River Vine Cafe

4.5
81 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
Daily 7:00 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
What 81 People Are Saying
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PB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always superb!

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been here twice before and enjoyed it, especially the outdoor table eating area. Lovely place!
Just a little disappointed this time, when we came for Sunday brunch and brought a friend. The omelets were just okay...not much flavor nor nearly enough filling of spinach and mushrooms.
It was a special friend and we wanted her to enjoy her meal, but we kinda left feeling like it just wasn't up to par. More seasonings please! We will come again and hope for another try, since the ambiance is very nice and the grounds are beautiful. The service was great and the attending waiter was very professional and attentive.
Nice to have this dining place close to the LB Center for the Arts for pre and post show meals.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great food, great service! Eggs Benedict were amazing!

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D
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate here twice over a weekend stay. Friendlyservice and yummy breakfast on both mornings

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T
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Your manager Bobby always does a great job for me and mu guests.

Suggest your Lemon pancakes be improved. Would like them to have more of a lemon taste which was not the case last Sunday.

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F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated in the smaller quiet room, the larger room had a better garden view,
And would suite livelier and perhaps younger set. Eggs benedict with salmon and spinach
Was excellent. the muffin was light and went well with the salmon. The eggs were done to
my liking runny yolks but quite film white, not watery at all. The sauce was light
but flavourful.

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HD
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with a girlfriend for lunch before a show at LBC. My girlfriend ordered a Bellini and Shrimp Louis salad which looked great and she raved about it. I had a Prosecco and the Grilled Vegetable Wrap which came with a side salad. It was a miss for me as it seemed to be prepared way in advance as the tortilla was smooshy and the wraps were ice cold as in refrigerated. Salad was delicious. I have been here before and will go again.

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S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything was great.

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RF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had breakfast and the food was outstanding and the service was excellent. This cafe has a beautiful and relaxing location and the food and the service make for an amazing breakfast, brunch or lunch. I highly recommend the River Vine Cafe.

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OT
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

everyone was very accomodating and nice. went at a slow time so had pick of tables and were able to be in the fireplace room where it was much quieter. thanks for having an option!

the choices on the menu were varied and interesting. while the flavors were good, unfortunately the plating left much to be desired. lacked garnish and really just looked like the items were plunked down on the plate. i had the soup and cheese sandwich. the soup DID have a spring of something green in it (parsley i think) and a few croutons, but the sandwich was very sloppily made and when i lifted up the bottom half, it was a mess - two pieces of bread that were off kilter and not together. flavor was ok as was the soup, but truly no depth of flavor. the omelet seemed dry. the only thing that really looked good was the small salad and the fish tacos.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and the staff was unbelievably attentive. Great experience, would recommend and hope to go back soon.

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IA
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is good and the service is great. Beautiful location.

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SM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food. Super staff!!!

But really, really loud inside.

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G
Los Angeles
260 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Corned beef hash delicious, lox platter was good except for the bagel which was doughy. Had to ask for water 4 times. Gave you a biscotti comp to start with delicious cherry preserve. Beautiful setting

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
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
95 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
11 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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T
New York Area
95 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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L
San Francisco
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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IA
San Francisco
23 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
47 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
21 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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