About Tisza Bistro and Bar

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.

8757 Old Redwood Highway
Windsor, CA 95492
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, European

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Daily 7:30 am–10:30 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

Cross Street:
101 Freeway and Old Redwood Highway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 838-5100

Website:
http://tiszabistro.com/

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).

Executive Chef:
Krisztian Karkus

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Tisza Bistro and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

3.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
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Casual (13)
Comfort Food (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Fun (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Business Meals (6)
Authentic (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Cozy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
People Watching (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

They forgot our salad course and when the food was delivered it was cold. They brought the plate back and warmed the plate. Food was still cold. I was very disappointed. I had heard good things about this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our first dining experience at Tisza, but it won’t be our last. We four were very pleased with our meals and the excellent service.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great Food. short, but varied menu. perfectly seasoned. Great service

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food is great, but service was lacking. Took a long time to get the food, and appetizers weren't cleared by the time the main dish arrived. An irritated maitre d'-type person tried to step in and move things along, but he couldn't really answer our questions about ingredients in a dish. Lighting is harsh and we didn't feel that comfortable there. But the food was so good we're willing to try it again and hope that the service and ambience rise to meet the level of the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Our new favorite place in Windsor.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A little noisy. We went on a Saturday prime time. Next time it will be during the week to see if any less noisy.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Tisza is a new spot in Windsor. It's located in the new Holiday Inn, and it does have the feel of a hotel restaurant. Worse, because the restaurant seating largely wraps around the bar, there are multiple screens that, depending upon where you're aimed, could be a distraction (or an annoyance). The place is very loud (screens are silent, patrons are not). But, we would go back. The food is VERY good and nicely presented. And it's fairly priced. The service is very friendly, and while there was nothing bad about it, it is not exactly polished.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

A pleasant surprise because it is located in a hotel lobby which detracts from the level you ordinarily would expect. The food itself was as good or better than other top rated places in the area. The ambiance is not a place that invites you into staying for a long relaxing time, very minimalist setting with stark cold surroundings. The food on the other hand will be a good point of conversation because you are surprised on the quality and presentation. The two just don't go together. The food will not disappoint you, the hotel's decorator will. A carpet would do wonders for the place, and cut down the noise generated by the kitchen which is annoying.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Service was poor.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious and satisfying breakfast, coffee was also excellent. We usually dine for dinner and always leave upset because of the slow server, but breakfast was right on par. Great food!!!

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food experience in our party of four was across the board. We started with the artichoke for the table which was meh. Each couple shared a salad and both were excellent with fresh cool vegetables , nice presentation and delightful dressing. My salmon was lackluster and some of the spices cratered the dish for me. My wife had the schnitzel and it was excellent. If I go back, that's the ticket. One of our party had the special sole and the other had the chicken with spaetzle. They liked it, but I didn't hear any raving going on. The deserts were outstanding- both the New York style cheesecake and the house made doughnuts. Unfortunately, our waitress was totally unskilled. We brought a nice Merlot which she began pouring as if someone had a gun to her head, emptying 1/3 of the bottle into the first glass she encountered. As a result, the last pour, mine and whose glass belonged to the bearer of the wine, was meager and full of sediment. All in all, there was some brilliance coming out of the kitchen, but also mediocracy, and wait staff needs some work.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food very good, excellent presentation but it is very noisy and is essentially located in a lobby of the hotel with unpleasant lighting, cold breezes entering from the front door and too close proximity to the kitchen which makes it even more noisy. But the food is very good

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very happy with the quality and quantity of the food. A few of us had the mussels and they were delicious. The sauce was not too salty, the ham hock lent just the right seasoning. The mussels were not overcooked and the crostini was wonderful for helping to absorb some of the juices. The Duck Confit looked golden and nicely crispy. The schnitzel was also perfectly cooked - I had a bite of my tablemate's. It was was tender, not greasy and crispy.
The kid's menu is nice too; not just the standard chicken fingers or a burger. Those items are there but they also have a fruit/cracker/cheese plate, buttered pasta and other items.
The wine list is mostly regional, which I always enjoy and they have a house-made brew.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Outstanding food. Presentation was excellent. The Schnitzel was the best I have had in over twenty years. Compares to the very best I have eaten in Austria and Bavaria. The roasted artichoke was sublime. We finished off the meal with a simple but custom request for crepes with lemon and butter, and the Chef nailed it - perfect balance of sweet and sour.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The schnitzel was dry with not much taste. The prices on the regular menu are reasonable, all under $20 as I recall, so I did not ask the price of the prime rib special. Mistake! It was $45! $45.00 for a nice slice of prime rib with mash potatoes and veggies. Really?! The room is cold and utilitarian, fine for breakfast or lunch but I prefer a more interesting atmosphere for dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

While we thoroughly enjoyed the food and presentation , for the price we could have gone to any number of places where the noise level allowed for conversation. Also the bright lighting diminished any potential ambiance. The small dining room would benefit with a partition separating the area from the bar.
The food deserves a better location and softer atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fantastic food. The steak could be cut with a fork. Live a mile away. Will be going back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We discovered this restaurant while evacuated during the October 2017 Santa Rosa wildfires. We enjoyed the chef's innovation and delicious meals enough to come back for our family Christmas Eve lunch. I had the Grilled Salmon Salad, my husband had the Duck Leg Confit, my daughter had the Grilled Chicken sandwich, and our son-in-law had the Reuben sandwich. The portions are modest, but so delicious that the plates were near-empty by the end of the meal. And this left room for dessert. A couple of us had cheesecake with berry compote, a light, lemony cheesecake. One had the Chocolate Pot de Creme, decadently rich. One had the crepe with walnut cream and rum raisins, yum. We all felt like we had a special holiday treat.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Organic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

4 of us had lunch, everyone was happy with what we ordered. Shnitzel ( I’m sure I’m spelling that wrong) and the spatzel Mac and cheese got rave reviews

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Tisza Bistro is one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive. The food is extraordinary because there is special attention put into each and every dish. I stayed at the Holiday Inn while evacuated by the fire and was lucky that we had such an excellent restaurant to dine in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We have returned many times since.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A new CA bistro-type with Hungarian touches to menu from Chef Krisztian Karkus. Restaurant reception is the easily-overlooked stand in front of the bar. Overlook the clean but abysmally dull hotel restaurant decor with its charmless layout, and enjoy some reasonably priced, nicely executed food (for the most part). Beet salad was nicely set off by saba aka vin cotto, the classic 'cooked wine' seasoning. Salmon was well executed with very crispy skin, not overcooked, with a tasty little potato pancake although carrot puree was too sweet/one-dimensional. Fail was the hanger steak: a much too-bitter Hollandaise based on hops permeated the lovely steak slices, making it impossible to eat. Mgr handled the situation flawlessly. As a sub I was brought the salmon (which my spouse had already ordered) and it was fine. Service was below-average; waitress seemed rushed and disorganized, also bringing us the wrong bill. Good value menu, however, so we'll consider returning to try some other dishes -hopefully with different waitstaff.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Wonderful authentic Hungarian food and other wine country menu items. Well cooked and presented. A lovely new Windsor gem.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

My wife and I went to Tisza after reading a review of the restaurant in our local paper. There weren't many other diners when we got there, Monday evening, and they seated us in the front section near the bar. Good wine list, we both had a great Sonoma Coast pinot noir, nice menu. For starters we both had a salad with good local greens, citrus and candied walnuts, very nice, good dressing and just the right amount. For entree I had the schnitzel which was wonderful, perfectly cooked with a light, crispy breading, lingonberry jam ( I should have asked for more, it was great) and a cucumber slaw kind of dish. My wife had the mussels and the artichoke and really liked them both. All in all, we'll be back, nice place.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was great but service was a little slow. Will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It took awhile to get seated and then we could barely make it past the huge table that blocks the entrance to the dining room. The restaurant view through the glass wall is of a very busy street. The noise level is very high and echos off the hard surfaces. The menu looked good but we were not enjoying the atmosphere and could barely hear each other talk, so we walked out.

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 (London)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good and some interesting food. Great service, good location.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Overall an excellent experience, however, when we got there they didn't have our reservations. I had to show my confirmation from Open Table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This is a real gem for Windsor! The restaurant is casual but still very elegant. This was our third time at the restaurant. The food taste so good and and looks so good. The wiener schnitzel sandwich was just perfect! The meat was fried to the right crispness and so delicious and tender! It was so good that we ordered it as a dinner entree for our third trip. When we came back for the second time, we ordered the Roasted Skuna Bay salmon. The salmon was cooked so that it was crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and very tasty. We also ordered the Trout Almandine which was a generous portion with generous sliced almonds on top and cooked to perfection. The staff was especially attentive and very friendly. We are looking forward to our next meals at Tisza and we highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great food fit for foodies. European influence. This is a gem of a restaurant in an unlikely location- the Holiday Inn. Don't let the location fool you, this is the real deal. Excellent service too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A little apprehension walking in to a Holiday Inn for a nice dinner with friends. The ambiance is definitely mid scale hotel, but the food more than makes up for it. Excellent ingredients and proper cooking techniques deliver a really enjoyable meal. The wine list is small but well selected. The service needs some polish at dinner but the staff could not be more friendly. Hope the Chef is successful in the location because his food is worth seeking out. A hidden gem in an unlikely location. We recommend it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

They had us from Hello. Tonight we went for dinner for the fourth time since early October. The menu has items you won't find in many wine country places -- the chef-owner is Hungarian, and his fresh presentation of wiener schnitzel that I've heard is hugely popular -- not that this is an "ethnic" restaurant. The food and attitude are truly expressive of what we expect here in local ingredients, creativity, interest, and spirited service by every single staff member.

My husband had a golden, crispy Wiener Schnitzel with roasted parsley potatoes, a berry jam and a small cucumber salad -- something he wouldn't ordinarily find. Our friend really liked his roast duck confit plate. I am a vegan and though there was no all-plant item on the menu, our waiter Sarah asked me several questions about what I liked, talked to the chef, and came back with a beautiful arrangement of squash, zucchini, beets, potato, asparagus and Brussel sprouts, mostly roasted, with quinoa. Couldn't have been better! We did not partake of dessert but saw a lot of them go by looking very tempting.

I can also recommend Tisza for events and parties. The third time we ate here was just the night before, when my local Rotary Club held a party for some 93 people in the banquet room upstairs. It was Tisza's first large event in the space. Clearly, there is great leadership at work here; morale appears high and performance, including set-up, follow-through and help with special requests, were flawless. Everyone raved about the food and service. We had choices of Flat Iron Steak, Roasted Chicken and a vegan dish, which turned out to be polenta, melt-a-licious with crispy edges and a gorgeous tomato-vegetable sauce.

DO NOT be thrown off by the chain hotel location. The property is attractive, airy and cool. DO approach from the west, as you cannot turn left into the parking lot from Old Redwood Hwy. Very easy from 101, just go east and it's right by the northbound offramp.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We will be back
John

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Good food, creative menu, East European flavor but with California fresh attitude. Everything we ate was delicious and visually appealing. Since we arrived at opening time and all the tables filled up fast, the kitchen and server were hard pressed to get food out in order in a timely manner for our table. Other tables were more timely. We had appetizer, entree, and desserts and were out with $110 bill , which we felt was very reasonable for this quality of food and setting.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food. Amazing cocktail list, I wanted to try most of them. Cocktails were designed to go with food so nice and savory, no sugar bombs. I may have found my new favorite cocktail spot. Food was delicious and plated so pretty. Many more things to try on the menu that sounded good but no room this trip. Mac and cheese appetizer was AMAZING. Loved the tomato soup. Staff was great. My only complaint would be lighting is a little bright and color is off, being LED they just don’t have the relaxing romantic color I prefer for evening. That and it’s a little loud, but I think that could be fixed with some drapes or other soft items added into the decore. They have been open only about a month and they are doing Great. Go!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went online to check out the menu. It seemed small and quite ambitious for a restaurant in a Holiday Inn. What a pleasant surprise! We had the beet salad appetizer which featured balsamic pearls...amazing. The rest of the dinner did not disappoint either. My gnocchi with brown butter was tasty, my husband’s chicken with spaetzle was sublime. The wine list features an interesting array of local as well as other domestic varietals. All complimented the meal well. I recommend you check this place out. Don’t be put off by the location and casual, cafe decor. This is the real deal. Enjoy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Easy access , lot of parking, clean and inviting.
Short but nice lunch menu.
Lot of flavors, large plates. Nice and affordable wine list. Cute bar, we'll go back and try the dinner menu.
Good addition in Windsor.👍👍

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Outstanding food!

Very creative dishes with excellent presentation and quality.

Servers were attentive and friendly.

Ambiance good, considering it is located in a Holiday Inn.

Overall great experience and one we would repeat again in the future.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great addition to the town of Windsor. We have lacked a restaurant of this quality since Mirepoix left. We no longer have to drive to Healdsberg although we still will. I can't wait to go back and order a plate of Spätzle Mac ’n Cheese just for myself. Give Tisza a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

We dined there twice during their opening week. Food prepared from scratch by a fabulous cook.Prices moderate. A real gem of a restaurant. They will do well...and we will be back many times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We had a salad of local greens, wiener schnitzel, and cheesecake. Everything was excellent. The noise level was little higher than we like, but not unbearable. Yes, we will dine here again.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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