Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

4.8
992 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
We offer French country-style cuisine graced with a few worldly surprises and are located just 6 minutes from Coddingtown Mall and 10 minutes from Downtown Santa Rosa surrounded by beautiful vineyards with an onsite garden for fresh, farm-to-table vegetables and herbs.

"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.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exceptional, fun dining as well as fine dining. A short $14.00 UBER drive from north east Santa Rosa, will return and have already recommended to a pack of friends

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e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The interior was beautiful, sophisticated, love the overall colors (floor, walls, art, bar area) The food was very good. I eat out quite a bit and have not tasted food so carefully prepared in a long time. The service was good even when it got very busy. I had to wave my arm to get her attention once!

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M
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just can't get enough of Walter Hansel Wine Bistro. We dine with you at least 8 times/ year and our expectations are always exceeded.

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H
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!!
Missed Fred :-(
Thank you all for making our birthdays extra special!

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SO
Tahoe
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Menu is varied enough for most anyone--we had salmon, lamb and scallops. Much too noisy, however.

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B
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I had dinner celebrating her birthday last Friday evening. To be honest I'm not sure I was expecting such a rustic atmosphere given the write ups in the likes of Sonoma Magazine. My wife, on the other hand found its charming. And make no mistake the food and service was excellent. My wife had the gizzard salad done in the South of France lardon style and claimed it was the equal to any she had in Province. Her escargot was good but could have used more garlic. My ceasar salad was well presented with shaved Parmesan cheese tangy dressing and topped with white anchovies. But the high light of the meal was the rack of lamb served with pureed potatoes and pear chutney in a very tasty balsamic reduction. The meat was cooked exactly as requested and the overall impression was, to me the best rack I've had in recent memory. The lamb paired well with the Hansel Pinot Noir.

We are not dessert people but the lady setting at the next table spoke highly of the perfitioles. And that raises one last minor criticism. The banquet seating along a long wall made for close proximity to our fellow diners who were in any case very nice people. If you don't enjoy cheek-by-jowel seating, I'd ask for a table.

If you would like to experience a French country style dining experience with very good food, service and wine offerings, Hansel's the place to find it.

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JB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our third visit to Walter Hansel and it was great again.
Greeted at the door by a very nice man(was that Walter?).
Our server and all of the other attendants were friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The food was great again!

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K
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always. Love the new menu items. Tried one of Hansel's Pinots and it was wonderful and a great value

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner, great place, will definitely return!

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Santa Rosa.

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KD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food and wine were excellent. The service was good but they forgot the dessert. Pleasant ambiance, easy parking and it was also easy to have a conversation and hear each other.

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G
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal at one of my favorite restaurants. Top quality food, wines and service at a laidback, cheerful bistro.

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s
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy coming here! Love the menu changes with seasonal ingredients. A little pricey for what is included in the entrée.
We did take notice the couple next to us ordered the same glasses of Chardonnay and were given a much larger pour than ours.... I think would be nice if you offered options of a 6 ounce or 9 ounce as an example...

Other than that we will definitely be back, it’s a great restaurant! We really enjoyed our dinner! The food and the service is wonderful.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitstaff was excellent & very friendly. The wine we choose was very good and the food was perfect. Each one of our entree’s (we all tried each other’s) was delicious.
And we all shared one dessert which was also excellent; as was the complimentary port!
We will be back.

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MM
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's the little things. These guys take care of the details. We love the service. Tonight's prix fixe dinner was a great value. It's a great example of not judging a book by it's cover. A red building off Guerneville Road that looks like it's 100+ years old is transformed into a night in Provence. Lovely experience.

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RL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Oysters were full of shell bits, not opened cleanly/chopped up in the shell. Inexperienced person opened them. Escargot was horrible: overdone, tasted like they were placed in old deep fryer grease. Duck was tough, dry, not very tasty.

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S
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service! The quality of the food is above all others. Our family are regulars!

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SS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service outstanding.

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JK
San Francisco
594 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our meal! 5th visit and both food/service are consistently excellent. Veal chop was very fine (note kitchen cooks American-style doneness, not European). Fingerling potatoes have real flavor, don't push them aside! Special of beef Wellington thrilled my Spouse; we hardly ever see it made properly with liver pate instead of duxelles. Only flaw: sauce was on the salty side, but we had asked for it on the side so just used a little. Americans sauce foods too heavily, a terrible habit. Tart tartine was lovely, a real classic. Service was excellent. Note that restaurant is unpleasantly noisy when full, a major flaw; as people leave or if you're there early, it's not so bad.

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M
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional in every way!
We have been dining at Walter Hansel Wine Bistro sine they opened 6 years ago.
Their reputation for outstanding fresh high caliber cuisine and exceptional service had remained consistent with each dining experience.
This is a must experience for any serious diner.

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H
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Walter Hansel serves delicious food with very attentive service. The Hansel wines are great as well. My wife cannot take any garlic due to a severe allergy, and they were very accommodating.

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HS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our food experience! It was delightful & delicious...the Bistro never disappoints! Our mission is to try everything on the menu!

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s
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really sweet atmosphere, excellent wine and friendly service. Would definitely go back!

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FI
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff is amazingly friendly and it has a very nice atmosphere. The food is excellent and the French dishes are really French (I am French so trust me!). Best pistachio profiteroles I had!

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TB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful gem! They cook with so much love, using the very best ingredients. Also, their wine list is very reasonably priced, with lots of great selections both from the fabulous Walter Hansel domain, as well as some of their "neighbors", and some old world wines. I highly recommend it if you are looking for fantastic value, no pretense, great care, and amazing food!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here numerous times. I can't say enough great things about this restaurant. The food and service is excellent every time. The staff makes you feel like your one of there friends. If your hesitant about trying this restaurant don't be.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorites. The food is always exceptional and changes with the seasons.

Matthew is our favorite waiter but Jessie is great too.

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DE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food.
Always a bit loud but energetic crowd

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and very fresh. We had oysters, salad, soup, the scallops and the hanger steak. All were prepared to order. The waiter staff, Matthew, was also great; friendly and very attentive.

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W
San Diego
110 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ever since we found Walter Hansel Wine Bistro I have been writing on how this is the best around Santa Rosa. We were there in May and the first dinner was there. We had the halibut along with the sauce to die for! The wine prices area best in the area. I had the pinot noir flight from Walter Hansel Winery. Both my wife and I enjoy the restaurant!!!! Ask for Mathew.....great service!

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved this place. Lives up to its billing with wonderful service, and creative food. Noise level was loud- tables a bit too close to one another, Enough to chat with people next to you-for better or worse, depending on your point of view. Not sure I have ever had better service in a restaurant. We will come back.

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SS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loved this place. It’s small and warm with a unique atmosphere.

The food is amazing as is the service. Will definitely go back

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j
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We have been here many times and the food is usually very good. Last night our dinner was terrible, the salmon was so fishy smelling I had to send it back. The table next to us said they could smell the fish smell as it passed by their table. The beef Wellington was tough, hard to cut with no flavor.
We were VERY DISAPPOINTED!!
The service was outstanding though

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Very glad we found it. Food and service were great Ambiance was special.

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OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! Been about 4 years since we last dined here; couldn't wait to come back. We live in Hawaii and we also love the wines!

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MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent -- from the wine to each course -- including dessert -- nothing missed it's mark. Outstanding and will go again soon. Perfect Date Night for me and my Hubby!

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SW
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun trying a flight of Hansel Pinot and Chardonnay. Beautiful scallops and veal chops

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CP
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely little restaurant with delicious food.
had the escargot and duck breast, well seasoned , cooked to my liking(duck breast), attentive service and few good wines by the glass.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience. Love Walter Hansel

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MT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Great service! One of my new favorite restaurants.

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