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Willi's Wine Bar
Willi's Wine Bar

Willi's Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.williswinebar.net
  • Phone: (707) 526-3096
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday & Monday 5:00pm - 9:30pm Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am - 9:30pm Friday & Saturday 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Mark Stark
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering by proposal. Please call Jenny Gipson for details. (707) 546-5100
  • Private Party Facilities: Willi's Wine Bar offers semi-private accommodations for parties. Please call the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Ulrike Steinke (707) 526-3096

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mark West Springs
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Willi's Wine Bar
A 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Top 100 Restaurant. Willi’s Wine Bar's classic roadhouse appeal captures the casual, laid-back nature of the Sonoma County Wine Country. Tourists and locals feel equally at home enjoying a quick bite or lingering over a glass of wine. The menu at Willi's features 32 international small plates, some wildly inventive and others comfortingly familiar. The knowledgeable staff is eager to help create perfect pairings with wines from the extensive wine list. Diners will find a dazzling array of wines by local producers and are likely to find the winemakers themselves at a nearby table. All wines are available in a two-ounce taste as well as by the glass or bottle. Patio dining is covered and heated. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Great wine selections and not too overbearing. I like how the food was prepared in an appetizer fashion with low cost in case you like a dish you could get it again or if you didn't like it, you didn't have to spend $20 on something not good. Service was fantastic and being outside was very peaceful and relaxing."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I have been to Willi's Wine Bar three times now. I wish I lived closer; I'd eat here once a week. The food is sensational and inventive. They tease every flavor out of the ingredients. The outdoor patio is great as is the service. I put this restaurant at the top of my list and encourage everyone to give it a try. You won't be disapointed."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The wine list is terrific with lots of choices by the glass and the bottle. Had a small glass of Portuguese wine for $7.50 that was excellent. Also a couple of salads and one small entree to share. This place can get expensive if you have a large appetite but nice for a smaller lunch and a glass of wine. Nice outdoor patio. Food very good and our service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were spending the night in Santa Rosa after visiting wineries in the area, so we decided to go to Willi's Wine Bar. We had a table reservation, but decided to sit at the bar instead. Service was great. Food was fun. Wine flights were fun. Our bill was over $200. Worth that much? No, so choose carefully! Still an overall fun experience and would consider returning if we were in the area again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Reading through the small plates menu at Willi's, we wanted to try them all! And you will, too. Be sure to order the gnocchi - it is amazing - and the lamb chops with couscous that explode with flavor. Love Willi's and can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Thanks to Open Table on this one experience. I needed a nice place for dinner and this ended up becoming one of our best dinner of our trip. Fresh, tasty and just enough variety to not be lost in the menu. Willi's goes for the tapas style of eating and succeeds wonderfully. On this trip we enjoyed Napa Rose at Disney, Solbar in Calistoga, Madrona Manor (excellent as well) -- this experience sticks... and the ownership is kind to dog owners."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant with a menu that promises more than it delivers. First, portions are larger than tapa size so when the server recommends five dishes for two people it should be three, maybe four dishes as five just seemed liked too much food. Although the presentation was wonderful for the eyes it left something to be desired for the palate. It seems that the chef doesn't care to add any flavor to his food through the use of even the most mild of spices leaving the taste somewhat bland and disappointing. The food wasn't bad, in fact it was fresh and brought to the table in a timely manner. Ultimately though it was not what it could have been. Our waiter knew his wines and made excellent suggestions that were well received."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food, California style but not one of those places where you feel only the chef understands what is going on with the food. The flavor combos are absolute yum. I do recommend saving room for dessert. Butterscotch crème brulee anyone?"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Close to Fountaingrove area on Old Redwood Hwy. Quick service and delivery of small plates. We ordered 8 plates, all delicious! Very attentive staff."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is a tapas-style restaurant, but the food isn't Spanish. Every menu item was so tempting, it was difficult to choose. All plates were beautifully presented, hot (or cold), and the taste was out of this world. We sampled a variety, including sea scallop dumplings, a green salad, and even riblets. Butterscotch creme brulee was rich and creamy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We ordered the Ahi Tuna which was delicious paired beautifully with wine. The truffle fries are not to be missed as well as the chocolate, peanut butter dessert."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Different than what we initially anticipated but a good dining experience nevertheless. Outdoor dining on the patio was very pleasant, casual, and comfortable. Diners were representative of all ages which reflects the diverse attraction and "fit" of this restaurant. Lots of unusual small dishes to select from with wines also quite varied to match everyone's palate. Overall a very good place that would be on the list to visit again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "a perfect way to spend an evening. we sat on the patio and ordered about 8 items. our server paced our dinner perfectly and because they serve 2oz pours, we were able to taste through their well selected list. lamb was fantastic, but the quail stole the show for me! the staff was very knowledgeable and courteous. if we lived in the area, we would be regulars..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is the second visit and it was fantastic. The food is delicious! They have an extensive wine list (a bit pricey though) and offer different size pours, which is nice. The place is not too large and is very busy. Sitting out on the patio is lovely! The spicey shrimp are to die for! My favorite spot in the area"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "While the food is always wonderful, this time the service was lacking a bit. For this being a "wine bar" the wine pours are very small and very expensive."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We shared many (8-10) of their small plates amongst 4 of us, all were interesting and very good. Nice wine list with various pour size and flight options, just what we like. Wines vary widely in style and region, fun to taste. Bill was reasonable. Service is very good- helpful, friendly, knowledgable, not in the way. We all enjoyed it and will be back. May be louder inside on weekends, we were outside. This is my second visit. Good wine recommendations from our waiter (and not just the more expensive as some places operate)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food and service were superb, top notch, had a great time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great service and dependably great food are the trademarks of this restaurant. It never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food was very good. Small plates but a bit pricey for my taste. Wine list also very pricey with nothing under $50.00 for OK wine up to $$$$ for top of line. Service very good from seating to server to table people. If in the area will probably not go again due to price. Overall very good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Moroccan lamb was the best I have ever had. I wanted to lick the plate!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Willi's has creative, small plates that are uniquely seasoned and carefully prepared. A great place to visit with friends and share a meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • " Fun menu, wine flights paired with food or cheese, service seamless. Moroccan lamb chops were great, as well as crab tacos."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Birthday dinner with friends was wonderful! Especially appreciated sous chef Trevor Nilsen's recommendations: Scallop Dumplings (delectible!) and Mu Shu Bacon (very creative!) Can't wait to go back :-)"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've been going to Willi's Wine Bar for almost 15 years. The food is always fabulous and was so Saturday night. However, the service was rather slow that evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food here was so unusual and so very good. We were a party of five and were therefore able to order many different things from the menu. Almost all the items we ate were like no other presentations I have ever seen. This place is unique and special. Anyone seeking a new adventure in eating should hurry here."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food here is always consistent, but unfortunately the service is not. Our waitress was not very friendly or attentive, but thank goodness their food is always delicious, otherwise I would never return."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The only (mild) disappointment was that my long time favorites were no longer on the menu, but I was definitely pleased with the new additions! Wine was delicious, food was fantastic and dessert, oh man. Rich, beautiful, delicious."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I are retired and have been trying restaurants for lunch within a one hour drive of our home in Windsor. After 2 years of testing we now gravitate to Willi's in Larkfield or Willi's in Healdsburg. Great food, love the small plate concept, great service, and they are both in the neighborhood. Mid-week is the best bet with the least tourist traffic and the best chance for an outside table, but now with an online reservation we can chance a Sunday afternoon as well."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Second trip to this fabulous wine bar ; every time we hit the Wine Country it's a mandatory stop. First rate Tapas !!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "If you're looking for a place to try new foods, this is it. When you see it from outside you think dive but once you try the food, it gives fine dining a whole new look! I would definitely come back to Willi's...be sure to make reservations in advance."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We ate lamb, so good. Generally the taste of lamb depends on the restaurants or seasons, but this restaurant lamb is outstanding. And Flights of wines are fantastic."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at Willi's , great food, the lamb was wonderfull. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Never disappointed in the food here. As a personal chef, I can usually cook better than what I am served at most restaurants but not here. Every time I come here I am impressed with the fabulous food, stellar service and overall positive intention and execution. Pricey but worth it!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We love having Willi’s in the neighborhood. It is the best. The food is always superb, the wines unique and fun to try, the service always exceptional. The Stark’s know how to run a wonderful restaurant….all there establishments are of the highest caliber. Thank you Starks!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Willi's Wine Bar is always a great place to go whether it be for a special occasion or just a regular night out. The service and food is always outstanding and their wine selection is great (especially the wine flights). "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "EXCELLENT service and food. We will go again and again."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Small plates that satisfy! A virtual melody of flavors accompanied by a wide choice of wines. Think Dim Sum, but not Asian; rather, a selection of delectable dishes to be shared and enjoyed. A palate pleasing dinner attentively served by friendly, knowledgeable wait staff."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Every dish is prepared beautifully. But the bone marrow is out of this planet. Don't think about it. Order it and eat it! You'll love it."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This was our second visit. Both times the food was amazing and the service exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "One of our new all time favorites around wine country. Food is reasonably priced for higher end "tapas" but be prepared to pay high wine prices. It's good wine but expensive. It was worth paying to eat that food though!!! :) So good. Get the truffle fries."
    Dined on 5/23/2014