Tisza Bistro and Bar

4.6
330 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always treated better than family!
Great food! Super service! Gem in the wine country!!!

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently had lunch at Tisza's to celebrate friends' birthdays. The food was excellent and , even though, they were shorthanded our server did everything humanly possible to keep up. I would definitely recommend.

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DV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a big group and the service was superb. Presentation most excellent!

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was terrific. Matre de, waiter and busboy all excellent.
The food very good, but I would like to see a few more entree items on the menu.
The restaurant decor and setting very elegant.
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h
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was delightful. The staff made sure we had everything we needed including Mimosas and Bloody Mary's. Some of the brunch offerings were familiar, fruit, Eggs Benedict, sausage, potatoes and bacon. Others were welcome additions including a delicious vegetable strudel, a Black Forest cake with raspberries instead of cherries, lemon torte, and an almond tart. The sound level was low and we enjoyed the piano selections. Altogether a very pleasant experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing! I had the Weiner Schnitzel and it was perfect. The dessert Nutella Bread pudding with the bananas couldn’t have been better if I had imagined it. We’ll be back for sure!!!

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NC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have been to Tisza several times and always look forward to excellent food. I had the goulash special and my guest had the wienerschnitzel. The main courses and sides were wonderful. We did not have salad or appetizers this time, but have always enjoyed them in the past. The octopus app is so tender and tasty! We nearly always order it. The coffee and tea were top quality and attentively served. (I hate getting mediocre tea at so many places.) Service was excellent, waiter and helpers were attentive, but not intrusive. Too bad it is so loud- that is the only drawback.

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CA
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent . Nice wine selection by the glass

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EK
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We went with a group of 8 friends after a day of wine tasting. First off, we were surprised that the restaurant was located in a Holiday Inn...would have probably passed had we known that. It was not much to look at and quite loud. Our server was super nice and efficient, so no complaints there at all. The menu was interesting, with a mix of Hungarian dishes such as Winerschnitzle and Bratwurst , plus Mac and cheese and fish. Kinda weird really😐 What we ordered tasted fine, but nothing really stood out. It was fine, but probably won’t return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn't know what to expect. Pleasantly surprised with the entire dining experience. Food was fantastic... especially the desserts!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food. Would not have expected this restaurant in a Holiday Inn.

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OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is truly a great find.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!
Very loud.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very comfortable resturant loved seeing the chef

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MZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went there for brunch and I felt a little disappointed and a lot unorganized but I will try dinner

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AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at this restaurant. Very friendly and excellent food

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was great. The food was ok. My grandkids had the Benedict I had the scramble. There was nothing special about either. No toast or biscuit or ??? But we love Tisza and will be back.

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H
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed most aspects of our dinner. The Spätzle Mac ’n Cheese was a wonderful appetizer. The Roasted Beets were beautifully presented and delicious. My husband enjoyed his Jägerschnitzel. I ordered the Gnocci (Gnudi) Pasta and enjoyed all of it except the Gnocci itself. I consider Gnocci to be light pillows but these were very dense and heavy. It was like eating paste, so I didn't. As for the bar, they did not have Tanqueray, which is my gin of choice. I made do with another brand, which was a little too sweet for my taste.

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c
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is outstanding and very well presented. On the night we went there was a pianist playing, which added a nice touch to our evening. The chef comes out and greets his diners. The noise level was a bit high, but this is a fantastic find.

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DA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Tisza is in a Holiday Inn Express and the ambiance suffers because of it. Tile flooring makes the noise level higher than you want in a fine dining experience. Could smell the chlorine from the indoor pool in the lobby. Service was a bit disjointed. Mains arrived while my husband was still on his first course. Food was OK, but not exciting. Got the feeling that the chef dumbed down the Hungarian spicing for an American palate. Were glad that we didn't choose the Schnitzel entrees, which were more expensive, as it would have raised our total bill. Wine list was just OK for being in Wine Country. Nice experiment, but we're not going back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is so good.

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i
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our neighbors told us they loved their experience at your restaurant so we had to try it. Love using Open Table for reservations. The parking was a challenge but everything else was great. The food was some of the best we have had. We will definitely be returning!

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AC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Great Birthday Celebration.

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n
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an unexpected find! We walked by it at first as it's inside a Holiday Inn Express. The decor is what you would expect in a hotel restaurant - but the food!! AMAZING!!! Great wine list with bottles from places you wouldn't normally see (Croatia, Serbia, Hungary) which of course pair very well with the Hungarian menu. Plus the awesome service - and decent prices - you can't go wrong! Worth the drive from Calistoga for us!

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Birthday dinner. Everything was wonderful. Good service, Delicious food. A special treat for the "Birthday Girl". We sat in the "Bar Area" for less noise. Keep up the good work. I thought the food was a bit pricey, but no more than other nice places with great food and wonderful presentation....See you soon

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place, excellent food and awesome service.

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BB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was excellent. Presentation was impeccable. Really enjoyed the experience.

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DJ
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

This locl gem continues to have delicious food, beautifully presented. The staff is gracious. The portions are generous, and sometimes I need a take home box for part of the meal.

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LD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic and so unexpected in its location...chef and team are top notch and deserve to have their restaurant highlighted by the many tasting rooms in greater Healdsburg/Windsor region

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LM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I felt cramped as we were seated at a very very small table -- We had to passed our lit candle and our waters to a nearby empty table to make room for our plates and food .. Ask for a table near the windows , they are larger !!!

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This Hungarian themed restaurant was a real find. It’s located in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Windsor, which kept it a notch down in terms of ambience but the food more than compensates. The portions are large, to the point where the lovely and delicious Crab Louie - which we split - could have been an entree in itself. Our very picky Petrale sole friends raved about how theirs was done. My wife had the duck confit and thought it was cooked perfectly, while I passed up the Weinersnitzel for their special - pork goulash. I loved the homemade spaetzel and red cabbage with apples that accompanied it. The pork was tender and well seasoned, but I left half behind because there was so much of it. I forgot that I had mentioned my sister in law’s birthday, but Jena our server didn’t. She brought out a Chocolate Pot de Crème, with a Jam Filled Linzer Cookie, topped with whipped cream and one candle. We will be back for the wiener!

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NK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I made a reservation and when we showed up the restaurant was empty but they sat us under the tv playing a loud game. The tv was only inches above our heads and the staff was very snotty about moving us. We had to get up and just pick a different table because they said they had too many reservations and couldn't move us. They weren't happy with us at all but we stayed at our new table. We left at 6pm and the restaurant was still very empty. There was no reason they couldn't give us a more pleasant table from the start or be nice about moving us. I don't plan to recommend or visit again.

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B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised after learning it is in the lobby of the Holiday Inn. Definitely don’t let that keep you away. Salads delicious, very good schnitzel and very, very friendly and professional servers. Nice bar. Will be going back for sure.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and you won't walk away hungry. A bit noisy.

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JL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I came for the Weiner Schnitzel (as always) and ordered the Hungarian Goulash (with fresh made Spätzle and Red Cabbage as is very traditional). So glad I did because it is not on the regular menu. The chef decides to run it as a special once in awhile. Lucky me. It was superb!. My friends had the Weiner Schnitzel and the Jaeger Schnitzel, recommended by me. Born in Germany and knowing how to cook all of these dishes makes me quite the German critic. The chef (who is Hungarian) nails it every time. So glad he opened up Tisza.

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b
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been several times and have always had a greay meal

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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A wonderful surprise and discovery. Would definitely go back. Everything we ordered was great. Pretty good wine list also with some nice values.

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our reservation was for 5 pm and when we arrived only one table was taken in the dining area yet we were placed in the bar. I refused to sit there and was told that the tables in the restaurant were for at least three people. I still refused to sit in the bar area and we were then given a table in the dining room. My meal was good, not great and the mashed potatoes were not hot. My husband had the hanger steak which was good but overpriced. Monti’s In Montgomery Village offers hanger steak for $29 and that plate is outstanding. Our wait staff paid too much attention to us. I don’t want to be asked by two people three times how I am enjoying my meal. And the entire time we were there the dining area never filled completely so I don’t understand why we weren’t seated there in the first place. I’m not sure if we will return and I won’t be recommending this place to anyone. There are much better restaurants in Santa Rosa.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Right out of the gate, you need to get beyond the feeling of being in a hotel "breakfast area". That's the feel of the dining room. But then your server arrives and the feeling immediately changes. Our service was excellent, and the food was fantastic! There were 3 of us and it was our first time here. We all live locally. I believe there were at least 8 or 9 specials for starters as well as entrees. Our server, Jena, rattled them off perfectly and with incredible skill - truly drawing us in. We ordered the spatzle (sp?) mac and cheese to share - it was heavy duty but flavorful. Following that, we each had two courses. I had the special citrus salad - delicious! - blood oranges, avocado, mixed greens - yum! That was followed by the pan sautéed Petrale sole with asparagus and pea risotto - another winner! My two friends thoroughly enjoyed both of their courses. We shared one dessert which was a meyer lemon pudding - WOW! It came with fresh raspberries and chocolate shavings - we all loved it. We also had a round of cocktails and a bottle of Sangiovese. Overall with tax and tip included, we spent $255. Given all of the food and alcohol we enjoyed, we were stunned at how reasonably priced it was - and the noise level was actually pretty low - another win! We'll definitely go back.

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F
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The waitress wasn't very helpful. We ordered scallops for the table. There were 4 of us. I guess 3 is the normal, but she could have asked if we would like 4 (for extra $ of course). The octopus was very chewy. Would have preferred it without the suction cups...... wiener schnitzel was quite good.

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