Tisza Bistro and Bar

4.4
146 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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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.
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 146 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
3.8
ambience
4.2
value
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great experience, nice presentations, tasty food, excellent menu. You can create, if you like your own tasting menu

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is a hidden gem. It is easy to miss as you pass by on busy Redwood Hwy, but do, by all means, make a reservation and enjoy it. The food is excellent, presentation lovely, and the dishes tasty and fresh. Don't be put off by the "Hungarian" food label as most choices are more like "California cuisine" in my opinion. And, if you have a food allergy or limitation, a special dish can be prepared for you. The salmon salad is outstanding and the spaetzle (with or without bacon) is delicious. The cheesecake for dessert was wonderful . Go.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This was a surprise find in the Holiday Inn hotel. The chef is Hungarian and mixed local ingredients with his unique background. They provide hard to find wines and have a special Hungarian wine selection. They provide a great value for the area.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Another wonderful meal here we love the schnitzel and the crab Louie

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food is great. Service was amazing. Kudos to them!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

BD, the tender wiener schnitzel was excellent and the menu listed four
authentic Hungarian wines were a nice touch. Will recommend to my friends.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Good authentic food - best snitzel this side of the Atlantic

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great chef at level of highest of Napa and Sonoma's cuisine. Really good and innovative pairings, fresh ingredients, great specialties like Wiener Schnitzel to die for and scallops in a spinach cream sauce with pickled cherries -- just really great tasting and at the highest level. Good service, nice atmosphere where can talk, outside dining. This place is a find!

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Tisza is an unexpected surprise. I have never before had really good food in a Holiday Inn. This is the exception. We were given little cheese biscuits to start and they were wonderful. My Wiener schnitzel was a large portion correctly prepared. All in all, a very good experience.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Unexpectedly awesome! Food ambiance service ... All incredible!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Presentation was beautiful. Food was delicious. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

the food is well prepared with some unusual flavors from Europe. Service was marginal. Convenient local restaurant.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The food is amazing but the service if VERY lacking. I know the chef has worked hard on a nice menu, the service was slow and the waiter & manager really had no sense of what seemed to be going on. Very laid back, definately casual European type service. Food could be worth your wait! This was for dinner, our lunch service has been slow as well but better!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We have been impressed by Tisza over and over again. The location seems like a disconnect for such a fine restaurant, but the location in Windsor is ideal. The blend of Eastern European dishes with many different influences makes every meal a unique experience. Highly recommended for folks who want to stay in Windsor but enjoy the quality of food expected from Healdsburg.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

the restaurant is beautifully designed with full bar service and a decent wine list. Unfortunately, we had the bartender as our waiter and felt he was overwhelmed at the bar and had no time for us. We requested a change and immediately, we had a new waitress who was fantastic.

The food we tried was very well prepared and oh so yummy! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants great food at a moderate price point.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great restaurant, we will be going back and recommending to friends. Surprising to find a restaurant this good in a Holiday Inn. Salads were delicious, schnitzel and lamb shank were wonderful, wine list was nice and we were too full for dessert but that menu looked great too. You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

This was my 6th time...and the food and experience(and value) was as good as ever!.....and i visit from Seattle!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine at this restaurant. Service and food are excellent

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We have eat there 3 days and every day was the food and ambiance and the staff excellent
Thank you

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I loved it. My friend was hesitant because it’s in he Holiday Inn. But, it’s not hotel food.
Fresh, creative, delicious food. The little gem salad was wonderful. We split the salad the artisan cheese plate and the gnocchi.
The chef cane out to meet us and described the food and wines. This was a great dinner at a reasonable price. I will definitely return!

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Excellent wiener schnitzel and salads; mussels very good too; pleasant and efficient service; convenient covered parking a plus

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Don’t be fooled by the location being attached to a hotel. These guys are on their game. Good cocktails. Good apps. Great food. Excellent service. Some of the best schnitzel I have had. Beat the heck out of the fancy French place I went to last night in downtown Santa Rosa that was twice the price. I would go back here for sure.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

All four of us really enjoyed our meal at Tisza. The menu had so many things we were eager to try, so I think the menu is well balanced and interesting. The salad was fantastic: full of very fresh veggies and sitting on a pool of puréed parsnips. I had the goulash ( Grandma’s recipe) and it was excellent. I shar d the almond torte and it was also a real treat. I hope to go back soon!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Everyone was wonderful in there. The food was great!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Always a great meal at this gem of a restaurant! The food is consistently fantastic!

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Surprised to find the restaurant was in the Holiday Inn however the decor is very zen, food creative and service excellent.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Had wonderful dinner evening before but breakfast was a disaster - wait staff short handed and many customer grumbles. They even turned people with reservations away! We waited 45 minutes for order to be served and were finally told that the kitchen lost the order. We then left.
Don’t blame servers- two very young employees, but did not see any senior person/manager at all.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Once again phenomenal food and service… This is my fifth time there and I live in Seattle !!!! I hope more people discover this hidden gem… But not too many as I don’t want to have to fight for a reservation in the future.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

been there 5 times now.
Food is always great.
Enjoy watching the chefs at work in the kitchen.
Interesting wine list.
Staff is always helpful and efficient, even with our large groups

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This was our first time there but will not be our last. The host was friendly and accommodating. and our waiter, although very busy, gave us very good attention. She also was friendly, and had a good sense of humor. The menu had quite a verity of dishes to choose from, and everything we ordered was outstanding

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We were excited to see a new restaurant with a menu that had different types of food. This place has a far different menu than the standard fare offered.
I was initially skeptical as it’s located in a hotel and we haven’t had much success with hotel food. But I have to say we were blown away with how great our experience was.
So this place is not owned by the hotel but leased to the chef who is also the owner. He has a fantastic place here. Beautiful decor, great bar, wonderful ambiance and incredible food.
We enjoyed the starters, the beet salad was so super tasty and the most wonderful plating with the way it was decorated. The entrees were sublime and the dessert was over the top.
Our service was professional and polite with a touch of personality and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. When we finished, the chef came over to the table to greet us and even posed for pictures.
We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Because my husband is Hungarian, we wanted to try this new Hungarian chef and his food. We were sad that there weren't more Hungarian food choices, but the dishes that we did have were delicious. We shared the cheese platter and the octopus for the table. They were both delicious and beautifully presented. I ordered the weinerschnitzel, and the server tried to tell me it was Hungarian...it's German. The others ordered the sole, salmon, artichoke and soup, and chicken. All of our dishes were delicious. We would definitely return. It was a nicely decorated place, there seems to be plenty of parking, the manager was very kind, and we knew one of the servers and she sent some desserts...the chocolate pot de creme was delicious, and we also got an almond tart...also very yummy.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Second visit was as good as the first! We will continue to return.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Good food for a reasonable price in a convenient location.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Love this place, a wonderful addition to our local dining..tHe fact that it is in a Holday Inn Express only add's to the charm and delight, in my opinion

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The best new restaurant in northern Sonoma County in the last 12 months. Tizsz is now in our once per month rotation.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I had the mussels in a delicious broth, large succulent pieces of mussel in a rich, savory broth.
I paired it with what I call the deconstructed crab louie, that dish was even better ... fresh
dungeness crab with avocado slices and brioche toast, there were perfectly toasted. It was
devine. I will return to try the other dishes.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My third time at Tisza - Mom came with me and the food simply does not disappoint! Delicious! We are going back next week as everything was perfect. Staff Food Chef Ambiance Be sure to make reservations! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This was truly the worst breakfast I have ever had. I ordered the egg white frittata with spinach, feta, mushrooms and tomatoes. It was entirely flavorless except for the rancid oil it seemed to have been cooked in. I could only choke down 2 bites. My husband ordered the 'homemade' granola, which was clearly just poured out of a box. This restaurant is located in the Holiday Inn Express, by the way - not obvious when you make the reservation.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Best restaurant in the area.
Run don’t walk before it’s impossible to get a table!

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