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Perch and Plow, Santa Rosa, CA

Perch and Plow

4.1
4.1
585 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Overlooking Santa Rosa's historic downtown square. Serving West Coast small plates utilizing local fare. Full bar featuring classic and craft cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 541-6896

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    James Theriot

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Parking details

    Parking Garage

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 585 people are saying

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Late Night Find

  • Wine Country

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. M

    Mares

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food1service4ambience3
    Drinks and service were great, but the food was so oily and there were ants and fruit flies on the bar where we sat.
  2. MA

    MelissaA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Did not live up to the reviews. The food was horrible & bland. The restaurant was dirty. Pretty disappointed
  3. g

    gregm

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved it! There was live music playing on the square and it all felt quite festive and fun. The fresh oysters were particularly good!
  4. DM

    DebbieM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Menu was very limited. Cleanliness was not up to standard. Floor was sticky at the host stand. Doors on the coolers behind the bar was dirty. Staff was doing pre shift work that should have been completed prior to them opening for service. Do to that, service seemed a bit lacking.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sat at the window & it was perfect, pretty view. Strawberry cobbler cocktail was delicious!!
  6. H

    Hlbc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    The music was at a good level when we got there. Then it got blasted and turned down a little. It was very noisy and it felt like I was screaming across the table to talk. Other than that it was alright. Not much variety of food.
  7. MW

    MerW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter was awesome and very helpful
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Just not what we thought would be on the menu, drinks were very sweet
  9. J

    Jacob

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    My girlfriend and I were celebrating our three-year anniversary in Santa Rosa, which I explicitly mentioned in the reservation but was not recognized in any way, and decided to try Perch and Plow. It was quite clear that everybody working on the floor that night was very new. I'm fine waiting when it's busy or when there has at least been acknowledgment from staff that they've seen us, but it felt like they were just ignoring us outright. It pains me to write this because the food was pretty decent and the art in the restaurant is nice, but the service really did not leave a positive impression. I'm sure the pandemic has been tough on them and know running a restaurant is tough. That said I'm not sure I would come back here.
  10. JF

    JacobF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    This place has apparently not done well post-pandemic and seems to likely be struggling with management issues. To start, there was broken glass on the stairs leading up the the restaurant (literally everywhere) and ants crawling on the bar. Our water glasses were also dirty. Not a great start to the evening. Maybe the food and drinks would make up for it? Sadly, nope. Everything was incredibly mediocre (3 different appetizers) and the drinks had WAY too much juice/sugar. My wife could only stomach about a quarter of her cocktail. There was also standing bleach water in the restrooms...It's really hard to describe just how poor everything was top to bottom. The only silver lining is that the staff were largely friendly and helpful, but that did little to save this place from being described a dive. We had intended to stay for dinner, but decided to pick up and leave after appetizers. Very disappointing experience...
  11. LG

    LisaG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! The bacon wrapped Brie might have been our favorite thing! Presentations were lovely, staff was kind and efficient, food and drinks were tasty. We’ll be back!
  12. v

    vlh25

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We really wanted to love this place the ambiance and service was awesome but the menu and prices felt like they were trying to be fine dining but the food itself didn’t match expectations. The tuna tartare was a little grey, the salmon was overcooked and the steak felt lonely and bland on the plate with just a tiny bit of wannabe chimichurri. Hope they can adjust the menu and the excitement of the dishes to get back on track.
  13. DJ

    DianeandJim

    San Francisco

    95 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very open eating area, conversations are amplified.
  14. n

    nancyt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food was sub-par. The duck fat potatoes were bland, Chicken wings were subpar, Brussel sprout were slight burnt, and steak was slightly over cooked. However, the fries that was recommended by the waitress was on the mark. Restaurant was seem clean but the floor were sticky like the floor of a neighborhood dive bar. Suggestion I have is to make sure the waitress and kitchen communicate a little better. We has ask for our main to come up with Brussel sprouts and fries they came out way before our main so it was cold by the time our mains came out.
  15. NB

    NancyB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sabrina was a delightful server.
  16. KV

    KayVo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cocktails were unreal, appetizer/small plates, lacking description when it comes to size. Seemed a bit expensive for what we got food wise but overall delicious. I recommend the red revenge cocktail, it was out of this world.
  17. RT

    RobT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Relaxed environment. Meal came out quick too.
  18. MW

    MarisaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and drinks! Friday nights they have a DJ
  19. P

    Priestesstina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    On a whim, I booked us reservations at Perch and Plow. I had no problem changing the reservation time when my plans changed, either. The wait staff was attentive and the food--out of this world! My husband I and enjoyed our meal, the relaxing atmosphere, and the easy-to-get-to location! The menu is limited, but they offer awesome quality foods. Their FULL BAR is impressive!
  20. E

    Eater

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was bland and basic at best. No attention to detail on food or plating. Cocktails were terrible
  21. SC

    SethC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was abstract absolutely delicious; same for the flight of cocktails!
  22. AD

    AaronD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We’ve eaten here several times and we may again. We go for the Bud Snow murals, that’s probably our favorite part of the place. Most of the dishes we’ve had have been pretty good, but there’s always some major flaw, like rock hard root vegetables or overpowering seasoning. Quality control might be an issue. Last time we went there was an unhappy baby who cried until she puked down her mothers back, onto the floor and my shoes. That’s not the restaurant’s fault, but definitely colored my experience and keeps me from returning. This feels like an untrained home cook’s idea of a cool place. I have not yet had an enjoyable meal here.
  23. JO

    JimO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Add more entree options. Sides good. Drinks sort of minimal for $$$
  24. LG

    LanG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service waa great. Happy drinks and food were tasty and well sized. Nice outdoor seating.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience at Perch & Plow yesterday evening. We started with an excellent cocktail and then our entree I.e., New York steak for my wife and the Salmon for me. A very good wine list accompanied the meal. Our server, Kylie N was outstanding and our every need. We will certainly return again.
  26. ES

    ElizabethS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I booked to sit outside because I have a toddler. I walked up the stairs and told them I was there. The Manager/owner (older guy with white hair) and 3 servers/women were standing by him. He said, yeah as you can see you can sit anywhere. It was super quiet and dead in there. I told him I wanted to sit outside and he said he guessed he could sent someone down, in a really reluctant way. I asked if he had a high chair and he said no. But when I said I had a booster seat I could bring, he made some Comment about he didn’t care, I could have a dog down there if I wanted. My husband walked back to get the booster seat from the car, which was parked a block or two away. The whole time he was gone, no one came down stairs to check on us. I also noticed the chairs and tables were covered in bird poo and old food and all the tables and chairs were disgusting. So we just left. And still no one ever came down to check on us at any point.
  27. EE

    EdoErgoSum

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Many empty tables on a Sunday night at 5:45 pm, but it slowly filled up as our dinner progressed. Gulf shrimp was delicious. Tempted to order another round, but wanted to save room for other items. Salmon crudo was a yummy small bite. Loved the strawberry cobbler cocktail. Not too sweet, but light and refreshing. Only let down was the beet salad. It was underwhelming. Ordered the pork slider dish as take out. It took over 15 mins when all our other food came out so fast. The pork sliders were surprisingly yummy too. Loved the waitress. Friendly and efficient. She apologized for the long wait on the take out item. Glad we gave this restaurant a revisit, because we enjoyed it more than first time.
  28. TN

    TrishN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Open Table said outdoor dining available but it wasn’t. Food delicious but rich. View from the counter was lovely; sunset over Courthouse Square.
  29. BR

    BrianR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Open and airy. Service was attentive and quick. Granted it was slow during the Superbowl, but they were on it quickly. Food was great. The drinks... very nice. Great presentation and good tasting
  30. N

    Natalie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Wow - how can every dish not taste good? The $44 steak was lacking any taste, the chocolate mousse was literally just colored whipped sugar powder (no chocolate taste) and the tea wasn't even tap water hot, just room temperature. Such a pity...
  31. N

    Natalie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very disappointing restaurant! We showed up prior to our dinner reservation to have a happy hour cocktail, only to find out happy hour was cancelled due to an "event". We left and returned for our dinner reservation. The menu was not even remotely close to the menu on their website. They had two main dinner entrees to choose from! This was extremely frustrating because it was Valentine's Day weekend and all the decent restaurants were now booked. We will never return to Perch and Plow.
  32. KW

    KarlW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Menu is disappointingly small and uninspiring, with so many possibilities in the area I expected more. We stopped here 3 or 4 times and decided not to based on the menu, jumped in and took a chance Friday night, now I know why we didn't bother. If you are looking for a place to have cocktails and a snack, by all means this is fine, nothing more, and prices reflect the current inflation situation. Food quality was good, but not amazing or creative. If it's dinner, don't bother, 2 main entrees, beef and fish, standard preparation IMO, we're not foodies but we do appreciate and relish a well prepared and creative meal with good flavors.
  33. b

    beentheredonethat

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We're just about to move out of town and decided to try this new (to us) place with an out of town guest. Absolutely recommend Perch and Plow for anyone. It's not real fancy, but the food and service was top notch. Parking is easy in the 3rd street garage. Bring money, just like you would any decent place these days. Well worth it. Unlike a couple of Santa Rosa old reliables I could mention.
  34. N

    Nikita

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great cocktails, great service, fast service. It can be noise but really fun atmosphere. It opens till late and the food tastes great.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff went above and beyond to take care of our needs. Especially considering it was New Years Eve
  36. RR

    RhondaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Salmon was amazing. Done just right and seasoned perfectly.
  37. NO

    NOMI

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The seafood fettuccine was tasty but I didn't feel like there was sufficient seafood for the price of the dish. It was a lot of pasta. The drinks and the service were great.
  38. S

    Sqirleyjam

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A lovely dinner, enjoyed scallops, ahi tuna, chicken Marsala and ribeye absolutely delicious!
  39. KL

    KentL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    You took our reservation and when we arrived you were closed!! No note, No time of re-opining, nothing.
  40. SS

    SonomaSpoiled

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    In spite of lack of staff (the food server & the bartender), the food was right, hot and good. The manager on duty filled in wonderfully.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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

Perch and Plow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 541-6896.

Perch and Plow is rated 4.1 stars by 585 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 6 times today
Google Map for Perch and Plow

90 Old Courthouse Sq, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4921

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking Garage

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Theriot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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