Tisza Bistro and Bar

4.4
164 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 Breakfast
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
Hwy 101 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, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 164 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.8
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4.2
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4.0Dined a day ago

We were very impressed by Tisza, once you get over the fact that you're eating in a Holiday Inn hotel lobby area. While it is set off to the side, it is definitely reminiscent of eating in a hotel whereby the buffet will be set up by breakfast. Having stated that, they have done the best that they could to art-direct and make it feel as if you are in a restaurant, rather than a hotel.

Once over the aesthetics, this is the Tisza strong suit, the cooking. The menu is very inventive with an ode to old-style European cooking with a modern flare. When was the last time that you saw Hungarian Goulash or Weiner Schnitzel on a menu in Sonoma County? Plus the accouterments of spaetzle, red cabbage and creamy cucumber salad, only added to the authenticity of the cuisine.

The chef introduced himself, a native of Hungary, and seemingly really cared that we had come to try out his restaurant. The service was quite attentive, and because of a slight delay in bringing out out bottle of wine, of which they had to retrieve from the cellar, we were treated to a complimentary plate of homemade biscuits with a pumpkin seed topping which were quite buttery and delicious.

Everyone was delighted with their entrees at the table, and mostly everyone had a take home portion boxed up. The dessert didn't make it to the boxing stage, it was a cheesecake that lasted only a short while on the table before being consumed.

Bottom line: get over the idea that your in a Holiday Inn and give this little gem a chance! They really do care about your coming to their restaurant, and they try to make you feel special. The one thing that makes this place stand out amongst most of Sonoma County is it homage to ethnic dishes, but in a modernized way whereby you still have the farm-to-table feel which has become almost expected in these parts.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Tisza is an outstanding little bistro in an unlikely location, a Holiday Inn. It is a bit loud there but the service was friendly and attentive, the restaurant director, Jonathan, was very friendly and hospitable, and the chef visited our table. The food was well balanced in flavor, was colorful and very beautifully presented, and the prices were reasonable. I am a seafood lover and had a filet of sole dish with crab louie as a starter. Outstanding. I highly recommend Tisza.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great experience thank you Denise, it was a pleasure meeting you,

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Enjoyed it

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Very good menu selection. Tasty food! Nice people. Will definitely come again.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

This local restaurant is convenient and close to home. It is inside the newly built Holiday Inn hotel in Windsor. The atmosphere is not fancy. The chef is wonderful with creations and experiments and Eastern European ethnic recipes from his family. The staff is still learning and needs more professionalism. But the food is really good.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Too expensive for the quality of the food. No ambiance.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We had a great evening and delicious dinner at Tisza! It took a little time to get seated, but once we sat down, the service was very friendly and efficient. The bistro has a casual, contemporary feel, with inside and outside seating.
The menu is interesting, and the food is fabulous! We raved about our salads, particularly the iceberg wedge salad - chunks of delicious blue cheese over crisp lettuce, bacon, pickled onion, avocado, tomato and a fabulous dressing. The crispy duck confit was perfect, surrounded by roasted vegetables and brandied cherries. The wienershnitzel, which covered most of the plate, was crispy outside, juicy inside and delicious. Nice selection of wines by the glass or bottle. No room for dessert, but we saw a beautiful wedge of cheesecake go by and it looked awesome!

We will definitely go back soon! There are so many dishes we want to try; in fact the entire menu looks amazing!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Everything was excellent we had the soul and the salmon and both were delicious highly recommend this place breakfast lunch or dinner

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Found this restaurant on the Ooen Table app. What a pleasant surprise in The Holiday Inn, no less. Food was very tasty and well prepared. Our server was most attentive. Chef came to our table to check on us and how we were enjoying our meal. Very fair pricing of both food and wine. Definitely will return

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I was apprehensive when we arrived to find the restaurant located in a Holiday Inn, but what a pleasant surprise! The menu was eclectic and everything our party of six ordered was presented beautifully and delicious. Give it a try!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Another winner. That chef makes the best soup! And the entree was great too. I had the petrale sole and it was prepared perfectly. Can’t wait to go back

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The octopus, burger and schnitzel were excellent. The waitress was enthusiastic.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised as this restaurant is located in the new Holiday Inn. The chef owner created some very tasty dishes and his presentation was beautiful.
The cocktails were just as creative.
We will be returning.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We had a great evening , all of us were happy with our meals and service

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Had a wonderful time at this unique restaurant. Everything tasted great but especially enjoyed the duck and gnocchi! Will visit again!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

One of our favorite places to eat! Of course the schnitel is to die for, but we've also loved the lamb shank, roasted chicken breast, petrale sole, and anything else we've had. This place is a gem! The service is slow, probably a function of the kitchen, but our servers have always been efficient.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Tisza offers good food and friendly service at fair prices. If there is a negative, it's that the room -- while attractive enough -- has a lot of screens showing sports, which changes the mood. Still, it's a good addition to Sonoma County's food scene.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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 on July 10, 2018

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 on July 9, 2018

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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