John Ash & Co.

4.5
2922 reviews
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Nestled in a picturesque vineyard setting, the restaurant reflects the rich heritage and lifestyle of the region. Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt reaps the bounty of local boutique food purveyors, while being respectful of our wine country inspired cuisine. Our award-winning wine list features over 500 selections. They also offer private banquet facilities for meetings and weddings; trellis and wisteria-shaded patio dining. ***For all Holiday parties larger than 4 people, please call directly at 800-421-2584.***
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch

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CS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent dinner but food and service well below previous visits to the wine country

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always... No corkage fee on mondays is a plus.

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ML
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Josh, our server, was wonderful!! My steak was a bit overdone and he immediately had it corrected. Otherwise, dinner and dessert was spectacular-as was the service!

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J
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our engagement day with a wonderful dinner at John Ash & Co. The entire night was amazing. The food and service was top notch. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and very accommodating. Since we were staying at Vintners Inn, we asked if our dessert could be sent to our room and our server went out of his way to make it happen. We really enjoyed our night and appreciated everyone who helped make it one to remember. Thank you again to our waiter, the staff and management team. We will absolutely be back soon and would recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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t
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a Thursday night took my clients to a place I know would have great food and service. Everyone else what there, too. Totally packed at the Front Porch and dinning room. Wanted to get seated a few minutes early, but no way.

Top quality for food, service, and the place to be.

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TL
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience but the food was a bit disappointing. Two of the three meals we ordered were bland and lacked good flavor. Would go there again to try other dishes though.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

John Ash provides reliably great food. They always make us feel welcome with little extra bites before and after the meal. The service generally was very good; my only complaint is that we were half way through our main course before being asked if we would like a refresh on our drinks.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

We have been dining at John Ash since its inception. This is the first bad meal that we have experienced. The poor quality of the food, particularly when compared with price, makes us seriously question if we will return. The halibut was overdone and dry, the ahi was awful and the pasta was gummy. This was very embarrassing as we had highly recommended the restaurant to our guests. WHAT HAPPENED?

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EK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my sister and brother-in-law from Lake Forest, IL to John Ash. Everything was the way I expected it to be based on previous dinners there. Both of them commented favorably on their meals and were pleased to find that we could hear each other talk. They commented critically on restaurants in the Chicago area, reporting that increasingly the lack of sound insulation ruined dinners with friends. I explained to them that John Ash is the number one rated restaurant in Santa Rosa and my brother-in-law responded that he could see why. We had three different entrees and they were all excellent. I can't wait to return.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit, and it did not disappoint. Definite treat for my husband and I. Thank you for a beautiful evening, start to finish.

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JD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John Ash is a very special place to enjoy a delicious dinner and the pleasure of excellent service in a truly lovely setting. We have dined there many times and always look forward to returning.

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LM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's so nice to be cared for when dining at John Ash. From beginning to end, there's extra touches that make the evening special. Birthdays are celebrated. The experience us worth every penny!

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c
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual. Great food, great service, beautiful facility. Outstanding.

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RW
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

John Ash has been our favorite restaurant ever since moving to Santa Rosa in 2011--has always been a positive experience. We were, however, a bit disappointed this past week when the four of us were there for dinner. Two of our party ordered the lobster risotto, the other two ordered the scallop/prawn entree. The lobster risotto was good but needs some accompanying side dish. The scallops for our taste were undercooked. Several months ago when we were there, I ordered the pork entree which was extremely salty--would not order that again! Oh, forgot--the beet salad this time was very minimal--could have been many more beets for the price.
So, in general, we do enjoy John Ash but thing they could maybe change the menu occasionally and scrutinize the entrees they offer.

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P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to take a date for the first time or for any special occasions! Just be prepared to pay far too much for what you are getting. The setting is very beautiful, the staff is excellent, most of the dishes are delicious and the wine list is good but limited and caters specifically to the higher sophisticated individuals in the crowd. You know, the ones with more money than they know what to do with and feel like they aren't getting anything of value unless it costs a small fortune. Potatoes Fondant for instance, seriously? A cold, hard, raw cylinder of spud with some paprika sprinkled on it! On what dinner table would you ever find this? When people hear, "potatoes", I garuantee we are thinking of something hot, tasty, and satisfying. Probably not very healthy but satisfying to say the least.

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DB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Over the years we have had both excellent and underwhelming experiences with John Ash. My wife had the lamb,which she had ordered and loved about a year ago. This time it was dry and under seasoned. She did rave about the Rye/persimmon desert.I ordered the halibut. It too was over cooked and unflavorful. The vegetable grain accompianment was bland. I think we have seen the last of John Ash.
I will say our waiter was pleasant and professional.

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JR
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellet service and food. Entire experience from start to finish was outstanding. Will definitely return!

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FG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not what I was hoping for with the high price point. The food was not outstanding in any way. We had the chef's pairing with wines. The 3 out of 4 wines were very good, but the waiter (who was very pleasant and attentive) didn't know much about the wines. When consulting the wine list on our own, we found flowery descriptions but no information on the wineries or even the varietals of each wine. We opted to take our dessert to the bar because the dining room was completely empty by that time. The bartender was less than enthusiastic to see us. Instead of helping us choose a dessert wine, he handed us a computer tablet and walked away. It was a $350 meal but a $50 experience. Not going back again.

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DE
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dinner and dessert were the best I've had in many years. I mean memorable. I wish we lived closer so I could go to John Ash more often.

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CC
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We haven't been to this restaurant for a few years. No big changes. Food still quite good, service also very good. Lovely setting.

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c
San Diego
82 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best...... Everyone must experience for themselves ..... such a gift!

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MA
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was outstanding. I had a stroke and I had to have extra service, which is given to me.

Food was outstanding. The service was really good.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

First the positives:
The restaurant looked good.
The service was good (not exceptional).

Now the negatives:
The food was fair (I had the filet mignon, which was a little too seared on the outside; when you most remember the three onion rings that went with it then that's a problem).
The seating was cramped, I felt like I was in a dinner party with the strangers next to me.
The value was poor. For $50 I expected more than a biscuit-size medallion. There was even cost-cutting with the on-demand bread basket.

I've recommend to my friends to go to some place like the Villa or the Occidental. The food's just as good and it's a better value,

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LR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and big portions. We love the relaxing feeling and the staff was wonderful.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The setting was simply gorgeous and the staff very attentive. The first course was delicious, as was the Angus beef fillet entree. Sadly, the pork tenderloin entree fell far short of the description. Overall a pleasant experience and worth visiting, but skip the pork and order the beef fillet! So good!

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TV
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three veal entree was fantastic. Great service!

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MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Very nice people. Great food too. My husband and I sat overlooking the vineyard and it was beautiful.

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s
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. Food outstanding and service as well. Always a great treat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mom’s 60th birthday

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary, we wee dotted at one of their best tables. Food and service was great, we had a great time!! Well recommended!!!

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at the restaurant. The food and service were so excellent that we came back the second night of our two-night stay at the nearby Vintner's Inn hotel. The staff is warm and friendly and were wonderful with our special son who was celebrating his 18th birthday, and the food was just exquisite. We had the lobster risotto and squash soup, among other things and they were exceptional. Great ambiance, and overall a wonderful experience. Thank you! We can't wait to come back :-)

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CE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu and service. If you can be seated on the outside enclosed terrace, do it! It's a relaxing and luxurious experience.

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TD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic enjoyable evening. Thank you. Food and service was great. Never felt rushed.

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LH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to John Ash & Co. many times a year for jus special events or just for a wonderful atmosphere and delishious dinner. The food has always been fantastic, taste texture and flavor. Always different menu is it so wonderful, can not say much more than that. Staff is just as great.

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TG
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

A beautiful restaurant with a nice menu and wine list. However the food was nothing special - good, but not outstanding. I suspect that the specialness of the place has diminished as John Ash is no longer the chef. Not recommended for those looking for a great meal.

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PW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived early for our reservation and was quickly seated in the bar area for drinks before our dinner table was ready. All the staff there were awesome! The seating/atmosphere went beyond my expectations. My date for the evening was quite impressed! Quite impressed with the crab fritters and calamari as starters. Our main course, the Sea Bass, was great.

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H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Table for 2 was great, but very drafty coming from the front door. The fireplace made it seem a little warmer. The beet salad was delicious. Scallops were tender, but the shrimp seemed overcooked. Service was a little slow with Restaurant Week in full swing.

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GP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here many times over the past 15 years. It's still one of the few places that still employs white table cloths in the dining room.

This meal was the best I had ...service: professional -casual/ great quality and large portions of food/ reasonable price (Sonoma County Restaurant Week).

The bar area is also a great place to grab a more casual/lower cost dinner.

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here a few times and have always been impressed. It’s a beautiful setting. Food is delicious and service excellent. At night, the vineyard/garden area is lit up so it’s a romantic, gorgeous view from your table.

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