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La Gare French Restaurant, Santa Rosa, CA

La Gare French Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1816 Reviews
$30 and under
French
La Gare French restaurant has been a local favorite for almost 40 years and two generations . Serving old world classic French cuisine by using fresh local ingredients, they pride themselves on still including soup and salad with every entree. Known for their table side carte service and escargot, Le Gare was voted most romantic restaurant by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, French American, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 528-4355

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Roger Praplan

  • Private party facilities

    Are you planning a special event, wedding or corporate party? Then give La Gare a call! The outdoor Avenue is available for wine and appetizers for 25-100 guests. Indoor private rooms are also available for full service dining. Call Jackie for a custom menu and quote 707-528-4355

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th Streets in Historic Railroad Square

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • FREE CORKAGE ON MONDAYS

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Thu - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    COMPLIMENTARY CORKAGE EVERY MONDAY! Bring your favorite bottle of wine to dinner at La Gare on Monday evenings and you will pay no corkage fee! * Holidays Excluded

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What 1,816 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wine Country

    Romantic

  • Wine Country

    Good for special occasions

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  1. DF

    DebF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The waiter was not friendly at all. Efficient but had a bit of an arrogant attitude. I asked for my steak to be a little more done than it was. It's as if he just ignored what I asked for. Yes I know the chef "wants" me to eat it a certain way...but I'm 69 years old and want what I want. I ate around the edges and brought it home and cooked it. Then it was delicious. It was so noisy in that tiny little room. People need to regulate their voices. And that room is too small for the "prepared at the table" crap. Come on. I probably sound like a crank but knowing the waiter doesn't have control over the noise or the size of the room, and having been on that side of the table, I still tipped generously. Maybe he had a bad day, idk. I have been to a lot of really nice restaurants all over Napa/Sonoma area in the last 20 years, so I have a lot of comparisons. This one is, of course, one of the better ones, but perhaps not the best. I would still recommend.
  2. RM

    RobinM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was great and the food wonderful as always. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, cozy spot!
  4. FC

    FrostyandCJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, and the food was quite good. Only one star off because the soup was a bit bland, and the duck was gamey (I love duck, and have had it at enough other restaurants to know what it should taste like). Bottom line, we will go this restaurant again! (just won't order the duck)
  5. MB

    MBMo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a nice meal, and were well cared for. My rating of 4 out of 5 is based on previous visits. This restaurant is very good for food and attention. It was very busy on a Friday night, so a little loud and less time for personal attention. The food was good. The wine selection was good, but the red bottles available were too young. If you want an intimate experience, perhaps choose a mid-week night.
  6. TB

    TroyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of four ordered the Calamari special (2), Veal Cordon Bleu, and Beef Wellington. All were excellent. Everyone walked out talking about wanting to go back soon.
  7. DH

    DaneH

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    classic french menu. food was excellent. Old school.
  8. LP

    LeighP

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was good. Flavor, portions and choices good. Service was excellent. It was not unique or particularly creative.
  9. 8

    8675309

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The restaurant is out dated, the food was not good. way overpriced. ill keep it at that.
  10. KR

    KerryR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think the best compliment for a restaurant is when you want to go home and try to replicate one of the dishes you ate. The coq au vin was just that. Service was excellent; ambience welcoming. Will go there again for sure.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and classic French cuisine. It's my favorite restaurant in Santa Rosa.
  12. JG

    JoanG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy our meal at La Gare. Great service and expertly prepared dinner.
  13. DM

    DavidM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten at La Gare many times. We have never been disappointed and this time it was the same. The food, service, and atmosphere were excellent. We had the Beef Wellington and it was so delicious. The chocolate dome was also amazing.
  14. CL

    ChristineL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food. Comfortable and warm atmosphere.
  15. MA

    MARIEL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went there to celebrate my Birthday. Wow... the Chateaubriand for 2 was amazing and the service was fantastic!
  16. AB

    AshleyB

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service accompanied by traditional French cuisine. We were impressed and are looking forward to our next visit. Great wine list as well.
  17. M

    Megan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was delighted to see Beef Wellington on the menu. It was delicious! My friend had a lovely salmon special which was also excellent. I’ll eat here again the next time I’m in Santa Rosa… and I’ll be sure to save room for dessert.
  18. D

    Diane

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I THINK PRICE IS HIGH FOR QUALITY OF FOOD. AT THE PRICES, I WOULD EXPECT MORE INTERESTING CULINARY EXPERIENCE. CELEBRATION OF EVENT WRITTEN WAS IGNORED UNTIL I MENTIONED THIS TO THE WAITER. BREAD WAS GOOD, BUT WE WERE NEVER ASKED IF WE WOULD LIKE MORE, AND FINALLY MY SON ASKED FOR BREAD AND ONE PIECE WAS GIVEN, NEVER ASKING IF ANYONE ELSE MIGHT LIKE ANOTHER. I GUESS BREAD IS ALSO EXPENSIVE. I WANT TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS, BUT I DOUBT I WILL RUSH BACK.
  19. EC

    EunettaC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was there Christmas Eve and my family and I had a wonderful time
  20. F

    Flipper

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    you definitely get what you pay for a pleasant menu for the price
  21. GS

    GregS

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of six was at La Gare to celebrate my wife's birthday. We enjoyed the food and the service was excellent!
  22. TL

    TerrillL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter John was outstanding, and the food was delicious.
  23. JL

    JeffL

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Gare is a wonderful restaurant. We had a special birthday celebration. The food and service were first rate.
  24. MP

    MP12

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Diner-level quality, setting & service at fine dining prices!
  25. JS

    JeanetteS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We dined here regularly when it opened 40 years ago. The food this time was good, however the Wellington’s dough was not cooked all the way, which was disappointing since it’s their specialty. We will go back for appetizers and French onion soup!
  26. LP

    LitaP

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service. We celebrated my 75th and my husband’s 74th birthdays here with the kids and grandkids and we made the right decision. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the restaurant is just across the street. We enjoyed everything ng.
  27. ML

    MissLou

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It is always enjoyable at La Gare. My table mate felt her steak was a bit tough and chewy. Mine was perfect. After speaking with our server, he was incredibly accommodating and we all went home happy!
  28. JK

    JeanK

    San Francisco

    645 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    645 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    La Gare is an old-style, family-run French restaurant. Its strongest asset is service: co-owner/hostess Jackie is the perfect restaurant hostess - warm, welcoming, and a consummate pro. Waitstaff/bussers well-trained and smiling. We can recommend the salads and any beef dish: La Gare has good quality beef and knows how to cook it. Street parking still relatively easy in this area, a plus (especially on weekends).
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the ambience to the wait staff to the food was phenomenal. Highly recommend!
  30. PM

    PamelaM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LaGare is my favorite restaurant in Santa Rosa for several reasons. I love the ambiance/mood whether I’m seated inside or outside in the heated, beautifully set-up alley….the waiters/servers very attentive and friendly…and of course, the food! Chef Roger uses only the finest & freshest meats, fish and produce for every item on LaGare’s menu, and the dishes consistently perfect. Great wine list also…and I recommend making a reservation either online or by just calling. There is often a bit of a wait, but definitely worth it! If you are reading this and have never been there, JUST GO!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is always amazing
  32. PF

    ParachuteFan

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant! One of Santa Rosa’s best by far! Tru French cuisine. I love this place!
  33. AD

    AandDsdine

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed dining here as we always do. Very charming place! Service was great. Excellent food as always. We love coming here and bringing our family and friends here. Lovely evening.
  34. G

    Glen

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous prototypical French bistro. Great food. Very good service. Highly recommend.
  35. PA

    PATH1

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful service, good value (soup and salad included in entree price)
  36. KP

    KatherineP

    London

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been awhile since we visited a French Restaurant, so on our trip we spotted this restaurant on Open Table and decided to try it. We were not disappointed. The service was good and the food was delicious. Our escargot reminded us of the way we had tested them in the past at French restaurants. Delicate yet delicious. My veal Cordon Blu was succulent and flavorful. I did not leave a bite!
  37. B

    Birdcalls

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We have patronized La Gare for 4 decades. It is amazing that they have have maintained consistency over all the years and challenges. My 5 star markings would have been 41/2 stars if that were an option. La Gare is not among the very best restaurants in wine country, but it is a solid B+. The single room is welcoming with light walls contrasting with darker wood beams and trim. The wooden chairs could be a bit more comfortable. We had the signature beef Wellington. As usual the meat was flavorful, fork tender, and cooked perfectly medium-rare. The wrap was not the least bit soggy and had a very nice flavor of its own. The diced potatoes were crisp and nicely lightly seasoned. The thin asparagus spears were cooked to moderately crisp - not raw, not mushy. The signature crème brulee was a lovely custard topped with a thin caramel - not a thick hard layer that needs a pick to break through. The only criticism is that it was obviously preprepared and served chilled, rather than have the sugar caramelized just prior to serving. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive, without being overbearing. He was obviously experienced. The bus staff - not so much. They were not rude; they were just going through the motions. Our only real disappointment was the bill. It was noticeably higher than similar restaurants in our area. The cost was not enough to take La Gare off of our restaurant list, but we may not return quite so often. La Gare is such a classic fixture in our area that it warrants being supported.
  38. A

    Axel

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    First visit and it was not disappointing. The service was lovely. A bit noisy. But the food was fabulous. I love that dinner comes with soup and salad. My rack of lamb was cooked perfectly. My husband had veal and was not sure he would order that again. Crème brûlée was a nice way to end the evening. Overall not France but a Santa Rosa gem.
  39. b

    bbally

    Denver

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thfe food was very well prepared and tasted outstanding. Service is extraordinary overall the is a very good place to eat.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance and a great server who explained each entree correctly..Shared the escargot as it gave us 3 pieces each. It was absolutely delectable! Our table had sweetbreads, vealdijonaise and a fish order. One person had the roasr beef and really enjoyed that! We all enjoyed our meals and we will come back again.as this is one of our go to restaurants. We bought 2 bottles of wine with us, and thought that maybe since it was a special occasion the restaurant would have comped one. The 2 bottle corkage was ,as included in our bill.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

La Gare French Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 528-4355.

La Gare French Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1816 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for La Gare French Restaurant

208 Wilson St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th Streets in Historic Railroad Square

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, French American, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Roger Praplan

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (707) 528-4355

  • Private party facilities

    Are you planning a special event, wedding or corporate party? Then give La Gare a call! The outdoor Avenue is available for wine and appetizers for 25-100 guests. Indoor private rooms are also available for full service dining. Call Jackie for a custom menu and quote 707-528-4355

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