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“Unique, diverse and satisfying” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bravas

Bravas
420 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7700
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Ranked #9 of 82 Restaurants in Healdsburg
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: North
Description: Bravas brings the flair and flavors of Spain to wine country. The menu features tapas and seasonal dishes served a la plancha—all with chef Mark Stark’s signature twist. Bravas introduces Sonoma County’s first “Ham and Cheese Bar,” serving Spanish and local cheeses, Tortilla Española, and Ibérico ham, sliced paper thin to order by a “Hamboner.” Bravas offers a selection of local and Spanish wines, sangria and Spain-inspired cocktails. Dine indoors or out.
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“Unique, diverse and satisfying”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Dinner was great. Waitress suggested 5-7 small plates which was perfect. We ordered 5 and could have ordered one more. Each plate was perfectly paced. My favorite was the tortilla espanola , my husband loved the quail. We would definitely return and try other items on a very inviting menu.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carpintera, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Go for the Tapas and try their fun cocktails!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Good small plate menu with a nice variety, enjoyable courtyard dining area with a separate bar from inside the restaurant. The server was helpful and efficient. I really enjoyed one of their gin drinks called a Borasco. A great choice on a warm summer evening.

Visited July 2013
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Palo Alto, California
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105 restaurant reviews
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
“great tapas lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We enjoyed our lunch at Bravas. We like the tapas style of dining because we enjoy small plates and sharing. Our highlights were the crab and noodles, the bacon wrapped dates, and the quail (which took a while but was worth the wait). We will return.

Visited August 2013
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35 restaurant reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Just outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

We came for dinner to Bravas! What a wonderful experience: the wine, the tapas, the service and the atmosphere all combined wonderfully to create a truly Epicurean experience. Bravas is one of the best restaurants we have experienced in Northern California!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Rosa, CA
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“Pace Yourself for an Excellent Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Starks have added to their local Sonoma County restaurant mini-conglomerate with the refurbishment of the old Ravenous house off the square in Healdsburg. Bravas—Bar de Tapas is their newest offering, apparently inspired by a recent trip by the couple to Spain. Healdsburg is rapidly becoming a virtual international food court with establishments featuring the food of Greece, Portugal, several varieties of Mexican including Yucatan, France, the ubiquitous Italian, Creole, and good old American. One can have an interesting, satisfying, and creative meal at Bravas if a proper ordering procedure is followed. It goes like this: Bravas features, not surprisingly, Spanish-inspired tapas which are small dishes designed to bridge the hunger gap between the end of the Spanish work day (at around 6 or 7 p.m.) and dinner at 10 or 11 p.m. They typically are savory bites to be enjoyed with some friends accompanied by sherry, beer, or other beverage while chewing over the day’s events, politics, gossip, or love lives at the local bodega or tavern. As such, the local tavern owners offer snacks to keep the people around and drinking, but, also, the small plates were used (maybe still are in some areas) to be placed on top of the glasses to keep the flies from jumping from the high board into the beverage of choice (hence, tapas). Despite what your server suggests, resist the temptation to order too many plates at once. The food comes out fast and before you know it, not only will your table be covered in plates, but you will be finished with your meal before you can say “Ronald McDonald.” Take your time, order just a couple of dishes that look interesting and have the chosen potion from the extensive list of Sangria, local and Spanish wines, sherries, designer cocktails, and beers. Then order a couple of more dishes once you get a feel for the menu. Then, a few more dishes, maybe change to another potion, and so on. Most everything is good and what you have is really based on personal preferences. Of particular note is the chorizo and Padron pepper, the tortilla Española, the Serrano ham and Manchego cheese sandwich, and the white anchovies. The area in the back is dog friendly, but also can be blistering on a hot Healdsburg afternoon. Service is terrific with the young waitrons ensuring a nice level of energy.

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