Russian River Vineyards
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Food is beyond expectations. Outdoor ambience is magical
Both the food and ambiance are sublime. Picture yourself dining amidst Redwoods with superb courses and wine and a passionate wait staff as your guides. Take a break before the 4th course (dessert) to stretch your legs and view the hypnotic Sonoma County sunset over their farm.
The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards. PHENOMENAL - One of my Best Dining Experiences!
Please look at my pictures - they tell the story better than writing a book.
Chef Ben Davies & Duff, plus staff. The Chef's Tasting Menu.
I enjoyed the atmosphere, the staff is excellent, particularly Duff - the man is a machine with all the style and grace you would expect as if he were wearing a Tuxedo. His wine knowledge was outstanding. I rarely find someone that understands, more so, that I can say "it's up to you" and he blows me away with his choices. Wines that were greatly unexpected and completely appreciated. Stop it - I'm Gushing - Loved it!! Great Staff too.
The Food was delicious - each course, I would call it complex how Chef Ben Davies puts these courses together. I was in Awe. He calls some courses snacks which is just his modesty on the page. Like every great Chef it's about you and your enjoyment. 8 Courses +
My new Favorite Restaurant.
(Hearts across the page - and made with hands).
All of it made sense - a huge garden that the Chef goes and gets fresh produce out of. Don't wait for a special event, just go, treat yourself. I'm going back.
Amazing place. Wine parings and tasting boards were not only terrific, but beautifully presented. Casual yet exactly what is right for such an experience. Will be back!
The whole experience was outstanding!
The VIP experience is a must book. The food and wine pairings wow!
As a member it pains me to write this review as I recall how great this experience was last year. There was a recent change where they no longer do full service food. When we arrived it was to be our lunch point. They serve a charcuterie but only at the bottom level overlook, not at where we were actually tasting the wines. But the biggest and really substantial issue is the lack of service. Wandering off after pouring without explaining what we were drinking. Had difficulty throughout trying to get done one to help or answer a question even though there was barely any other customers and seemingly a lot of staff. It was a quiet Friday and not a busy weekend. Horrible experience!
Such a special place. Some of the best service I've had in a long time. I cannot wait to come back! The food was to die for! Wish the serving portions were bigger, but delicious!
My husband and I came here after spending the weekend in the area. Another nearby winery (Tafts) recommended it to us because they serve delicious food. We made a weekday lunch reservation for their tasting lounge. We enjoyed sitting outside and had fantastic service. The tasting lounge does small plates meant for sharing that pair beautifully with their wine tasting menu. The wines we tasted were excellent, and we loved all of our food (especially the pork belly sliders!).
We chose the 7 course dinner meal with wine pairing. Wow. Creative, beautifully presented, very tasty and the wines paired perfectly. Portion sizes were just right. Some of the ingredients come fresh from their own garden. Service was impeccable..cant say enough about the great staff..lots of attention to detail. Cheers.
I arrived in late afternoon, as a single woman diner. I was greeted warmly, and given excellent and informative service, including good suggestions for pairing their wine with the delicious selection of small plates I ordered. As a vegetarian, I found a nice selection of vegetable forward dishes.
I have found since becoming a widow, that single diners are often given less attention and poorer service. It speaks well for an establishment to provide the same special experience to dining out that was the norm when my husband was still sharing my life.
Good set menu with farm to table concept. Meats were fresh and well seasoned. Only knock is that break is an extra charge and wine selection limited to vineyard.
Fantastic experience! We did the tasting menu and it was delightful. Amazing food and ambiance while still being really California causal.
Food was great. However they are no longer dog friendly you have to go to a spot with no service and run up and down the hill. It wasn’t bad just not what we had expected
Wow, we did the chef's tasting menu and there were many items that were just out of this world. The Foie gras was phenomenal! We are wine club members and brought some friends who had not ever been here, and they will definitely be back too!
I made reservations for brunch to celebrate my boyfriend's 31st birthday. The food was phenomenal and the suggested wine pairings even better. We were seated on the outside patio which was beautiful and surrounded by trees, and the staff was incredibly attentive. Our server Nic E was wonderful and incredibly knowledgable about the menu and the wines available.
After brunch my boyfriend was able to get the waitstaff's help to play 'our' song while we danced on the back patio, and they recorded and took pictures as he then proposed to me! It was so unexpected and kind, and we will definitely be making many trips back to the restaurant.
Food was way too salty. Restaurant was uncomfortably cold. They try very hard to be upscale, but don’t have the basics down very well
Russian River Vineyards only does dinner on the weekends...but it is worth the visit! We did their 4 course tasting menu, where each course has 3 options to pick from. The options are varied, and the portions are quite sizable. On top of the 4 "official" courses, they also provided little surprise intermission dishes throughout the evening, including a "snack" (beet donut served before the amuse-bouche), a pre-dessert palate cleanser (fresh sorbet served after the entree and before the dessert), and a homemade biscotti to close out the night (served after dessert).
The dishes were all paced perfectly, as we never felt like we were waiting long and had enough time between each course to savor the last one.
The staff was all incredibly friendly, informative, and attentive. We had probably 4 different staff come to our table over the course of the evening, all equally knowledgeable about not just the dish itself, but also where the contents of the dish came from.
Of course, this is a winery so you can't enjoy the meal without some wine - and the wine lived up to the meal, as well!
In addition to the 4 course tasting menu, they also do a 7-8 course "Taste of RRV". One of our neighbors at the table next to us got this, so I was curiously sneaking a peak at what he was getting. The menu seemed equally diverse and creative. It seems that there was some overlap in the dishes, but that tasting menu had a few more small dishes mixed in. They also offer a wine pairing with that for a bit more.
Overall, this was an amazing meal that I would definitely return for!
The food was very good. Would be nice to have a few more choices for both good and wine.
RRV Wine Lounge offers a variety of $$$ small plates that worked well for adults & even an adventurous 2 1/2 year old. Their inviting dining patio provides sun / shade and easy conversation. A GREAT spot for superb Pinot Noir & light lunch!
Imaginative tasting menu, good value. Great service and ambience
The Restaurant has changed their dining options. Dinner is served only on Friday or Saturday nights. Although we weren’t there on those nights, the menu looked great - local products and seasonally changing menu. Check the website to see what is available. From noon to close, there is an appetizer/tapas type menu designed to pair with your Russian River Wine tasting. We ate outside, accompanied by our people/dog friendly dog who got to meet with the winery dog, Molly. We started with the duck confit which came wrapped in a crispy wonton wrapper, like an egg roll. The duck was very tasty and we liked the crunch of the wrapper. We also had the duck liver torchon which came with house made crackers. Very rich and creamy goodness. Our third appetizer was disappointing. The shrimp were tiny like bay shrimp and deep fried with a cornmeal crust/batter. We didn’t realize that Oregon pink shrimp were so tiny. The shrimp flavor was overwhelmed by the deep frying and cornmeal crust and it was difficult to tell this dish was made with shrimp at all. We ate it because it was crunch and deep fried - just not what we expected. We also had the salt & vinegar chips which were OK but could have been much better if served hot out of the fryer. This is a new menu so perhaps some of the offerings will change in the future. We miss having lunch though. Lovely relaxing setting outside under the redwoods. New indoor tasting room also available although not dog friendly.
You cannot beat going from brunch to wine tasting a few feet away. The farm to table inspired food is always tasty and creative. The views and ambiance make it a popular place. I always look forward to coming back.
The mushroom risotto did not have one mushroom in it. The halibut was greasy and salty with mystery vegetables and the dessert was a ridiculously large chocolate thing that did not in any way make up for the overpriced meal. the salad was the highlight of the meal. Sadly for $85 pp.
I wish the Russian River Vineyards had mentioned they were having a prix fix meal on their website, or when we made the reservation. It came as a surprise but since we were already there, we decided to go with it. Throughout the meal, however, I intermittently wondered if the chef was actually playing a joke because the food was so odd. I like experimental food but salad with granola? It tasted just like salad with granola. The sashimi and chicken mcnuggets needed a little more vision and the risotto was way too salty, as was the caviar foam. The portions were tiny (but covered in shoots and sprouts). The dessert was monumental, however. Huge! I guess to make up for the lack of food in the prior courses? We hardly needed the additional cookies after that. I've never written a bad food review, and to be fair, the waitstaff and atmosphere were lovely. Maybe it's just not a good idea to go to a farm to table restaurant in the middle of winter when nothing is growing. The carrot was good. Perhaps if they had indicated it would be a prix fix meal in the first place we wouldn't have felt so blindsided and our tastebuds would have felt more solicitous?
The Steak was outstanding . The butternut squash soup and. duck dish were quite unimpressive ( and vegetables were partially uncooked ). The wine was fantastic!!
5 of us went for lunch. Staff was attentive. Only 1 person of five truly enjoyed their meal. Fried pork sandwich was bland and greasy, which is sad because 3 people out of 5 got that. One person got mussels and was disappointed by the overwhelming flavor of only butter. The homemade chips that we all looked forward to were also a disappointment, bland and greasy like the fried pork. All the bread products were really good and the BLTurkey was delicious!
Squash soup was good. And the two salads consumed were also good. Great fresh ingredients!
I know this restaurant has always worked with their own outstanding garden bounty and much locally grown food and I've always appreciated that . The chef this day was uninspired.
We rarely have the funds to go out to the many fabulous restaurants in this area so when we do we need it to be a great experience. I don't feel I can recommend this to my wealthier clients who expect to pay for the lovely things in life.... like a great dining experience. And it will be a long while before I will try this place again, especially when there are so many other outstanding dining options in this area.
Had a friend in town and wanted to go somewhere she had not been to before. Russian River was a fabulous choice! The food was fantastic and service was great!
Went for friends birthday. Very disappointed overall. Food was just ok and the service was poor. Other tables seemed to get better service, but we felt forgotten. We got the dessert menu then no one came back so we asked for check and left.
Seasonal and creative farm to table food. Well executed. A new favorite restaurant for us. Attentive service.
Service was a little slow on a Saturday
Great Russian River venue to enjoy a fantastic glass of wine. Though we didn’t have full meal, we did have a few great bits to balance the wine.
If in Russian River area, make this a stop by and enjoy the beautiful views and wine
Wonderful outdoor vibe.
Food was WAY TOO EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT YOU GOT!!!!!! We have been here many times and the food quality has really declined while the prices have doubled! Poor menu selection! We went for a VERY SPECIAL BIG BIRTHDAY SND WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!
Incredible everything. Wine is delicious, live music is awesome, food is superb. I got the coulotte; cheese board also A+. Can't wait to go back!
Our shared starter of mussels was excellent. My pork chops were tasty and husband's duck was average. Attentive service, beautiful outdoor setting. We'd go again.
We were visiting from Connecticut for the week. The winery was recommended to us. We loved the setting so we made dinner reservations for the following night. It was quite frankly the best meal we've had in years. If you're a wine lover try the charbono.
The food and ambience was great but they didn't even have a bottle of their own Sauvignon Blanc which is ridiculous for a restaurant that is at their vineyard. Fire the manager.
It is a beautiful setting, very interesting menu, with great food, well priced and excellent staff.
Beautiful place so different. Had a great guitarist that we enjoyed very much....he made the evening. The food was good, service slow. Would try it again to give a second chance on food.
Russian River Vineyards is rated 4.3 stars by 913 OpenTable diners.