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About The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards
Voted Best Outdoor Dining in Sonoma County 2015 & 2016 by the North Bay Bohemian and Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining in America by Open Table.
The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards is the only winery-based restaurant in the Russian River Valley, featuring the seasonal best from our Farm and local growers to utilize organic meats and sustainable agriculture. Our goal is to nourish and delight our guests with cooking grounded in the traditions and ingredients of California Wine Country.
Forestville, CA 95436
Californian, Organic, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
All Day Menu
Sun–Thu, 12:00 pm–6 pm
Fri & Sat 12:00 pm–7 pm
Fri & Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have live music every evening beginning at 5:30pm in the Summer.
We have plenty of parking, from a motor coach to a scooter
Banquet, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards Ratings and Reviews
Good menu variety, although 3 out of the 4 ordered the Crispy Petrale Sole Fish and Chips -- highly recommended. For some reason, one of the 3 cole slaws that came with the meal was excessively salty -- the restaurant corrected the issue.
The other dish ordered was the Grilled Petaluma Chicken Sandwich -- also recommended. Generous portion sizes, so be hungry.
The Tomato Bisque w/ Dungeness Crab was just so-so -- not a stand-out.
Truffle fries were tasty, and served with a variety of sauces -- recommended.
Service was decent.
This was our first visit to this restaurant. We'll add it to our "revisit" list.
While not very creative, the food was good and nicely prepared. The "solarium" dining room lacks in personnality and could use a coat of paint. The heating system was not working on the night we visited the restaurant. When I reserved, I mentioned about celebrating a birthday, but non one cared to do anything about it.
The staff is very friendly. Our waiter seemed a little inexperienced but was so cheerful that it wasn't much of an issue. I have dined at Corks before and have always enjoyed the atmosphere and the food which is just the right amount to feel full and is very tasty. This time I ordered the vegetarian eggs Benedict which I have had once before. The hollandaise sauce was a little too lemony for me this time and the strawberries on the side had seen better days. Though I didn't enjoy my food as much as I have in the past I was with good friends and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The view is very nice and the staff is great.
Cork's is a location that we like to visit when we are up in the area. The food is always prepared with imagination and flavor. We tried a different salad, with grilled radicchio and shrimp...very tasty. The sea bass was a little salty, and our waiter offered to replace it for us. We did not replace the fish, but it was good to see that he offered to make it right. It was a busy night in the restaurant, and the waiter was quite busy. We enjoy the food, and I do recommend the location to friends.
Once in October 2012 I travelled north for five hours on road 1 with my elderly parents. The scenery on Bodega Bay was beyond words and was quiet for it was a Monday. We've done that route before, heading for the sylvan road of the Russian Valley. But this time Dad had a request. He wanted the journey to end around a good table. So the day before I did my research thanks to the Open Table website. It was oh so worth it! Under the shade of a gigantic tree, we ate on the patio of what looked like a shack from the road side. But the food was delectable, and I could tell the vegetables were just picked hours ago in the nearby garden. My parents and I chose three different courses, but we were equally happy with our plate. Mum and Dad even exchanged a kiss before the dessert! It felt like if we were dining in heaven.
The outdoor seating, on a brick patio beneath redwoods, was a very romantic setting for a special 30th anniversary dinner. I was a little disappointed that the sea bass (on the menu) with the braised fennel was only available on a 5-course pairing and even more disappointed the chocolate bread pudding (again, on the menu) had been switched. I was also surprised to see a corkage fee (although it was reasonable) when Corks is listed as a restaurant that doesn't charge corkage on Open Table. My cod was good, but I still miss the sea bass with braised fennel.
We celebrated our 30th anniversary at Corks and had the best time. The food and the atmosphere were great. Our waitress was especially friendly and helpful. A few locals tried to steer us to another restaurant but we decided to form our own opinion and we're glad we did. We'd go back to Corks anytime we are in the area again. - from Seattle area
There is seating inside and out, including a garden room that opens to a patio. We ate in the garden room. We had the five course dinner with wine pairing. The food was outstanding, and the wine pairing was perfect. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive and perfect for serving a wine pairing. The only negative was that we were seated in a room with a large table of loud people involved in some kind of sales pitch. We could hardly hear ourselves think, and we think that groups like that should be housed elsewhere. We spent over $250 for our meal, and having a a sales person wine and dine a group in an intimate dinner setting spoiled part of the evening.
Corks has a lot of potential. But,from the moment we walked in and gave our reservation til being seated, the hostess bruskly repeated 3 TIMES that it may be a wait because, "We're busy." It wasn't even a long wait! She was NOT welcoming, almost disappointed that we had a reservation. Server was very nice & efficient at first. Clincher for us was when entree's served, no one returned to check on us. No light at table outside/too dark. Couldn't see our plates. Used my flashlight to confirm that my salmon was raw, not "rare" as our server argued, followed by what felt like admonishing me for not letting her know earlier.....yet no one checked on us in the first place. Very unpolished staff! They're genuinely trying. Just need training.
The food was very good. My only criticism of it was the chef forgot to drain my lobster, so the mashed potatoes were flooded with cooking liquid. About halfway through the meal we lost our waiter due to a swarm of yellow jackets. The replacement server kept getting lost and was not responsive to the needs of the table.
The service was odd. I had to ask for my Mimosa drink twice. There was no salt and pepper on the table so we had to ask for that as well. The eggs Benedict was overlooked and French toast was on the dry side (even with the syrup topping provided). Other than being a nice warm day outdoors, it was a disappointing brunch.
There's not much positive to say when you are seated for a 7:45 reservation, order drinks, then told that the kitchen is going to close early and you need to order your entree's within 10 minutes so they can close early. And this is the Friday night before Labor Day. Maybe the boss was gone so they decided they could get away with this? To make matters worse, a $38 "Filet mignon" was a fatty, dry cut. Needless to say this place is way over-rated.
Not sure how to rate this. The food was good. The service, although the people were pleasant, just fell through. There were four of us. One of our diners didn't get her salad until we asked several times. The server kept forgetting who got what. The bill was supposed to include a 20 percent discount, and the bill had to be revised twice! The server was also unfamiliar with what was in the kitchen.Staff training needed!
I saw a lot of great reviews and had a very high expectation going in. I must say the food did not disappoint. It was the service (or lack of it) that killed the joy.
(1) There was a long wait before ordering. When the server finally appeared, he only said: "Are you ready?" No "Good evening" or "sorry for the wait." Wines were paired with the food items on the menu, and when asked, he just said: "that should be OK." No explanation about the wine.
(2) Between the starters and the main dishes, there was another big delay - without no bread. When asked, they told us: "Of course!" but we never got it.
So we decided against the desserts - we were afraid we would have to wait long in a chill. (Heaters were never turned on.)
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