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Walter Hansel Wine Bistro
Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

Walter Hansel Wine Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.walterhanselbistro.com/
  • Phone: (707) 546-6462
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Phillipe Collasse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Thank you for choosing Walter Hansel Wine Bistro . Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you. 6PM Winemaker Special Dinner Event $79 Prix Fixe 5 Course Dinner Menu Please Visit Our Site for Course Descriptions *Limited Seating Availability*

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willowside
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Walter Hansel Wine Bistro
French Wine Bistro in Santa Rosa.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "This unpretentious country bistro is loaded with surprises. The assorted hand-crafted cheeses, creative fresh fish dishes, homemade ice creams and sorbets and custom wine flights featuring recent Walter Hansel releases put this intimate spot on our must-do list on every visit to the Russian River. Jason welcomed us like old friends and Fred guided our tour of the on-site vegetable garden after dinner. The Bistro's atmosphere is comfortable and casual, but the food is creative and elegant. We look forward to our next experience at this hidden wine country gem."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a very attentive and wonderful server named Sharon. She was knowledgeable with the menu and gave us great recommendations when we didn't know what we would want to order. This is definitely is a diamond in a ruff. Quiet little spot on the corner (almost missed it) but the view from the dinning area was breath taking. Thank you for a wonderful evening. I will definitely send my guests here!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed our food & the service very much. However, we don't especially like sitting at a table along a bench with neighbors on top of you. Also, when a group of 7 people came in it got extremely noisy. Other than that it was definitely fine dining."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Finally!!!!! A good restaurant on the west side of Santa Rosa."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were welcomed by name (well, we were the only group of 5 checking in), promptly seated, and promptly served. The shellfish "plate" was outstanding--my girls loved it and polished that off along with a single order of the cheese plate (which we should have ordered 2). My husband had the duck gizzard salad, and loved it. Everything had multiple layers of flavors. The staff were friendly, made suggestions without being overbearing, and super responsive."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Really delicious food and a lovely setting. So nice to have real French style cooking. Thank you, Chef, for coming to the wine country! Love the duck rillettes. The 3 of us were delighted with our dinners."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had family visiting from Europe and felt this would be a good choice for them. We were not disappointed, every part of the meal was outstanding. What a delight to have such a great restaurant just 15 minutes from home. We were just as pleased as the first time we ate there for my husband's birthday. It's just hard deciding on which entree to select-they are all wonderful."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Take a road trip to the middle of Russian Valley vineyards to find the gem that is W. Hansel Wine Bistro. The old Zazu location has been reinvented, revitalized and offers a world of inspired and wonderfully rendered dishes that can take you away as you overlook pristine neighborhood vineyards to another place. A small, but effective wine list, dominated by the quality W. Hanzel brand, of course, can complement any dish offered to enhance and dish that comes out of the efficient kitchen. Attentive staff only added to our enjoyment. Like MacArthur, 'we will return'."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My wife and I invited out of town guests for dinner. Our experience was a memorable experience, f the wait staff was attentive and efficient, the dinner was not only a visual experience but all our meals were were prepared to perfection. The wine list is extensive and well chosen. To top it all off both the coffee, the dessert and the complimentary aperitif were excellent. Although a little pricy it is worth every cent."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We(two senior couples) went for an early mid week dinner and were surprised to find a three course special_excellent bib salad, flank steak and superb strawberry dessert for just $29…we expected and found the food to be excellent but were pleased with the reasonable price . Excellent wine list but $10-$13 per glass. Young singer performed but was hampered by noise level - during one piece the background music was not even turned off. We will return."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My wife and I had an anniversary dinner at Hansel last week and it was very very good. The food and service were excellent and if you are a Pinot lover, look no further. The wines are excellent quality at a reasonable price. The restaurant is located out in the countryside which gives it a nice feel, this is a wine country gem!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had tried to dine at Walter Hansel on multiple occassions but life got in the way. The wait was well worth it. We loved every part of the meal. Our waiter knew we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and sent out a complimentary wine flight to sample. Prior to receiving dessert we were offered a digestif compliments of the house. Loved everything! We will be repeat customers."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "From start to finish our dining experience was simply perfect. Great seat by the window looking out to the vineyards, attentive service throughout the entire meal (above and beyond service with excellent reccomendations), delicious seafood, asteak, soups, salads. Dessert was fabulous, pistachio gelato puffs in chocolate sauce and a meringue with cream and ginger finished with a fun white dessert wine and port. I would give the restaurant a 10 and the genuine staff an 11, Bravo."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My fiance and I had our first French dining experience here at Walter Hansel. We explained to the Waiter that we required some tutorial to French cuisine and he walked us through each course of the meal and paired an excellent wine. A really great experience at the end of vacation. The bill didn't break the bank either, and the portions were appropriate. Nothing but high marks!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Walter Hansel Bistro is a gem!!! It starts the moment you arrive and are greeted by Fred. The wait staff is knowledgeable and very helpful. The food is outstanding. Walter Hansel Bistro is about making people happy....."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "An enjoyable evening with good food and service. The romaine salad, mussels, and Mary's chicken were very good. Sampled their wines. Only concern was having to google many of the words in the menu. Didn't learn French in my engineering schools."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This place was a wonderful find! The food and service was exceptional. We had a party of four and all our dishes were amazing. Meeting the chef was special. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were celebrating our 48 wedding anniversary and really enjoyed the wonderful food, their great wines and the special touches. We've been looking for a good place for sea food and our sea bass was just what we wanted. We will be back soon and often!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was our second time at the restaurant. The first time all of our meals were outstanding! This time, the food was good but not nearly as good as we had hoped it would be. We were disappointed because it was a special occasion amd wanted something special. Our friends were quite happy with their meals. The service was great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Walter Hansel Wine Bistro is a wonderful place for a "wine country" dinner. Unpretentious, gracious service and excellent food. We started with a Chicken Gizzards Salad and a cold asparagus soup w/ garlic flan. My husband and I split the Rib Eye (20 ounces!) which came with thin, crispy fries and a small medley of grilled veg; pearl onions, mushrooms and asparagus tips. We ended our dinner with a perfect lavender crème brulee. A bottle of the Hansel Pinot Noir was tasty. My only complaint would be the lack of lower priced reds on the wine list. The least expensive choice was $50 which is a little steep for locals like us. Service was friendly and attentive. I will go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "...to this terrific new neighborhood gem. The service was warm and friendly and every single bite of the food was a joy. Chef Philippe Colasse was eyes and hands on every single plate that left the kitchen. Can't wait to share it with all our out-of-town friends and make a regular visit to this wonderful bistro with our local neighbors as often as possible. What a find!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was astounding, the service very good. We felt the wine list offered only VERY expensive choices. The corkage fee for the first bottle of wine ($15) was reasonable, however a charge of $25 for the second bottle we felt was excessive. That being said, we WILL visit them again. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had a very nice meal and all the food was very good. Got a little adventurous and had the lamb tongue salad which was very tasty (and two of us are not land people). All of our entrées were very good (chicken, flat iron steak, corvina fish) but we felt a little heavy on potatoes. The lamb tongue salad had a German potato salad on the bottom, the steak came with pomme frittes, the chicken came with homemade chips and the fish came with a gratin. With that, we would go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We dined there on a Wednesday evening and had their midweek special. It was a four course meal and every item was just beautifully prepared and exceptionally excellent. This restaurant is one of the best in Sonoma County. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food really surprised us. The Lobster Bisque is French Marsaillaise grade. The ingredients are creatively used, and the presentation is excellente. We enjoyed some of the owner's wines. We will return."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I loved the fish dish I ordered. Would like to have been acknowledged by notes I added to open table reservation. As a concierge, I will always leave notes about my guests and would hope that their special occasions and needs are acknowledged."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We dined at the restaurant for our anniversary on May 23rd. We ordered the seafood platter special which was delicious, followed by Sea Bass and Rack of Lamb....both of which were wonderful. Our waitress was very friendly, however was challenged by opening a bottle of champagne for us. She poured our initial glass, and then we were left to pour subsequent refills for the most part. She had a hard time describing the dishes, and seemed very anxious but cheerful. Our table was for two, however the tables were so close together that when you pulled your chairs out you slammed into the folks behind you. Overall, the experience was pleasant but not exceptional."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Excellent food and good wine selection. Service good but not perfect. After making a big deal about be our server, Stephanie disappeared and we were swerved by others, which was fine, but no explanation was given, we had to give reminders for bread, and coffee. Everyone was very nice, and immediately fulfilled our requests. Ther was a special butter on the menu, but when we asked for an explanation of it p, our server didn't know what it was. The food, especially the asparagus, and a the sea bass, were outstanding. They are still just working out the service kinks, I think. I would go again. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and two of us had the mussels special. The others had duck. Both were yummy. A lovely evening with authentic French fare. Great service too. Worth many return trips."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a great time at Walter Hansel Bistro. The duck, scallops and seafood soup were all excellent. Corkage was only $15 which is much appreciated. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Very friendly staff. Delicious seafood bisque and dinner of sea bass, and best sorbet (apricot/chardonnay) I've ever tasted for desert. All complemented by a flight of Hansel chardonnays. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Food - some interesting selections, all very well prepared and beautifully presented. Really large portions, we took almost 1/2 of everything home. Wine - not as extensive a selection as I had hoped. Our $90. Burgundy was ok Service - our first server seemed slightly frazelled, perhaps because she was impossible to hear due to the large party seated behind us. She apologized and moved us to a new table at our request. Our second table was quiter but we had no server at all, just various people who delivered our food and took our desert order. It was delivered timely, which seemed kind of amazing considering. After the initial wine pour, we were on our own. All and all a odd dining experience. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This was our second visit and we were entertaining good friends who are part of the food and wine industry in Sonoma County. As we predicted, they were very favorable impressed and will not only be back, but will recommend to others. The food is outstanding with an excellent wine list. Servers were friendly and professional but over-tasked. Very noisy on a Saturday evening. Will make our next visit during the week!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Two if us went to Hansel's Bistro on a recommendation from a friend. We were both extremely happy with our dinning experience from the minute we arrived. The food was truely superb in both preparation and presentation. We enjoyed a flight if Hansel's Pinot noirs and selected one to order by the bottle. Hansel's Bistro was wonderful. An amazing find. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food was just O.K. at best and the prices are way to high for what you get. We don't mind paying the higher price for a special occasion but the food should be great not just O.k."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Very nice feeling. Good well presented dishes and excellent service."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Nice ambience on inside, much better than the outside."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Everything we had was outstanding. Great flavors paired with good wine. The cold seafood appetizer, although expensive, was very good. Braised beef rib was outstanding. My wife had duck for the first time and, although had nothing to compare it to, said it was very good. Our waiter, Jason, was very knowledgeable on which wine went with our food - he was spot on. We enjoy the "rustic" atmosphere. We plan on returning in the near future."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We've been twice to the this restaurant and had both outstanding food and service each time from soup to nuts. Not one dish in our party of four the first experience and party of five the second time was anything less than stupendous, well presented and satisfying. People should frequent this restaurant! They have great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Also, I must note that they start diners off with a tasty amuse bouche and end by serving a complimentary after dinner drink of port or sauterne. Nice touch!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Very disappointed , food was average and very overpriced. Not coming back here for sure."
    Dined on 4/12/2014