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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.

5700 Gravenstein Hwy North
Forestville, CA 95436
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Organic, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday
Lunch: 12Noon-3:30pm
Dinner: 5:00-8:00pm

Saturday & Sunday
Brunch: 12Noon-3:30pm
Dinner: 5:00-8:00pm


Cross Street:
Ross Station

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 887-3344

Website:
http://www.russianrivervineyards.com/

Entertainment:
We have live music every evening between 5:30pm and 8:30pm.
Saturday and Sunday for Brunch we have live music between 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Parking Details:
We have plenty of parking, from a motor coach to a scooter

Executive Chef:
Ben Davies

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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94% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
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Notable Wine List (7)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Relaxing wine tasting before a fabulous dinner at the outside dining area under the trees. Seasonal menu - we had the lamb chops and Ny steak with grilled asparagus appetizer . All yummy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Firstly, it is a beautiful setting in the wine country. We were outdoors on a perfect spring day which made the excellent lunch taste even better. Freshness abounds. The spring asparagus soup was perfectly simple. Beet salad and a cheese plate rounded out our meal. And check out the antique cars, especially the Packard.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great place for dinner on a Spring evening! Portions were smallish but food was well-prepared, fresh and tasty. I recommend the Graton Ridge Chardonnay with the Chicken or Halibut. I live nearby and was delighted with the remodel which connected the wine tasting and restaurant areas. Come check out a new twist on this old classic West County fine dining establishment.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

After an exquisite lunch here a few weeks ago I felt like I'd come to a completely different place. Other than the soup, dinner was uniformly disappointing and the service excruciatingly slow. Beautiful setting though, perhaps just an off-night in the kitchen.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I missed their biscuit (as bread) for the table. They decided to take them off and replaced with baguette and raisin's bread. But they are not fresh from their oven and quite disappointed 😔.
Overall food are good and a very enjoyable lunch with a wonderful warm day sitting in the garden.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Everything is fantastic - best wines in area, beautiful setting & delicious food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Excellent in every respect. The asparagus soup was phenomenal.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Enjoyed a relaxing nice lunch at RRRV. My wife's vegetarian mushroom meal was outstanding. I am a hamburger aficionado and the hamburger was one of the best burgers that I have had -- great flavor and accompaniments. We also enjoyed a bottle of RRV pinot with our lunch. A little pricey, but quite nice. Beautiful grounds. You won't be disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Fantastic California cuisine at lovely setting. The wines are incredible and great value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards hit a good balance between rusticity and elegance in food, wine and surroundings. It's simultaneously romantic and secluded, while also suitable for large gatherings, parties and kids. While we were dining in a small, quiet room looking out on a big beautiful patio, we could hear a birthday party in another area, I think in an upstairs room. They also had a talented guitarist playing on the patio. Extra points.

We'd been tasting all day and wanted only a glass of wine with dinner. They had a pretty good by the glass list, including two pinot noirs, so we decided to try each one. The sommelier brought the bottles to the table and said, "OK, who likes fruit-forward and who likes earthy?" She poured them and her description was bang-on. More extra points for that.

The food was good to very good. We started with the bread service, really good breads from a top local bakery with sweet whipped butter and fruity olive oil. We split a beet salad starter, with beets that tasted like they'd been picked that afternoon. Entrees were good as well. I had perfectly seared scallops, served on a sweetish reduction of something with crunchy celery bits that added texture and cut the sweetness a bit. The scallops weren't overwhelmed by the other flavors on the plate. My vegetarian partner who doesn't like mushrooms didn't have many options, so he went with the wild mushroom ragout after being assured it wouldn't taste like what comes from the supermarket. He practically licked the plate. We closed out with a good but rather ordinary flan with berries.

I probably wouldn't drive all the way to Forestville from San Francicso for dinner here, but my suggestion is that you just join the wine club and give yourself an excuse to head up for a meal. We were only there for a couple of hours but it felt like a real vacation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Outstanding Value, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

My wife and I joined the Wine Club at Russian Rive Vineyards, in part, because of the perceived value of being able to enjoy what used to be Corks restaurant and enjoy our club discount. We have returned regularly (5-6 times/year) , alone and with friends, and through its transition to what is now called the Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards. They have done an amazing job transforming the outside and upgrading their interior dining area. Our meals have always been fabulous and reasonably priced. The perceived value was always great.
Times have changed. We decided to bring our daughter there to celebrate her birthday. The regular menu prices have increased substantially for food that is now far below the caliber of what we once enjoyed. I decided to order off of their Prix Fixe Restaurant Week menu.....the chicken. $39 for a leg (not even a 1/2 chicken like Monti's) , salad and dessert.... overpriced for the quantity and quality of what I received. A few days before we had the pleasure of enjoying Dry Creek Kitchen....Night & Day....fabulous meal...over the top. What happened to the Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards? It was once one of our favorite spots. Now their braised short ribs(a la carte) are $40....and the rest of the menu is equally over-priced.
All I can say is that they have overpriced themselves with a drop in quality. It has caused us to re-think our wine club membership....and we are struggling with giving them another chance, but leaning on the side of not going back. back, So sad,

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Friggen fantastic! The best find bar none! Dog friendly, which made our day! Took our daughter and son in law, they can't wait to bring their friends! All had a great dining experience! Definitely going back!!!! Love Love Love!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Excellent food and wine in relaxing setting. Live music a plus! Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Outdoor area dog friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We were in the valley for the Russian River Barrel tasting and this restaurant was recommended to us. We had 6 people and were seated at a wonderful round corner table where we could visit without any disruption. The server was outstanding and opened all the wines we brought with care and did not overpour at any time. I am looking forward to going to RR next year just to go back there. Special Note, it was my husbands birthday and they had a happy birthday and his name on the top of the printed menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Wonderful food and service in a lovely setting. We were here for a birthday celebration and they printed the menus with Happy Birthday for the occasion. I look forward to coming back in warmer weather and hopefully sitting on the patio.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 20, 2017

The food was amazing! I've never had chicken that melted in my mouth. It was a stormy night and the restaurant was nearly empty. The chef came to our table and we were able to tell him how much we enjoyed our meal. The power went out as we were finishing our dessert and they were unable to generate our bill and, knowing we were local, asked if we could come by and pay the next day. We were escorted to our car by the chef and several staff members holding flashlights. A memorable evening indeed!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Great food. Thanks for also accommodating my two young kids. Lovely venue. Dinner was really delicious. Would be a great venue for lunch as it has a great view.

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

As always, I excitedly look forward to going to the Russian River Winery Restaurant to pick up my wine order (we are members) because I know I am in for a treat and I have never been disappointed. My husband & I shared a salad and the lamb stew and both were amazing and ample, plus enjoyed delicious bread & wine. The location is divine and we look forward to warmer, drier weather so we can sit outside amidst the beautiful redwood trees. I always need to mention that all the staff are incredibly friendly and always make one feel so welcome. Highly recommend this jewel of a winery & restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

The very accomodating staff set up a table for us outside for lunch as we were traveling with our dog, Lily. The patio was normally closed for the winter but it was sunny and about 60 so we had a cozy lunch on the patio next to a patio heater, under the redwoods. I had the paparadelle with duck confit - the noodles were lovely - thin ribbons of homemade pasta that soaked up the flavors of the duck. My husband started with a sun artichoke soup - just right for the weather, then followed with a tasty pork shoulder sandwich. For desert, we shared a mango ice cream. The dining room is also a very nice place to dine, with large windows looking out to the patio and redwoods. I would recommend for a date or special occasion without hesitation. Or lunch either before or after wine tasting, although you might not want to leave!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 29, 2016

The hamburger here is awesome! Juicy cheesy piece of heaven!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Arrived early so participated in delicious wine tasting. Dinner was absolutely amazingly scrumptious and wait people were friendly & knowledgeable. Overall enjoyable dining experience. We have also eaten lunch & dinner outside in the summer amidst the redwood trees - a must for anyone & everyone.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2016

Really good food and service. Beautiful music. Love this place!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2016

We had a great experience. Ending up joining the Wine Club.

Tags: Organic, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 2, 2016

This restaurant was recommended to us by friends and we were so happy to have had the chance to experience this lovely restaurant. The service we received from Andrew was super, and the food absolutely delicious from appetizer to main meal to dessert. Highly recommend :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2016

The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards generously donated half of their proceeds on December 1st to a local food bank. A group of friends and I were introduced to the restaurant through the non-profit and looked forward to our evening out. The wine list is impressive and those in my group that fancy themselves sommeliers, were in Heaven.
The Owner Chris came by our table and introduced himself, making sure that our meals were everything we wanted. He is such an amiable man, I didn't have the heart to tell him that everything on my plate was overdone (how do you burn toast?) and there is no way I'd ever return...
The other folks in my group also had issues of varying levels w/their meals. I will not discuss those b/c they weren't my personal experience and they can review the restaurant if they care enough to expand.
Beautiful location, obviously a generous owner but in Sonoma County there are too many amazing meals to return to this particular site. Thanks!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Amazing place for brunch. The pork hash paired with the wine was out of this world. Great service and ambiance. Cool environment with live music and wine tasting just nearby.

Tags: Organic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Great new chef at the Russian River Vineyard and Restaurant. Everything we tried was well prepared and used fresh ingredients from the on property farm. Great wine selection that goes beyond the Russian River Vineyard. We were there on a Saturday night and they had a great solo musician playing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Have been going here for at least 12 years. Always good and always special!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2016

excellent restaurant, the service was top notch and the food was excellent

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Amazing local ingredients and service.
I stopped by for dinner with my younger son while my older one was at soccer practice at El Molino H.S. Having lived in Santa Rosa for almost 7 years, I can't believe I haven't visited until now.
The burrata/radish salad was amazing as was our server Rocio (? spelling). Looking forward to many more visits.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Russian River Vineyards is literally in the middle of nowhere.

That said, the entrees and service were excellent, and the wine was good. The lady singing various covers of well-known titles was an acquired taste. Some may characterize it as annoying.

I was concerned given the bad reviews in the 2013-2015 time frame. But thankfully my wife and I had a great time. The beef short ribs were the best I've had. I'd say best beef dish I've had ever (comparing it to a Snake River wagyu from Wolfgang Puck's Cut which cost almost three times as much). Well worth the drive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Food, service, and setting were all great. Only negative -- we ate indoors, because it was a bit chilly outside, but it was also chilly indoors.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Though it rained earlier in the day and patio seating wasn't optional, the indoor dining was still charming and the food was excellent! I had their short ribs which the waiter recommended and indeed, it was tender and cooked to perfection. The octopus salad was also quite delightful and delicious. My date had the pork chops which was a generous serving and he cited it was tasteful. We enjoyed our meal & especially the attentive friendly staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Beautiful Establishment. Excellent Service w/ Great Outstanding food & Wine. Will definitely come back for more. Definitely try the Chicken & waffles.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2016

A friend and I met in Santa Rosa to ride the Levi's Gran Frando together and were looking for a place to eat dinner and have some wine after the event on Saturday. The restaurant is currently doing a small amount of construction but it didn't detract from the setting or experience. We sat on the patio on a brisk night and it was quiet and serene. The service was excellent with everyone very attentive to making sure that we had a good evening. In particular, the young woman assisting us with the wine was both knowledgeable and engaging.

The food had a number of a familiar items although most were prepared with a twist. It was very good although given my food palate some of the variations were lost on me. Their 2014 Horseridge Vineyard Pinot Noir was the wine star of the night and I am not generally a pinotphile.

After dinner, we moved to the tasting area and tasted their line-up of wines some of which were outstanding. Leaving the wine tasting area open until 8:00 was also definitely a plus! I look forward to returning and taking my wife to the restaurant next time we're in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Rocio did a great job! Missed Andrew.....who we love too! Got to meet Mr. O'Neill. What a treat! He sat and shared some laughs with us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Awesome service and staff. Great food :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

A great experience. Will go back for the farm tour & wine tasting as well. Beautiful and relaxing.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2016

After touring several wineries in the area, we arrived at the Russian River Vineyards around 4:30 and didn't leave until after 8:00 p.m. - we loved it so much we didn't want to leave! We began our time there with a wine tasting and snack. The wine was wonderful and the cheese board that we ordered was the perfect complement. Everyone was so warm and friendly...we were invited to choose a spot to sit for our tasting, which was a nice change from the more formal atmospheres that wineries often offer when tasting. We settled on a cozy seating area on the beautiful outdoor patio that they have and spent the next hour and a half enjoying samplings of several different wine selections from their vineyards, while listening to a charming, talented guitar player/singer (Karen, I believe her name was) that performed for most of the time that we were there. The music and the wines were all superb! When finished, we had a little time before our dinner reservation, so we were encouraged to explore the vineyards, which was amazing. It was so neat to be able to walk through the rows of grape vines...truly a special experience. We finished off the evening with dinner, dessert, and coffee. The food was fresh and delicious. Everything was absolutely perfect! The Russian River Vineyards were our favorite vineyard during our trip to Sonoma and their restaurant offered one of our favorite dining experiences as well. A big thank you to the friendly, professional staff...we sure hope to be back someday!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 12, 2016

A very lovely outdoor setting shaded by huge trees and surrounded by gardens, solicitous service, good food, overall a very lovely luncheon.

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