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Willi's Wine Bar

4.6
4.6
2653 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 526-3096

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mark Stark

  • Private party contact

    Ulrike Steinke: (707) 526-3096

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,653 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Tapas / Small Plates

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  1. SL

    SonomaLass

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We returned to this favorite spot after too long away. We were delighted with some changes: a cocktail menu, to start with, and some new dishes. The cocktails were delicious, innovative but not weird. Three of the four of the dishes we shared were new to us, and all were delicious. We had a nice outdoor table on a warm Sunday afternoon, with friendly and attentive service. Ordering small plates, you need to have patience sometimes and be prepared for the food to come as it comes -- we appreciate that everything came fresh from the kitchen, hot or cold as appropriate. Just a really lovely experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have nothing bad to say. I love this place, I try to go every Sunday. Goal is to try and have every dish, so far nothing has been disappointing. Can't wait to go back.
  3. TL

    TennisLuver

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The only reason I gave less than 5 stars is due to the noise level, sometimes hard to carry on a conversation. I dine their regularly, usually dinner, and when inside one has to raise their voice quite a bit to hear each other.
  4. MM

    MichelleM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant that makes you feel at home and taken care of. Truly love the ambiance and the amazing team that takes unbelievable care of you. Food to die for!!!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun. Good food.
  6. M

    Macbest

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A bit of a mixed bag. The Pinot noir flight of wines offered were very disappointing. They offered two others for a small pour that we also tried. They also were disappointing. How can you have a restaurant in the heart of wine country with five Pinot noir‘s by the glass that were very disappointing? Maybe they were all open too long as they are offered by the glass! The wine steward needs to rethink the wines offered or throw our wines opened likely from the previous evening. We ended up ordering a bottle of wine that was quite good. As for the food we tried a number of dishes. The olives were tasty and a nice assortment with good olive oil. The tuna tartare lacked flavor and felt like it was missing something that was a disappointment the halibut dish was also a bit underwhelming. The items under the “earth“ menu were actually quite good. While the artichoke was heavily burned on the cut side it said give it a bit of a smoky flavor to say the least. The beet salad was excellent and the hands-down best dish was the spinach salad. Smoky pancetta mixed with a pancetta vinaigrette and goat cheese and mushrooms was sublime. We also tried the pork belly potstickers. It was very heavy and very dense but you kept coming back to it for more. The flash fried calamari was chewy and the sauce was an orange gremolata. Also a disappointment. A bit hard to believe I rated it for stars as all her past experiences at the previous Willi’s was excellent. We are going to give it another shot. Let’s hope for the best especially given the price point. We noticed the menu online was not consistent with a menu offered in the restaurant which is a disappointment. It doesn’t take that much work given the people standing around that I saw to keep the menu on OpenTable current. The only excuse for that is if they change the menu that day which we weren’t sure of.
  7. RO

    ROYF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience from beginning to end. The hostess greeted us with a friendly smile making us immediately welcomed. Our server pleasant and knowledgeable. The food, delicious as well as beautifully presented. Great wine list. Don’t hold back, order plenty of their delicious plates to share. We will frequent this restaurant.
  8. MS

    MelS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great, relaxing, fun experience as usual.
  9. S

    Shea

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks and food are amazing. We have eaten here every time we are in the area and have enjoyed it fully each time. The Tapas selections are varied and abundant. You will not be disappointed.
  10. J

    Judykudie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The service was good. We thought the food was fair. Some of the dishes were not warm enough. The inside dining was too loud.
  11. MR

    MikeR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, great variety, wonderful sauces, yummy desserts. Can’t wait to go back.
  12. MM

    MarkandMe

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this restaurant! Great food, good hospitality and we go every time we’re in town from the South Bay!
  13. NA

    NilA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was too fried but tasty. Could improve. The ambience was nice!
  14. TB

    ThomasB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In Santa Rosa where more than not you will find restaurants that are just barely average, this is one of the better ones
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The waitstaff we interacted with was very low energy. Our waiter did not seem pleased to be working there at all. Kind of made us feel like a burden had to flag him down to finally order a second glass of wine. We did have some issues with our food, like the butter braised halibut was raw in the center. We were able to address our concerns with the GM who was very pleasant to speak with. I wasn’t impressed with the quality of food overall, it was just okay. Definitely needs some improvement with staff as well.
  16. s

    sushibait16

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    So this time around the food was good
  17. s

    savorsmith

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food was delicious. Menu so much like the original Willi’s Wine Bar. I miss that atmosphere of the original place. We had a good time , but I think next time I woukd choose Bird and the Bottle. Our friends had a dog so we choose your spot, we did have.a nice time. Tuna tartar was the best!
  18. j

    jjhman

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food, as usual except for the chintzy dessert. We ordered the "Warm chocolate cake blah blah." and it was a cupcake! I hate cupcakes. We sat outside and the noise was incredible, incessant delivery trucks and a hedge trimmer across the street through the entire meal. The semi enclosed patio area seemed to capture all of that and still amplify the noise of the other diners. Will we go back? You bet. We love the salads, the warm bread and the entrees.
  19. AS

    AudreyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We always love Willi's - it's one of our favorite date spots! Extra kudos that they catered to me being pregnant and created the BEST spicy virgin margarita. Some mocktails at restaurants are pricy (like $10+) but this was only $6 and well worth it. The food was great overall, and great value (the small plates are not that small!). We ordered olives, the arugula endive salad, truffle fries, and halibut and it was plenty for two people. I didn't love the halibut - it was a bit bland to me, but my husband enjoyed it and everything else we've ever gotten there has been incredible. Obviously they have a great wine list, too, if you're not pregnant! My husband got and enjoyed a Spanish riesling and Kokomo zinfandel.
  20. PS

    PatriciaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    We requested outside seating for a birthday dinner, but were sat in an entirely cover side alley that was hot, very loud and crowded. We asked to be moved outside. They couldn’t accommodate, even though the reservation was made well in advance. We ended up eating at the bar and the bar tender was very snippy and short. Food was the best part.
  21. PA

    PaloAltoNative

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant outdoor dining.
  22. K

    Kathy

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Willi's food and service were impeccable, as always.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for dinner with your girlfriends!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and great service! Never disappoints!
  25. m

    moonlightwaybaby

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was as amazing as ever and the service was perfect. I wish I could afford to eat here every week!
  26. CG

    CGBd

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, servers are attentive without being intrusive (a hard balance to find, for sure!), food is seriously amazing. I went for an anniversary dinner, and Willi's was actually a last-minute second choice because the restaurant we planned to go to happened to be closed! I couldn't be happier with how that worked out, and I look forward to eating here again. Try the filet mignon sliders, and the ahi tartare!
  27. AK

    AliceK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shrimp and macaroni were excellent. Loved the carrot dish with surprising heated olives. Portions were ample, had to take some home. Wait staff were attentive and on the spot. 3 rd visit and would do it again
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorites. This time we had the chilled and baked oysters also the curry crab tacos all were delicious.
  29. T

    Tmattice

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Was seated in parking lot despite indicating preference for indoor when booking. When I go out I value ambiance as much as food and our table sucked. Out of 8 dishes 6 were excellent the tomato supe missed and the lamb chops were raw. That was disappointing as they were my favorite late time here. Got a Pinot wine flight that was average. At a wine bar, they should be served in a Pinot glass.
  30. RL

    RoseL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers and bussers are the best! Friendly and professional! Love the patio seating and Love all the food choices (mac and cheese and calamari were outrageous) and the small plate concept- more food than I expected! Did I mention the cocktails? Yum. Will be back soon!
  31. s

    sushibait16

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    1 star day for typically a 3.5 star restaurant. We were here a time before and found the food to be very good. That was not the cast this time. The bread had an after taste akin to rancid oil. The pot sticker was heavy on the salt and inedible. The shrimp was okay as was the goat cheese fritters. Overall I am thinking it is an off day for them in the kitchen. The wait staff has always been sub par at this restaurant so I am not counting on it when we usually show up here for dinner. Hopefully the kitchen will be back to above par next time.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great food and drinks!!
  33. NH

    NaturalHorseman

    San Francisco

    175 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Asked for a “fun, knowledgeable server” and Paul met those expectations. My bride chose a Sauvignon Blanc with Paul’s help, and I had the Arneis for the first two rounds. Bride had the baked oysters with spinach and Béarnaise sauce and thought it was very good. I had half doze oysters with a killer little mignonette sauce with hints of heat from tiny bits of Fresno chile, and tastes from the vinegar, shallots and cilantro. Yumm! (Think I should have had my brides SB but… Next round was roasted beets with goat cheese and nuts. Simple, great. Just too much for a “small plate” IMHO. I switched to red. The Margerum Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre/Counoise/Cinsault “M5” Santa Barbara County, 2018 paired nicely with my Moroccan style Lamb Chops. One of perfectly medium rare to rare which is my preference the other was more toward medium. My bride had Dean’s Pork Ribs which were cut down to 3” and served in a coffee mug style bowl. She said it was great! For dessert round we had Chocolate Chunk and Banana Bread pudding topped with a Paul-suggested scoop of vanilla ice cream. I took Paul’s suggestion for tawny and I chose the 10 year port. We finished with decaf coffee and hot milk to make our own cafe au laits. My wife gave the whole meal a 9 and I a t10, and agreed we were going to sit outside next time. \ Well worth the half an hour trip up north.
  34. f

    fasteddie

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    first time at this restaurant. group of five all enjoyed the many small plates. would definitely recommend and return.
  35. M

    Michele

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, everything was delicious. Always like the crab tacos, endive & arugula salad, and my relatives devoured the pot stickers, ribs, fries, shrimp and calamari.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food, the oysters were fresh and delicious. I highly recommend and will definitely be back
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I’ve always had a good experience at Willis, but Memorial Day was not good. Starting with the drinks, it took forever to get one and when I finally got it, it was not good. The service was subpar at best. The server sat us in the window with sun beating in on an 80 degree day. Then never came back to check on us to see if we were comfortable. When he did come by he was so rushed he didn’t wait for my response to his question. We ordered several dishes to share, but it seemed liked the quality of the dishes was lacking. Only two of the dishes tasted as they should and the other 4 tasted bad. We wanted desert, but we were so hot and miserable, and couldn’t get the waiters attention, so we just asked the bus man for our check. Maybe it was just the typical holiday blunders, I don’t know, but will think twice about returning to Willis again.
  38. JD

    JeffD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most memorable restaurant experiences I've ever had. Everything was perfect; amazing food, wine, and service. Spendy but worth it.
  39. p

    pamw

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary dinner. Started with a delightful surprise glass of sparkling wine. Everything was delicious, and out dessert had a candle in it. All very sweet
  40. BL

    BradL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Fantastic service and the food was insanely delicious! Can’t wait to go back

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Willi's Wine Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 526-3096.

Willi's Wine Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 2653 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Willi's Wine Bar

1415 Town & Country Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mark Stark

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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