Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

4.7
1361 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 1361 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from NY and was looking for a place for dinner! Came across this place on Open Table!! This place was SOOOO GOOD!!! Def recommend!!! We got the corn chowder soup, Caesar salad and Seafood pasta!!! We would have ordered more if we weren’t stuffed from our earlier lunch wine tasting!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

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Susan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My son and I were pleasantly surprised by this little place in Santa Rosa. It was packed. Food was good, service was excellent. I made reservations same day on a Friday, so couldnt get a table inside. We chose the bar instead of sitting outside. I would go back. I had a chicken breast was a bit overcooked. Son had the porkchop, he enjoyed it.

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vipFoodlover
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always love this sweet spot to have a cozy dinner with loved ones for special occasions. This was a birthday dinner with my daughter and we had a lot of catching up to do. The outdoor dining feels like a lovely garden and the food is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely professional and knowledgeable. We were told all ingredients in every dish as it was presented to our table. As well as knowledgeable of wine profiles to pair with every course. We will definitely be back and we will bring friends to share this amazing experience. Highly recommend eating here.

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vipJacq141
Denver
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic, as always!
One of our favorite spots

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent staff

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markb
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is impeccable as is the service. The fall soups were sublime in flavor and presentation. The halibut and duck breast were done to perfection. I love this place for a spirited evening of conversation and gastronomic delights.

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GordonJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service snd food was delicious. Staff was very knowledgeable about their food and wine.

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MarcaH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem in this area, especially if you’re a foodie and love seafood. I highly recommend it!

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vipLunara
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here. The food was delicious and service excellent. I recommend thé Cheese platter and pork chop highly.

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vipAmeV
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous meal in a cozy restaurant. Our server was amazing and our meal was so tasty. Must have the escargot when you visit!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and I’m sorry that we waited so long to dine at this restaurant. The food was beyond amazing. I had the best halibut I have ever had. Our server was a star. I can’t say enough about how much I love this restaurant and how we will be back many more times.

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RosB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meals. The rabitt was prepared superbly and the ice cream stuffed eclairs were otherworldly.

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HeatherA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a great time here. The food was excellent, the staff very friendly, and you get like you were dining in a farmhouse. I can’t wait to go back.

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PamB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a delicious and lovely dinner with attentive service We have eaten here many times and the food was even better than usual!

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TonyS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best restaurants in Santa Rosa. Always great food and the service is impeccable. My husband and I have eaten here many times and love this place for special occasions as well as the impromptu need for a great burger. Highly recommended.

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AndreaW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Farm to Table in Sonoma County! The rabbit was so good, I ordered a second one to take home! All foods were amazing and the service impeccable.

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WilliamH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! The food is always great!

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vipScottR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Throughly enjoyed all aspects of our time there. We have never had a bad meal or experience at Walter Hansel

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vipcbtokyo
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Offers a menu of old school French bistro classics like duck confit, French onion soup, cheese platter, duck-lardon-frisee salad, classic Caesar salad and chocolate profiteroles. The Service was very good - prompt and on point. The food is generous portions. Complimentary amuse bouche and port wine were nice touches. The confits were OK, not excellent. They were cooked to tender and well seasoned, but the meat tasted re-warmed - both the duck gizzard salad and the rabbit confit, but they tasted old and reheated. The frisee lettuce was fresh and the lardons plentiful.

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vipNorthSonomaGuy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at the Bistro and it was outstanding. Three of us had the hangar steak and one the seafood dish and they were excellent. Two of us also had French onion soup and it was nicely prepared and delicious. Pricing is what one would expect for such high quality food. The service was also very attentive but not instrusive. We ate outside and did not see the interior; maybe next time.

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vipClairedeFrench
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, the gizzard salad, beet salad and duck entree were outstanding

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Pistola
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Food was good although my fish was a little dry. Another in my party said the rabbit was the best. Service was excellent. Restaurant is close to the road and we had decided to sit outside due to the pandemic. Traffic noise was excessive. If we return it will be after the pandemic is under control and we feel comfortable sitting inside. On a totally positive note the 2018 Walter Hansel Three Rows Pinot Noir is superb.

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vipSher
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The staff was very friendly and inviting. When we drove up we couldn’t tell where to enter. The outside smelled of manure. Once we began to order the tap water tasted and smelled off so we ordered canned soft drinks. The baked French onion soup was delicious although hardly any cheese on top. I had the duck with polenta and carrots, duck was not that tender and dry, polenta was tasty carrots were really under cooked. The hanger steak was chewy, frites were nothing special. So we decided to skip dessert. The server was very good and inquired often regarding our needs.

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vipZachS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bested our expectations! Everyone was great and the food was solid.

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gardengal1565
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fresh from the garden beet salad was beautifully presented and the most delicious I think I've ever had. My husband, not a beet lover, agreed! The special of the week, Seafood Risotto, highlighted the fish which was properly cooked and had great flavor. Didn't save room for dessert, but I've been told they are delicious too.

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Christine
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here often and are never disappointed. I prefer the new indoor seating which spaces out the tables. Everything was amazing and the staff is always courteous and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were immediately greeted with complimentary sparkling rosé but a lovely cheerful woman. They brought out a sample of a soup as well. The food TASTED fresh and looked stunning. We started with the heirloom tomato salad and it was gone in seconds. I had a potato gnocchi and my boyfriend had the Halibut. There were absolutely no leftovers. When you first see the place you may think about turning around because it’s definitely an older quaint place, but don’t. Everything was 5 stars I have nothing to complain about. Thank you all for being so welcoming

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vipDianeandJim
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The managers have changed, and the menu is updated. The staff continues to be gracious, generous with information. We are welcomed like family, and they remember our needs and requirements.

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SteveA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. Everything was perfect. I highly recommend Walter Hansel.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the casual, friendly and warm atmosphere and service. Delicious meal. Felt like old Sonoma County( a compliment!)

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We sat outside. Noise came from street and kitchen.

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RichardT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner last night at Walter Hansel. Everything was perfect, from ambience to food to beverages to dessert. We will definitely be going there again. Thanks Walter Hansel for a memorable dinner.

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vipnotgood
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. What a fabulous restaurant. The food was delicious…I ordered the beet salad and short rib. My friends ordered the snails…it was wonderful from the first bite to the last. The restaurant looks like it is in a converted house and is very cool. The service was excellent, and a great wine list. We did the Walter Hansel Chardonnay flight. It was great. We are definitely going back!

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vipAnne
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Escargot are so delicious! Lovely seasonal Gravenstein apple dishes, both a salad and tarte tatin. Generous meat portion on the short rib stroganoff with pea shoots to keep it fresh. Friendly attentive service, as always. Love this place!

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Monica
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. The service was amazing: attentive without being too interruptive. Wine choice was excellent and went well with the chicken cordon bleu. Will definitely visit again.

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Cindo
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Heather was delightful. Always appreciate the extras! Scallop s were delicious. Glad to see more fish on the menu! Enjoyed the yellowtail.

Thank you for a pleasant evening!

MW
vipMichaelW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we were looking forward to the experience because of the reviews. First off the service was outstanding. Friendly and attentive staff and the location and ambiance is first rate. However the meals were just good. We had the duck breast and pork chop main courses and they were more like home cooked and uninspiring. It may have just been on off night for the chef and with many people still staying away from dining sourcing ingredients may be challenging.
Very much liked the place though and will certainly go back for another experience.

DJ
vipDianeandJim
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love WHB. The staff is friendly and very accommodating for allergies and sensitivities. Our favorite restaurant for more than 5 years.

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 1361 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.