With attentive service, inviting ambiance, and delectable, mouthwatering food, fine dining is the ideal place to spend an anniversary, graduation, or another special occasion. If you’re in Santa Rosa, California, you’re spoiled for choice. Thanks to a number of upscale options, you can get your fine-dining fix without traveling too far from home.
John Ash & Co.
Situated adjacent to Vintners Inn, John Ash & Co. was the first Santa Rosa restaurant to combine seasonal farm-to-table dining with the best reds and whites from wineries around the area. With worldly decor, terrace seating, and views of a sprawling terrace, this restaurant is a class all its own.
Every menu item from executive chef Thomas Schmidt combines his knowledge of wine and love of California-style fare into a creative concoction that leaves your taste buds wanting more. Start your meal with fresh oysters or crab fritters. Move on to a main such as zinfandel braised short ribs, roasted Pacific white sea bass, or bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin. Finish it off with a freshly made dessert prepared daily.
Dinner starts each night at 5 p.m. Business casual attire is required, so dress sharp.
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa, Bistro 29 is the place to go when you want a taste of Brittany, France, in northern California. Every menu item is artfully crafted with a strong emphasis on California and French fusion food. Try more familiar items such as mussels, oysters, or pan-seared chicken, or go a bit wild with one of the French items.
If you’re feeling particularly European, opt for the cassoulet. This classic French stew mixes slow-braised beans with locally made pork sausage, slab bacon, and duck confit. Another option is the roasted poussin spring chicken with parmesan, duck fat potato bouchons, and roasted Brussels sprouts in a tarragon cream sauce.
Bistro 29 is located at 620 Fifth Street. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and dinner runs from 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Housed in a renovated 19th-century mansion, Ca’Bianca is Santa Rosa’s upscale Italian food destination. Blending influences from Milan in the north to Sicily in the south, the mouthwatering recipes here will give you a full-on tour of Italy from the Mediterranean to the Alps. Menu items include delectable morsels such as butternut squash ravioli served with sage and brown butter, pan-roasted duck breast with potato gratin, braised red cabbage, and port wine reduction, or chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto, all wrapped up in a puff pastry.
Ca’Bianca is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab a delicious dinner from 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday or from 5-10 p.m. on the weekend. If you arrive early, explore the beautiful gardens out back, which set the tone for your meal.
Santa Rosa’s fine dining scene provides plenty of options for every type of taste, budget, and personality. While these establishments are ideal for a special day, you might find that you love it enough that every day becomes a special day. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of overindulgence.
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