Flavor Bistro

Flavor BistroFlavor Bistro
Flavor BistroFlavor Bistro
Bar, Eatery

96 Old Courthouse Sq
Santa Rosa, California, 95404-4921
United States

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

After a few brews at Russian River, I took a quick trip back to the Hotel to wash and brush up for the evenings New Years Eve festivities. Heading back into Santa Rosa for the Russian River Big Blue Ball, I first met fellow BA Rapapoda at the Third Street Aleworks for a few brews and then a trip to Flavor Bistro before hitting RRBC again for the NYE Big Blue Ball.

Interior is nicely laid out, a large rectangular room works back from the entrance. A smattering of tables at the front to your immediate left offers an airy view outside through the large windows. The small bar runs off to your left and seats around 8 in reasonable comfort. Working back the last third of the room has a regimental look to it, neatly laid out and furnished. Dark reds, gold’s, lots of dark woods and some pastel colors all add a warming atmosphere, as does the fireplace that I noted. The interior had a very European feel to it, like a cross between a high end Belgium bar and French Café, with the focus on quality, and with a relaxing but smart comfortable environment.

Principally a restaurant, it thankfully sports a small dark wood bar with a limited number of stools. Up to six different Moonlight brews are on sale at any one time. All the beers I tried here were top-notch, on-form, fresh and of the highest quality. It is noteworthy that the Owner-Brewer of Moonlight personally delivers and ensures the beers quality himself it seems. All of the Moonlight libations are served in rather cool Stange-type cylinders with the Moonlight moniker, which I have not seen before. A small but half-decent bottled beer range which is on display behind the bar is also on offer, but why on Earth anyone would stray from the Moonlights is beyond me!? I had the Death and Taxes as well as the IPA and both were damn tasty, the former holding up well to its legendary status.

I didn’t eat here but the Menu was impressive, great prices too, the food I saw was drool worthy. I did however have an Appetizer, we started with a plate of freshly made bread and a dish of virgin Olive Oil with a touch of Balsamic Vinegar (which I think was free gratis), quickly followed by a stunning Pear Bruschetta.

Service was at all times incredibly professional, friendly and attentive. The bar keep was busy with other tasks but always made sure that our Glasses were kept filled.

Despite the excellent food, and equally great wine, this place really is all about the Moonlight brews, but what an establishment to find them in! An environment which is far from pretentious, with a very friendly smart casual feel. I really took to Flavor Bistro from the moment I sat at the bar and sampled my first Death and Taxes here.

I think it is also fair to say that there is definitive 'hidden' synergy between Russian River Brewing Company and Flavor Bistro. They are both without doubt in a completely different league from the other Santa Rosa beery establishments. But with the best will in the World it is hard to get worked up and excited about the fare at Russian River, and as much as it is a pleasure to drink there all day, you may find yourself finding the food a little wanting. So having the ability to “pop” round the corner (except Sundays when Flavor is closed) to drink a solid range of up to 6 Moonlight brews whilst enjoying a reasonably priced high quality meal is a real bonus. Then afterwards you can go back to RRBC to finish the night in style.

What I also really enjoy about Flavor Bistro is the way that Beer and Wine complement each other here, now that is very cultured indeed. THE place to drink Moonlight.

Last Visit: Saturday 31st December, 2005 and Monday 2nd January, 2006.

Jan 09, 2006
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31Sam13 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Mar 13, 2015
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wethorseblanket from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Oct 15, 2014
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banger7 from California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Sep 21, 2014
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strongaf from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Jul 10, 2014
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

May 09, 2014
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hoppymcgee from Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Apr 15, 2014
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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.


Feb 18, 2014
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Jodi215 from Arizona

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

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.

Jun 16, 2013
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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.

Jun 15, 2013
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slander from New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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 of 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?

Jun 12, 2012
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htomsirveaux from Texas

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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).

Dec 31, 2011
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regsucks from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Dec 28, 2011
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tjensen3618 from California

3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5

For BA's intents and purposes this place should be renamed to Moonlight Brasserie.

It seems when you go to Russian River you must come across the street to Flavor to get Reality Czech and the rest of the Moonlight lineup, and that is exactly what we did.

The place was pretty packed but we were able to quickly grab a couple stools at the bar and ordered the obligatory Reality Czech, that beer really lived up to the hype. Looks like a great Italian place we got some bread and oil/balsalmic which was good, but since I didn't get a full meal, I'll reserve judgment on the food.

Staff was attentive, we had a couple beers, enjoyed ourselves and went on our way.

If ever in Santa Rosa and wanted a more upscale dining experience I would definitely consider Flavor Bistro.

Dec 22, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for the expressed purpose of sampling the Moonlight lineup, and wasn't disappointed. Delivering kegs that day was none other than Brian from Moonlight Brewing, and it was great to meet and talk with him for a little while.

Tried Death & Taxes, Reality Czech, and Homegrown, and also sampled a couple small plates off the menu. The beer was the highlight, though the food was good too.

Flavor was a fairly large place, and pretty dead during the early afternoon. yellow gold stucco, red painted wood trim, carpet, and paintings hanging around the dining room. Upscale, sort of trendy but a little dated.

Service was quick at first, then they disappeared. It seemed like there were at least 3 different staff serving our table, and there were only a handful of tables occupied. They didn't do draft samplers, but did sell a Moonlight glass which was cool.

It's so close to RR, it would be hard not to stop in here and see what Moonlight seasonal was pouring when walking by. Overall a decent localvore restaurant that happens to sell some really great beers from Moonlight.

Oct 14, 2011
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avaldivia from California

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

First time I came here was on a date with the GF because I knew they had Moonlight Brewing on tap. Since then, I have come here fairly often for either drinks or dinner.

This place is a great place to take a date. Whenever I come here, I have been seated relatively quickly and been attended to very well.

The food is fantastic. It is rather affordable for a nice meal. I usually go with the sandwich of the day if I get there for lunch, or I will go with the Pork Chops. Foods is fairly priced for the quality.

Now for the beer. This place only serves Moonlight Brewing on tap, and I love them for it. I have been able to try numerous of their beers here thanks to this. They are well priced and you can order a smaller glass if you do not want a full pint.

This is one of my favorite places. I will be coming back for year to come.

Aug 16, 2011
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Seanibus from California

2.95/5  rDev -31.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was a very disappointing experience, in large part because the service was just this side of catastrophic. We visited on a beautiful Sunday and the restaurant was busy, though far from overflowing. The host greeted us in a very slow and unfriendly manner, as if he was irritated by our presence. The place was swarming with waiters and busers, but they seemed consumed with doing side-work - prepping glasses, rolling silverware, carrying stacks of plates, all this at shortly after noon on a busy day. It was easily 20 minutes before we were even asked for our drink order, which was really the whole point of going. The one exception to the service was the water waiter, who whizzed through the restaurant filling glasses with lightning speed - I was on glass 4 before a waiter showed up. Even after he took our order, our waiter was so difficult to get hold of (he carefully avoided looking around at his station or making eye contact) that my wife attempted to set a trap, draining her water glass in hopes that the water guy would zip by on a refill mission and she could grab his wrist and restrain him until he agreed to bring us our waiter.

It didn't work.

We think the water guy sensed danger and hid, because we never got another drop of water after that point.

But anyhow.

The food, when it finally came, proved to be decent. The burger menu is fussy and over-thought (my Burger di Parma proved nearly impossible to eat without a ghastly mess), but the basic burger was delicious. The gnocchi was good, and the Romaine Lettuce Wedge was, well, romaine with dressing and bacon. I don't know what else we expected.

The beer is, however, very tasty and worth the trip if you're in the area. The Moonlight Brewing IPA was musky and rich, the pilsner was crisp, and the bitter was a good english pub bitter.

So go. But go with your expectations in check.

Jun 24, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Popped in here when I was in Santa Rosa to get some Moonlight Brewing beers, guess what, they have them all here. Very cool. Sat at the bar, not at a table, just ordered the beers and went back to Russian River.

The interior of this place is an Italian landscape, lots of plaster and the walls are busy with fake windows and vines. The place is a little dark and pretty nice on the inside.

We were served and paid our bill quickly and had a great time while we were there. No complaints about the service.

There were about 8 beers on draft, they all seemed to be moonlight beers. Pretty cool selection.

The beers were offered in half pours and full pours and it still was quite cheap, I would head back to try some more moonlight beers.

Nov 02, 2010
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SolomonGrundy from California

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 5

So, the reason this place rules is that it's a restaurant - I can't call it a beer bar - and they are strcitly locavore. Hence the beer selection limited to only local brewing phenom Moonlight Brewing. They have 5 taps that they keep kegged with only his beers. With Russian River and 3rd Street Aleworks within a one block radius, they choose not to cannibalise sales and instead stock a great brewers freshest stuff. Using only their beer selection as a barometer, it's poor - even though Moonlight rules. The food, however, is awesome and varied. The singapore noodles rule, as well as their pasta dishes. Service is somewhat sketchy on occasion - I've had a couple of times where I got the wrong order or sat for 10 minutes waiting for the bartender to show up - but they are great folks. It's not cheap, however, as entrees run $12 - $20 for dinner. Super family friendly and has outdoor seating where you can people watch in Summer. Overall an awesome place.

Jul 12, 2010
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augustgarage from California

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Visited twice during my pilgrimage to Russian River -

The first time I came alone and sat at the bar. Despite having little money (the day before pay-day) and looking rather disheveled (I came in after a long trudge through the rain wearing my stale clothes from the previous overnight train-ride), I was treated exceptionally well by the staff. My bartender was an older hispanic woman who was quite friendly and knew quite a bit about the various Moonlight beers (and offered a free taster when I had a question about one of the taps), not to mention the rest of the menu. Neither rushed nor ignored, I was allowed to finish my various half-pints at my leisure while a quiet serenade of French and Cuban music improved my mood further. Even when I made it clear I couldn't afford a meal at the moment - free rosemary bread and olive oil/balsamic vinegar was generously offered.

The next day I returned with two friends in tow and we consumed an enormous lunch. Service was attentive but never overbearing.

I had crab cakes which were topped by a crown of tiny crispy sweet potato and surrounded by a sort of pesto sauce. Next up was a fresh mahi-mahi sandwich served with a perfectly dressed salad. I also tried some of their house-made pasta which was decadent and well made. Prices were very affordable (e.g. $10 for the lunch special; $~5 for full pints of Moonlight ales of which they always have about a 1/2 dozen to choose from).

The atmosphere is relaxed, warm, and sophisticated without being pretentious and attracts a diverse crowd of locals and tourists from many different age, cultural, and class groups.

A highly recommended you stop in when visiting Santa Rosa - though I prefer the espresso drinks at Flying Goat or Centro/Sawyer's News.

Feb 09, 2010
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Bubba83 from California

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had a post Pliny the Younger release day brunch here on 2/6/2010 with alfrantzell and largadeer.

I ordered the Sausage and Eggs, which comes with thick cuts of tasty toast and these amazing roasted homestyle potatoes. The sausage is also made there and was sort of pattied but had a crumbly texture. The sausage wasn't greasy at all, and was quite nice. My eggs were cooked over medium just like I ordered.

For drink, I had to go with a Moonlight Twist of Fate. I am so happy this place has a good variety of Moonlight beers on tap. The beer was of course excellent. Selection is pretty much just Moonlight beers, which I still rate pretty good because it's hard to find.

The prices were reasonable and the service was really good.

Also, the atmosphere in the place is really nice! Relaxing, cozy, and easy on the eyes.

One of the better places for beer and food I have been to in a while and enough to wake me from my beerfly review slumber. You're doing yourself a disservice if you don't stop here while in Santa Rosa.

Feb 09, 2010
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped by this place on a recent trip to Santa Rosa. I was going to Russian River and some local BAs recommended this place to me because of their access to Moonlight Brewing Co. beers.

I was shocked when I walked in because this is a really nice restaurant and I was expecting a gastropub or beer bar. It's basically a fine dining(/) restaurant with a large open dining room with white linen tables. There in a medium sized bar to the left when you walk in and this is where I sat.

The bartender that served me provided excellent service. He was very friendly and prompt and made sure I was happy with what I ordered and that I had a drink in front of me. I didn't really talk to him much about beer so I'm not sure how knowledgeable the staff is about beer.

As far as selection goes they get major points for having about six Moonlight Brewing Co. beers on draft butloses points for not serving anything else. They had on Reality Czeck which I've wanted to try since I first heard about it when I joined this site. Also on was Lunatic Lager, Death and Taxes, IPA, and one or two others.

This was a really nice place with a great selection of a very rare brewery. I'm really happy that I stopped by and would do so any time that I'm in the area. I would like to go for dinner next time. Highly Recommended!

Jan 16, 2010
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womencantsail from California

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was lucky enough to be told about this place by some BAs while at Russian River. After having several beers at RR, we took the very short walk over to Flavor and took a seat at the bar.

They have six taps, all Moonlight beers. They had Reality Czeck, IPA, Death and Taxes, Twist of Fate, and two more that I can't remember for some reason. I enjoyed an IPA and a Reality Czeck, both top notch.

The beers are great here, but the real attraction for most people is the food, which is great. The prices are a bit high, but the food really is worth it. A lot of local and fresh ingredients are used, which is something I like. I had the Duck Ravioli and they were phenomenal.

The service was quite good, but that is no surprise at a restaurant such as this.

It's not necessarily a "destination", but it's a great place to go to get to try Moonlight beers and with it being so close to Russian River, it's an easy spot to check out.

Nov 28, 2009
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HopHead84 from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited Flavor Bistro at the beginning of February when I was visiting Russian River. I wanted to drink some Moonlight and I was told that this was the spot. The restaurant was quite nice and had a lively and friendly atmosphere. It was also clean and well lit. I was able to try 5 different Moonlight offerings while here, and the staff was very enthusiastic about them. The food was good as well. I don't recall what I had, but it was some Pasta dish with chicken. The desert was quite good as well. Again, I don't remember what it was, but it was pretty damn good. If you visit Flavor Bistro, be sure to pick up one of the nifty Moonlight Pint glasses as I'm unaware of another place to obtain them. Check this place out.

Feb 20, 2009
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John_M from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

In some ways, this place reminds me of Higgins in Portland. Like Higgins, it's a fine local Santa Rosa restaurant, that just happens to have a nice selection of bottled beers and 5 or 6 beers on draft from Moonlight brewing. The atmosphere is fairly informal and laid back, and the dining room is large and airy. It has warm colors of gold and wood, and there is a good size bar area off to the left when you walk in. Although the beer list is not huge, what they have is excellent and well thought out. There is also an impressive wine list here, should you prefer wine to beer with your meal. Table service was fine for what it was. Didn't have to wait overly long for anything, and I would describe service here as polite and restrained. As for food, I just had lunch here, but what we had was very, very good. This is clearly a place that takes its food pretty seriously.

A very solid place and a good alternative should you be tired of the cuisine and beer at Russian River (it's no more then a block away). That's hard to imagine, I'll admit, but I guess if you live in Santa Rosa it could happen. Impressive.

Jan 28, 2009
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