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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Excellent Restaurant, Kenwood
1. Excellent Restaurant, Kenwood
A clever menu with twits on some classic foods.
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2. Stylish friendly interior
2. Stylish friendly interior
A stylish friendly interior has turned this old building into a gem.
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3. Local wine, beer & spirits
3. Local wine, beer & spirits
Cocktails are top notch, with something for every taste
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A neighborhood spot for friends to gather. Enjoy the scenery while you sip craft cocktails, local wines and beers on tap. Our Kitchen strives to cook sustainably and responsibly, using fresh local ingredients whenever possible on an ever-evolving menu full of delicious twists on classic fare. It is our hope that you will feel the love of community, passion for food and the comfort of home.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Cajun & Creole, Bar
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed May 9, 2022

The restaurant is a “no frills” place but their food is unpretentious and yet delicious. For our late lunch, I had All Natural TIPS Cheese Burger and my husband had Marinated Grilled Cubed Tri-Trip Sando. Both meals were very cooked to perfection, our server, Tom,...was very polite and attentive. This place is a very convenient stop on the way to St.Francis Winery.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 12, 2022

The 5 dot rating is because this place is a cut above its genre. We had lunch on a weekday and ordered the reuben sandwich and the cobb salad. Both were more interesting versions of the standard. The Cobb had butter lettuce instead of romaine...and smoked cherry tomatoes instead of regular ones (you could taste the smoked aspect). The house made bacon was really good (like lardons) and the goat cheese was a tasty change from bleu cheese. The reuben had a flavorful house smoked pastrami, chipotle aioli instead of thousand island dressing, white cheddar instead of swiss. It all worked very well and was a nice change from the usual. We also had a cup of the daily soup, which was a delicious tomato basil. Reasonable prices and good service. Would definitely return to see what other twists on roadside favorites they might have.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 1, 2022 via mobile

My family of four ate dinner here. My 11 year old son got the kids tri tip and size of the meal was great! He even had some leftovers. The rest of us shared the tri tip bites, Mac & cheese, buttermilk biscuits and taster...tots. Everything was delicious! We can’t wait yo go back and try some other dishesMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed October 4, 2021

Tips Roadside was just down the road from the VRBO were we stayed. It could not have been a more pleasant experience. The food was amazing! There was a one man band playing in the background and this quaint little place me us very, very...happy. Even though we were there on vacation, it is definitely worth the trip. We loved our experience hereMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 11, 2021 via mobile

Very chill atmosphere with spacious outside, mostly covered/shaded seating. Very interesting menu! Husband got fried chicken with apple slaw on biscuit (he would’ve liked more chicken and less biscuit, but all 3 components very good!). I had shrimp and grits. Good potions, very flavorful, perfectly...cooked shrimp! Would’ve been better to have more greens on top. But really cannot complain. Their house made beers are excellent! I got a taste of 3 (blonde, IPA, red ale); husband got a pint of red ale. I really enjoyed them all! Nice servers! Definitely recommended!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 22, 2021

Delicious brunch spot with great service and live music (if you are into it). The wait staff was great. There is a knick knack store with some fun items.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 3, 2021

We were abandoned by the wait staff after receiving our water. My mixed drink was poorly made using cheap mixer. When I received my tips plate it was lacking seasoning , tended towards toughness, alltogether lacking any appeal whatsoever. If it were possible to leave...a zero star review I would have. As I read this review to my wife she commented "wow, well they deserved it" although she liker her food (crab louie salad)More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 23, 2021

While I have lived in Downtown Sonoma since 1984, I always visited and supported very close restaurants - never ventured towards Santa Rosa. I moved to Oakmont (2/2021). My 82 old mother wanted to try something different, so Friday night 5/21 we went to Tips...Roadside. FANTASTIC FOOD. She had prawns and polenta, I had the Fisherman's Stew. We then ordered beignets to go. Well, that was just Friday 5/21. On 5/22, I took my best friend there for Brunch. Again, great food. And then again, on 5/23, I took myself there again for a "to go" order. The service staff is fantastic, the outdoor area is great. The music on Friday night was so enjoyable. Now I am going to be local nightmare - of the person who goes every day, except Tuesday!. DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 22, 2020 via mobile

On Sundays we visit Tips. I get the amazing kale breakfast salad and my daughter gets beignets. They have live music, amazing food, and great service. They also deliver for free!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 22, 2020

We've eaten at Tips both for dinner and their once-a-month Tips Test Kitchen - - all outstanding. The topper was last night, while "sheltered in place" at home and at a loss for what to cook for dinner, we decided to try Tips home delivery....Ordered two fried chicken, wedge salad and mushrooms - - all delivered hot and delicious. Even though they said it would take an hour to prepare and deliver, the owner's wife, Susie, showed up in 35 minutes. Great food and great customer service from a delightful restaurant in Kenwood, just south of Santa Rosa and north of Sonoma.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 10, 2020

A relaxing, low key restaurant with a great comfort food menu. Try the Polenta fries...to die for!.., .the tomato bisque soup with toasted Sage on top, the tri tip appetizer with 3 sauces and even the crispy, grilled brussel sprouts are all delicious!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 9, 2020 via mobile

I took my son around 4pm. Happy hour. I have not tried Breakfast or dinner here. And I was driving so didn't have cocktails. I ordered everything on the happy hour menu and 3 sandwiches. Tri tip sando was cubed not sliced and med. Well...to well done. If there was any chipotle on there I couldn't taste it. Tater tots and beignets are awesome. Tomato soup was great. Pass on all the sandos. Amazing coffee. Ambience was cozy. Need some music. A little quiet. Nice staff. Great place for snacks and cocktail with a friend. Will go back for beignets and coffee. Not much elseMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Tips is a great place for casual, farm fresh dining. Brunch until 2, then happy hour and later dinner. Tried all three and never disappointed

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 3, 2020

We came here as a group of 6 and found the experience to be fairly mediocre. Our server was unenthusiastic, and the food just ok. My salad was bland and halfway through I found a piece of paper in it?? (at closer inspection revealed a...big chunk of paper towel). Gnocci was cold and apps greasy.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

Excuse me if I can't find the right words, but tonight was beyond awesome! My very first test kitchen taste testing with Flanagan winery and TIPS roadside executive chef, Tony. So I felt so close to fame with the owner of TIPS roadside, and the...founder and CEO of Flanagan winery, Eric, and rubbed shoulders with the Flanagan estate winery director, Isabella. There was a prefixed menu with each part of the menu and an sample wine paired as seen below in the pictures. My tastebuds like others were doing figure eight circles and then some with sparks of spice. Smelling the nose of each rosette wine. When I say rosette is also in my book, sampling. They do this once a month. Bringing in a local winery and pairing it with an ever rotating sample menu. The highlights of the entire evening was the steelhead patte with copious amounts crostini bread alices. And the Flanagan family white chardonnay. Yummy! The next dish was an baby octopus salad. If you are like me, I ate everything except the baby octopus. Anything that includes the killing of baby animals no matter what, it really bothers me. There was frizzia garnishing nuts with a light vinaigrette. The third dish was lamb with sliced onions and cilantro and garlic bits. This was cooked to perfection! And again I don't like lamb for obvious reasons but, this was a nice pairing with an Flanagan winery red as stated in the menu. Very good. Finally the dessert was the icing on the cake, but it was not cake! wait for it....a mascarpone cheese cooked with a soft special lemon butter cream with to accentuate the flavors of the cheese. Sooooooooo good! Nicely done and perfectly paired with the Flanagan family red zinfandel. So fun! So delicious! Pretty expensive, but a fabulous culinary cuisine experience! Get tickets ahead. No kids are allowed. State allergies ahead when calling for the reservations.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Yes, Tips Roadside offers takeout services.

Tips Roadside is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5