Willi's Wine Bar

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
A San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Top 100 Restaurant for four years, Willi’s Wine Bar’s captures the casual, laid-back nature of Sonoma County Wine Country. Tourists and locals feel equally at home enjoying a quick bite or lingering over a glass of wine. The menu at Willi’s features international small plates, some wildly inventive and others comfortingly familiar. Staff is eager to help create perfect pairings with wines from the extensive wine list, many by local producers. Most wines are available in two-ounce tastes as well as by the glass or bottle.
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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The spinach salad is the best salad ever made. The Brussel sprouts and the filet sliders are also wonderful.

KW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely AMAZING. I will be back for lunch and more dinners. Pricey but so yummy

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bought 1/2 bottle of wine, got about 1/3 bottle in a carafe. Potstickers were cold inside. Noise level was not conducive to conversation.

J
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit to the new Willi’s after the fires that destroyed the original. The room is large and there is a patio, as there was in the original location. I had reserved so was surprised to be seated in a small space blocked in by a potted plant and the chair of an adjoining diner. It ended up being cozy and quiet. Our server was outstanding. The menu has been positively updated and my companion and I were happily surprised. I noticed that Willi’s is now partnering with Journeyman to present the highest quality of charcuterie available.
This new incarnation will be a new “go to” for me!

B
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Noise pretty bad. Recommend the installation of acoustical measures.

FT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal I have had in years. Everything was perfect. Those Moroccan lamb chops were super. Everyone at the table agreed it was one of their best meals in along while.
We'll be back!

CV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Interesting choices.

LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time in this new location. Beautifully renovated restaurant, but quite noisy. Food was wonderful. We tried filet mignon sliders, lamb, warm spinach salad, and creme brûlée- all delicious and enough for the two of us to share. The wine list is rather overwhelming, so we had difficulty selecting the bottle we wanted, though the server brought us samples to taste until we found the right one. Definitely worth a visit or more.

BA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

every course was great- we really enjoyed our meal

DN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very noisy. Food was just okay.

BW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We found the dishes that we had to have to much salt and butter flavor. That still didn't stop us from eating everything.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to the new location once before and to the prior location many times. The food was the best ever. The room is nice and there was a really nice energy in the restaurant. Not inexpensive.

RL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service but be prepared for a pretty high noise level. I asked for the quietest table possible and many that option wasn't available but the table we had was pretty noisy. i

BD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

First off, the main room is extremely noisy with all its hard surfaces, no tablecloths, etc. This is off-putting and the new space lacks the warmth and charm of the old location. But my main complaint is that we felt rushed. All 4 of us ordered a glass of wine which came immediately and then the waitress took our orders. I think 2 or 3 of the small plates came out within 5-10 minutes. We asked a server to slow the service down but were told he had no control of that. The food is good but very pricy. I would recommend the Moroccan lamb chops which were fantastic! However, I most likely won't be returning soon.

F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, wine selection and service. Top choice for dining in the Santa Rosa area.

DF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server, great menu, all dishes were excellent. This was my first time visiting the new location, and I will definitely be back.

DA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love the food at Willi's as well as the service. The noise level is a bit too high for us, difficult to have conversations with a group

c
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is outstanding and the service is always great at Willi's. Willi's Wine Bar lives up to its name with a wide range of choices.

SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just as we would expect...Wonderful.

KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Willi’s provides interesting and innovative takes on a variety of cuisines. The atmosphere is both upscale and comfortable. The noise level inside can be a distraction if you are trying to converse in a group. It ends up being a little spendy for lunch, but the quality of the food and service make the experience worth the price.

MD
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at the new location! Food amazing as before, with great wine selection to go with it

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved our server Hannah and the food was mostly excellent. Only complaint is the bone marrow I ordered to go had no meat on it. I spent $17 for literally just bones. I didn’t know till I got home, so there was not way to correct it. Other than that, I LOVE this place.

MR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were greeted and seated quickly. Server came and introduced herself right away and let us know that she would be right back to help us. Food was very good, with the exception of the ribs. It’s fun trying bites from all over the board. Nice atmosphere and great energy at their new location.

NS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned to Willi's for the first time since the fire in 2017. The original location was one of my absolute favorites and they did not disappoint at the new location. Everything was expertly crafted and I couldn't have asked for better service. Highly recommend this place!

DB
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Very disappointing. Noise at such levels that we couldn't speak to each other. Food sub par -- we ordered a cheese plate and one of the three cheeses on it was just a cheese rind (?). Brick chicken was tough and tasteless. Service was rushed and brusque. This was our second time going since it reopened. The first time it was great and seemed reenergized and on point, but this time was awful, and we won't be back.

GC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While missing the unique charm of the original Will’s WIine Bar we found the food and service at the new location to be first rate. Everything was fresh and perfectly prepared and as expected the combinations were rich in flavor and beautifully presented. It will again be our go to spot in Santa Rosa

KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Took my mother and daughter for lunch, was so looking forward to it because loved the “old” Willi’s. Service was amazing, place is lovely... but almost everything we had was way too rich! We didn’t even finish 2 of the 5 small plates we ordered, because so rich... Barely touched the mac and cheese, took the bacon off of the bacon-chives crepes, and even a straight veggie plate was drowning in a butter sauce. May go back, but will order only 2-3 plates for 3, and will ask for the “cleanest” ones or to very much decrease any sauces. Disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful.

F
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our second visit to the new location Willi's, we liked it the first time very much and looked forward to returning. We went with the same friends we went with the first time, this was our annual Xmas dinner with them. The room was a bit noisy which is an issue for our friend that is hard of hearing but he managed, he did ask that the hostess turn the music and she did, very much appreciated. The service was very good, prompt with being intrusive. The problem we had was the food, just not as good as it was the first visit. The dumplings had to be returned for too much salt, my duck/polenta dish was on the verge of being too salty, the Tunisian carrots were much larger than the first visit and consequently didn't have the North African flavors I looked forward to. The fritto misto of delicato squash was very good, as was the mu shu bacon, the spinach salad and especially the pudding cake. We'll be back but the kitchen needs to step up their game to what it previously was.

RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice options for wine flights. The cheese course has some really nice choices. We liked the Mac & cheese, the lamb chops and the Meyer lemon pudding cake.

RW
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a Wonderful time at Willi's, it is my Favorite Restaurant in Sonoma Count! Jason was So Hospitable and Gracious to me and my Friend and the Food was Spectacular!!

l
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been big fans of Willi's in Healdsburg for years so had to try the new Willi's in Santa Rosa. It is tucked in a quiet neighbor which adds to its charm. They offer a lovely range of tapas and a huge, huge wine by the glass selection. We love the mix and match of small plates and we have never been disappointed. The atmosphere on a cold winters evening was warm, cosy and charming, but there were even brave souls out on the patio (with heaters)! The Starks have put together a great local chain since we also really live Monti's in Montgomery Village.

P
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good neighborhood food

GP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Willis food is outstanding! We have been there 3 times and every time we have consistently had great food! I wish we had gotten the name of our server as he was so attentive and informative. We are not crazy about their Chardonnay choices on their menu (which is our drink of choice), so this last time we brought a bottle of Chardonnay and everything was perfect! Highly recommend this restaurant.

M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not as cozy as the old house but still a fun spot. interesting, well prepared small plate selections. Could expand their flight tastings a little.

CI
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu selections, wine list very good. Flights very interesting. Wine flights make it great way to try wines we normally would not look for. So far all of the restaurants in your portfolio have been excellent. Looking forward to Grossman’s

JJ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the redo of our old favorite restaurant. Our food, service and experience was excellent. We will return often.

G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brittney was pretty awesome. She helped pick out some great wines by the glass to try, and I'm a winemaker. Great food all the way around. Willi's is really a no-brainer.

y
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fabulous, as always. Noise level too high at lunch, could hardly hear anyone. Filet sliders the best, as well as no flour chocolate cake!

LY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food and service were great but the noise level was terrible. They should put a divider along the alcove of the main room to put large parties in....unfortunately it seems large parties always have people who feel it is okay to yell and scream! The main room could also use some sound deadening ceiling panels to absorb some noise....in the mean time bring your earplugs!

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