Stark�s Steakhouse in Santa Rosa, California, is an upscale eatery that takes a modern approach to sustainable seafood and steak. The in-house dry aged meat is served a la carte and guests can also enjoy an extensive menu of international and local wine, creative cocktails and more than 60 whiskeys.
Try the Stark's Steakhouse special roasted bone marrow starter served with truffle honey and sea salt before enjoying a steak with toppers like foie gras, truffle fried egg, mushroom and onions or blue cheese butter. Vegetarians have options on the menu as well and guests shouldn�t leave Stark�s Steakhouse without a look at the extensive dessert menu.
I went with high expectations of a great steakhouse. Not sure where all these rave reviews come from. The service was slow and not very good. We would have to hunt for our server for water refills, to order, the check, etc.
The food was expensive and just OK. Like my husband said - I can make a better steak than this. It wasn't particularly flavorful, and for the price it should have been. My potato was so overcooked it was dry. We were only in town for a few days, and with so many great restaurants, I am sorry that we wasted our $350 and our time on this one.
Amazing food, great portions, very friendly service.
My food was outstanding as well as the environment, but my sons steak was over cooked and had to be sent back to the kitchen. I felt our server was not really as interested in our experience as she could have been. She offered us dessert and then walked away before everyone had a chance to respond. Our meal was a bit over priced.
Great place to celebrate or just relax over a great meal.
Excellent food, wonderful wait staff. Enjoyed the evening emencly. Only fail of the evening was the hostess. Too bad.
We celebrated a birthday, and the fact that the food, ambiance, service, everything was perfect, made it that much more special. We had 2 children with us, and they loved the Mac and cheese dish w/broccoli. All the steaks were perfect. Cocktails, perfect. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and I can't wait to dine again. Thank you!
The attention from our server was excellent. We had to wait an extremely long time for our food, so much so that our server comped our drinks.
We showed up five minutes early for our reservation. They let us know our table wasn't ready and directed us to the bar. My wife and I ordered a drink and started to enjoy ourselves. After a bit, we noticed they never came for us. It was 20 minutes past our reservation and no one ever came to take us to our table. We ended up eating at the bar in the extremely uncomfortable stools. The bartender informed us new ones were coming, she just didn't know when. I'm chalking this up as an anomaly, because the food and service are usually excellent! Just Wanted to share this for fellow OT'ers
Food was good, one out three had a tough steak. Thought value was not there for price you pay.
Starks is located in more of a residential area just outside of the old downtown. If you are staying across at the Hyatt or Marriott, you can walk but will have to go through an area ripe with homeless. The food was delish! This is a very upscale steak house with contemporary decorations on the inside of a building that is a throwback to the 1920s. Service was pretty good and attentive. We passed up on dessert for ice cream and a magic show downtown. Portions were larger than I expected, but it's highly possible that we ordered too much (appetizers, salads, etc). Nice place to get a great steak.
As a special splurge, I ordered the lobster. I was really looking forward to it. When it came, I could see that the meat in the tail was shrunken and dull looking. I poked the little extraction fork in it to get it out, and it felt like mush. Worse than mush, the fork just sort of slipped through it. It was like pulling thick pudding out of the tail. When I went to cut it, it flattened and stuck to the dish like weak glue. Disgusting. I sent it back. I love lobster, and have never seen meat so off. I can only guess that the chef did not check the meat, or did not know the meat had turned.
Also ordered the truffle fries. The fries are very greasy, and the truffle essence was missing. Just plain old greasy fries.
My dining partner loved the Mac and Cheese and the Usual Suspects salad, so that was nice.
The bread before dinner is awesome.
Food and service were outstanding. The noise level was a little bit too much for me. Overall, it was a great experience because it was a happy occasion for us since we were celebrating a birthday.
Happy Hour awesome. Service in bar and dinning room good. As far as dinner we were so disappointed. We have always had great meals,fish deals included. We ordered the 32oz porterhouse for 2. Ordered it med came rare. The steak was not 32oz.I have bought my fair share of steaks and I know size.... we will come again,just unfortunate our 27th anniversary dinner not so celebratory.
We arrived at 6 PM for dinner and waited 10 minutes for our waiter to show up. He left to help other customers, but on his way by I flagged him down to ask a question. He told me he would be right back to help answer my question. It took him at least 10 minutes to return. We ordered our meal by 6:20. The salads did not appear until 7:10...seriously 50 minutes ?!! I split the rib eye with my Husband and we both agreed that it was not worth the price - $39.00 plus the side of mashed potatoes and asparagus. Too expensive for what you get. We won't be eating there again.
We've been to Stark's before and loved it. But this time, not so much. The server was super friendly but the service was slow. She was very busy on a Friday. The Cesar salad was good and so was the crispy calamari, but the entrees were overcooked or cold. The queen cut prime rib was chewy and over cooked. Bad. The scallops cold.
We'll think about somewhere else next time. Or maybe during the week.
Wedge salad was great. Stears were excellent. Great find.
Loved everything I've had at Starks except the prime rib. Too much fat. Mac and cheese is the best. Great drinks try the Rufus and best bar food happy hour very busy get there right at 3 or you won't get a table! We have Thanksgiving there and celebrate anniversaries and birthdays there regularly.
Awesome cuts of meat and a nice bottle of wine. Few things in life are better.
This restaurant never fails to amaze us! Every meal we've experienced here has been top notch.
FANTASTIC food great staff
Fabulous restaurant! No uncorking fee for first two bottles of wine, which is great for wine and steak lovers! Great setting, lively bar, and quieter, but not dull, dining area.
Everyone in our group was thoroughly satisfied with the food and service. The ribeye steak was delicious.
We always celebrate birthdays at Starks. We always enjoy our time and we are never rushed. We are always treated special.
Great experience as always! Our server was Sarah, and she was fantastic as well. And our meals were great too!
The food was great. I had the rib-eye steak and my hubby had fish. Both were great. I had the foie gras - yum! My only disappointment of the evening was the bone marrow I ordered. There was no marrow! They kindly took it off our bill. It is not cheap but very good.
Classic steakhouse with lively atmosphere. The signature cocktails were great and the wine list was perfect (they even had a great Germany Reisling were desired amidst the California Wine Country choices.
Stark's is always good. They consistently provide good food and excellent service in a lovely club like atmosphere.
I took my boyfriend to Stark's for his birthday and he absolutely loved it. I have been several times, but this was his first time. The service was efficient, friendly, they made great suggestions when asked, we were seated by the cozy fire which added to the romance, and our table was ready when promised by the reservation. The Prime filets were tender, juicy, and full of flavor, the mashed potatoes are always a hit, and the desserts were amazing! It can be pricy with alcohol, appetizer, salad, dinner, and dessert, but everyone should try it once as a special indulgence.
Prime rib was very tasty. the meat should have been warm to hot; it was served at room temperature when it arrived. this is the second time this occurred and that is why I am writing. Next time I shall tell staff that the meat is to be served hot.
Excellent service to go with a wonderful dining experience. Crab tater tots were very tasty. Steaks seasoned properly and prepared well.
Food especially steak is the best. Unfortunately we (and some friends) have recently on at least the last two trips a big slowdown in service. It's quite noticeable and needs to be fixed. It was so bad for our friends that half their meal was compted.
We've lived in Santa Rosa for several years, but never been to Stark's. Went there for a special occasion. No corkage for the first bottles of wine - nice. Nice atmosphere but a little noisy. The place has been around in Santa Rosa for quite a while. However parking was limited on a Wednesday night - not nice. Nice menu with quality beef, seafood and chicken entrees. The only (and a big) problem was that the only "small" beef/steak entree was 10oz - too big. "Prime" choices were way too expensive. "Choice" was just okay. Ala cart and pricey but not worth it. There are other places we'll go for the next special occasion.
We love this place
Best Burger in town or if you eat light
How about Caesar and Steak with onion rings
Love this place, with few exception... Noise level, tired of higher end restaurants that will not step up and implement dress standards. Please no hats, shorts or I just walked in from the back forty attire. Been hear many times and it's unbeleable that they allow some people in... If you want to be high end and charge upper end prices... Have a standard for your main dining room!!
This is billed as a steak and seafood restaurant and known for their delicious meats but 4 out of five of us had seafood and were thrilled! Ahi appetizer always a treat, fried calamari fresh, tender, hot and delicious. Entrees all perfect and the cauliflower and asparagus sides did not disappoint. Nice wines by the glass and delightful desserts. Our waiter was spot on, not too over-bearing or pesky. Was there when we needed him. I have been here several times but for my dining partners this was a first and all were impressed.
Great steak, although my husband's prime rib was highly over salted. The creamed spinach is the best. Couldn't give a full 5 stars overall due to bartender not being able to get my cocktail right after telling how I wanted it.
I love going to Stark's any chance I have. Their full menu is amazing! The steak is absolutely to die for. My must haves are the garlic bread, crab tater tots, truffle fires, filet mignon. The happy hour menu is also great. They offer a great selection at a great price. The bar area fills up quickly for happy hour, so getting there right at 3 is important to get a table!
After participating in a race event at Sonoma Raceway, eight of us met at Stark's Steakhouse in Santa Rosa. We all enjoyed the dinner and had a good time in the back, back room where it was quieter and we were well taken care of.
I'd have to say it stands up to the steak houses in Manhattan where I work. My steak was done perfectly, they offered a good variety of creative sides and the service was professional. Would definitely recommend.
Heard from a friend that Starks was the place to go in Sonoma County for a really good steak! So for my 6 year anniversary I took my girlfriend to dinner there and we were more than satisfied. The wine was great and the food was phenomenal! Highly recommend the rib eye and the rosemary yam fries.