Taps: 6 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 37
4.9/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - Not a brewpub!!! This appealed to my wife and me. Elegant and classy but not snobbish. The outdoor seating is in the Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa which is great for people watching.
Q - All that Moonlight has to offer. It doesn't get any better than this.
S - Always good. The bartender knows a good amount about beer. The wait staff - not so much.
S - Again, all that Moonlight has to offer. It doesn't get any better than this.
F - Amazing food. A bistro menu which is a good change of pace from the regular brewpub fare.
V - My only complaint is they don't have a happy hour.
12-27-2008 04:11:13 | More by xhcadamx
4.7/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-09-2010 07:53:04 | More by Bubba83
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to the Flavor Bistro about a year ago in Santa Rosa and forgot to Beerfly it till now. I plan on going back in June anyway and plan to update if needed.
When a place that is a block away from the Russian River brewpub makes you forget about the Russian River brewpub for a while, they are doing something very right. After our first night in Santa Rosa drinking away at Russian River we got up the next morning for a little food. We made it over to the Flavor Bistro because I had heard they carry a bunch of Moonlight beers I've been dying to try. We got there right when it opened at 11am and we're greeted by the man I believe is the owner, at the door. He welcomed us and we were seated.
The place really is nice, very clean, almost with an upper class cafe vibe to me. There is a little section to sit right outside the door covered with lots of greenery.
As for our lunch, I had a turkey/lettuce/tomato/avacado sandwich which was excellent, if not a little too much for me at 11am. I had a couple Moonlight beers, and the nice thing is you can order them in a small size (10oz), or large size (I forget but probably a full pint).
The whole ambience of this place is just really cool. Nice people, great service, great food. I guess the best word to describe it would be "Classy." On our way out we talked to the same man (who I assumed was the owner) for a few minutes about his unique beer selection. Great experience overall and if in Santa Rosa you have to hit this place.
05-17-2008 14:23:03 | More by MiScusi
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Flavor Bistro is an outstanding restaurant on the square in Santa Rosa. Their name suits them well. Bold flavors and high quality ingredients will rock your taste buds with some of the finest beer in the world to wash it down.
That's right, as you all know by now, Moonlight on every tap! I think it was every tap. Like six of them or so. My God I was in heaven. By just glancing I noticed others decided to try the butternut squash. I feel the same way, outstanding. Everything was outstanding AND reasonably priced.
The service was excellent and the place has a very comfortable feel to it. High ceilings and a rather casual attitude considering the quality level we are dealing with. Great prices! Get there!
05-10-2006 19:02:17 | More by TheLoneGunman
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
02-09-2010 19:07:42 | More by augustgarage
4.56/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
After reading all the good reviews, my wife and I stopped in on our trip through Sonoma county, and we're glad we did.
I had the Moonlight IPA and she had Moonlight Death and Taxes, which the menu called a black beer but was really a porter from what I could tell. Both were excellent.
The restaurant itself is a beautiful Italian villa style place, despite the purple neon sign on the outside that looked more like it was advertising a bar and grill.
Our bartender, Noah, had just moved to Santa Rosa from Maine and was very enthusiastic about the Moonlight beers, as well as the other Sonoma County craft brews, Lagunitas and Russian River. Nice surprise to find a beer lover working the bar at this restaurant.
If you're in the downtown Santa Rosa area, definitely stop in. Classy place with great beer; what more could you want?
04-06-2007 12:31:41 | More by spazaru
4.56/5 rDev +6.5%
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!
01-16-2010 22:13:01 | More by corby112
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a regular restaurant rather than a bar or beer-oriented place. In fact, it pretty much has only one brand of beer on tap.
The good news (beer-wise) starts with the fact the beer on tap is Moonlight and it has the full range of the regular Moonlight beers plus the current seasonal.
As a result, this is one of the best places to get Moonlight (in fact, it's the best place of all the places I've been - and Moonlight is right outside my hometown). Moonlight is a very small brewery, has limited distribution, and does not bottle its beer, making it rather hard to find. A lot of places around here will have one Moonlight beer on tap at any given time (usually just Death and Taxes). Moreover, Moonlight beer is generally highly regarded and full of character.
The food is also very good, varied, and well-executed, with a good kids' menu, etc. It has a focus on local ingredients and influence and also has a good wine list with a lot of local wines.
The atmosphere is great; the place itself is nice, with a high ceiling, a bar, fireplace, etc. It's also right in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa on Old Courthouse Square, with patio seating right on the square.
The biggest downside is that service, while generally friendly and well-meaning, is usually rather slow and sometimes quite slow and patchy.
In any case, this is the place to go for Moonlight.
10-30-2008 00:13:32 | More by Offa
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
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
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Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, CA
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