John Ash & Co.

4.7
3718 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Nestled next to Vintners Resort in Santa Rosa, John Ash & Co. was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking with seasonal, locally sourced foods and produce while pairing exceptional recipes with wines from the region.

Today, John Ash & Co. remains an icon for a romantic, fine dining restaurant with Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt continuing the standards of cooking excellence enjoyed by locals and guests alike. Chef Tom’s extensive wine knowledge provides the perfect foundation for creating innovative recipes that complement the restaurant’s extensive, award-winning wine list.

And because Chef Tom and his staff believe in making exceptional food and wine fun and approachable, even those who are new to choosing wines will feel right at home. Join us for dinner at our Santa Rosa restaurant and experience wine country dining at its best.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3718 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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NancyC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Wade, was excellent. His wine recommendation was outstanding. I highly recommend the sea bass - the lemon sauce on the asparagus complemented the sea bass as well as the asparagus. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection. A great special occasion restaurant.

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vipmarkj
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a belated Mother’s Day
We had the salads which were fresh and delightfully dressed
Shared the charcuterie board which was wonderful
Scallops, bass and short ribs were wonderful.
Espresso chocolate cake and also the cheese cake to top
It all off were fantastic.
The staff were wonderful and offered to take photos of us. Most friendly and accommodating.
We have dined here a few times as well as having our wedding and reception held here. Always a wonderful time.

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MikeofSanFrancisco
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My short rib meal was very bland and the portion was child sized. I was very disappointed and won’t be dining there again. It’s unfortunate because the restaurant is only ten minutes away.

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Nikki
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents were in town for the first time since the pandemic started and we wanted to go some place nice for dinner. Our waiter was so kind and friendly and the food was spectacular. Perfectly cooked and portioned.

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Sally
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

most of food was outstanding I had Short Ribs delicious but the spinach had a burned flavor. so some what dissapointed Service excellent

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Rayjj
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It took 10 minutes total to be greeted and brought water. "Hello, may I get you started with any drinks" was our greeting, again without water at the table. It took nearly 15 minutes after ordering cocktails and a bottle of wine for the bottle to arrive, and the inexperienced waiter grabbed the glasses in her hand to pour after making the loudest pop possible with the cork. Two guests still enjoying their cocktails were nearly served full flutes, until I told the waiter to stop. You fill a flute for BY THE GLASS. When people order a bottle you fill the glass LESS THAN HALFWAY. When people are enjoying cocktails, YOUR POUR THEM A TINY SPLASH, OR NONE, OR GOD FORBID YOU ASK THEM IF THEY'D LIKE TO BE POURED RIGHT AWAY.

We had to ask for water refills after setting my empty glass at the edge of the table for over 10 minutes. My bottle of wine nearly filled itself with water as the icebucket we didn't request was filled too high with water, rather THAN JUST A SCOOP OF ICE LIKE IT SHOULD BE. The waiter didn't refill our wine herself once during the meal, not that she would have been capable of it, since she couldn't even handle pouring people a serving without grabbing the glass off the table and tilting it like a beer. Just ing pour it in the glass, good god. It foams, you walk to the next person. I don't need a full glass of wine after ordering a bottle, do you want people to look like alcoholics? Yes, pour out the entire bottle while I have a full cocktail rendering the icebucket you brought meaningless, since my wine is now sitting there in a glass getting warm.

The rollups here have two forks and knives. We had two rounds of appetizers and while still eating the first ones, were brought a new round of rollups, knapkins and all, when no one needed more silverware. If we needed more silverware, then you bring it on a makring tray after our second round of apps, and before the entrees arrive. Way to waste four napkins and 16 pieces of silverware. Use your brain.

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MarkH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Beautiful scenery with the roses blooming outback. We both had the lamb chops which were excellent. The sides which were some type of bean and greens were OK. Very busy for Mother's Day but the service was good.

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GaryF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to John Ash many times and it's always enjoyable. Nice to be back

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RunDMG1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

1.5 hours to get our food and it was not worth the wait. Not very good. Maybe it was an off day for them because the food pre-pandemic was great. It was Mother’s Day so perhaps it was related to being overly busy.

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grimacotaco
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mother's Day brunch. Food was not as good as expected...but we've never dined in Santa Rosa before so wasn't sure what to expect. Service was okay, but nothing to write home about. Everyone was cordial but it really didn't stand out. My son kept equating the ambiance with the Olive Garden, which I chuckled at...and then I saw the resemblance.

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HarryA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience3

No greeting when we arrived and left. Not very customer friendly by the staff.

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Steve
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the brunch selections were well prepared and ample, the service was courteous and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

great setting

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JoAnn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful garden setting, and wonderful service. The food and bellinis were absolutely delicious.

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vipJerry
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent dining experience on Mother's Day...But the Irish Coffee was disappointing with a very low amount of whisky and small amount of whipped cream...COMPARED to Easter Sunday's Excellent dining experience where the Irish Coffee's tasted great with sufficient whisky and a good "head" of whipped cream. We come to John Ash because of the great food and ambiance. The Bartenders just need to be consistently good on their mixed drinks, especially their Irish Coffees. We look forward to this improved consistency on our next visit! Highly Recommend John Ash & Co. Jerry

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vipSBartlett
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a solid bet for great food, service and ambiance.

Looking forward to our next visit!

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Sue1002
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best place, after a CoVid year, to have a reunion with friends and a return to John Ash. The Short ribs were perfect as was the Sea Bass. The endive salad was a great way to start along with oysters and calamari. Our server, Allen, was everything an excellent server should be. It was an amazing way to spend a 50th Anniversary together with good friends.

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JoyceO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John Ash never disappoints on all levels! The vineyard setting is like you are sitting in the vineyard, the ambiance inside is like being in a Tuscany villa, service is very friendly and attentive and and the food is exquisitely prepared and presented.....we devoured every bite!

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BrionG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh, did an excellent job of servicing his customers. Food was excellent and the view of the flowers and vineyard was divine. Our first venture out in the pandemic environment and we felt very safe. A lovely experience!👍

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Frenchy
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Soggy calamari rings, oysters on the half shell were warm
Chilean Sea Bass was NOT Chilean.
Cappuccinos were weak.

Cocktails were very good

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Dana8910
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was just ok. Certainly not worth the hype. The food was good but it should be at this level. Nothing blew me out of the water, I’ve had a better fillet & prawns that were better cooked and seasoned elsewhere. I don’t have a single complaint, but I’m not seeing a reason to return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service with just the right amount of attention from our waiter. The menu is interesting with items we wouldn’t make at home, so we enjoyed the pheasant, osso bucco, braciole and brick chicken. It was a nice anniversary/birthday evening with our friends. We will definitely go again.

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KikiN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Lovely garden views, great food, great wine. Our waiter was great, we never felt rushed at all even though restaurant was busy and full. Just an overall great experience !

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Dave
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been coming to john Ash since the 70swhen we came up from San Jose on weekends . It is truly a 5-Star! We look forward to dinner here, sometimes with friends, sometimes by our selves , for birthdays, anniversaries, and whatever. It is always good food, and exceptional service. We tell all our friends at Varenna!

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AlKerr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very comfortable and enjoyable evening, friendly knowledgeable service, delicious but somewhat simple food preparations. Given all the COVID protocols and limitations a pleasant and safe getaway for a special evening.

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JeffW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect.
Steve our server was great!

Many thanks,
Jeff and Nancy

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med2033
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We haven't been to John Ash in more than a couple of years, and my wife has been wanting to go back. Four of us celebrating a birthday. Sat outside in the covered area. We had a 7:15 reservation and were seated early without fuss, and ordered cocktails. Pot stickers and calamari as appetizers were served quickly and were perfectly prepared. Followed with main courses. I had the diver scallops, which had a yummy yam/onion puree, which I greatly enjoyed. We shared a bottle of Hartford Court RRV Pinot Noir 2019 which, at $72, was reasonably priced. Dessert followed, and no one was disappointed. You can never go wrong choosing to eat here - the food is well-prepared and delicious, the service attentive and corrrect, but not overly precious. Prices are appropriate for what you get. Highly recommended.

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vipRobertH
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had two martinis in the bar to start off our birthday celebration. Tables were socially distanced and there was no one else in the bar at this time. We then headed to a fantastic table immediately overlooking a vineyard next door to restaurant! Was incredibly beautiful and unexpected. Our server was very good with some great recommendations. The olive encrusted prawn cocktail appetizer was really very good ! The veal osso bucco was very tender and flavorful as was my Portobello Wellington ! Our side of mashed potatoes was delicious!

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Barb
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at John Ash in over a year since the pandemic. It still is our favorite restaurant in Sonoma County for 25 years in terms of ambiance, food and service!

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George
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

As one would expect with a restaurant in California wine county the wine list has a mostly Sonoma county focus with an occasional Napa and a few French wines. As a Pinot Noir fan we were struck for the near absence of Oregon Pinots. We find it difficult to get good food/wine pairings with California wines being mostly on the heavy side.

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vipParitaK
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good food for meat eaters. Vegetarian options are blend and average tasting.

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JackieJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Servers seem to be new and inexperienced. Served wine without having someone taste it... served incorrect salad. Give wrong oz size on the filet.

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vipSonoma27
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liberty duck entree
Lentil rice cake entree both were good

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Way too cold to be outside, but food was great (sea bass)!

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vipLeon
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We feel like a broken record here..,..never disappointed. Always fine food, service, ambience....etc. A neighborhood gem for sure. Can't wait until the next time!

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vipMartyR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Its been too long since I could visit. Its great to be back. Excellent ambience beside a vineyard and garden, experienced and effective service, delicious food, and great reconnecting with a friend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Other than the rats running above us and at our feet ... it was enjoyable

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NorthBayJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh, how I had missed John Ash! Everything about our dinner was fantastic. After being cooped up for over a year because of the pandemic, this was an evening "staycation".

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Everything is quite fabulous with dining at John Ash except with limited the menu selection. Too many fish and non cooked entrees. If you are immune suppressed or not a fish eater, you will have less than a handful of menu choice. We have been to John Asher’s restaurant in the past and never have quite had this problem with menu selection. My husband and I decided to share the 1/2 of chicken plate, however we didn’t get a half a chicken we received two pieces of boned chicken, a small portion of Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and Broccoli rabe. We ordered an extra side dish of Parker House rolls since bread was not included with the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely family birthday fir 7 of us

FAQs

John Ash & Co. offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 527-7687.

John Ash & Co. is rated 4.7 stars by 3718 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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