John Ash & Co.

4.7
3704 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 3704 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

great setting

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JoAnn
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJerry
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 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
39 reviews
Dined 2 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
26 reviews
Dined 3 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
2 reviews
Dined 3 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
1 review
Dined 3 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
24 reviews
Dined 3 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
1 review
Dined 3 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
4 reviews
Dined 4 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
2 reviews
Dined 4 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
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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med2033
San Francisco
21 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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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

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vipKathrynB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The scenery and setting were as advertised- simply gorgeous. The service and food were disappointing.
Our waitress had no personality and we could barely hear her. The food was tasteless. The calamari felt chewy and fishy. Not so fresh. I had the sea bass which was so juicy but NO flavor for $37 and very tiny. Disappointing.
The bread and the dessert were the best part. And the wine list for wine country was quite disappointing.

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LoriH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent staff enjoyed the view of the gardens while dining.

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Roger
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating my wife's BD, we ventured out to John Ash on 04-17. We were immediately greeted and seated. A celebratory cocktail was ordered before dinner and it was perfectly mixed. Allan, our Server was excellent and very helpful. Our course started with the grilled prawns (amazing), baby lettuce with a scallop added(fantastic). My wife had the short rib dish which she raved about. I ordered the brick chicken which was very good. We also ordered a side of mushrooms - perfect. We chose the Rafanelli Zin (2018 - still a little young, however a good choice). John Ash is very accommodating to those with gluten allergies. We enjoyed a gelato dessert. The evening was wonderful, courses were served on time without being rushed and truly enjoyed the ambiance.

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vipMaribethW
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had a special meal here with friends last fall and it was fantastic so we were very disappointed this time when everything was only okay. We had highly recommended the restaurant to the couple who accompanied us, and all four our us left disappointed. I doubt if we’ll be back.

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RachelP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect date night. Staff was friendly and professional. They were attentive without being bossy and invasive. Food was SO GOOD and came out so quick during the peak dinner time!

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Daniel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was Excellent (House-made Parker Rolls, Tom's Fish Soup, Endive Salad, Calamari Fritti, Tips and Toast, 5 Spice Cured pot-stickers) , except for the Pan Seared Diver Scallops (Fishy smell, very salty and not tender). $$$$

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vipMariaW
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food, service, atmosphere ... must visit. Enjoy. We WILL be back!

SG
vipSaleemG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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Gaga
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very good and nicely presented. Waiter was nice and fairly attentive although he forgot our roll order. However, there was a table of six guests who were extremely loud and totally ruined the wonderful ambience. No one asked the group to tone it down since this was a very nice restaurant and other guests wanted to enjoy it as well!

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Mary
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really sweet bartender! We got some complimentary bubbly and chocolate for a birthday too

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WineLover2
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great diner and service experience at John Ash & Co. The service is really great and the food fantastic. I am vegan so really appreciate that I can count on them to have at least one (two this time) vegan meals on the menu. It was one of the best meals I have had. I wish there was a place in Healdsburg that offered vegan meals (without advanced ordering) but since there isn't, John Ash will get our business.

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ElaineL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We have celebrated our anniversary at John Ash & Co. for 25+ years. (We are on our 41st). We brought two friends to dine with us, as our treat to celebrate us and the beginning of indoor dining. Our service was slow - -and we sat for 45 minutes before our order was taken. The charcuterie platter cam with a pan of 3 rollsd for the 4 of us. Had someone tpld us there were only three, we would have ordered more. But we waited for 10 minutes, couldn't find the server opr anyone, so we just starting eating - - and finally after about 20 minutes we saw our server and asked for small plates for the platter we were sharing.When we did order, the wait was even longer, and we continually had to ask our server for sugar for the iced tea, he brought out a champagne even though we asked for a glass of rose. The service was horrible - -and to add insult to it all (I am not even going into everything that was wrong) the bill still had the champagne on. it as well as the glass of rose. We asked the server how long he had been there, and he said 4 years! We were going to cut him some slack if he was new. So not the case. We may need to find a new placewto dine and take friends out if this is the new normal. VERY disappointing.

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vipDeborahR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a lovely location, with professional service. Fantastic A favorite local and wine country place!

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vipMichaelC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

John Ash has been our special event go to for decades. With that history and the various guidelines from the restaurant on the website and in emails, seemed the perfect place for our first seated restaurant dining since COVID.

The food was as good as always but otherwise it was not good a good evening . A minor point was that the waiter did not tell me that the vegetable side I ordered was also coming as a bed to the rice cake entree I ordered. The service was slow. We were there for 3 hours and long eager to depart. Despite double vaccination we will be fretting about catching COVID from our dinner for the next week, partly due to the duration of the meal. More importantly was the congestion.

We dressed as advised by the restaurant for cool outdoor seating. Instead when we arrived for an early dinner we were seated as the only party in a room. The numbers and volume increased dramatically. I was seated with my back to the room. When we stood up to leave I waa shocked to see that the room was essentially aa full as it would have been before COVID. Our county just increased allowable indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. The restaurant clearly exceeded those parameters.

We are learning as we go, but we expect more of this fine restaurant and will not be returning for awhile.

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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 3704 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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