Tisza Bistro and Bar

4.5
373 reviews
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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.
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SP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Very Noisy, between loud poor piano playing, staff throwing stuff around in the Kitchen, asked server for a quieter table, we were moved but very obvious that she was very unhappy to do so. Left before ordering food

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

Another wonderful visit.....great food, staff was engaging. Took a relative visiting from Europe who really enjoyed the food and the head chef’s connection to Europe. Made a point to compliment the the kitchen staff which later turned into a table-side visit from their Sous Chef.

KR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a surprising location. We are looking forward to returning.

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

Nice addition to the Windsor eating out scene. We will certainly go back. Artichoke appetizer is a real winner.

J
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice surprise for the location- inside the Holiday Inn. Food was very good and authentic. Would definitely return if in the area

AM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Surprising to find a quality restaurant at a Holiday Inn, but it was REALLY good!

H
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Superb food expertly prepared, with great variety. Crab Louis? Check. Heirloom Tomatoes with burrata? Check. Goulash? Check. Weiner Schnitzel? Check. Petrale sole? Check. Good wine list, reasonably priced? Check. Elegant Ambience? Well no, but you can’t have everything.

B
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best dinners I have had in the last 50 years

M
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I made a reservation and was seated in the worst table in the restaurant. It’s right in the middle of everything, turned at a wonky angle. I asked to be moved and they said they couldn’t even though there were tables available. Just not a two top. So we moved to the bar. Bartender/waiter was nice and knowledgeable.

NS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hesitate to write this because we love this place so much and don’t want the secret to get out! Every meal has been outstanding. Great service and outstanding food! The menu is amazing!

LG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and Chief. Good value all around. Duck and lamb were the best I ever had!

SS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to try a rock fish and hanger steak, both d perfectly done!
We shared a starter, heirloom tomato with burrata cheese salad, wonderful way to start the meal. Well crafted cocktails and great selection of wines.

We loved the Hungarian wax pepper with paprika side so much, we asked for more!

Compliments to the chef, he does a great job offering the Eastern European and German flavors and dishes but also delicious American food for the less adventurous guests.
A true neighborhood gem!

J
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just enjoying dinner with my daughters family

L
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem. We made the reservation and were reluctant when we found this restaurant located in the Holiday Inn. We were Seated in a comfortable room and greeted immediately by Brittany (sp?) who was young, beautiful, and extremely personable. She guided us through the menu and made the meal even more delightful than food could without her.
The tuna tartar appetizer was a great start and I felt very confident that we made a good choice. We Wiener schnitzel, jager schnitzel we’re both the biggest hits at the table, but every dish was delicious and everyone was very happy with their choice.
We all ordered desserts and we had delicious bottles of wine.
We all walked away extremely satisfied.
I can’t wait to return to Windsor Ca just for dinner!!

BA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There were five of us. Everyone ordered a different meal and all of us were very pleased with what we ordered. Not our first time there and not the last either. Always outstanding.

ST
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tisza never fails to impress me. It was a busy night with some large parties so it was a loud night. This by no means distracted me and my guest from a wonderful dinner. Chef Krisztian frequented the tables too.

SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! Our server was happy to share her recommendations and her favorites from the menu, and was very friendly. Our food was wonderfully cooked! I loved the rustic European theme with a modern touch on the menu. Definitely will recommend this place to others!

n
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I return, it gets better. The food is excellent. The service is also excellent.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service and tasty food, good for friends get together

c
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tisza Bistro was a "find" and we enjoyed it. We have been several times since we found it. The food is outstanding and very well presented as well. We love this place

V
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The last place you would expect to find a restaurant like this within a standard chain hotel along the freeway- a true surprise. Very pleasing interior. Service attentive. Food delicious, imaginative.
Tisza is a very welcome addition to the fire ravaged restaurant scene here. We will return soon.

GS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely perfectly cooked meal. Flavor was outstanding.

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food; outstanding service.

BM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there, so amazing! Great host, great busser/ runner and great server- wish they were all like this staff! Very attentive, friendly, and just a fun place to enjoy really good food (and drinks)! We sat outside both times, my favorite although it's really nice inside and even had a pianist. Side note: live seeing the baby goats next door by the parking lot!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful surprise! I was a little hesitant to go into a restaurant at the holiday inn. The food was fabulous, was true authentic schnitzel! Best on the West Coast! Great cocktails, live piano music and great service! We even got to meet the chef! Wonderful experience!

ST
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to try this hidden gem! Tisza is located at the Holiday Inn Windsor Wine Country and is a great addition to the hotel and community. I have not had a bad experience here. All food is fresh and artfully prepared. What a wonderful treat!

r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner out for my husband and I. Loved this place!

AH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very good. The chef is accommodating with special requests when he can. Service is good too.

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over all amazing

GC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The location was a bit deceiving.....everything was excellent!

DJ
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

THe building is always cold, which makes the food get cold too fast. The menu is good.

JK
San Francisco
596 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I grew up with Eastern European food but have been mostly disappointed by Tisza. We really miss Cafe Europe/SRosa, but we do have both German and Lithuanian food near our home, along with several European delis. Tisza's mostly Californian with a very modest few touches of Hungarian influence. We skipped the schnitzel and spatzle (love them but we eat them regularly) and went for the duck confit and lamb w/polenta. Roasted veggies for both mains were on the burnt side; both mains were heavy on the salt. Starters of pork belly wfrisee and a shrimp cocktail were just average. What saved the meal was the lovely European cheesecake w/berries - made from quark, it was wonderful: barely sweet, tender with just a bit of crumbling, wonderful thin toffee-like bottom crust. I don't know why this type of cheesecake is so hard to find, with Sonoma's many creameries and cheesemakers - curious! We were sorry the palacsinta (not sure how Tisza spells it?) were off the menu - I haven't had any in almost 40 yrs and would have loved to introduce my crepe-loving spouse to them. Service was similar to our previous visit: nice, cheerful, but not well-trained.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Service and waitress was great. But all the food was terrible. I ordered the eggs Benedict and they were not made according to the menu. They were missing items. My daughters boyfriend ordered French toast and it was raw and mushy. I don’t know how you mess up French toast. My daughter ordered scrambled eggs and they were also watery and mushy. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this restaurant but I did not have a good experience. That was probably my worst experience ever. That not one dish was good.

TJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very happy with the food and Service at this Bistro. The food was excellent and diverse.
Service staff were happy and helpful

FC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we come here we can always depend on a wonderful experience. Everything from the ambiance, drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts were absolutely stupendous! Our service was superb! We will definitely be back again!!!

BB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a surprise to find such a great, high quality restaurant inside a Holiday Inn. We were there for happy hour and stayed in the bar area for dinner. Apps, drinks, entrees and the bill was 100.00 for the 2 of us. Can’t beat that deal but the food was the reason we’ll be back and the reason for 5 stars. Highly recommend this place. Thank you to the chef/owner!

JL
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The atmosphere is "a hotel" but the service and the food make up for it. The food is fantastic.

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My friend and I made reservations to have breakfast at Tisza because we had heard good things about it and we wanted to try some where new. We arrived at 8am on June 2nd. The waiter acted like he did not really care if we were there or not, very unfriendly. I ordered the Buttermilk Pancakes with fresh berries as all kinds of fresh berries are in season right now. My friend order the eggs Benedict. We were not in a hurry so we did not mind the long wait for the food. When it arrived my friend's potatoes were cold and we had to ask for more, the waiter brought more but did not even apologize. My friend did say the hollandaise was good. My pancakes with fresh berries arrived cold with no butter to spread on the pancakes which was fine because they were cold anyway. The pancakes had a banana sliced on the top with one sliced strawberry on them. I glanced at the oatmeal a gentleman had ordered next to us and his oatmeal was loaded with beautiful raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. I asked the waiter if I could possibly have some berries because the menu described the pancakes with fresh berries. He brought me four raspberries. We go out to eat a lot and enjoy trying new places but we were extremely disappointed. Maybe the lunches or dinners are better......

EL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. My favorite Sonoma county restaurant. Never disappointed.

s
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is creative and flavorful; portions are ample and you are spoiled for choice with the variety of selections. Chef Krisztian laces his offerings with hints of his native Hungary. The fantastic “pogasca”—tiny cheese scones brought as an amuse bouche, are served warm from the oven. They are meltingly rich and delicious, his mother’s recipe right down to the homemade cheese used in their creation. The goulash, an intensely flavored pork stew, was a special the evening we were there, another fabulous homerun. The huge chicken pot pie with an incredible dome of flaky pastry had all the eyes from adjoining tables on our food. It was excellent, and was also fine as leftovers the next day. Crispy duck confit in a lovely Pinot Noir reduction was perfect.

Wine list is well chosen and the markup isn’t outrageous. Corkage is $20. We liked that the chef came by the tables to engage with people.

All that said, Tisza Bistro is in the Holiday Inn in Windsor. The hard surfaces generate a lot of noise; decor is inoffensive; ambiance is hotel bistro. Thus prices are a great value that you wouldn’t have if the restaurant was freestanding in downtown Santa Rosa.

There is a sweet outdoor patio, separated from the restaurant, that will be pretty desirable come the warm evenings of summer. Enjoy this wow food while you can before he moves to fancier digs and the prices go up.

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