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“Well worth a visit...something new in Forestville” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Backyard

The Backyard
Ranked #6 of 16 Restaurants in Forestville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Santa Rosa, California
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166 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit...something new in Forestville”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

What a nice addition to the town of Forestville. The Backyard was recommended and we were not disappointed. On the plus side, we found the wait staff to be on top of their game…this may have been an issue when they first opened from what I read in earlier reviews. The menu presents enough options to make for a fun selection among a group of four. The beef soup was hot and wholesome. The sausage flatbread was hot and just spicy enough to not overpower the flavors. The buttermilk battered onion rings were a nice touch as a side dish. They were hot bite size rings and not greasy. The pork chop was excellent…smokey and cooked perfectly and served on a bed of smooth whipped-like polenta. The Chicken Pot Pie was delivered right out of the oven to the table and the steam rose to the ceiling throughout most of the meal. The wine list is limited but covers the bases…most expensive was $80 for a Dehlinger Cabernet. Corkage is $15. The only negative during our visit was the room temperature of the restaurant. There were three strategically placed portable heaters that struggled to warm the air. We arrived at 7:00 and stayed while talking and sipping wine until after 10:00. The tables around us turned over a couple of times but no one had to wait…not yet. Give it a few more weeks and reservations might become a must. We will return…for sure.

  • Visited December 2012
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Lafayette, California
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Locals know best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Stopped in for lunch after a little wine tasting in the area - it had only recently opened but contrary to another posting, we found service to be good (it was on a Friday at lunch). The restaurant is quite spartan so if it's decor you are looking for, this won't be it.

Menu very good for both carnivores and vegetarians. I had fish sandwich which was deep fried in a very light batter and served with purple potato chips & a quinoa salad - all excellent. Wife had a flatbread with pears / cheese which she also found excellent. They had a great wine selection - they did not have sodas but did have a ginger beer which was very refreshing. Wish we lived closer to it.

  • Visited November 2012
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Forestville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“New in Forestville, CA”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

They just opened so I'm going to offer constructive criticism. Totally disappointed in the wait staff - one would think they would be top shelf on the opening weekend- they need some attentiveness training now.
I'm giving 3 stars because the hamburger I ordered was great and served on a delicious Nightingale bun. It was served with pickled onions which were interesting but not as good as grilled onions. BTW: the word nightingale was misspelled on the menu.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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