Tisza Bistro and Bar

4.6
286 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us at Tisza Bistro+Bar for Easter Champagne Brunch Buffet, Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar and Sparkling Wine. Include all you can eat shrimp and crab cocktail, roasted lamb and prime rib, creative salads, classic breakfast items and dessert selection. Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar and Sparkling Wine.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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

Excellent food!

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j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and excellent service in an atmosphere reminiscent of a Howard Johnson's.

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KC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very welcoming staff and the service was terrific. Plenty of delicious food (we ended up splitting some dishes)! Would definitely go back. Looks like they have a nice outdoor patio area, so we'll definitely go back when the evenings warm up a bit. A restaurant jewel hidden in a Holiday Inn...who knew???

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there the last Sunday of Restaurant week. Everything great except the strudel. We tried both kinds: pumpkin and berry. The pastry just wasn't that good. We were forgotten about early on but eventually we were waited on. The wiener schnitzel was great!! We will try again. The personnel were all very friendly.

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f
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful dining experience that we're so thankful to restaurant week for showcasing so many great eateries in the area. our server, jenna, was amazing and the entire staff and chef made appearances to check in on us thru out the evening. the scallops were seared to perfection, the smoked burrata was a delight to see and eat. and we ate every bit of our trout and duck. the strudel was a perfect ending to a delicious meal! and of course kudos for those warm farm biscuits that melt in our mouths - so good!!

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g
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another terrific dinner with friends at Tisza. The dishes are unique, the presentation perfect. There is an upscale bar with drinks that are delicious as well. The wait staff are attentive and knowledgeable, and, the owner/chef sends a tasty small appetizer to each table, gratis...a nice touch. Though the menu is somewhat limited, you will not be disappointed.

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D
Hawaii
40 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. excellent service. Highly recommend.

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SJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Last our waiter forgot our appetizer and this time he forgot our bread and butter.

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SW
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everyone enjoyed their meals. Well cooked/seasoned, good portions. It's in the Holiday Inn and has a Holiday Inn ambiance -- probably the only drawback. We had lovers of German/Hungarian food in our party and they were very satisfied.

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m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious lunch for Restaurant Week! The weiner schnitzel was yummy!

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing scallop appetizer, terrific trout, always consistently good weinerschnizel. Very nice service and beautiful strudel for dessert- can’tcask For anything more!

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C
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

If you can get over the fact that it’s in the holiday inn express, the restaurant is producing wonderful food! The only downside is the parking lot. But once in the restaurant everything is great. This is the second time three of us attended restaurant week. We promise to go back sooner. The starters were delicious and we enjoyed them, but the schnitzel and the strudel are the stars.
The staff was friendly and clearly invested in the success of the restaurant. They were packed on a Tuesday night and were attentive and delightful.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st time attending Tisza. Scallop small plate was not over cooked and sauce was unique. The burrata small plate was also exceptional but a little too much bread. Would have liked a little more to offset the cheese...like a red tomatoe/basil. The duck was perfectly roasted on outside with moist meat inside. Difficult to do with duck! That is why we order it when we go out and appreciate it when done well! The brussel sprouts were roasted on the outside with al dente inside. Nice. The fish was unique with the almonds pressed into the fish with a nice lemon sauce. I felt there was too much fish and could have just had 1 fillet with more vegetables. Fish was not overcooked. Nice. The donut dessert we requested 1 because we normally do not eat carbs but once we tasted one we ended eating all 5 of the balls served in the one bowl with the slight sauce. The sauce was added with just a little and did not over power the focus of the donut balls. The dessert was not greasy and not heavy and tasted as if was just made for us at that time. The wine was a Riesling @ 32.00 with was a sweeter wine but went well with our dishes and the ambiance. We almost cancelled when we found out that the restaurant was in the Holiday Inn but went ahead and we were pleasantly surprised. The service was 5 stars. We asked a lot of questions about the food and the servers asked the chefs the answers if they did not know. We used to go to Europa in Santa Rosa for Eastern European cuisine and now we will drive the 30 miles north to visit again. Thank you

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JL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, the Wiener Schnitzel was expertly prepared. Would have loved to have it done the traditional way (veal, not pork) but understood where the chef is coming from with all of the activists around town. But in truth, it should be labeled differently for us Europeans who know the difference.

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CH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great selection-
First time there went because of restaurant week. Will definitely go back! Owner/chef does an excellent job, serving, mingling and super friendly!!!

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this new restaurant! Don't be scared off by it being in a Holiday Inn, the chef is from Europe and is amazing!!!

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W
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening with our friends eating at Tisza for my husbands birthday. The food was outstanding! Service was great, the chef/owner was out on the floor talking with customers and offering savory puff pastry delights. We cannot wait to go back. I had the braised lamb shank and polenta, it was mouthwatering. The atmosphere was lively and the piano player was a great touch.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love that place!
I was looking forward to coming back for business just for the food part!
It was as good as my first visit. I will look forward to it again.

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SS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy to return, wonderful service, delicious food!

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! The service was great and food was delicious! We will definitely be going back. Such a great experience!

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DH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Tisza is fantastic. We've been there several times and always leave with smile on our faces and full stomachs. The chef always has seasonal changes to his menu and great specials. The spaetzel mac-n-cheese is to die for, and the jaegerschnitzel is amazing! Tisza is now one of our favorite spots in Sonoma County.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all were so happy after our meal. The food was delicious and the service from the person that seated us to our outstanding waiter Oscar could not have been better.

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BC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Friendly staff. Nice atmosphere. This is our third time there — we'll keep going back.

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B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Unique menu - I had the "gnocchi" which was more like a dumpling, and my dining companions had the duck, pumpkin soup & salad. Everything was delicious as was the cheesecake dessert. Like many restaurants today, the lack of any sound absorption material and being seated by the open kitchen window made it difficult to converse. I also hate looking at the behind the scenes functions of a restaurant and prefer a seating that does not view but none was available.

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PB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Tisza and eat there often. However, Valentine’s Day was phenomenal!! From the seafood appetizer to the chocolate dessert! In between, mushroom bisque and filet mignonette all prepared perfectly!

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JF
Portland
64 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best food in Sonoma county(esp for the $!) time after time. My new “go to” restaurant when I travel to the Santa Rosa region on a monthly basis.

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q
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food and service!
The best kept secret in Windsor.
Although it’s not a secret anymore.
It was packed!

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JS
Acapulco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've eaten here about seven times now and it never fails to impress. A true Windsor gem, in a beautiful little town that is lacking great restaurants this has become the benchmark. The chef is an artist. The food is beautifully prepared and presented. The staff is friendly and attentive. We love having this restaurant in town.

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S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had Werner Schnitzel (thin cut breaded pork) served with marinated cucumber dill sauce and lingonberries and potato.
It included a choice of salad or a bowl of soup. I had a bowl of the best butternut squash soup that I have ever had. Freshness of squash creamy but not with too much richness of too much cream.
Garnished with fresh pumpkin seeds and fresh herbs and A cream swirl design.
Generous portions!
The chef was influenced by his mother’s home cooked meals. European and Hungarian style.
My friend had a large, thick meat patty burger 🍔 that was cooked to perfection with hand cut fries.
I live in Windsor so I will definitely be going frequently.
Next time I am trying duck with brandy cherries sauce. Our server said it is a customer favorite.
Prices are reasonable.
The restaurant is located inside the new Holiday Inn Express Hotel.
I didn’t expect a restaurant with amazing food here.
Chef is in view from the seating we had. You can tell he takes pride in each dish.
The desserts looked amazing but I was too full.
Next time I will save room.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Presentation of the food was incredible and very tasty
Most of all the meals were very fresh and mixture of flavors was an experience!

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was quite good and I tried a Hungarian wine which I had never heard of and it was quite good too. The server was knowledgable about both the menu and the wine list and the service was prompt and attentive but not overly so. The ambiance was a little plain, and the place was somewhat noisy but i would certainly recommend it.

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BJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef delivered cheese biscuits and Oscar the waiter was awesome ensuring our specific menu modifications were as requested. Food was exceptional.

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

Grumpy hostess/waitress. Horrid service. We waited for over an hour to get breakfast items AND were scolded because the other table dining (who came after us but were served first) complained about the kids. This was our second time and our last.

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LR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is delicious!

Soon one day you will have your own location not in a hotel...

some wait staff trying too hard...relax...the food sells itself...it's not about you....

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r
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is consistently great, service likewise. Can't miss!

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was phenomenal !
I travel the world and I love good food. I can say my meal was impeccable. So much so that I look forward to visit the area again so I can enjoy another meal and try something else on the menu.

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RT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
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 on January 13, 2019
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 on January 13, 2019
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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