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Nestled next to Vintners Inn, John Ash & Co. was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking with seasonal, local foods and produce while pairing exceptional recipes with wines from the region. Today, John Ash & Co. remains an icon for gourmet, wine country dining with Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt continuing the standards of cooking excellence enjoyed by locals and guests alike. Chef Tom’s extensive wine knowledge provides the perfect foundation for creating innovative recipes that complement the restaurant’s extensive, award-winning wine list. And because Chef Tom and his staff believe in making exceptional food and wine fun and approachable, even those who are new
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed October 15, 2020 via mobile

This was our first visit. We were wow’ed from the moment we stepped out onto the patio to be seated. The vineyard view, the twinkling lights, and the warmth from the space heater created the perfect atmosphere. Water was immediately brought to the table and...it was not much longer before someone came to take our drink order. My husband and I split a fresh, seasonal tomato, cucumber and basil salad. The basil really made the salad pop. My husband ordered the lobster risotto. I was in the mood for something different, so I ordered the Wiener schnitzel, which the Chef had just added to the menu the week before. We both thought our entrees were tasty and good, but I wouldn’t say they were the best ever. The sommelier recommended a bottle of wine that would complement both entrees. His suggestion was good, but a little safe. We enjoyed the chocolate pot de creme for dessert. Service was top notch throughout the meal. Because of COVID, you now pour your wine yourself, but I would think that otherwise, at this price point, they would do that for you. The tables were appropriately spaced, the paper menus are single use, and all COVID precautions were taken. The restaurant is expensive. So be aware of that going in. For us, the wonderful atmosphere, the attentive service, and the good food were worth it.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 5, 2020 via mobile

As we are staying at the Vintners Inn, we decided to dine at John Ash, which is located on property. A mainstay in Santa Rosa, this restaurant is now following all Covid protocols. We felt very safe on their expanded patio area. We dined on...Baked Oysters with Parmesan Custard, Sweet Corn Soup, King Salmon with Blackberries and Wild Rice Cakes and Grilled Pork Chip with Bourbon Peaches. Lavender Chocolate Truffles finished our experience. Our service was attentive and professional. Located just a few seconds off of the freeway, this cozy American cuisine restaurant is well worth a visit. Also plenty of free parking.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 6, 2020 via mobile

We had a wonderful dining experience at John Ash & Co. It was our first dining out experience since March. They sat our party on their beautiful patio. Our table backed up to a wall of greenery and was several feet away from other tables....We started off with their cheese platter. The variety of flavors was delicious. We also had their calamari which was cooked perfectly. Our main courses were presented beautifully and were all scrumptious. The best brick chicken I have ever had, crispy & moist. Dessert was lovely, they even surprised the birthday guy with a birthday treat and delicious Chocolate truffles for the table. Our Server was friendly, knowledgeable and was very considerate, despite all the oddness going on due to covid. Thank you for an amazing dinner.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 22, 2020

With Robin working behind the scenes and Steve as our server, we were in skilled hands. Our reservation was promptly handled and we were escorted to a table outside on the lawn overlooking the vineyard. And then the magic began. With Covid in everyone’s minds,...servers and hosts did their best to create a perfect evening. Menus are now printed on single sheets of paper so that they can be easily recycled. We began our evening with champagne and Kir Royal (champagne with a splash of framboise or raspberry liqueur). We asked for an order of Parker House rolls, which arrived coated with melted butter. Then we ordered a garden salad to be shared. Two fairly large plates arrived and revealed fresh strawberries from the restaurant’s garden. Entrées included halibut from Alaska with a side of wild rice cakes and local asparagus. The brick chicken breast consisted of two paillard slices with fingerling potatoes and a fresh corn mixture. Very good but perhaps two or three spears of the local asparagus would provide color contrast. A glass of Flanagan Pinot noir was a fine accompaniment. The same berries went into the strawberry shortcake, a stellar example of how lightness this dish can be. Wonderful. I suspect that the menu will evolve after diners return. Promises of resurrecting the legendary corn muffins will certainly bring us back. Yes, the meal was expensive ($153+tip). But two weeks later, we are still talking about it.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 22, 2020

Our Friends and family have dined here for 20 years and enjoyed the happy hour in the Front Room as well.. The changes after the covid reopening were unimpressive as far as the usual good food. Safety was a priority, Not the Food!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

Four of us had dinner here Feb 10th. The service and bar were very good One our our group had the tasting menu, the rest of us ordered a la carte. There were several mistakes from the kitchen. My wife had the bone marrow appetizer...which had little flavor. I had the sweetbreads for an appetizer and they were served like I have never seen before. The entire thymus glad was served whole with no sauce at all. I order this often and this was the least appetizing rendition I have ever had. They were also served barely warm. I had the beef short ribs for my entree and it was very good, again the entree was barely warm. My wife had the Bucatini pasta with prawns in a tomato sauce with a splash of Pernod. It was served hot and was the best entree of the night. My wife had the Gelato for dessert which was good. I had the Maple pot de creme for dessert and it was excellent. This is an expensive restaurant and missteps from the kitchen should not happen.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020 via mobile

Aaah-Mazing!! Fabulous romantic, relaxed atmosphere and phenomenal food. Located on a beautiful estate. Can’t be beat! Be sure to get reservations.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 15, 2019 via mobile

John Ash & Company restaurant is within a very short walking distance from the Vintners Resort. Hardly need an umbrella if it is raining, but they will loan you one. It is largely inseparable from the Resort because of the excellent cuisine and mutual ambiance...between the establishments. Do we stay at Vintners Resort for John Ash proximity? ... good question, but the answer is a major “+” side in that direction. After more than a dozen dinner meals there, only one was sub-par: an over-cooked lamb shank. All the rest were excellent. Reservations highly recommended, particularly on weekends and Holidays (admittedly, no brainer). Bar and restaurant close relatively early for night owls (10 pm?). Inside or outside seating is largely a misnomer. Have your server show you both and, if it’s not a windy day and raining, you may choose the “outside Seating” which is actually enclosed with clear windows, heat lamps, and very comfortable. Gale-force winds ... maybe not so much. Quality of the food and service has been excellent. Very good chefs and sous chefs! Nice selection of wines, including the fine local Ferrari-Carrano label. This review was meant to focus on their great food; check out their website. Take the winery tour a day before and they will waive the corkage fees for you to bring two bottles purchased at the winery to dinner! We will continue to return if they keep up the good work!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 30, 2019

We really enjoyed thanksgiving dinner here. I had vegetarian options which included soup and a tagine dish, they were both so very tasty. My husband had a fish starter and turkey main, he thoroughly enjoyed both. Last but by no means least, the desert...AMAZING. This...was by far the most delicious desert (chocolate mouse) I've ever had. We will most definitely be back. A mention also to our waiter Jose, he was very friendly, helpful and professional.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 27, 2019

My fiancé and I stayed on this property for a weekend getaway in wine country this past weekend. The staff and everyone was super sweet and accommodating, food was impeccable, and we enjoyed our room. My issue was how the mandatory evacuation was handled Saturday...evening. We’ve lived in SF for 5 years, and understand that the fire risks this time of year are a real fear for the community. So, when we got the notification that this property was under mandatory evacuation, we called the lobby immediately. We were told that the property was fine, and that the restaurant was even open for service. We noticed a wedding across the way, so we figured the higher ups maybe knew better than what was being sent to our phones.. (hoping they weren’t putting us and their staff at risk) after my fiancé calmed my nerves, we decided to stay on property to have a bite to eat at the bar along with a nice strong cocktail. The moment we walked outside we saw a man with glasses and a pinkish shirt talking to a sheriff. We didn’t hear much of the conversation, but the sheriff seemed agitated that the property hadn’t evacuated, and we felt they weren’t taking our safety seriously. I’m very displeased with how this was handled. I’ve been in restaurant management for 12 years, and one thing I’ve learned is that you never put your staff or guests in danger (whether it’s related to allergies or general safety). It’s purely mismanagement and most definitely a fireable offense. I don’t know who that man was who seemed to be running things that night, but I sure do hope this property rethinks how things should be run. I can’t imagine what would have happened if that sheriff never showed up. It’s a shame that a property with such high standings and a stellar reputation wouldn’t take these risks seriously. Especially since this area is still suffering from the fires that occurred two years ago.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Laura M
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Response from suzybo2017 | Reviewed this property |
According to their web site: Corkage Fee / Wine Specials: $25 corkage fee per 750ml bottle up to 2 bottles. Complimentary corkage every Monday night on Sonoma County wines (up to two bottles).
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Response from dmc19751 | Reviewed this property |
If you buy your wine at Ferrari Cano there is no charge as they winery owns the restaurant. FC has a fabulous selection and tasting is free if you're staying at the Inn. FC is near the end of Dry Creek road and worth the... More
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Response from Anna C | Reviewed this property |
I will check the times with them later today, Anna :)
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