Willi's Wine Bar
Willi's Wine Bar

Willi's Wine Bar

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Willi's Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
209 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (171)notable wine list (139)great for outdoor dining (116)neighborhood gem (105)special occasion (72)romantic (65)hot spot (56)good for groups (43)great for lunch (39)vibrant bar scene (34)late-night find (17)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Small Plate Destination
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Willie's Wine Bar offers a fabulous selection of wines with multiple wine flights available. It is a small plate destination fit for the most discerning palates. Although al of the small plates are great, my favorite is the Moroccan lamb chops. This is a must destination for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best ever
    casualdiner
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Each dish was incredibly creative, extremely tasty and yummy for the tummy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence all around.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This is definitely our favorite restaurant in wine country. You will not be disappointed with any selection from the wide ranging small plate menu and the wine list. And the wine flight offerings are clever and varied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for the Great Food, but Not the Parking!
    Lovenortherncalifornia
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Willi's is always included in our annual trips to Santa Rosa, but absolutely no parking space was available in the lot or on nearby streets for our Fri 6:45 reservation. 20 minutes was spent driving around and around, finally settling on a spot on busy Old Redwood Hwy, making for a risky 3-block walk. Not acceptable! Other than that, food, service and wine wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening, love the tapas style!
    LM2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very nice night at Willi's. Casual style tapas let us try so many wonderful fine dining tastes without having to break out the dress and heels :). We tried six plates for two of us, first dish was tuna tartar and it was fantastic .. and each dish was better than the last. The gnocchi and pot stickers tied for our favs. They also accommodated our last minute reservation move happily which we appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot in the Wine Country.
    PjoeVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We love Willi's. We have our favorite small plates...lamb chops, truffle fries...but are always eager to try new things. The goat cheese gnocchi this visit were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, even better food!
    dine2well
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We ate here for the first time and we had a great experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Although we were much younger than our surrounding table mates, it didn't make our dining experience feel weird. The wine list is incredible and the food was amazing. The style is tapas (small plates). They seem pricey at first, but the food makes up for the costly bill. I recommend all three items we had for dinner: filet mignon sliders, pork potstickers and the truffle fries. This is a great choice for a nice night out with your beau.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Russian River favorite
    Jefe
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A great place for outside lunch or dinner while cruising the Russian River wineries. Sharing the (especially savory) small plates is always fun and delicious. Top it off with a local Pinot or Zinfandel to complete the perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine and small plates!
    BirthdayAtBottega
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The filet sliders and pork belly pot stickers are about the greatest thing ever. From the looks of it there isn't a bad thing on the menu. Highly, highly recommended for a fun night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great Tapas & Cosmos. Will return on our next visit to Healdsburg!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ErgomanVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Excellent and creative Tapas menu and fabulous selection on wine by the glass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WendyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was outstanding and our server Ryan was fantastic. It was a very busy night in the restaurant and he was helpful and courteous. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    santarosalily
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    this is our go-to place for guests from out of town and something a little special anytime. also great for lunch and a 2oz pour with a good friend. the food is delicious, as are the wines. we love the small plates for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Service
    Duck
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Have been to Willies 2 previous times and we loved it. Our group of 5 ordered ten dishes and we received 7 at intermittent times. Once we had finished those dishes we waited for the the remaining dishes. After 15 minutes we asked our waiter the status of the remaining dishes. He indicated he would check but I watched him go over and add those dishes to the computer. He then came over to us said the food would be served soon. After another 10 minutes the food arrived and it was undercooked and none of us could eat it. By this time we were so upset we just paid and left restaurant. Waiter attempted to do everything by memory and screwed up the order. Also the parking situation is a joke, no where near the spaces to accommodate the crowd.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as usual
    Leon
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Love this spot. Never disappoints! Amazing food, awesome staff and great ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodies
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This was quite a surprise. We loved it. Before the show at Arts center was great because so close. I will go again soon. Very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was excellent. Best dinner I ate on my 8 day trip to California. Wine flights are a great concept. Great service. Will definetely go back when in the Napa County area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Suburb
    ChefrjVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great appetizer restaurant! We enjoyed the petite oysters, crab tacos and goat cheese spinach salad. All were fantastic. Also the wine list is notable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat yourself to a night out
    lovesfood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If money is not an issue and you want some of the best food and wine, Willi's Wine Bar is the place for you. Every small plate we had exceeded the previous one. The lambchops are not to be missed. I suggest getting one for each person as you will not want to share these. Our server was attentive and offered great wine and dessert suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    EileeninSonoma
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was our first dining experience at Willi's. I had read about it in the Sonoma magazine and it looked like a good place for a special dinner, it did not disappoint. The 'tapa' format works really well for us because we like sharing meals. The food was distinctive and delicious and the wait staff very attentive. The wine list was very extensive and had an interesting selection. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, very pricey.
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Small portions, expensive by the glass wines. Good wine list but in Sonoma County could have been better.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dinner at Willie's
    napkin
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Our group of 6 enjoyed every plate we shared. We did three "rounds" of food with different bottles of wine each time. Our server had the proper glassware on the table, the wines were served at the proper temperatures and were fairly priced with good variety on the list. My only "complaint" on the wine list would be more attention to nearby wineries and varietals: more zins and pinots!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to usual standard ...
    rav1
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant with food always interesting and delicious -- with accompanying good service. However, tonight it was not so great. My first course arrived :15 minutes past my partner's. I made several requests of server to check on it and this was not done. When it finally arrived it was well-done (filet mignon slider) and my partner had already finished his first course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Dragondiner1
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I came to the restaurant with two friends. We got there around 1:30 and the staff was very welcoming. Between us we shared 9 small plates and they were all fabulous! I especially liked the tomato soup shooters with the grilled pimento cheese sandwich! The wine flights are great...try the "I love Sonoma County". I have already recommended this place to several of my friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Lamb I've had since Sardinia
    RJBWGC
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We enjoyed Willi's so much that we ate here 2 night running when staying near Santa Rosa. Fellow guests at our b&b recommended the lamb which I chose the second night. Lamb is my favourite meat & Willi's cutlets were outstanding. The wine list is extensive & pricey but no doubt reflects the quality. My husband & I nowadays only drink very small quantities so the 'flights' (selection of 3 wines) suited us fine. The deserts were also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and fun
    MJWHEARTS
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Once again, Willi's delivers! It was our 4th dining experience there and each one has been fun and delicious. We had our favorite waiter, Ryan, who is extremely knowledgeable about the dishes and any wine pairing questions you may have. Because they offer wine in a variety of glass sizes, you can pair each dish without overdoing it. A tapas bar with food for every palate and served at the appropriate temperatures, you will love this place! It's OK to be adventurous here because the food is fresh and the dishes are thoughtfully prepared. You can't go wrong. We live in a foodie's paradise, Portland, but I love Willi's!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic
    Bobby
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I've been coming to Willi's Wine Bar for 15 years. Every dish I've ever ordered was fantastic. The food is very carefully prepared to combine delicious flavors and interesting textures. The staff is very courteous and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious small plates
    luvfrenchfood
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Took a friend for a birthday dinner. Food was wonderful...rich, satisfying and delicious. They remembered to add a birthday candle to the dessert. 😀
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique culinary experience
    LEver8
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Love this place! The food and service is always wonderful! Love trying lots of small plates, all kinds of different creative food from around the world! Fresh seasonal ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed by all
    LaHabraCookieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Tried many small plates and all were excellent with the exception of the moo shu bacon, but the shrimp and quail were outstanding. Had a couple of different wine flights which was a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very disappointing, not returning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Worst experience ever at this usually wonderful place.. Service was spectacularly bad and uncaring. The manager was leaning on our chairs to stretch or something..so bizarre.. The dishes were so below there normal level. I have lost my love for this place..3rd bad experience in a rowb ut this sealed the deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great experience!
    daisygirl2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I love Willis Wine Bar and never have a bad experience! Tried some new dishes this time (lobster mac & cheese, skillet bread and warm spinach salad) and as usual, Willi's knocked them all out of the park!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Loved everything we tried. I can't stop thinking about the scallop dumplings. Service was casual and efficient. Great ambiance on the small outdoor deck. Will return next time we are in Santa Rosa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Plate Delights
    larrygc
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Offering of small plates is extensive and excellent. Our group of 8 ordered about one of everything on the menu with all plates being great. Small plates is a bit of a misnomer... As the plates are large enough to share easily. We over ordered, over indulged but overly delighted! The wine list is impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    McCallTeam
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great lunch with my team at work. We always come to Willi's for special lunches and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Epic
    Bricat5
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Eclectic wine selection, killer tapas menu. One of my greatest meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is the best restaurant in Sonoma County and great to bring visitors to. One problem was the air conditioning made it too cold to sit inside and there were no tables available outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    Wineweekend
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went there twice over a long weekend - our first time we were seated in the back and didn't really like the location or the service - but really like the restaurant and food. We tried it again and had a MUCH better experience. We will return when in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of great choices
    in2jazz
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    From the range of small plates to the well thought out wine list to the service options from a 2 ounce or 5 ounce pour or a half or full bottle, you can experiment with foods and wines with your friends. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful small plates
    pfflyers
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Willi's Wine Bar has one of the best small plate menus I have had the pleasure of enjoying! Their somewhat seasonal menu provides interesting combinations. A favorite staple is the BBQ Pulled Duck with Polenta. This visit we also had the Creamed Corn with Lobster, just delicious. When you're in the area it's a great place to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.