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Permanently Closed - Nectar Restaurant & Lounge

3.7
349 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Nectar Restaurant & Lounge offers a contemporary yet relaxing dining experience with picturesque views of the Santa Rosa Valley. Using Sonoma County products our Executive Chef Rene Jakushak has created a seasonal menu with intriguing ingredients. Try a bottle of wine from our extensive 100% Sonoma County wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
For parties of 5 or more guests, please call 707-569-5525 for reservations.

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am

Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(707) 569-5525
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Rene Jakushak
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Private party facilities
Private dining room with view for parties up to 10. Main dining room and terrace available for partial and full buyout through our Catering office.
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Private party contact
Restaurant Manager: (707) 569-5525
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Catering
Selected locations only, menus available upon request.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fountaingrove Parkway
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Parking details
Large parking lot, complimentary, easy wheelchair access.
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Public transit
Transit bus station stop adjacent to parking lot.
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Special events & promotions
Whether you are planning a wedding reception, birthday party, business dinner, or family gathering, we are here to meet all of your specific needs and offer an unforgettable dining experience.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
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Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We came to celebrate my mom's 96th birthday. Staff was very accommodating. We had requested outdoor seating, which they were able to arrange. The menu is limited, but we all found something we liked. Appetizers were great. They had a very special dessert for mom. The server offered to take our photo at the end of our celebration.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Nice warm day on the patio with a pretty view. Peaceful and quiet with tasty food.

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3.0Dined on September 14, 2017

The food was very good, however the service was awful!
We had to keep asking for water. It took 1/2 hour to even get waited on,
and the restaurant was not busy at all. Maybe 8-10 people inside with two waiters. There was a separate waiter for outside.
I had noted when I made the reservation that it was our 36th wedding anniversary- and had asked for a specific table- not only did we not get a window table, they did not even acknowledge our anniversary.
I can think of at least two other restaurants in Santa Rosa - that really make you feel special on an anniversary or birthday (La Gare and John Ash).
We were really disappointed and won't be back.

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3.0Dined on September 6, 2017

I love this place for the outdoor ambiance not necessarily the quality of the good.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2017

A new waiter needed some reminders for our requests. Service was very slow, because most people were outside on the patio. They have heaters, but there is always a wind, which cools off the food and the guests.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2017

We meet my mom here about once a month for breakfast. the food is great, service is pleasant and the view in wonderful. It is comfortable and easy access for her in her wheelchair. We have also had our family Xmas breakfasts here a couple times. Really great place.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Came around noon on a Monday and there were very few people in the restaurant, however 75% of the tables were still dirty. We wanted to sit outside, but there was not a clean table outside even though no one was sitting outside. Overall, the restaurant appeared to have aged substantially. We decided to just have mac and cheese (which was OK) as the ambience was not very pleasant for my wife and I to join. Service to us was good for a hotel restaurant, but since there were only 2-3 tables seated this was expected. This restaurant has great potential, but needs some work.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Food was not equal to the dinner prices as compared with other local restaurants charging similar prices.
Nice view for tourists and the noise level is very low.
Service was excellent.

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1.0Dined on June 26, 2017

Changed the menu - for the worse! I've dined at Nectar probably 50 times over the course of the past 8 years or so. The view can't be beat, but initially the food was mediocre. Not really local - more of what you would expect from a chain hotel's captive diner. Then it got pretty good - they started focusing on their wine list and pairing food, and everything improved. This last time was abysmal. The cheese plate was abysmal with inappropriate crackers served and a few crostini. The spinach dip was mediocre. The crab cakes were awful (with parts of plastic from what we surmised was the container that kept the sauce). The frito misto was average. To top it all off, the service was poor - especially when we were waiting for our check at the end of an otherwise awful evening. It's going to be a while before I go back - hopefully they change the menu again to reflect wine country cuisine.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We really enjoyed our experience at Nectar Restaurant and Lounge. The outdoor seating is amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

Always enjoy our visits, great atmosphere, views, service, and especially food. PS: Real fresh made hollandaise sauce, not canned Aunt Pennys.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

We took my husband's mother here for Mother's Day this year and were very impressed with the wonderful selection offered for brunch. The food was excellent as the service and I would highly recommend Nectar to anyone looking for a nice place to eat or have drinks with friends.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

The crab cakes and salmon was good and their cob salad was better. Chef rj

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

We came for Easter Brunch. The service was on top of things. The food satisfied everyone especially our 11 yr old. There was such a variety that it was worth the money. We would definitely come next year.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Two years ago, we had Easter brunch and the cuisine was excellent. We met the chef -- a beautiful young woman chef, and she'll she was aware about nourishing and delicious food. Outstanding. Also Christmas Day and Mother's Day. Last year, it was very good, but not outstanding. This year, this staff is new. The women were hospitable, and gracious. The young men waiters tried to do it, but no training.

The salads and vegetables were very good. The omelette stand is fair. I delete it. Hot dishes are average, but interesting. We liked eggs Benedict. NO ROLLS! No whole wheat rolls! Poor choice! Bread is the staff of life. Last time, Local cheeses- Perfect. Not now. Also, the dish labels are usually better.
DESSERTS: NOT EXCELLENT! NO cheese and fruit BLINTZES! NO extreme chocolate dessert! One thing, the carrot cake was delicious. Otherwise, it's terrible. I will use fruit tarts, and more. Cookies should be healthy -- oatmeal, or nuts, or dried fruit. We love Nectar restaurant. Wonderful place. Work on it!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2017

This is a very nice place for a special dinner. I appreciate that it's possible to have a quiet conversation. The food and service is very good. We've enjoyed it every time we've eaten there.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2017

We always enjoy going here. You can count on a quiet meal, great for talking without distractions. The menu has familiar dishes, with added specials that are great. We shared a dessert that was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

A lovely setting overlooking Santa Rosa. The service was excellent which made our birthday celebration all the more special.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Overall not bad, the scallops were very good. The meatloaf not so much. I'd go back.
Chef RJ

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

Since this restaurant is apparently associated (next door) to a nice hotel, I didn't know if it would be good or not - but what a find! The food choice was great, tasted wonderful, and the service was some of the best we've gotten in a long while. Highly recommended!!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2017

The Restaurant Week deal was excellent. Nice large tables with great views of the round barn and Santa Rosa. Quiet and private.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2017

I had a nice lunch and glass of wine during restaurant week. The cuban sandwich was great and the dessert, a strawberry hazelnut crepe was fabulous. There's a nice view of Taylor Mountain that is somewhat obstructed by vegetation and scratched plexiglass but it was still nice to be eating outside on a very warm and sunny day. I will definitely go back, I'd like to see the view at night, or at sunset.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Good food sand good service. served in a nice atmosphee that is quiet.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Our server Barbara was amazing!!!! Nectar is worth a visit.

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1.0Dined on January 15, 2017

Very disappointed. I wish I could get my money back. The place seems old and dilapidated. Customer service was non- existent. The food and drinks were terrible. My friend found plastic in her food. No napkins at the table. The waitress did not seem remotely interested in serving. I gave her a tip but she did not deserve it. The internet makes this restaurant look like a fantastic place to go with great food, but that was not my experience.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2017

We had a quiet booth with a great view. The food was excellent and our server just a delight!

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4.0Dined on January 1, 2017

We enjoy going for brunch. The view is nice. It's cozy in the semi circular booths.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

We made our reservation for a Christmas buffet. I did get a call from the management to tell me that they had changed to table service with a prix fixe menu, and I was fine with that. But when we arrived, it turned out that we would be ordering from the bar menu. So that was radically different from what we were expecting, but on Christmas Day it's not as if we could turn around and go find someplace else. It was a big disappointment. I felt really stuck and embarrassed in front of my friend, since I was the one who had made the arrangements.

Otherwise excellent service, excellent food, and a beautiful view. It's hard for me to know how to rate this. I'm rating it as if we were *expecting* a bar menu, which is me being very generous here.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

It was Thanksgiving, and could not have been better. Our waiter was the best!!! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

The excellent Thanksgiving brunch is delicious! (Too) many salads -- last Christmas Bunch is better -- with salad with noodles, cheese muffins? were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2016

Our family has been coming here quite often. Our family ages range from 9 mos to 70 years old, and we can all find menu items that we like. Also, it is quiet, so you can carry on a conversation. We keep our cell phones off, and we really have a wonderful family get together. The food is much better than what you would expect at a hotel. The eggs benedict I had to the mac and cheese, my granddaughter had was great, and the bloody Mary's were also tasty.

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2.0Dined on November 5, 2016

We visited Nectar as a last minute reservation because it was well reviewed and the ambience looked nice online. We were visiting from the Bay Area for a special occasion.

It ended up being in a hotel-- which is okay, but definitely not mentioned. When we arrived, the ambience didn't feel like what I had remembered when we made the reservation. We almost left because of this. I later found out that it was pictures of their outdoor seating and we were placed inside, so I'd definitely suggest asking to be seated outside if you want a more romantic feel.

There were some delicious bites throughout our meal. The Bellweather Farm Mac & Cheese was an awesome starter & got us really excited for dinner! That was probably the best part of our meal. I highly recommend. For my entree, I got the scallops, which were cooked and seasoned perfectly. The vegetables were cooked perfectly, not over done & with a nice al dente; however, the red quinoa that accompanied it was so bland I don't even think they cooked it in any stock or seasonings, not even salt. It was really disappointing, especially since the rest of the plate was flavorful.

The server was very nice and kind of quirky. She took good care of us and I have no complaints for the work she did.

Overall, it was an okay experience and the food was good enough, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

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3.0Dined on October 24, 2016

The hamburger was one of the best. We often go just for that. The chicken, pear, brie and spinach sandwich sounded wonderful but was just so so.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2016

We arrived for an early dinner and happily got a table with a lovely view of Santa Rosa. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Though we had read some reviews that were not exactly glowing, we found the food to be very good. We started with salad and crab cakes, both tasty dishes. For an entree I had the New York strip steak, and it was done perfectly. My brother-in-law had the ribs, done to perfection also. My sister had the ravioli and wouldn't share! The menu isn't extensive, but we all found something inviting to try. None of us were disappointed. We did opt for dessert to share, chocolate lava cake, and were a little disappointed in that, though we did finish it up! Good food, good ambiance, very good service. A nice place for a special event, or just an evening out. Stunning views, and outdoor seating as well. We will go back.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2016

The service was amazingour waitress was attentive and listened. The food was good but nothing special you get anywhere else. Hotel food, a bit pricey but normal fare.

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3.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Last minute reservation for a party of 6 at 5:30 on a Saturday evening. Impressed by the attentiveness of the staff. Food was tasty for a hotel restaurant, however it's pretty much what you would expect. There are definately better places to dine in the Sonoma/Napa area, but it works well for large groups on a budget and families with kids, especially when food is an urgent neceasily after a day of winery stops.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Food was good, view was great, hostess was charming. Server was grumpy, did not smile once, was visibly put out when I changed my order, and did not even offer us dessert or coffee, which we wanted. If you go, stay away from Kasey.

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2016

There is a new chef and there is a new menu. The food is much improved from a few years ago. The kitchen staff was very accomodating for my allergy restrictions. Miguel was our server. He and the greeter were most pleasant.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Food is outstanding, service attentive. Loved the duck. Great value on local wines too.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2016

I was with a very elderly couple and expected criticism but hardly got any! She thought there was too much salad dressing on her caesar (so did I btw and I asked for light) but other than that, the food was very good. He said it was the best mac 'n cheese he's had in a very long time.

Our server was phenomenal! The only thing I didn't like were the chairs; very comfortable but way too low for the table (and I'm 5'4")!

Definitely will go again.

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