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Taps: 6 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
96 Old Courthouse Sq
phone: (707) 573-9600
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 37
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
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.
06-24-2011 20:46:13 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
What can I say about the Sonoma and Napa valley? Nothing wrong with the weather, thats for sure. Beautiful scenery, nice enough people, most wines we sampled were good or even great, vinification processes were interesting and innovative (you Yanks are a crafty bunch, although I suppose not having restrictive regional appellations, not to mention the crushing weight of 50+ generations of your forefathers who produced wine the same exact way for hundreds of years cant hurt either), but I really didnt like the whole Disney-fied way the industry seems to showcase itself. Paid tours? 10 bucks for 3 1oz samples and you get to keep the glass? Some places had so many people around I felt like cattle. In others I felt like they cared more about selling corkscrews and T-shirts than the actual wine. But the thing that really put my nuts in a vice was the ridiculous practice of selling the wine on-premises at a higher price than at the liquor store two towns over. Thankfully, there are places around like the flavor bistro.
I didnt give much detail about the place to my girlfriend, who followed me half-heartedly expecting yet another serving of pub grub burgers and fries, I totally caught her with her pants down, she even scolded me a bit saying that she was underdressed for such a nice looking restaurant. Local artists paintings and photographs sparingly set on the walls, the look of the place was pretty refined.
Our waiter was in his twenties, and his friendly, easy-going attitude helped to make the place seem a lot more casual. He helped Mel pick out her wine, and gave me a taster of one the Moonlight Beers I was hesitant on trying. He was spot on with his advice, her wine and my Beer were very good, tasted totally fresh.
Great looking menu, focusing on regional products, like the bread made by a local bakery, I even think the olive oil was from the valley. I had to restrain Minou from eating the whole thing, she has a tendency to spoil her appetite. I ordered the fish special, which was salmon served with barley and a ratatouille veggie side, she went for the risotto. My food was perfect, hers was a little too peppery and couldnt finish it, but I think the bread played a role in it too. Deserts looked great, but I having dusted off both my plate and part of hers, I didnt dare. Prices were quite reasonable for what you got. Its not cheap, but its reasonable for the quality of the food you got. And its a short walk from Russian River, too.
09-28-2006 19:11:30 |
More by Goldorak
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.
12-22-2011 00:28:24 |
More by tjensen3618
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 5 | $$$
So, the reason this place rules is that it's a restaurant - I can't call it a beer bar - and they are strcitly locavore. Hence the beer selection limited to only local brewing phenom Moonlight Brewing. They have 5 taps that they keep kegged with only his beers. With Russian River and 3rd Street Aleworks within a one block radius, they choose not to cannibalise sales and instead stock a great brewers freshest stuff. Using only their beer selection as a barometer, it's poor - even though Moonlight rules. The food, however, is awesome and varied. The singapore noodles rule, as well as their pasta dishes. Service is somewhat sketchy on occasion - I've had a couple of times where I got the wrong order or sat for 10 minutes waiting for the bartender to show up - but they are great folks. It's not cheap, however, as entrees run $12 - $20 for dinner. Super family friendly and has outdoor seating where you can people watch in Summer. Overall an awesome place.
07-11-2010 23:28:20 |
More by SolomonGrundy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here for the expressed purpose of sampling the Moonlight lineup, and wasn't disappointed. Delivering kegs that day was none other than Brian from Moonlight Brewing, and it was great to meet and talk with him for a little while.
Tried Death & Taxes, Reality Czech, and Homegrown, and also sampled a couple small plates off the menu. The beer was the highlight, though the food was good too.
Flavor was a fairly large place, and pretty dead during the early afternoon. yellow gold stucco, red painted wood trim, carpet, and paintings hanging around the dining room. Upscale, sort of trendy but a little dated.
Service was quick at first, then they disappeared. It seemed like there were at least 3 different staff serving our table, and there were only a handful of tables occupied. They didn't do draft samplers, but did sell a Moonlight glass which was cool.
It's so close to RR, it would be hard not to stop in here and see what Moonlight seasonal was pouring when walking by. Overall a decent localvore restaurant that happens to sell some really great beers from Moonlight.
10-14-2011 02:59:31 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Last time I was in Santa Rosa, I couldnt find Flavor (dont ask). There was no way I would miss it this time. Its well located in the Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa. Nice high ceiling with an open feel. The bar is a bit small, but the bartender and management are very attentive.
The only beers on tap are the Moonlight beers. I had the Czech Pils, and the APA. Both were wonderful, exactly what I hoped they would be. What other bistro do you know of where they blow a keg, and call the brewer directly to have a fresh one delivered?
The food is bistro fare. Everything from light salads to sandwiches, soups, and pasta. My first dinner I had a cup of tomato soup, and some pasta. My second trip I had some spicy thai noodles. All of the food was fresh and delicious.
My only knock on the place is the noise. The first night I was there at a peak time, and the voice levels were quite high. Other than that, this is a wonderful spot.
04-07-2006 14:24:49 |
More by carln26
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for a late lunch.
Atmosphere was very comfortable, we picked an outdoor table to enjoy the afternoon, but there was plenty of seating inside. Stone floors, wood fixtures, stucco on the walls with lots of art. Type of place you could be wearing jeans or dress pants and be equally comfortable.
Quality of both the food and the beer was very good, no complaints about either.
Service was a bit slow, but it was that time of day between lunch and dinner that all restaurants struggle with. Once they got going, they did fine.
Selection was 6 taps of Moonlight, which was exactly what I was looking for. No real reason to explore a bottle list...
Food was very good. We tried the French onion soup, some hummus and a couple of salads (wanted to save some room for Russian River). All was very tasty and well prepared.
Overall, great place for a meal, and, oh yeah, the beer was pretty good too! I picked up a very cool Moonlight pint glass for dessert!
04-21-2008 18:36:05 |
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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).
12-31-2011 17:31:57 |
More by htomsirveaux
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.
11-02-2010 21:47:02 |
More by drabmuh
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