205 5th St, Santa Rosa, CA | Directions 9540138.439118 -122.719985
Neighborhoods: Historic Railroad Square Association
Best Meal of our Lives! – My wife and I have been to Syrah twice. The first time was in Aug 2008, the first time we were in Santa Rosa. The second time was in May...the 2nd time we were in Santa Rosa. We have reservations there in 2 weeks...which will be our 3rd visit to Santa Rosa. Catch my drift?!
I noticed the reviews for Syrah were a little "dated" on this site, and most have to do with poor service. Considering the poor servers likely didn't last too long at the #1 restaurant in the area, I'd like to post my review giving KUDOS to the TOP NOTCH service we have received at Syrah during both our meals.
In May we got the chef's 7 course tasting menu + wine + foix gras. Yep...the whole nine yards! From the moment we sat down, we received amazing (yet not over-bearing) service. Every single facet of the meal was timed perfectly. We were fresh off a 4 hour plane ride, and were not in the mood to be rushed out of there, and they understood and delivered a well timed and relaxing night.
Now for the food. Without detailing every course, I'll just say that it was the greatest meal my wife and I have ever eaten...EVER. We are counting down the days until we get to go and give Chef Silvers a shot to out-do himself! It will be extrememly difficult, but we are up for the challenge if he is!
One quick thing...portions are surprisingly generous at Syrah. There are other high-end restaurants in the wine country region where you will pay $300 for a meal and walk out hungry because you paid for the name on the sign out front and museum-quality artfully decorated food on your plate. Syrah's plating is amazing, don't get me wrong...but you will NOT walk out hungry!
Terrific Dining in Santa Rosa Old Town – A terrific dining experience across all dimensions, this place justifiably ranks among the best restaurants in Sonoma County. The menu was extensive and interesting enough to make ordering a challenge, and everything that came out of the kitchen was delicious and satisfying (diet warning: the portions were not small). The wine list was equally interesting and fairly priced (we enjoyed the flights). On an early Saturday evening, the front dining area had the feel of a bustling bistro without being noisy while the back (interior) courtyard was quiet and romantic (if it's a special date night you may want to request the "fountain" table featuring a bench bounded by gurgling fountains). Service was faultless, our server's wine knowledge particularly impressive.
Best meal in 3 days in Sonoma – I took my girlfriend here for her Birthday on a recent Sunday evening. We had reservations, but there was enough room that walk-ins could have been accomodated. The server was warm and professional. The wine list was amazing. We had a bottle of the Martinelli Pinot which was heavenly. The heirloom tomato salad was unbelievably tasty. The other dishes, including dessert were fantastic. Nothing could have been better. It was not a cheap meal, but a fair value for the quality of the food and service. Highly recommended.
rude, rude, rude – i had the misfortune of witnessing one of the rudest chef/owners i have ever seen. the food isn't good enough to warrant an unappetizing environment.
Napa prices for not Napa service – The food was good but the staff did not mesure up. We paid $240 for two people! We had reservations that were pushed back a 1/2 hour. Why even make reservations? Our water was only filled up once during the meal and we did not even get bread until the hostes ask if we needed anything. This was after salads. I will not go back.
Good if you don't mind an attitude – My whole experience at the resturant was very negative due to the wait staff. I had to ask the hostest in order to get a menu or bread. The waitress only came to my table once to take my order. To make matters worse a bus boy brought me my bill and took my credit card to run. Very disappointing seeing as how the food and atmosphere is very nice and worth the visit.
Good!! – I really liked the laid back bistro atmosphere. I didn't try the tasting menu because I wasn't quite that hungry. The food was pretty good, I wasn't blown away, but I think it's worthy of a try.
Awesome! – I have been to this place several times and it just keeps getting better and better. I too recommend the tasting menu. It was a dining experience to match the French Laundry -- at a fraction of the price!
Very nice! – Bistro setting so it is kinda casual. The Chef's tasting menu is very enjoyable. They serve more courses than what is on the menu. Also, having the wine service with the meal was excellent. They have a great wine list with reasonable prices. Took our 3 year-old and they really went out of their way to make her visit enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Try the Chefs Tasting Menu! – Quaint little Santa Rosa bistro. Tasty food, go for the Chefs Tasting Menu, a 7 course meal that will leave you completely satisfied. Not the best place for kids, good place for a romantic dinner or for seeing old friends. I went with 2 other friends I hadn't seen in many years, so we may have been a little loud but we had a table far away in another room so all was good. Great wine list.
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