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Taps: 6 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
96 Old Courthouse Sq
phone: (707) 573-9600
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere This place can be difficult to find, but once inside you wont be disappointed. It looks relatively new or freshly remodeled, kind of like a nice hotel lobby. Its very clean, well lit, open, and more like a restaurant than a pub. Its a good place to take a date no backroom bar atmosphere and plenty of people watching to be had.
Quality This is one of the strong suits of the place. Its got a lot of class and, again, seems like a great place to bring a date (or date night for the bewedded). It looks a lot more expensive than it is since everything is of such high quality.
Service The table service was good enough and the bartender that kept us in beers while we waited for a table (no reservations taken) always seemed to be right on queue.
Selection The house beers provided a modest selection in number but a nice variety of styles. There are some limited commercial beers for sale as well and, because its Santa Rosa, plenty of good wine.
Food I was here with Rap and my wife. I think two of us got pizza and someone ordered the gnocchi.
The gnocchi just melts in your mouth. This is high-quality food, and it was seasoned just right. The pies are super-cheesy with plenty of mozzarella and a bit of a spicy kick.
Value Its not cheap like a pub but its far from expensive. Its probably the epitome of the reasonable rating.
03-27-2006 02:13:44 |
More by RoyalT
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, golds, 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 didnt 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.
01-09-2006 01:53:47 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$
I had a late lunch with Brewbacca at Flavor after visiting Russian River Brewery around the corner. Flavor is much more of a restaurant than a beer bar. The atmosphere is classy, subdued and very welcoming. We sat by the window next to the open patio during the late afternoon and it was simply gorgeous. The setting and weather were perfect. The service was top notch, the waitress even fulfilled an odd request for raspberry hot chocolate. Everyone was welcoming and prompt, with the owner/manager (?) checking in on all the tables. The beer menu is very small, with Moonlight as the obvious highlight. This is a venue for Moonlight and they have about 5 or more of those on tap. All the moonlight beers are fantastic and that makes for an awesome beer menu alone. The also had some bottles, maybe about 10, ranging from macro to decent. I had ravioli with prociutto in a cream sauce and it was really damn good. The food was a clear five. This is a great place to visit after (or before) Russian River for some delicious food with a glass of Moonlight perfection.
08-20-2005 21:54:41 |
More by axisjones
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
First things first: this is a fancy restaraunt. No it's not prentious at all, but on the other hand, one could feel out of place with a stained grey t-shirt and cutoff jeans that would be fine in a place like Russian River.
Atmostphere: industrial chic? Wood on cement look. I liked it. It is a refined causual. People in bussiness suits, to newspaper reading old men. Equal wine and beer drinking.
Service: nothing out of the ordinairy but good.
Selection: Beer wise the only taps they have is 6 moonlight beers. This is the oviously reason beer drinkers would want to come here, as these beers aren't easy to come by. They also had bottles of Bear Republic and a few others you could order.
Food: The food was fanstatic. I had a mahi, mahi sandwhich which came with some pepper creme soup. See had a chicken salad. Both had some many "flavors" it was great. Might be smaller portions than some are used too. At around 10 dollars a plate it's good value. Beers are 4.25 pint though. Well worth a trip to for dinner or lunch.
08-20-2005 20:17:34 |
More by pjwilson
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wasn't here long so these are only first impressions.
Wife was full and we only came for one beer-literally one beer. Server was good, but once I let her know I'm not going to be there long, I didn't see much of her.
Inside, a NYC Italian bistro feel. Outside seating with some umbrellas. Right on the main square in downtown.
Selection: A bunch of Moonlight beers which are hard to come by, including their famous Pils. Seasonal, bitter and another were on the menu. Wasn't looking for other beers, so I don't remember what they were.
They still gave us bread and olive oil even though they knew they weren't getting much of a tip.
Nice place. Next time, hopefully I bring my appetite.
Main reason to go: right near Russian River and they have Moonlight beers.
07-28-2005 16:16:04 |
More by GeoffFromSJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
If this weren't the place to find Moonlight Brewing's beers on tap it would be just another run-of-the-mill high quality Sonoma County restaurant. Let's face it, wine country is chock full of good eateries but what makes this special is it's as close as you can get to a direct pipeline to Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing.
The food is very good - portions on the reasonable side, very fresh, generally healthy fare. I've been to Flavor a few times now and each and every dish has been very well prepared.
Service is good as well with very attentive and well informed wait staff. The owners are generally prowling the floor talking with customers, making sure everything is going well and generally making you feel very at home. The decor is a bit minimal but rich - deep gold walls accented with a dark red makes for a very calming atmosphere. The only complaint is that the walls and ceiling are a bit devoid of decoration creating one big echo-ey box. If the restaurant is full it tends to get a bit noisy.
The real reason to come, of course, is for the beer and it's quite incredible. Reality Czech Pilsner is outstandingly good and the Death and Taxes Schwartzbier is a local legend.
I'd hate to admit that I go to Flavor just because they have Moonlight on tap but that would be the case. It's fortunate that they serve very good food at very reasonable prices but you can find that in dozens of other good restaurants in Santa Rosa - what you can't find at those other places is the Moonlight.
07-14-2005 05:26:01 |
More by RedwoodGeorge
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is Moonlights tap house n downtown santa rosa. The small downtown area of Santa Rosa is easy to navigate on foot and contains this place, russian river, sweetspot, and 3rd street. Nice. The atmosphere here is nice. Upscale and a bit fancy, but not snooty in any way, shape or form. The quality of all of the moonlight beers I sampled was spot on and the servers became friends who than went with me to Russian River after work! Selection is great, 6 killer moonlight brews poured right, in proper glassware. They also have a killer Sonoma wine selection if you are in to that sort of thing, and they serve some wines by the 1/2 glass, which is nice for me since i'm not rich. The Cutrer Pinot Noir is a nice try on the wine front. They also give out free bread with gourmet olive oil and balsamic. A nice touch. Another lovely place in Northern California.
05-10-2005 21:58:05 |
More by francisweizen
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Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, CA
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