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About Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

"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.

We are a small restaurant and love Open Table diners, please, please notify us as early as possible if your plans changes. Thank you

3535 Guerneville Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 94501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Bistro, French American

Hours of Operation:
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Wednesday
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Cross Street:
Willowside

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 546-6462

Website:
http://www.walterhanselbistro.com/

Executive Chef:
Saul Barragan

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Thank you for choosing Walter Hansel Wine Bistro . Should your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible. We look forward to serving you.

Walter Hansel Wine Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Fit for Foodies (28)
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Worth the Drive (27)
Good for a Date (26)
Local Ingredients (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Notable Wine List (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Bar Seating (16)
Casual (16)
Authentic (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fun (15)
Romantic (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (12)
Organic (11)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (6)
Good for Groups (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Overall a fine meal and a great experience for my wife's birthday although the note that I left in the special requests about it being her birthday dinner seemed to be ignored and no one there wished her a happy birthday which was a bit of a disappointment. I felt like it was a bit noisy and the seasoning of the food could have used a bit more salt for my taste which was remedied with the salt at the table which was a nice rock salt in a grinder and far better than the typical table salt.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We were visiting are friends in Windsor and they suggested this. Everything was great for all except me. My duck was cool and, in my mind, flavorless. Loved the ambience, the service, the presentation, the extras like the amuse bouch and complimentary Sauterne or Port after dinner drink. I'd try it again since all others loved it.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing!Our server was very personable and knowledgeable. Chef on point!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant that is worth the drive from Santa Rosa. Marvelous food, wine and service. We had a perfect evening and will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

One of the absolute best in wine country - must go to restaurant when your in the area. We have dined a number times but our recent visit was one of the best ever. The care and preparation of all of our dishes was at the highest standard.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This used to be one of our favorites but we haven't been there for sometime and things have changed. Unfortunately our favorite server Matthew wasn't there or I am sure at least the service would have been great. In the past we were introduced to the menu items by a very enthusiastic women describing the preparation, this time "are you ready to order". The food was poorly executed, I had the rack of lamb (medium rare) which was undercooked, way too fatty and served with only one rib separated so you had to hack at the rest trying to extract some meat. Yes I should have sent it back. My two companions had steak which was mediocre. A couple of apps, three glasses of wine, no desert and the bill before tip was $220. Way too expensive for this type of meal. Sorry to see it leave our list of favorites.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This is quickly becoming our new favorite place in Santa Rosa. Every time we've been there (6 times) I've had something different. All the meals have been great. The service is consistently outstanding. Great job !!!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

It's always a pleasure going there. Food is great and service is outstanding as always.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our second visit. Just as lovely as it was the first time. Hands down best servers in town. Wines are fantastic- this night we had the Cahill Lane. Yum and can’t wait to return!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our table was originally in the back super close to the tables next to us. One of those awkward tables where you hear the conversations of both couples next to you- so we moved to the bar. Amazing food, great service, good wine. Everything we ate was amazing. Highly recommend - casual yet classy! Go!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

First time diner with my date! Great food and service. Great variety to choose from and I have no complaints. I will return again👍

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Took our out of town guests to one of our favorite restaurants after a day of wine tasting.
Our last minute rezzie was chosen based on where they were staying and they were blown away. The food was amazing as always, especially my 12oz, 2 in thick bone-in veal chop which I devoured completely. The ladies split a Barrata/Heirloom tomato salad and a generous sized order of the Hanger steak w/frites, cooked perfectly seared outside and reddish-pink center, and they were very satisfied. My wife's Cordon Bleu w/fingerling potatoes was delicious along w/her corn chowder starter. Our waiter Matthew was awesome, very interactive and funny, and really made our guests comfortable. As always, we received an Amuse Buche and a digestif dessert wine with our meal, compliments of the restaurant. This continues to be my "go to" restaurant, despite all the great and new places we've tried in Sonoma County. We dine at nice restaurants about 3-4 times/month and this little gem rocks it! It's a funky old barn-style building, right off the road across from vineyards, and they have their own produce garden. They also make their own wines which are very reasonably priced, some less than other restaurants corkage fees!
That's it I'm done, but don't go because I won't be able to make last minute rezzies anymore. :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Had the rack of lamb. It was excellent. Service was very good and efficient. Not a place to go if you want to have conversation - extremely noisy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great place, great food, great service. soups, salalds, oysters, halibut, lamb, veal, wine were all amazing. Desserts were not at the same level as other dishes, otherwise 5 stars.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As always, Walter Hansel does not disappoint. Food, service and wine top notch. We will return for another spectacular meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food is always fantastic & the service, esp Matthew, is exceptional!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Dining area was hot and uncomfortable. Ceiling fans annoyingly at turbo speed. Noise level bordering on painful. Have had a better experience there. Just a bad night?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We have dined at this place six times - consistently great food, awesome service, the chef likes to tweek certain dishes which has always tasted wonderful, you can casually sit at the bar and eat, very friendly place

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We our building a vacation home on the north coast and discovered the bistro last year. We love the food experience so much we try to stop whenever we have the opportunity. The food is amazing.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Healthy, Authentic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Excellent waitpersons. Knowledgeable, appropriate and very friendly!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fun, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Every dish we had was amazing. This was the best dinner we have had at any restaurant all year. The staff was warm and friendly...all all around 5 star experience.

We will be back soon.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Santa Rosa. Their wine list has the best values around and their food is spectacular.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Fabulous -- as always. Very generous touches, like sparkling wine for the anniversary party, free of charge. And gluten free bread available. And the staff remembers our food restrictions and requests.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

One of the best finds in the Santa Rosa area. We have been there twice and we will go back again when in the area (guarantee)! The food was great. The little things between meals make a big difference! They do care about their customers!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We found this restaurant on OpenTable and decided to give it a try. The food and the service were excellent! They serve a "farm-to-fork" type menu. Everyone's choices were delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Really enjoyed the food. A lot of passion coming out of a tiny kitchen. Service was great along with a wine list offering a wide selection from the region. I am glad I made it a point to try this restaurant when I was in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This was such a great find. I actually hate reviewing it, because I don't want the word to get out. Food was amazing, and the staff was great. I'd give more than 5 stars if I could. We'll be back for sure.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Organic, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

With all the great Sonoma County restaurants to choose from, I did not hesitate in deciding to return here for my birthday. I love foie gras, escargot, Beef Wellington, rack of lamb, and almost all desserts. Three of us tasted each other's food and it was unanimous. Everything was delicious but my frozen lemon mousse was too tart for our tastebuds. Profiteroles and creme brûlée made up for it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Second time there. Food is delicious and it's also a charming place. I recommend it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary at WHB. It was wonderful. The Seafood Plate was unexpected and it was terrific. Oysters, clams, shrimp,& lobster. You can not beat this. Divers Scallop was also great. Wine and dessert was also great. Want to come again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Authentic, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

love this place. food is great. service is great. love our waiter Matthew

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This little place was great!! The service was fantastic. Matthew was our server and he had a great energy and enthusiasm for the food that was just fantastic. His recommendations were great. We started with prosciutto wrapped grilled peaches with cheese and moved on to the halibut and chicken cordon bleu. It was all done perfectly. The Walter Hansen wine flight is highly recommended too.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

One of the best meals, visit with family, we have ever had. Well worth every penny!

Tags: Tapas, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Overall superlative experiencia.....Mathew was a prince!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

A special place where the staff remembers you and treats every service with sparkling smiles and responsiveness. The Hansel wines are very enjoyable and the menu is eclectic enough to make it easy to find something that suits my particular fancy. I've eaten here many time, first as a walk-in and subsequently via reservations and have had an excellent experience from the moment I enter until when I depart. One mention that is indicative of many U.S. restaurants -- I think it is inappropriate to be presented with the check the moment I make it clear we are not ordering more food items.-

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food and service. I'll be back. Only open a few night a week don't mis this great Resturant. 👍👍

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We love everything about the Bistro; the service, the menu, the wine, the ambiance. It is a special dining experience. We will be back soon!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 17, 2017

PERFECT as always!!! Our server Matthew is just incredible never a miss with him. The food is out of this world. Again just perfect!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

I have the good fortune to live in the neighborhood. What a joy to have this as our neighborhood restaurant. Delicious, creative and beautifully presented with very friendly yet fully professional service. Thank you Steve, Fred and the entire crew.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

This is now our FAVORITE restaurant in the North Bay Sonoma County area. Exceptional in every detail.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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