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About The Steakhouse @ Equus
Established in 1986, Equus transformed into The Steakhouse @ Equus in October of 2015. We offer a Wine Country sensibility to Steakhouse classics, showcasing the freshest seasonal ingredients from Sonoma County. The Steakhouse @ Equus serves exclusively Niman Ranch USDA Angus Beef sourced from cattle raised in a humane and environmentally sustainable environment. In addition, our multifaceted menu offers options to please every palate.
Our full Bar and Lounge include award winning local beers, over 100 Sonoma County wines, and handcrafted artisanal cocktails featuring spirits from local distilleries. Don't miss our Happy Hour with food and drink specials!
With so much to offer, the Steakhouse @ Equus is a dining destination you don’t want to miss!
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday- Friday: 6:30am-10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday- Sunday: Closed for Lunch
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Bar and Lounge: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm, Friday 11:30am-12m, Saturday 4:30pm-12m, Sunday 4:30pm-10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
On-site Catering featuring fresh seasonal menus that can be customized to your event, including wine-paired dinners.
5 miles from Sonoma County Airport
Private Party Facilities:
Private rooms available for up to 200 persons; available for weddings, receptions, after parties, day after wedding brunches, high school reunions, educational seminars, corporate meetings
Private Party Contact:
Ceclie Kraus: (707) 566-3178
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Valentine's Day Dinner
Mother's Day Brunch
The Steakhouse @ Equus Ratings and Reviews
I had chosen Equus for lunch to catch up with friends, that I hadn't visited with in a long time, because I knew it would be fairly quiet and we wouldn't feel rushed. I was disappointed upon arrival to see a sign saying lunch is being served in the lounge. The lounge is nice, but not what I had in mind for this occasion, but not a deal breaker. The hostess suggested (on her own) if we would like to be served in the private dining room off the bar, which was perfect. Service was very attentive and the food was great, with lots of choices for any palate.
I'm not sure why the main dining room was closed that day...maybe because it was a slow Wednesday.
It was a very quiet and slow evening for them, which made it quiet for us. (only 3 tables were occupied) Our server was great and very attentive. The only down side was that we had a really nice bottle of wine that I asked be opened and decanted for us while we had a drink at the bar. The hostess hesitated and then said she would take care of it. When we sat down at our table 25 minutes later it was still there... unopened.
Thanksgiving! This was not their usual dining room. One of the hotel ballrooms was set up to handle the crowd, buffet style. They did several seatings, I think four? throughout the afternoon and evening. I think it takes a firm hand and a lot of experience to manage over a thousand dinners in one day. My standards are awfully high and it takes a lot for me to give five stars to anything, but I'd say they did very well under the circumstances. There were moments when the staff was overwhelmed and who can blame them. Such as the moment when the big bird came out undercooked and couldn't be served, and a line of people had to wait for the next bird to come out of the oven.
Almost every place else in town was closed on Thanksgiving. I can't figure this out. It should be a big day for restaurants.
My daughter and I went for Thanksgiving. I thought we were going to the restaurant, but were told it was in a different building. A little disappointing. A large cold room. The food was good for the most part. Turkey was outstanding, very moist. Dessert was disappointing. Seemed to be store bought. Nothing outstanding. No whipped cream for the pumpkin pie. :(
My wife and I went for a special occasion. It had some good parts, but was significantly compromised by the not-so-good parts. Nice ambience, quiet, actually very few people there - it was a Wednesday evening. One of higher ups there came to our table offering a bottle of champagne with our dinner for our special occasion. That was nice. Our server was distant. We shared an avocado salad and couldn't find much avocado in it. We each got different types of steaks, both ordered M/R. Her's was fine. Mine was M, no pink to be found. They offered to replace it, which they did, but it took a long time. Everything took a long time. Too long - and there was hardly anyone there. As there's no veg with the meat, we ordered a side of asparagus, which we found oddly smokey and way too salty. My steak, when it finally arrived, was incredibly good. Duck fat fingerling potatoes sounded good, but were pretty tasteless. The champagne never arrived. Late in the meal, we asked about it and so they brought near the end. We ordered a chocolate souffle for dessert, which also took forever to arrive, but was great tasting. Only the top was actually souffle'd, the lower part having the consistency of pudding, but tasted wonderful. There were tiny amounts of whipped cream and creme fraiche to buffer the chocolate - more would have been better. Our waiter had a distant demeanor and made little effort to 'make it right' when things weren't (expressing concern, etc). Fortunately, there was another younger wait staff person that helped fill in the gaps and tried to make things right and actually talked to us about being shorthanded, apologized, vowed to make next time better, etc. Finally, it is VERY expensive and for the experience we had - not worth it. It was a very long 2 1/2 hours that we would have preferred to have been maybe 75-90 min, tops. There was inadequate 'checking in' on us to see how we were doing. We're not needy people, but we didn't feel like they were earning the price.
The service was inattentive even though we had an early reservation and the dining room was almost empty. The steaks were expensive, tough and not flavorful. We waited for house made sauce that did not arrive until we were finished with he meal, but we were still charged 2.00 per each.
I was a server, bartender and manager in restaurants for over 15 years.
This was a huge disappointment. I will never return and would urge anyone else considering it to skip it.
Although Equus has been around for many years, we had not been there for dinner since the conversion to the steak house format. We found the menu to be varied enough to please most, the side dishes inventive and delicious (we had the grilled asparagus and the mashed potatoes). The corkage fee is modest at $15, so it makes sense to bring a favorite bottle of wine, although their wine list is quite good as well. We both had a filet, and they were prepared perfectly. Our waiter was attentive without being obtrusive, and very pleasant. Overall, a great place to go for a quiet evening and an enjoyable dining experience.
Long wait. Food was stone cold. Politely to Waiter who replied, I'm sorry I will take the Cream Spinach side off the check. Tall enough next to us spoke up after Waiterleft that their food was stone cold also and said they would never return. When leaving we ask to speak to the manager. A very polite man with a Supervisor badge on showed up after a long while. We first expressed the fact we were looking for nothing from him but felt he should know what our experience was. He promptly apologized and said he would file a report with his Regional Manager? Really? Are you kidding me, file a report? Bye, Bye Equus. Signed, a Lost Local
The food itself was tasty. But the prices were exceedingly high for the portions. Everything, including sauces for your meat, is an extra price. The lobby has a wine bottle display. Yet, there were few bottles on the wine list. The least expensive red bottle was $175. We chose the special wine at $20/glass and got a pour like a wine tasting. So very small. Maybe 2 oz. The decor is sparse. Only 2 booths in the place. Plain, hard wooden chairs. No real atmosphere. Certainly not romantic. Service was very good. Quality of food was good. But, I wouldn't go back and would not recommend largely due to the cost. Luckily I had a $25 gift card so the meal for 2 was only $200 plus tip. Just not worth it.
Great food, well prepared but the kitchen is slow and the staff is overworked and not very efficient in their work. If you need anything simple like a lemon to go with your oysters you need to wait a long time for it and ask twice. It was convenient because we stayed at the hotel but not a place you would seek out otherwise
We were on vac and looking for a good steakhouse. Equus was a little hard to find, they do not have a sign on the door, but the hostess was great and came out to wave me down. The staff was great👍 Attentive, friendly. The food however left room for improvement. All 3 filets were flavorful, but overdone, and the baked potatoes were underdone , the carrots had an eastern Indian type of spicing, and did not go with the steak at all. The asparagus was the only side that was cooked and flavored well. Overall for the price, it was very disappointing and I would not come back.
If you order a steak, that's all you get. And pay an extra 2.00 for less than a teaspoon of sauce. Oops. You do get a roasted lemon and rosemary stalk on the side. That's it. A huge plate with a 5oz filet in the center and random non-edible decoration on the side. Couldn't even recognize or taste the wine reduction sauce that we paid for. Not sure it was even on there. Do not order the creme fresh mashed potatoes for a side. Tasted like out of a package watered down potatoes with a hunk or two of actual potato. Costco sells better frozen. No wonder why the place was empty when we arrived and when we left. As a local, to spend that kind of money on only 2 main dishes and 2 sides and 1 bottle of wine , I'm much better off at Bistro 29 with their frix prix weekly deal or Le Gare!!!!!! My ultimate "go to-s" for all special occasions. It was our 16 year anniversary and wanted to take a chance on something else. It's been years since we've been to Equus. Nothing changed expect the price and lack of food. Our server was fantastic but the meal unimpressive and way over priced for what we received. Will NEVER go back and will NEVER recommend to anyone local or visiting. Very disappointed.
We got to the steakhouse and were seated quickly. That's were the night went south. Our server came about 5 minutes after we sat down, took our drink orders, and the disappeared for 15 minutes. She then brought us our drinks, and the disappeared again. Now if it was busy I could potentially understand. There were 8 open tables out of 15 in our area. 35 minutes after we sat down, our orders for food had not been taken. I asked the hostess for our check as we hadn't seen our server in about 20 minutes. Our server finely showed up and told us that the drinks were on the house, she said it was because it was so busy that she hadn't been able to take our food order. How can it be busy with half of the tables in our area empty. Almost 40 minutes and you can't take a food order. I will not be back.
The hostess staff was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant was uncomfortably warm. The service started out good and went downhill quickly. The martini's were small. The crab cakes had an overwhelming citrus flavor and very little crab. The steak was cooked well but was not the cut I ordered nor was it seasoned. Maybe we just caught them on a bad night but based upon this meal I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Very disappointing experience overall. Service was slow even though there were not many other tables. It appears to be a fine dining establishment, but there were no fine dining services offered (no clean silverware after first course, silverware placed on wrong side, etc.). We waited a long time for our entrée and when it did arrive, it was barely warm. The plate was cold and it appeared to have been sitting in the window for awhile. I told the waitress not expecting her to do anything, and I got what I expected....nothing -but an offer to bring out some more potatoes. (We had top sirloin). I would not recommend and would not return.
Great service, romantic atmosphere and good food. Only thing I have to complain about is my 5 cheese Mac came out warm, not cold but a little cooler than I would expect it. My husbands Au Gratin potatoes came out popping hot (too hot). Food is pretty expensive for my liking but it was for a special occasion. But too expensive where I don't think I would visit again unless it was for another special occasion but too many restaurants in Sonoma County to try for that matter.
Our overall experience at Equus was quite good but on the expensive side because all items were ala carte and a bit overpriced. The service was friendly and good and their re-model has been completed and makes it a much quieter atmosphere. This would be a good restaurant for a special occasion but expect to pay a premium price.
Had not been here for years (lunch) thought time to try again. Still don't like the inside decor (cold), sun was blinding me at window seating. Food not bad, portion and presentation was nice. Service was pleasant but not very experienced. They need to make some changes if they want to compete with other local eateries.
My friends and I loved the rich decor & naural lighting as we were sat @ the table of our choice. Special kudos to "Anna", who made our dining experience private but pleasantly accommodating. The Cobb salad with mixed greens was delicious, as well as the hot Vegetable sandwich. We will be looking forward to our next visit to the lovely Equus.
The menu has been updated. The food was great. You can tell the chef really cared about putting out a good looking plate with excellent ingredients. The service was excellent. But rather than feeling like I was in a steakhouse I felt like I was in a cafeteria. Hardwood floors made the place feel cold. Tables were not intimate.
We are new to the area, and found this restaurant reviewed favorably enough to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately it had not yet been noted that new management had taken over a few weeks prior to our dinner. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was under seasoned from the Salad dressing to the severely undercooked potatoes Au Gratin - really, they were crunchy. Our Filet was minuscule and OVER cooked. The duck meat in the Gnocchi Ragu was flavorless and instead of there being finely shredded pieces throughout, there were large sloppy chunks left untouched; first by the chef, then me.
Our waiter was kind, but poorly trained. We had to ask for things repeatedly (like new forks *after* he served our entrees since the others had been taken with our salads). And when we gently explained our disappointment with the meal, he nodded along and told us about the change in management, but didn't bother to offer to remove an appetizer or salad, bring the manager over, or at the very least a comped dessert.
Over priced. Under Seasoned.
Our server, "Nick", made our experience perfect. Everything he did was timely and not intrusive. He discussed wine with interest and experience. He discussed the menu with knowledge. The crab cakes we both selected were excellent, with a delicious sauce. Our "brick" chicken and pasta Bolognese entrees were both very well prepared, with large servings. No problems at all.