Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

4.8
914 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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.

"An impressive new Santa Rosa restaurant that's instantly one of our best"
Jeff Cox, renowned Wine Country food critic.

Step into the famed roadhouse just west of Santa Rosa and you'll find an amazing menu featuring French country- style cuisine graced with a few worldly surprises.

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the whole experience. The staff is very attentive and helpful. The food was great and served within a timely manner.

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best experience here. We were celebrating a birthday and not only was the food delicious, the service was really exceptional. The staff went above and beyond to make sure food allergies were accommodated, etc. Would highly recommend dinner here, and we will definitely return!

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q
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was so wonderful!
Matthew our waiter recommended everything wonderful.
I am so glad we discovered this little gem
Less then 20 Minutes from home.
Run don’t walk to this restaurant!!!

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

Great food, luxury experience! For a special (pricey) night out it's wonderful.

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The first impression was impressive. We dined at Walter Hansel Wine Bistro during the Restaurant Week. The service was very attentive without being overbearing. The bread reminded me of my teenage days as an exchange student living with a French family outside Paris. The salad was delicious. I had the sea bass course which was just fantastic; my husband and his cousin's husband had the steak which was tasty. But the rack of lamb stole the show. We ordered glasses of two Walter Hansel's own pinot noirs and a sauvignon blanc. They were quite good. Overall, this restaurant reminds of the unpretentiously good restaurants where I had the pleasure of eating in France (I still go back there to visit my host family). As a long-time New Yorker who lived in France, Switzerland, the Philippines, and LA; and traveled in more than 30 countries in the world; this is MY FAVORITE in the North Bay. I will surely be back for more...

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B
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends have told us about Walter Hansel for a few years and we finally went there for Restaurant Week. We had the hanger steak and the sea bass. OMG!!! Both were perfectly prepared, presented and delicious beyond expectations! Our server, Heather, was outstanding. Along with the entire staff. We will be returning as this is now a new favorite for us! And we live just 5 minutes away!

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for Restaurant week to try a new place and was pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent and staff were fun. Parking lot is small and it can be noisy, but well worth it!

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L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were introduced to Walter Hansel Bistro via the Sonoma County Restaurant Week. It was a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience from the amuse-bouche to the delectable dessert. The servers were attentive and pleasant without being intrusive. The food really was so well prepared! Now that we know it's here, we'll be back

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and service was amazing!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The food and the service is amazing. Mathew is an outstanding person. He explains eveything and makes you feel like royalty. I am super excited to find this restaurant.

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V
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food during restaurant week and any time we visit. Matthew, our waiter, is s delight and takes care of all the details. This place is a gem.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorite places !!! Always warm and welcoming, outstanding service and delicious, plentiful food. You will leave ever so satisfied.

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CS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing food! Everything was so delicious and it's great to know the produce you're eating is locally grown. We had the pre-fix menu for restaurant week. Started with sparkling rose, glass of Pinot...The shot of soup was incredible...wanted more! The salad was great, then our entree, hanger steak and chicken cordon bleu. Absolutely the best! Finished everything up with a lemon dessert and liquor... didn't leave a speck behind. Will return again and again...

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

There is never any doubt that the evening at Walter Hansel will be outstanding!

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SF
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I call WHWB "our place." We love it. The food is delicious and the presentation is wonderful. The wait staff is attentive, but not too attentive. The waiter's wine recommendation was spot on. An all around fantastic wine country dining experience. Five stars.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For those looking for the ideal wine country dining experience, nothing beats Walter Hansel Wine Bistro.

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AP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual. Busy night cause it was restaurant week but we were celebrating a birthday.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. We decided to go for the Sonoma Restaurant week because we have never tried this restaurant before. Wow the service, the food and the entire experience was fantastic. We had a great time and we already made another reservation to go back again. Eveything was amazing. A five star for sure!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

The food wasn’t as good as we had it in the past and the food concepts just didn’t go together. Lacking culinary combinations.

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TA
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Walter Hansen Bistro but we will definitely be returning. The food was delicious and the service was awesome. Everyone was very friendly. I can’t wait to go back.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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DF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been here before so decided to try it during restaurant week. Our server, Matthew was terrific. He made helpful suggestions, checked on us numerous times and was just delightful. Our dinners were exceptional! My husband had the hangar steak and said was some of his brussels sprouts were bitter but I had the sea bass and it was perfect. We will definitely come here again!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots! Very cozy setting and the food is always amazing. Matthew is always our server and he is terrific!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely meal only marred by a too noisy environment.

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c
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walter Hansel Bistro is a wonderful experience, from the moment you pull up in the parking lot, the exterior has a quaint country charm, enter and you are immediately greeted by warm and friendly staff. The ambiance sets the stage for a dining experience that will delight your palette and all your senses. Makes dining a special pleasure.

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walter Hansel is one of my absolute faves for an actual special occasion or just an every day special occasion. The food and service is consistently near perfect and the cozy, yet celebratory ambience feels like a busy neighborhood bistro somewhere in SF, NYC or Europe. They do the classics with so much flavor and beautiful presentation- beef bourguignon, escargot, beef Wellington, fresh oysters. Accessible and affordable wine list (have the Walter Hansel Pinot), zero pretentiousness, generous and welcoming.

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A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef Wellington special was wonderful! Overall great experience, as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing dinner and service! Thank you

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AM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing and the food was fab! Thank u

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JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite local restaurant to have a special meal. Brought friends who had not been there before
and they loved it. The service is always impeccable - good wines - great food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was very bland. It looked great but how do you make a beef Wellington that has virtually no taste?! This was also our experience after we dined here about 1.5 years ago. The menu looked great and we decided to give it another shot but again, very bland tasting food. Kinda crazy. We were really looking forward to the meal but were obviously disappointed. That said, the service was great! Not sure what’s happening in the kitchen but if they fix that, we’ll try again but not until then unfortunately.

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RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow which seems unusual for them but it was a full with day after Valentines. Really unhappy with Kale - chewing seaweed.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines dinner with my husband. Our dinner was delicious and our server Heather took excellent care of us.

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though Matthew wasn’t our waiter this time, he always makes our experience better! He handles busy nights like Valentines with a smile and a joke, hospitality and enthusiasm for what he does. Other wait staff looked like deer in the headlights! Give this man a raise! It wouldn’t be the same without him!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Amazing staff. It has become one of our favorite places to eat out at.

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service but noise level terrible.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our food, service and surroundings were superb! Matthew is the best!!

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JM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant-the food is delicious, the wine pairings superb and the service is outstanding. We always ask for Matthew..and he always delivers- top notch recommendations for both the food and wine; checks on us just enough, and shares our good times in a professional and upbeat way.
We came, this time, for Valentine’s Day, but wouldn’t hesitate to use any excuse for a dinner out at Walter Hansel’s...

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MG
Toledo
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a most enjoyable, delish meal with The Best service from Matthew. First, we were greeted by Fred, who was so welcoming and warm. Next, Matthew, our server, was beyond The Best! He recommended an incredible wine - Hansel Three Rows Pinot Noir - amazing.
Our food was simply delish and fabulous- warm oysters to die for; Bibb lettuce salad, clean and wonderful; sea bass - Gorgeous and the risotto - simply wonderful. Dessert - creme brûlée and Choc mousse - delicious. From the minute we walked in we felt welcomed; the service by Matthew was perfection and the food, marvelous! We highly recommend Walter Hansel to all! Ask for Matthew! We will be back! Thanks for a perfect evening!

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C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food, great wine list, service is always knowledgeable and fun and the atmosphere is laid back.

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