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“Quality food in a casual, local bar” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Russian River Pub

Russian River Pub
11829 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436-9365
707-887-7932
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Ranked #8 of 16 restaurants in Forestville
Cuisines: Pub
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Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Quality food in a casual, local bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We were intentionally looking for a casual place to eat near where we were staying (Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, CA), especially because we had indulged in a gourmet meal at the Farmhouse restaurant the previous night.

After a quick google and finding out that this place was featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" Food Network tv show, we were sold.

My husband had a burger, which he thoroughly enjoyed. I don't eat meat, but was relived to find available options for me on the menu (especially for a bar known for its wings and burgers). The waitress was friendly and mostly attentive.

It is a rustic bar with a locals vibe that is easy to miss from River Road, but if you are looking for casual, quality bar food, it's worth a consideration.

Visited October 2012
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English first
Forestville, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“best chicken wings around--good draft beer selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

great service, the owner wants to promote family atmosphere. good food but not gourmet. You can eat there often with out going broke.

Visited December 2011
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B.C.
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Don't let the looks fool you...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

If you are heading to the Korbel winery and looking for somewhere to eat lunch don't discount this little gem on the side of the road about 1/2 mile east of the winery.\
Whilst the exterior may not be too attractive and may give you the feeling that this is the local watering hole for red-necks and bikers, nothing could be further from the truth.
The food is simple but extremely tasty fare and the service is outstanding.
Portion sizes are large and the selection of beers is more than adequate for the enquiring palate.
Our group ate beef dip, spicy sausage sandwich and the chilli/cheese fries. All were wonderful and we enjoyed every mouthful.
For desert I tried the Bread and Butter pudding and confirm that this was as good as my mum made when I was growing up in England!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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88 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A little divey but a great experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Although the Russian River pub is a bit divey, the food is good and the food and drinks are reasonably priced. We actually started and ended our trip here. Stopping the first night as we were just passing by (and having a great turkey sandwich special); and returning our last night because we were looking for someplace that was casual and reasonably priced.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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nebraska/cabo rojo
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“Casual place to watch a ball game and good food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We ate at the Russian River Pub because they promised to have one of their televisions tuned to the Nebraska v. Wisconsin football game. It is a bar and restaurant and has really good food. I had clam chowder for maybe the fourth or fifth time since we traveled to spot in northern California. It was the best I have had by far! My wife also had the clam chowder and gave it two thumbs up. Much later I had chili cheeseburger. They prepared it open style and it was excellent. My wife had a jambalaya dish on pasta. It was pretty good. The service was excellent and the wait staff and customers were very friendly.

Tip: The address is 11829 River Road, Forestville. Forestville also shows up on Hwy 116. If driving from Guerneville go straight instead of right of 116 over the bridge.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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