Walter Hansel Wine Bistro
"An impressive new Santa Rosa restaurant that's instantly one of our best"
Jeff Cox, renowned Wine Country food critic.
We are a small restaurant and love Open Table diners, please, please notify us as early as possible if your plans change. If you are unable to find the reservation you want, please call us directly at (707) 546-6462. Thank you.
Roasted local ruby, golden and Chioggia beets, Humboldt Fog goat cheese, toasted Marcona almonds, champagne vinaigrette, micro arugula
Wild Alaskan Halibut
Gratin savoyard, bloomsdale spinach, crispy onion, beurre blanc
Lobster Bisque en Croute
Maine lobster, brandy, tarragon, puff pastry
Our first time out without baby! Never been here before. Service was excellent and food was amazing! Will definitely be back. Sat outside and the traffic is a bit noisy but not a prob. Can’t wait to come back!
Patio area was wonderful, weather was great and the food was fantastic.
The restaurant , is over all okay . The steak is over cooked , and over priced on how it tasted. The duck leg tasted like chicken, over priced . Celebrated a Father’s Day with my husband , and we both not to happy with food taste.
This is the best restaurant in Santa Rosa. The food is suberb, the wait staff very knowledgeable and professional, and the wine selections and current pricing would be difficult for any other establishment to beat. Eat here.
Great food and service. This is a repeat restaurant and always pleased with quality of the food and service.
Especially with new restrictions staff performed very well!
My wife and I enjoyed our first dining out experience here at Walter Hansel Wine Bistro after 3 months of sheltering in place. They haven't missed a step and have reopened with the same consistently great food and service that they are known for. We're so glad they're back open again!
During the pandemic quarantine phase, they opened their outdoor area to safe dining. And, boy, did they take full advantage! The food is as excellent as ever. Familiar faces (behind masks) are serving. Plus this evening had full moon peeking in at us. Altogether as most welcome experience.
Social Distance Outdoor Patio was stellar! Thank you Tina :-)
It’s so great to be back dining at Hansel’s. The outdoor patio works well. The food was excellent; halibut and ribeye oh my. Great wine too. It’s a little rustic, but the team does a great job. Loved it!
We always enjoy our food at Walter Hansel. The food is fresh and excellent. We love everything about the atmosphere.
Beautifully prepared and presented meal. Great attention to Coronavirus precautionary measures. Personable, friendly service. Just what my wife and I needed after a week of turmoil in the world.
We love Walter Hansel. Always great food, atmosphere and service staff are exceptional.
Excellent preparation all around of the dishes we had (caeser salad, lobster bisque, sea bass, scallops). Hansel 2019 Cuvee Alyce Chardonnay was very well made.
All three of us ordered the Restaurant Week Special of Hanger steak, frites and Brussels sprouts. It came with a small salad of fresh greens, pear, pecans and goat cheese, all very tasty, and dressed with a light vinaigrette. A muse of soup was served between the salad and entree course. A very light dessert of Meyer Lemon curd finished off this delicious well prepared and presented meal. The meat was ordered medium rare and was done to perfection.
REALLY loud. At times couldn't hear conversation at our own table. That affected the whole experience. Everything else was fine (vegetarian options limited to one dish).
Great meal and service
Food was great service was outstanding.
Fred and his crew are always great and very attentive and the food is excellent service is over the top, greatly recommend!
We are so happy to have found a new restaurant to add to our list! Excellent service and food. We loved the ambiance as well. Looking forward to coming back and have already shared with friends and family.
The food was superb and the service was amazing. I loved tasting the extra sample of the pumpkin bisque. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Have been wanting to go here for a while and now can hardly wait to get back. There are not enough superlatives, really.
Walter Hansel Bistro never disappoints us. They have a rather limited menu, but everything we have had was well prepared and delicious. The service is polite and attentive. The atmosphere is quiet and comfortable. This is our go to place for a consistently fine meal and enjoyable evening.
The fish has been better than the steak every time we have gone there.
Very tasty food.
The food and service were outstanding.
The only small glitch was our seating location, there was an air vent next to our table up against the west wall of the restaurant that created a wind tunnel right where we were seated.
That was a small price to pay for great food and service.
I will be returning!
We love the Bistro. Intimate with outstanding food but not overfull of itself.
The staff is knowledgeable and and helpful up and down the line. Consistently excellent dishes. L'amuse bouche was light and interesting. Always a pleasure. We have never had a bad experience there.
Loved it, and will be back.
Great meal. We were a group of 5 and all were very pleased with dinner. Nice unexpected touches only enhanced our meal. Try it I don’t think it will disappoint. I would suggest going early since it does fill up and gets rather noisy.
I plan back. He again for sure. The service was outstanding in the way they treat their employees translates into excellent service.
Absolutely delicious. Special occasion restaurant that we were able to treat ourselves to during Restaurant Week. Great service. There were unexpected treats like the Amuse Bouche at the beginning of our 3 course meal and a taste of an Italian Port or Baileys at the end. One of the best restaurants in Sonoma County.
First time visitor during restaurant week. Everything was top notch! Enjoyed very much!
One of my most favorite places. Food is superb, service quick and friendly without being intrusive. Also love the little extras, including the after-dinner wines! I can recommend Walter Hansel whole heartedly. I go there quite often, as the prices are very reasonable given the quality of the food.
I love to come here for a great meal and an environment that allows me to feel relaxed and comfortable in a beautiful and cozy setting. The food is always fresh and well prepared. It isn't a very large selection but everything is good. The wine list is of course great and you can not beat the friendly service.
I have been to Walter Hansel many times and I have always enjoyed the ambiance and the fare. This time unfortunately was very different. Everyone's main course was over cooked. That's quite a feat for five people. My wife returned her fish. The hamburger...how can you overcook a hamburger? Well they did. What a shame. I didn't returned the chicken cordon bleu. In retrospect I should have. Way over done. Dry, tough. Oh, well. Too bad. My mistake.
Lovely Valentine’s Day dinner. Wife had Lobster Bisque Soup and a Lamb dish, which she loved. I enjoyed the French Onion Soup and Chicken Cordon Bleu which we’re both excellent. Great wine selection, attentive service, and a somewhat quiet ambience made it a fantastic experience. It was only our second visit ever, and we are excited to go back soon.
Great food off the beaten path--just west of Santa Rosa.
My fiancee and I enjoyed a Valentine's Day meal at Walter Hansel Wine Bistro. Their servers are friendly and happy to provide some advice if you are having trouble deciding what to order. The romantic atmosphere is made even better by the delicious food they offer.
This continues to be one of our favs! Food never disappoints and the newly added beef Bourguignon was incredible! We love the extra touches ie the shot of soup and the after dinner drinks. Our creme brûlée was the best!
Good food and service, will recommend to friends. A little pricey for what we got, especially the best salad. Overall top notch
One of the relatively undiscovered gems of Sonoma County. Roadhouse-like in appearance; excellent fare across the menu with new preparations appearing regularly.
Walter Hansel Wine Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 546-6462.
Walter Hansel Wine Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1132 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.