Willi's Wine Bar
Willi's Wine Bar

Willi's Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.williswinebar.net/
  • Phone: 7075263096
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Willi's Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (157)great for outdoor dining (128)notable wine list (114)neighborhood gem (78)special occasion (71)romantic (65)good for groups (40)hot spot (37)great for lunch (33)vibrant bar scene (29)late-night find (15)great for brunch (6)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • No See food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When the waitstaff has to give you a flashlight to read the menu perhaps there's a lesson to be learned with regard to ambient lighting
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Not being from the area, I searched for something a little different and a little special and I sure found it. The food, service and the wines were simply fantastic. Did I mention the food was absolutely delicious?? It sure was off the charts!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    SusanJane
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We've only spent this much on a few dinners over the years, but the small plates at Willie's was such a treat that we have no complaints. We had 7 different plates from salad, to veggies, to protein. All were excellent. We loved that the plates came in sets with rests between each one… time to digest and look forward to what was next. The service was above 4 stars. The gnocchi was to die for. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great great great
    Mvpeeler
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This place is awesome. After trying Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar (same owners) up in Healdsburg, which was incredible, my wife and I figured we should try Willi's Wine Bar. Both are tapas style. The menus are similar, but definitely not the same. So many tasty options. The pork riblets were my favorite. The cost isn't too bad considering the quality of the food. I will absolutely return...soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willi's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good food and atmosphere. We loved the wine tasting and small entrees that we could share. The oysters and lamb chops were amongst our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Although the restaurant is old and not very big, the food is outstanding, from appetizer to dessert. We had 5 people in our party. Everyone took turns ordering items. It was fun and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    Foodies
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We loved the menu and food! Great place!! I particularly enjoyed the Goat Cheese gnocchi and the Crab Tacos!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was great. Service was lacking. One of our group was served 15 min after others finished dessert! Waiter was no where to be seen. Then said the kitchen got backed up really? Just come clean they forgot the order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine & miniplates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Willi's is always bustling and there is a reason. The wine list is extensive without being pretenscious, flights are offered for each varietal group, and the small plates are excellently designed to pair with the wines. Lastly the service is impeccable all the way from the waiter to the bus boy. The only minor nit-pick would be that the parking lot is small and when full, alternative parking can be a chore.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Theater Meal
    gandr
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Really like the outside seating and food. Inside sounded very loud as we walked through. Attentive staff and lots of really interesting food choices make this well work returning to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My favorite type of eating - little bits of everything! So many yummy dishes to choose from, and a good way to try something that's new to you. Great place for a date night, or evening with friends. Not too fancy - comfortable, with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Santa Rosa Gem
    Njoyfarm2table
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Willi's outdoor dining is sheer pleasure. The small plates allow even a small party to taste many different dishes. Much of the fare is locally sourced. The BBQ duck with polenta is fantastic and the goat cheese gnocchi herb salad amazed. Butterscotch creme brulee with flur de sel is a must do so save room. The wine list is unique and offers superb parings with the dishes served. We will come back every time we are in Santa Rosa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willi's Wine Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I'm sure we would have liked it more if our waitress took better care of us. It was not busy, she should have done her job. Disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was perfect ALMOST
    EricVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Everything was fine as usual, EXCEPT for the fact we were NEVER SEATED at a table - I had a reservation (Open Table) requesting a quiet outside table. HOWEVER being totally ignored by the hostess as we sat at the bar waiting for a table to open up (remember we had a reservation and arrived a few minutes early) was TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. After we noticed her take several new parties, including one walk-in, to outdoor tables something was clearly up. By this time we had been waiting 30 minutes; we gave up and just ate at the bar. There the service was fantastic. If it were my restaurant I'd fire the hostess in a nanosecond, ergo the "Poor" rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite Santa Rosa Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great service, excellent waitress gave us wonderful wine recommendations! I love the crab tacos and filet mignon sliders!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    TryNewThings
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    When visiting Sonoma recently I was tasked with making a reservation for Friday night, September 5, 2014. Based on the reviews and recommendations on Trip Advisor, I chose Willi's Wine Bar. They serve small plates all of which I found very good and the service was excellent. We sat outside which was nice but next time I would like to try indoor seating or the bar. The whole process including booking on Open Table worked perfectly. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    Cynsinner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We tried just about every small plate on the menu at our company retreat dinner. All dishes were amazingly tasty. Bussers are extremely attentive, never ran out of clean plates or water. Outdoor seating was perfect for our group of 8, they have heaters on the patio. I also noticed nice tables for 2, with the lights on the tress it's also very romantic. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    kate
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I went work my girl friend while on vacation. The service was good but the food was over priced relative to the quality.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is about our 5th time here. The food is always tasty and the service very good. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting Small Plates
    Vine9
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were there for dinner Friday of Labor Day Weekend with reservations. The restaurant was crowded and noisy, but we asked for outside seating and only had to wait a few minutes. The outside deck was busy, but quiet and the temperature was quite comfortable with outdoor heaters. Food was good with many items to choose from. We had duck mousse, calamari salad, and filet mignon sliders. Instead of dessert, we opted for a cheese course, which was a choice of three cheeses with pairing wine tastes. Honey and toasted baguettes were on the side. It was fun and delicious. We did have a minor problem in that there was a small dog beside the next table watching us, which we tried to ignore. We are not fond of dogs in restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Top Notch
    Michele93950
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love the small plates where you can try many different things. Excellent wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed everything! The service was excellent, and loved the tasting of the different choices. We will be coming again very soon! The outside table was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and wine
    coloradoblee
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Willi's. Fortunately, we had made a reservation for a Friday evening as it was quite crowded. We were visiting from out of state and quite pleased we chose Willi's for a dinner. We sat outside but the heat lamps made it quite comfortable. Noise level was lively but still easy to carry on conversation . We each had a separate flight of wine - Excellent! We shared 6 small plates and everyone was wonderful. We chose 2 each from surf, earth, turf. My favorite was the lamb chops! Staff was all very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best gets even better!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you haven't eaten here, we wonder why. The broad range of dishes and the consistently excellent and flawless execution of each is sooooo impressive. Particulary, the wok "grilled" squid, brick chicken, tomato soup shooters with a grilled cheese, truffled fries, and pork riblets were exceptional. We don't live in the Santa Rosa area but each time we visit this is our first reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good
    RondeauBay
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Willi's has a great, interesting, and unusual menu. Each small plate we ordered was really good. The wine flights give you a chance to taste a few varietals, and buy any that you really like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Date
    Happyguy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great location to take a date. It is very quite out side on the patio, louder in side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    AJ17VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything we tried was great...wonderfully inventive small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST Wine Bar ever
    MicheleVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    LOVE this place. We come here whenever we are in Santa Rosa. The wine list is outstanding and the food is even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Lunch
    secret
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A coworker and I made reservations for 2 for lunch. We arrived and were seated immediately. We got the choice of inside or outside seating. We chose outside. Service was great as well as the food and wine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ONE OF SANTA ROSA'S BEST . . . .
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Willi's Wine Bar will leave you wanting to make another reservation (while you're still there). The Liberty Farms Pulled Duck BBQ with White Cheddar Polenta ($11) is Simply Outrageous * The Curried Crab Tacos with Apple, Cucumber & Mint ($13) was Over The Top * The Filet Mignon Sliders with Creamed Spinach and Whole Grain Mustard Bearnaise on brioche ($16) was Crazy Good * Also the "Mu Shu Bacon" Chive & Amp; Shiso Crepes with Hoisin BBQ Sauce ($11) was more than memorable * Dessert = Chocolate Chunk & Banana Croissant Bread Pudding ($9) will leave you wondering how they did that . . . Amazing ! Nice wine list (nothing over the top) but fun, approachable and reasonably priced (including flights). Prepare to be impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time with friends
    Steveo
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Had dinner with 6 friends. Table was great and we sat for two hours enjoying wine and lots of small plates. Truffle fries, Mac and cheese with "debris" and crab tacos were yummy. Never felt rushed. Great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a great dinner here! Excellent food, very friendly waiter. Well definitely return next time we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    MorganB
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food and wine were good, but that's all. Expected more, especially from wine list.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    JZlove
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Willi's is awesome!! The food is amazing and they have an incredible list of wine by the glass or some fantastic wine flights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not rare
    rkbkVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was the first time dining at Willi's. The food was delicious, lots of flavor; we orderd lamb chops and the brick chicken. Both the spinach salad and the caprese type salad were also very good! My only complaint is that we ordered the lamp chops medium well, they came out rare. Then we had to sit and wait for them to cook new ones. Too long. They did apologize , but that is a big mistake as you sit there while you friends eats and finishes their meal before you food comes back. The should have provided free dessert or something as that waiting sort of ruins a meal. otherwise, very interesting menu. Food was nicely presented as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our party of 5 had a great dining experience - wonderful waiter and amazing dishes! What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've been here twice now and have loved every single thing that I have eaten here. The Goat Cheese Fritters are to die for! Recently had tomato soup shooters with grilled cheese, and that was outstanding, too. Great service, great wine list, great food. You won't be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small bites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fantastically delicious small bites food and really interesting wine list including a number of wine flights. Great service, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and wine
    Salz
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great adult food and drinks. Tried to get kids to eat kid-sounding dishes but they were just too fancy for kids to like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service kills ok food & wine
    FoodQuantVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Worst service experience in wine country. Wine list was fine but disappointed to what I heard it was. Food was good. But service was just awful. Waitress couldnt have cared less and it showed. And manager had the god complex. Wont be coming back.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate