John Ash & Co.

4.5
3756 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 3756 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to dine at this restaurant. Everything - the place, the food, the service, was absolutely wonderful.

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MissLou
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

John Ash is one of our favorite restaurants, and we try to go there often, especially on a special occasion. This was a birthday, and our first real dining experience since the pandemic. We had expected things to be a little shaky, but for the most part everything was ok. Just not up to the standards we had been used to. The service was good, the bar was disappointing, but due to Covid restrictions, totally understandable. The wine list and food were the biggest disappointments. The calamari was definitely wonderful, but there were not a lot of salad options on the starter menu, and we ended up having the endive salad. It was swimming in dried cranberries, and you couldn’t taste much of anything else. The Seabass was over done and dry, and, believe it or not, the short ribs were overcooked and essentially mush. I know this is not the norm for John Ash, and we are hoping that with the opening of California, this usually stellar restaurant will shine again.

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vipcalkent
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Aside from the outstanding food, the venue is very pleasant and inviting with ample, and convenient parking, and beautiful vegetation. John Ash has done a great job in providing safe distancing between diners. They have provided very comfortable outdoor seating next to the vineyards, as well as the well spaced indoor seating. Staff was very friendly and attentive, and as I mentioned, the food was outstanding.

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TomM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a wonderful dining experience. Our water glasses were always full, empty plates were whisked away, the food arrived promptly, and our waiter was delightful.

The food was incredible. The menu was easy to read and, since I am gluten intolerant, it was nice to see those choices.

We were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary and John Ash helped make it special.

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DonnaF
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, thoughtfully prepared cuisine from appetizers through dessert.

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WineSpirit
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had a couple of special needs and the staff did everything they could to accommodate us. Very impressed with the level of customer service.
John Ash offers several gluten free options, which weren't the usual boring GF options we see at other restaurants.

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vipDianneR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the top menu choices and outside garden ambiance!

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StLouis
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Martini perfect, short ribs perfect, chocolate cake too good, service WONDERFUL,

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efspetaluma
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wonderful service. Lovely ambiance outside near the vineyard. Interesting choices on the menu. Nice pacing - we never felt rushed. Pricey, but well worth it for a post Covid celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary and it was perfect! Enjoyed good food and drinks.

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MichelleW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The service wasn’t as welcoming as other good restaurants in the area. It also was very cold on the patio. They need heating lamps close to the tables. Food was good but not great for the price.

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BillT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthdays, anniversaries

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vipBrad
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always deluxe

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vipHappy
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with excellent service and carefully prepared food.

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vipSUSANC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A baby was crying in this restaurant. A definite distraction &detraction at a restaurant that shouldn’t allow these situations

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vipkgschneider
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at John Ash, and what a perfect experience! The service, the food, the setting... it was beyond expectations. The baked oysters in parmesan custard were particularly memorable. That's a dish that relies on that perfect balance of when to finish cooking the oysters, and they were just right. Everything else was wonderful. The wine list had a nice range and the selection, assisted by the server, was spot on. The chocolate stout layer cake was sinfully good and a perfect cap to a great experience. Our focus was "small plates" but the regular plates on the menu looked really good too. A nice bonus: it's a great restaurant for people-watching. We'll be back.

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Sher
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at John Ash is relaxed sophistication with heart.

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vipMerileeF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 4. We were lucky to have Wade take care of us through out our meal. He was professional, knowledgeable, showed interest, and has a wonderful sense of humor. Wade was instrumental in our wonderful experience at the restaurant.

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MichaelS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to John Ash many times and have never been disappointed.

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Allaboutthesauce
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Beautiful location and ambiance. Pricey. Food under seasoned - I had the veal and my husband had the short ribs - best part was the risotto and polenta. The appetizers and cocktails - oysters and potstickers were the best part of the meal. Unhurried which was nice, but service was not particularly attentive.

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vipMarc
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food and service. (Best oysters we have had in a long time). We were ahead of schedule and they accommodated us with an earlier reservation. The server was knowledgeable and friendly. The facility was beautiful and we will come back.

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YvonneH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious, most staff were great, main waiter was not very attentive, I even had to ask for wine to be corked. It was a mediocre experience considering the cost and occasion

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JessicaC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Everything was so fresh and had great flavor. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We might book our wedding here simply for the food.

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LuzR
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Christopher in the front desk was very nice. Our waitress was excellent. I gave four stars instead of five because a guy with a purple suit in the front desk didn’t want to give us a table in the bar even though there were tables Available. But Christopher came to the rescue and found a table for us.

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vipBodhi
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

8:15 reservation didn't sit down until 8:40. Dinner took 40+ mins to be served. No water refills, drink requests, or much attention at all.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the most romantic and special dinners we have had in a long time. The setting outside in the gardens with vineyards and lights was so romantic. The service is outstanding. The food was impeccable including multiple vegetarian/vegan options for me. Normally I only have to one option but I had choices and had trouble choosing! Absolutely amazing.

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RIAM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional. Food was well prepared, delicious, and served properly.

The restaurant is well appointed

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Springtime515
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious. We had a wonderful time.

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SusanK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great waiter and a fabulous meal, highly recommend.

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vipSandy94901
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

John Ash was the perfect choice for my “foodie” grandsons 13th birthday dinner. The food was very good and my grandson said his Veal Oscar was the best meal of his life.

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JANINEP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, fabulous food, great, friendly waiter.

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PaulH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was prompt and engaging. We both had seafood entrees and enjoyed them immensely.
Wine prices seemed high, but not that is a personal choice

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James
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The veggie sides need a lift. My steak and potato was very good but the veggies had almost no color do it was a monochromatic affair. This has happened before with other dishes. Great service and great hors doeuvres and dessert.

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The vegetables were over cooked and looked old. The color of the mirepiox of the artichoke barigoule was cooked beyond recognition and the potato gratin tasted refrigerated and re-heated. Our waiter was great! Won’t go back and won’t recommend. So much fresh and better cooked food in Sonoma County.

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DaveK
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As promised, excellent food quality, presentation and service. Beautiful ambiance...a little cold until they closed the glass and turned on heaters.

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NancyC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
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
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
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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FoodLover
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely wonderful place for a 5-star meal set in a location amidst a lovely vineyard. The food is amazing, service stellar and the ambiance is great for a romantic dinner for two or getting together with friends or family!!

If you haven't already enjoyed a meal at John Ash & Co, be sure to put it on your list of things to do soon!!

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Smith
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Dated - a bit stuffy. It appears it is riding on past reputation. Table presentation - well there is none - just a couple of mats and glasses. The culinary experience was very weak.

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MikeofSanFrancisco
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
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.

FAQs

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

John Ash & Co. is rated 4.5 stars by 3756 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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