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Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

4.7
4.7
1684 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 546-6462

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Saul Barragan

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa

  • Cross street

    Willowside

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 1,684 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Wine Country

    Best Service

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  1. TR

    TomR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent. The menu has something for everyone.
  2. GB

    GwenB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really a 4.5 star. We ordered halibut, filet, flat iron steak and seafood pasta. The only “miss” was the pasta;the seafood was good, but the overall taste was lackluster. First course salads were large and good. The onion soup was good. Service was excellent, as was ambiance. Overall fun evening.
  3. DC

    DavidC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Walter Hansel Bristo never disappoints, the Lobster Bisque en croute is amazing. We miss it when it is out of season.
  4. N

    Neci

    Jacksonville

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sat at the bar and had a great dinner. My husband and I shared the beet salad. He had the halibut and I had the chicken cordon bleu. Both were excellent. The apricot chardonnay sorbet was great!
  5. LP

    LindaP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jessie is an excellent waiter. The whole staff is excellent. The new menu items were delicious
  6. C

    Cindo

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone at our table loved the before and end of dinner apéritifs ! The salads were very well presented on nice sized plates to prevent spilling over onto the table 🤗 and could be a quick meal on their own. The main courses were beautiful and delicious. The desserts were wonderful.
  7. JW

    JWoolZ

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has been several years since dining here and we were looking for a new experience in dining in Santa Rosa so decided to give the Hansel Wine Bistro a try. A very diverse menu to chose from and they also had a couple special three course offerings. We went with the halibut, onion soup and desert for two us and I had to try the scallops and a Caesar. Everything was terrific. Service was excellent. Specials helped save some money without compromising. Will definitely return.
  8. KA

    KimA

    Baden-Württembe

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We usually really enjoy Hansel but it was just ok for us. The lobster bisque was a little one note and seemed watered down. Couldn’t taste the tarragon. Everything else was good but not great.
  9. r

    randyp

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food our first time eating there we will become a part of the family ✅
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was lovely, staff were friendly and thoughtful. We were celebrating birthdays and passed on dessert as we had a cake waiting at home. My daughter and I were discussing the crème brûlée because it is always a favorite dessert. They brought one for the table to taste. This way we could have our crème brûlée and cake too! The food was well prepared, the only negative was the buerre blanc sauce on the halibut seemed a bit too acidic, which over powered the dish. The crab cakes were exceptional!
  11. SJ

    SharonJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love Walter Hansel! It is a hidden gem of Sonoma County. The food, service and ambiance never let you down. It was our sons 10th birthday and Jesse made sure it was a great experience! The French onion soup is absolutely delicious! If you want a wonderful night out, I highly recommend Walter Hansel! 🎉
  12. AH

    AnaH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and the food and wine DIVINE
  13. DJ

    DianeandJim

    San Francisco

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Another wonderful dining experience. All the Bistro staff is professional and personable. The food is expertly prepared, beautifully served and delicious.
  14. DC

    DanaC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've never had a bad meal at Walter Hansel. The staff is attentive and welcoming. The food is prepared exquistely. My favorite is the Halibut with beurre blanc but everything we've chosen has been excellent.
  15. PR

    PRfoodies

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always excellent food and service. We always choose this restaurant for special occasions . Our waiter, Jesse is the best. He was very attentive and had a lot of knowledge of the menu and wine selection.
  16. KD

    KellyD

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Regulars at this restaurant even throughout the pandemic. Menu offers nice variety and good local choices. Jesse, our server, is always gracious and has excellent timing. Celebrating a friends birthday— entire staff was attentive and welcoming.
  17. AO

    ArrowO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was outstanding. We will be back!
  18. JO

    JanO

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to honor a special event - very creative menu
  19. MP

    MarkP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary and will continue to frequent this restaurant. Food was fabulous. Service was fabulous. We love this place and highly recommend to others.
  20. C

    Chefrj

    San Francisco

    274 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    274 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I love this place but New Year’s Eve dishes wasn’t their best. Highly recommend dining there any other time. Chef rj
  21. i

    ingoodspirits

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    New Years Eve We are regulars. We are not fans of prix fix menus. Would have liked more choices. Portions not up to par especially in view of price per person
  22. m

    med2033

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve dinner (picture below). A truly marvelous meal. I chose the chanterelle soup, the crab pot pie, and the filet mignon. We also had the wine pairing. And, because of the occasion, we started with glasses of sparkling wine. The food was excellent, and the wine pours deep, but the “deconstructed” Dungeness crab pot pie was truly amazing. Not really a pie, but carrots and a very generous amount of grab topped by a triangle of puff pastry, in a champagne burre Blanc. One of the most creative and delicious courses I’ve ever had. Alas, I didn’t take a picture. I would have this meal anytime it was offered. You can spend $500+ at Single Thread, but you will not get a better meal than this $100 offering (disclaimer: I’ve not been to ST).
  23. J

    Jackie

    San Francisco

    184 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    184 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband enjoys French food so I splurged for New Year's Eve. At $100 pp the food wasn't as good as I expected. It was four courses but the steak entree was on the small side and my husband had peanut butter to fill up after we got home. I was disappointed in the fish selection which was smoked which I try to avoid. Service was attentive. Desserts were the best part of the meal. We'll go back but probably not for New Year's Eve.
  24. G

    Gmaof4

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, very flavorful dishes and lovely presentation. Always a favorite local gem.
  25. HL

    HelenL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service, plus the added touches of the complimentary amuse buche and the after dinner port were great. Halibut was excellent tho not quite sure about using potatoes gratin as a base when submerged in a liquid sauce. French Onion soup ok. Not deep enough carmelization of the onions, with a somewhat thin, watery broth and too much thyme. Not rich enough and lacking onion flavor. Overall, though, a very nice dining experience.
  26. DA

    DAVIDB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Duck was very good. Frittes were very good. Chicken cordon bleu was dry and overcooked. Crab cakes were so-so. Escargot were mushy and barely any garlic butter so couldn't dip bread. Dessert menu was lacking and lemon curd was not great.
  27. JP

    JoeP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way, from Service, to food, surprising extras; made for a memorable evening. Definitely will be returning!
  28. A

    Allie

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walter Hansel is a great place to celebrate special occasions. The food and the service are outstanding.
  29. MM

    MaureenM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Only one complaint… steak was sent back but returned still raw not medium as requested.
  30. PO

    PaulO

    Palm Springs

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It’s kind of an odd, roadhouse-like setting on the way out of town but it works. Some of the al carte menu items also appear on a prix fixe menu which is a great value. The wine list includes their own wines as well as others, with many nice choices.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Unfortunately so loud inside that we literally could not hear each other speaking at the table much of the time, but the food and service are great.
  32. SR

    SeanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing food, the potato leek amuse bush was incredible and both of our entrees were devoured!
  33. KD

    KarenD

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and wine……great all around. It was our last night in wine country and this experience was the grand finale of our trip. Highly recommend…….
  34. FC

    FedericoC

    Costa Rica

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambience, excellent service and accommodating requests. Good wine selection. Great French/American menu! We had the Burratta, onion soup and flat iron steak that were awesome. Will return
  35. MA

    MARIAB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a pleasure to dine here. Casual, understated yet romantic rustic setting with top-notch locally-sourced food & wine, and perhaps the best table service we've had in Sonoma County. The reason we chose this place for our "Dine Out For Life" venue was because they were donating 100% of their profits to the benefit cause that we strongly support. We were very impressed by Walter Hansel Wine Bar & Bistro! We'll be back!!
  36. L

    Linda

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding and staff was very accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant for a special dinner with outstanding food and staff.
  37. KC

    KerryC

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was excellent! We were a bit apprehensive about sitting outside, but your heaters are terrific. We were peeling our coats off in no time. Your staff are delightful and made the evening even more enjoyable. Thanks for what you do to support Food for Thought! We'll be back!!
  38. MM

    MinglingMike

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Walter Hansel Wine Bistro is always excellent. We've eaten here a dozen times and always have had great food and service. The restaurant is rustic, which adds to its charm. It's the best way to feel like you've traveled to Provence. Little added touches with a complimentary warm puree soup to start your meal and a dessert wine to finish the meal make you feel like family. This is our go to spot for a special meal and our hats are off to their contributions to our community as we celebrated a two-night event with all proceeds going to Food for Thought. Extremely well done!
  39. DJ

    DianeandJim

    San Francisco

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    super great. Come one, come all!!! Best eatery!!
  40. m

    med2033

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate early (5:15) on a Saturday, the second couple in the place. Had a glass of Saint-Émilion (red) from the by-the-glass choices - an excellent value at $10. The Steak Frite ($36) for dinner along with a glass of the house Estate Pinot Noir ($14), and skipped dessert in favor of the last of the excellent warm bread and butter (brought home some roasted Brussels sprouts and pomme frites that I didn't finish). The usual amuse bouche (this time a hot cream of cauliflower soup) and the complimentary port to finish. Just enough food to leave me content. Spouse had the beet salad (always good - she was nice enough to share half of the Humboldt Fog cheese with me) and the wild halibut. As always, the food is outstanding, and the service pleasant and attentive. If you've never been here, you should try it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 1684 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Willowside

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Saul Barragan

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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