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“Best Frites in California!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro Ralph

Bistro Ralph
109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4113
707 433 1380
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Ranked #9 of 81 restaurants in Healdsburg
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Californian
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Santa Barbara, CA
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19 restaurant reviews
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“Best Frites in California!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Without checking any reviews we popped in at Bistro Ralph. We did get one positive input from a nearby shopkeeper, but even after strolling by all the other multitude of restaurants around and near the very charming Plaza we found it to be the most inviting one for a casual French inspired lunch.

We were pleasantly surprised at how good it all was, but have to mention the enormous plate of french fries which are very seldom on our list of favorite things. I don't know how the chef does it, but I saw a plate pass by and these are not 'Normal' french fries you will encounter anywhere else. We had to try an order. Delicately small and thin, stacked high, crispy, not soaked in oil, piping hot and oh, so tasty. My wife and I finished off the plate.

Service was quite good and one feels welcomed amongst the other locals in for their lunch, which tells you a lot. We felt the prices were moderate for what one received. I imagine they do well for dinners as well and suggest trying it when in the area.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Off Night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Service & food alike was off this last visit. One of our entrees came to the table luke warm & once cut into was discovered to be raw. Server offered to throw it back on the grill after it had been sitting on the table for over 10 minutes - for a $35 entrée the offer should have been to re-fire it. Entrée was thrown into a bussing tub & wasn't returned to the kitchen so they were aware of it's issue. Wasn't our first visit, will it be our last?, not sure.

Visited December 2013
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37 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Tasty food in a great village setting ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Driving on our way to Mendocino we stopped at Healdsburg. Healdsburg is a great town with a beautiful town square to stroll around and window shop. We walked around the square and look at a bunch of the menus and picked Bistro Ralph. The lunch menu was reasonably priced for the type of food and the restaurant looked comfortable and romantic. Great choice. We started with two glasses of wine off the menu recommended by the helpful and pleasant waitress. We then shared a wonderful cheese plate with honey, candied walnuts and fig bread. For our main courses I had the Friday special- quail on polenta in an orange sauce and my wife had the mushroom pasta dish in a savory sauce. Both dishes were beautifully presented and delicious. Get the side of roasted brussel sprouts - they come with chunks of pork bacon and a sweet balsamic sauce. A great mix of sweet and savory. Highly recommended.

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Northern California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“Decent Food and Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Nice table on front patio added to enjoyable experience on a sunny California winter day. Chicken Paillard with capers, blue cheese wedge salad and delicious chocolate desert well made. Attentive service.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great little restaurant in the center of town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We stopped in at this restaurant because they had outdoor seating, and we were with our dogs. What a pleasant surprise. I had short rib ravioli, which was delicious. My hubby had a steak, which was very nice. We also had a side of Brussels sprouts, which were very tasty. It was a very pleasant dining experience, with great service. If I return to Healdsburg, I will be back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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