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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:
All Day Menu
Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

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, 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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

3.8

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Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (9)
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Scenic View (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Organic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Live Music (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tapas (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (1)
Vegan (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The Steak was outstanding . The butternut squash soup and. duck dish were quite unimpressive ( and vegetables were partially uncooked ). The wine was fantastic!!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Seasonal and creative farm to table food. Well executed. A new favorite restaurant for us. Attentive service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was a little slow on a Saturday

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Wonderful outdoor vibe.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!!!!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Tapas, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

It is a beautiful setting, very interesting menu, with great food, well priced and excellent staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Deliscious and pricey, excellent staff. Unique location. Save up your money for a special event

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great place for lunch outside.Right by the gardens where Veges are grown. Tries dinner. One outstanding dish was the octopus. The rest a little above average. Most would come back just to have the octopus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

I was looking for places for wine tasting & lunch with some friends who were passing through on their way to Mendocino. Wow. This was perfect. Casual outside dining on a beautiful patio. Wine tasting on site. Dog friendly (they even offered her a bowl of water!). Just a relaxed, casual, delicious afternoon with friends. I couldn't have asked for any better. It's a little on the expensive side, but the food was amazing. We were there on a Weds for lunch so I don't know how busy it gets on the weekends but I'm already planning on having someone take me to lunch for my birthday there!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We enjoyed this place a lot! The outside seating is so nice and tons of places to sit and sip wine. You can sit outside or inside for dinner. We chose inside which was a bit fancier than outside. Very fun place and the food was awesome!! Glad we took the drive!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I had the burrata cheese with green tomatoes which was excellent. I followed with a salad which was plain and I could have made at home. My husband had the pork sandwich which was thin pork schnitzel breaded on a thick bun.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very pleasant patio, and pleasant service. The food was trying to be good, but was missing the mark. Everything had a manufactured quality rather than a hand-made quality. This is a pretend fine dining establishment. If you're driving down 116 and you want to take a break, have a small dish and a glass of wine, but don't bother to spend$100/pp to have a mediocre yet pretentious dinner. Nothing was served to us that I couldn't have done better, myself, at home.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Birthday lunch. Great place!

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Wonderful off the beaten tourist track ...Patio under towering redwoods and live guitar background music ....

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We had a relaxing lunch outside on the umbrella covered patio. The chilled pinot noir was delicious. I'd like to go back and try more things on the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonderful ambience and great food and service! Lovely outdoor dining with great background live music

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Wonderful spot for an intimate date or a group occasion. I love how animal friendly it is and just the overall ambiance. Did I mention the food?! Oh my gosh the food is to die for. I have never had a bad meal here. I love how often the recipe changes because it's always a fun surprise to see what options you'll have when you go!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Casual, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

As a club member of the RR Vineyard, I have dined at the restaurant many times while enjoying the wonderful wines of the RR winery. I love to eat outside under the stunning redwood trees, weather permitting. For me, this epitomizes the beauty and uniqueness of Sonoma County.
Otherwise, eating inside during cold months is a cozy and warm experience.

The food is consistently excellent. And there is a big garden onsite that provides much of the fruit and vegetables that is prepared there. This restaurant is truly one of my favorites, and I bring out of town guests here for a big 'wow' impression.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great scenic location and relaxing atmosphere for a leisurely outdoor lunch in nice surroundings!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Live Music, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Relatively new rendition of old location redecorated and spruced up. Great menu with choices for all. Vegatarian possible. Quiet and relaxing with inside and outside tables on a warm summer night. Loved beet salad and fried chicken was tasty and moist . Will go again soon.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have dined here for lunch several times and have always remarked about what a wonderful respite it is in the middle of the Russian River wine country. Hidden away but worth seeking out, it is the perfect compliment to a day of wine tasting or meeting place for that weekend brunch or lunch. Good selection of shared plates and salads for the lighter meal stop. Their local wines are definitely worth adding to a list of winery stops. We always say we'll return for dinner one night which we hear is amazing but never seem to have the designated driver volunteer for the long drive home after. Still, a perfect, beautiful spot.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Surprising food made from locally produced products. Rather small portions and higher-price range, but overall experience is absolutely positive. Nice waitress who let us combine our meal with a wine-tasting experience; if you like wine we surely recommend the wine tasting which normally takes place next to the restaurant...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Outstanding meal. Great service by Quint. We'll be back.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent meal, the waitress was outstanding, the wine excellent

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Best burger I've ever had, and everything else was delicious too! Others had Heirloom BLT and Mary's Chicken Sandwich with Cashew Pistou - all of which came with the amazing paper-thin crispy housemade chips. Desserts were inventive and yummy, too.
This is fresh, local, made-to-order, all in a beautiful space complete with Redwood trees and vineyard views, and we will definitely be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

If you order a cheese tray for $22, you will receive 1 1/2 ounce of cheese and 5 cheese type crackers, a few nuts and a little bit of honey. Not sure what to do with the honey, except I guess dabble it on the cheese. We ordered some bread for $5 dollars and got 5 pieces of bread, two being very small. I was celebrating my birthday so this was not a good start to the dinner.
When I complained later to the manager if anyone complained about the amount of crackers, he said since there was only 1 1/2 ounces of cheese they did not think more crackers were necessary and then he said you can order more crackers, which is suspect would have been expensive also. I then said that usually when you tell your server, that you are celebrating a special occasion, the restaurant brings something special for you. again when I remarked about this to the same manager, he said that The Russian River Vineyards does not do this unless you are a member.
My mother- in law who is usually the sweetest person, was upset when her husband's hamburger bun was burned. They replaced this.
I felt like a second class citizen at this restaurant.
I think the outside dining area is wonderful, but the food is too expensive for what you get and I felt like a was nickel and dimed. I would not go there again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My wife and I have been coming here for several years and have really enjoyed what the place has become. The outside dining space is great, the service is usually very good and what they've done with the tasting area with outside tables, charcuterie, tasting, awesome. The only problem we have is the kitchen. The menu is very limited, entrees were chicken, pork loin chop, fish and a vegetarian option, no specials. The entrees are ok but they haven't changed in at least a year. We think the chef is better because the amuse bouche was wonderful, fresh radish from the garden with buttermilk foam and tomato dust, very nice and really tasty. If the kitchen was better this would be a great place to have lunch or dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Live Music, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We took our daughter for her 18th birthday the whole experience was great. We will be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great food, service and relaxing atmophere among towering trees. Great guitarist played
Variety of music.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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