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Reviewed April 25, 2022

We stopped in Petaluma on a whim while driving from Oakland to Healdsburg. We saw the pretty outdoor space of this restaurant and decided to check it out. We are so glad we did! The owners and staff were very nice. The food was great...(we got sandwiches and wine.) The chocolate croissant was beyond delicious. We enjoyed talking to a number of locals who said this was their favorite place. Be aware of their hours (they stopped taking orders at 2 on the Friday we were there) so don't miss it!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 20, 2022

Delicius and Warm place to Eat a Sandwinch, saldad soup and Wine! High recommended for visit, in front of Petaluma River ❣️👌🏼

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed June 16, 2020

We almost passed by this cute intimate Bistro. We were so busy taking pictures of the bridge, we almost miss out on it. We got there just before closing time, we asked some locals that were ordering take-out, "It this place good." They raved about...it. Stephenie the owner is a master baker, she makes all of the baked goods. We had the smoked duck salad, eggplant sandwich, and a croissant filled with orange chocolate. We are planning our next visit soon, this is all during Covid-19.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed March 15, 2020

I do not know where to begin. I have very dear friends in Petaluma. They introduced me to Water Street Bistro many years ago, and for that reason alone I want to make a big SHOUT OUT to them that I love them. The food...here is simply delicious. Stephanie, the owner, is a Francophile who works herself to the bone most days of the year but always finds time to haul herself back to Paris. I am NOT a world traveler, but I have been to Paris nine times. The food at The Water Street Bistro is like that of the very finest Parisian bistros. Everything is so very fresh. I've tried just about everything in the last many years, but now I tend to settle on the Fresh Salmon on toast dish because I don't know how much time I have left and can't know how I could possibly duplicate it at home. The coffees are excellent, and the pastries are "to die for," as my cardiologist explained. I see that this bistro/restaurant is #2 or #3 out of hundreds of Petaluma restaurants. For me, it will always be #1. Oh, by the way, did I say that I love this place?More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 13, 2020

Whether its' breakfast, Brunch or Lunch, it is all good on the menu! Sweetest staff ever! Can't help but have a good day when your at Water Street Bistro!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 21, 2020

Counter service which I like, so many choices of breakfast quiches, bread puddings, tomato pies, and sweet stuff too. Very good food, very competent help everywhere, everyone knows what ingredients are in the dishes, what table you are sitting at. Great espresso drinks, very reasonable....What's not to like??More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 23, 2019 via mobile

The best breakfast in Sonoma county so far... super granola with fruit... and decent macchiato ... thanks

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 15, 2019

Well-prepared food served in a charming setting. Porch seating looks out on a cobbled street that leads to an historic bridge over the Petaluma River.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

Delicious and nice people. Had the toast with salmon and good coffee. Love the corner location near the river, it feels slightly like you've been transported to a different place. Great place to hangout

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 13, 2019

Came across this gem while walking in downtown area. Breakfast was fresh and a large portions! Enjoyed the omelette and crepes! What a way to start the morning touring wineries with a great meal and mimosa's!!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 9, 2019 via mobile

The Water Street Bistro had a line this morning as anxious denizens waited for the doors to open. The Bistro never disappoints! Freshly made stradas, quiches, pastries, huge latte filled saucers, the freshest fruit, and other delights awaited. Don't miss this spot when you are...in Petaluma. The food and drinks are delicious. The staff is friendly and professional. The decor is kitschy Paris at its best American version. Love it here!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019 via mobile

Randomly picked this spot because it was close. It’s small but has a great selection, and the food was delicious. Coffees came out in bowls, which was surprising but kinda cool and really good. Homemade bread came with the meal. Would definitely eat here again.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 25, 2019 via mobile

Awesome food. Be sure to get the spinach quiche absolutely delicious! Very quaint place. So very friendly and they also have outside dining. Be sure to make a stop by here.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 19, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I stopped into this charming establishment for a quick breakfast. We both enjoyed some of the delicious quiche on offer. Service was prompt and effective, the food was delicious.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

Love the food here. I especially love the spinach goat cheese quiche with a side of fruit. We also love sitting at the counter overlooking the river. The food and the view are just wonderful.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Response from eemori | Reviewed this property |
Breakfast items include waffles, poached eggs, bacon, wide variety of pastries/quiches/srada all prepared by chef. Espresso drinks. My favorite breakfast dish is either poached eggs or toast with smoked salmon & cream... More
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Response from karen_gettman | Reviewed this property |
She bakes lots of fresh pastries, croissants, coffee cake etc., each day. There are homemade waffles. And there are 4-6 different fresh quiche every day. Homemade granola. Yogurt, fruit. Usually a special breakfast... More
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Yes, Water Street Bistro offers takeout services.

Water Street Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5