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
55 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (25)special occasion (22)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
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here on our first night in wine country and it really set the tone. Our waiter, Tyler, suggested a local wine that was fantastic. Service throughout the night was excellent and really made for a great time. Food was great with just the right size portions. End of night we were surprised with a complimentary desert to celebrate our anniversary which Tyler had noticed was mentioned on the reservation. Capped a great night I would come back to this restaurant in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Delicious
    Artsygirl
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We are never disappointed! The freshest farm to table cuisine with a unique flair. You will not find similar dishes in any restaurant in Petaluma. Famous for their Risotto and this time I had the wild boar gnocchi. So savory. The owner Marco makes you feel like you are an old friend and is usually present to make his guests feel welcome and special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Evening!
    jazzzdiva
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My party of six went to Risibisi to celebrate my birthday. It was a Saturday evening and restaurant filled yup quickly after we arrived. Altyhough it is rather noisy, we didn't notice after a while. The food and service were excellent! I was impressed and would definitely go back and recommend Risibisi to anyone to wanted a great Italian restaurant. The owner is always present and is helping out. The wine was great, as were all the pasta dishes we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    ChriMaso
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was a lovely restaurant that we found simply by using OpenTable. We had never eaten there before, but when we were looking for reservations, it popped up and was near our hotel, so thought we'd give it a shot and SO glad we did. The corkage fee ($15) was reasonable, Tyler (our waiter) was friendly and helpful. He was also attentive without constantly interupting. The ambiance was lovely. Overall, this was a GREAT FIND and definitely recommend it to anyone in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is always a wonderful treat
    Eastsider
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been here about five times now- if you sit in the back room there is a view of trees out back (and no noise back here at all!). The service is always great and helpful. The food is excellent- especially the veal tonnato, the salads (always super-fresh and seasonal), the pastas, and the dessert. We usually don't have main dishes as we have a lot of the starters- but people around us seemed to be very happy with their meals. The wine list is small but priced gently and the servers are always happy to make what turn out to be excellent suggestions. The prices are very reasonable and the dining experience here is always a pleasure. We strongly recommend if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were so appreciative that they held our reservation even though we were 1/2 hour late. Then once seated we told our server that we had to attend an evening event and would have to be out of there within an hour. After all of that we were served an absolutely delicious meal - the bruschetta and eggplant parmesan were the table favorites. We never felt rushed and we even had time for delicious strong coffee after our dinner. We look forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK but not the best in Petaluma
    JenSonomaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Second time I've been to Risibisi. Went there for lunch w/co-worker when first opened, weren't impressed. Never went back. Recently a friend told me she thought it was great so we decided to go for dinner. Overall the service was very attentive. The servings were super small, "artistic" in presentation. We shared calamari, salmon crudo, a salad, and the eggplant parmesan (2-3 bites each). Not the typical serving sizes you'd see @ neighbor Cucina Paradiso -- so if you are looking for a more traditional Italian meal w/ leftovers, don't go to Risibisi. If you want a culinary "experience", go to Risibisi. $62/person (not including tip) for a few shared plates (no dessert) + 2 glasses of Italian vino each.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice surprise!
    NYsouthernBelle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We took a trip to California so my husband could run in a Marathon in Santa Rosa. We were looking for an Italian Restaurant to eat at the night before the race and were referred to this restaurant. From the outside, it doesn't look like much, but it was wonderful when we came inside. Authentic Italian recipes and dishes, including Wild Boar! Everything was perfect. Our server was very attentive. We arrived on the early side, so we were almost alone in the back room. As we were leaving, more people arrived and it became a bit more lively. I would highly recommend Risibisi to anyone visiting the Santa Rosa area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    Jennygirl
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went with family, 3 generations, to celebrate my husband's birthday, everyone loved it. Great food, cocktails, dessert and service. Will return again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    PapaBen
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Went on a Monday night. There server was friendly and had a great sense of humor to match ours. The service was great as was the meal. Plan to go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HungryIrish09
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    THis was a last minute book. The Food and service were excellent. Traveling all day, we stumbled upon this restaurant, what a find. Definitely recommend to stop if your in the suurounding wine coutry area
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food!
    ddpp
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service at this restaurant was very good and very accommodating for our ever changing number of people reservations. The Bolognese Lasagna was the best I have ever had. Other family members had the wild boar gnocchi which was cooked to perfection. I would eat there again in a heart beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Way too expensive for this town, level of cuisine, not great just good. At least a $50.00 per person for lunch. Exaggerated!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner w/out-of-town guests
    MikeS
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wonderful dinner with out-of-town guests. Each of our dishes were perfectly prepared and the wine suggested by our waiter was superb. There are several excellent restaurants in downtown Petaluma and Risibisi rates at the top for us. We are always received as special guests and this occasion was no exception. Risibisi doesn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our dinner at Risibisi...
    FinerThingsInLife
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    ...the food is exquisite, the ingredients all very local, and I was joking with our wonderful server, (hails from Rome...!), that I would rate this place at least 6 or 7 Zagat stars... The prosciutto with melon was out of this world, you have to try it. You just can't find honeydew melons and cantaloupes that sweet and flavorful in a supermarket, they must have been picked same day. Ditto, the several kinds of tomatoes in the tomato-mozzarella salad plate, they were sliced from homegrown, the diameter of dessert plates...! Definitely going back, highest recommendations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely be back
    BibliopolVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We used to live in Petaluma and still go there for dinner sometimes. For some unknown reason, we had never been to Risibisi. Our loss. Went Friday night. The Caesar salad was really good. The pasta and risotto were delicious. The wine list adventuresome. Setting was very pretty and sound level pretty good for restaurants nowadays. Service was good but could use a little polishing but nothing that should stop you from dining here and enjoying it very much.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service & Excellent Food
    CarolinNovato
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a very enjoyable lunch at Risibisi. Two years earlier we had a negative experience here, mostly due to poor service; but, we decided to give the restaurant a second chance. We are so happy that we did. The food was excellent (we both had specials) and the server was exceptional (attentive and friendly). We had a pleasant chat with the owner, and told him we would definitely come back, and bring friends with us. In this instance, it definitely paid to give the business a second chance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Petaluma treat.
    TableForTwo
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Nice local restaurant with great ambience. Great location. Full bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    eat2live
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    If your lunch needs are more than a sandwich or salad, I wholeheartedly recommend Risibisi. Full bar, great menu, all situated in a wonderful turn of the century ambiance. We came for a long lunch and were well accommodated by the friendly staff. Great place, good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    Lexylux
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We booked this restaurant as a last minute reservation on open table on a Friday night. There were good reviews on open table. From the outside the restaurant looked closed but of course it was open and from the inside the lighting and ambiance were very creative and interesting. Our server was friendly but not so savvy on the wine list or Italian food. This was unexpected at a high end Italian restaurant in wine centered Sonoma County. He was not able to pronounce the Italian dishes. The main dishes were delivered (an hour later--"large group of 12")to our table without description. The food was "so so", my pork loin came out deep fried!, chewy. The pasta was fresh, the amount of fish/meat in the pasta dishes was scant. Bummer.
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  • Italian experience
    Sarah
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our lunch was exquisite - caprese salad with local tomatoes, house made gnocchi with wild boar sauce (I wanted to come back for dinner to have it again), but best of all - we stayed chatting at our table until 4:00 (lunch service ends at 2:30) and the waiter was gracious and welcoming. It felt like I was in a trattoria in Italy, where mealtime with friends is honored and treasured. One of the two best Italian restaurants in Petaluma. What a lucky town we are!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food!
    BDDiners
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A group of 5 visited and each of us ordered a different entrée. After sharing tastes, we agreed that every dish was exceptional. Our only complaint was that they ran out of one entrée that we had wanted to order. Sides and desserts were just as good. We would highly recommend and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petalumafoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Probably my favorite in all Petaluma! Food is alway excellent & the service attentive & knowledgable. The wild boar gnocchi is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We bought a Groupon for this spot. The terms weren't clear so the value was a little questionable. The food on the other hand left no questions. WOW!!! The soup was delicious and bright. The bollagnese sauce was perfectly seasoned and had so much meat. The focaccia was perfect. Overall a 9.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service
    Dave
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great Italian cuisine located in downtown Petaluma. We chose this because it was recommended and convenient to our hotel. Very nice surprise. The food was excellent and for once I could carry on a conversation without a lot of background noise. I wouldn't call the wine list extensive, but it is certainly adequate and not way overpriced like many restaurants. Will return if we find ourselves in Petaluma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met my expectations
    MrCelloboy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My wife had eaten at Risibisi, but I had not. I read a few yelp reviews and it looked good. A couple of reviews criticized timidity in the way of spices, but I didn't find this true. We shared salmon Carpaccio, Beet Salad, Pasta Puttanesca, and Gorgonzola Risotto. All was delicious and service was attentive. Good job!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    NoReservationsVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Wild Boar gnocchi excellent! Baby beet salad and grilled peach salad exceptional. The salmon is always perfectly done. The presentation, portion size (value), and creativity of cuisine here are always outstanding. By far the best restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    solodiner
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have had dinner here before, but this was first time for lunch. Both times were a hit. The food is delicious and innovative - especially the sauces. The service is excellent, never intrusive, but timely. The price was also reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful
    anon
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Good food, professional service , and charming ambiance assures returning patrons.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for a family dinner
    likesToEatandChat
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have eaten at Risibisi many times. It is always a very pleasant dining experience. The food and service are very good and, more importantly, the atmosphere is comfortable and friendly and quiet enough that you can carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was good but service was ssssslllllllooooooowwwwww. I've been to Italy, if they're trying to recreate that "long dining" experience then they need their server to come around a lot more often to offer more drinks. We were half-way through our entres before we were even asked if we waned a second round, and our cocktail glasses had been empty for quite awhile. At least in the old country if you're expected to stay a long time you're still attended to. The food was "fine" at best, service was good, just incredibly slow.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    srjcgrad
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We celebrated our son's graduation from SRJC on Saturday 1 pm and had a wonderful experience. They have a great table for groups of 8 and it feels like eating at our home dinner table. Except we don't have to do the dishes. We got appetizers while waiting for everyone to show up. The staff was accommodating. The food was good. Only problem were the meatball being a bit on the dry side. Otherwise great house wines. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 371 reviews are from the Risibisi reviews archive.
  • very special restaurant
    felicity
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Charming small restaurant, the food prepared carefully, extremely fresh ingredients, friendly service. We want to explore the menu further, having only been once to lunch and another time for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience BUT
    Tayo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was fantastic, the service was impeccable, and the ambience was great. BUT at the end of the evening the owner or host asked our party to move to a table that did not fit us all in order to finish our meal because a party of 15 was waiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Notch Lunch Experience
    quick2eat
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Staff very accommodating of our 7 person group and our last minute reservation change. The diverse lunch menu provided something for everyone. Service, food, and setting were all exemplary.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Risibisi is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. We have never been disappointed with the food or the service. Everything is fresh and flavorful. The service is always spot on. Risibisi is a great place to dine.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Very good meal
    RussVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had the pasta w/duck ragu-excellent. My wife had the mushroom risotto-she thought it was a little bland. The service was very good, even though there was a very large party who required a lot of attention.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girlfriend Dinner
    Mamajoan
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    First visit, found on Open Table. Great quaint, comfy feel to this restaurant. My out of town friend was also delighted with my choice. Great dinners, martinis and dessert. Tyler=great waiter. I will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyable!
    Mooninsonoma
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We've met friends here several times and have enjoyed it every time. The staff is friendly and professional, the food is really good, the atmosphere is warm and rustic, prices are reasonable. We really enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great again!!!
    WithaGrainofSalt
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We've been several times for date night, on Christmas Day with family, and last mintue on Valintines Day. It's always been a great experience. Never to loud. Never a bad bite. Love to start with the seasonal bruschetta. The service is on point and friendly. A goto spot when we need a place to entertain friends or just get really good food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.