Places to eat around Russian River?

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  1. dson08

    dson08 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Arizona

    I tried to search but couldn't find any details.

    Going to San Francisco this coming week, going to go to RR on Sunday.

    Can anyone recommend any restaurants around RR. Will have a rental car. Open to all cuisines.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Sumdeus

    Sumdeus Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2014 Indiana

  3. Xul

    Xul Crusader (794) May 18, 2008 California

    Flavor Bistro. Good food and Moonlight beers on tap.
     
  4. dson08

    dson08 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Arizona

    Going to spend the whole afternoon there and eating dinner, wanting to eat lunch somewhere else or vice versa.
     
  5. SDReaper

    SDReaper Defender (659) Aug 15, 2013 California
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    Drive to Lagunitas and eat there perhaps? It isn't that far away.
     
  6. dson08

    dson08 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Arizona

    We were planning to stop by for a bit since it's on the way.
     
  7. Buck86

    Buck86 Initiate (140) Aug 8, 2011 California
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    Haha last trip my girlfirend and I showed up at opening, drank the sampler and split a small lunch pizza. We then continued to drink for another 4+ hours and got a dinner pizza. This method is totally acceptable in my book
     
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  8. 64vdub

    64vdub Aspirant (281) Feb 20, 2014 California
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    RR's food is better than average. I'd just eat there.
     
  9. mapleneck

    mapleneck Initiate (62) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Dierk's Parkside Cafe
    Spinster Sisters
    Belly (down the block from RRBC)
     
  10. jlira

    jlira Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2014 California

    Also order wings right when you get there. They take about 30 to 45 minutes and are baked in the pizza oven
     
  11. Martin_carvalho

    Martin_carvalho Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 California

    Third street ale works is just around the corner from RR. You don't have to drive plus they have some good beer, After head to Lagunitas.
     
  12. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    Not next door to Russian River, but I like Sol Food (Puerto Rican) in San Rafael a lot.

    Russian River's food might be better than average, but still there's much better food to be had.
     
  13. Curb71

    Curb71 Initiate (119) Oct 22, 2012 California

    All the food joints around RR that I've tried were no better than RR. Like @Buck86 said, just order something different for dinner. Or go to Bear Republic which is great.
    If you still think we're all crazy look up some places on Yelp.
     
  14. Igotmypistola

    Igotmypistola Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2010 California

    I'll go +1 for the Parkside Cafe. My wife and I go to RR all the time and always, always do breakfast at dierk's in the am.
     
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  15. dson08

    dson08 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Arizona

    Thanks for all the input.
     
  16. nolan_likes_wine

    nolan_likes_wine Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2015 California

    Rosso's Pizzeria is killer, some of the best pizza in the Bay Area.
     
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  17. FrogOut69

    FrogOut69 Devotee (443) Sep 24, 2013 California
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    Just eat at Russian River.
     
  18. IQBlue

    IQBlue Initiate (129) Oct 2, 2014 California

    Can go down to Third Street Aleworks and eat there too.

    The Chinese restaurant next to RR is supposedly good so I hear.
     
  19. erichxedge

    erichxedge Disciple (394) Nov 29, 2009 California
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    If you head to Lagunitas hit Lombardis BBQ in the area.
     
  20. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (558) Oct 29, 2008 California
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  21. Coldstorage

    Coldstorage Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2014 California

    If you like Sol Food you should really check out El Coqui which is a block away from Russian River. Just as good as Sol Food, maybe a bit better based on the last two times I was at Sol Food (but maybe it was an off night).

    @dson08: If you are doing Russian River and Lagunitas you really should drop by BeerCraft in Rohnert Park. You are going to drive right past it anyway (can see it from 101) and they have a really nice bottle selection and a dozen interesting taps. Great folks, great place!

    *(edit: But get at least one meal at RR, as people have mentioned its above average)
     
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  22. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    Good suggestion, thanks. Actually it looks like I noted El Coqui once upon a time but never dropped in for various reasons. Definitely happening next time I'm up there.
     
  23. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,473) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    +1 to this. Food is very good, and they have a decent wine list as well, should you be "beered out."

    I've eaten at RR a number of times and I think the food there is fine. However, RR is not what I consider a food destination (and there are plenty such places in the wine country), and given that increasingly you have to wait a considerable amount of time to get a table, I don't think the cuisine merits the trouble it takes to eat there.

    Just speaking for myself... if I'm there anyway to enjoy a few beers, then the food is more than good enough to order while enjoying a couple glasses of elder or row/hill. Otherwise, I generally eat someplace else and then head over for a glass or two of RR stuff.
     
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  24. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 California

    Scopa in Healdsburg. Get a bottle of Preston
     
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