Bistro 29
Bistro 29

Bistro 29

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro29.com/
  • Phone: 7075462929
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday:5:00PM - 9:00PM, Friday & Saturday:5:00PM - 9:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Brian Anderson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details
  • Private Party Contact: Brian Anderson 7075462929

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Riley Street
  • Public Transit: Downtown transit mall is three blocks away, taxis and pedi-cabs available.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and public lot one block away.
A word from Bistro 29
Bistro 29 located in downtown Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. Bistro 29 is a traditional bistro specializing in “Breton” regional cuisine. The number 29 comes from the department of Finistère (end of the earth) located in the upper tip of north-west France. Known for the Galette de blé noir (traditional buckwheat crêpe) and sweet crêpes, Bretagne also uses a variety of local seafood and produce that can easily be found in and around northern California.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bistro 29 reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)special occasion (57)neighborhood gem (47)romantic (42)notable wine list (26)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Second visit
    sgiffVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our second time and again charmed by very interesting flavour combinations - chef adds a creative flair to each dish, making them stand out from the ordinary. At the same time, not so outrageous that you can't identify your food. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently fantastic!
    bbbaby
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food at Bistro 29 is consistently fantastic, seasonally spot on, taking advantage of Sonoma county's bounty. Chef Brian is creative and loves his craft, and it shows!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Outstanding
    Traveler
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Bistro 29 delivers a delicious meal with grace and charm, at a reasonable price. Opt for a favorite standard or a surprising special meal from the diverse menu. The steamed mussels in tomato broth with chickpea fries (panisse frites) or the day boat scallops with corn beignets provides a light-but-filling meal. The traditional cassoulet or the steak frites (try it with panisse frites instead of regular fries) is richly satisfying. The many traditional buckwheat crepes make their own wonderful statements. Wines are well-selected to match the food, and the servers are helpful with pairing. Tuesday through Thursday you can choose a fixed-price menu dinner for $29, plus two glasses of paired wines for another $11. You can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local find
    Steve
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The Tuesday through Thursday dinner specials are the best value in Santa Rosa. Great food and service. Wine paring goes well with the specials. This is our favorite Resturant in Santa Rosa
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Love this place
    LorraineDnurse
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Bistro 29 is a real Santa Rosa gem. The service is warm & welcoming w/o cloying. The food is a delight to the senses and satisfying in multiple ways. The French onion soup was as good as I had in Paris: which is to say; divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    heatherandjoe
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We have been to Bistro 29 on many occasions and we have never been disappointed in the food or the service. The wait staff is attentive, the food is fresh and very tasty, and their special menus have a nice variety. We love that place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic little spot
    boopsala
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This restaurant flies under the radar, but is one of my favorite downtown Santa Rosa eating spots. It is French, and has fabulous food, while being completely unpretentious and comfortable. It was a perfect spot for my sweetie's 50th birthday celebration with 6 good friends. The wait staff was welcoming, did not hover, and while not perfectly efficient, was entirely adequate. We had a fantastic evening and several of us enjoyed the prix fixe menu option available that Tuesday evening. A treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Groundbreaking dessert
    Dessertdragon
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I took my aunt uncle boyfriend and 13 yr old niece out to dinner here on 7th June and would highly recommend this restaurant. Top menu choices definitely the scallops and the sticky toffee fig for dessert!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Diners
    happydiner
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Pleasant service, well presented and tasty food. Nice happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 571 reviews are from the Bistro 29 reviews archive.
  • Bistro 29
    Food4me
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Love this place. It's so quaint and cozy. Food is always fantastic and the service was great. Truly is a neighborhood gem
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    From the start the services was below par. Myself and one of my guest were ignored by the staff. It took 15 minutes to bring us drinks and wine and after another 30 minutes the staff came by to check what we ordered as they could not read what was written down. The real trouble came with the food. Scallops were raw, lamb was very fatty and lacked flavor, the crepes had an off taste, and one meal was completely forgotten, they did bring it but the rest of us were done eating at that point. The Duabe of Beef was very good. This was our first visit, and with so many choices in Sonoma County likely our last.
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  • Great food
    Erik
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was our second visit and it was okay. The waitress was un attentive. Chicken was a bit chewy and appetizer was not what it should be. Anyway I'd rather remember this place for our first visit when everything was just wonderful
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem at its best!!!
    Morcella
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Our friends visit 1-2 x each year and love the Sonoma Co offerings of restaurants. We take great pleasure in sharing our local favorits. We four had excellent meals, service and smiles! Whether we order the three course special Tues-Thurs, or a la carte, we are always pleased with our selections!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a nice dinner with a great dessert and very good service. The only thing I would change is to try to go there more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    paulafood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We enjoyed everything about this meal - service,food, wine list, dessert. The scallops were the best I've ever tasted. The atmosphere is cozy without being stuffy. As a party of six, we were able to converse easily, no shouting. We will plan on visiting again the next time we stay in Santa Rosa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kr
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent food and service. The salmon and steak dishes were the best!!!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    ItaliaBellaVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Loved this restaurant! Great find in downtown Santa Rosa. The service was top notch! Our waiter was very charming (I wish I would have got his name) and the bus staff was great too! Very friendly group. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We had the price fixed menu and every course was tasty and generous. I will definitely dine here again when I'm in the area. Charming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Interesting menu, excellent execution, great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in Santa Rosa
    grillboy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Bistro 29 reminded us of a recent trip to Paris. Excellent French bistro food, including great sauces, crepes, and desserts. We enjoyed a crepe before our entrees of chicken in terragon sauce and steak frites in a pink peppercorn sauce. All were excellent. The desserts were special too. We had the profiterole in chocolate sauce and chocolate fondant cake with salted caramel ice cream, both delicious. I would highly recommend Bistro 29.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as always!
    Bontador
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Bistro 29 is our go-to favorite, fantastic meal, great vibe, super service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FRENCH RESTAURANT
    LOVEGOODFOOD
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    THIS IS A LITTLE GEM IN DOWNTOWN SANTA ROSA. THEY HAVE A WONDERFUL FIXED PRICE DINNER FOUR NIGHTS A WEEK. THE REGULAR MENU IS SUPERB. DESSERTS ARE WONDERFUL. VERY REASONABLE PRICES.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Brittany style French food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had many dietary restrictions due to Passover. The chef handled it very well. Delicious food. Great creative touches. Will visit again soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • Disappointed :(
    HollywoodVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Service was excellent~food not so much, very disappointed. Escargot was served in a green (maybe pea) think sauce with no taste. Beef was very tough. My husband said chicken was so so could do better at home. It was several years since being there will not return. Personally I would not specifically recommend this restaurant.
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  • THE place is eat in Santa Rosa
    FoodLover
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I love food. I love good food. Bistro 29 is THE place to go to in Santa Rosa for good food. I often have the lettuce as a starter. It comes with a fromage blanc vinaigrette to die for. Last night, I had the sauteed sole as a main dish. I really relished its parsnip purée. I wasn't hungry anymore, but I didn't want to stop here. All the desserts look appetizing on the menu. As I couldn't make my choice, I picked the gourmand, a selection a several bit size desserts. It was exquisite. The staff is really attentive, and they have a $29 prix fixe that's unbeatable. I really recommend Bistro 29 next time you want to have top quality meal - or a romantic dinner - in a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Started with a delicious Jardesca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Started with a delicious Jardesca California Aperitiva and then an outstanding prix fixe meal with wine pairing. Absolutely delicious. Chef Brian is wonderful and Bistro 29 is a gem....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent scallops
    edsl
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The scallops were to die for--sweet, soft, buttery. I noticed that many diners were enjoying the traditional French dish,Steak Frites. I always enjoy that when I'm in France but this time I went with the scallops and I'm glad I did. We really enjoyed our meal and the ability to talk without fighting restaurant noise.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another memorable meal
    EricVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    My wife and I visited again the other evening and had a terrific experience (again). Food was great and service was impeccable. Mussels (moules) for an appetizer, this time with the Pernod Crème sauce (quite popular and highly recommended) accompanied by a glass of Sparkling, followed by Lola Rosa salad (wonderful collection of textures and flavors - just right) and for the main course Daube of Beef (boeuf) with potato-St Jorge cheese croquettes - the beef was succulent, tender and powerfully flavorful with a red wine reduction, the potato-cheese croquettes were rich and creamy and great with a bottle of Vaqueyras. All-in-all another terrific experience; no room for dessert this time (maybe next time - we will be back).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful French spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This is truly French in every way but with a Sonoma-fresh bent. Innovative dishes true to the style of Brittany but using all the best of Sonoma. Wonderful staff, friendly, wash and knowledgeable. The best in the North Bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro 29 super Sonoma County eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Great restaurant with superb food and wine - amazing experience for all and especially those who relish perfectly matched foods.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Keep Coming Back
    awolfgirl
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Every time we need to celebrate (or just acknowledge something important), we discuss all of the wonderful restaurants we could go to. More often than not, though, we come back to Bistro 29. Wonderful food, and the cozy ambiance and great service, make it too hard to resist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous French Cuisine
    Lalaenjoyed
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Highly recommend this restaurant! Happy hour appetizers were fantastic and dinner was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confit Heaven
    2SRfoodies
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Duck Confit is one of the many wonderful dishes that is offered from time to time as the weekly Prix Fixe. The most recent Duck Confit Prix Fixe included luscious French lentils with a toasted goat cheese arugula salad.as a first course.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Diners Will Return
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This was the first time we dined at Bistro 29 and we were definitely not disappointed. I had the special three course menu with wine parings that are offered weekly. It was a wonderful value. My duck confit was quite good as was the salad with goat cheese and the dessert. My husband had the daube of beef and was quite happy with it also. The staff was friendly and professional although we would have been happy with a little more time between courses. The atmosphere is bistro casual--relaxing and comfortable. We will definitely return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Price:Quality Ratio
    Gourmand
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Bistro 29 is hands-down THE BEST value for quality food in Sonoma County.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We had our anniversary dinner
    ElceeVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner here. They gave us a special table for 2 at a corner where you can talk. Everything was terrific as noted above. From the food to the service. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Sonoma County.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Down Town French Gem
    opentabler7VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Great welcoming atmosphere. The steak frites was very upscale and the wines by the glass were generous and well thought out. Dessert was also a high point. Very convenient location near the back entrance to Russian River Brewing just down the street!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh..
    Irina
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was good, service just ok. The atmosphere was less than "vibrant". Although all tables were full, there were a lot of older people and it was too quiet. It was good to try once, but we like places that are little more fun.
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  • Bistro 29 was OK...
    VicS
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    ...but just OK. There was nothing that I thought was memorable. The wine pairings were fine, but the food was ordinary. The service was the same. Not bad, but lackluster. We had to ask when our dessert would arrive. This was our fourth visit to the restaurant, and it has been like this each time. I don't think we'll be back.
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  • marvellous!
    Dragon
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our dinning experience was extremely good. On a Friday evening the restaurant was just about full and the wife and I were easily able to enjoy a romantic evening together. The food was amazing, we both enjoyed every single bite thoroughly! The presentation was fabulous! We will definitely return and recommend this place to our friends. Mr. Anderson has got a great thing going here!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative French
    Gigi
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Yes, there were all the French sauces but more importantly to us great blends of vegetable ingredients like parsnips, ginger and lemon in a soup. And I do not remember seeing breast of lamb on a restaurant menu. We also found the smallish size of the restaurant with its miniscule bar attractive.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.