Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

4.8
954 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
44 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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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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C
San Francisco
240 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, one of the finest restaurants in Napa Sonoma counties. Chef RJ

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AV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and ambience and Fred is a wonderful host. Can’t wait to go back!

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BT
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

If you haven’t been here yet...you’re missing out. It’s small inside so I recommend a reservation. The staff is wonderful and the food is beautifully executed.

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HH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and attentive service in an unpretentious, friendly environment.

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DD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was good and the service was excellent, but the restaurant is a long thin room that was so loud we could not hear each other. I think it is actually better at the bar (one end of the long room). While the food was good, there was nothing really outstanding about any of the dishes. "Nothing to write home about."

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time and the food was really good. Service was excellent!

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EW
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful, fresh food, prepared perfectly. not over done. delicious chopped salad!

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MT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely comfortable environment. All staff were so friendly service very good. They even had complimentary gazpacho shooter before dinner and complimentary desert wine. Our second time there and definitely would return and recommend to others. Did I mention the food was excellent. We had scallops and duck breast and both cooked to perfection! A wine country find!

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always attentive service. Great food!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently great food and great service! It’s always nice to go back to a place where the waitstaff knows you. Highly recommend!

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t
Phoenix
139 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Walter Hansel Bistro. It is a joy to see the same staff working there on each visit. Indicates to us that they are happy in their work and life so it is a win-win.

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BW
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too noisy. Couple next to us had overwhelming perfume.
Were there before and enjoyed it much more. Disappointing

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w
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Three of 4 entrees were very good. The 4th was chicken and was just okay. Waiter was very friendly and attentive. Wine was good but pricy. Did not have dessert or coffee. The after dinner liquor was a pleasant touch.

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Matthew's service was awesome! Quiet. Got some free samples and wine was fantastic.

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DJ
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to celebrate our Anniversary. Food, staff, atmosphere, service, wine, --- everything was great as usual.

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d
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely everything was perfectly prepared and served with by caring friendly people.

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d
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love French cooking this is the place to come. Every dish was delicious and visually appealing. Our server Matthew and the other staff were friendly and very attentive but not overly so. The food was hot and not presented until we were ready. Never felt rushed even though the place was full. The decor was casual elegance. The only thing I would like changed is the noise level. It was hard to hear each other at times. Otherwise I fabulous experience.

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SM
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to this Bistro since it was Zazu. The facility is a converted old farm house and seemed to be pretty much how it was laid out when it was Zazu. It’s small and quaint but it can be noisy since the low slanted roof probably bounces the sound around the room. We are ok with the noise level but if you are looking for a quiet place, this might not be for you. I think my dad with his hearing aid would have a hard time here. We had reservations and were seated right away. We had the salmon appetizer which was tasty, asked for additional “crackers” and got them quickly. We nibbled on this while waiting for our lobster bisque being baked with a flakey top {~14 min}. The bisque was tasty but had a tad more white pepper than we are use to. My husband had the scallops which he said were good (3 large pieces) and I had the herbed rack of lamb (4 ribs) which were cooked perfectly to my preference. If it had come with a pepper jelly, I would have been in heaven but it came with a gingered apple preparation which I did not care for. We had discussed the wine pairing with our server and enjoyed our sections. We shared a bread pudding dessert with French pressed coffees which was a lovely end to a very enjoyable meal. Service was great.

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s
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the entire evening, food, service and ambiance. Our server was exceptional. We will be returning.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice country location. It gives you the feeling that you are closer to the farm compared to restaurants in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came at the suggestion of a friend who said it was their favorite in Sonoma county... and I agree! Fantastic!

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BC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner. Staff is extremely attentive. Excellent food. Nice touches with little extras before and after dinner. Highly recommend.

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CK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal.

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KO
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my husband on a weekend getaway to Santa Rosa. We were both very impressed by the food prepared and the wait staff were friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend to anyone traveling to the North Bay!

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DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and friendly service. Good value too.

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w
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great people and service. They made us feel very welcome.

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Great food and service! We will request Mathew again! We look forward to coming back.

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L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Sonoma County. Always consistent with great seasonal offering.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous meal in wine country. We had the sea bass, beef Bourgogne and duck breast followed by the best Apple Tart Tatin in the world!

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I have been here, and I really appreciate the added attention of receiving a taste of the soup before our meal, and an after dinner drink to accompany our dessert. This, and the fabulous waiters (both times I was there) makes this a place I will come to again and again. Thank you:)

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A
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best rack of lamb in the county! The Coquille St. Jacque is a seasonal favorite. The only problem is deciding what to have! The staff is so friendly and attentive.

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place in Sonoma County. The best in every way

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D
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and Matthew is every bit as awesome as always!

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K
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is one of our favorite restaurant the staff and food were

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s
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places in Wine Country. The ambiance is cozy. Staff is friendly and helpful. Food is delicious. As usual I have difficulty making a decision because there are too many things I like on the menu. Definitely a first world problem. Having an issue with dairy, it's appreciated when I get my own amuse bouche such as olives rather than a dairy based sampler. Wine menu is varied with good options and well priced. Looking forward to seeing a Spring menu on my next visit.

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the whole experience. The staff is very attentive and helpful. The food was great and served within a timely manner.

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