Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar

Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sunolridgerestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: 9252781948x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Monday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

    Tuesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

    Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

    Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Frank Jordan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Private Dining Room, with seating for 24 guests, is the ideal way to spend anniversaries, birthdays, and special events. Dine in a secluded area while your group enjoys an intimate gathering.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Walker 9252781948x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cypress Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar
The rustic-meets-traditional Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar boasts a private dining room, serpentine bar, and outdoor patio with fire pit. Sunol Ridge embraces key elements from its inspiration: a nineteenth century homestead ranch located in the Fremont/Sunol hills bringing life on the ranch to the bustling city. With 54 taps of craft beer and local wine and an extensive menu hosting fresh, organic foods, Sunol Ridge provides a unique dining experience that is sure to leave you satisfied and with great memories.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (60)great for outdoor dining (54)fit for foodies (41)hot spot (33)good for groups (31)special occasion (27)neighborhood gem (25)notable wine list (22)romantic (18)great for lunch (10)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Food & Drinks = 10; Vibe = 3
    deadeye
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My s.o. and I ate at the bar on Saturday night. Very interesting and well-thought-out décor, and all of the food, and the 2 featured drinks we had were superb. The vibe needs to be improved, however. Too many lights and too many TVs, and the mix of honky tonk and top-40 music does the place a disservice. Lower the lights substantially, deemphasize sports, and change the music mix to something more hip and chill, so the place feels like a young, urban scene in suburbia...house mix, BuddhaBar, Afrojack, etc. SR has great potential to be a late evening destination spot, but is not quite there yet.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Redman1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There was a significant delay in having drinks, ordered at the bar, brought to our table once we were seated. There was a delay in having the appropriate wine glasses brought to our table for our wine. Food was satisfactory, but not memorable beyond that. Limited selection on menu.
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  • So-so
    Kimican
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The restaurant was noisy and the food was ok. We had the impression that our order got lost in the shuffle.
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    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Needs Tweaking
    SherbearVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our first time at Sunol Ridge. First of all, ask to be seated in the back room or outside on the patio; otherwise, you will be in danger of going deaf. Very creative menu. Bar cocktails were excellent. My husband & I love calamari & ordered the appetizer...we found the texture too soft. Perhaps it was overcooked? I also ordered the "vertical" salmon. Part of it was actually raw. I think these dishes have great potential but need better quality control. I'd give it another try though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time isn't a charm
    EastBayOutings
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was our 2nd time at Sunol Ridge; the 1st time was great, so my wife and I decided to come back to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately, the chef seemed to be off this particular night...my wife had the scallops; she had the SAME dish the last time we ate here and it was amazing, but this time, several of the scallops were incredibly salty. I ordered the pot roast - it's served cubed, which is odd since I would assume that a 40-hour braised pot roast would fall apart if you tried to cube it...not this meat. It was firm and chewy, not the texture I'd expect from pot roast...it was also served lukewarm, yuck. I ate very little of my meal, yet my server just took the plate away without bothering to ask why I ate NOTHING.
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  • Great new restaurant
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Really happy to see a new restaurant in walnut creek! Spacious, great decor, delicious food and fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • menu needs improvement
    bluebird
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Sunol Ridge is a beautiful restaurant and the service is excellent. But the menu overreaches. The chef should present some choices -- besides the hamburger -- for patrons who prefer simple, fresh, well-prepared food. Simple is the operative word here. The poached salmon was under-cooked and too pungent. (If it's sushi, say so on the menu.) The chicken thigh tasted sour, unpleasant. Broiled or adequately poached salmon and chicken breast with simple seasoning, would please any palate, especially at lunch. I hope this restaurant succeeds, because it is a lovely space and staff is terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bean10
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    beautiful decor, friendly staff, small details missing--no spoon for coffee etc. Food good. I eat here often because the outdoor dining is the best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Growing Pains - Beautiful Setting
    QuigVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We knew we might have an issue when after being seated the staff was apologizing for a delay in bringing us water. This was the theme for the rest of the evening as every course took longer than expected to be served (and cleared). The seared calamari appetizer was the best dish of the evening. The soup of the day was vegetable, too much broth and not enough veggies. Once we ordered dinner, it took twice the normal waiting time which in hindsight was why they were trying to get us to place our dinner order early. My brined ribeye pork chop was great. My wife's scallops were good but her plated green bean side was tough. The wines on tap were average (sampled four) so went the bottle route instead. Better review if better service
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    with tuna poke is cold dehydrated coconut milk, looks good but makes dish soggy & tastes awful. Bubbles were good. Quinoa veggie burger with tofu spread very good. Staff friendly. Cheese plate appetizer tiny portion for $18. elephant garlic puree awful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie delight in Walnut Creek
    Heidingrow
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Ambiance was fantastic! The menu had something for everyone. Whether you want cheap bar food and an extravagant for dinner you can get it. Duck confit spring rolls took me back to Vietnam. Pork belly was the best I've had. Burger was perfect! Where do I begin with the drinks? Cocktail menu was unique and exciting although a bit light on the alcohol. Wine menu had depth and variety. Can't beat the beer! Hands down the best beer menu in Walnut Creek! Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still figuring out service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very nice space and want to love it, but the service was way below par. Brought all our food together (salad and main course), our beers got empty, and felt abandoned.
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  • Solid food with some flair
    diningfoolVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Came with 4 others. Was pleasantly surprised. The apps. were the most unique. Highly recommend the Poke and the Belly. Both done with some very unique flair and modern cooking techniques. The mains were all solid. The short ribs are packed with flavor...just see it more as a fall/winter dish. My only nit, the menu was a little heavy for summer. All in the group were very pleased, but commented that it did lean heavy. Maybe some specials to highlight the bounty of the season. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd go again
    Zero
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've been eyeing Sunol Ridge since I saw a boulder in the entrance during construction... Like, what could this place be? The ambiance is fanastic as well as the outdoor sitting. The drinks were great too! Sadly, the food on the menu sounded delish but in the end it was meh. I can't put my finger on it but it felt like the dishes my friend and I ordered was missing something. I'd go back with girlfriends for drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here!
    Patuti
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The menu is a bit limited but the flavors were outstanding! Unusual, but great sides! The outside patio and fire pit are superb! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be Better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had high expectations that were not met. Overall experience was good. Great beer list and fun wine tasting. Food is hit and miss or maybe just not our style.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit
    Bean10
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have ben a guest at Sunol Ridge twice in two weeks--lunch and dinner. I plan to go twice next week. The wait staff and supervisors are excellent, the outdoor venue lovely and one can actually hear conversation at your table.Those who I have had as guests raved about the restaurant and plan to visit again. The food is ok--meat was too fatty but, on the whole, this is a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Finally! Absolutely awesome.
    EricaBVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I cannot tell you how excited I am that Sunol Ridge has found its feet. This was my third time here and they were still working through some rough spots the first two times, but they have definitely found their stride. The food was absolutely spectacular - on par with some of the best meals I've had in SF. I've been waiting for a restaurant with this quality to open up in WC... We had the mussels, calamari and "poutine" this time and they were all exceptionally good. Kudos to our awesome server as well. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Pleased
    mangiamo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went expecting high end but it was much more laid back which I liked. Very good for drinks and tapas, would recommend for meeting up with friends. Great lounge and good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a good one
    PattyJeanne
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The fish tacos at lunch were great. Look forward to returning. Will eat outside next time on the beautiful sheltered patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply stunning
    LgleglVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    From the decor to the fabulous menu, there was nothing but good things happening at this new neighborhood restaurant. It is just beautiful and the menu from Top Chef protege Frank Stewart is fantastic. I had the tuna poke with cucumber bubbles and coconut snow. It was sushi grade tuna perfectly cut and presented over a bed of avocado. It was accompanied by a sesame "chicharone" that was crisp and tasty but neutral enough to support the poke. I then had the mussels with a perfect broth peppered with chorizo strips. Three nice baguette slices were served with it. They have a huge wine and beer selection. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable as well as personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service great, Food not so much
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great service by friendly, accommodating servers. Food needs work.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outside dining
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fantastic beer list and very cool outside dining. We split the duck spring rolls for an app - very good. I had the pork - it was outstanding. My wife had the salmon - it was ok. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting new place
    puckeye
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was very nice. Cocktails were unique and enjoyable. Only detractor was wrapper on duck spring rolls, they were tough. Either made Earlier and were allowed to dry out or weren't in the hot water long enough.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very nice restaurant and the customer service was superb. We were both vegan and the chef accomodated us beautifully.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our server was auful. We received a dinner menu ands small bits menu and when we went to order, non of those items were available. We had to ask her abu the soup and she aid it wasfunny wehad asked because she just tried. I wasn'trealy funny. She hd been t the table 4 tis aready dropping of drinks and saying hi. She should have told us then. Plus she thought te aoili on the plates was ranch. She should know the menu because lunch is not so big. Plus the burger and fish tacos were not all that great.
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  • Bill
    BillVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the food was excellent, and the service was perfect. We needed to get in and out in order to make a show, and waiter did a terrific job taking care of us. Great wine list, but there should be more selectons in the $30 to 40 range.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best of Walnut Creek
    TeamDD
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Upon entering the lively bar area we knew we were in for something good. The place is gorgeous, warm but also modern, a really nice balance. Our waiter was spot on the whole night. Perfect timing, perfect amount of attention and extremely well educated about the food, beer and wine lists. Had the most unusual preparation of a favorite dish in the tuna poke. Coconut dust and cucumber pearls? Nobody is doing that and it was delicious. Vertically cooked salmon with a square of crispy skin on top, oh my! Wife had the filet, cut with butter knife and cooked to perfection. Dad had the pork chop, massive tender flavorful. Everybody was a member of the clean plate club. We will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super fun
    OaktownMomma
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Headed to Sunol Ridge for a Girls Night Out and had a terrific time. Lovely glass of wine as recommended by our super duper server, friendly patrons, and awesome bar table with water running through it. Skip the duck spring rolls and head for the mac n' cheese. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    WCFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food. Horrible service. The waitress was so concentrated on the what must have been 2 VIPs next to us that we were pretty much ignored the whole night.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome Edition to Walnut Creek
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Walnut Creek needs a place like this. Great selection of craft beer and the bartenders know how to make a drink. The food and service is fantastic. Great lively scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh new fun spot in WC
    Akira123
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went in for an early dinner and the service was amazing the food was delicious and the bar was hip and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Yummy...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Enjoyed great cocktails and a delicious dinner. The restaurant and bar have been beautifully remodeled and the outdoor patio with fire pit is awesome! The pork belly is a must...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Looks—Not So Good Food.
    im2bae
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The most important element to the dining experience is, I think, the food. I'll go to any hole in the wall restaurant as long as the food is delicious. This place has it in reverse. I walked into the beautiful and newly renovated space and felt confident that the food would be commensurately delicious. Dull and doughy Chicken N Chorizo Croquets, overcooked Berbere Drumsticks with a cloying allspice sweetness and lack of salt, syrupy Short Ribs, and a not-so-Ultimate Burger were part of the fare offered at Sunol Ridge. The Vertically Cooked Salmon was okay, but I'd point out that the name evinces a bent for complication where a simple and well executed dish would have sufficed. Come for the bar scene, I guess.
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    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beer heaven in Walnut Creek
    Maverick
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This restaurant is living up to its stated purpose: bringing craft beers to Walnut Creek along with great food to go with them. We tried several different beers, all wonderful, and used them to wash down pork bellies with shredded corn on the cob and cream, mussels in a great broth, steak tartare, the "vertical salmon", and a shared bowl of crispy brussel sprouts. The staff has obviously been well trained to provide friendly and prompt service. Everyone was smiling in this restaurant, including the patrons! Also, their "wine on tap" is a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Tapper
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Lovely spot with various indoor and outdoor seating areas. Great if you want to have a cocktail and enjoy the night air, or stay at the spacious indoor bar area and catch an inning of the game or make noise with your youthful group. Terrible if you want to enjoy a good meal. Prices are exorbitant and practically every single item has meat in it - including the salads! I had the Tuna Poke to start and it was actually good. But it has something called Coconut snow which appears to be, ummmm - ice. The mussels were a big disappointment, no flavor to speak of. The Sunol Salad was a big thick wedge of lettuce with meat. The salmon is farmed, not wild. I got it anyway as the non-meat choices are limited. $15 corkage,total for two $125 plus tip
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  • BAD SERVICE + OVER PRICED
    Sam91
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Family ordered burgers. 3 of 4 prepared wrong. Sent back. 2 still came back wrong. This is second time we have tried Sunol in the past month and the first time was similar. Service very nice but petty slow. Way over priced considering quality issues.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Nice bar....poor food
    Doc1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Server was GREAT! Food quality sub-par. Manager was trying to organize tables for a larger group. Asked us to move from our table so he could have it. You only get one chance for a first impression. Good luck Sunol Ridge.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • A favorite new place
    Cindergo50
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    What an amazing night. They've really created a fantastic experience. Inside and out the decor is rustic with elegance. The patio and fire pit is a great place to hang out with friends. The food was amazing and I love the smaller menu focused on fresh quality. I've already booked our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs Improvement
    wcdiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Beautiful space, lots of effort put into a gorgeous atmosphere and decor... but the food and service was not adequate to the look of the space. Food was improperly cooked, came out cold and not altogether. Server was very sweet and cordial, but had no knowledge of the menu nor had she ever been properly trained as a server. Hopefully this place will get on track over the next few months, WC could really use a nice spot like this with an eclectic menu and great beer and wine list (one area in which is succeeds). The food needs to be properly executed or no one will return.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate