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Flavor Bistro

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41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.23%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 6
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

96 Old Courthouse Sq
Santa Rosa, California, 95404-4921
United States
phone: (707) 573-9600

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Reviews by DefenCorps:
Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

A two minute walk from the Russian River brewpub lies this very elegant restaurant. The Sunday morning that I went there, it was quiet with a few families having brunch at the tables and a couple of locals at the bar. Relaxing.

Quality and selection wise, this place is top notch - there are 6 Moonlight beers on tap with glasses available for sale (grab one if you go). I really like that they chose to have _only_ Moonlight beers on tap with a decent bottle (and wine)list. Beers are always fresh and served in pints/half-pints, maybe a touch too cold

Food-wise, the emphasis is on fresh ingredients and where possible, local. Their cheese plate was quite exceptional, and their soup for the day (a tomato soup) was great as well.

Service was pleasant and friendly. While not intrusive, the bartender made sure I was never wanting. Plus, he did tell me what else to look out for.

All told, this is a great place to stop by for a beer and great food. Next time I'm in Santa Rosa, I'm going to make it a point to swing by again.

DefenCorps, Jan 10, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

strongaf, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
4.59/5  rDev +7%

We stopped by Flavor Bistro because it was within walking distance of Russian River and they had Moonlight beers. We were not expecting to be so impressed by the food that we would return the next night! Beef caravaggio was delicious, the duck ravioli was pretty much perfect, the shrimp were some of the best I have ever tasted, the presentation was excellent and the amount of food was almost too much. The prices were extremely reasonable for the quality, entrees were around $18. oh, they also had liek six Moonlight Brewing beers on tap and served in Moonlight Brewing pint glasses. They also sold me a pint glass to go for $7. Service was pretty attentive , friendly and it was a very relaxed dining atmosphere. I would love to return and if this place were in Denver I would eat there pretty regularly.

ArrogantB, May 09, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

hoppymcgee, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

We really enjoyed this stop in Santa Rosa after a terrific day of wine touring. Not really a beer bar, more a moderately upscale restaurant that happens to serve Moonlight Brewing's wonderful beers exclusively. Six beers on tap during our visit, including the delightful Death and Taxes.

Service at the bar was very pleasant and attentive. We were not very hungry so we stuck with the cheese plate. That was tasty. Everything we saw looked very good. Only sorry we did not get back there again as we ran out of time.

Really nice place, though.


sholland119, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Jodi215
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%

This is a little Bistro in Santa Rosa that my son wanted to visit because they serve on tap beers from Moonlight brewery. It's a little upscale from most of the breweries we visit so I was feeling very spoiled eating there. Atmosphere while casual is very nice, small patio and a long bar with tables scattered around. No tablecloths so that kept the feeling comfortable. It has been called the unofficial pub for Moonlight brewing and has six on tap. The service was great, friendly and accommodating to my special requests (no dairy). I had the Quail which I've wanted to taste since moving to AZ. and being told by the construction guys working on our house how delicious it tastes. The taste lived up to their description but I'm still having a problem picturing them ( big construction guys) nibbling the meat off those tiny bones. It was so good though that I now not only think those little birds are so cute, well I'm now seeing them in a whole different way. Other things ordered were Singapore Noodles and Ravioli. When the meals were set down in front of us we all said Wow and while we were eating more wow's were heard. The value while a little pricey was well worth the cost. We will return for sure.

Jodi215, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Love coming here with the crew after a long day and/or night at RR for PtY release or if I happen to be in the area. The food here is fantastic, atmosphere a bit more upscale (so going in there a bit tipsy after being at RR is most likely not per-say frowned upon, but also not invited) and they have some great Moonlight beers on tap.

Recommended for sure if you have time.

SpdKilz, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of slander
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Ben drove back to the hotel, roused the Bethy, and the 2 of them walked back to some place for din they talked good on just a few blocks shy of here. Wasn’t so much waiting on the call, but trying to keep track of time so I’d know when to set out to meet them. Probs was, I was going to have to give up my mint seat at the bar to do so and they don’t come so easy at Russian River. Tough one, but these things you do for friends and food; I finished my ‘tion’ and got up and just walked away...

On the green, seemingly upscalier than I am on a good or any day; through the out front pen umbrella’d up and in. It’s a pretty big room, it is. Stucco beige walls uppers done with landscape prints and framed mirrorings, burgundy ceiling with blended ductwork, yellowy center columns, down, well, the center, with alternating buttercup drop lighting, and seemingly blueish carpetings. 3 dozen tables about in all, not so much sectioned off as riddled about; standalone and some on beigey leather seating on the stucco walls, below mounted upright bell lamps. And most of it to the rear as the room opens up, but there’s some up front amidst an oddly placed fireplace there.

“C” shaped bar to the left pleasantly tea candle lit with something glowy underside otherwise, and seating for a dozen on non-backed stoolings. Barback holds a center mirror on a wood unit, with wine shelved atop and to both sides over a coffee thing and baby oven. A smaller wood shelving unit with wine sits to the left side. Track spots and a single spinny fan over the bar for ‘cool off, man!’

6 taps, and they’re all from Mr. Moonlight; Death & Taxes Black Beer, Bombay By Bay IPA, Lunatic Lager, Special (Brown Ale), Twist Of Fate Bitter, Reality Czeck Pils. It’s said that this place is the unofficial brewpub on Moonlight, and that Brian Hunt’s amazing beers are the only thing they pour. I am sooo good with that. Drank the Death & Taxes Black Beer because it pairs well with life. Apparently, they have a small bottle list I’m disinterested in looking in on now or when, ‘cause did I mention there were 6, count ‘em, 6, beers from Moonlight on? And a wine list with about 6 dozen entries.

Foodings are apparently good Italian, and a variety of other things. They started with the organic spinach salad (caramelized onions, bacon, organic pear & local goat cheese) and the sauteed Dungeness Crab Cake (basil aioli & crispy shoe strings yams of total win), while I opted for the smoked salmon pizzetta, overlooking the capers; dysfunctional family to dirty olives twice unsuccessfully removed. The pizzetta was quite perfectly what I needed, and the crab cake did not suck. Didn’t get at the spinach salad but it looked most handsome.

As we’d gorged ourselves on meat, cheese & bread earlier, we then decided to split 2 entrees between the 3 of us; they being the Martin’s Ragu (boscaiola meat sauce with porcini & red wine, pasta ribbons), and the prawn pasta (slivered garlic, sweet basil, white wine, pomodoro, cream). I was thinking this was going to be awesome, and was correct, as usual.

And dessert for the fuck of it (because we could). Thought the black & white bomba (choc & vanilla gelato espresso, whipped cream, nuts) would be in order, as we saw it constructed earlier, barside. Oh, and a double espresso would be lovely, yes, thank you. And the crème brulee for Bethy, and a chai tea, too.

Good crowd, comfortable house. Must be that special place you go do dinner ‘cause I’ve heard ‘Happy Birthday’ sung here 3 times here tonight. The food was real goddamn good, and the beer, well it is the unofficial Moonlight brewpub. I am most happy here. I must note at this point how awesome Ben is at organizing vacations and procuring tables at bars. Wait! I said that?

slander, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Stopped in here on 26 Dec 2011 for dinner w A and other family. Arrived just before the dinner crowd hit.

Nice moderately upscale decor. Focus is primarily Italian, although they also have a high end burger menu. Beers included five Moonlight beers on tap, as well as a few others in bottles, Racer 5 and Bud if I recall. 12 oz of Moonlight for $4, or 12 oz of Bud for $4. Not a hard decision.

Food overall was quite good. We had the mussels and sweet potato gnocchi for appetizers. For main courses we had Molly's chicken, a couple of the burgers, duck ravioli, pork chop, and chicken strips for the kids. We tried the poached pear for dessert. The mussels and poached pear were the favorites, but nothing was less than good.

Waitstaff was extremely patient with the kids dropping toys on the floor. Apologies to the tables around us.

We tried all five of the Moonlight offerings. Reality Czech and the IPA we liked best.

Not strictly a beer destination, but apparently one of the few places to offer so many Moonlight beers. Would definitely go back, if only for the beer. Overall a bit on the pricey side ($200 for our table of five adults and two kids), but good food, beer, and atmosphere. Also the Moonlight glasses were offered for sale, but a little expensive at $7 ea for the 12 oz. ones (we passed).

htomsirveaux, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of regsucks
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

Been here a few times while in the area for wineries and Russian River. Essentially, a very good Italian restaurant with the added bonus of having 5 or so Moonlight beers on tap.

Atmosphere is obviously more of a casual/contemporary restaurant than a bar.

Quality of the food is very good. I've had a few different italian entrees. I especially enjoy the Gnocchi with chicken/sausage Ragu. They also have a considerable list of Burgers.

Service has always been top notch. Prompt, friendly, helpful.

Selection is very wide, mostly centered on Italian dishes, but tons of Pastas and entrees to choose from.

Food, as I said before, has always been very good.

Prices are reasonable, pastas range from $12-18, entrees around $20. Higher for items like lamb, lobster, etc.

Overall, a very solid choice for a good meal and good beers on tap.

regsucks, Dec 28, 2011
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Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, CA
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