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About Bistro 29

Bistro 29 located in downtown Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. Bistro 29 is a traditional bistro specializing in “Breton” regional cuisine. The number 29 comes from the department of Finistère (end of the earth) located in the upper tip of north-west France. Known for the Galette de blé noir (traditional buckwheat crêpe) and sweet crêpes, Bretagne also uses a variety of local seafood and produce that can easily be found in and around northern California.

620 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00 PM - Close

Cross Street:
Riley Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 546-2929

Website:
http://www.bistro29.com/

Catering:
Please call for details

Parking Details:
Street Parking and public lot one block away.

Public Transit:
Downtown transit mall is three blocks away, taxis and pedi-cabs available.

Executive Chef:
Brian Anderson

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details

Private Party Contact:
Brian Anderson: (707) 546-2929

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistro 29 Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 24, 2014

We went on a Friday night at Happy Hour, the specials were a reasonable price. Overall the food was fair, but was slightly lack luster and seemed to be missing something in each dish. We had a buckwheat crepe and it was slightly chewy, but the regular desert crepe was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2014

One of the few restaurants in the Santa Rosa area that provides quiet, private dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 17, 2014

Once again another superb meal at this special restaurant. I have yet to eat anything here that isn't short of five star. We started with the butter lettuce salad, delicious dressing, a buckwheat forestier crepe my favorite with a mushroom and gruyere filling, then duck breast juicy and tender. My sister had scallops cooked to perfection. Service was friendly an attentive. We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2014

This is one of our favorite dining spots in Santa Rosa. The food is always expertly prepared and the service remains professional, regardless of how busy the place gets. The sweetbread and sardine starters are wonderful, and the mid-week $29 prix fix menu is worthy of many visits. Keep up the good work. Will be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2014

The buckwheat crepes are delicious, traditional Breton wonders. Waitstaff is attentive, friendly and warm. Rest of the menu is excellent, too. Prices are surprisingly reasonable. Environment is cozy and delightful. And they serve the best dry cider I have found in the States.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2014

My husband and i come here at least 2x per year. The food is always good and was fantastic this time also. It was pretty loud however, due to my one big gripe of the evening, which was that they sat us in one of 2 tables that are in The middle of the room. I asked for our usual romantic booth which was open and they said it was reserved...and then sat empty the entire 1.5 hrs we were there. Left a sour taste for me and our server was a litle snooty. Host and busser were fantastic tho. Missed the owner which was a first

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2014

A small intimate place to have great French food made with local food from Sonoma County. The owner is also a bike advocate! There are bike racks out front.

We had a lovely birthday dinner. Service was outstanding. Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2014

Although disappointed we didn't get a table we requested, everything about our evening was terrific. The friendly, timely service (not overly attentive or obnoxious), great food, enjoyable atmosphere must have rubbed off on the other guests as there was friendly cross table conversation throughout most of the evening. Next time we're going to try to save room for dessert - the dessert crepes at the next table looked very tempting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2014

The midweek prix fix menu is a delight. portion control is great and the food suburb. The wait staff were very informed and on their game. Brilliant place to be for fine dining.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2014

The prix fixe menu is quite a deal esp with wine pairings.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2014

Great food and the chef is delightful. I had the prefixe menu for $29 and it was well worth it. We were able to talk which can be usual in a restaurant theses days. Enjoyable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2014

My friends and I dined at Bistro 29 for the first time. All four of us were impressed especially by the price fixed menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2014

I was excited by the creativity and variation of the menu. Unfortunately, the execution didn't live up to our expectations. The Seafood Cassoulet was a good idea but came out as a very timid dish that would have greatly benefited by saffron or another bold spice. The mussels should have been rejected by the kitchen on the basis of their size alone. They were as tiny as pencil erasers and just about as interesting. The baked sardines were dry. I fear this restaurant is not living up to it's potential. I know it can do better!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2014

Dinner was fine. The lamb and scallops were great, the beef OK and the mussels were late - the wrong mussel order was brought and the rest of us were almost finished with dinner by the time the correct order came. The staff's wine knowledge is fairly limited.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 26, 2014

Needed a little more seasoning. I felt like the escargots and cassoulet both needed a bit more salt. But other than that the food was great, and the atmosphere was super casual and service was friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2014

We chose this place because of the good reviews it hod on yelp, and definitely was a great place. Service was very friendly and professional. The food was fantastic and the prices very reasonable. The place is small and tables are very close to each other, but we were lucky the people sitting next to us were very friendly. It was the perfect place for a date night with my husband!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2014

The services could have been better, our watriss was not very nice, or very interested in our service. The host (not sure his name, younger blond guy) was very nice and even helped us get our order in.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2014

Went to Bistro 29 for a business dinner. The food was pretty awful. We ordered a few appetizers and neither were really any good. And the entrees weren't anything to write home about.

I'm usually very positive in my reviews, but this time I just didn't enjoy the meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed the restaurant, but the food wasn't quite up to par. The wine was excellent. The buckwheat stuffed creeps with veggies needs some work. It was okay. We had the snapper fish for main course. Mine was way over cooked with not a good Tate's to it. I was very disappointed . The dessert was hard to chew. Very well cooked biscuit with whipped cream and chocolate.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Every time we have eaten at Bistro 29, we have been completely blown away. The chef uses the highest quality ingredients and prepares them in such a way that each element is celebrated. If you are looking for incredible food in a nice, but relaxed atmosphere, this is it. Great wine and beer list too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2014

The good:
Great French bistro-style decor and food. The French Onion soup was fab and so were our gnocchi and steak frites. really all of the food was outstanding.

The not-as-good:
Our server seemed a little off: the first interaction we had with her was when she came to the table and immediately asked if he had decided on what to order; no real greeting, etc. Interactions were fairly simple and limited and she wasn't particularly engaging. I specifically noted in our online reservation that we were celebrating our 10th anniversary and that we honeymooned in Paris so we were looking to recreate that experience, but none of this was ever mentioned throughout our evening there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2014

Again, I had a very good meal at Bistro 29. This time it was to celebrate my 2nd anniversary with my guy who is not used to dining out(!). He loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 16, 2014

This restaurant consistently turns out excellent food. I have yet to go and be disappointed. I was there with a party of 9 for my mother's birthday and they made everything very special for us. I called ahead and spoke with the Chef, he made special appetizer plates ready exactly when we needed them and made a special birthday cake that was to die for. The pate is superb. Everything is fresh and homemade. Small restaurant so reservations are advisable. Chef is from France very personable and a joy to talk to. Prices are fair and atmosphere is cozy and can go casual or dressy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2014

Our first time and our meal was true French. Started with sweetbreads, then cassoulet, and lamb shank. Top off with apple benninets

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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2014

Restaurant was tucked away on the street and not what we expected based on outside appearance. Food was fine but I was disappointed with the portion size of my dinner. Had the snapper and the taste was fine but barely any snapper on my plate mostly broth and bread. I even noticed another customer who had the snapper complain about the same thing was disappointed with that but otherwise the restaurant was good. Seemed to be kid friendly and service was prompt. If the portions are bigger I would go back left dinner hungry and needed a snack when we got back to hotel.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2014

Bistro 29 continues to amaze me, year after year with stunning menu and wine pairing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2014

Got my OpenTable invitation to write a review for my dining experience. It was just another French restaurant with so-so food. The service seemed appropriate for the Bistro title but not worthy of the prices. Our table was crammed close to other tables so not a great place for conversation. When I requested to change tables I was declined even though there were other tables available. I guess non-OpenTable reservations have lowest priority.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 29, 2014

We dined on a Friday night and maybe the fact that it was a holiday weekend there wasn't much energy in the place.
Tried their signature crepes as a starter and it was underwhelming at best. The waiter was not tremendously polished and
I guess this reflects more of a casual bistro rather than a more sophisticated atmosphere for a romantic dinner.
The highlight was dessert: flour- less chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream-exceptional.
Overall, it might be better as lunch stop, but certainly too many very good restaurants in the area to choose this one again.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 29, 2014

This is a great local find for authentic French Food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2014

This is a very nice restaurant. I ordered the scallops and they nearly melted in your mouth. Their desert sorbets are home made and delicious. Excellent quality. Only bad thing was the portions are small so you will need to order appetizer and/or soup/or salad to fill up.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2014

Bistro 29 has just been getting better and better every time we dine there. To us, it's really jumped to the top spot in Santa Rosa. Parking can be a little challenging, but not impossible. The complexity and depth of the food served is just not to be believed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2014

Went there for a romantic evening, the crew was very friendly although a bit off on the timing. Checked in regularly when we had food, bread, and water but when we needed something (like when we first sat down) they took some time getting to us. Not a big deal, and not much of a frustration but it shouldn't happen on a Saturday night. Most of the food was really impressive. The escargot especially. The only culinary letdown was the duck crêpe: way too salty. But it made the sorbet more enjoyable. The table wobbled pretty severely and I almost lost my wineglass twice. Definitely had higher expectations for $60 a person, but nothing fell flat enough to prevent us from coming back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2014

$29 prix fixe dinner was delicious, and $11 wine pairing choices were excellent with both the watermelon-mache salad and the albacore with heirloom tomato concasse main dish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2014

First was a shot of chilled spinach soup with parmesan cream and croutons, delicious and refreshing. Next was watermelon-mache salad with toasted pumpkin seeds, fromage blanc, and shallot-sherry vinaigrette, appealing and delicious, light but rich. Well-paired with slightly oakey Kokomo sauv blanc. Next was a modest grilled albacore steak served over heirloom tomato concasse, olive-poached potatoes and bacon-grain mustard vinaigrette. Fish perfectly cooked, and potatoes tender. Flavors blended delightfully and were well matched by Domaine du Tariquet. Dessert was a sweet crepe with brown sugar-rum poached peaches and whipped cream, plus French press decaf. Overall, a superb variety of flavors producing a light but satisfying summer meal.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 15, 2014

Read the reviews before making the reservation and was excited. But the food was not good, from the onion soup to the main courses the flavors were off. It might be the case of the chef being off for the night? This place didn't live up to the reveiws.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2014

Once again, after a few years away, we were lured back by a tempting menu. And once again, we were treated to lovely food and very poor service. An example, three of us had completely finished our salads and one was still working. A server, not ours, came to the one still eating and asked to take his plate. When he declined, she walked away, leaving three empty plates on the table. It was a long wait between courses and at the end, with empty plates and cash lying on the table, we had to work hard to get someone's attention and ask if we could please leave...and there were only about 4 tables with people at the time, so they weren't all that busy. Too bad the service doesn't match the great food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2014

We joined friends while they ate at Bistro 29 and really regretted that we had already eaten! So we tried it the next week (the prix-fixe menu is only available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). We started with a shot of heirloom tomato soup, which was so good that we wished for more. The peach and greens salad was good, but the peaches were not very flavorful and the dressing seemed a little heavy. The third course was a mixture of pork belly and prawns, each very well-prepared and tasty, but I am not sure that they are a natural pairing. The caramel crepe for desert was lovely. We had the wine pairing and both wines were interesting and went well with the food. All in all, it was very good and we are going back for more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2014

Excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere. Our group took advantage of the multiple options available with one of us ordering the prix fixe menu, two ordering specific entrees (daube of beef - so tender, cassoulet - glorious), and the fourth person a savory buckwheat crepe. The server was wonderful: she provided an excellent wine recommendation and was attentive without being intrusive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2014

My meal at Bistro 29 was a business dinner for 4 people and it was perfect for that. Very good food and fine service. Everyone was happy with the meal.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 9, 2014

This was our first trip. The menu was quite appealing (especially if you like crepes, their speciality). If you stick to a dinner crepe, the prices are quite modest. If you go for their entrees, they double ($22-28) but are definitely worth it for the taste experience. We felt like we were back in Paris for a little while. They have a $30 prix fixe menu on Tuesday-Thursday, which we will definitely try later.

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