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Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

4.7
1252 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1252 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.3
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDianeandJim
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Walter Hansel Bistro. Best in French food Sonoma County.

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Mililani
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate in the outdoor patio. Tables were nicely spread apart. Food was delicious. French fries were crisp and nicely salted. Halibut was the best I've had. And of course the Walter Hansel Chardonnay was excellent. A wonderful meal.

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Judge
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Mothers Day outside dining. Food was very good and good portions. Waiter was rarely seen, ie. checking on us. Thus made service slower than normal. Usually it's very good there. Was a notch below their normal excellent service

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Shaley
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Halibut and Salmon delicious as were lobster bisque and Ceasar’s salad. Start with the baked Brie cheese ... the best. Very nice Mother’s Day dinners.

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warren
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I have been here many times in the past and it was great. they must have lost their chef during the pandemic
because the menu is very limited now and the food totally different. One of our meals, the fish was delivered to the table only half cooked. Clearly no one was on quality control, very disapointing.

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RobertF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High quality food and service. The wine list is great with very reasonable prices. The food comes out hot and delicious. A great spot for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out!

WB
WilliB
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food, with the exception of an overdressed Ceasar salad with way too much cheese and dressing. Entrees were really good and beautifully prepared.

AM
AmberM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an exceptional dinner here for our anniversary. We arrived and they brought complimentary champagne. The amuse bouche was delicious and unexpected. Complimentary desert wine was also a pleasant surprise. The little surprises, incredible food and wine and amazing waitress made this an incredible dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent wine and food!! Great service. An interesting little bistro out of town.

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vipCarineH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am European and love eating the kind of food that reminds me of my heritage. Hansel Bistro is good for everyday dining and for special occasions.

AV
vipAmeV
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance are always fabulous! They seem to have a little problem with efficiency with the added outdoor dining. We totally understand as it is all new and they were quite busy. We will definitely return and hope they can get it figured out. The outside tent is so nice...they should keep it permanently!

CA
vipCADMc
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Unfortunately, disappointed. Was so looking forward to dine here based on all the reviews. Completely underwhelmed. Food lacked flavor. Preparation and presentation was mediocre. Really wanted this place to be good. Not the restaurant’s fault, but the traffic noise makes it difficult to enjoy dinner.

JB
JamieB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to Walter Hansel and just a phenomenal experience every time. Really looking forward to returning again

LF
LocalFoodie
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food and service were great, but the room was cold and hard to get comfortable. Thought maybe we should have sat outside with the heaters.

SM
ShashankM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

It was a great experience.
They could do a better job with sprucing up the outdoor area.
It does not look like a classy place.

TK
ThomasK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back to Walter Hansel because of how wonderful it is! The menu is always appealing, the wait staff are more than pleasant and very good at their jobs. It is evident that they enjoy working there as much as we enjoy eating there!
The wine selection is good and the desserts are always wonderful.
We will continue to be regulars!

RG
vipRipleyandGriffysDad
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For an early evening easter dinner, we dined at Walter Hansel Wine Bistro. Seated outside, we watched the afternoon sun fade into evening, nursing our glass of red and enjoying soup starters (delish french onion and buttery lobster bisque) followed by the prime rib dinner, cooked perfectly and served with buttered haricots verts, wrapped up with a modest but delicious lemon curd parfait. Highly recommend Walter Hansel for a special evening out.

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vipWeekenddinner
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

boeuf bourguignon was absolutely fantastic- everything was fresh & delicious but this was outstanding.
Nice spacious outdoor patio space for dining.

JJ
JoJo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner! Fabulous service and great company!!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Walter Hansel Wine Bistro has never ever disappointed us in the 5+ years that we have been going there. The meals are delicious and expertly prepared. The portions are satisfying. The wait staff has always been friendly and helpful.

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vipdineandwine
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful small French inspired restaurant in the vineyards. Always great food and friendly service. The only place to get escargot in Sonoma County.

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Mlenney
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are seafood lovers. The lobster bisque was delicious! Not too rich, just perfect. The halibut and seafood pasta were also perfectly cooked. The staff were friendly and helpful. We will be back for sure!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was awesome accept the burger wasn’t medium abs the mushrooms weren’t seasoned well.

LW
vipLarryW
Seattle
47 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is perhaps a secret that many do not know about. One of the best in this great wine area. I wish I lived closer

JB
vipJulieB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walter Hansel Wine Bistro is always on our itinerary when we come to town. Great food!

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med2033
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The restaurant has just reopened for indoor dining, and still has patio seating. We were seated indoors. Food and Service were, as always, great. The room was a little colder than usual because the front door is open for the servers to come and go. And of course, the usual niceties of table cloths, cloth napkins, etc. are still absent due to pandemic regulations. Still, a lovely evening of food and wine for us and a couple who had never been (and enjoyed it all as well). Recommended, regardless of where you sit.

RR
RebeccaR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, elegant French menu. Try it all! Can't wait until we can dine inside. Expensive wine tasting $35 each.

LC
LindaC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food choices. All 4 of us had great food and service.

PJ
vipPamJ
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It is so great to have Walter Hansel open inside, however it seems so stark and barren due to the distancing. The food was as good as ever!!

JR
vipJohnR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I highly recommend that you visit Walter Hansel Wine Bistro. The French cuisine is outstanding and if you are wine lover, the Hansel Pinot Noirs are a must try.

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Clarkola
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was wonderful. We were plenty warm enough sitting outside with the heaters. The food was crazy good!!

JM
JuliannaM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Walter Hansel Bistro is always a wonderful place to dine and have fun. It’s been a favorite of my family and friends for years. The wine list is great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! This is a little gem. Our service was wonderful. I got the Risotto... best risotto ever! Not your typical mixed in seafood risotto, the fish and prawns laid beautifully on top. My uncle got the lobster bisque which was the best we all have ever tasted. He also got the duck which was phenomenal! My aunt got the seabass which she also loved. At dessert time they brought us out a little port and and African liqueur, so yummy! Definitely will be back😊

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srtakay
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ordered the chicken cordon bleu and the salmon with risotto. Both were delicious. We tried a flight of white wine since we weren't familiar with their wines which worked out beautifully;

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FoodForThought
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good consistent food. Service was a bit slow, but we weren’t in a big hurry.

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SteakSteakBaby
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Really beautiful covered outdoor seating area! Very cozy and plenty of heaters to keep everybody warm.

Unfortunately, probably due to Restaurant Week, the service was unbearably slow. It took nearly 3 hours for three of us to get to the end of our meal, and we waited easily between 40+ minutes before we were given each following course. It was almost comical how long it took to the point where we joked that they must be making our cheesecake from scratch. Again, somewhat understandable due to Restaurant Week and probably some short staffing in the kitchen. It happens.

However, the food wasn't worth the wait and the cost. The Caesar salad tasted like nothing. I could barely detect the dressing, so I felt like I was eating crunchy water with a few anchovies on top. I got the steak frites as an entree. The steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and was super tender, but wasn't seasoned at all. The Brussels sprouts were steamed with a tiny bit of browning on them and tasteless as well. The fries ended up looking like McDonald's fries and quickly tasted like a stale version of them within a few minutes. They literally provided maybe half a tablespoon of ketchup in a little plastic container and some weird aioli that tasted exactly like eating straight up curry powder. I didn't bother asking for more because it would have taken longer than finishing my entree to receive. We also tried the king salmon risotto. The salmon was cooked perfectly, but overall the dish was bland and unmemorable.

The best part for me was probably the persimmon cheesecake, which was really good. The chocolate mousse was okay, and the pot de creme was unremarkable.

I was so excited to try this place and was ready for an upscale, memorable dinner experience. While I appreciated the cozy ambiance, I left feeling bummed that my table of three had spent about $200 before tip on bland, forgettable food and excruciatingly slow service.

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vinnie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Noise level couldn't be helped, next to the hwy. and under a tent. Service could use some improvement! Always had a good meal there.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our clients out. It was such an amazing night with great service. Food was phenomenal.

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med2033
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We're big fans of WHWB, so took advantage of Restaurant Week to visit. Due to COVID restrictions, dining is on the patio under a three-sided tent.

We've now dined this way three times over the past few months, and while it isn't like being inside the restaurant, it doesn't detract too much from the experience - food and service are largely unaffected. The tent has plenty of heaters, which are situated to provide a decent temperature. I wore a sweater over a shirt and was comfortable.

We each had the filet mignon option on the Restaurant Week menu, which was perfect. Service was attentive, prompt, and cheerful. The staff is happy to be working, even under the present restrictions.

If you like good food and good service, a lovely wine list, this is one of the best experiences you can have in a local restaurant at the moment.

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 1252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.