River Vine Cafe

4.6
67 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Visitors to Sonoma County and guests at Vintners Inn, a luxurious Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa, can enjoy fresh, delicious fare for breakfast, lunch, or brunch at the new River Vine Café.

The menu by John Ash & Co. restaurant Executive Chef Tom Schmidt showcases seasonal foods and produce from local sources, including the inn’s very own gardens.

The elegantly-rustic café features a circular dining room with expansive windows that open onto beautiful vineyards and gardens; a rock fireplace and wood ceiling beams that bring natural elements to create an inviting, warm, and comfortable ambiance; and custom iron ceiling light fixtures and walls sconces that add notes of elegance and grace. The café provides an array of seating options indoors and out, including quaint, smaller dining areas for intimate duos, as well as a private room for up to 80 guests for meetings or special events.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–1:30 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm
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Phone number
(707) 575-7350
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
River Road
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here several times, and have never failed to enjoy everything about it. The specials are always different and very good. The staff consistently professional and very accommodating to your wishes regarding any changes to your food choices. Not to mention the ambience — the cafe itself is charming but the entire Vintners Inn area is just beautiful. It’s always a delightful way to spend an hour or two. Wish it stayed open just a little later, though.

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had one of my favorite brunch items of lemon ricotta pancakes. they were delicious.

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T
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

River Vine Cafe has become our favorite spot for Sunday breakfast. Great service and the manager makes a special effort to make sure we are satisfied with the table location.

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and staff very friendly and accommodating.

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D
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place for lunch! Loved sitting outside. Beautiful setting.

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FH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food from excellent ingredients. Lovely setting. Price was very reasonable for the quality.

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New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

High marks for the manager who did everything he could to find us a suitable table. We have visited this restaurant a half dozen times and the food is always very good. Great for families.

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GJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We invited two other couples who include former work associates, to celebrate our plans to move to southern California. Our server was very helpful with the menu, and he can pour sparkling wine better than anyone else I have ever seen!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch with family.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall it was a nice experience. When the cafe is full inside it can be noisy. Had it been warmer, we would have sat outside.

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The setting is pretty, and the service was very good. The food was below par for Sonoma County – boring salad, greasy sandwich. The best thing our group ordered was the mac & cheese . We had planned to dine outside, but the groundskeepers were blowing and mowing and the noise was unpleasant, so we decided to eat inside. Overall I was disappointed with this lunch experience, however the breakfast menu looked good and I may give it one more try.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waiter service was amazing, very attentive and polite. Extremely pleasant. We ate outside and the environment was lovely and calming. Will definitely come back soon for brunch again!

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ES
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Sad to say the food did not live up to the spectacular setting today:(
The Shrimp Louie was disappointing, tomatoes were not fresh, lettuce was questionable, the shrimp were sparse and the dressing seemed to be mayonnaise and catsup. It was covered with crumbled hard boiled egg that seemed designed to conceal what was lacking underneath.

My friend ordered a veggie burger and checked with the server to be sure vegetables in burger were fresh.
She was assured they were, and when it came she was served a veggie sandwich instead of a burger. She enjoyed it anyway and did not point this out to server.

We also ordered Kombucha which the menus says is made on site. We were informed that should be “taken off the menu” because they do not make it there.

I love the setting and would like to return for brunch in a weekend, maybe it was just an off day?

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L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever! The wait staff is always very friendly and professional.
This is our new go-to place in Santa Rosa for breakfast and lunch.

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our first time here and we really enjoyed it and will return again. The only downside was that it was crowded and therefore very noisy. The service was a bit slow but we were enjoying conversation with visitors and were in no hurry.

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IK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very satisfied. Would fo back.

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L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Really enjoyed sitting outside in the beautiful gardens.
We will definitely return!

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c
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot for a quaint breakfast. The service was quick and super friendly. The food options were good and my food was yummy! The view was also lovely. I would definitely return!

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SR
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot! We went on a Sunday and ordered off the brunch menu. There were 4 of us and all of us really enjoyed it. Food was very good. Wait staff were friendly and price was reasonable.

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p
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This spot is a "hidden gem" for breakfast, lunch or brunch. The patio is gorgeous, and you can have a conversation with your dining companions. They brought us a little scone to nibble on while we waited for our meals. Service is impeccable as well.

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A
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I sat outside. It was lovely. We felt like we had been swept away to a garden in Tuscany. Five star surroundings and service at a bery affordable price. The menu is limited but that’s fine with us. I will absolutely return.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good overall but a bit loud when seated inside with sound bouncing off all of the hard surfaces inside. Made it a little hard to have a conversation.

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SS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting along with exceptional service. The River Vine Cafe is perfect for a relaxing afternoon with family and friends!

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C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very, very good. The service is outstanding. It's a lovely, quiet place to have a meal with a very nice interior and excellent outdoor seating. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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j
Sacramento
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our latest OpenTable discovery. Delightful Cafe with great food, low key and very reasonablely priced considering where it is (Vintner’s Inn). We’ll be back.

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C
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we have gone many times to John Ash, we had never had the pleasure of dining here. We will definitely return!

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L
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Way too much bread on my chicken sandwich.

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NL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I gave service 3 stars because we waited 10 minutes before my husband finally said something to the hotel receptionist. We were early for our reservation and when the host finally came to seat us, we were told we would have to wait until our reservation time. We were then seated at a table that we requested and had been vacant the entire time we waited. We felt that both the concierge and the host were a bit snooty about the whole thing. However, our waitress was very good, the food and bloody marys were excellent.

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PB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful fresh, local food. We love the eggs benedict and have sampled multiple other items form the menu. LOVE the Hobbs sausage!

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LP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took out of town guests for brunch on a Saturday. The weather was nice so we sat on the patio and the surroundings were very pleasant, lots of flowers growing and a large fountain in the background. One of the guests needed gluten free options so this fit the bill for that. Service was unobtrusive but thorough. The menu is not extensive so you might want to check it out online just to make sure it will be adequate for your group. Price was average for brunch in these parts, there was a lot of food on the plates and we were quite full for the rest of the afternoon. I recommend it as a brunch or casual lunch spot before heading out wine tasting or touring.

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H
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch was fun and ate outside. Food and service very good

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BK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were on our way home from Fort Bragg and decided to stop at John Ash for lunch. We hadn’t been there in a while and we were surprised to see how much it had grown into more of an event center - with a hotel, a cafe, and a restaurant. Since the cafe was the only place to eat at the time, we decided to have lunch there. We ate at one of the outdoor tables because it was a beautiful day. But someone was also setting up for a wedding on the green near the restaurant, so they were constantly chattering on their microphone and we had no choice but to hear every word.

In the past, when we ate there for lunch, we sat outdoors in what is now the restaurant and it was very beautiful. The cafe was nice, but the outdoor seating seemed like an afterthought. Our service was quite slow, especially considering there weren’t that many people eating there. We ordered the avocado toast to start with and got two thin slices of toasted baguette with avocados for $9! The avocado toast was good but the price was ridiculous! My husband had the pastrami sandwich and loved it. I had the chicken sandwich and it was good but not great. We both had desserts, carrot cake and butterscotch pot de creme, and they were good too.

Overall, I would give this cafe a rating of 3 out of 5. Partially due to the slow service, partially due to the noise from the wedding set up, and partially due to the outrageous price of the avocado toast.

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c
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Stopped by here for brunch while on a road trip. Nothing was impressive about the brunch. The potatoes were over cooked and had the look of the last scoop from an old pan.
The saving grace was the wait staff. If not for their friendly service I would give this place a big 1 Star for my experience. I just don’t know how you can screw up a basic eggs and toast dish.

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BB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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CM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They renovated last year and the cafe is just off the lobby of the hotel; outside seating is limited, smaller than the outside, off the bar area. That kind of makes me question before eating alfresco here. The food was very good, but there was hardly anyone there, all seats outside were full and we were the only customers inside. I believe this cafe is here to cater to the hotel guests, but locals should give it a try for sure.

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r
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First of all, great competent, friendly, sincere service. Our party of five was seated inside but we decided we wanted to be outside on the patio near the beautiful gardens. No problem! They cheerfully moved tables around and accommodated us. The food is very good. I only gave 4 stars because frankly they need to increase serving size. I’ve been there three times and have either ordered something additional or left hungry. To be honest the fish tacos and breakfast are all I have eaten there. What really shines is the setting. Both inside and out are gorgeous.

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E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quick lunch, was able to get in and out quickly. Service and food was great.

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RF
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The River Vine Cafe is an oasis just off the freeway but feeling every bit removed from the daily grind by their gorgeous grounds and beautiful facilities. A great choice for a midday refresh.

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LM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem. Quality food, great service, nice atmosphere. An easy and enjoyable place to brunch!

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OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was awesome! Eggs Benedict with Avacados and tomatoes was delicious. Definitely going back!

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