Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar

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728 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Brunch
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Located in the Lodge at Sonoma in California’s Wine Country, Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar features seasonal farm to table cuisine. Focusing on using the very best from local Sonoma farms, ranches, and dairies. Carneros is a shared plate concept which gives an opportunity to try several dishes in the same dining experience. The wood-fired grill and oven along with the craft cocktails set the bar for dining in Sonoma.The modern local cuisine is complemented by an extensive wine list, which was developed by Sommelier Dan Noreen.

With a new look in a country setting and named one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine, its time to come experience all that the wine country has to offer.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(707) 931-2042
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeffrey Libunao
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Private party facilities
Carneros Bistro offers several private dining options from semi-private alcoves, to our vintage room (completely private, seats up to 20 guests) and our Fire Pit patio which accommodates up to 50 guests outdoors.
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Private party contact
Blanco Escoto: (707) 931-2042
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Leveroni/ Napa Rd Intersection
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Entertainment
Celebrity winemakers and wine education. Contact restaurant for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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728 reviews
4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
42%
Very Good
31%
Good
17%
Fair
6%
Poor
3%
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dallas
1 review
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Liz was fabulous! Food was really good.

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HB
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation set 2 weeks in advance , the restaurant was a quarter full and we still had to wait for a table to be cleaned/ prepared for us . Also , upon seating we waited for about 5 - 10 minutes to be acknowledged and waited in for service . It was July 4th and by the looks of things they seemed to be understaffed . After that , the night did turn for the better with really good food , a little overpriced in my opinion but overall good.
Lastly for the service and ambience , as we were enjoying our leisurely dinner ( without our kids for the first time in awhile ) We heard the main cook in the open area , mentioned how it was 9 o'clock and wanted to close up the line for everyone to leave and get out early , we felt a little bit rushed and for the experience.

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Boise
45 reviews
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service in this restaurant is the best in town. The menu definitely is in need of an overhaul.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Party of 4 for wife’s birthday. Salmon was amazing, crispy skin, medium rare center, wonderful savory medium body white sauce. Just right, not too heavy. Usually vegetables are an afterthought but the pea sprouts and other veggies were carefully and loving prepared, so flavorful and fresh. Wife had the duck and it was amazing. Server assured us that medium rare would be the right temperature and we reluctantly agreed; good thing we trusted him. Super tender on a bed of risotto. Smokey flavor and exquisite. Highly recommend.

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LG
San Francisco
18 reviews
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We are picky eaters but foodies nevertheless. We had a rather disappointing meal at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar. We were staying at The Lodge for a wedding and had a family dinner at Carneros. Both my wife and son ordered Wagyu steak and I ordered the duck. We forgot that California restaurants tend to overdo the sauce and that's exactly what happened with my wife's and son's wagyu steaks. The steak was thick, tough (hard to cut with a steak knife?) and drowned in sauce which is just the opposite on how wagyu should be served (thin tender and very light seasoning on the side). Our bad for not ordering the sauces on the side; we realized it as soon as the plates were served. The duck was fine. It was our first meal in Sonoma and our expectations were high. We were let down. The next day we ate at Sonoma Grille and had a much better experience. Service was OK.

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K
1 review
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

One of my favorites restaurants in town! Good food, nice place and good service

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Limited but good wine selection. Very friendly service

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Denver
1 review
3.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good service was poor. Our busser was by far the best.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This isn’t exactly for the Carneros Bistro and Bar even though that is where we had a reservation for Mother’s Day. Apparently, the hotel decided to switch everyone’s reservations and do a brunch buffet in their stone event building instead.

It appears that they 1)didn’t tell anyone about the brunch buffet, 2)thought they could handle the last minute change and 3)thought they had enough seating and waitstaff.

No one we spoke to had heard about the change. Just like us, they found out when they went to the restaurant only to be greeted by a sign about the change in venue. Okay, we’re all now stuck at the mercy of the hotel since it’s Mother’s Day and everywhere is booked. Imagine walking over to the completely packed venue and now, being told we have to wait. Um...isn’t that why we made a reservation? People were NOT thrilled. Others who had arrived before us mentioned already waiting 30 minutes. This did not look promising. My mother-in-law (MIL) had to work at 3 which is why we made a noon reservation closer to her office. FORTY MINUTES later, we were seated in a gorgeous English garden setting and found out the brunch is $70/person...OMG. Well, what are ya gonna do?

Food was good, service after finally getting seated was personable and my MIL is happy...can’t ask for more. Except better customer service to let people know about the huge change and really, only letting people know it’s $70/person AFTER they waited?!

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J
1 review
1.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

Mother's Day brunch:. I thought reservations were for Carneros Bistro and Wine Restaurant, instead brunch was in a separate building that was like a cafeteria. Our reservations were at 12, we were not seated until 12:20 (only because I went up to ask about our reservations). There was not a place to sit outside of the room, and my mother is disabled, making it very difficult for her to be standing for 20 minutes. Very unorganized.

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TM
1 review
1.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Gravely disappointed. When I brought my concerns to the manager, he simply whined that he didn't want to host Mother's Day brunch in the annex. Not my problem. Here were some of my problems: waiting 40 minutes for a RESERVATION, waiting for food (eggs benedict, french toast, hot water, salad, potatoes) in a buffet, paying $32/child for boxed cereal and bacon, paying $70/adult for an omelet and mimosa, dealing with a manager who doesn't know how to comp customers with valid issues. My advice to you is to keep looking for your event or meal.

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CF
1 review
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Was never told it was a pre-set brunch buffet and set price. Thought we would be ordering off the brunch menu. This should have been made more clear when making the reservation or, at the very least, when checking in. We had the money and could afford it; but it would have been extremely awkward if we couldn’t! The food and service was very good, but it would have been nice to know of the brunch price ahead of time.

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LB
1 review
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The Service Charge was through the roof on Mother’s Day. Very disappointed, won’t be back.

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MJ
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We come here almost every Sunday for brunch. Food is always great, and they will modify dishes to suit. It is never loud or too crowded. Service is excellent and staff recognize us as we are regulars. I think we will be regulars for years to come!

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o
New York Area
35 reviews
3.0Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great! Thank you.

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MK
Naples
21 reviews
2.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The shrimp and cheesy grits were terrible but the rotisserie chicken was good. Would eat elsewhere.

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D
San Francisco
115 reviews
2.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This has happened several times so now I cannot ignore the fact that this business understaff’s on a regular basis.
It’s Sunday brunch and there is one server! It was so busy and guests waiting and waiting.
We finally were seated 20 minutes after arriving and had a reservation Then once seated we waited another 17 minutes before a server came to our table. Not blaming the server as she was doing her very best
Out meal arrived cold.

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h
San Francisco
3 reviews
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

I like the food here and the atmosphere but they didn't excel this last visit. the service was slow and not as professional/upscale as the prices warrant. The steak was delicious but not hot and the food did not come out together. For the price I expect a little more upscale all around.

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
4.0Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had five breakfasts at Carneros Bistro as part of our package at the Lodge and we enjoyed every one of them. We had the same server for 4/5 mornings and she was great. Her name was Bella. She was always so cheerful and actually remembered our previous orders. The food was well proportioned, fresh, and attractive. We would definitely return again and hopefully be able to eat outside next time... weather permitting.

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TS
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Carneros for a bachelorette dinner and it was just lovely!! We had a private, quiet and cozy private room, terrific service and outstanding food. Would love you dine here again the next time I am in Sonoma!

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
2.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

What a DISAPPOINTMENT. We have been going here for years and they must have had a change of management. It was $200 for Easter Brunch and definitely not worth it. Service was terrible and to add insult to injury they added a mandatory 20 percent tip, there were two of us. The food was nothing to write home about and the $13 Mimosas were watered down.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very good for Sunday brunch.Very pricey $$ for Sunday brunch with not a lot of variety.

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MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had the French toast, which was really good. My 7year old had the granola and husband had the chilaquiles. He wasn’t as happy with his choice as I was. Said there wasn’t enough carnitas in it. Service was good, restaurant was pretty empty at 9am Saturday morning. Did not need to make a reservation. Wasn’t cheap.

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r
Washington DC
16 reviews
4.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. Food was just ok. Some of us loved our dishes (party of 6), most were just ok. Very overpriced for the quality of food. I would not return.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most amazing service provided by rick. He was very attentive and courteous. The food was amazingly delicious. I had the Mary’s organic chicken it was cocked perfectly and the sauces o. The plate were extremely flavorful. My wife got the lechon and it was to die for. Melted In my mouth good. Cooked to perfection. They also put a birthday candle in my wife’s desert with out us asking because I did mention it was her birthday it was extremely thoughtful. Can’t wait to go back

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h
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently outstanding cuisine here. Never disappoints!

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JG
San Francisco
91 reviews
5.0Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there on a quiet day (Tuesday) for lunch. Had the place to ourselves. Very good service and the food was very good too. Will go back in the warmer months to experience the outdoor dining.

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H
San Francisco
9 reviews
4.0Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A beautiful interior with high ceilings and a private room that we were welcomed to for a family breakfast of 7.
The foods were also delicious - from the french toast with berries to chilaqueas and a skillet with eggs and vegetables. They have a nice kids menu as well!

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OT
Tampa
7 reviews
5.0Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service from Juliana, I would highly recommend Carneros

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L
Naples
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional.

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f
San Francisco
12 reviews
4.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately one of our fellow diners was suffering from some chest obstruction and coughed loudly through out the entire evening which ruined the ambiance for everyone present. Not much the restaurant can do about that. People should stay home if they are sick. The food was very good, the service was excellent and the setting is comfortable and attractive. They were flexible and allowed me to have an entire size portion of an appetizer for my main course, so I appreciated that.

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A
San Francisco
7 reviews
2.0Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The mandatory 18%tip put us in a bad mood. Service was slow. The dishes are just a tad pretentious and quite small. My husband liked the scallops and my steak was adequate but for the price, I'm not going back.

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MN
New York Area
7 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a delightful dining experience on Valentine's Day. Although it is a large room there is an intimacy with the tables nicely spaced. It had a refined atmosphere with the servers very pleasant but low key. The food was creative and very delicious including oysters, scallops, and a variety of chocolate desserts. There was even a talented guitarist playing background music that caught your attention. We left feeling well fed and pampered. We would highly recommend eating here particularly for a special occasion.

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S
Western NC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Michael was very helpful in provided some tips about local wineries.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we had a delightful evening, the food had an asian flair--unexpected and delish!

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Cleveland
31 reviews
5.0Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow: impressive. Food and beverages were dynamite. Excellent mule cocktails - nice local wine selection (glad to see our neighbors Gundlach Bunschu on the list).

Delectable deviled eggs with crisped prosciutto, pickled mustard seeds and black sturgeon caviar were fantastic (4 perfectly presented half eggs for $7: a steal)! The crispy fried brussels sprouts with apples and honey soy vinaigrette were outstanding and we are Brussel sprouts connoisseurs.

My husband's fried prawns over grits was super tasty and our mom had the petaluma half chicken over Yukon mashed, which was excellent as well! Service by Liz was impeccable!

Coffee was great and the Oreo cheesecake, topped off with raspberry sauce & fresh whipped cream and vanilla ice cream, was the perfect ending to a great meal.

Oh and bonus: Be sure to tell them if you live in Sonoma!! They treat locals right!!

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San Diego
3 reviews
5.0Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in for a double birthday dinner and loved it. Everyone’s dinner was delicious and beautifully plated and served by Rick in a small alcove in the back. Perfect for our small group of 7. Highly Recommend.

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were reluctant due to some reviews but are so glad we decided to try it. Great service and food! So glad we ate here and plan to make it a regular.

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Charleston
3 reviews
3.0Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This place is attached to a Marriott hotel. The food was ok. The menu was limited and the food was really overpriced. It did have a extensive wine list. I wouldn't go back.

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h
San Francisco
84 reviews
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks, a goodnight and positive feelings for Carneros Bistro

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