Tisza Bistro and Bar

4.5
249 reviews
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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.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Our Executive Chef Krisztian Karkus has lovingly created a delightful menu of seasonal, farm fresh ingredients. Simply the best way to celebrate your loved one.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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RT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From reservation to dessert, the service and experience was fantastic!

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was well prepared, beautiful presentations and delicious. This was our second time there and we will go back. Beet salad is a must have and gnocchi (I can't remember Hungarian name) was spectacular.

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

Food presentation was exceptional, the food delicious. This is going to be one of my favorite spots in Windsor. Good menu with a nice selection of choices. Make a reservation, they fill up fast.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant. The food is always excellent and service is usually very good. We come here at least once a month. It is our favorite local place now that Willis Wine Bar is no longer on Old Redwood Highway.

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BC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food prepared with care. Comfort food dishes. Schnitzel and Spaetzle are huge portions and very tasty - memories of Europe. On point service, friendly, timely, anticipating needs very well. Good wine list, reasonable prices, on the night we were there they had a special spotlight on Hungarian wines. The chef/owner (Hungarian) came by our table to check on us and make sure we were happy - a nice touch and he also did this last time we were there. Highly recommended!

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AE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved it! We live in San Mateo and wish we were closer so we could come more often. We will make a point to come again in the spring. Our Server Oscar was very accommodating and helpful. Also, the wine list is very well thought out. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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DJ
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Cold room and cold plates and cold food. The big windows and a mostly empty restaurant caused a very cold room. The plates were cold and the silverware was very cold on the table. The food was reasonably warm when served, but things got cold very quickly. The veggies were mostly cool when served, not even warm. The lamb shank was sort of spicy, too many onions on the top, and lots of gravy. There was no bone served with this shank, which was served previously for this dish. We've eaten there before and usually enjoyed the food. The major chef was not present, and the food refected this.

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R
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant brunch, all of us were very happy loved the benadict

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BC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a enjoyable way to have a New Years Eve dinner. Many restaurants were having expensive pri fixe dinners we were able to order off the menu. We had the jagerschnitzel and the goulash. Both were excellent and sufficient quantity. The spaetzel was cooked perfectly. The pan seared scallops appetizer was tasty (wish there had been a 4th on to even the sharing).

Chef K came out of the kitchen at the end of our meal (we were there toward the end of the evening) and was very welcoming and personable.

Living in the area and not having tried Tisza before, I am going to recommend it to all my local friends. I hope that the location does not detract for the quality of this restaurant.

Overall a great way to end the year.

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstanding food with excellent service. Have several excellent European dishes like Wiener Schnizel.

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at this place is always AMAZING! This particular night was special as it was New Year's eve - and I'm glad we went there (again). The chef does a great job with all of his dishes, and the presentation is outstanding. A highly recommended restaurant for any occasion.

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CA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff took good care of us. The European food we come for was excellent. We had jagerschnitzel and goulash this time. And the chocolate pot of cream for dessert was so delicious. We will be back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far Windsor’s best restaurant. Hidden secret in the Holiday Inn with an incredibly friendly staff and upscale environment that is lacking in northern Sonoma County. Believe it or not, this is my new favorite place to dine.

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WF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. We go about once a month and are never disappointed. Went 2 times in 2 weeks over the holidays. Brought friends with us who had never been there. They said it will be a regular dinner spot for them.

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RD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Third time I've eaten there and they just don't do anything wrong. Service was very good, table was good, food was EXCELLENT, and the prices are not outrageous.
I look forward to eating there again.

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L
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a marvelous place in an unlikely location - inside a Holiday Inn. The space is very nice. The chef is excellent and the service spot on. The menu is nicely mixed with something for all. I love the Schnitzel. My wife had the leg of lamb which came with 3 large slices of meat. It was lovely and cooked just right. Come and get a lovely meal here.

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We ventured here for Christmas lunch. The restaurant was nearly empty so we were seated near a window. The decor is very modern with simple lines, dark colors, minimal trinkets. They have a bar at the entrance and the dining area occupies the remainder of the venue. The menu was appetizing with a good variety of choices reflecting international cuisines as well as good American foods. The food was tasty in ample portions.

Now for the not-so-great attributes. There was no bartender...the drink-making was left to the server. She barely managed to get four drinks to our table and seemed to have trouble taking our orders...as if she was “filling in”. The table settings did not include either soup or teaspoons not salt and pepper! When our food did arrive we had to request the missing utensils (we all had a delicious butternut squash soup) and S&P. The server only had two other tables to attend so the gaps in delivering food was inexcusable. They arrived within a modest period of time but long delays in getting orders to the right person. IMHO the maitre d should have helped out but he appeared to show up infrequently as if he was filling in elsewhere. If the waitress has so much trouble taking and receiving orders, for heavens sake give her a pad and pencil. Rudimentary.

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t
New England
70 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Better good food and super friendly service.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome!! Can't wait to go back!!
Chef is amazing!! He is a hidden GEM!!

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MT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our second time here. The food is exceptional. The chef is a talented food creator who knows how to add a special European flair to his food.

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PG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Has to be best Holiday Inn dining in the country. Really good!

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L
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful, unique and creative menu! Great value and a delicious. Glad to have it in Santa Rosa/Windsor area. Excellent chef!

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SS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always outstanding!
Jena was our server and she is always amazing! Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Her recommendations, from cocktails to dessert are spot on.

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WF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've never had a bad meal there. Food is always excellent. It is our favorite "local" restaurant. I even got a gift certificate as a birthday present.

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D
Hawaii
37 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful original recipes, great service, outstanding food. We've been back several times and never been disappointed. Highly recommend

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SH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An unexpectedly great experience! It should be noted that this restaurant is not affiliated with the Holiday Inn. They merely share a space.
Our friends recommended this and I'm glad they did. The service was prompt and warm. The food was tasty and comforting. It was a bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion. I had the duck which was good but not great. The lamb my boyfriend got was to die for. Our friends had the steak special and the Wiener schnitzel and they both loved their dishes. I'll be back!

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wounderful, service great and the staff was friendly.

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LS
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Parking was very limited until we asked the hotel (restaurant is located in the hotel) if we could park in the hotel parking area (underground garage). Octopus and sausage appetizer was fair - great tasting octopus, burnt (potato chip sized thickness) sausage. Not worth the $14 charged amount. Very good german food!

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ML
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

So I was offered jaeger snitzel with spatzel when I asked for the spatzel and some kind of sauce on the snitzel. It was the mushroom gravy and it was awesome!! My new favorite!! ( sorry if I spelled it wrong)

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m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem in Windsor! Everything is done to perfection! Their schnitzel and kale salad are favorites...the Chef really knows how to treat his customers. And The FRENCH FRIES!!! Over the moon on these...

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AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, close to home! It became a little noisy as it filled up, but the food made up for it. Only disappointment was the tiny pour of my glass of pinot and they did not have vanilla ice cream - even though it was part of the dessert menu!

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT food and the schnitzel is the best. So tender you cut with a fork

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ruben and burger. A+

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JW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were unable to find a last minute Thanksgiving restaurant but for a few places and Tisza was one we'd eaten lunch at before so we took a chance. They featured a special menu and we had hoped that they would also have their regular menu. We arrived and found that we were limited to the Thanksgiving fixed price with two choices for each course. I was fine with that but my wife wasn't as hungry and we ended up taking her main course home barely touched. I enjoyed my choices and enjoyed having her main dish, prime rib, for dinner the next two nights.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great. They have a chef that is doing special things right now. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it is in a Holiday Inn. best crab cake ever! Pure crab. Lovely salad, butternut bisque. We went for thanksgiving so it was a price fix but would definitely return.

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is going to be a special night dinner spot for us, too pricey for frequent meals.

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f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food! Wonderful server and the chef came out of the kitchen to chat. Definitely going back.

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our new "go to" place for dinners before going to the LBC for shows - fantastic food, great service and very friendly atmosphere yet still "up market".

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the personal touch at Tisza! I asked our server about the dairy content of one menu item (I'm lactose intolerant) and after he confirmed with the kitchen, the chef actually came out and walked me through the entire menu, pointing out items that were dairy free or could be made non-dairy. It's rare to have such care from restaurants these days so I'd recommend Tisza any day and will make sure to keep it at the top of my shortlist for Windsor dining.

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is fantastic! I have dinner at this place at least once a month and lunch a couple of times a month. Every time I bring a friend to Tisza for the first time, they become regulars. The service is outstanding!

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