though the puttanesca was salty -- with anchovies, capers, and olives. It was fine, but I'm glad I tasted first before salting.) Nice red sauces on both dishes. Prices are reasonable. Two salads, two pastas, two soft drinks (we don't drink alcohol), and the bill without tip was $60.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downgraded
    ItalianFoodLover
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I have been going to Risibisi for several years and I really enjoyed the food prepared by their female Italian Chef. Her cooking was done with dedication and love. She is no longer with the restaurant. PLEASE BRING BACK the female chef!!! I was just there and was not impressed with the quality of the food. Perhaps they were having an off night.
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  • Great wait staff
    Geez
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The waiter we had was well versed in the menu. The venue went to the trouble of printing out information cards regarding one of the specialties: salmon from New Zealand. One would think, that seems a bit odd, based on where we live, Salmon from New Zealand? It was Great as was the rest of our meal, from appetizer to desert.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter was excellent and
    dinner
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Our waiter was excellent and he picked up that my friend was taking me out for my birthday. Although we did not order dessert, he gave me a scoop of delicious gelato with a candle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Food was fantastic and service was great. I had the wild boar ragu with penne pasta (they ran out of the homemade gnocchi) and my friend had the breast of duck ragu. Drink menu was limited. Maybe because of the holiday. Wine list looked extensive but I am not a wine drinker. All in all an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had Christmas dinner here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Creative Italian food, the lightest gnocchi I've ever had, and an impressive list of Italian wines in the California wine country.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve dinner
    Mikolouise
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Our family group of four had a memorable dining experience in Christmas Eve here. The ambiance was warm and inviting, the space is cozy but didn't feel crowded. Even though the restaurant was fully booked all night we didn't feel rushed to finish our meal. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and friendly. The owner kept an eye on things all night and checked in at every table. I had the winter vegetable risotto and beet salad and my family all ordered the salmon. The portions were generous and there were no leftovers to take home! Very nice experience, we will definitely return and tell friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food creations!
    DaydreamerVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    I had Risibisi's for lunch on a Friday and had to go back the next Monday because it was sooooo yummy! The first time I enjoyed their calamari, Caesar salad, and a dish of amazing scallops with a delicate green salsa and perfectly prepared Brussels sprouts. I love scallops and the way Risibisi prepared them is one of the best I've had. The second time I had their calamari and Caesar salad again (they're much too delicious to pass up) and had their juicy, tender, brick-pressed chicken over amazingly delicious veggies--loved it! I highly recommend this place which is great for business meetings or special occasions as well as solo dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian cuisine
    Selli5VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Went for first time and really enjoyed this place. Pasta is outstanding, good service, and nice place.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • My new favorite!
    Daisy
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Terrific food. Great service. They have a seperate dining room in back that can hold about 30 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we will be back
    bill
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Thought the place was great the food was great. we were greeted at the door. the place was clean
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Find
    TracyVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Disappointed because we made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Disappointed because we made a reservation and waited about 25 mins standing in the doorway. There was a group that came in after us and took the one open table and we were not seated for some time. Food was good but this delay put a damper on the dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    Anex43VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    On of the best Italian restaurants in the greater Bay Area.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    Jayne
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.