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
106 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)special occasion (57)neighborhood gem (51)romantic (44)notable wine list (27)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 564 reviews are from the Bistro 29 reviews archive.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Interesting menu, excellent execution, great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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!
    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.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    cfgates
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal.........It was delicious!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Brittany in Santa Rosa
    dragonfly
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We went there for the Sonoma restaurant week and were not disappointed. One of us had the Prix Fixe special ($29 with choices on each of 3 courses for this week), and one ate off the main menu. The seafood cassoulet was delicious and the portions were perfect. On the Prix Fixe we had salad, red snapper and a dessert, all of which were great. We'd go back any time, not just for restaurant week, as they do their Prix Fixe (without choices) during the week days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This place was nice and food was good. Not sure id go back but worth trying.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    JenMa
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We went to dine during restaurant week, and enjoyed the 3 course prix fixe for $29 with an $11 wine pairing. The service was quite good, and the waitstaff and chef went above and beyond to concoct a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free version of one of the meals for my sweetie. The food was tasty, but didn't lead to "yummy noises" of pleasure while we ate. My dessert, an apple tart, had a rather off flavor. I didn't think that claret paired well with lamb, although the chardonnay was lovely with the pear-parsnip soup. I've heard such rave reviews of this place that I probably will try it again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When we walked in, the restaurant
    Jean
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    When we walked in, the restaurant smelled strongly like fish. It got better as the evening went on. The soup was great but the red snapper was bland. It was loud and hard to have a conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week Best of the Best
    rusrivermanVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The choices for restaurant week were great for anyone's palette and provided by far the best value of any restaurant included in the Sonoma Restaurant Week. We had the Snapper Pistou which essentially is a minestrone with pesto that you mix all together with the fish and make a "stew" of your own out of it. It was absolutely spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent prix fixe Menus!
    Featherduster
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderfully priced 3 course meal. Food is excellent and presentation impressive. Great bread and wine list. All four of us enjoyed our different meals and dessert. Will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate