Tisza Bistro and Bar

4.6
197 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Contemporary California Wine Country Cuisine: Fresh. Local. Seasonal, but with European flare. Familiar, but different. Comfortable, but exciting. Located in the town of Windsor. The jump point of Sonoma County, heart of Wine Country.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, European
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–9:30 am
Sat 7:00 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–5:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(707) 838-5100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Krisztián Karkus
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 101 and Old Redwood Highway
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Parking details
Located at the 1st Floor of the Holiday Inn- Windsor. Parking is available on the hotel entrance level, the side parking lot, and basement level (access into elevator from the basement is passcard protected. Elevator from 1st Floor to basement is accessible).
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 197 People Are Saying
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved sitting outside with the heaters! Inside was too lid and we hate seeing TV while eating dinner. There is an inside area which is not near the tv. Food was Fantastic !! Loved watching the chef/owner prepare every dish! The only thing i would recommend is white table clothes and candles to warm up the ambiance... the tables felt too cold and too Holiday Inn for such wonderful food!
We will be back-!

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JT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived a few minutes early but were seated right away. Good waiter, friendly, fun and knowledgeable. We were there for pleasure and did not feel we were rushed. This is the second time I have dined there and would go again. Reasonable prices, as well as good choice of items to order.

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S
Los Angeles
140 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Nick was an excellent waiter. We will definitely come back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Don’t let the fact that this is in a Holiday Inn hotel deter you. Excellent food, authentic Hungarian entrees + fresh California fare, great service, good cocktails. We were happily surprised!

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't let the location deter you from this restaurant! It is one of the best in the county, the food comparable to John Ash. The staff are friendly and attentive and know how to make you feel welcome, including the chef who took the time to ensure our steaks were cooked to perfection! (and they were)

We left filled with excellent food and the feeling that they were looking forward to seeing us again soon! (and they will)

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Z
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful food, but still a bit of a learning curve on service and detail. No small forks for mussels or shrimp. One server was wearing too much scent....I mentioned it to the gentleman who appeared to be management. Server was charming, but needs experienced. She came close to spilling hot mussels and broth in my lap. I didn't say anything, but... I will return for the food. I think once they've been open for a while, they'll work out the kinks.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Surprisingly good Eastern European food, large servings in an open, well-lit room in a roadside motel. The schnitzel was huge, its coating delicate.

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K
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience, second time I ate there! Fabulous food!

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JJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit, and the place continues to impress. The food was delicious and creative, good service, and a fantastic value. We LOVE this spot!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had read reviews about this restaurant, all which were good. Had a friend in town so decided to try it. Didn’t realize it was inside the new Holiday Inn in Windsor, not that it mattered. We sat near the window where the food came out from the kitchen. The first thing I noticed were the portion sizes, very substantial. My husband and I ordered appetizers which not only were delicious but filled us up. Our friend vascillated between a Chicken or Petrale Sole entree. The waitress said the chicken was her favorite, so he ordered it and loved it. Didn’t find the noise level too bad at all. Also have limited outside seating. Would definitely recommend to friends which have already done.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! We all had duck confit which was cooked perfectly and the vegetable accompaniment was delicious!

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LC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really nice restaurant, we will return, really enjoyed the food. Parking not great and the entrance a bit confusing because it is a Holiday Inn as well.
Great food but not hot enough. Out of 4 meals, only one came to the table hot. We also ordered 1 'share' dish, a great concept by the way, and that too was only warm. Restaurant was not busy enough for this to be a problem.
Finally, I had a 6:30 reservation, arrived 15 minutes early, restaurant and bar NOT busy at all. I was not addressed or seated for 5-10 minutes. I just stood there at the entrance waiting. Several couple came and went, tired of waiting I suppose. Need better staffing, only 1 wait person and 1 bar person.
Wait person was excellent.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional in taste and presentation, and also the service.

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DP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been to lunch and now dinner. Both were very good but lunch was much quieter. Both times the owner/chef came to our table and interacted. (Very nice) We will make this one of our regulars that's for sure.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

I would say the food is better than the service we had a reservation the hose had to continually ask us our name and the number of our party and we had a party of four. The food was good basic our service was awful when I go back probably not

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RD
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t let the fact that this resteraunts is in th seamen building as a Holiday Inn . They are not associated, the food is awesome and the service was great. A must do if you are stayin in Windsor.

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Don’t let the fact that this restaurant is in a Holiday Inn stop you from going! Food was fabulous, we had lunch during our trip up the valley and food was outstanding!

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I didn't realize it was in the Holiday Inn. The service was excellent but I was expecting a nicer restaurant. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, the service was excellent.

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KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great restaurant! Amazing service and the food was even better!

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MV
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We found the menu, and the dishes we chose to order, gourmet perfect! The lamb shank. The petrale sole. The mussels were the best we ever tasted and they were also beautiful and big.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Several different wineries in the area highly recommended Tisza, and we wish we had
dined here sooner.
The service was great and the food excellent. Highly recommend dining at Tisza, we will
definitely be eating there again.

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D
Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. good variety in the menu. Owner/chef Christian knows what he is doing. Only suggestion I have is:
1 - Completely close off the opening from the patio to the street - - too much wind and vehicle noise
2 - Put some sound absorbing materials on the floor and walls of the indoor restaurant. The hard surfaces reflect and increase the noise level, which is pretty high.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

OMG! What a way to start our vacation with friends. We all agreed, best food we have had in a long time. Service was wonderful. Would recommend Tisza highly.

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BF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food preparation and presentation always a wonderful experience.

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PB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often go here for lunch however we decided to try dinner. Lunches are amazing, dinners are spectacular!!! We shared the lamb shank and it literally melted in your mouth!!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

No attention to detail, the lighting structures had cob webs all over them. Mediocre food.

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O
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Don't let Holiday Inn setting fool you. A warm modern ambience with creative dishes and very friendly service. Chef has a creative European background and the mushroom chicken with perfect spaetzle was out of this world.

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JJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing find. Absolutely delicious, and a fantastic menu. Great service, fabulous cocktails, and the food? Oh my. SO good.

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L
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a find. One does not expect a high quality restaurant in a Holiday Inn but that is the case here. The chef has Hungarian roots and couples that with fine dining using local produce. His plates are attractive and the food is wonderful. Love the Wiener Schnitzel. Come and be pleased you did. The wait staff is knowledgeable and have a sense of humor. This is a great find.

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JF
Portland
51 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best if not the best restaurant in Sonoma County. Don’t be fooled just because it is located at a Holiday Inn In Windsor !

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SS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was excellent, drinks and food were brought to the table with no long wait. We had the bacon wrapped fillet mignon which was delicious, fine dining quality, melting in your mouth. It was served with artichoke hearts and delicious grilled zucchini slices.
We asked for recommendations for a glass of wine to go well with the food and the wine was excellent as well.
Make sure you reserve room for dessert, there are always wonderful options on the list, pot de creme and filled crepe to name a couple.
It was not my first time here and I will come back over and over.
Compliments to the chef for the food and to all for their great service and personal attention to all the tables on a busy night.

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g
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding experience for dinner with friends. Though a somewhat limited menu, it is creative with a variety of fresh vegetables and garnishes accompanying each entree. The gnocchi was uniquely presented with a light sauce and pea sprouts on top. The sole was delicious, on a bed of risotto. An unusual offering of a special burrata salad with balsamic "pearls" was out of this world! The drinks are generous. Service is consistent and attentive without being intrusive. Go.

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S
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Discovering that the dining room was in the Hotel was a surprise. Very pleasant area to eat. Menu leaning toward the Chef's origins - Grandmother's recipes - quite good.
And the Chef comes into the dining room to see how the meal is being received.

Delightful surprise.

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KF
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were very impressed by Tisza, once you get over the fact that you're eating in a Holiday Inn hotel lobby area. While it is set off to the side, it is definitely reminiscent of eating in a hotel whereby the buffet will be set up by breakfast. Having stated that, they have done the best that they could to art-direct and make it feel as if you are in a restaurant, rather than a hotel.

Once over the aesthetics, this is the Tisza strong suit, the cooking. The menu is very inventive with an ode to old-style European cooking with a modern flare. When was the last time that you saw Hungarian Goulash or Weiner Schnitzel on a menu in Sonoma County? Plus the accouterments of spaetzle, red cabbage and creamy cucumber salad, only added to the authenticity of the cuisine.

The chef introduced himself, a native of Hungary, and seemingly really cared that we had come to try out his restaurant. The service was quite attentive, and because of a slight delay in bringing out out bottle of wine, of which they had to retrieve from the cellar, we were treated to a complimentary plate of homemade biscuits with a pumpkin seed topping which were quite buttery and delicious.

Everyone was delighted with their entrees at the table, and mostly everyone had a take home portion boxed up. The dessert didn't make it to the boxing stage, it was a cheesecake that lasted only a short while on the table before being consumed.

Bottom line: get over the idea that your in a Holiday Inn and give this little gem a chance! They really do care about your coming to their restaurant, and they try to make you feel special. The one thing that makes this place stand out amongst most of Sonoma County is it homage to ethnic dishes, but in a modernized way whereby you still have the farm-to-table feel which has become almost expected in these parts.

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c
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Tisza is an outstanding little bistro in an unlikely location, a Holiday Inn. It is a bit loud there but the service was friendly and attentive, the restaurant director, Jonathan, was very friendly and hospitable, and the chef visited our table. The food was well balanced in flavor, was colorful and very beautifully presented, and the prices were reasonable. I am a seafood lover and had a filet of sole dish with crab louie as a starter. Outstanding. I highly recommend Tisza.

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l
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience thank you Denise, it was a pleasure meeting you,

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed it

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good menu selection. Tasty food! Nice people. Will definitely come again.

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DJ
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This local restaurant is convenient and close to home. It is inside the newly built Holiday Inn hotel in Windsor. The atmosphere is not fancy. The chef is wonderful with creations and experiments and Eastern European ethnic recipes from his family. The staff is still learning and needs more professionalism. But the food is really good.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too expensive for the quality of the food. No ambiance.

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