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Date
Wed, 4/25
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7:00 PM
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Tisza Bistro and Bar

4.3
102 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am
Lunch
Daily 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
101 Freeway 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
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 102 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.1
service
3.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent chef! We’ve eaten here twice and both times we were blown away by how great the food is. Each dish was so unique and top quality delicious.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Best food in Windsor!
Everything we had was delicious!!!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was good. Somewhat loud, but it is a bar.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a lovely time and fantastic dinner at Tisza.
Absolutely delicious food and great service.
Cannot wait to another dinner.
Also we can walk there!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent, creative menu and remarkable food. Service was solid. Relatively unique restaurant for this area. Don't hold back, try the octopus, Weiner schnitzel, etc.
Plenty of creative drink options and fun bar.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It’s so nice to have this in Windsor! All of our dishes had a lovely presentation. Services was outstanding and we will be back again.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent food, best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had. Salmon was outstanding. I went for my first time in December and took friends two days ago. Friendly staff. Highly recommend you try this awesome restaurant. I know I will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very welcoming and accomodating for our party (not all guests arriving simultaneously). Food was delicious and presented beautifully. Table server very happy to answer questions about menu. Worth the drive from Santa Rosa!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

My wife and I tried Tisza on the recommendation of a close friend, and we were completely satisfied. Both dinners (Wienerschnitzel & Hungarian goulash) were excellent, the portions were well chosen (not so large that we stuffed ourselves, but just enough to fill nicely) and the wines complemented the meals. We're looking forward to going again. Thanks.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent food and service. Very friendly staff. They presented a very wonderful Easter brunch with appetizers and desserts to choose as many as you would like from the bar counter and a variety of entrees from the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Exceptional European influenced menu with a interesting twist of contemporary touches. We will go back often. Truly a delight!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It was a magical and wonderful experience for my father‘s 99th birthday.… The chefs food was fantastic as always and the server as well as the restaurant manager, JONATHAN, made my father feel like he was royalty.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Presentation was very good and appetizer and entree was delicious. Dessert was just okay.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Best European Food! So tasty, original , just perfect.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Loved the food, everything was perfect. My only complaint was the service. Although the wait staff was friendly and checked on us periodically, they seemed new to the profession. They tend to be somewhat tentative in their service. Hopefully they will get better as experience at the restaurant increases. That said, we will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Wife’s birthday

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We have eaten there several times and have alway had excellent service. Most recently I had the spatzel which was excellent. More than I could eat!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I loved this restaurant. Windsor has many good places to eat but this one is special. First of all, dismiss all prior impressions of a Holiday Inn. The new hotel is modern and tastefully decorated. Plenty of parking and a view of the goats next door. The menu is so good we had trouble making decisions for lunch. I really wanted the artichoke because of its reputation but evidently others did also, as they were out. The Reuben got rave reviews. So did the burger, really juicy and with good fries or a salad. I will return. And soon.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

My second visit in 10 days! Food was just as wonderful as on the first visit. Duck confit leg was cooked to perfection with delicious crispy skin. The chicken with wild mushrooms, cognac sauce, and spätzle was sublime. Only thing we wouldn't order again was the artichoke. It was fine but some of the outer leaves were too tough to scrape and the leaves were a bit oily which made it hard for the dipping sauce to stick. Pretty messy as well. But the octopus starter was great as was the marzipan tart dessert. Appreciated that the tart was not overly sweet.

But the wine service... Comically bad. Our server clearly had absolutely no experience dealing with a bottle of wine. Given the caliber of food and the prices charge, I expect a server to at least be well versed in how to open a bottle of wine and how to serve it. If they had gotten this right, it would be a 5-star review.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Delicious fare! I highly recommend 💝The food and menu very versatile

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The spaetzle macaroni and cheese was very good but is big enough for two. And my husband really liked the winter greens salad and the schnitzle.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Delicious food but not as warm as we’d hoped for. Server was new (first night) but very accommodating and pleasant. Buster was hustling. Very impressive. Overall, a great experience and we’ll be back.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Tried during Restaurant Week, so 3 courses for 3 diners. It's a funny location off the lobby of the Holiday Inn, but a nice space. The Weiner Schitzel & chocolate pot de cream was really great. Even on the regular menu I think they are both good values. Full bar and my old fashion was good. My only comment was that they served the soup quite quickly and then it was too long until the schitzel came out. But it was delicious so I guess worth the wait.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food was very good but kitchen very slow, we went for lunch and it took a very long time just to get our salads. Waitress obviously new but trying very hard and was very sweet. If you are not in a hurry a good place to eat.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We dined for lunch during Restaurant Week. The schnitzel was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

4th time there and it will not be the last. My wife and I love this place. So nice to have in Windsor.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Enjoyed the "Restaurant Week" special, their signature dish, Hungarian style schnitzel. Perfectly done (my date is German and knows her shnitzel!) , and a dinner size portion, to boot! The kale salad was excellent, as well. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

This is a great find- the chef is very talented and the results are in the food! He is familar with french, japanese, hungarian cuisines, etc...so you are in for a treat! And he makes a nice pale ale, And he makes fresh spaetlze, and sometimes dumplings, And his chocolate pot de creme was fantastic and served with a brown sugary shortbread cookie with lignon berry jam!!!! All just great--we started with octopus, then tried the restaurant week menu of wienerschnitzel--so good esp with the fresh beer! and ended with that great dessert! . Ambience
is "hotel restaurant" ( which is what it is) with fantastic and friendly service and food imaginatively and flawlessly prepared! We will be back

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food here did not disappoint. Five of us had five different entrees and all were exceptional. We sampled each other's dishes and we loved them all! Great quality, authenticity and exceptional flavors! Locally sources ingredients, in-house brewed beer, friendly staff and exceptional service just added to the enjoyment of our night out! Desserts were divine! And the artichokes! OMG!

Don't miss this restaurant. Forget that it is not in a five star hotel - this is a five star dining experience! This may be our new favorite place - we're trying happy hour next!

We were going to take photos of the food, but we were so excited by the aromas that we dug right in and totally forgot!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Our table enjoyed the Salmon, Chicken and a Cheeseburger. We topped our meals with the cheesecake. Excellent recommendation from our waiter on the wine. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We made a reservation for 8 guests weeks in advance as we were going to dinner prior to seeing Jerry Seinfeld at the LBC. The two tables that were joined together weren't even the same shape which made our seating arrangements awkward at best. Overall they seemed a little understaffed, our drinks took close to 20 minutes to come out but they were good once they arrived. Considering it was our waiters first night and he did a pretty good job. We ordered appetizers and everyone in our party enjoyed our selections (artichoke, squid/sausage and deviled eggs). Our entrees arrived timely and all together. The veal schnitzel was tender and the berry chutney that accompanied it was very good. I got to sample the duck confit and the lamb, both were a little tastier than the schintzel. I'd recommend Tisza but the ambiance is way more casual than I expected. It's a great place to drop in for a drink and dinner after wine tasting or a day of cycling in Sonoma County.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food here is fantastic. We started with deviled eggs (best I've ever had) and octopus. Entrees were the salmon and house specialty, wiener schnitzel. Everything was cooked perfectly. Portions were generous. Presentation was very nice. I was impressed and look forward to returning.

Downsides? Maybe it was because it was Friday night but the noise level was bit much. At times it was hard to hear my friend across the table. Not the kind of place to have a quiet, romantic dinner. Also, I'd like to see a wine list equal to the food. Wine list isn't bad but the food deserves better.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The food was fantastic and the service was on point. The ambiance was a little bright for dinner, but other than that everything was great.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Superb food! Eastern European emphasis. Think beautifully braised lamb with dumplings, Wienerschnitzel, sausage, duck confit. Nice wine list. I could see this restaurant doing 10X the business in a quaint, downtown location.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was very good. It's the hotel bar/restaurant so multiple TVs were on (it was the Olympics so we liked that). They seemed short staffed and I believe our waiter was the bartender. He was very nice. However he forgot to bring out the salads, and didn't know what a macchiato was (it was on the menu). No bread was served with the soup (I think they forgot). Seater/Manager was nice and tried to be helpful. Since the food was great I suspect this was an off-night for service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great, delicious, authentic European food, made using fresh, local ingredients.
Attentive, prompt and friendly service, even when everyone is busy and overwhelmed.
Unexpected neighborhood gem.

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1.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We showed up for our reservation, waited 10 minutes at the hostess desk and no one ever showed up to greet us and seat us. I walked all the way back to the kitchen and there was not one server or hostess around just the chefs in the kitchen. We walked out. Had a wonderful lunch at Ume across the street.

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Good food and nice place for lunch. It was quiet and clean.
The atmosphere could be better. It has the typical "hotel" industrial feel and decor.
Not much to look at but food was good.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Our standard question after trying a new restaurant is, "would we return?" Unfortunately and despite Tisza's notable efforts, our answer is not likely...very simply there is no compelling reason. Is it worth trying? Yes, sure...give them a try.

While not fabulous, the food was good (no complaints there!); the service was slower than necessary; the staff was excellent (attentive, polite, enjoyable, etc.); the noise level was high (too much so given the newness of the place which should have been designed better). But there was no "wow" factor.

Tisza's has been open only four months; perhaps they just need more time to resolve all of the little things that keep a good restaurant from being a great one. Given the stiff competition in this area, here's hoping they succeed. And based on the steady stream of patrons, all of whom were enjoying themselves, it appears that they will.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Our 3rd visit to Tisza.
Out of town guests were skeptical when we suggested dinner at a Holiday Inn.
They were very impressed all the way around.
We are fortunate to have this neighborhood gem here in Windsor!

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