Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

4.9
883 reviews
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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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AM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service but noise level terrible.

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CM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 10, 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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GH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is one of our "go to Places". As always, the food and service is great. The lobster Bisque is fantastic and highly recommended. The wines and champagne are excellent as well. The waiter was attentive and polite. We have been to Walter Hansel's several times and we are always very satisfied with the service, food and beverages. Well done to the chiefs and service providers.
Thanks

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit. Very pleasant, will return

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Wine, and Atmosphere were all amazing! Our waitress, Heather, made the night perfect with her service.

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BT
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic, service is professional as well as engaging, and overall the value is great. We enjoyed a pre fixed menu..inspired and delicious. The suggested wine was fantastic. We will be back. The space is small and busy...get reservations or pick up your bites to go. Our leftover dishes were perfectly packaged to enjoy later.

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L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to the Bistro for several years and always have an outstanding meal. This time the lamb was rather overdone. He'd asked for medium rare or "whatever the chef thinks". Quite medium! Service is excellent, always so welcoming. Nice menu with some new items! Looking forward to our next visit.

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ME
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine pairings for a lovely birthday for two ladies with their handsome husbands. Had perfect gluten free options and tasty rolls. Could not have been a more perfect dining experience! A favorite place to go on our annual visit to Sonoma wine country.

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e
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Super Bowl Sunday, so wasn't as busy as it usually is. Service is always "the best". Food was good, but mushroom risotto was overpowering...just too much mushroom and I love mushroom. Overall, dinner was good and we will return.

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Z
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was great as usual. The noise level seemed noisier than usual. At times it was difficult to hear my spouse across the small table. The wait staff were excellent and we were given a complimentary class of bubbly and after dinner beverage sampling.

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

Not only was the food phenomenal, but the service was above and beyond, with several attentive details given to us. We noted one of us was gluten free and they went out of the way to prepare a gluten free roll for us and made note of which entrees we could enjoy. We noted we were celebrating our anniversary and the servers gave us a special anniversary dessert with a candle and a small tasting of dessert wines. We felt so special. Greatly enjoyed our visit. Will be coming back. Thank you!

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AH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the excellent food and amazing waitress to make you feel like home.

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H
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was such a wonderful find. Not only was the food exceptionally delicious but the service was above top notch. Michael and Mandy were really wonderful. We love, love, loved asking Matthew to surprise us with our entrees. The rack of lamb and sea bass were beyond delicious and the oyster appetizers and desert were top notch. What a fabulous little bistro!

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LC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well we had a really nice dinner. It is a warm, comfortable place conducive to conversation and relaxing. My companion was excited to see Chicken Cordon Bleu on the menu and it lived up to the fancy name. Always a good thing when the thin chicken inside is juicy. I had the Beef Burgundy which was fork tender with mashed potatoes and lardons. We left the wine choice up to the server and were pleased with his choices. Quiet, friendly, elegant service in a local road house. Perfect for a winter evening of comfort food. I will return and perhaps sit at the bar. Thank you for the whole package.

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W
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people and the food are excellent.

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service!

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D
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so happy my husband and I choose to come here for a night out. Everything about our experience was 5 star. The staff, the food, the ambiance. We can not wait to return!!

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

Lovely dining experience Superb service and yummy dinner choices. Lobster bisque was excellent for a starter.

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AH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommendable! Excellent service, wine and food

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding and the waitstaff is not only attentive, but fun.

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j
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is becoming our favorite place for a romantic night out. The service is top notch, friendly and usually fun. The menu changes often and the food is excellent.

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K
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent local restaurant , a very good selectyion of food and wine.

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J
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always leave here so happy!! Love this place so much and incredible food.

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Walter Hansel Bistro for a few years,we go every few months, it's a go to for very nice birthday dinners for several of our family and friends pick it! We discovered it for our Wedding Anniversary dinner 3 years ago and fell in love with the restaurant. The food is amazing, service is wonderful and very cozy romantic charm. The menu is customized for all. I definitely recommend this Bistro. Buona Appetito!

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HR
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never have had a bad meal at Walter Hansel. Went for their mussel special. As always marvelous. The mussels are served with pomme frites - a grand tradition.

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AH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere! Notable and great wine.

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EM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 7 was warmly welcomed upon arrival. Table was ready, and the service started off great and stayed that way. We all loved the creative and delicious food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciation dinner

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant remains a top choice for us. The staff is very friendly and the food is outstanding. Whenever we want to impress out of town visitors, we bring them here. Fresh seasonal menu items and a great wine list make it a winner for us.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Matthew was amazing and we hope to see him next time. Thank you, Matthew!!!

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K
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner and always have wonderful conversation with other guest.

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L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We again had a great meal here, and include this spot as our sure thing local favorite. Recommended!! Special price fixe dinners change weekly. But a new mussels entre served with pomme frites brought us in for late dinner, and we weren't disapponted. Delicious pernod sauce with fresh, perfect mussels. My wife loved her classic French onion soup and perfect tender scallops, and our friend was amazed at the fresh and delicious sea bass. Desserts are special (creme brule, french apple tart). Great, varied wine list, and we are super impressed with quality of the very reaonably priced Hansel wines. Ambiance is warm, welcoming in the smallish, cozy restaurant. Staff are personable and fun, and know the menu well to help with choices. Fine for special occasion, or for casual meal with friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great

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