Walter Hansel Wine Bistro

4.8
1446 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 1446 People Are Saying
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RobynT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a must try kind of place when here in Sonoma County. The food is prepared with such care and the flavors are wonderful. The service is the best every time we have been her and everyone is helpful and respectful of your space. They give you a special evening and meal every time!

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Lovely
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Have eaten here for years. Don't know if they were just having a bad day, but a classic dish we order a lot, chicken cordon bleu, wasn't anything like it used to be. In fact, it was bad. The vegetables were over grilled, almost burned. The potatoes were mushy. The service was mediocre at best. If this had been my first experience at this restaurant I would never go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great experience at Walter Hansel Bistro and compared to many restaurants in the Sonoma/Napa region, excellent value, especially the wine!

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JeannineP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t believe I haven’t been to this restaurant I felt like I’ve been transported to another place. Spent four hours here closing the place down it was magical so warm and welcoming. And the food is beyond amazing. It’s the real deal

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vipMinglingMike
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

WH Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Sonoma County, which is saying a lot. I've never had a bad meal here. In fact, they've all be excellent. Last night, we had the duck breast and petrale sole. Both very flavorful. Sole, paired with WH Estate Chardonnay (really any WH Chard) and the duck paired with south slope pinot noir was fabulous.

Great food in a charming old ranch house with wonderful Russian River wines. There's not much better than this.

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vipIsaacS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really fantastic attention to culinary details. Nice to try some Hansel wines by the flight, somewhat embarrassed to never have realized how excellent their Pinot Noirs are.
Service was impeccable, attentive but casually friendly.

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vipZorrah
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As ever, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Staff is welcoming and gracious. The food, from the amuse-bouche to the dessert, was delightful.

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ceceliaz
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We ate outside. Inside much more pleasant due to no traffic noise, but outside safer in these times. The food is always good at Walter Hansel. It is our top choice for a quality dining experience.

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kevin
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

First time that we tried here although we constantly drive past it. Great relaxed environment with superb service. Food was great and enjoyed the wine.

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med2033
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Got an email about their $52 prix fixe three-course meal for the weekend and decided to go in. Started with sparkling and the warm bread they brought, followed by the Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque (for my wife) and the Beet Salad for me. We both had the Prime Boneless Beef Short Ribs Stroganoff, which was amazing. And we both had the Tahitian Vanilla Pot de Crème for dessert. Had a bottle of Château Moulin La Grangère ($45) with the meal (and took home leftover stroganoff). The usual amuse bouche (a potato and leek soup shooter) and complementary dessert wine (a port) were pleasant additions.

Walter Hansel remains one of our favorite spots to eat.

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vipChefrj
San Francisco
262 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Walter Hansel bistro is a unrated restaurant that deserves a Michelin rating. Our dinner was outstanding, the service was excellent.
Chef rj

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SteveN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took the wife for date night and we both had the short rib price fixe dinner.
She had her favorite, beet salad and I had the Caesar salad.
We both enjoyed the Tahitian vanilla pots de crème and coffee.
Excellent service from the wait staff (sorry don’t recall any names), and all in all had a wonderful evening.
We are so glad W. Hansel’s is surviving !

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vipSueP
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit here and we were not disappointed. The food, drinks, service and ambience was excellent. We will be back.

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PMac
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The dining experience at Walter Hansel Wine bistro was delightful. We ate outside (in Jan); heaters were sufficient. The road that the bistro sits on is busy which impinges on the outside dining experience. Food was excellent, service was perfectly timed and relaxed. We enjoyed the house wine; one a Chardonnay; the other a Pinot. Both delicious.
We took advantage of the fixe prix. Good choice.

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JohnC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience, it was a special event for us and they addressed that!

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vipFoodlover
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorites we were thrilled to find a spot for New Years Eve. We were warmed by heaters sitting outdoors with magical lighting. The staff was so friendly and thoughtful. The food was wonderful with perfect portion sizes to enjoy 5 courses. And we felt we had a special evening together to end a challenging year.

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MRyan
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE this place!!! Husband and I love in PA but went to Walter Hansel when we were in area 7-8 years ago and the bar was set high. We just went back a few days ago and we remembered correctly, this place is AMAZING! Food is excellent, service is outstanding, feels like you're going to a friend's house for dinner rather than a restaurant. Wish we lived closer, we would go every week.

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FengW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

the meal was not bad, just completely unmemorable. and given the high prices, I was disappointed.

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Mrs60
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Wonderful Birthday Dinner. Everything was amazing. Thank you.

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vipDianeandJim
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best place to celebrate my 85th birthday. Christmas and New Year blessings to all.

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SuzanneS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food. Loved the Hansel Pinot noir

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Anne
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the prawn appetizer, and the escargot were as delicious as as always. The pork chop entree was huge and a great value. Friendly, attentive service. We love this restaurant!

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mypicatsa
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

A very nice restaurant, not fabulous. Actual facility not too attractive.

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KenK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the ribeye steak. It was a five star delight as were the beans and fritters. My wife had the chicken and she enjoyed it. The wine was delicious. My wife has the buttery Chardonnay and I had the bolder Pinot Noir, The deserts were five stars as well. We will be back.

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ptownc
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

As always the food and service at Walter Hansel Wine Bistro was excellent. staff was friendly and very helpful. Large party in the indoor dining area was noisy but that wasn't too much of a problem.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We’ve been here several times. The service is always excellent- attentive and unobtrusive. The food this time was not as up to par. Dishes seemed under seasoned. We will go back to see if it was Maybe an off day for the staff.

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KADE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious French-inspired menu with wonderful service

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NaomiW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food! Hands down the best polenta we’ve ever had with the duck dish. Every dish we had was delicious. We will be back.

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neetz
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It was lovely sitting under the tent with heaters even though our reservation was at 7:30. The service was perfect. We received a glass of wine while we waited. Both couples shared a caesar salad which was good but the main entrees were the stars. The duck was tasty and tender with creamy polenta, always a great choice. The rib eye was thin, but a large portion and tender. The lamb ragout was a big hit.
We also commend them for donating all the profits last night to Food for Thought. Amazing in these times. We will be back.

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vipLarry
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Walter Hansel Bistro is always rock solid. Great food and excellent wine list.

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vipcreekrose
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Happy to support Dining out for life and enjoy a delicious meal. Everything was excellent. A surprise amuse bouche was a spiced corn soup. We shared escargot, then duck and seafood linguini for main courses. Dessert was Apple tart & the chocolate mousse. Terrific experience and hope to return soon!

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Ferns4All
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Charity event for Food for Thought. Food was wonderful. Staff very pleasant.

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KerryC
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious; the wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly and we had a terrific time. This restaurant annually donates to Food for Thought's Dine In event which means that every dollar we spent on food goes to Food for Thought. The restaurant's generosity, outstanding food, and superb service make it a restaurant worthy of support year round!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food, wine and service. Menu is changed weekly, so that’s a good reason to go back… frequently!

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LisaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious sea bass and scallops served in just the right portions. Fabulous and light dessert.

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vipDianeandJim
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Walter Hansel Bistro is really a "French" restaurant. The host and the staff greet each guest as a special person. We are frequent diners and they are welcome us as personal friends. Their food preparation and presentation are elegant. Their attention to all the little details of cutlery, glassware, plates, decorations placement are elegant and refined. And the staff is gracious, welcoming, using genteel expressions. They have complete knowledge of all the details each menu items, and are open and willing to honor special requests. The added touch of an "amuse bouche" and a complimentary after dinner liquor make the whole experience "magnifique".

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DominicB
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem!! The waitstaff was terrific and very helpful. The chef should be congratulated for a most flavorful meal for both of us. The people at the next table were local and extremely neighborly. This all made for a wonderful and memorable experience.

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desmond
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A real treat unlike any other place.
Service empathic and appreciative.
Always a surprise offerring as well

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med2033
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite hidden gem. The food is delicious, and the service friendly and attentive without being bothersome. The restaurant seems to have returned to pre-pandemic normal - no more single use items, the usual number of tables, which is welcome. Note that masks are still required, and the staff is masked.

The lobster bisque (a seasonal item which was available last night), while expensive at $20, is perfect and contains a generous amount of lobster.

Recommended for anyone who enjoys great food and wine in a simple but elegant setting.

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French
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place and really good food

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 4.8 stars by 1446 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.